Brothers & Sisters

Season 5 Episode 10

Cold Turkey

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 12, 2010 on ABC
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The relationship between Justin and Annie gets more serious as he brings her to a family dinner. Nora has doubts about him being ready for a serious relationship since he just broke up with Rebecca (Emily VanCamp).

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  • The name of the episode says it all - Nora going through the prospect of Christmas without her children.

    8.0
    One of those dream sequence episodes - not sure I am a fan of these. Nora runs off with her new love the Doc to leave the Walker clan to have Christmas without her.



    She has her usual meltdown each episode. This time because she realises she can't go Cold Turkey without her kids. The doc gives her some medication to help her sleep which is where the dream sequence comes in. It is about her children and how they grow up without her in their life. Meanwhile Kitty and Kevin fight it out over who is going to take over the family tradition of Christmas. Some fun dialogue between them which is a highlight of the episode.



    Saul confronts the man who gives him HIV and Justin asks the Nurse for another chance.



    Kitty's toy boy has something to tell her about his family. All in all a very watchable episode, but not my favourite!moreless
  • The perfect start for the holidays!

    10
    This was a warm, funny and family centric Christmas episode. Nora was trying to spend Christmas with just her and Karl and cut her habits to spend the holidays with her family in cold turkey. That wasn't so successful and she had this really "bad" nightmare (which was actually really hilarious) about her children killing her. That made Nora realize that she should be at home with her family. So Nora's and Karl's trip is cut short. This episode was packed with Christmas spirit and made me into a good mood :) All in all funny and a really good holiday episode!moreless
  • Christmas Trite-fle

    7.0
    I do still enjoy this series quite a bit but it sure does become repetitive.



    Each episode it seems we have to put up with the humorous misunderstanding or whatever of the week and then get to see how it's all resolved. This week it was Nora deciding not to do the family Christmas. Well what really was the point because we already knew exactly what the consequences of that would turn out to be; and we were not disappointed. Of course Nora would start fretting and lamenting and quickly go back to her roots. Of course all the Walker children (and I definitely do mean children) painfully and predictably acted exactly as we've come to expect without exception.



    When Saul met up with the Richard Chamberlain character it was not hard to figure out what would transpire there. I just wish that whole subplot had not been so darn obvious.



    There were some nice touches though. The Nora dream sequence was amusing and it was nice to see the oft missing Holly sort of back in view. Saul including their Jewish heritage and his cantor was also interesting. I also enjoyed inclusion of Australian folksinger Angus Stone's version of Joni Mitchell's River at the end of it all.



    All in all a nice holiday episode if just a bit too much of a trite trifle in places.moreless
  • Christmas Trite-fle

    7.0
    I do still enjoy this series quite a bit but it sure does become repetitive.



    Each episode it seems we have to put up with the humorous misunderstanding or whatever of the week and then get to see how it's all resolved. This week it was Nora deciding not to do the family Christmas. Well what really was the point because we already knew exactly what the consequences of that would turn out to be; and we were not disappointed. Of course Nora would start fretting and lamenting and quickly go back to her roots. Of course all the Walker children (and I definitely do mean children) painfully and predictably acted exactly as we've come to expect without exception.



    When Saul met up with the Richard Chamberlain character it was not hard to figure out what would transpire there. I just wish that whole subplot had not been so darn obvious.



    There were some nice touches though. The Nora dream sequence was amusing and it was nice to see the oft missing Holly sort of back in view. Saul including their Jewish heritage and his cantor was also interesting. I also enjoyed inclusion of Australian folksinger Angus Stone's version of Joni Mitchell's River at the end of it all.



    All in all a nice holiday episode if just a bit too much of a trite trifle in places.moreless
  • Turkey or goose?

    9.5
    I was determined not to like this episode, because I had read previews and I was not in the mood for another comedy episode. But I have to say it wasn't bad. Nora's dream sequence was well done. Patricia Wettig rocked as Holly in those scenes. I sort of wish we could've seen Tom Skerritt again as William in the sequence. Perhaps they didn't have money for it?



    It's obvious that the show has a tighter budget this year. I don't think there's been one episode this season where all the cast members listed in the opening credits have appeared...usually someone is absent. This time it was Luc who was off-canvas. It was explained that he's out of the country. But the one character whose absence during the Walker holidays was not explained is Tommy. In the dream sequence, he was mentioned (but not shown). However, when we returned to the real-life goings-on of the Walker clan at Christmas, we did not get any reason about why Tommy was not there celebrating with them. Couldn't there at least have been a moment where someone's phone rang and it was Tommy calling, saying either his flight was delayed or he had a last-minute emergency of some kind? I liked Sarah's subplot...essentially she's a Scrooge in this episode. (Don't fret: she has a last-minute change of heart. LOL)



    Finally, I need to comment on Richard Chamberlain. It's good seeing him play an openly gay character. But his screen time was rather limited (only two scenes). Will we see him interact more with Saul in a later episode? Or is this it?moreless
John Apicella

John Apicella

Frank

Guest Star

Jeanette Miller

Jeanette Miller

Louise

Guest Star

Brandi Burkhardt

Brandi Burkhardt

Kevin's Wife/Waitress

Guest Star

Ryan Devlin

Ryan Devlin

Seth Whitley

Recurring Role

John Terry

John Terry

Dr. Karl West

Recurring Role

Odette Annable

Odette Annable

Annie

Recurring Role

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