Welcome back from the so-called summer vacation, which we all know is just a months-long Brothers and Sisters dry spell of misery. Going cold turkey like that is just bad for the system and while I enjoy Burn Notice as much as the next television-addicted girl, it's no methadone. Oh is it still gauche to mention drugs around Justin?
Sarah has been dipping her toes into the pool of online dating, but opts to flee to France so at least she can't understand the men when they reject her. Alas, her trip coincides with a Walker fiesta and she has to miss all the fun.
Holly and Nora reluctantly (for everyone involved, including the audience) team up to throw Rebecca and Justin's engagement party. When the termites get the best of Holly's house, the party moves to Nora's and, as we well know, Nora does not share well with others. Luckily the two find a united front when Nora's mother asks the BEST QUESTION EVER: How did Rebecca and Justin meet? Like every Walker party ever since the dawn of time (except maybe that one…er, no, that one too) the elegant soiree is broken up by tag team arguing.
Justin and Rebecca's happily ever after is temporarily derailed by Justin's school stress and the fallout of all the family drama. Luckily their unhappiness is quickly brushed aside as cold feet. Speaking of cold feet, Kevin and Scotty are facing the reality of being two men trying to have a kid. Kevin (and his newly bushy hair) are willing to take out a second mortgage on their home to pay for the surrogacy (plus some Marc Jacobs suits), but Scotty is suffering from a case of WTF, Baby? doubts.
Kitty and Robert are trying to fake it until they make it. But despite their couple's counseling and "intimacy homework" the love train has left the station and neither of them are on board. Also the many many mentions of Kitty feeling tired and her prolonged case of the sniffles can only mean one thing: IMMINENT DEATH.
Oh and Tommy is still a douche, but he is a self aware douche. And knowing you're a douche is half the battle.
But the bestest thing about this episode? No, not the first Walker Twitter mention. Even better: No Ryan. Maybe they are trying to ignore him to see if he will go away and we can all pretend he never happened. I'm in! Who's with me?
Welcome back to Brothers and Sisters! It's been a long Walker-less summer that I spent doing nothing but skin brightening masks and pruning my Tommy Walker topiary. I was inspired to make a Tommy hedge because of his desire to remake himself. And if you're going to remake yourself, you may as well do it in bush form. Also, his hair has always reminded me of shrubbery. Like he made some sort of pact with Beelzebub that he would be famous despite the lack of any particular talent and the Devil agreed but in exchange his hair would always look like a shrub. No, he didn't want his soul, because really, would you want to hang out with Tommy for all eternity? No, you would not. Okay, okay, I know what you guys are thinking: I stole this plot line from Supernatural. The one where Sam get to come back to life so long as Dean promises never to unpucker his lips. But in truth, they stole it from me! Anyway, I have a Tommy topiary and you don't. (And if you do, please send pictures.)
So how are the Walkers going to win back my love after such a dry spell? By kicking out the jams MC5 style. No, really. The show starts with a proto-punk shriek of "Let's Start the Show!" like the soundtrack guy has been listening to nothing but the Jesus Lizard all summer and somehow convinced the editors that starting the show with some HR-esque shriek would totally connect the kids of today with the fuddy-duddy hijinks of the Walkers. And pairing that literal punk shout-out with the image of Justin and Rebecca in a sporty Honda zipping down the road would just remind everyone that Justin and Rebecca are young and in love but mostly young and ready to settle down but also having doubts because they are young and it is sunny and sometimes you just want to go for a ride and kick off the shackles of responsibility and play some body slammin' tunes. The young couple is heading out on a picnic, which is as Rebecca points out, also her ring's first picnic. Justin smirks and the camera pops out of the car to show them driving down the road and then in that one instant where the camera is watching the car then pans to another car and that other car might be going too fast and then we see a stop sign and then we all know: the Walkers are going to win back our love and affection by killing Justin and Rebecca!
48 hours earlier, Nora had a sense of foreboding. Despite her furrowed brow clearly saying: THIS IS NOT TO BE SCOFFED AT, SAUL. Saul scoffs anyway, but gently. He reminds her that Holly is throwing the engagement party and all she has to do is show up. Nora glares at him, sticks out her tongue and replies, 'I don't show up, I grow up, and when I think of Holly I throw up.' Nora is mature like that. But she knows (KNOWS) that something is wrong with one of her kids, but she just can't narrow down that maternal instinct to know which kid is at risk. This is an argument for only having one kid. When your maternal instinct kicks in you know who is about to smashed to smithereens by a recklessly Twittering Prius driver. Saul puts on his Dear Abby face (but luckily not the wig and pearls this time) and reminds Nora that her youngest son is getting married to the daughter of her arch-nemesis and this might be stressful what with the quasi-incestual beginning (and, yes, Mackenzie Phillips, thank you for putting the face on consensual incest that is a cause that really needed a spokesmodel). Nora balks that Holly is not her arch-nemesis, because she is not a superhero and thus does not deserve an arch-nemesis until she learns to be a fish telepath or cut people's heads open with her finger and animosity. Saul points out that she and Holly are going to have grandchildren together, which does nothing for Nora's mood. Saul asks whether it's their mother's impending visit, which also does nothing for Nora's mood. Nora knows one of her kids is coming to a calamitous end. Saul runs through the Walker litany: Sarah is dating; Tommy is getting help (from the silent yoga cult); Kevin and Scotty are awesome; Kitty and The Senator are in counseling; Justin is getting married and going to be a DOCTOR. See, all good? Nora can't let herself be happy and Saul can't recognize that this is congenital.
Kitty and The Senator are faking it for the media. She giggles about him talking in his sleep, he pats her back and laughs. The press guy laughingly asks about how they are known as "strange bedfellows", which really doesn't make any sense, because aren't they both fiscally conservative centrist Republicans? And don't they agree on most things? Am I forgetting something? As soon as the cameras are off Kitty and The Senator retreat to arms length and give the play-by-play of the interview. Kevin walks up to the icy couple and applauds their efforts. And, oh the first Twitter reference of the show! It's downright precious! I wonder if Kevin is really Tweeting? A quick search says: No. Hey show runner, if you need someone to Tweet on Kevin's behalf I am SO your girl. Also, Kevin's hair is getting bushier. Like first season bushy. The Senator coolly dismisses Kitty from her wifely duties and she looks hurt. Kevin tries to convince her that The Senator appreciates her efforts on his behalf, but it comes off sounding more like a form letter than an actual comfort.