After the break, Justin comes upstairs to find Rebecca "taking a little breather." She confesses that she's not comfortable being there, and Justin somewhat impatiently hopes it's not still about Joe and Sarah; Rebecca insists that she basically broke them up, which Justin disputes, saying that their marriage was "headed down that road long before" Rebecca showed up, and how many times does he have to tell her she's "part of the family now"? Looking at her lap, Rebecca says he doesn't know everything about her. "What does that mean?" "Joe wasn't the only older man," she begins, meeting his eye, and what happened in Chicago is, haltingly, revealed: there was another older guy, a teacher with a family. Rebecca was sixteen. The teacher's wife found out eventually; "everyone" told Holly to press charges, but Rebecca begged her not to, so she didn't. Evan, the teacher, moved his family to Chicago, and Rebecca thought she could "let it go" -- and she had, until he called "to apologize." And then she "was on a bus" to Chicago. She didn't go to school there, in the end; Evan put her up in a hotel "so [they] could"...you know. A month after that, the wife found out again, and then Evan killed himself. Throughout this litany of woe, Justin looks concerned and unsure of what to say; Emily VanCamp does a strong, understated job with material that could get pretty sudsy if she weren't careful. I don't know how I feel about the more sympathetic portrayal of Rebecca this seems bound to lead to -- it's possibly a bit too easy -- but I'm glad that at least they answered the question. Justin says he's sorry. Rebecca gets up and says sadly, "So, why don't you just ask me." "Ask you what?" "If I had something to do with that kiss?" Did she? Rebecca nods. She doesn't know what she was thinking, or what Joe was thinking -- Justin interrupts to say that she should tell Sarah, for both their sakes. Rebecca looks unsure, but asks if he'll come with her, and he says he can't, admitting that he actually leaves that night; it's why he came upstairs, to get his things. Nobody else knows. Rebecca takes issue with his decision to leave without saying goodbye, but he tells her firmly that "it'll be easier on everyone, okay?" She's backed off by that, and says after a moment that she'll miss him. He'll miss her too. Hugs.
Brothers and Sisters
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Brothers and Sisters