Brothers and Sisters: Moral Hazard
So, what are we to think of Holly? Is she a pathological liar and a scheming manipulator? A greedy opportunist? Or is she genuinely trying to do the right thing as she sees it, affair with William Walker not withstanding? Honestly, I can't make up my mind, but I am leaning toward seeing her as a flawed person who is doing her best. Lord knows, she could have taken her inheritance from William Walker and kissed the entire clan goodbye. Perhaps some see her as unable to let go, unable to stop until she has revenge on the Walkers for having William in ways she couldn't. But that seems a rather extreme pathology. It's much more interesting to view her as a complicated human being, which has certainly been supported on the show.
Whenever Rebecca rails on Holly, I tend to believe Rebecca... right until Holly points out what Rebecca has done. Rebecca sent David away (I suspected as much) so she could keep the Walkers. However, after Justin admits that his feelings for her have become complicated and Holly kicks her out, Rebecca decides to prey upon Justin's attraction to her by confessing that they aren't siblings. Why does she look so surprised when Justin kicks her out too?
I have to say, "BRAVO, Justin!" Good for him! I am so glad she can't play him like a violin. Oh, they aren't done yet, not by a long shot, but I'm glad his initial reaction was to call her a liar. In spite of my strains of sympathy toward Holly, you do have to admit that the manipulation apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to Rebecca. Sometimes I forget that Rebecca is worse than Holly, and that Rebecca truly does use and manipulate people to her own interests. Remember when Rebecca wondered whether Holly was capable of loving anyone? Projection much?
But just to make sure that Holly and Rebecca don't become obsolete on the show, Holly responds to her fight with Rebecca by tightening the bondage that binds them to the Walkers: She swoops in with a proposal to save Ojai foods that basically puts Holly at the helm. Oh, she will just be there to settle disagreements between Sarah and Tommy. Surely, that will never happen.
Saul just needs to be handed a nifty retirement package and cut loose. He's a loose cannon and he needs some time to dry out and come to terms with his decision to embrace his position as a gay man. He is bitter and resentful about his lost time, and it's marvelous to have this subject matter addressed: How about exploring this and giving him the freedom to do it without taking the entire Walker clan down in the process?
Did you tear up when Kevin proposed to Scotty? Who doesn't love Scotty? Luke McFarlane is so genuine, so good-natured, so adorable, who wouldn't want to keep him around? I'm glad Kevin finally sees the light. But as much as I adore Kevin, I have to say, he's getting the best end of this deal. I'd love to see McFarlane go from guest star to full-fledged cast member on the show. Next stop? Fatherhood!
Next week is the season finale and you can bet with the setup of Rebecca's parentage, Ojai's disaster, and impending nuptials that they are going to go out with fireworks, just like last season. I just hope nobody jumps into the pool.