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Brothers & Sisters: The Road Ahead (season premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Sep 28th 2009 12:18AM
Brothers & Sisters: The Road Ahead

(S04E01) "William was a cheater. He had this bottle-blond tramp across town..." - Nora's mother to Holly

The dysfunctional Walker clan is back, and it didn't take long for the squabbling and worrying and break-ups and tragedies to surface. Things open right away with Nora's feeling of foreboding, and with this family, it's usually warranted. There's generally a nice mix of comedy and drama in Brothers & Sisters, and this episode followed suit.

As for the comedy, much of that came from Nora and Holly quibbling over Justin and Rebecca's engagement/wedding details. There never were more lovably meddling mothers than these two, as they vie for the "best mom" award. Nora giving Justin the family heirloom ring for Rebecca is one thing; Holly doing up the engagement party like a five-star gala and then giving the couple a car is another altogether.

It's no wonder that Justin and Rebecca were fighting and breaking up before the party hardly started. You'd think they'd be on the nearest bus to Vegas to avoid all the hoopla. Frankly, I don't know how these two will ever make it with the pressure of Justin in school. But it's good that he wants to break his cycle of quitting. I'm pulling for him, but also wouldn't be surprised if he slipped back into old destructive habits.

Robert and Kitty can't catch a break, can they? They went from being so in love at first, and now it's just a struggle for them, but at least they're giving it a go with counseling. But now Kitty is sick! But with what, we won't know until next week -- hopefully. How do you think Robert will react? He's under a lot of stress, running for governor in the wake of his own health issues.

Not much airtime for Sarah, except the short bit with her online dating ventures -- a new ageist, a germaphobe, a David Crosby look-a-like -- but she's escaping to France anyway. After mentioning to Nora that Tommy called and will make it up to Rebecca at the wedding, that is. Tommy's still off finding himself.

It'll be interesting to see how things go with Kevin and Scotty's $137,000 surrogate baby. If there's a sane character among the bunch, it's Scotty. Kevin didn't want to tell Nora about the baby because he's afraid she'll want to pick the surrogate. Scotty was afraid she'd want to BE the surrogate.

Marion Ross as Nora's mother is fun, and she had some good lines, too -- even if this one about Robert and Kitty's son fell a little flat: "Say what you want, but they DO make cute babies." She's like the opposite of open-minded Nora.

As for this episode, say what you will about the Walker clan, but one thing is certain -- they really DO care about each other in their own nosy ways. How did you feel about the season four opener? I always want to see more of Ron Rifkin.

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Jane Boursaw

Johnzo - If you look under the categories, you'll see all the shows we're reviewing.

What do you guys think? Want regular reviews for Brothers & Sisters?

September 29 2009 at 10:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

YA what a lead up to a car crash that wasn't unless one of them gets out of the car and gets hit by a passing out of control car - I so wish it would have been Kevin & Scotty in the car and a BIG actual crash with Scotty being killed I CAN'T STAND THAT CHARACTER !!! and this show is still on the Twitter-Train lol

September 29 2009 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This series is a guilty pleasure for me. I just get a kick out of this dysfunctional clan, even if some of the plots are a little annoying.

September 28 2009 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

So now we're reviewing brothers and sisters? Is this on a weekly basis now or just for the premiere? Also, has TvSquad released yet what shows they are reviewing this year?

September 28 2009 at 2:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I thought this was a great opening episode...you so thought that Justin and Rebecca were going to crash, but they tricked us. And Marion Ross as Nora's mother is too funny. She really did have some of the best lines of the night. She is at that age where she can say whatever she wants, politically correct or not and people won't say anything because she is "older."

I do see them setting Justin up to fall back into drugs in order to get through all of this of this though. No one on this show just gets married and lives happily ever after, there would be no drama in that.

Glad it's back, been a long summer!

September 28 2009 at 2:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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