Okay, best episode title ever, for starters, so I suppose we'll start with the storyline to which it refers. Jason McCallister is back in town and wants to meet with Kevin. Scotty says he's fine with this, but after he ambushes the red hot ex-lovers with the offer of soft-shell crabs poached in awkward, it seems he's at least ambivalent. It's kind of nice to see him throw his hat into the ring and put up an active fight instead of sitting back and sulking, but when it becomes clear that Scotty merely wants to push Kevin and Jason to work through their issues or so he says), I don't feel that he's earned it when he ends up winning Kevin (seemingly) for keeps by huffing off and sleeping in his car.
Tommy and Julia spend the entire episode jockeying for position in the Your Affair Was Worse Than Mine Derby, and you can just imagine how fun that is to watch. Then Lena tries to kiss Tommy at work, but Tommy rebuffs her, to his (miniscule) credit. She ends up quitting her job and 'fessing up to Justin, who breaks up with her, leaving him wide open for the dreaded hookup with maybe suddenly-not-sister Rebecca that we all hope never, ever comes to pass. Tommy and Julia, meanwhile, agree to couples counseling.
Graham whisks Sarah off to San Francisco for a meeting with a Chinese food company, the both of them bickering the whole way about the best way to roll out Ojai's new venture. He ends up surprising her by being able to speak fluent Chinese and name-drops McCallister to impress the Chinese CEO, but he also ultimately sticks to Sarah's more conservative business plan, and it works. Their romantic push/pull continues without much advancement for another week.
Meanwhile, Kitty spends the entire episode out of town campaigning and Nora and Isaac have the sweetest date you can imagine. Old people in love! So cute!
Previously on Brothers & Sisters, all sorts of stuff came to light at a family dinner, including but not limited to Tommy and Julia's dual affairs, Justin's continued shtupping of Lena, and Nora's googly-eyed crush on Isaac. Also, some time later, Kevin 'fessed up to Scotty that Jason "Reverend Boyfriend" McCallister was coming back to L.A. Here's where, were Kevin being played by Julia Roberts or Kate Hudson, he'd hatch some wacky scheme to juggle both boyfriends. ...Actually, there's still about a 50/50 chance that he'll do just that.
We begin with Nora cuddled up on her couch with a blanket and a rapidly emptying bottle of wine. We don't know for sure that she's flipping back and forth between CNN and Rock of Love 2, but let's assume. She's calling Kitty to ask after Isaac, who hasn't called her since the fateful Dinner of Secrets. Kitty's in a limo driving down some deserted stretch of highway in Cornfield, Iowa, with Travis sneezing and snorfling alongside her. With everybody else in the continental U.S. either getting over their cold/flu or just now settling into it, I'll give props for the timeliness of the reference. Nora thinks it sounds like the apocalypse over the phone, but being Republicans, Kitty and Travis can rest easy in the knowledge that the end of the world will come not by plague or environmental catastrophe but rather when Jesus descends an escalator of fire and lays waste to the Muslims, Jews, and Liberals. Kitty grouses and bitches about Travis spreading disease across the breadth of the heartland, while Travis blames the poor Iowans for infecting him in the first place, before chugging enough NyQuil to knock out an ox. Kitty admonishes him to stop drinking so much, but Nora thinks the comment was directed at her, and she defensively says she hardly drinks at all.
Kitty, who's been on the campaign trail so long that blatant lies no longer effect her, just barrels forward, assuring her mother that Isaac is busy campaigning and that's why he hasn't called. Nora sad-sacks that Kitty doesn't have to make excuses for her benefit, but Kitty tells her to snap out of it, head on down to the campaign office, and ask Isaac out to lunch. Nora, through a mouthful of chips (Ruffles and wine: for that classy evening alone with your celibacy), says that's way too forward for her. Kitty's like, "The man was there for our 75th family meltdown, I think he's beyond 'forward.'" This allows Kitty to segue into asking about Tommy and Julia, but Nora doesn't know anything beyond the fact that Justin is still sleeping with Lena (which Kitty already knows). Nora's pretty disgusted by the whole thing, while Kitty wonders aloud if Lena isn't "wishing Kevin were straight so she could go for the whole Walker trifecta," earning a sideways glance from Travis and his phlegm. Kitty lies that they're at their destination, so she has to go (Travis: "No we're not"), and repeatedly orders Nora to call Isaac. After she's hung up, Travis says he has "so many questions" about the conversation he's just overheard, but then he sneezes and blows himself and Kitty clean out of the rest of this episode.
Lena's apartment. She and Justin are dry-humping on the futon (with an empty beer bottle on the coffee table; hers, I'm sure, but yet another reminder of just how threatening to his sobriety this situation is). Lena reminds him that he has to be up early tomorrow morning and should probably head on home, but Justin wants to avoid home at all costs, what with everybody conducting hushed conversations about what he's up to. This is clearly not good news for Lena, because nobody likes to be the subject of that much gossip, and she finally pushes him off of her, citing her own need to rest up for work. Justin scoffs at the mention of her job and asks her if it isn't weird working for Tommy. It is. "Then why don't you quit?" he asks. Lena defensively snaps that it's not quite so easy to up and quit your job when you've got bills to pay and no money, as opposed to Justin's living-at-home-with-a-pile-of-cash existence. Lena finally wonders what they're even doing and if it's worth Rebecca refusing to speak to her and Justin and Tommy being estranged. She also notes that Justin seems angry all the time, to which he agitatedly snaps that he's not using again if that's what she's asking. No, but the makeup department has already gone to the trouble of making your face all ashen and bleary so you might as well, dude. He says he's going to his meetings -- he's even found a new one for vets. And he's angry at Tommy, not Lena. Lena begins to defend Tommy, which Justin is obviously not down with, so she shuts up about it. He assures her that Tommy and Julia's deal doesn't pertain to them, then turns on the Justin Walker Doe-Eyed Charm and convinces her to let him stay the night. Lord knows why Kitty and Robert haven't put him out on the campaign trail to place the electorate under his lost-puppy spell. "Vote McCallister Or I'll Totally Cry," the campaign posters would say.