'Brothers & Sisters': Vive l'amour
As the promos implied, last night's "Brothers & Sisters" was about love. Not just the gooey, romantic kind, which Justin and Rebecca have recently been oozing, but the enduring and sacrificial kind that we've been waiting for Robert and Kitty to manifest.
Kitty began chemotherapy and designated Sarah as her chemo buddy. This gave the two sisters (and the viewers) a perfect opportunity to catch up on Sarah's recent trip to France. She got right to the good part: She met a guy. En route to a work-related vineyard trip, she stopped at a roadside shack to ask for directions and its inhabitant was a smoldering artist played by "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Gilles Marini. According to Sarah, they spent a week making love, drinking wine and sketching pictures, but it ended when he was caught with another woman. Kitty recognized the story as the plot of one of Nora's favorite French films but thanked her sister for concocting a romance in order to distract her from her treatment's side-effects. We learn later that the story was in fact real; Sarah changed the ending so Kitty wouldn't know that the news of her illness was the reason she had to cut her love affair short.
On the more serious side of love, we witnessed Robert and Kitty step it up like never before. Despite her illness and tough treatment, Kitty insisted that Robert continue with his gubernatorial campaign. "If I die, this is all he'll have," she told Kevin, who was upset that Robert refused to issue a public statement about her cancer. To further drive her point, Kitty channeled Elizabeth Edwards by endorsing her husband's campaign and talking about her cancer in a TV interview. It was a brave and noble move on her part.
Robert returned the favor by offering to suspend his campaign during Kitty's treatment. His speech, in which he told her that she was his "No. 1 priority," redeemed him. It was a far cry from the Robert we saw pre- and post-heart attack, who was willing to sacrifice his own health for politics. For most of last season, he seemed a little heartless and stiff, and I'm relieved he's being allowed to display his stronger, more emotional side.
To round out the love fest, Justin and Rebecca chose a wedding destination: Hawaii. I hope they pull out all the stops for that episode.
It's your turn, readers. What are your thoughts on the episode? Are you glad Sarah's getting another chance at love? Is Robert redeemed in your eyes? Fire away in the comments!
-- Enid Portuguez
Photo: Calista Flockhart as Kitty McCallister and Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker in "Brothers & Sisters." Credit: ABC