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Brothers and Sisters: Bad News

by Jen Creer, posted Apr 30th 2007 12:45AM
peter coyote(S01E20) Ow. Watching this episode of Brothers and Sisters hurt. It hurt in that really good way that results from really good writing. The writing was so good tonight that I really believed every character. And that is the really interesting thing about this show so far: the writing is the changing nominator. The actors stay the same, but sometimes the writing is really uneven, and other times, like tonight, it just crackles.

Holly and Rebecca
Oh, I knew it! I knew that Rebecca probably wasn't a complete babe in the woods with regard to Joe kissing her. She is just a manipulative little b*tch. Boy, Holly nailed her too. The knock down drag out fights on this episode were simply outstanding. Holly's and Rebecca's pain, their rejection, their desperation to be insiders with the Walkers, conveyed so simply and in such a raw way in just a few written strokes. "Just because you're a whore, doesn't make me one." These are the best kinds of fights, because as viewers, we know what they probably mean and what they are probably saying just to be hurtful. But the brilliant thing is that we know these characters so well and the writers know them and the characters know each other so well that they can really accomplish a lot with these moments. (Did you see the gossip that Justin's Dave Annable is dating Emily VanCamp who plays Rebecca? Ewwww.)

Sarah and Joe
The fallout from this kiss has been just as ugly and just as nasty as I thought it would be. Strangely, though, I think it was an amazing catalyst for the Walker clan finally pushing through the muck to some clarity. Aren't you glad that we actually got to see what really happened between Rebecca and Joe? So, Joe isn't a complete innocent, but I didn't think he was as bad a guy as Rebecca was making things out to be. Regardless, he admitted to Sarah that there have been other women, so it isn't just about Rebecca. Kissing Sarah's sister is just hideous and uncool, but they have needed to have what my best friend calls a "come to Jesus moment" for a long time. I don't think this is the end of them. Not by a long shot.

Nora and Mark
I love Peter Coyote. And he is charming. Watching Nora fall for his schtick over and over again though makes it a little clearer how she was able to be with William. Is that a very ungenerous thing to say? All I mean is that if she can see Mark do clearly, why couldn't she see William? I suspect she did. And that there were clues pointing to his affair with Holly all along the way, but she looked past them, through them, around them - anywhere but right at them until she was confronted headlong with realities she couldn't ignore. So, is Mark, then a sort of stand-in for William? Is that too deep for this show? (I don't think so, and that is one of the reasons I love this show!)

Kitty and Senator McAllister

Calista Flockhart is so good, I didn't even see the helicopter crash coming. My husband (from the next room) said he knew the minute they said the word helicopter. But I didn't see it. You may be thinking, "And this is relevant because...? " The relevance for me is that as an English major, sometimes my enjoyment of books and television and movies is ruined because I see plot lines a mile away. This makes simply enjoying something at the moment difficult. So, any time I don't see something like this coming, I rejoice a little: It means that there was enough other stuff going on that it wasn't obvious. Hurray! But I think Kitty only proposed because she was in shock. Oh, I think she loves him and that he loves her. But I think she was behaving rashly. That probably doesn't mean they won't get married though. The show has been on almost an entire season. Time to have a wedding!

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Dave Annable was formerly linked to Sally Field, who plays his MOTHER, so this has to be less ewwww than that.

April 30 2007 at 2:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have been trying to watch this show (only because of Rob Lowe) but I so hate Ally McBeal actress and I have to change the channel.

April 30 2007 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did joe actually say there were other women? Or did he not correct Sarah when she said there were?

Great episode. I love Rob Lowe. The only thing i thought when she proposed was "Yes, he has to stay on the show now!" I know hes a cast member now but im still hurt by his loss on West Wing so i want him locked up for the long haul.

April 30 2007 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Emily VanCamp has dated her onscreen brother before... (Everwood). I don't understand what is so "eww" about it; they aren't really related, so what's the big deal?

April 30 2007 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I too thought this was a very good episode in terms of writing and acting I'm really disappointed the writers decided to go down the same old road with Rebecca. There was so much potential in the "uncomfortable-ness" of having Rebecca around that it just seems wrong to turn her into such a manipulator; and then next week we're getting a re-run of Holly going after one of Nora's men. The characters of Rebecca and Holly are interesting enough without turning them into the show whores. It's just a little too soap opera-ish.

April 30 2007 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Rob Lowe is so good...perfect casting. He's even better on B&S than he was on West Wing. He and Calista really click.
What will Sarah do when she finds out Rebecca is staying with Nora? Not a good move on Nora's part, but she just can't say no to Justin. Big mess, big, big mess. Thought Kevin's feedback to Justin was good...that was a great scene. And how will Kitty feel? She's the most removed/objective and she'll have to balk at Rebecca's being there. Justin is being played....so is Nora. Rebecca is good. Glad she's not just one dimensional, she is Holly's daughter after all.

April 30 2007 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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