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Brothers & Sisters – Season 5, Episode 15: Brody

I was unable to keep up with my reviews, but I found this one in a notebook, and figured I should post it.

*Have I mentioned this show seems to have been looking through the “crappy story lines” folder from other shows?
*I do not like Rose.
*Tommy seems to have this greater-than-thou attitude.
*I thought that guy was going to attack Justin.
*Kevin’s a dog person? Oh yeah, Bingo.
*Why do I feel like Rose would like to keep Tommy from his family?
*Why did Sarah care so much if Brody’s her dad? Because of the paternity issues in the family?
*I love how into Paige’s project Kevin’s getting; and how Sarah’s shrugging it off; and how Tommy thought Kevin was going crazy.
*Rose was happy to move to Seattle, but not Phoenix?
*I LAUGHED that Justin was so freaked out about the muffins.
*Paige cared that her grandma had premarital sex?
-Especially considering how promiscuous her whole family is.
*There’s something sweet about Justin sleeping with the marine.
*I’m not touched by Brody’s coming back story (his reasoning)
*I would flip out if someone grabbed my coffee like that.
*I can’t believe Paige is old enough to drink tea.
*Aww, Justin has a new friend.
*I don’t like any of Nora’s boyfriends.
*If there’s a way to get man to come back, it’s to keep his dog.
*I don’t think Kitty’s in the CIA.

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Brothers & Sisters – Season 5, Episode 7: Resolved

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I still don’t buy the cheating storyline, but a couple of things came out of it that I’m glad to see come out, and I wish they had found another way of pulling them out.  1) Why Scotty loves Kevin, a) Why he puts up with Kevin’s neediness (or more so, why he likes it), 2) That Kevin does need to start putting Scotty first, and can’t be completely consumed in himself, 3) That Kevin is willing to change, but it will be a long and grueling process.

For me, this brings expectations of future storylines: 1) NO MORE CHEATING!  2) Kevin being more supportive of Scotty.  3) The first kiss since The Incident.  Okay, I may be forced to create my own.  I am glad we got to see the first “I love you” since The Incident.  And, I’m glad Kevin began it.  Just like with the proposal, it wouldn’t have been right if Scotty had instigated.

One of my favorite lines was from Paige, “What if Johnny loves Principal Smith?”  Not as passive aggressive as her uncles were being, though kudos to her for realizing the subtext of their arguments.  However, to have them help with the debate seemed a bit passive aggressive (however, it does make sense to ask Kevin for help, and she didn’t choose the topic —  I don’t think).  I loved the innuendo passive aggression Kevin and Scotty were participating in.

There were two things kind of funny about Scotty requesting to talk in a neutral location.  1) I thought Sarah’s house would have been neutral, and 2) Kevin winds up wanting to talk in the kitchen.  Did seeing Kevin stand in the door way watching Scotty cook bring back memories to anyone else of when he went to apologize to Scotty in the episode “S3x”?

The thing about this being fictional, is that I can be confident that Kevin and Scotty belong to gether and that they should stay together.  In real life, the decision to forgive cheating is not always so easy to make because it isn’t as easy to determine if the person will cheat again.  But then, we enjoy seeing fictional relationships tried, while we prefer real life to be much simpler.

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Brothers & Sisters – Season 5, Episode 6: An Ideal Husband

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I usually love Kevin episodes, especially when they involve Scotty.  But obviously this episode was not a favorite of mine.  I’ve already ranted on the cheating storyline, so I much focus this post on the new developments.  Justin and I agree on something (finally): Scotty would never cheat.  Unfortunately for Justin, he has to accept, “Well he did.”  Fortunately for me, I get, “Then blame the writers for misrepresenting their character.”  While I don’t condone cheating, I do think they did their best to rectify the situation by placing some blame on Kevin’s coldness (I really wish he’d realize he can show weakness to Scotty), and on missing the affirmations he needs from his husband.  In real life, is that reason enough?  Probably not, but that’s why it’s a good thing this is fiction and I can say with true conviction that Kevin and Scotty belong together.  Which is why I’m glad all the Walkers (and Saul) want Kevin and Scotty together.  Why I’m glad they hold my conviction of “other marriages and relationships are allowed to fail, but not this one.”  And while I know many people with disagree with me, I am more mad at Kevin.  As I said (part speculation), Scotty cheating was more of a plot technique to show Scotty isn’t perfect (though there must have been another way).  But Kevin lying to Scotty because he wasn’t strong enough to be supportive of someone else when he didn’t feel successful, himself?  Thta’s something we’ve seen from Kevin, that’s the reason I want to hit Kevin in the face with a pillow.  Though a bit bittersweet, there was something nice about the ending between Kevin telling Scotty he’s the one he still turns to for comfort (essentially the one he wants to show weakness to), and telling Scotty about his lie, and Scotty sleeping in Kevin’s office.  While I understand them not showing Kevin telling Scotty about this lie, in some ways it would have been nice to see Scotty’s reaction.  But I know the gist: Scotty wasn’t mad and wishes Kevin had told him sooner.  Before I would have held this prediction because Scotty always seemed to have the patience of a saint.  But now I say it because no matter what the writers may do, I still firmly believe that Scotty does love Kevin and does want their marriage to work.  And I believe he know how big of an error he made, and so everything Kevin does will be weighed, and therefore Kevin will be able to get away with a lot.  I don’t see Kevin as taking advantage because he viewed Scotty’s actions as punishment for his crime.  I think both men view their actions as majorly #?*! [thank you Kevin Fowler for the symbols to use] up.  Here’s to hoping both demonstrate the common sense I know they have and stop jeporadizing their marriage.  I feel really bad for the guy Kevin punched.

Oh yeah, the other characters.  Justin we covered.  Sarah, I’m glad she decided to marry Luc.  Kitty, I’m glad her and Jack didn’t work out (wow, he seemed flaky this episode).  And through all of this, what did the writers do: brought back all the old cheating storyline (did the mention both Tommy and Julia?  Either way. . .)  which means, they’re sucking me back in with recalling all old details.  I just hope that next week Kevin and Scotty make up and Kevin goes back home and this is one storyline they keep buried.

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Brothers & Sisters: Season 5, Episode 5 – Call Mom

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I liked this episode up until the end.  We finally get to see Kevin and Scotty’s new place, and (more or less) find out who Kevin is working for.  I loved Kevin pepping up Nora.  He was too adorable saying “Me!” when Nora asked what she had ever accomplished.  And I’m glad Tommy’s not forgotten (see Spearchucker [M*A*S*H], Eugene [The Big Valley], Chuck [Happy Days], and Adam [Bonanza] to some extent).

I wish with Sarah thinking Luc was cheating, she would have mentioned that once it’s happened (Joe), it’s hard not to expect it to happen again.  I’m glad Luc finally proposed (though I wish Sarah didn’t seem to be contemplating it in the previews).

I’m glad to see Justin moving on, though it’s hard to believe he’d get a date that quick; plus, he had just gotten the courage to buy a shake, why would he accept a date so quickly?

I’m still having a hard time with the Kitty/Jack storyline.  I get that she’s lonely and misses having a man around.  But, there’s an inconsistency which isn’t sitting with me where she seems like she’s moving too fast and can’t decide if she is or not.  If she just went on dates with him without sex, I might feel it a good compromise.

I’ve always liked the relationship between Sarah and Scotty.  I remember them talking about where she’ll find a man and Scotty pointed out he was living in his car when he met Kevin, and when Sarah dreaded her guy was living in his car, Scotty said all the good ones were.

And this is where I falter.  The end was the reason my sister called me at 11:00pm.  The end was the reason I forgot my agreement with a Facebook friend not to post anything B&S related until 11:00PT.  The end was the reason I ranted at work and caused a co-worker to say, “Now I want to go home and watch that episode”.  The end was the reason I went out of my way to search for a spoiler, an explanation for the ending.  I’m trying to think of the last time I was this passionate about a TV show.  All I can come up with was the episode of B&S that ended with a K/S fight (the next episode had them making up with Kevin asking if Scotty had started loving him again, and Scotty saying he never stopped).  But my feelings were closer to those of when I read Leaving Fishers, and wanted to throw the book more than once (I might have actually thrown it).  The line between reality and fiction was blurred for as this felt like more than just my favorite couple being ruined.  It’s hard to explain, but I’m usually the type to trust the writer(s) to know their characters well enough that anything the characters do is within character for them (fanfic writers and changing writers don’t get that respect from me).  Therefore, when a character acts up (aka, does something I dislike), I get mad at the character.  But due to the love and image I have developed for/of Scotty over the past four seasons, I can’t get mad at him.  But more so, I can’t believe Scotty is the type to cheat.  It just doesn’t align with everything we have seen from him.  Which makes me want to blame the writers.  Problem being, I’ve spent four seasons thinking these were the most detail-oriented writers ever.  There was not a detail left unexplaiend.  But between the two, I have to blame the writers, because I simply cannot believe Scotty would cheat on Kevin.  I blamed them last season for mimicking Queer as Folk too much as of late, and this, goes with that.  I loved that they were using Kevin/Scotty to break stereotypes of same-sex couples, and one of those stereotypes that I thought was important of them to break was the question of fidelity.  But I can no longer count on them to do that, so apparently it’s just me now.  But perhaps more than that, the writing surrounding the incident had too many kinks for me.  First of all, why is it every time one of them is ready for a kid, the other isn’t?  Secondly, how did Scotty get through the episode not showing any signs and then when Kevin says a compromise for wanting a kid, Scotty suddenly remembers the affair?  And at the beginning of the episode, he was distraught again over Kevin’s long work hours, which should be translated over to him not getting any as one of the things he misses about seeing his husband.  It worked last time.  It makes him seem smug when he reassured Sarah that Luc wasn’t “getting it” elsewhere.  But more than that: he was so broken when he found out his dad was having an affair, why would he do that to Kevin?  Why would someone who vowed that when he was committed to someone he was faithful, break that?  Why would he be so cool, and be upset with Kevin being a workaholic, only in the end to drop a bomb like that?  I just can’t believe that’s how Scotty is.  And, on top of it all, the cheating storyline is getting real old, real fast.  I used to say B&S was better than a soap opera or Desperate Housewives because everyone wasn’t sleeping with everyone.  However, let’s count the number of affairs (sexual or not): William, Joe, Tommy, Walter, Julia, Kitty.  And the number of non-marital cheating: Justin, Kevin.  And those accused of cheating: Luc.  With that list, was it really necessary to have Scotty cheat?  And the previews are supposed to make you want to tune in next week, but seeing Scotty argue that he felt he owed Kevin honesty and Kevin argue that Scotty owed him fidelity and that Scotty was the one person who was supposed to love him more than anything.  How is that supposed to make me want to watch next week?  Of course I will, because I’m hopelessly addicted, and part of me is hoping that (somehow) things aren’t as bad as they seem.

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Brothers & Sisters: Season 5, Episode 4 – A Righteous Kiss

It took me a while to like this show.  But when I finally did, I fell hard.  I used to love the writing, how every detail they included was meticulously planned, how they didnt’ kill people off because they wanted off the show.  Yes, I said “used to”, and it pains me.
For one, this love/hate relationship between Justin and Rebecca is getting old.  Does this seem healthy to anyone?
Secondly, I’m questioning if amnesia works the way they’re writing it.  Do you really go from remembering to not remembering and back again?  Why does she keep looking for William?  Why can she remember Nora and her house, but not Rebecca?
I love Kevin, but I can’t see him sewing.  But I also don’t see him cooking except for the fact that he had cooking advice for Kitty back in season 1, but even then he said the sentence was “too gay” even for him.  And I guess that’s the phrase I keep coming back to with Kevin: is that too gay for him?  Which might be a little odd for me, because I’m determined Kevin has a soft spide amongst all his edges and sarcasm.  But I expect it more in the form of him and Scotty trying to set up Saul.  The three (Scotty wasn’t there right?) guys and Sarah, for some reason, made me feel like there was too much estrogen in the room.
What is with them calling their mom Nora?  I had the same complaint with Gilmore girls.
And despite my reservations, there was some stuff I liked:  I’m glad Kitty thought they were moving fast.  Scotty was cute saying hi to Jack.  Scotty and Kevin were adorable trying to set up Saul, and Saul was hillarious taking the bite.  Watching Saul trying to date someone makes me think of his exes (mainly Henry and Milo).  What happened to them?

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Brothers & Sisters: Season 5, Episode 3 – Faking It

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As age seemed an important topic in this episode, I’ll order the characters accordingly.

Nora: It saddened me that Nora wanted plastic surgery.  I think Sally Field still looks great.  Though I can understand her insecurities.

Sarah (Luc): Sarah finally gets a birthday.  And she’s lying about her age (and Luc knew).  Am I the only one who finds a Mommy/Daughter consultation a bit odd?

Kitty: I find it a bit weird that Kitty likes country life.  I wish when spoiling everything for Jack, she would have told him the truth about growing up there.  Also, what is with the recycling of names?  He’s the second Jack.  There was also two Sarahs.

Kevin (Scotty): His fake country accent was cute (in a geeky way).  Oh Kevin digging Kitty deeper into her lie to Jack.  Kevin wanting plastic surgery?  Oh geez.  I’m sure Scotty would be against the idea (hmm, fan fiction anyone?)  Speaking of which, do we ever learn their (Kevin and Scotty) age difference?  Poor Scotty always looks so helpless and awkward at their family dinners.  I’m kind of surprised he didn’t know Sarah’s age.

Justin (Rebecca): I’m not surprised Justin and Rebecca are divorced.  Except, doesn’t Justin need to sign the papers to make it official?  It was mean of Rebecca to file for it while he was overseas.  I still think Rebecca is too stubborn in how she wouldn’t come in (though I get it would be weird considering the divorce).  But she seemed to effortlessly  move on.  I’m not surprised they’re back together.  I did feel bad for Rebecca when Holly forgot who she was.  There was something very The Notebook about it.

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Brothers & Sisters: Season 5, Episode 2 – Brief Encounter

Did I miss something, or am I suffering from the time lapse?  Kevin and Scotty now live above the restaurant?  Okay, great, except it brings up some questions.  1) Where’s the restaurant? (Technically, not that important since we never know where anything is).  2) What does the new place look like?  Does it have two bedrooms?  Is there cat swinging room?  3) How did Kevin feel about the move?  I mean he’s been in his loft how many years?

I’m glad Nora pointed out that Kevin’s been crankier than normal.  For some reason, it didn’t really hit me until she said that, but then it made sense.  And I loved their (Kevin and Scotty’s) ending, watching Mateo go to his grandma with their arms  around each other.  I also loved Kevin apologizing.  One thing I love about Kevin is how he doesn’t always recognize he’s being a jerk, but when he’s had it pointed out, he’s genuinely sorry.  It’s like this little kid trying so hard to please that he’s built a shell trying be perfect.  Maybe he has, because of his father.

Of course I loved Nora putting all her kids in their places.  Not only did it show Nora getting her voice back, but it’s true Brothers & Sisters: no matter how old we get, you still need to listen to your mother.  Nora on the radio, hmm.  Not sure what to think, but hey, like daughter like mother, eh?

And Kitty.  First of all, why would she assume her mother was a lesbian?  But then I agree with Kevin about it seeming impossible.  I loved Justin’s response about them already having Uncle Saul.  And Scotty accidentally downloading “grandma porn” on Kevin’s phone: priceless.  I think it was a bit fitting since Kevin had unintentionally been being a jerk to Scotty.  I liked how Kevin was who Kitty called first.  On another Kitty topic, I’m curious if she is keeping her and Robert’s house and Robert’s ranch.  The fact that her cottage is in Ojai could lead to some storylines.

Justin was more on the love side of the love-hate spectrum in this episode.  He even had me wondering why his view of Rebecca is so much higher than mine.  I want to view Rebecca as he does.  I’m glad he’s trying to make nice with David and Holly.  I wonder if Holly will ever remember.  I wonder where Rebecca went.  I wonder what will happen to Justin and Rebecca’s marriage (I predict they’ll end up making up, but that’s just me).

Sarah falling into the catch-22 of wanting to be Paige’s friend and mother is something that seems like it should be old to me, but it wasn’t.  I can believe that Sarah would fall into that.  I wonder why Paige was coming over and not Cooper.  That’s my one complaint: I’m not satisfied with how they’ve been handling the custody part of the divorce.

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Brothers & Sisters: Season 5, Episode 1 – The Homecoming

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I was a bit nervous when I heard Brothers & Sisters would be fast forwarding.  But, it didn’t feel too different than any of the previous time lapses between seasons, except for the feelings at first that I was missing something until they finally got to the flashback.

While I usually logic Kevin’s assholery (I love Kevin, but he needs a word of his own to describe how he is when he’s being a jerk), I can’t help but feel bad for Scotty when it’s directed at him.  While Kevin is a Walker and loves to talk about everyone else’s problems, he’s always closed-lipped about himself.  Scotty on the other hand, realizes he can’t help Kevin until Kevin tells him what the problem is.  Personally, I’m glad the baby thing hasn’t worked out for them, because their place isn’t big enough: remember, no cat swinging room?  I think Kevin is realizing how delicate human life is, and I think it scares him.  It’s nice to see Kevin back at being a lawyer.  Perhaps part of him does enjoy it because he likes helping people.  I just hope he doesn’t stress  out about making partner this time.  I wonder what firm he is working for.  He looked like he got jarred back to reality, at least somewhat, when Kitty asked if he would be able to easily pull the plug on Scotty.  As much as Kevin can act like a kid, as much as he seems to take Scotty for granted, he does love Scotty.  Especially now that death has him freaked out, his greatest fear is losing Scotty, although he’d be the last to admit it (at least at certain moments).  Now that the boys have an opportunity to watch a kid that isn’t one of Kevin’s neices or nephews, it will be interesting to see if they realize their paternal skills or if they decided to hold off on having a kid.

I’m not surprised that Justin went back to war, however I do have some concerns: 1) Is it that easy to come and go?  2) This is what, Justin’s third time going to war in between seasons: is this going to become a tradition?  3) Is there a reason the writers want to keep reminding us that Justin is a solider?  Will he be a career soldier?  This may be where I come across as cold-hearted, but I’m not surprised Rebecca left, and I’m even a little glad.  While I have a love-hate relationship with Justin, I’ve never understood his relationship with Rebecca.  They meet thinking they are half-siblings, and when Justin finds out there’s a chance they aren’t related, he has a crush on her.  Their relationship seems to always be on the brink of disaster; they didn’t seem to have the “honeymoon stage” when they were engaged, let alone right after they were married.  Both are stubborn and want to be in charge.  In some ways, I’m surprised it was Justin who brought the family together.  But, it worked for me and I’m glad someone stepped up.  The more I think of it though, the more it does make sense because he was the only one who was away from the scene, and therefore the only one with an objective view.  Also, it reminds me of how Dave Annable was the one who mentioned people said the Walkers reminded them of their families.

In some ways it makes sense for Sarah to go to France.  It would solve all the problems of Luc’s visa (though I do wonder why they don’t just get married.)  However, it seems irresponsible too.  First of all, she seems to be running away from her family.  Secondly, I realize Joe has primary custody of the kids, but, I don’t think that should give her means to up and leave; after all, she’s not Tommy.  I’m glad she decided to stay.

I always seem to go back and forth on the Kitty/Robert pairing.  At moments they seem good together, and other moments it seems like one or the other is lying.  Kitty didn’t seem too worried about about losing Robert when she was with Alec, but I shouldn’t be mean; we tend to be more worried about losing someone when they are on the brink of death.  I agree with her that she is facing decisions she shouldn’t be at her age.  I liked having her narrate as she told Robert about all that had happened.

The two things that made me saddest this episode were Nora losing her voice (as Justin said, she’s a nosy busy body mom which is what keeps that family together), and the fact that no one visited Scotty and Saul’s restaurant.  It seems like your family should at least come.  I wonder if Kevin even came.

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Brothers & Sisters Master Post

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Okay, so it’s more of a blow out post than a master post, but who’s counting?

With the fifth season approaching, it seemed a good idea to summarize the first four before getting into the weekly posts.

Under a cut due to spoilers for those who have yet to see the show.

All of this has been done from memory, so please comment if I missed something/something isn’t quite right.

Brothers & Sisters around the web:
IMDB
Brothers & Sisters TV
Brothers & Sisters fan fiction on LiveJournal
Brothers & Sisters fan fiction on FanFiction.net
Brothers & Sisters fan works on Archive of Our Own
The Brothers & Sisters store on Amazon

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