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Brothers & Sisters: Thank heavens William Walker had so many affairs

“But you mustn’t let Justin/Kitty/Mom/Kevin/Sarah/Tommy know,” is the classic Brothers & Sisters line. Someone says it, in some form, almost every week. And, a matter of minutes later, someone has let Justin/Kitty/Tommy etc know, and they’ve let everyone else know, and they all find out they all know usually in the middle of a family dinner.

Hardly an episode goes by without this happening. It’s the engine that runs the plot of the average B&S episode. Not this week. This week contained a mild form of “Don’t tell Kevin,” when Kitty revealed to Sarah that she’d once had an affair with someone so mega-famous his name couldn’t even be mentioned, but it wasn’t Bill Clinton. Sarah wasted no time in telling Kevin and Justin, obviously – you can’t keep juicy gossip like that to yourself, though unfortunately she whispered it so we never found out. Boo. I couldn’t help speculating. Someone mega-famous… Surely not George W Bush? Or… Michael Jackson?

The real centrepiece of the story is that we’re apparently all bored with the Kitty cancer plot now (or is that just me?), so she’s been cured by a bone marrow transplant. All the siblings were tested and found not to be a match. Nora, despite looking ever-youthful thanks to fuzzy focus was too old to donate. But thank the lord for William Walker scattering his seed far and wide. Ryan Lafferty was found to be a perfect match, and it worked out very well for him as Holly had just confronted him about sabotaging her award-winning wine. He’d been caught on CCTV at the time the wine vats were drained.

Kitty and Robert renewed their marriage vows and everyone cried a bit, including Rebecca who was probably wondering whether she’ll finally get to finish her wedding now.

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Brothers & Sisters: Tommy’s back! And he can cook!

Tommy returned from Mexico. Did he walk up to the front door and knock like any normal person? Of course not. He let himself into the house, triggering a silent burglar alarm that scared the life out of Kitty and Nora. Luckily Luc was on hand to rugby tackle the intruder (who was in the kitchen helping himself to the contents of the fridge, the cad!) to the ground.  “Taaaaarmy!” cried Nora blissfully, but this was as blissful as it got, because pretty soon they were arguing again. Tommy, it transpires, may have discovered a winning way with Mexican cuisine while he’s been away, but he’s been neglecting his daughter Elizabeth and hasn’t even phoned her for weeks.

This prompted Nora to indulge in yet another bout of soul-searching – if anyone ever has a problem, Nora always has first dibs on suffering. Anyway, it all ended well enough with Tommy bound for a visit to his daughter in Seattle.

Parenthood was also on the agenda for Scotty and Kevin. Scotty and the surrogate mother they’ve chosen were irked by Kevin’s insistence on having everything legally sorted out and contracted, but when Kevin explained about his brother who never sees his daughter in Seattle (this is the daughter who is biologically Kevin’s, remember), the surrogate mum (I promise to try and catch her name next week) fully understood and was happy to sign any contract Kevin put in front of her.

There’s some shady character who is a former enemy of William Walker, who is plotting to get his hands on the Ojai empire. He’s got Vampire Ryan doing industrial espionage for him, from which he concluded that Holly is in such dire financial straits she’d be happy to sell her share of the company. Holly, however, told him where to stick his generous financial package.

On the subject of generous packages, Sarah has been trying to keep hunky Frenchman Luc under wraps as far as her kids are concerned, but the precocious Paige (I’m sure that girl is played by a 45 year old dwarf) spotted them kissing and has insisted that Luc leave Nora’s and take up residence in Sarah’s spare room. So near and yet so far…

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Brothers & Sisters: The French revolution

Luc, Sarah’s stereotype of a French boyfriend, turned up in sunny LA, and I think it’s fair to say that his presence had an electrifying effect on the Walkers. How they all enjoyed lining up on the poolside to admire his swimming skills and the manly way he filled out a pair of Speedos. “Pass him a towel,” said Justin (as the only heterosexual male present, apart from Luc himself, Justin remained unimpressed and ever so slightly insecure). “Don’t pass him a towel!” chorused Kitty, Kevin, Scotty, Rebecca, Saul and Nora.

As well as looking buff in his bikini, Luc is a brilliant dancer (naturellement) and was happy to show a few steps to Justin ahead of his wedding. And happy to show off his tango prowess with Rebecca, who turns out to be pretty nifty on the dancefloor as well.

It was all exactly what Kitty needed to take her mind off having cancer for a little while, and when Robert suggested a night out at a political do, she was really up for a bit of non cancer-related conversation for a change. Robert, however, had really planned a rooftop dinner for two, complete with fireworks. A man who can arrange a firework display over the LA skyline for you? My lord he’s a keeper. Kitty, depressing as ever, couldn’t help thinking that mingling with assorted Republicans would have been more beneficial to her state of mind. “I don’t want everything to be about cancer!” she wailed, making sure that everything was about cancer, or at least about Kitty, as usual.

Holly, meanwhile, has problems of her own. She seems like a woman who is way too smart and savvy to put all her money in a dodgy deposit, but that’s evidently what she did, and is now left with nothing apart from her house. Ojai is still in debt thanks to Tommy, so it’s all looking financially bleak – and there’s a wedding in Hawaii to pay for.

A woman who makes handbags turned up to ask Scotty to invest in her business, and they got to talking about surrogacy, as you do. The woman offered to be a surrogate for Scotty and Kevin, and Kevin is quite keen, as long as he gets first pick of the handbags.

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Brothers & Sisters: What Sarah did

I’m almost caught up with my backlog of Brothers & Sisters episodes – only one week behind everybody else now.

With Kitty enduring her first chemotherapy session, Sarah, newly back from France, attempted to take her sister’s  mind off things by telling her about her holiday romance. Cue fuzzy flashback to Sarah’s car breaking down outside a derelict barn in the middle of the French countryside, surrounded by sunflowers. And who was in the barn? None other than The Stereotypical French Hero! Dark, handsome, artistic, pretending he couldn’t speak English but actually could. And he thought Sarah was the best thing since sliced baguette. It was a Mills & Boon fantasy come to life. Almost too good to be true, and we were given a clue that it was perhaps a bit too good to be true when we saw the road sign to Cliche-sur-la-Mer.

Was it all just a diverting story to keep Kitty’s mind off her horrible treatment? Kitty thought so when the story ended in Sarah discovering that the Hero had another woman. “It’s the plot of Mom’s favourite movie!” Kitty said.

Mais attendez – there was un twist. Sarah had only made up the last bit, about the other woman. What really happened was that she’d had to leave le Hero behind when she got the news of Kitty’s cancer. And, dans un autre twist (you can tell how much I was paying attention in French lessons), he turned up on her doorstep! Sarah really is a man magnet, despite having that ridge down the middle of her forehead that makes her look like a Klingon.

Meanwhile, Scotty told Kevin that he’s ready to consider adopting a baby, but typically Kevin has now gone off the idea because all he can focus on is Kitty. Justin and Rebecca have decided to get married in Hawaii. They were going to put off the wedding because all they can focus on is Kitty, but Kitty said she’d be furious with them if they did that, and agreed to be Rebecca’s bridesmaid.

Holly, who refreshingly can focus on things other than Kitty,  managed to get her hands on a lot of nasty cheap wine, which she plans to mix with more expensive wine to make a budget brand. Tommy is still AWOL in Mexico (thank goodness). There was no sign of Ryan but as most of the episode took place in daylight I imagine he was still in his coffin.

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Brothers & Sisters: I’m worried about my children

Thanks to the miracle of the Sky+ box, I had many, many episodes of Brothers & Sisters all stored up for the dark days when there’d be no Celeb Big Brother and other such time-wasters on TV. This means that, as the current series started, I was well behind on B&S and still going through the shock of Robert’s heart attack, the heartbreak of Kitty’s dalliance with The Man in the Park, and just meeting the pale and tragic-looking Ryan Lafferty (I still think he may be a vampire).

But I’m getting through the episodes at high speed recently, and last night saw the first one of the series that’s currently showing in the UK. It opened in dramatic style, with Justin and Rebecca in a car accident, then went back to 48 hours previously, and Nora telling Saul that she can’t sleep because she’s worrying about her children.

No change there, then – the Walker children between them have provided more than enough scope for worry over the years, and Nora is not what you’d call a relaxed parent at the best of times. No matter how worried she gets, she’ll always find time to bitch about Holly, and since Holly was orchestrating Rebecca and Justin’s engagement party with a white theme – complete with white piano that fell through Holly’s floorboards, so the event had to be moved to the Walker house – there was ample opportunity to bitch.

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