We come back where we left off, with Justin and Rebecca; Justin promises not to tell anyone what Rebecca told him about Joe kissing her, but of course he does: first he tells Joe he knows, and tells Joe that if Joe doesn't come clean with Sarah, he will tell Sarah himself. Then he lets it slip to Kevin, who 1) is babysitting (hee) and 2) doesn't really believe Rebecca, and also ranks on Justin for interfering when Joe and Sarah's marriage has enough problems.
Joe's response to all this is to take Sarah camping for the weekend, which she doesn't really want to do, but he mentions reconnecting, which gets her attention. They go, and have a really great time, but he doesn't confess himself to her -- Holly does that for him, and is a smug bitch about dropping the cheating bomb on Sarah. Sarah doesn't believe her at first, thinking it's just another Holly head-game, but when Holly mentions that it happened during a guitar lesson, it strikes a nerve -- and when Sarah confronts Joe, he admits to it, and the two of them have an extremely ugly fight that lays bare all the issues with the marriage, Joe making the kiss Sarah's fault for running the marriage, Sarah calling him a failure. Meanwhile, Holly herself basically accuses Rebecca of trying to get in with -- or revenge on -- the Walkers by stirring shit, because she knows Rebecca and suspects she is not entirely innocent in all of this, and Rebecca calls her mother a whore, storms out, goes to the Walkers, and wangles a berth in the spare bedroom thanks to poor gullible Justin, who tries to help by asking Nora to let Rebecca stay, and Nora can't really say no, although she should, because whatever happened, Sarah is her child and hi, Rebecca has a beaucoup-bucks trust fund, let her get a damn hotel room for a week.
What really happened? Well, we get a flashback at the end telling us that, while Joe did kiss her, Rebecca hit on him first; Rebecca did not pull away when he kissed her; when Joe said, "You should go," Rebecca's response was, "I don't have to"; and Rebecca made a bunch of satisfied scheme-y faces. In conclusion: Joe is a dink for working out his issues in that way, but Rebecca is still a giant bitch (and Emily VanCamp is acting the pants off it).
Elsewhere, after a helicopter crash claims a McCallister campaign staffer's life, Robert and Kitty have an argument over whether Robert should go on TV with a statement. Kitty is in favor, and prevails; Robert is, as usual, almost too cogent and winning. At a gala event later, Kitty is forced by the tragedy to take stock of her cynicism about love. The result? She proposes. Robert asks for some time to think about it, but is clearly touched, and also not so freaked out by it that he can't tease her a little bit.
Also, Professor Coyote is back. He grade-blackmails Nora into going on a date with him, on which he is a pretentious twonk, and Nora excellently calls him on this, in detail, but then agrees to a second date when he calls to apologize for the twonkage.
And I don't know if you guys have heard, but there's this rumor going around that there's another sibling in the Walker family? "Timmy," I think the guy's name is? And his wife is pregnant with puppies or some shit, and it was a big whoop for a while there on the show, until it totally wasn't? What is her nameâ¦Jillian, Juniper, something like that? Hell if I know, because they weren't in the episode. Again.
Previously on Brothers and Sisters: tension between Kitty and Robert; a relatively anonymous campaign speech writer felt frustrated at the number of revisions required of him; Nora had a crush on Professor Coyote, then got grossed out by his affair with a 20-year-old; Kitty and Robert confessed their love for each other; Rebecca alleged that Joe kissed her.
Fade up where we left off in the last ep, Justin making an "... oh, ew" face as Rebecca says she doesn't know how it happened, Joe was showing her a chord and then leaned in and kissed her. Justin can't get his head around it, and argues that it's a really affectionate family, so maybe Rebecca misinterpreted a platonic kiss? "It wasn't platonic, trust me," she says, picking at her cuticles. Justin decides she's telling the truth, and buries his head in his hands: "God, this is bad." He asks if she's okay; she says she's fine, just weirded out, and then they talk over each other to themselves, Justin wondering aloud what Joe was thinking, Rebecca asking herself why she even went over there. Justin interrupts Rebecca to reassure her that "he is married, and you're his wife's sister" -- she shouldn't blame herself. Rebecca regards him for a second, brows knitted; in light of what we see later, I think she's uncomfortable with, or surprised by, how easily Justin chooses to believe her, but whatever the reason, she jumps up all "let's just forget it, it's one kiss" and busies herself in the kitchen. Justin's all, "My brother-in-law macked on you, I kind of can't 'forget it,' because gross" and Rebecca reminds him that he swore he wouldn't tell. He asks why she's protecting Joe, which is an interesting read on how she's behaving -- even if I bought that she's entirely innocent in the situation, which I do not, I would characterize her discomfort as simple not dealing, versus protecting Joe, but regardless, Rebecca launches into yet another "o woe is me, I feel excluded from the Walker family" speech, this one about how all of them are waiting for her to "screw up" so they can hate her like they hate her mother. That's more self-pitying than it is accurate, which Justin gently points out -- they've all tried to accept her, he says, and she says she knows they've tried and she knows "none of this is [her] fault" (uh... not so fast, there), but when they look at her, they see "a walking, talking reminder that their -- that our dad was a liar!" Well... yeah. And Rebecca might have a bit more patience with their reluctance to admit her immediately into the club, given that. Justin just looks at her sadly. She adds that, if something goes wrong in Joe and Sarah's marriage, they'll blame her, and Justin knows it, so he shouldn't "give them any more ammunition" to hate her.