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Brothers and Sisters recap: Botched Getaway

Sarah and Kitty try to escape to a spa, but their troubles — and Nora — come with them; meanwhile, Justin and Tommy apparently succumb to temptation

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Scott Garfield

Brothers and Sisters

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Bebe Moore Campbell

You’re right, Kitty: Life has not been kind to the Walker children in recent weeks. But at least it made for great TV.

As usual, let’s get Tommy out of the way first — a task made easy since the writers do such a great job of isolating him from the rest of the family. He’s now officially given up on Julia (who’s still at her parents’ house in Phoenix with Lizzie and refusing to talk to him). We sensed this when he symbolically threw his hands up in a business meeting, which pissed off Holly. We knew it when he opened a bottle of wine with Lena the office manager and presumably spent the night with her — which really angered Holly. Though I pushed for Tommy’s infidelity in last week’s TV Watch — just because it’d give the character something to do — this affair feels rushed. One minute Lena is telling Tommy it’ll all work out. The next, she’s telling him he needs to think of himself. Then bam! — Holly shows up to work and finds them wearing the same clothes they had on the day before. I’d like to think they just spent the night drinking (or bowling), but they wouldn’t have looked that guilty then, right? The preview for next week showed Tommy saying that ”what happened” couldn’t happen again, then telling Lena to get in his car. Note to the show’s writers: If you’re gonna have the father of an infant cheat on his estranged wife (not appealing), at least have the (in)decency to show us a sex scene.

Speaking of inappropriate relationships, how much did you love it when Justin’s physical therapist referred to Rebecca as his girlfriend? I’m hoping we’re not headed toward a scene where Justin is so high that he hits on his half sister. Ewww. I’m no doctor, but even I could tell that Justin had popped some unauthorized painkillers when he went all Gumby. Yes, he scored the pills from a fellow wounded vet, but why was Justin’s own pill bottle sitting on his dresser? If you’re worried he’ll dip into it, shouldn’t it be locked up somewhere? Seems like Recovering Addict 101 to me. Nora is not gonna be happy about this, Rebecca. Maybe this is the start of the riff that will force you back into your mother’s house.

A falling out I wasn’t expecting was the one between Kevin and Saul. I love/hate that we have no clue when we’ll learn the real story behind Saul’s Key West vacation with old pal Milo, who invited Saul to his all-male housewarming party. Now, however, we know why Kevin’s ex Scotty was brought back into the picture: He was a waiter at Milo’s ”big gay cocktail party,” saw Saul at the shindig, and asked Kevin why he never mentioned that his uncle was gay. When Kevin confronted Saul, all he really wanted to know was why Saul never had his back when his father had trouble accepting a gay son. Saul pretty much just wanted the conversation to end. The two sat down for another heart-to-heart, and Saul insisted he was not gay. What do you make of that? I’m at a loss.

NEXT: The Walker women get away