Brothers and Sisters: Holy Matrimony!
(S02E09) "We could wake up tomorrow, and it could all go to hell."-- Robert McAllister
I have to admit: I would have owed Tommy $100. But not for the same reasons as Kevin and Justin. I will get to that in a bit though. Was it just me, or did this episode have some editing glitches? One minute Kitty is telling Robert that it's bad luck to sleep with the groom on the night before the wedding and Justin and Lena seem to be talking about the wedding being that day, and then Kitty is in the Walker kitchen working on her vows and the wedding is still a day away. Anyway, it wasn't a big deal-- it just seemed a little incongruous for a bit.
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The reason I would have owed Tommy money is that I thought the whole "To Baby or Not to Baby" issue would have ended up being a deal breaker. And yet, it didn't get brought up again, and they are hitched. I hope they return to that storyline, though it does see as though the scandal about Robert will absorb most of the newly-married couple's energy for awhile. Nice foreshadowing on Robert's part.
Do you think this will derail his campaign? I can't believe that it will. Sure, I think it will come out and things will be ugly for awhile, but I don't think it's a deal breaker. If anything, it will make the senator seem more real, more vulnerable. Well, at least that is what it does for me. On the other hand, it will probably make him look like a coward and a liar. That is always a real possibility.
Was there any real point to having Chevy Chase guest star on the show for two episodes, other than November sweeps? (Well, I think there is a reason, and I'll talk about that later in the review). His romance ended with Nora rather quickly, though I thought it was absolutely hilarious that he was missing because the Secret Service confined him to a storage room for toking up before the wedding. I couldn't figure out where he had gone, let alone why Kevin got hauled off. That relatively quiet segue of everybody getting incarcerated really worked for me. Not that I thought it was completely believable, but compared to the crazy antics that could have happened with Gary Marshall guest starring, it was low key and a nice bit of humor.
There were a lot of nice, small moments in this episode. I liked having Kitty look like an absolute wreck for the first half of the episode, and then seeing her gradual transformation into a lovely bride. I even thought the entire episode's writing, including Isaac's call and his conversation with Kitty while she was getting ready completely supported Kitty taking Robert out, mid-vows, to tell him about blackmailing Daniel Cole. Given what we have learned about Robert's ruthlessness, his reaction was appropriate too. And Kitty wouldn't be Kitty without taking the time to clear the air with Robert before marrying him. (Oh that he had done that about the whole kid issue, but oh well...)
Other really nice moments were Tommy handing Justin his money when Kitty walked out with Robert, and then Kevin, with his smile plastered, handing Tommy a $100 bill as the couple walked up the aisle. The family has also established itself enough with tiny details like Saul trying to bribe Kevin to go get their grandmother from the airport, and then her, thankfully, being detained because of the weather. This show definitely has good recall from other episodes, including last season.
I also loved it when Sarah said about the Secret Service men, "Yeah, yeah, they're hot, but they're so cold."
The conversation between Sarah and Rebecca after the wedding was interesting, and even though it was short, I think it was significant: I think it pointed to Rebecca's motivations behind telling Justin about Tommy and Lena. Sarah and Rebecca, birds of a feather, had tried to get revenge on other people when they were. But I don't think that was Rebecca's reason here. Lena nailed it: "If I didn't know you were related, I would say you were jealous." Of course there is a huge ick factor to Lena showing up at the wedding with Justin after her affair with Tommy, particularly with what's-her-name (Julia, it's Julia) back now.
I like Isaac as a love interest for Nora, though the Stan was a stark contrast. He was the pot-smoking hippy, who shares every value Nora has as a human being, and yet, she is drawn to Republicans. As Stan pointed out in the previous episode, Nora likes the argument. She needs to have that spark.
Poor Kevin. How is it that he can be such a good brother and devoted family member and never make things right with Scotty? Does he just really not respect Scotty because of their different career paths? I think that is a large part of it: He was initially attracted to Scotty again because Scotty was in cooking school and moving forward, but the fact remains that he is still homeless, dependent. I love Scotty. I think he is adorable and he seems to be an incredibly decent person. I am so sad that Kevin blew it with him once again, but I think Scotty is right to leave him. Kevin doesn't treat him well in public, because he doesn't treat Scotty respectfully.
Finally: My favorite part of the episode was when David (Ken Olin and Patricia Wettig's real life husband) walked into the winery. Sure, he's scruffy and he's put on a few pounds since thirtysomething, but that man just oozes sexuality. And he and Wettig have some great onscreen chemistry. After all of those years of seeing them perform together on Thirtysomething, I wasn't sure if they'd have onscreen chemistry or not; they have never played love interest onscreen together. But I am really excited to see this storyline and find out their history... um, sometime. No idea when we'll get another episode. But I'll be back, front and center, when we do.
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