On last night’s Brothers and Sisters, “Call Mom,” Nora auditioned for a radio show against Dr. Alexandra Kirby (guest star Debra Monk), a formidable book-touring beast who fixed Nora’s hair as if she were a garage-sale doll and warned everyone not to forget those three little letters after her name: P-H-D. (L-A-M-E.) Nora was about to get smacked down, which was extra unfair because she didn’t even have the right shoes! Kevin, who had come along to the studio for support, started off too generically, telling his mom, “If there’s one thing America likes, it’s an underdog.”
He’d have to do better than that. For the next few hours, Dr. Alex fielded sycophantic calls from fans (who seemed to be trapped in the valley circa the mid-’80s) and hogged the airwaves with unrealistic-verging-on-bullying advice. She even got caller Kevin Devon to admit he’d been distant in the bedroom during a routine question about cherry pie! Oh HELL no.
It was time to get serious with a Critical Sally Field Turning Point moment sponsored in part by Boniva. Kevin sat Nora down and reminded her why she was the best person to offer “homespun advice for better living.” “You held a family together despite remarkable odds. You have an amazing gift — maybe the most precious there is.” (Aw, someone wants to be a dad!) It worked — Nora was ready. And on a quick side note, I could not stop thinking about Mrs. Doubtfire during this entire episode. I need to rent Straight Talk again, stat! It’s a much better fit.
Kitty called in and admitted to feeling afraid that she was never going to get out of her post-Robert fog and be with another man. Dr. Alex started caw-cawing about how studies show it can take at least a year for grievers to start dating again, blah blah caw. Then suddenly, Empowered Dr. Nora jumped in to do what she does best: be an overbearing mom who really does know what she’s talking about! “That’s all Jim Dandy peachy-keen, Dr. Alex,” (ooh, name-check!), “but statistics can’t hold your hand at night.” Nora launched into one of her confident yet gentle-voiced grand assessments about life. How we handle losses defines who we really are! What’s important is time, changing your expectations, and most of all having someone like good ol’ mom to listen to you when you need to talk about things. Which you will, begged her eyes. Constantly. Come over. I have soooooo much cake.
Nora’s words hit home for Kitty and Justin. After hearing mom on the radio, the road-warrior peeled his jeep away from a potential hot date. I can’t believe he left — Date Shake girl was offering him free goods and an unobstructed side view of her bra! But anyway, Dr. Nora found a way to tie Kitty and Justin’s problems in to Kevin’s as well. “Womb envy?” she cried, referring to Dr. Alex’s tidy accusation against Kevin from before. “What is that, anyway? You don’t want a womb, you want a child. That grief is just as real as Kitty Katherine’s.” And then just as Nora compared unacknowledged feelings to a drunken cousin at a family reunion and reminded her listeners, “You have to be able to see what’s right there in front of your eyes,” why, who should be at Kitty’s door but……
NEXT: Modeling is hard work! (Especially for spouses who can’t touch freshly spray-tanned torsos!)