The Husband:

Blah blah blah Desperate Housewives. What really mattered last night was the season finale of Brothers & Sisters.

Because, honestly, whatever happened last night on DH is pretty much just filler until the two-hour finale this coming Sunday. But what happened?

  • Gaby discovered that one of her old friends is now homeless after losing all of her money once she became a widow, which in turn shows Gaby a valuable lesson about life. And what’s that lesson, Headbanger’s Ball and Daisy Of Love’s Riki Rachtman? IT’S NOT A GAME!
  • Lynnette doesn’t want Tom to get plastic surgery, because it would result in them not looking like they belong together. Because as any DH viewer knows, Lynnette and Tom belong together.
  • After using her divorce lawyer’s advice, Bree breaks into her own house, only to discover that Orson still loves her unconditionally, and that she’s a horrible person for wanting to divorce him.
  • Susan and Jackson throw an engagement party, but Susan finds that she is hesitant to get married as it would cancel Mike’s regular alimony payments. But through a series of messages (actually Kathryn posing as Mike), he “agrees” to keep paying. But the marriage may not happen anyway, since Creepy Dave knows the truth behind the marriage and calls immigration on Jackson.
Damn you, Creepy Dave! Damn you!

Damn you, Creepy Dave! Damn you!

Blerghy blerghy blergh.

But how’d the Walker family fare? Was their trip to Mexico fruitful and exciting? Actually, kind of not. Choosing instead to follow its own path of actual reality, Brothers & Sisters ended not with wild drama, massive cliffhangers and people acting out of character (coughDesperateHousewivesandGrey’sAnatomycough), but with a neat (if underdeveloped) wrap-up of the show’s third and best season.

First Nora, then the remainder of the family, cross the border and find something that not only surprised them, but surprised me as well. I guess that since Tommy has always been such a jerk, I just assumed he took the clichéd way out and just went to Mexico to chill on beaches, drink a lot and bang hookers, but in fact he had joined a semi-cultist meditation society, one that pretty much strips away all your earthly possessions and first world problems and allows you to reassess who you are as a person. In other words, he’s a hippie who builds houses and fixes plumbing for the less fortunate, and eats meals in a room where talking is banned.

In fact, once this discovery was made, the Walkers weren’t left much to do other than smile at each other and update everybody on their current life events. But at least the show found a funny way to do such a ho-hum scene, done entirely in pantomime as they were still at the meditation society’s mess hall. In fact, it was so funny that it kind of overshadowed Kitty’s real problems that followed her to Mexico via Robert and a helicopter, culminating in her running after his departing chopper only to realize it’s too late and that their marriage is pretty much over.

Maybe now wasnt the best time to adopt?

Maybe now wasn't the best time to adopt?

But hey, Justin is going to become a doctor, and he and Rebecca are going to get married. Everything’s okay, right?

Not entirely. Ryan the Missing Walker still had one bit of usage left in him, which unexpectedly involved the underused Saul. So yes, it is technically true that Ryan’s dead mother was affected by William breaking up with her, and that may have caused her to kill herself by wrapping her car around a tree. But (what a tweeeest!) it turns out that William never went to Reno to break up with Ryan’s dead mother – he had Saul do it instead. And so Saul, refusing to hand Ryan the Missing Walker a send-off deal from Ojai that would make a CEO blush, demands from Holly that he return to Ojai Foods. Basically, I’m fine with more Ron Rifkin (having seen him in two shows, the pre-Broadway run of Wrong Mountain, as well as the Cabaret 90s revival at Studio 54), so I’m glad that he may actually return to being a character next season, and not just the gay Jewish comic relief.

I am so glad that I reinvested in this show after giving up on its halfway through its first season, because it is honestly one of the best written shows on network television, written by people who get the concept that big emotion doesn’t have to equal histrionic bullshit. It earns its laughs and tears by being a character show first and a plot show second. Even with such a non-event of a finale, it still feels right, as they start a new chapter with a new season. How will Justin and Rebecca’s marriage go? How will Nora’s charity center fare? Are Kitty and Robert really done?

All we really know is that Balthazar Getty has been demoted from main cast to a sporadically recurring guest role, so Tommy is going to be off-camera “finding himself” for most of next season.

The Husband:

Now that we are completely done with Edie Britt (and her one-episode stint as a narrating ghost), we can finally move on with all the dangling story threads. And, once again, I feel that the show has no idea what to do with Gaby anymore. When this season started, every story with her children felt out-of-place and forced, but when they never showed up at all, Gaby’s stories simply felt like the same-ol’-same-ol’. This week was a lot of old and a little bit of new, as she joins a gardening club only to find out that they don’t sit around all day drinking and gossiping but actually gardens. And so, with the help of Tom Scavo, she stages a coup to turn the club into something fun, only to have to reel the newly buff Tom in from spending too much time with Patti, the town skanky cougar. (Even if we all know that Tom would never cheat on Lynette, merely hanging out with this STD-ridden hoooooooooooe is problem enough.) All of this info comes to Lynette’s attention at an awkward Solis-Scavo dinner.

But there are, of course, more secrets to uncover at this dinner, but just like the one between Gaby and Tom, the one between Lynette and Carlos is equally non-threatening. Lynette took a shower one day at Carlos’ office at work, which in turn upsets Tom, so Lynette is hesitant to tell him about what happened the next morning, when Carlos swung by the Scavo house to pick Lynette up for a company meeting, only to hear her knock herself unconscious in the shower and carry her passed out naked body to her bed.

Yeah, ho-hum. See?

As far as the Hodge clan stories are concerned, Orson’s neurotic thievery has finally caught up with him as Bree catches him in a lie about what he was doing the night of Edie’s death — don’t forget, he was one of the many elements that caused it to happen, accidental or not — and begins to work with her son to divorce the man, as he just simply hasn’t been the same since before he went to jail. Which makes sense. Because he was in jail.

The only worthy story this week deals hardcore in Creepy Dave’s life, as he has seemingly stopped all of his vengeance schemes in order to mourn Edie’s death and drink himself into a stupor. The neighborhood doesn’t know what to do with him, but Susan at least makes an effort to sneak through his house and take away anything that could be used as a means of suicide. (Gun, knives, ties, belts, etc.) When she comes back to return the gun and knives — because she was pulled over by the cops and was found with all the weapons, ho ho! — she relates a story to Creepy Dave, one that completely changes his focus and purpose on Wisteria Lane. As we all know, something was fishy about the day that Susan and Mike got into the car accident that killed Creepy Dave’s first family, but now it comes together more clearly — Susan was the one driving the car, but she and Mike decided to say that Mike was driving as Susan didn’t have her license on her. And as these words go into Creepy Dave’s ears and through his fucked-up brain, a new scheme seems to form, and his bloodlust arises anew.

What will Dave do with this new info? The show seems to infer that he’s going to do something horrible to Susan and Mike’s son, MJ, which would be above and beyond the cruelty of his original plan. But this man has just lost his second wife, so who knows how far he’s willing to go?

After last week’s sex fest, not much was going down on Brothers & Sisters this week, so I’ll just say it was a good middle-of-the-road episode and just run through some of the more important updates.

The Saga of Tommy Walker

Now that Tommy has made it very clear he is not coming home to Pasadena, his wife Julie is left struggling to pay the bills and support their child to the point that she has to give up the house. Kevin groups together some money to put the house in the Walkers’ name, but then Julie is offered a well-paying teaching position up in Seattle (whut whuuuut?) and leaves, presumably forever, from the clutches of the Walkers. I missed the second half of the first season of this show, so I don’t really have any connection to her character, so this is fine.

The Continuing Break-Up of the Hottest Couple on TV

Now that Justin and Rebecca are done, she has been dealing with all of Ryan’s drama in re: his dead mother and her relationship with William Walker. This had the potential to make Rebecca and Ryan a very creepy, incestuous-but-not-incestuous couple (both their moms banged the same dude, and both at some point has thought they were a Walker), but Rebecca begins to see Ryan’s true, evil colors when he accepts Holly’s offer to work at Ojai Foods. Since he is technically a Walker, he would be entitled to some shares, enough that if he banded up with Holly (and presumably Rebecca), they could overtake the entire company. Rebecca ain’t no fool, though, so she returns to Justin to make him aware of this plan, depressed that Ryan wasn’t the sweet guy he thought he was.

Kitty’s Emotional Affair

Kitty, still struggling through her marriage with gubernatorial candidate Robert McCallister, is getting closer to single father Alec (Matt Letscher from Eli Stone), going to far as to help him pick out a new house. This, in turn, leads to a fairly major car accident, which Kitty decides to lie about in re: if there was anybody else in the car. But when Robert decides to take their adopted child to the park and is approached by Alec’s little boy, he puts two and two together and exposes Kitty for having an emotional affair and lying about it. This collapse has been brewing since the birth of their child (which Robert missed due to his political schedule), and the addition of Kitty running to Alec at his new place and making out with him pretty much seals the deal. I don’t know how much Rob Lowe is into being on this show, but this is a program that puts a lot of effort into having its focal characters be pretty morally responsible people, and I don’t know if the writers and showrunners are even planning on getting Kitty and Robert back together.

The Husband:

Ding dong, Edie is finally fucking dead. Thank whatever lord you have, because her constant story repetitions that serve no purpose other than to act as a cheap plot device for other, better plots have finally come to a close. No longer do we have to put her in all the promos as if she were one of the “housewives” despite contributing nothing to the series other than a plastic shell. Hell, she didn’t even feel like a housewife when she was, in all actuality, a wife this season to Creepy Dave.

Clearly, no one is all that moved by Edies death.

Clearly, no one is all that moved by Edie's death.

But the show isn’t done with her yet, at least not in this week’s episode, because for the first (and hopefully last) time, she takes over the Mary Alice role and became the narrator. As long as her mannish voice is gone next week, then I accept that this, an episode based solely on the housewives (plus Mrs. McClusky) reminiscing about Edie Britt. But if she sticks around in the ether, then I’ll be fucking pissed.

As the rest of the stories have been put completely on hold for the long van ride to Edie’s son’s boarding school, there isn’t really a whole lot to talk about. (Nope, no mention of Creepy Dave’s story, which directly caused Edie’s death.) Basically, Gaby and Edie had a very special night on the town that turned into a tender moment fueled by jealousy that Gaby got more free drinks at a bar than Edie did, Susan called out the new-to-the-neighborhood Edie for sleeping with a married man until Edie turned around and informed Susan of the terrible truth of Susan’s husband’s infidelity with another woman, Lynnette learned to battle cancer when Edie takes her to a biker bar (huh?), and Mrs. McClusky had a drink-fueled heart-to-heart with Edie about what it means to lose a child as opposed to giving one up.

The only memory I really and truly appreciated was Bree’s, which dealt with the years between last season and this season as it pertained to Orson’s incarceration. After being basically forced out of Wisteria Lane, Edie had taken to visiting Orson every so often in prison, not for sex but just because the prison was nearby and she needed a friend, and Bree was certainly not coming as often as she should…being Orson’s wife and all. The story filled in a couple emotional holes that seemed to positively gape when this flash-forward season started, so I’m glad that the writers took the time to at least address some Van De Kamp/Hodge drama.

There only five episodes left, so they’d better be nice and juicy.

…I can’t believe I just wrote “nice and juicy.” This is not good.

Over on Brothers & Sisters, everybody has sex on the brain (look at the episode’s title if you need help with that one), save for most of the children (thankfully offscreen) and the on-the-lam Tommy. (Although, technically, he is stranded in Mexico, so who’s to say Balthazar Getty is not getting some south-of-the-border va-hi-na or participating in a Double Indemnity-inspired murder plot concocted by Patricia Arquette twins.)

Let’s split this up into two sections.

Getting Laid

  • The newly reappointed-to-Ojai-Foods Sarah, who shares a quick office tryst with Cal the accountant/volunteer firefighter (Christián de la Fuente from Dancing with the Stars and…other stuff I don’t watch), only to find out the next day that he was a temp and she bought and wore that too-tight red dress for nothing.
  • …actually, she was the only one getting laid.

Not Getting Laid But Certainly Thinking About It

  • Kevin and Scotty, who are propositioned by Kevin’s closeted former lover Chad (Jason Lewis) to have a threesome with him, only to reject his very forward suggestion but still be hot-and-bothered enough to have a shirtless make-out session, only to be interrupted by the just-banged-by-a-temp Sarah. (Jason Lewis, after playing a model/actor on Sex and the City and a soap opera actor on House, stretches his performance abilities to play…an actor.)
  • Ryan The Missing Walker continuing to lust after Rebecca, despite making it so obvious in mixed company that Rebecca’s estranged father warns her of this creepy boy’s total creep factor.
  • Nora, who is suddenly revisited by architect Roger Grant, who has informed her that his open relationship with his London-based wife (a set-up that turned Nora off) has turned into no marriage at all, so now he only has eyes for her.
  • Kitty, who is watching her marriage completely fall apart (despite Robert’s affidavit, signed by his doctor, that his heart is finally okay enough to survive a bout of passionate lurrrrrvin’), is starting to really feel fondness for Alec the single father, who brings her treats at the playground their children use every day. Watch out, Kitty – his brother is a lawyer who can see the future via musical numbers (or however one is to describe Eli Stone’s “powers”).
  • Justin, who is trying to either find a way to restart his relationship with Rebecca or at least find closure, neither or which really happens.

Other than the knowledge that Tommy, despite having all charges dropped against him, still doesn’t want to come back to his family and relatives in the United States, not a whole lot of story progress was made this week, but it was definitely an entertaining way to come back to the Walker clan after several weeks off the air.

The Wife:

Hey, people who watch Desperate Housewives and stuff! Question! Is “Look Into Their Eyes and You’ll See What They Know” the first DH episode that draws it’s title from Sondheim lyrics rather than song titles? Because that song is “Ladies Who Lunch” from Company. Here! Watch the brilliant Anna Kendrick perform it in Camp!


The Husband:

This week on Desperate Housewives, the whole was greater than the sum of its parts in many different ways. Taken alone, two of the four stories were almost desperately pathetic and petty, but they added up to a greatly enjoyable episode that had many different levels of drama and comedy, each staking out a base on the baseball diamond known as Wisteria Lane. (Okay, bad analogy.)

Bree: Discovering all the little tschotskies that Orson has stolen from various Fairview townfolk, Bree goes around stealthily returning them to their owners, until she accidentally assumes that the lawn ornament of a lazy Mexican belongs to the Solises, when in fact it belongs to the culturally clueless Mrs. McClusky. All this is quite funny until Bree blames the Mexican lawn ornament theft on an innocent (but douchey) Juanita.

Susan: Now an art teacher at an expensive grade school, Susan learns that teacher evaluations are coming up, and she shouldn’t be butting heads with the strict-in-her-methods principal, Swoosie Kurtz, so she decides to become friendlier with her in order to receive a higher grade. When she invites her over to her house, Swoosie shows up in a sexy green dress and they have a great time drinking and eating, until at the end of the night Swoosie plants a big, long kiss on Susan’s lips. Unsure of what to do in this situation, Susan fesses up to Swoosie the next day that she is not a lesbian, which Swoosie finds hard to believe, claiming she shows all the signs of a closeted former heterosexual, much like Swoosie ten years earlier. But finally, she gets Swoosie to accept her simply as a friend and they move on with their relationship, as Susan was going to get a good evaluation anywhoozle.

Edie: Digging up further info on Creepy Dave’s past, Edie discovers his original name (i.e. not “Williams”) and that he not only had a wife, but a daughter as well. She broaches the subject to him about them having kids, but he is not willing to submit. And so Edie continues her quest that will ultimately lead her to her grave.

Lynette and Gaby: After last week’s squabble with Tom, they have decided that it’s her turn to look for a career, and so she jumps headfirst back into advertising. Unfortunately, she discovers a terrible truth while waiting for her interview – she is at least 10 years older than all the other women gunning for her job, and that anyone past 35 (Lynette is 43) is figuratively “brought out back and shot” in this industry. She gets the job, actually, because the account is a wrinkle cream, while lying about how old she is (claiming early 50s), but drops it when she gets a better offer from Gaby.

Now, Gaby and Carlos are looking for him to get a new job after his boss got all kinds of murdered at the end of last week’s episode. But at the funeral, the company’s CEO tells Carlos that the bonus that the dead guy was struggling to give Carlos (as we know, it was because of blackmail) was a sign that Carlos was a great employee, and makes him president of the company, replacing the dead guy. When Carlos brings on a good right-hand man into the company who was also an old roommate, Gaby is ecstatic at their new opportunity, until she finds out that his right-hand man is actually a woman, Lucy, and one he has slept with. She’s pissed, until Lucy shows up, and it’s Lesley Boone, the chubby best friend from Ed. But when she notices that Carlos and Lucy are still hitting it off just fine, and that Lucy was always a big girl and that Carlos actually stepped outside his skinny model type when he had sex with her so many years earlier, Gaby decides to put a spy into the company. And who better than Lynette, who is struggling for a job and can take on an open position in marketing. During Lynette’s first day, though, she figures out that she is an unwilling spy and gets real pissed at Gaby, but she decides to continue working there, since the pay is so good.

God, that last plot was more complicated than I originally anticipated when I began writing this entry. It’s a good story, too, and it allows more interaction between the “housewives.” Overall, this Mike-and-Katherine-absent episode really worked for me, and as we race toward the season’s conclusion, good stuff is finally coming together. It took nearly a whole season for the show to recover from the flash-forward, but I think it’s finally working again. Not as good as s1, mind you, but still good.

If only someone could write a movie about surfing inmates . . .

If only someone could write a movie about surfing inmates . . .

So what’s going down on Brothers & Sisters? Well, it did something I never thought it would do and gave us a spring break episode, as Justin, reeling from his recent breakup with Rebecca, and Kevin decide to bring Tommy down to Baja to an old resort their father used to take them to in order to relax, but more importantly to try to convince Tommy to take a plea bargain in his increasingly dire court case re: Holly and him embezzling millions of dollars from Ojai Foods. It’s all rather silly, as Kevin gets loaded from all the tequila mixers people keep throwing in his mouth, Justin kisses a girl who has an angry boyfriend, and Tommy does some soul-searching. When all the dust clears the next morning, however, Tommy has decided to go on the run, unwilling to go to jail. Stupid Tommy.

Back in Pasadena, Ryan The Missing Walker finally meets Sarah and Kitty and hits it off pretty well. (By the way, Ryan ended up not sleeping with Rebecca after the end of the last episode, thank God. She’s not that into him…just yet.) Kitty especially warms to him because of their ability to have political debates, as Ryan studies political science at Berkeley and is also a member of the Green Party, but when the conversation moves into a mother’s inherent love for a child, Ryan gets huffy and leaves. At first, we think it’s just because he’s still very sensitive about his recently deceased mother, but it turns out to be more than that, and we get a better picture of why Ryan decided to come down to Pasadena after all.

So…Ryan’s mother died in a car accident. But there were no skid marks on the road, and no sign that his mother tried to save herself. As his mother had an affair with Papa Walker so many years earlier, he thinks that somehow Papa Walker and his death had somehow had such an effect on his mother that she had actually committed suicide via car wreck. So now he’s prying into the supposed mystery of his mother, even if there may not be a mystery. Or is there?

Hmmm…that’s probably the first time I wrote more about DH than the vastly superior Brothers & Sisters. Don’t take that as a sign, though. While the spring break stuff was, as aforementioned, quite silly, it did throw a big dramatic moment in at the end, and it also made me better understand why the hell Justin wants to go into pre-med, something I thought was completely out of nowhere before. And as for the Ryan’s mother’s death mystery, we’ll see if this turns into anything, because this show has thrown a lot at me, and this is just more icing on the cake.

The Husband:

It’s been a few weeks off, so let’s let Sunday’s episode of Desperate Housewives catch us up with all the happenings on Wisteria Lane. This week, we viewers were given a surprisingly good, if not entirely important, ep of DH that had all of its old school elements intact, making sure that each of the stories had their own little charms and quirks, and even if they ranged somewhat in quality, they all kept up at the level of satisfactory or higher.

Susan: Now that Katherine has moved in with Mike, Susan isn’t really sure what to think for herself, but she is definitely trying her best to be nice about it. But there is still jealousy within her, so when she visits them and points out to Katherine that the wonderful beach painting set on the mantelpiece was actually painted by Susan during her and Mike’s honeymoon, she gloats a bit inside that a piece of her is still in Mike’s heart. Katherine was unaware that the painting was Susan’s, though, so by the time the housewarming party comes around, the painting is nowhere to be found. Katherine tells Susan and Mike that it fell while she was dusting and was being repaired, but when Susan finds it hidden in the garage, she lets Mike know and thus throws the party into a small amount of chaos. But after some harsh words are exchanged, Katherine and Susan are on the same page and understand that they can indeed co-exist in Mike’s life and each other’s as well, because if Mike was to date anybody after the divorce, it’s good that it’s somebody Susan really likes.

Gaby: In a storyline that on paper sounds obnoxious but somehow through some bit of luck comes through as funny and noble, Gaby becomes sick of protecting Carlos’s boss’s affair with his mistress a secret, even if keeping that secret meant Carlos getting a major cash bonus at work. She decides to pay his hairdresser mistress a visit at the mall salon (ewwwww…) and pretends to fess up about her own story of dating a married man in order to get the hairdresser to feel some guilt, but the ruse, which gives Eva Longoria [Parker] perhaps her funniest scene in a long time, falls apart and she ends up yelling at the hairstylist about continuing to pursue Carlos’s boss. When the boss gets wind of this, he confronts Gaby, who tells him that she can no longer keep a secret, which in turn gets Carlos fired. He’s fine with this, though, because he hated his new job and his boss, and his boss goes off to tell his pregnant wife about the woman with whom he is in love. But when the Solises receive a call from his pregnant wife, they go over to their house to find Carlos’s boss dead on the ground with a knife in his back. And the show is given yet another murder plot.

Im glad that dudes dead. That job fucking sucked. Now me and Tom can drink beers at noon together.

I'm glad that dude's dead. That job fucking sucked. Now me and Tom can drink beers at noon together.

Bree and Lynette: While Bree has to deal with Orson’s growing resentment toward her due to him not being recognized as a valuable part of her company, as well as his growing obsession with stealing items from rude people in his life, she has taken it upon herself to help the Scavos find a job now that their pizzeria has gone belly-up. How does she do this? Well, her book publisher needs a new advertising account executive, and Lynette thinks this might be the perfect opportunity for Tom to get back into his old line of work and stop sitting around the house, sleeping in late and drinking beer at noon. But at the casual job interview/dinner at Bree’s, Tom does not want anybody to get a job for him, and he treats the interview with carelessness. However, when Lynette, also a former advertising executive, sees his laziness and decides that she herself should pursue the position instead, she sparks something in him and they basically battle each other at the table, coming up with reasons the other should not get the job. (e.g. Tom was actually Lynette’s employee until he got fired and later basically ran the pizzeria into the ground, Lynette’s cancer could return at any moment, etc.). This uncharacteristic Scavo pettiness turns off the publisher until he can no longer take it and leaves the house, leaving Tom and Lynette to realize how silly they were being, and that they both need to do anything they can in order to bring money back into the family to pay off their debts, legal and otherwise.

Oh, and Edie (now on her way to the grave by season’s end, thank God) discovers through Creepy Dave’s former priest about former residency in Fairview, and that Williams isn’t actually his last name. Hopefully Creepy Dave’s story can rev up very soon, because it’s been a whole lot of cock-teasing so far.

I was proud of this episode, because while Susan and Gaby got somewhat less important stories in the grand scheme of DH, the stories themselves were still well-written (to a point) and well-performed, because even if you’re saddled with a story about the emotional purpose of a painting, you should act like it’s the most important thing ever. All the elements were in place this week, nobody onscreen or off was phoning it in, and some great stuff got set up. I can’t exactly ask for more, can I?

But, oh man, what’s been going on with the Walkers of Pasadena? Well, they had their two-hour “movie event” two Sundays ago, and it brought the show some stellar ratings, but oddly, I can’t think of much actually happening during the episode. Here’s what I do recall:

While Rebecca brings her father back to Los Angeles after her New York trip, which turns mother Holly into a screaming mess, we get some big McCallister goings on. Although today is the day that Robert and Kitty’s surrogate mother is to give birth, Robert has some major political issues to deal with. Now that he is running for governor, he’s looking for the right time to announce his candidacy. However, when he has a talk with the current governor (a female Republican, which I can tell you is a bit of a ways off here in California), he discovers that his candidacy has already been leaked, and that he needs to do a press conference ASAP re: running for governor before anyone else can get to it. Problem is, this press conference is right at the same moment Kitty needs him at the hospital for the birth of their son, and when the Walker family, now at the hospital, sees Robert live on TV miles away, Kitty takes this as a sign that their recent problems are only going to grow. When Kevin (Robert’s director of communications, don’t forget) finally gets him off the podium, he tries to rush him to the hospital, only to have Robert collapse in the parking garage as a result of a heart attack. So now, at the same hospital at the same time, their son is being born and he is about to die from cardiac arrest. Brought back from death at the last moment, the doctor suggests they operate on Robert, even if it would hurt his chances as governor. The surgery goes through, and Robert gets Kevin to lie about his condition and say it wasn’t a big deal, which in turn worries Kitty that she basically married a liar and that raising their new kid together will be supremely difficult.

OH NOES! TANNING HAS DONE THIS TO HIM!

OH NOES! TANNING HAS DONE THIS TO HIM!

Oh, and Tommy’s in major trouble, but that goes right into this week’s episode, so let’s proceed. I must say that Balthazar Getty’s eventual exit from the show is going down in a very big, very complicated way, and it’s making for some way harsh drama.

So…yeah…you know how Tommy was setting up a scheme that would sneakily give Tommy all of evil Holly’s shares in Ojai Foods, and thus he would be able to fire her? Well, Holly (with help from daughter Rebecca) finally put all the pieces together and confronts Tommy about his horrible and illegal plan, screaming at him and then finally pressing criminal charges, as Tommy had embezzled a couple million dollars from their shared company (Tommy’s father, Papa Walker, was Holly’s lover, as we all know) to put this scheme into motion.

But while Tommy goes to court, the family decides to not tell Nora just yet. Why? Because Nora’s dealing with her own stuff, as Ryan the Missing Walker Who Goes to Berkeley finally used the open-ended plane ticket she gave him to come down to Pasadena to visit his previously unknown-to-him family. What does Ryan hope to accomplish? Well, since his mom is now dead, he needs to know who he truly is. Or something like that. You’d have to ask him.

And now we get about a 20-minute long Walker Clusterfuck, because the big look-our-family-is-getting-bigger dinner at Nora’s place turns into a multi-sided screaming match, as Ryan overhears the Walker Clan talk about Tommy’s legal troubles, then accidentally brings it up with Nora (thinking that she already knows about it), leading Nora to finally confront the increasingly stubborn Tommy about what he was possibly thinking in embezzling from his father’s company. Insulted that Nora would compare him to his adulterous and law-breaking father (well, come on Tommy, you two are both adulterers and criminals), he accuses Nora of turning a blind eye years ago to the problems since it afforded her such a lavish lifestyle, resulting in Nora providing Tommy with one of the best dramatic slaps I’ve seen in quite some time. Nora goes away from all the hubbub, only to scold Saul later for keeping Tommy’s scheme a secret, even if Saul warned him against it in the first place.

But the Walker Clusterfuck doesn’t end there, as seemingly everybody in the family is now against having Rebecca around them, as her mother could put Tommy (who has a wife and child) in jail for a very long time, even if it wasn’t her fault at all. (I think we can all agree that Tommy was being incredibly selfish and stupid throughout this entire ordeal.) Unfortunately, Holly won’t budge with the criminal case, even after having a sit-down with a desperately pleading Sarah, so any member of the Harper family is starting to look like the enemy.

And the biggest victim of this battle, at least in my opinion, is Justin and Rebecca, who after another round of bickering, finally break up. (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! The hotness is broken!) And who is there to pick up the broken Rebecca? A love-at-first-site Ryan, who visits the emotionally drained Rebecca at her house, leading to a closed door and a “to be continued” story thread.

I never thought that Justin and Rebecca’s earlier issues would result in a break-up, as they were usually stuff that could be dealt with simply by being more honest with each other, but Rebecca felt like she had to take her mother’s side and was sick of being attacked for something she didn’t do, and it was the last straw. It’s very sad to see this coupling end, and it’s especially tough to see the barely-involved-in-the-affairs-of-the-Walkers Ryan assert himself so quickly into Rebecca’s life — oh God, it’s going to get emotionally brutal really quickly, isn’t it? — and Brothers & Sisters continues to tear me apart.

Phew…what a gut-wrenching show. Not Big Love gut-wrenching, mind you, but man did Sunday’s episode bring me down. Great television, don’t forget that, but man is it hard to go to work after writing about all this madness. B&S, keep on keepin’ on.

The Husband:

Surprisingly, both Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters kept it remarkably simple last night, a welcome respite for my currently over-serialized brain (where are my Privileged posts? They’ll come in a bit, after all my other delayed posts). DH especially took a time out from its mysteries to take us on a nice, if relatively pointless, series of flashbacks, and on a nice national holiday like today, it’s the perfect gift for a lazy day.

In fact, I think I can sum up DH pretty quickly and not feel like I’m shortchanging anything. Beau Bridges plays Eli Scruggs, Fairview’s favorite handyman, who has just had a fatal heart attack the day before he was to retire. As all the main gals play poker and get ready for his funeral, they reminisce about how Eli affected each and every one of their lives.

For Gaby, it was how Eli helped her fit in better upon her moving into the neighborhood so many years ago, as she was still an egotistical, socially inept former model struggling with Carlos’ decision to bring them to the suburbs. With Eli’s help, she is able to apologize to the main women in the cast for her rudeness and is finally accepted into the inner circle.

Well, thats nice, Gaby, but youre still kind of a bitch.

Well, that's nice, Gaby, but you're still kind of a bitch.

For Bree, it was that Eli gave her the confidence to stand up to her man (the now-dead guy thanks to a heart condition and Roger Bart’s malfeasance) and finally be able to write the cookbook that we see now has brought her so much wealth.

For Edie, Eli helped her understand men better by prompting her to realize that her muscley trainer husband Umberto was actually gay, and then he helped her understand men better by simply having a penis, as she jumps him out of desperation.

For Lynette, it was that Eli helped her get out of her I-don’t-have-a-career-because-I-keep-getting-pregnant funk and made her realize that her children are her most prized items in her life.

For Susan, it was making her aware that her husband at the time wasn’t just cheating on her with one woman but perhaps even several. And then years later, upon finding that Susan has broken up with Jackson (which is fine because now Gale Harold doesn’t have to literally phone in his performances anymore), he helps her understand that sometimes it’s good to simply live alone for a bit.

And finally, Eli was there the day that Mary Alice killed herself out of grief for her season 1 crimes, and upon learning of her death mere hours after talking to her, devotes the rest of his life to helping people live their lives better.

The. End.

Eli Scruggs is dead. Long live Eli Scruggs.

Eli Scruggs is dead. Long live Eli Scruggs.

Like I said, the episode had no forward momentum, no real connection to this season and provided no extra clues to what we needed to solve, but it was nice going back to the show’s heyday and even before, so we could get a better understanding of these women (who, let’s be honest, we pretty much understand completely anyway). And it was nice to see Beau Bridges take a break from living in Camden County and dealing with his karma-obsessed ex-con son Earl Hickey and move on over to Fairview, where he could be all savior-y on ABC.

Aaaaaand over here in Pasadena, we have our Walkers on Brothers & Sisters. Also framed as a flashback episode, the show opens with Nora, Sarah and Rebecca one-by-one getting onto a hotel elevator, each looking unkempt and, as we are meant to infer, all looking very post-coital. We flashback 48 hours to see what led up to this.

While Rebecca, in a tiny subplot, seems to have bitten and has become an unknowing pawn in Tommy’s evil plan to overthrow Holly as the CEO of Ojai Foods, but this is pushed aside so she can be all jealous that Justin has taken in a new sponsee, but, against the rules, it’s a female sponsee.

And while Nora freaks out about how expensive her Cancer House charity is going to be, Kevin accompanies Robert on a quail-hunting expedition with some very powerful Republicans in order to secure their support for Robert’s run as California governor. Kevin is not happy at all the digs against his gay and liberal beliefs, so he loses his shit, but for his own peace of mind as well as Robert’s political future, he apologizes just in time to let the Republicans drop their support for a Humboldt County official also interested in the governorship and throw their weight behind the McAllister campaign. Now that Robert is just about ready to get all crazy political now, how is this going to affect his marriage to Kitty as well as the baby that’s on the way?

You know, Id eat quail at a five star, but Id rather not kill it myself, you know?

You know, I'd eat quail at a five star, but I'd rather not kill it myself, you know?

But the central purpose of the episode is to get everybody to Greentopia’s launch party, where the booze is flowing and Sarah, already on edge thanks to her 10-year-old daughter arguing with her over her little child desire to wear slightly inappropriate attire, is about to lose her mind if the Greentopia website does not find an investor. Fortunately, it does, and everybody celebrates in his or her own ways.

Ethan, the dark-haired founder of Greentopia, tells Sarah in a moment of boldness that he has had his eyes on her since they first met, and they go up to one of the several rooms leased out for the evening. Rebecca, meanwhile, is upset that Justin could not show up to the launch party, because he’s with his female sponsee and doesn’t realize that it’s his and Rebecca’s first anniversary as a couple. Dejected, Rebecca lets the other Greentopia founder, Kyle, bring her up to the honeymoon suite she had decorated for the occasion. And Nora, battling over price with Roger, finally realizes the sexual chemistry that has been going on between the two of them for 30 years now and brings him up to her room.

Ahhh…but the show twists around on us, and instead of doing something drastic for, say, bigger ratings, lets us as viewers know that it would never forsake its characters just for the sake of drama. Here’s the fun part — none of the three disheveled women actually sleep with any of their prospective beaus. Nora, right after she and Roger begin making out, passes out drunk immediately. Sarah realizes that she’s only giving herself up to Ethan because she’s treating him like a charity case. And Rebecca — who I might have started hating if she actually cheated on the wonderful Justin simply because he had some responsibilities as a recovering alcoholic — doesn’t even let Kyle get his hands on her and simply sleeps alone in the honeymoon suite. So the next morning, everybody’s fine, and everybody has learned various lessons about the ways they have been behaving.

This was a wonderful episode that could have gone horribly awry, and it’s only real misstep was the Kevin story which was pretty much just a reiteration of everything that has been going on between him and Robert ever since Kevin joined his team as communications director. I especially liked the way Sarah, after overreacting to her daughter’s obsession with this short, sparkly dress, goes to the mall and buys the dress for her again, and then has a talk with her that while often the daughter is allowed to have a say about these kinds of things, Sarah is still the mother and she has the right to overrule Paige on occasion.

The Husband:

Man, I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know if it’s the writing or the winter break or I’m just losing my patience, but between Grey’s Anatomy last Thursday and last night’s Desperate Housewives, I have suddenly found most of the show’s characters temporarily unbearable. With GA it was the boring repetition of themes past and fights present, and with DH it’s that many of the characters have reverted back to their old, flawed selves from way early in the show’s run. Am I alone in this? Has everybody always been this obnoxious? I hope not, because that would not bode well for both the future of the show’s and, more importantly, my enjoyment of said shows.

In fact, I can pretty much shove all but one of the “housewives” stories into one short paragraph, so as to demonstrate my lack of interest in them. Bree, having emasculated Orson again and again in public situations, is taken to task by Alex, her future son-in-law, on the way she treats people. The two finally come to an understanding, and everything becomes okay again. Susan gets accidentally locked in Edie’s basement with her, where she learns, through some tough love, that she is completely unable to exist without having a man around. Gaby, meanwhile, can no longer control her kids, as they respect their now-full-time-employee father more, so she lets her gardener (Gary Anthony Williams, from respectively one of my favorite sitcoms, Malcolm in the Middle, and one of my favorite comedies, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle), who has a couple “monsters” of his own, come in and yell the children into shape. Gaby and Carlos come to an understanding about child-rearing, and everything is okay.

As for Lynette – who as you know if you’ve read even one of my DH posts is my favorite character not just of the show but in recent television – she herself was not unbearable but her story left a great deal to be desired. When a crotchety old man comes to Lynette complaining about her son, she is confused until she finds out that Porter, who ran away in order to stave off jail (on charges of something he didn’t even do), has been living with Lynette’s mother at the local retirement home and has been making a ruckus. Lynette goes over and gets into a heated argument with her mother, a relationship that seems to have very much changed between the pre-time warp of s5 and now. The show explains that they are on bad terms, pretty much, because Lynette noticed that her mother was gambling away all of her savings, began drinking again and kept falling asleep with lit cigarettes in her mouth, and that she put her in the retirement community as a result. Not a bad decision, really, but it does tend to drive people a part.

Lynette’s mother, however, is one step ahead and already tipped Porter off, so Lynette drives away in a huff. Suddenly, she comes up with a plan, wherein she fakes a car accident and has somebody call her mother, thus tricking her mother and Porter into showing up at the hospital. The plan works but drives Lynette and her mother further apart, until they talk about their underlying issues and vow to work through them.

Porter, meanwhile, goes to court off-screen and the charges are immediately dropped in a completely anticlimactic ending to a storyline that had taken up so much of the show. Was it really that simple? Just show up and the implied arson charges are dropped? How about the evil Warren Schilling? Where was he? Did he get into a motorcycle accident while not filming the show, too? Can we expect to only hear his voice over the phone just like recovering actor Gale Harold?

Brothers & Sisters, on the other hand, recovered very nicely from last week’s sadly pedestrian episode with a melodramatic hour full of Shonda Rhimes-worthy questions of ethics in all of its characters.

You cant even bother to show up at your own sisters book signing? I am hurt, Walker Clan. Hurt.

You can't even bother to show up at your own sister's book signing? I am hurt, Walker Clan. Hurt.

Kitty, as you know, has a book to promote, one on being on the campaign trail with her husband Robert McAllister and how it affected her own Walker family, and has been getting some very high-profile interviews, including appearances by the never-too-busy-to-shill Regis and Kelly. The next day, she has a local Los Angeles book reading and signing, but unfortunately Nora is the only family member to show up. Why is this and what caused all these rifts? Let’s go through all the candidates.

  • Well, Kevin, having recovered from surgery two episodes ago, is back at work as communications director for Robert, and against his better judgment is forced by Robert to schedule a meeting with a prominent politician who is, apparently, the person to go to if one is interested in running for higher office. Kevin doesn’t want Robert to ignore Kitty and would love to be honest with her, but he has to separate the professional from the personal. By episode’s end, Kevin learns of what he already suspected, that after a grueling and failed campaign for president, Robert is now interested in running for governor, and that he will tell Kitty of this plan when he is damn well and ready.
  • Justin is taking the day to move into his new but shitty apartment.
  • Tommy is trying to rope Saul in on a scheme to oust Holly as the CEO of Ojai Foods through very complicated means, which would include he and Saul buying up an orchard, being silent partners, getting involved with Ojai, then take their now bigger shares and earn control of the company and then fire Holly. Why this prevented Tommy from going to the book signing I’m not sure, but it is Tommy being kind of vicious and, as usual, not an especially appealing character. Saul refuses to participate in the plan, though, so Tommy
  • Sarah, having the best and most dramatic story of the week, has discovered that Greentopia and its founders need an extra flux of cash before a convention in order to promote their environmentally conscious website, but none of them have any idea where to get the money. Nora, who is dealing with her own issues with the design of her new charity center, gets wind of this and asks Kitty to help, who shows up to Greentopia’s “office” (Sarah’s house) with a check for $120,000. Much to the creators’ dismay, Sarah refuses the check, accusing Kitty of always being greater than her and always swooping down to be a savior whenever anybody in the family has a problem. Sarah, however, discovers she cannot take out a loan for the company, so she goes back to Kitty, who now realizes she shouldn’t have to buy Sarah’s love and respect, so they come to an agreement and have Sarah, who needs to take some responsibility, take out a second mortgage with Kitty as guarantor.

What struck me about this specific story was about how serious the fights between Sarah and Kitty were and yet they were done at a very quiet, sensible level with argument tones not of anger but of hurt and confusion. Neither had to raise their voice to be heard or to insult, and that’s a refreshing change for a medium so known for its histrionics. (Grey’s, I’m looking at you specifically.) And yet, everything was happening in this scene, so the energies present made the fights that much more interesting.

I also appreciate how Nora is handling her new charity project and her explanation of why she’s doing it. Basically, she feels that until now her legacy has been simply to raise her children and keep the family together, but now that everybody is grown up and she has no stake in Ojai Foods, she needs to do something that matters, something that lasts, something that will make her a true human being. But guess what? When she’s telling all this information onscreen, she’s not weeping uncontrollably about all of her regrets but instead is calmly reasserting her decision to be a better, more giving person. It’s uplifting more than depressing, and I respect that decision as far as the show’s tone is concerned.

B&S is back on track, and I am eternally grateful that this very serious and adult show still manages to crack the Nielsen Top 20 every now and again. It’s nice to see such quality get justified attention. It doesn’t happen enough, honestly, on the same week we say goodbye to the stellar Lipstick Jungle.

The Husband:

Finally! The first good episode of Desperate Housewives this season. Maybe it’s because I was looking for some answers. Maybe I just missed the characters’ earlier incarnations (children or not, Gaby is still shallow now, just a different kind of shallow). Maybe I just wanted to see everyone all together, which is when the show usually finds its best rhythms.

Or maybe it was just a good episode that was better-written, better-acted and better plotted than any of this ho-hum season so far.

To celebrate Mrs. McClusky’s 70th birthday, every major character shows up at Edie’s house for a surprise party. As if an answer to my prayers, the show then decides to rewind the clock for each of the main four characters and fills in bits and pieces of information about what happened over the last five years.

Gaby (Past): We see the news that, even though it was thought that Gaby could never have children, she is pregnant, leading her to slap the doctor. After she gets pregnant with her second “miracle,” she asks Carlos to get a vasectomy.

Gaby (Present): She notices that her period is late, and loses her shit as she and Carlos just can’t support another child.

Gaby: Put the baby down.
Carlos: [Pause] I don’t want to.
Gaby: I need to hit something, and it needs to be you.

She doesn’t go far as to, say, ride horseback to get rid of the baby like Betty on Mad Men, but she does freak out considerably, leading Carlos to admit that he did not, in fact, have a vasectomy. In the end, Gaby is delighted to have her period, and Carlos finally agrees to have the procedure.

Susan (Past): Just as her divorce with Mike is about to be finalized, Susan mopes to her house painter, Jackson, and both fall into bed very quickly. He is ashamed to admit that he is not looking for a relationship, and is surprised to learn that neither is Susan. They agree to keep it casual.

Susan (Present): Jackson is really starting to feel the love for Susan, so he suggests that he moves in, leaving Susan to freak out and demand to know what happened to their arrangement. When Jackson realizes that Susan has no plans for them in the future, he breaks up with her. (But not before trying to make Susan jealous by kissing the very game and very single Katherine.)

Bree (Past): On the eve of her husband’s incarceration, they have a dinner with Andrew and the gay couple down the street (welcome back, guys!), and Bree begins to freak out about what to do for the next four years without Orson. She resorts to alcohol, falling off the wagon and letting Katherine pick of the pieces, including doing much of the work for their catering service, leaving Katherine a better reason to be pissed that Bree has become the face of their business despite only being responsible for 50% of the work.

Bree (Present): Faced with having to come clean to Katherine about bringing on Orson as a partner, she decides to not piss Katherine off any further and instead fires Orson, who immediately turns around and asks for a divorce. Bree comes clean about why Katherine is so important to the company, both in the past and in the present, so Orson decides to go to Katherine and offer his services as a partner only if he is able to earn it.

Lynette (Past): For those complaining about how Lynette shouldn’t have to deal with Tom’s midlife crisis, well, it’s become a lot more complicated than that. It turns out that when trying to fix an electrical problem at the restaurant, Tom electrocuted himself, and if there wasn’t a cop in the restaurant at that moment to save him, Tom would be dead. Now, it’s good that Lynette is putting her foot down about a few things in the present, but I’d just like to say if I was her and my husband had been dead for a few minutes, buying an old sports car would not be out of the question, nor would playing in a garage band. There’s a point when near-death crises can become too much, but I find this explanation a lot more manageable.

But Lynette, its such a shiny car!

But Lynette, it's such a shiny car!

Lynette (Present): Finally fed up with Tom’s recent joie de vivre, she rejects his proposal to take the kids out of school for a semester to travel the country with them in a van (or, as Lynette describes it, the “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test”) and reminds him that his restaurant is more than enough of a new adventure for the both of them, until he admits that he has already found a buyer to purchase the business.

The Party Itself: Since the party was thrown by Creepy Dave and Edie, we know that there has to be some underlying motivations behind the whole shebang. Earlier, Creepy Dave had found Mrs McClusky going through his mail, so right before the party he gets Edie to take McClusky out for a drink so he can secretly move a few things in her house, tormenting her in the process. When McClusky shows up at the party, she is enraged and wielding a baseball bat, blaming Creepy Dave for mysteriously rearranging all of her junk, as well as the earlier theft and return of her cat. Of course, she comes off sounding like crazy, so she is called into the hospital being labeled as “losing her mind.” Just as she is to be driven off in the ambulance, Creepy Dave admits to her that he did do those things, and that he was very sorry he had to get rid of her. During the show’s final narration, we learn that Creepy Dave is out to get “the man who ruined his life,” whoever that could be. My money’s on Mike, presumably for the traffic accident that ended the lives of a mother and her young child, as well as ending Mike and Susan’s marriage.

Curse you, Creepy Dave!

Curse you, Creepy Dave!

As far as Brothers & Sisters is concerned, I think it is officially in my top 10 network shows now. I’d have to consult my DVR’s season passes to confirm this as a part of the list, but each week I find myself loving it more and more. Why all the love for this season and far less for previous ones? I’ve already run through a few of those reasons in my past posts for this show, but TvGal over at Zap2It made a very good point that everyone at the show seemed to finally realize for this season that not every episode has to end with a big family blowout involving every single character in one room, that it has found a way to better balance the various stories and really pick at their own internal conflicts. I think this is great, and the rewards for all the loyal viewers have been immense so far.

While Sarah has trouble finding a job that will pay her anywhere close to as much as her former salary at Ojai Foods, Kevin has a much more personal matter to deal with: Scotty’s conservative parents are coming into town from Arizona, and partner Scotty wants nothing more than to make them comfortable and happy for the weekend despite their objections to their civil union. This involves mostly Kevin trying not to politically go on the offensive or have any real blunt PDAs with Scotty. Kevin agrees, but he makes the first wrong move by having to push a fancy dinner with the parents back two hours (as Scotty describes, “past their bedtime”) as he has been invited to attend a cocktail hour with his firm, which is a sure sign that he is finally to be made partner.

Unfortunately, when you have a boss played by Mitch Pileggi, it’s almost always a sure sign that something bad is about to happen. Kevin finds out that he has been passed over for promotion, so he quits and then brings all of his negative energy to the dinner. He has done one thing right, though, by inviting the McAllisters (Robert and Kitty) to the dinner, as Scotty’s parents are both big fans of the illustrious Republican senator and his wife/former Director of Communications.

Cheers to your bigotry, Scotts parents!

Cheers to your bigotry, Scott's parents!

Angry at his law firm and fed up with Scotty’s mother’s complaining about the restaurant and undermining his desire for he and Scotty to adopt a child, Kevin blows up at them, asking for them to be more understanding of their son’s lifestyle, and then he finally accepts Robert’s offer to become Kitty’s replacement in his cabinet, despite their political and ideological differences.

Scotty: [blandly] Someone has to cross the aisle or nothing’s going to get done.
Robert: Try to be a little less enthusiastic.

When the weekend is over, Kevin has admitted to Scotty his passing-over at the firm, and then proceeds to apologize for roping his parents into it. The parents realize that they need to be more supportive of their son, and that they will be back a few months later to try again.

“Someone has to cross the aisle…or nothing’s gonna get done.” – Scotty’s Father

Kevin’s story has been my favorite this season, and bringing in the parents once again helped to shed light on the differing opinions on gay marriage and old-fashioned traditional beliefs in a mature, [mostly] fair way. Once again, the show has found a way for me to relate to Republicans, which is not someone I’m always wont to do.

As you can see, I need money.

As you can see, I need money.

Nora, meanwhile, has set up an appointment with some potential investors in her new charity, only to be shot down as a result of the amount of money she needs as well as her sparse resume. That is, until she mentions having been married to William Walker for so many years and witnessing him build a company from the ground up.

Male Investor: I used to know William Walker. How is he?
Nora: Dead.

Sympathy for her recent loss, the male investor meets with her later on, but mostly to discuss his past with William and their many games of golf. Upset that she may not be good enough to convince the investors into giving her over $3 million, she takes Sarah’s advice – act like you do when you go to the butcher shop, confident and never settling for less than the best cut of meat – and berates the investor for the world not giving enough credit to the work experience of stay-at-home moms (especially ones who raised five children pretty much on her own).

In the youth-driven story, Rebecca and Justin begin to feel the strain of a sexless relationship – a strange yet mutual decision – and let it affect other bits of their lives. Rebecca, especially, takes a renewed interest in her mother Holly when, at the end of the last episode, she discovered that Holly had an investigator gather information on Ryan, the missing Walker bastard child, and lied to Rebecca about it, despite promising that there’d be “no more lies.” Rebecca, now working as a file clerk for Holly at Ojai Foods, decides to accompany Holly on a visit to a vineyard, testing Holly on whether or not she’d come clean about her interest in The Case of the Missing Walker. Luckily, Holly spills the beans without any prodding. Unfortunately, Rebecca begins to feel the weight of her mother’s secrets and takes it out on Justin, calling him out on his Holly hatred. (Well, Holly did have a secret decades-long affair with Justin’s father, so he still has a right to feel this way.) The fight turns into fight sex, and both are left to wonder why the hell they were so stupid to wait.

In the show’s final minutes, Justin and Rebecca trick Holly and Nora into meeting a restaurant to discuss The Case of the Missing Walker, that the problem is between the two elder ladies of B&S and not the young couple who just want to succeed in life and have hot, attractive sex with each other. Nora and Holly have the same fight they always do (Nora is “selfish,” Holly is morally bankrupt), until Holly finally realizes that it’s not her place to contact the Missing Walker no matter how much she wants to shake things up, and leaves the information, and the decision, for Nora to deal with.

Ahhh…people dealing with their problems intelligently and eloquently. Why can’t more shows do this? And now that Kevin has a brand new story as being the sole Democrat in a Republican office, we’re going to be witness to some very interesting and appropriate political ruminations, all involving Matthew Rhys who is now one of my favorite actors currently working on television. It also brings Kitty back into a few stories, so that’s just an added bonus. (Yes, I was a big fan of Ally McBeal until it lost its mind after season four.)