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'Brothers & Sisters': Happy heartbreak

February 22, 2010 |  6:46 am
B&S_Luc There was cause for celebration and for sadness on Sunday night's Valentine-themed "Brothers & Sisters." The first reason to cheer: Luc's back! Sarah's sexy French artist returned, and we finally got to see one of his pieces, an abstract painting that helped him earn his way back into Sarah's heart. Luc didn't get too much screen time in the episode, but we'll definitely see more of him -- Gilles Marini is on the show until the end of the season (and hopefully next).

Luc's return meant the end of Sarah and Roy, which was doomed from the start. They had few interests in common and little chemistry, but at least Sarah got a break from the drama. Ending a relationship isn't the ideal way to spend Valentine's Day, but the breakup was adult and relatively pain-free.

Cheryl Hines provided more reasons for glee. As Kitty's cunning and cynical friend and new campaign manager, Buffy, she injected the right amount of sass into the story line. Perhaps it was the Southern drawl or the fearlessness behind that well-coiffed hairdo, but Buffy charmed me despite her rocky start. She's the bulldog Kitty needs in her corner, but her brutal honesty certainly can lead to ruthlessness. Her "thoroughness" at vetting any kind of controversy prompted Robert to revisit Kitty's emotional affair with Alec and hinted at Buffy's tactics. However, I'm hoping that with Kitty's strong sense of self and Buffy's quirky brand of control-freak, the relationship between the two will be more comedic than dramatic.

Funny moments will be necessary because it's about to get more intense between Justin and Rebecca after her miscarriage. Nothing ever seems to go right for this poor couple. Their courtship, engagement and wedding were fraught with difficulties; when will it end (or at least become humorous)? At the same time, I've been waiting for the moment in which Justin and Rebecca show their mettle. They've done well with displaying their angst and frustration, but I have yet to see that standout performance from either. Justin's plea for Rebecca to open up to him was a heartbreaking good start and telling of the struggles they'll have to face in order to deal with their loss.

Meanwhile, the tragic moment brought Holly and Nora together. With Holly on the brink of selling her shares to the slimy Dennis York, she decided to back out of the deal after Nora declared her part of the family. Judging from Nora's reaction when Holly mentioned Dennis' name, it seemed she's very aware of his intentions and involvement with Ojai. It'll be interesting to see how she and Holly team up to unveil his scheme.

What are your favorite (or not so favorite) moments in the episode? Do you think Buffy and Kitty are a good match? Comment away!

-- Enid Portuguez

Photo: Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent in "Brothers & Sisters." Credit: ABC