Between the last episode and this one, Julia has delivered the twins -- a boy and a girl -- with Justin's help. At the hospital, we find out that Julia's okay, and the girl twin is holding her own, but the boy twin is in serious medical straits; his kidneys are failing. His twin sister is a perfect donor match, but there's no guarantee that a transplant from her would save his life -- or that she would survive the surgery either. After much agonizing, and some heartfelt and kick-ass advice from Nora, Tommy and Julia decide not to go forward with the transplant. Shortly after they come to this decision, the boy twin, William, worsens, and shortly thereafter, he dies. The episode closes on Tommy and Julia coming to grips with this while bonding with their daughter, Elizabeth.
Elsewhere, a former sergeant contacts Kitty to say that he knows what really went down with Robert's helicopter rescue, and he's going to talk if Robert doesn't pay. Kitty goes to Kevin for help managing the situation; Kevin is reluctant to help, but eventually does lean on the guy, and it turns out he's a sleaze -- owes child support, did time in the past -- so Kevin's like, you keep quiet about the helicopter thing, we'll keep quiet about your many parole violations. The blackmailer is knocked back, but does point out that the truth will come out whether it's him who tells it or not.
It sounds from the way Robert's talking at the end of the episode like he's going to confess on his own, but noâ¦he's actually just proposing back to Kitty. She accepts, and it's cute. Robert also takes a field trip with Justin to a VA hospital, ostensibly to stiffen his backbone for his impending return to the theater of war. It seems to work; it even kind of impresses Kevin.
Matters at Sarah and Joe's haven't improved; Joe offers to leave for a while, and Sarah is a bit surprised at the offer but doesn't turn it down. So, she and Joe have to have The Talk with the kids, and Paige is having exactly none of it, and it's as ugly as you'd expect.
Finally, Rebecca offers to leave, but Nora says she doesn't have to; they share tea, and Nora asks about Chicago, but Rebecca demurs.
Previously on Brothers and Sisters: Julia and Tommy found out they were having twins; Robert admitted what really happened in the chopper "rescue"; Justin got called up again by the army; Holly gave Nora hell about letting Rebecca stay with her; Joe and Rebecca kissed, and Sarah described the aftermath as "relationship hell"; Robert mock-accused Kitty of reneging on her proposal, which she denied doing; and Julia went into premature labor.
Fade up on a waiting room at the hospital, where the Walker clan is arranged in various broody poses, except for Tommy, who's pacing. Nora tries to get Tommy to eat something; he's not hungry, and freaks that they're not in L.A. with their regular doctors. Nora: "Parental panic -- it'll be with you the rest of your lives, so: pace yourself." Kevin grumbles good-naturedly while rearranging Scrabble tiles (and what a spot-on detail for the Walkers, that someone would have packed in a board game) that he had a chance to do something heroic for these teeny babies, one or both of whom may be biologically his, but Justin "is trained for this." Justin grunts that it wasn't heroic, that the paramedics getting there fast made the difference, but Kevin insists very sincerely that "it was heroic" (aw), and Saul observes that delivering premature twins in a vineyard probably wasn't what the army had in mind for Justin when he enlisted. That's an odd thing to say under the circumstances; not sure where that line meant to go, but Saul goes on that the twins could just as easily be biologically Justin's.
A doctor emerges and tells Tommy that Julia's doing fine, she just needs to rest; the doctor also says that Justin "did some excellent work," and we cut to Kevin nudging Justin all, "See?" Aw! Tommy asks about the babies; the doctor expositions that, at their early stage of development and low birth weight, "we're fortunate we got them here when we did." Which tells him exactly nothing, and Nora begins grilling the doctor on the babies' Apgar scores and so forth while the siblings chatter amongst themselves all "do they give that test to preemies" and "what has peeing got to do with" rhubarb rhubarb, and Justin gets up and physically pulls Nora away. Tommy tells the doctor, "Tight family -- kind of like a vise." The doctor says that preemies this young always have "issues," but the girl twin is doing quite well. "Just... the girl?" The doctor non-answers that they should continue that conversation with Julia present. She leaves, and Tommy turns to the family and lies that everyone's fine, although they were sitting not five feet away and could probably hear, if not see via body language, that "fine" is not entirely the case. Nora asks when they can see the babies, and Tommy says that they're preemies, so it could be a while, and urges the others to go home, he's got it from here. Everyone protests, but Tommy stands firm. Nora watches him, dismayed, as the others get up and collect their things, Saul grumbling about Kevin's driving, and they line up to hug Tommy and murmur encouraging things to him; Nora is last in line, and she's in the middle of running down her contact information and how he should call anytime because she doesn't sleep (hee) when he interrupts her: "Mom, Mom, Mom, can you... stay?" She says yes, but her face says that she knows she can't fix this, and she's both sad and scared about that -- just the first of about a hundred ways large and small that Sally Field kicks ass in this episode.
Elsewhere, Robert is sitting for an interview. The journalist is gushing over his heroism in the chopper rescue while Robert tries to look modest and flattered instead of like he needs a handful of Maalox. At one point the reporter mentions Robert ushering his POWs to safety, but listening to it again, for some reason I heard "ushering your BMWs to safety," and the mental image of Rob Lowe in sand fatigues, herding a fleet of 325i sedans into a bunker while the soaring end title music from The Shawshank Redemption plays on the soundtrack, is pretty funny. Anyway. The notable thing here is that Robert doesn't exactly confirm what she's said; he keeps deflecting her with quotes from Omar Bradley and statements like, "I think that most people, in that situation, would try to find the courage to... make the right choice," which is true, strictly speaking, but not exactly pertinent to his specific actions if you look at it again. Kitty comes in about here, shell-shocky and clutching a coffee, and the reporter wraps it up. After a bit of back-and-forth about the traffic and the twins (Kitty, interestingly, puts it like so: "Tommy... says they're doing fine, so... "), she asks how it went. Robert thinks he came off as "the love child of Winston Churchill and Dan Quayle." A fat, quotable drunk who likes golf? A staffer interrupts them to tell Kitty that a man wants to see her on an important personal matter, he wouldn't say what; the guy's set to meet with her at two. The staffer also says that Justin Walker's cell number is in Robert's PDA. She bustles off, and Robert needles Kitty about the man, it's personal, and how many other guys did she semi-propose to while he was in D.C., and "why doesn't the staff say 'hi' to me?" "Because they don't like you," Kitty smirks. A wacky oboe tootles. Um, what? Is this supposed to be a... you know what, forget it. Too much other shit going on in this ep. Kitty wants to know why Robert needs Justin's phone number, and why he didn't ask her for it. "It's none of your business. ... It's a guy thing." Wacky oboe.