Tonight’s Brothers & Sisters season premiere fast-forwarded us to a year after The Accident (which I feel deserves to be in capital letters, like The Island from Lost), during which time the Walker family has been stumbling around like zombies. No one talks to each other anymore. No one’s even gone to Scotty and Saul’s restaurant, Cafe 429 (coffee doesn’t count)! Rebecca moved out, Holly has memory loss, and the wine is nowhere to be found. Everything is a mess.
The most important development, obviously, is that Luc (Gilles Marini) has become an underwear model! He looks okay but a little too clothed in the picture to your right, so here’s an option b featuring chiseled abs and more baby oil than ABC went through during Gilles’ entire season of Dancing With the Stars. Hey, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do for money, even though Sarah stands to make $55 million once the Narrow Lake deal goes through.
Kevin reacted to the accident by burying himself in work or — according to Kitty’s voiceover — trying to save “every family except for ours.” But then Mateo, a teen client who hates living with his drunk dad, showed up nap-nap-nappin’ at Kevin and Scotty’s door. Perhaps this will be the trigger that forces Kevin to decide whether he wants to address issues related to his own family at all. Kevin’s wary of trying for another baby via surrogate, since it hasn’t worked twice. But letting a teenager into his home is a decent start. And perhaps treacherous — imagine all the hiding places for used gum in that pad!
At the heart of the premiere, though, were Nora, Kitty, and Justin, who had returned home from yet another tour of duty. We learned that Nora actually lashed out at her son before he redeployed, insisting that maybe he should go if he really felt he was dying and losing the war at home. He was dying! “THEN GO!” screamed Nora in a stunning hybrid of pain, fear, tears, tender love, tough love, mega-bitch, and Boniva that truly only Sally Field can pull off. So Justin went.
But in his absence, Nora’s become a different person. “No one is talking to each other. Mom, how could you let this happen?” wondered Justin. I’m guessing this was Nora’s light-bulb moment. Her family needs to be in each other’s faces; they need to be invested in each other. They need to be Walkers! But fear not — Nora’s already starting to get her voice back. Saul might have a boyfriend (!) and the first thing Nora asked as the two siblings gem-hunted for the only ripe cantaloupe in California was, “Is he [HIV-]positive too?” She’ll be back to her pre-established role as “the most overbearing, in-your-face, nosy, hovering little….the greatest mother in the entire world” (according to Justin) in no time. They need her. She’ll come home.
NEXT: A farewell to Robert.