Brothers & Sisters

Season 2 Episode 14

Double Negative

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 27, 2008 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The poster in Scotty and Kevin's apartment features the names of suburbs in Cincinnati: Loveland, Milford, Mariemont, Madeira, which is spelled incorrectly, and others.

    • After been out jogging, Robert comes back in a grey t-shirt with the inscription: U.S. Air Force

  • Quotes

    • Rebecca: So how's everyone doing?
      Kitty: I've been better.
      Sarah: Sucktacular.
      Scotty: I'm thinking of starting a charity of my own. Stitches for bitches. I thought it was funny.
      Kevin: No! It was hilarious.

    • Justin: You're a DNA-tested and approved Walker, which means you have to learn how to surf.
      Rebecca: Do Sarah and Kitty know how to surf?
      Justin: They've tried it once, and they complained the entire time.
      Rebecca: Does it have to be this early?
      Justin: They sounded just like that.

    • Nora: Are you here for the ice cream, or because you're worried about me being alone in this big empty house.
      Sarah: No, I'm worried about me being all alone in my middle-size empty house. And, the creamy vanilla ice cream.

    • Robert: Are you telling me you want me to turn down the vice presidency so we can have a baby?
      Kitty: No. I just want you to want to. I just want your love for me to be more important than your ambition.
      Robert: Please don't act like my ambition is something new. It has always been there, you were attracted to it.

    • Kevin: Look, I think I've figured out a way to solve your problems.
      Scotty: You're going to teach me to devein shrimp with one hand?
      Kevin: Your insurance problems.
      Scotty: If it involves me not having to take a third job, I'm all for it.
      Kevin: Why don't we file for domestic partnership?
      Scotty: Excuse me?
      Kevin: It's so simple. All we have to do is fill out some forms, get them notarized, and that is that. We are then recognized as a couple by the state of California, and that entitles you to the insurance from my firm. That's medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death and dismemberment...
      Scotty: (sarcastic) Death and dismemberment, yippee.
      Kevin: What's with the sarcasm?
      Scotty: Nothing. I said I was going to take care of it and I will, okay, Kevin? It's my problem.

    • Kevin: If it was Kitty or Sarah, you'd tell?
      Justin: I've known Kitty and Sarah since I was born, okay? I mean, they've seen me naked.
      Tommy: What if Rebecca saw you naked?
      Justin: That's creepy, bro.
      Kevin: You're the one who brought up sisters and nudity.

    • Rebecca: (to Justin) Gosh, if it turns out I'm not a Walker, your mom's gonna build a third floor. Not a bad deal, lose a sister, gain a ping-pong table.

    • (Trying to get Justin to tell them Rebecca's secret)
      Kevin: Oh my God, she's gay!
      Tommy: She's not gay. (pause) Is she gay?
      Justin: No, she's not gay!

    • Rebecca: I asked her point blank if William Walker was my father. She swore, she swore I was his daughter. She lied to me, she lied to you, she lied to him!
      David: It's more complicated than that.
      Rebecca: How is it complicated? She's a liar who hopped from bed to bed and didn't even know who fathered her own baby. Only reason she picked William is that he had the bigger bank account. I'm an idiot. I really thought, in spite of everything, that she loved me, that I mattered.
      David: You do. Your mother loves you more than anything.
      Rebecca: She loves herself. There's no room for anybody else. Is any of this even fazing you? Or are you too busy defending her to react to the fact that you've got a daughter? Hey, it's a girl! Does that even get a freaking response from you? Or did you know? Answer me! Did you know?
      David: The timing... You know, it was suspect. And - and, um, when I asked your mother, she admitted there was a chance, but given how slight it was, we both thought it would be better if we didn't...
      Rebecca: Do what, do what, to leave me in the dark? To not have to deal with the fact that you've got a daughter? Were you relieved when she told you? Were you happy? Were you sad? Were you bummed that you never got to know me? How did you feel?
      David: I wish I had a... a simple and perfect answer for you, but I don't. All I know is that I was in no shape to be a father to you back then. I was a self-absorbed coke addict, and you didn't deserve to grow up with that.
      Rebecca: Right. Because growing up without a dad was such a blast.
      David: Look at you, you're smart and you're beautiful and you're funny, and that's because of your mother.
      Rebecca: Oh, stop defending her. Do you have any idea what she's put me through? She let me live at Nora's house, okay? She let me believe that I was part of their family. I fell in love with that family. ... God, they're expecting me at that fund-raiser tonight. Family dinners and birthday parties...
      David: You don't have to lose that.
      Rebecca: What am I supposed to do, just sit there and pretend I'm related to them?
      David: Rebecca, I was a crappy boyfried to your mother, and had I known the truth, I would have been a horrible father to you. You deserved better than me. You deserve to be happy.
      Rebecca: I was happy. For the first time in my life, I was happy.
      David: I'm sorry. We'll figure something out, okay, I promise. I'm going to make this okay.

    • Kevin: You know, he works seventy hours a week and he still can't afford health insurance? You gotta love America.
      Tommy: Enough with the Michael Moore bull, all right? Just put him on your insurance.
      Justin: Can't you just make him a domesticated partner or something?
      Kevin: Domestic partner, you moron! He's not a pet.

    • Kevin: You're walking around without health insurance!?
      Scotty: Please no lectures. I've lost a lot of blood here.

    • Rebecca: Who's Jamie?
      Tommy: Mom's interior designer.
      Sarah: Yeah. When she turns up, it's like a maternal distress call. When Kitty went to New York, within 24 hours, all the kitchen cabinetry - gutted.
      Nora: Well, you know, the cabinetry was awful. It was dingy. It was maple.
      Justin: When I enlisted in the army, all new wallpaper upstairs.
      Kevin: How about when I came out? Most parents just cry. Mom rips out the entire backyard.
      Sarah: Nothing but dirt, dumpsters and porta-potties for, like, two years.
      Nora: Well, I thought Kevin would have a lot more pool parties. I was trying to be supportive.

    • Kevin: I thought I was doing a good thing.
      Scotty: You were doing a practical thing.
      Kevin: What's wrong with that?
      Scotty: Kevin, for us, domestic partnership is it. Ya know, our only legal option, our version of marriage... for now at least. And at the risk of sounding like a twelve year old girl, I want my wedding to be special. Practical isn't enough of a reason. So if and when I choose to take that step, I want to stand up in front of everyone I know and say this is the man I choose to be with, til I'm old and bald and incontinent. It was far romantic in my head.
      Kevin: It is romantic. But at the risk of sounding like a thirty-something straight guy, I don't know if I'm ready for that or if I ever will be.

    • Boyd Taylor: All's fair in politics.
      Kitty Walker: I think you mean love and war.
      Boyd Taylor: Politics is love and war, at least when you do it right.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Dvojitý negativ (Double Negative)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: Sunday, May 25, 2008 on Network 7
      United Kingdom: Sunday, June 29, 2008 on E4
      Norway: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: Sunday, January 23, 2011 on Universal Channel

  • Allusions

    • Kevin: You know, he works seventy hours a week and he still can't afford health insurance? You gotta love America.
      Tommy: Enough with the Michael Moore bull, all right? Just put him on your insurance.

      This is a reference to Michael Moore and his movie Sicko.

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