Rather than sibling relationships, episode five of Brothers & Sisters focused on parents and children. Nora's Halloween costume provided some welcome relief to a pretty tense episode — gotta love those googly eyes with the witch's hat!
Your favourite Walker siblings Kevin and Justin took a back seat this episode, as the action revolved around (1) Joe and Sarah's battle for custody of Paige and Cooper, and (2) Kitty's shock discovery brought on by a prawn pizza. I don't want to spoil the surprise for those of you who haven't seen it yet, so more on that after the jump ...
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- As soon as I saw Kitty throwing up after eating a prawn pizza in the opening scene I figured she was pregnant, and loved Nora's reaction when Kitty called her — these two are getting such great dialogue this series, it's fantastic! I couldn't help but giggle when Nora was reading out baby names over the phone as Kitty waited to see the result of the pregnancy test, and Kitty said: "Mum, stop naming my non-existent baby". I'm not surprised Kitty told Nora it came back negative, when really we all saw the plus sign.
- I thought the custody battle storyline was really well handled. While I'm shocked and annoyed with Joe for requesting primary custody, he wasn't made out to be a villain just looking to hurt Sarah, and the episode was subtle in its handling of the effect divorce can have on the children involved. I loved Sarah and Paige's interactions — Kerris Lilla Dorsey does a great job as Paige, I'm so impressed by her acting.
- Unsurprisingly the annoying relationship between Tommy and Lena continued this week, with Lena calling Tommy to come pick her up after she had too much to drink at a bar and, predictably, they kiss. And, predictably, Lena initiates it. Is anyone else finding Lena as annoying as I am?
- Robert spends most of the episode stressing about the upcoming televised Republican debate, so Kitty doesn't get the chance to tell him she's pregnant. We see a little glimpse of Mean Robert and man do I not like what I see there. Fortunately he makes nice with Kitty by standing up for her during the debate.
- Meanwhile, the rest of the Walkers are finding out about the pregnancy thanks to Justin, the gossip! He saw Nora go in to the pantry while talking to Kitty on the phone, so he figures it out and tells Rebecca, and Kevin, who tells Saul and so on and so on. The whole history of Nora entering the pantry when big things occur was so funny and, in addition to her crazy Halloween costume, provided some welcome light relief.
- It was also pretty cute when Tommy turned up to Nora's and Justin answered the door asking him where his costume was, and he said he'd come as an abandoned husband, with Justin saying he'd come as a wounded war veteran. Heh. However, we were also reminded in this scene that Justin is taking extra pain medication. Not good.
- As the family watch the debate, Kitty tells them all she's pregnant. She shares a touching moment in the kitchen with Sarah, and then shares another touching moment the following morning with Nora. That trip to Ojai Springs has worked wonders for the female Walkers' relationships, right? I laughed when Nora said to Kitty: "Do you realise how I'm going to spoil that child? And then I'll hand them back to you and criticise you for how you're raising them". I'm loving Nora this series!
- The papers are all saying Robert won the debate, and he and Kitty have made nice about the baby, so they tell their team about the pregnancy and set to work researching how best to safeguard the campaign. I really hope Kitty's pregnancy progresses without any dramas — I don't know why, but I've got a feeling it won't all be plain sailing.
- As Joe won temporary primary custody of the kids, the episode ends with Paige and Cooper leaving Sarah's for a fortnight. Nora is there to help her deal with it, and she sinks to the floor as the door closes behind the children. It was a pretty intense episode, so I'm hoping next week we'll get a bit more Kevin action, with witty one-liners and cute Scotty interactions thrown in for good measure.
So there are my opinions on this week's episode, but I'd love to hear your views. Share your thoughts with us, whether you've just watched it or you're reliving it all over again.