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Brothers and Sisters: Holy Matrimony!

by Jen Creer, posted Dec 3rd 2007 9:02AM
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(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.

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.

Did you think Robert and Kitty would get married?
Yes, you owe me $100.125 (58.7%)
No. I owe Tommy money too.88 (41.3%)

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lj

But WHO sings the song? George Harrison's version sounds the closest, but was it a woman's voice????

December 10 2007 at 10:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nola

I for one hope Rebecca is a Walker. She and Justin have great on screen chemistry, but I prefer her as his sister than to have her be Ken Olin's kid and end up as Justin's love interest.

I don't agree that Kevin doesn't respect Scotty. One of my biggest problems with Scotty is that he's always seen fit to tell Kevin what his problems are and always be the one to say where the relationship is going because he has more experience relationshipwise. But that's just bullshit and I don't blame Kevin for never knowing what to do with Scotty, because as Kevin said, Scotty himself won't define the relationship but he expects Kevin to and gets mad when he doesn't?

I wish Kevin had told off all those McAlistairs because they got on my nerves with their judgments. Particularly Robert, who was there and saw how Kevin was waiting around for Jason who barely called him. Why is Kevin always in the wrong even when he's the victim? Utter bullshit. People need to leave Kevin alone.

December 03 2007 at 8:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
La-Di-Dah

glad someone mentioned it. Yes, I think it's probably a case of Holly doesn't know who Rebecca's dad is for sure - William or David, and just wanted it so much to be William's. Now, next year, we can get a few eppys with who's Rebecca's real daddy, and then probably Justin and Rebecca exploring their relationship. They probably don't need to get back together, but they still need to explore and define what they have. Plus the Walkers will be thrown into turmoil again, en mass. Hmm?

December 03 2007 at 8:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cheryl Smith

Peg, wasn't that song George Harrison's "If Not For You"??? I have closed captions and I recall seeing that at one point - think when they were married and walking the isle. I remember thinking, I had not heard that song in forever.

December 03 2007 at 8:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

As soon as I saw Ken Olin walk into that scene, take a look at Rebecca's picture, and watch Holly's reaction I had the sick and depressing feeling they were going to make him Rebecca's father. I certainly hope not because whether or not Justin and Rebecca are really siblings it would be so lame if they put the two together. That's just shoddy writing and a lack of imagination. Especially since the character of Rebecca has done so much to become a member of the family; bonding with Nora and Kitty, settling her differences with Sarah, etc.

December 03 2007 at 4:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
greg

was Marion Ross busy? anyhoo, I still think they are leaning to a justin and rebecca romance. It might be icky but those things do happen

December 03 2007 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nattyff

there are some strange things in these episode. First of all, a read somewhere that the senators brother was supousted to be there (i read that in many diferent places), maybe because they boot him out is why the episode seems to have editing problems... just a guess.
Have you heard the spoiler that had been floting arround?? (about a walker not been a walker??), it's true that justin and rebecca have chemistry, but i think that now i just see them as brothers (other thing woud be really creppy) hope they don't go that way!!! (to predictable by the way!!)

December 03 2007 at 12:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maria

Only a woman would say an overweight-(It looked like he had gained 40 pounds!), scruffy (for the part I am sure) looking man "oozed sexuality". Could you imagine if the role was reversed and there was an messy overweight woman in the doorway. He was a nice edition to the show. (Much better than Chevy-Facelift-Chase. But seriously..."oozed sexuality"??? Mabey in the 30 something years...but now. Um-no, I guess I missed the sexuality oozing through my TV since I dont have HD or something. ;)

I thought the guys taken in the wine room was nice, but they could have gone more. But with that said, this show is known for the over the top touch so less is more in this case.

A couple of other things...
-Patricia W's characters outfit. How boring, to the point of being ugly could you get. She is a beautiful woman and this is what they put her in? It looked like she came straight from work.
-I didnt understand why Rebecca told Justin. You said the sceene clarified why she did that. I didnt understand other than to think...ewwww she is jealous.

December 03 2007 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pierre-Luc Allie

Please tell me David is not Rebecca's father.

December 03 2007 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
khamel

i smell a julie-cooper-esque plot line after that meeting in the winery. porn or something untoward will come up, bribes will be discussed, shit will hit the fan.

December 03 2007 at 12:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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