Kitty and The Senator are finally on the same page. He is going to put family first, but so long as he remembers his priorities, he can run to become The Governor. They announce his candidacy to the Walkers and then mysteriously the press gets wind of it. Do you think one of the Walkers leaked it? Never! The Senator decides to out himself as a candidate and organizes a press conference. His promise to Kitty is instantly put to the test though when Trish goes into labor at the exact moment that he is set to publicly announce his run for governor. He tries to squeeze in his statement before the baby pops, but not before Kitty can see him on the news and vow to end things. She doesn't get to stay mad for long though. On his way to the hospital, The Senator collapses under the strain of guilt. He has a heart attack and flatlines, causing Nora to run through the hospital from her grandson's birth to her son-in-law's bedside. And, yeah, I cried. Shut up. It's Rob Lowe, guys. He is worth a tear or two. Maybe three. Trish pushes the Little Senator into the world and into Kitty's waiting arms. Kitty then hot potatoes him to Sarah and runs to The Senator. He survives the near death experience, the surgery, and Kitty's wrath-guilt combo platter. He and Kitty name their son Evan in honor of Trish Evans. They really should have named him Griggs. Despite the whole heart attack and reconciliation, The Senator is not done with his gubernatorial campaign. He issues a statement saying he will be back on the campaign trail soon. Kitty, however, may have had enough of his "Ambition first!" motto.
Things are also heating up for Tommy. While the deal may be through the lawyers and the Board, he has not faced the toughest hurdle: The Walkers. While re-thinking his role in Rebecca's disappearance, Justin turns to Sarah for advice. When he hints that Tommy may be up to something, Sarah gets very anxious. While Tommy prepares to announce his takeover to the Board, Holly prepares to fight to the pain (yeah, that's a Princess Bride reference) to keep Tommy from implementing his plan. Tommy eventually confides in Sarah, but when the first question out of her mouth is, "Is it legal?" Tommy gets snippy. After Sarah and Saul's tag team, Tommy may be having doubts about going through with the deal. He cancels the Board meeting he had planned.
Rebecca has a lot on her plate, too. She has come back from New York with her new daddy and landed smack dab in the middle of divorced parent land. Before they even get in the door David and Holly are arguing. David thinks Holly should let Tommy buy her out and go start her own damn produce company and stop following the ghost of William Walker. Holly is furious at first, but then realizes he might have a point. She is going to walk away from Ojai. Well, she was until she strangely ended up babysitting for Tommy and Julia's daughter (it was an emergency, but still: as if!) and just happens to find the incredibly incriminating documents Tommy just left lying around on his desk. Turns out that Tommy took a page out of his dad's playbook and "borrowed" a few million from the company to finance the deal. Sure sure he was going to pay it back, but Holly has her arsenal now and she has it squarely aimed at Tommy. Will this dramatic flare up be too much for Rebecca and Justin's second chance at love? Not if Justin goes to medical school! Yes, Justin has decided the best way to save his relationship is to become a doctor. Long ago I gave up trying to understand the workings of a Walker brain. Speaking of which, there's a new Walker-esque brain to ignore: Ryan Lafferty shows up on Nora's doorstep just as Rebecca and Justin are making up. Hello Ryan! You have impeccable timing.
Ah, here we are all ready for the two-hour Brothers & Sisters movie! Starring Sally Field as "Nora," Rob Lowe as "The Senator" and Calista Flockhart as "Kitty." The movie starts with a bang and Nora is off running through the halls of Seattle Grace. Er... well not Seattle Grace per se, but you know what I mean. Nora is running in slow-motion and I can't tell whether we should be hearing the dulcet tones of the song from Chariots of Fire or the anxious beat of the theme from The Bionic Woman. Maybe both. Can someone mix that up and send it along please? They are actually playing a dramatic montage of hospital sounds, the beeps and boops of the machines that keep people alive, and the incessant public addresses that keep people stabbing forks into their ears and forcing them back into the hospital thus keeping the cycle going. Nora careens around a corner Bobby Labonte-style, takes out an orderly, and then rushes towards a room where someone lies on a table getting shocked back into this mortal coil. Maybe. As a doctor barricades Nora from the room, she stares in anguish and mutters "I'm family. I'm family." And dammit! I am already tearing up. I need to get a grip. Or a Snickers. Both?
Nora's Personal Best fades away into a Walker family dinner. NNOOoooooooooooo! The whole family is there including Saul, The Senator, Scotty (squee!) and all the sundry others. C'mon, Julia, is sundry. The Walkers are all trying to figure out what merited Nora fixing a rack of lamb. Sarah thinks it is because of her paying off her second mortgage. Oh shut up with your stupid start-up, Sarah. The economy is crap and people don't want to hear it. The table likes her answer less than I do. Justin considers it roast chicken at best. Which is, like, harsh, dude. Kitty is hungry and she throws her napkin down to go see what it is taking so long. Sarah snorts that Kitty's little tantrum wasn't hunger, but was a bad mood. In my family of hypoglycemics, hunger and a bad mood go hand in hand. The Senator goes after her just as Nora comes in and, whoa!, check out her rack. Heh. C'mon, it's funny 'cause Nora does not have a rack. She notices that Kitty and The Senator have vamoosed and refuses to clue anyone in on the reason for the party or to let anyone eat until everyone is at the table. Oh good idea, Nora, let everyone drink, but no food to soak up the liquor. Is that why these parties always turn out so well?
In the kitchen Kitty and The Senator have taken a moment to discuss the state of their marriage. Sure, everyone is actually sitting at the dinner table waiting for the entrée to be served, but, yeah, now is a great time to chat. Kitty is concerned that they aren't on the same page about The Senator's ambition and their marriage. He assures her that his run for governor will not interfere with their new motto: Family First! He is already having the new crest drawn up and the mosaic is being added to the swimming pool up at the ranch.