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Brothers & Sisters: Does Nora need to get a life?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 27th 2008 1:17PM
Sally FieldDear Nora,

I know it must be hard looking after all those brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, friends and lovers. And while I truly do appreciate how you welcomed your dead husband's lover and their child into the Walker fold, I really think it's time you grew up and started making some decisions for yourself.

Ok, so maybe moving to Washington, D.C. with Isaac wasn't the right decision, but it seemed like the one thing that kept you in California were those four words uttered forlornly by Kitty: "I need you, Mom."

Kitty's a grown woman with a career and a husband. She can take care of herself, as can the rest of the Walker clan. OK, so I'm a little undecided as to whether I'd want my entire family there to watch me puke and get the shakes, as was the case when Justin was de-toxing. Then again, drug addiction isn't pretty any way you look at it, so ... go Walkers.

Still, you need to get a life, Nora. From interrupting Tommy's "date" with forbidden-lover Lena to inviting yourself along on a girls-only spa weekend with Kitty and Sarah, isn't it time you got some girlfriends of your own to gab with? Oh right, you're too busy keeping track of all of your grown-up kids.

Well, just think about it. That's all I ask.

Yours truly,
President, "Nora Needs to Get a Life" Club

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Quite frankly, I don't think the writers know what do with the character anymore. With Williams affair out in the open and pretty much accepted by the family what else is there for Nora to do? I liked seeing her and Isaac together, but now that he's moved on what will be her purpose. If Kitty's character stays true to form she'll toss Mom aside for Robert's chance to be VP (I mean, how could she not?).

The problem with a large cast like this is that characters don't get developed. Ron Rifkin is a fantastic actor, yet he's completely underutilized on the show. Balthazar Getty I can take or leave, but he's another one. The writers of this show seem incapable of dealing with there large cast of talented actors and it's a shame.

April 27 2008 at 4:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought it was outrageous the way Nora's children interfered in her life. "I need you Mom", huh!?! Kitty's was nothing but a voice on the phone for a long time, now she tugs on a long dried up umbilical cord.

April 27 2008 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To be fair Vince, her kids are just as damn nosy as she is, some of them more so.

I want Nora to "get a life" just because I enjoy Nora's storylines so much. And I'm 25.

April 27 2008 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I watch this show every week and ask each time, "This Mom (Nora) is such a yenta! Why do any of the kids even come around?"

That said Sally Fields is great in this show.

April 27 2008 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mj green

Sorry, I'm a bit like her. Family comes first. My kids are grown, but we are still family. We get along great, talk to each other every day, and like to spend time together. Leave her alone.

April 27 2008 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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