Brothers and Sisters

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Don't Ask

At home, Paige and Kevin play Connect Four. Paige asks Kevin why he's not married. Kevin hems and haws for a minute, which makes it seem like he's going to have to tell her About Gay People, but snaps to the show for not going that route; Paige already knows, so Kevin is actually looking for an easily digestible way to explain to a nine-year-old that gay people can't get married -- "not in this state, anyway." Paige, dropping a game piece into the board, frowns: "But... that's not really fair." Kevin heartily agrees. Then Paige asks if that's why Kevin doesn't have a boyfriend, because he can't get married. Kevin pulls a "you're killing me, kid" face and says that he thinks he hasn't met the right guy, and he's very young, anyway, and has plenty of time (hee), and besides, "some people aren't relationship types," and cut to Paige looking kind of bored as Kevin points to George Clooney as an example of this, then can't come up with any other instances, then tells Paige that her Aunt Kitty is "much much older" than he is, and she's not married. Paige scoffs that Kitty is dating the senator, but Kevin's like, whatever: "Yeah, but that's all kinda new, and between you and me, I wouldn't count on that working out." Paige is like, uh huh -- oh, by the way, Connect Four. Kevin's like, how did that happen, and then, delighted, asks if Paige was distracting him with the gay-marriage topic in order to Connect-Four his ass. She cops to it it. "Wow, great strategy," he says, releasing the game pieces. "Wait 'til you're old enough for Game Night." Hee. Give Kevin more scenes with the kids; that was adorable without being sugary.

Crash aftermath. Robert tells someone on the phone to run "whatever they need" through his account; he hangs up, and he and Kitty hug stiffly as she asks if he talked to the pilot's wife and to Steve's parents. They both pace around a bit, and Kitty wonders if there's anything else to do that they haven't thought of. Robert asks if Kitty knew that Steve had two older sisters; she didn't. Kitty says almost absently that they should think about how to handle Robert's statement, and he balks immediately, saying he's not going on TV to talk about it. Kitty says he has to; Steve was his speech writer. Robert says that this isn't about politics, and he won't "exploit" Steve's death for votes; Kitty seems genuinely confused by this conclusion, and responds that she's not asking Robert to do that, but the rest of the staff is grief-stricken and lost, and they need to know he cares. He doesn't see the connection, not seeing how they could think otherwise -- and I'm not sure I do either; a televised press conference doesn't seem designed to address staff concerns as much as PR ones -- but Kitty insists that he has to do it on-camera. He doesn't see why; what would he say, he asks -- that it's random and unjust? "I could barely pay this kid a compliment, when he was alive; I made his job endlessly frustrating" -- see my comments above; you're the candidate, and that's the job, so this aspect of their guilt is not really working for me emotionally. Robert goes on that he has to live with that, but he'd rather not do so in front of the camera. Kitty says that's tough: "People are looking to you to show them how to react. You owe them that." He begins to look resigned as she adds, "You owe Steve that." ... Not loving this plot, honestly. The actors do well with it, but it feels unearned.

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