"Brothers & Sisters" Recap #2.03 "History Repeating"
Can Tommy save his marriage? Will a sex scandal spell the end for Robert's bid for Presidency? Can Nora smooth-talk or manipulate her son into taking the much needed medication? Will Kevin stay faithful to Jason? And will Uncle Saul leave Britney alone? We learned the answers to only a couple of these questions on last night's "Brothers & Sisters."
I thought this episode was somewhat weaker than the previous two installments. I am a little bit bored with Robert McCallister campaign (my not being a huge Rob Lowe fan certainly doesn't help).
As I recall, a spike in the ratings last November was attributed to Lowe's arrival as special guest star and resulted in his promotion to series regular, but I can't help think Calista Flockhart had more chemistry with her former on-screen beau Jonathan ("Gossip Girl's" Matthew Settle).
Last night, Senator's ex-wife Courtney threatened to expose his alleged affair with the nanny on Larry King LIVE. Kitty, who thinks she is only after a book deal, bluffs and forces her to cancel her appearance.
Dave Annable sure knows how to act being in agony. Not even seeing him shirtless in the bathtub made that opening shot easier for me to watch. Becca, who appears to have become a member of that nutty family - Nora now yells at her, that must mean she's one of them - tries to help, but ultimately it is Nora herself who gets through to Justin and the young man takes his painkillers. But, has she made a mistake?
Luke MacFarlane was back as Scotty (the writers have promised he will be Kevin's "Mr. Big" so no surprise there) and I was happy to see him, as the two men have great chemistry together.
Having said that, I am still waiting to hear about "Viva Laughlin's" cancellation (the show hasn't even premiered yet), so I can see Kevin and and his hottie reverend boyfriend Jason (Eric Winter) back together.
We took a little break from the painful end to Sarah's marriage to Joe, to focus on what may be the beginning of the end of Tommy's marriage to Julia. Although I'm still struggling to buy Julia's resentment of Tommy (she now blames him for the loss of their child!), I suppose they have become a more interesting couple this season. Tommy tells her unpleasant father what he thinks of him, as she leaves to cope with her feelings. You tell him, Tommy!
As for Becca's gal pal Lena, I am beginning to think she was brought on so Tommy could have a 'lapse in judgment' in Julia's absence. I certainly hope that's not the case. As Tommy said, Julia is the love of his life, and the twist would be nothing short of a cliche.
NEXT WEEK: Kevin presses Saul to make a confession about his past and Luke MacFarlane makes another appearance as Scotty.