Sarah confronts her birthday, Nora confronts her mirror, and Kitty confronts a hot new plumber

By Annie Barrett
October 11, 2010 at 05:52 AM EDT
Mitch Haddad/ABC

This week’s Brothers and Sisters was all about being something you’re not. Birthday girl Sarah, executive chef Kitty, and plastic surgery-enticed Nora all realized that at the end of the day/episode, it might be better to be their silly old selves, even if those selves make horrible decisions like Sarah wriggling away from Luc during a standing snuggle in the kitchen. WTF?

Sarah was upset — it was her [Number Unknown]th birthday and she felt insecure because Luc thought she was only turning 40. Luc initially set her off by comparing her to his grandma darning socks (bad idea on any day, dreamboat) and it was all downhill from there. He promised they could have a quiet dinner to themselves, but Kitty and Kevin immediately snuffed out Sarah’s last remaining glimmer of hope about life/love/happiness in general by informing her over the phone that the surprise party was that night. “Everyone’s invited,” Kevin taunted her. “Ugh, God!” Sarah moaned for the first of many times all night. What could possibly be worse than hanging out with her family?

Nora was also receiving abuse for being old. Her catty boss at the flower shop told her “It might be time to throw out your abacus and join the 20th century.” Burn, flower shop cougar, burn! And the agony of Nora the melty, wilting flower only intensified as her newly taut-faced friend Celia flitted by the flower shop to brag about how hot and stretched she had recently become. Best line of the night for me was Nora’s reaction to Celia asking if she looked like she’d just woken up from a nice long nap. “Or a coma!” chirped Nora good-naturedly. Loved it.

But Nora was convinced to change her face anyway, and ended up confiding in Sarah, who is no stranger to the 21st-century wonder of caller ID. I loved this part, too, when Sarah let her imagination run wild after Nora asked her to push the “ignore” button on Dr. Bentley. “Oh my God…You’re dying, aren’t you. You are. You’re dying.” Oh, the drama! I was cracking up because moments like these remind me of what a freaking soap opera this show is. And usually it’s serious!

But no. Nora was merely dying on the inside…about how old she is on the outside. Just like Sarah. To the plastic surgery office they went! This was also a really fun scene — Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths are always great together. Nora: “I hate that my face is so disorganized now. My chin is down at my neck, it’s just a mess. I feel like I’ve been hanging in the closet too long.” And Sarah, re: the family’s boob tendencies. “Kitty might have gotten the champagne glasses, but I got the jugs.”

The sink in Champagne Kitty’s Ojai rental house exploded, so she had to call a sexy plumber who was so hot and spicy that I shall be calling him Pepper Jack. (His name is Jack.) I loved how Kitty stood above him with a glass of red wine in broad daylight, blatantly checking him out as he worked on the floor. Pepper Jack complained about typical Ojai renters from big cities who walk around with their creepy bluetooth devices on their ears, so Kitty nudged hers just out of sight (but not too far away because she might need it). She told Pepper Jack her name was Leslie — the woman who owns the house.

NEXT: Who’s that doddering fella looking for his cat?

Suddenly, nosy Kevin, who has nothing to do at work, ever, showed up, so Kitty had to pretend he was a “medicated” neighbor searching for his cat. When they got a moment alone, Kevin gently reminded Kitty that she can stop using Robert as an excuse any day now — Kevin missed him too, but Robert had been truly “gone”  over a year ago. It’s okay to think about the future. “You might not think that, but Leslie does.” Aw! So Leslie invited Pepper Jack over for a dinner souffle. “Eight would be great!”

With Sarah and Kitty pretending to be people they were not — and Nora chomping at the bit — everything was bound to crash and burn. And it did! Kitty’s souffle melted with horrific rapidness just like the “disorganized mess” of Nora’s face, and dinner-latecomer Justin ruined Sarah’s secret in front of Luc. Upon seeing the “Happy 40th” cake Scotty brought out, Justin scoffed, “Forty? Yeah, right, Sarah. Like, 30 years ago.” Justin, no! Kitty, no! Leslie, no! Evan, Kitty’s on-again off-again child, where are you?

Damage control not necessary! Pepper Jack came back with pizza for Kitty, who was a step ahead of him, having helpfully opened his gifted white wine. She had to be on her fourth bottle by that point. The other heavy drinkers were just fine, too. Over a double whiskey, Luc assured Sarah he’s always known how old she was — she does have a driver’s license, you know — and that her age never mattered. But what if he changed his mind down the road, because she couldn’t give him kids? “You already have. You and Paige and Cooper are my family,” Luc said. “Do you love me?” YES. I LOVE YOU, LUC. We all love you. Now de-brief!

Nora finally reclaimed her disaster zone of a face and told off her annoying flower-shop boss. She quit! She’s off to greener pastures, where every baby, every kiss, every tear that still shows on her natural face will be appreciated for what it is. Talk-radio, here she comes! (I’m guessing she’ll give Zeke, the producer who gave her his card on last week’s episode, a call.)

Oh, and Rebecca and Justin kissed, but everything is still wrong with them. Neither of them told anyone they’d filed for divorce while Justin was in Afghanistan. Rebecca tried to talk to Holly, but Holly still couldn’t process that Rebecca was her daughter, and Rebecca stormed out in tears…right into Justin’s arms. Holly has been missing since Rebecca left the house, and it looks like Rebecca might be taking a job in New York during next week’s episode. The most interesting part of the Rebecca/Justin/Holly proceedings this week — by far — was that Justin’s new paint color is called “Elephant Ear.” I would have been just as happy with “Funnel Cake.”

What did you think of last night’s Brothers and Sisters? Are you ready for Rebecca to leave? Even if you don’t like Rebecca, do you prefer her choice in wall color to Justin’s? Sound off below!

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