'Brothers & Sisters': Have a little faith
The bulk of the episode was dedicated to Kevin's big grudge against Nora. He was still unwilling to talk to her after the Aaron incident left him feeling guilty and deceived, but Nora, as always, stood her ground and waited for him to come around. Even as he reluctantly marked his 39th birthday, she seemed to be the only one in a celebratory mood. "If you bake [a cake], he will come," Nora insisted.
Her efforts at throwing Kevin a birthday party weren't rooted in naivete or delusion as Kitty and Sarah had thought but, rather, on the belief that she knew her son well enough to know he would eventually make peace with her and the situation. And he did. Kevin couldn't possibly spend his birthday angry (who could with stuffed squab and cake on the menu?), and a sweet mother-and-son talk quelled some of his insecurities. I loved Kevin's honesty that it would take time for him to fully deal with the consequences of Nora's actions, but his willingness to open up and talk about it felt like a genuine moment.
One issue that the show did acknowledge was Rob Lowe's impending departure. For most of the episode, we were led to believe that a top-secret job in Washington, D.C., would whisk Robert and Kitty away, but at the end we found out that he didn't get the job due to his heart health. Since Lowe announced his exit, I believed that the show would do one of two things: Find a reason for him to move out of California (and come back as a guest star) or kill him off completely. Will another D.C. job come his way before season's end, or should we begin preparing for a dramatic death? The suspense is killing me!
We must also wait to discover the fate of Luc, who was back in the picture after being absent last week. His visa was to expire soon, and Sarah continued to pout as he packed his bags. From the looks of next week's preview, a possible pregnancy might make things complicated for the couple, but I have faith Luc will be back next season. ABC can't let one heartthrob go without replacing him with another!
What are your thoughts on the episode? How should Rob Lowe exit the show? Do you want Luc back next season?
-- Enid Portuguez