"Brothers & Sisters" #1.21: "Grapes of Wrath"
The tensions between Holly and Nora escalate in a delicious food battle; Sara is annoyed with her family's handling of her marital predicament and medical scare for Julia mars Tommy's success in his new wine business.
Oh, one could just tell this was going to be an excellent episode. Aside from joys of watching Holly and Nora engaged in a highly entertaining cake-and-pasta match, there was plenty more great writing to behold and savor.
It all began with the Walkers torn apart between their wish to support Tommy at a crucial event for his young business and one to stay away from Holly as she had once again been perceived as the cause of all troubles.
The drama's high points of course come from the family dynamics when all of the Walkers get together to wreak havoc.
This time they actually managed to take Sara's mind away from her marital troubles with Joe by forcing her to deal with their over-protective attitude.
Kitty's meds-and-wine infused blabber left Kevin shocked to learn his sister was about to marry a Republican Senator. I had always known Calista Flockhart was a great actress; hopefully she will have more opportunities to show that in the future. Her scenes with Rob Lowe tend to be a snoozefest, though.
Finally, once Nora learned to trust her instincts, the Walkers helped build tension by constantly interrupting her brewing conflict with Holly.
The most rewarding part of the scene was however the women's tender frankness at the very end.
The quote of the episode goes to Sara who took the "Grey's" Izzy approach to solving problems - baking. When Kitty asks her how her strawberry cake went over she responds: "Better than I thought."
Next week, a tearjerker of an episode as disaster strikes Tommy and Julia.
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