Brothers & Sisters

Season 5 Episode 20

Father Unknown

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 24, 2011 on ABC
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While Kevin and Scotty continue their search for Michelle, Nora finds out about the secret Brody shared with Justin and tries to get the truth for once and for all.

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  • Some of the storylines might not be great, but the way they were handled here was brilliant.

    10
    So Sarah is Brody's daughter. I knew this from reading spoilers, and wasn't exactly fond of this repetitious storyline. However, the way it was handled in this episode was funny and quite original. Nora and Justin trying to get the DNA test done was amusing, especially the scene when the three of them were all hiding things. Sarah's reaction to the news was at first what you'd expect, shock. But I liked how there wasn't a massive blow-up row over it. She accepted it, and moved on. For now anyway.



    Kevin and Scotty have a baby boy, who Michelle stole. That's a rather random reveal, but it was done excellently in this episode. There fight was brilliantly acted and intense. As was the cliff-hanger of baby Daniel being put in Justin's hands, and Olivia asking 'Who's is that baby?' How will Kevin and Scotty explain this one.



    Justin stood out here, and he has grown hugely as a character. I loved when you told Nora and Kevin to just be honest with each other. Now, Brody will be back - how will Sarah react? Will he get back with Nora? How will Olivia take the news that she has a baby brother? When will Kitty finally return? So many questions for the final two episodes of the show. I'm intrigued...moreless
  • Comedy-drama or dramatic comedy?

    10
    This episode was all over the map, in a good way! I think Matthew Rhys (Kevin) works well as a director, helping squeeze the laughs out of scenes that other directors may not see as funny. The hilarious encounter between Nora-Justin-Sarah when they are all trying to hide things from each other was truly over-the-top! Later, the show takes a decidedly serious turn with the Nora-Justin-Kevin scene where the truth comes out about Kevin & Scotty's baby AND Sarah's parentage. Many of the scenes in this episode hinge on Dave Annable's (Justin) ability to straddle the line between absurd comedy and tragedy. What a great actor! The episode also benefits from a good subplot involving Luc and Saul coming up with a wedding song for Sarah. There was a lot of fun and warmth in this offering. We laughed and we wondered how the latest crises would affect the Walkers, especially Olivia in the final moments, who now has a new baby brother. Completely entertaining.moreless
  • Justin kept secrets of almost everybody's. Nora's and his-Brody is Sarah's dad, Sarah's and his-she was going to take Nora to Mexico, Kevin's and his-Kevin had a son he never knew. So, Justin got confused.moreless

    9.5
    Nora was so heartbroken after Brody just left her without saying goodbye, Justin knew why Brody left-it's because of Brody could be Sarah's dad so he didn't want for Nora to be more heartbroken, so then he left. Justin couldn't help himself from telling that to Nora, he acted weird so Nora told him to spill it out, and he did. Nora and Justin kept this secret from everybody else. Nora had Brody's hat, Justin took some of Sarah's hair and checked if they matched and it was positive. Kevin told Justin that he found out that Michelle, Kevin and Scotty's surrogate, lied to them-actually she didn't get a miscarriage and she had a son named Daniel. In the other hand, Sarah is planning to take her mum, Nora to Mexico to have fun and forget about Brody and she told Justin not to tell Nora. Justin got confused because was everybody's confidant.moreless
  • Very, very funny, and very, very suspenseful! A brilliant episode in truly any and every way!

    10
    This was a very good episode of Brothers & Sisters, and I definitely really enjoyed it! First of all, I must comment ofn the comedy aspect of things, as it was all definitely really hilarious! Justin keeping about seven concurrent secrets was just so hilarious to watch, as the poor guy was trying to keep so many secrets from one another!



    A lot of interesting developments take place in and throughout this episode! I was definitely very enthralled in the action, as this show continues to deliver! The storyline was great, and everything from the paternity test to the baby was great!



    I would not spoil any more, but this episode was scintillating and phenomenal! I definitely must recommend it, and I am anxious to see how things will pan out next week!



    Great episode, and I hope the last two are just as good!moreless
Deirdre Lovejoy

Deirdre Lovejoy

Marissa Crandall

Guest Star

Isabella Rae Thomas

Isabella Rae Thomas

Olivia Garcia

Recurring Role

Roxy Olin

Roxy Olin

Michelle McGregor

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (10)

    • Justin: Are you sure you wanna open that?
      Nora: Yes. I wanna get it over with.
      Justin: Oh no.
      Nora: Positive. Oh my god… oh my god.
      Justin: What are you gonna do, I mean… How do you even handle this?
      Nora: I don't know… Is there ever a good time to tell your daughter something like this? Certainly it's not now, not right before her wedding.
      Justin: Tell… What the hell are you talking about mom? You can't keep something like this from Sarah.
      Nora: Yes I can, Justin I can.
      Justin: Well, count me out. Count me out, mom. I told you this before: there is no way can expect me to lie to Sarah's face like this!
      Nora: Justin please, don't go all wobbly on me now. This is not exactly an easy piece of information for me to digest, but if I can you can. What I am gonna say to Sarah? Guess what honey, surprise!
      Justin: Surprise? You want a surprise mom? Sarah's about to take you on a Mexican cruise, so you can spend 24 hours a day talking about how much nasty old Brody broke your heart!
      Nora: What?
      Justin: Yeah! So how are you gonna look Sarah in the face for three days mom, and not tell her the truth?
      Nora: When did you know about this cruise?
      Justin: It doesn't matter when I knew about it mom!
      Nora: You should have told me!
      Justin: Mom, you're missing the whole point of this!
      (Kevin walks in)
      Kevin: Sorry mom, I didn't know you were here.
      Nora: Kevin, are you all right? What's wrong?
      Kevin: I'm fine…

    • Kevin: Hello.
      Michelle: Hi, it's Michelle… Scotty?
      Kevin: Ah no, this is Kevin.
      Michelle: Um Kevin, I'm sorry, I told Scotty I was gonna call him today.
      Kevin: Well, Scotty isn't here right now, so um… what did you wanna talk about?
      Michelle: Maybe I should call back.
      Kevin: No, no, because whatever it is you wanted to say, you can say to me. Where are you?
      Michelle: I can't tell you that, that is not part of the deal that I made with Scotty.
      Kevin: You made a deal with Scotty? Would you like to tell what that was?
      Michelle: I thought he told you.
      Kevin: No, he didn't. So why don't you tell me, Michelle?
      Michelle: Scotty and I decided to do what's best for Daniel. I'm his mother, so I need to say involved.
      Kevin: No, you're not, Michelle. You're our son's gestational surrogate, you're not even genetically related, so there's no deal that will allow you to keep our baby.
      Michelle: Scotty swore to me that you understood.
      Kevin: No, what I understand is that is my baby crying, so why don't you tell me where you are before you get into more trouble, that you're already in Michelle!

    • Michelle: I'm so sorry, Scotty.
      Scotty: You didn't bring Daniel?
      Michelle: How do you know his name? Please Scotty, tell me that you did not call the police.
      Scotty: Michelle, did you honestly think we wouldn't try to find you?
      Michelle: That's why I called you. I know, that what I did was wrong, but I thought if you and I could talk, we could figure out a solution without getting the police involved. But Scotty, I can't bring Daniel unless I know that I can trust you.
      Scotty: It's pretty presumptuous of you lecturing me about trust.
      Michelle: I'm so sorry, Scotty.
      Scotty: Michelle, I believe that you're sorry but… You have to let us see him.
      Michelle: I can't, I'm afraid you'll have me arrested.
      Scotty: We won't, I promise.
      Michelle: Scotty I swear, if you try to take him away, I will disappear again. I am his mother… and he needs me.
      Scotty: Okay Michelle, don't run away okay? We can work something out. We care about both you and Daniel… and we forgive you.
      Michelle: You really think that Kevin will understand?
      Scotty: Of course. We want what's best for Daniel. That's what you want, isn't it?
      Michelle: I don't have to keep looking over my shoulder anymore?
      Scotty: No, you're safe.

    • Olivia: Honey, I'm home!
      Scotty: Where did you learn that? (hugs) I've been waiting for you all day!
      Olivia: Hi uncle Justin.
      Justin: What' up dodag?
      Scotty: Come here, I wanna hear all about your trip.
      Justin: What've you got there?
      Olivia: Paige said: if you give someone a rock from where ever you go, it's kinda like the person was there with you.
      Scotty: That is so sweet, thank you.
      Olivia: Let's go give Kevin his.
      Scotty: Ah, he's not home, honey.
      Justin: Ah, let me see that. This is the one you're gonna give Kevin? Well, this is perfect you know why? 'Cause it looks just like the shape of his head.
      (the three of them giggles)

    • Kevin and Scotty at their apartment
      Hey! Jeremy's got the lunch-rush under control, thank god. I don't think I could force a smile for another second.
      Kevin I told Justin.
      Scotty Did you make him swear not to tell your family?
      Kevin Yes Scotty, I think he understands the gravity of the situation.
      Scotty What did he say?
      Kevin He said he thought she should be in jail for 20 years, minimum. He also called her a monster.
      Scotty I don't believe that, she's not an evil person. Kevin, neither of us knows what it's like to carry a baby inside our bodies.
      Kevin I'm, I'm sorry I can't listen to this. We have a son, Scotty. It says here: father unknown, which is a lie. It also says he's name is Daniel, which is not the name we chose, but Michelle's father's name. Our son doesn't know we excist! What more is it's gonna take 'till you are angry at her?
      Scotty I am angry. But it doesn't make me feel better to hate her!
      Kevin I'm sorry.
      Scotty It's okay... Look Kevin, we've gotta pull it together before Olivia gets home.
      Kevin I know... I know... I forgot to tell you, she texted me a couple of minutes ago.
      Scotty Really? I didn't get one from her.
      Kevin Well check your phone, I'm sure she's written something to you too. "Saw a babydeer... Paige nd I r in the same tent."
      Scotty I miss her.
      Kevin So do I. But she's having a great time.
      Scotty Yeah.
      Scotty gets a text
      Kevin What does she say?
      Scotty Ah, it's not from her. It's from Jeremy: he needs me back downstairs.
      Kevin Don't worry, I'm sure she's writing you a long text about skunks or something.
      Scotty Yeah I'll um... I'll send something... from downstairs.

    • Nora calls Justin while he's at Kevin's
      Justin Hey mom!
      Nora Hi listen, I didn't get it! Luc came in and I panicked! So you have to go back over there.
      Justin I can't, I'm busy.
      Nora Where are you?
      Justin I'm at Kevin and Scotty's.
      Kevin signals "I'm not here" to Justin
      Justin But... they're not here.
      Nora Then what are you doing?
      Justin Um... my cabel went out, so I'm watching a hockeygame.
      Nora Wait a minute. You're too busy watching a hockeygame to help me?
      Justin Well, it's tied.
      Nora Justin, get your butt over to your sister's! I have to go to work, I will see you here later this afternoon.
      Justin Fine mom, fine. I'll see you soon.

    • Scotty, Kevin and Olivia in her room
      Scotty: Wow. Another masterpiece.
      Olivia: No it will be like I was sleeping by the campfire, but in my bed.
      Scotty: Okay well, Olivia, it is bedtime little camper.
      Kevin walks in
      Olivia: Kevin! You missed me so much!
      Kevin: I know, I did.
      Olivia: Oh, I got you this rock- I know it doesn't sound like a good present but... really it is.
      Kevin: I will love this forever and call it Herman.
      Olivia: Herman? That's a weird name. Oh, you know what else is weird?
      Kevin: What?
      Puts his hand on Scotty's
      Olivia: Sometimes when the wind would bloke the campfire smoke, where we were sitting, Cooper said if you close your eyes and say, "I love rabbits, I love rabbits", then the smoke would blow the other away.
      Kevin's phone rings
      Olivia: I didn't believe it, but it worked.
      Kevin: Whaat?
      Scotty: That's crazy.
      Kevin: Ooh, speaking of crazy: it's your uncle Justin.
      Olivia: He said your head looks like a rock.
      Kevin talks to Justin on the phone
      Kevin: Did you say my head looks like a rock? You're where?
      Kevin walks downstairs, leaving Scotty with Olivia
      Olivia: Can I draw one more picture before bed?

    • Scotty: What is wrong with you? I was setting up a meeting, I was going to get him back.
      Kevin: Apparently, you've already had a meeting! Why didn't you tell me, you were nagociating with her!
      Scotty: 'Cause she called me!
      Kevin: Scotty, he is my son too! Why didn't you tell me!
      Scotty: Because I knew you would screw it up, like you just did! I thought if I showed her a little understanding, she would bring him back safely, now we may never find him!
      Kevin: You are absolutely right! Absolutely! So good luck living with that!

    • Justin, Nora and Kevin at Justin's apartment

      Doubting whether Justin has said anything about Sarah to Kevin
      Nora: Justin?
      Justin: What mom? I didn't tell him anything, I haven't told anybody any... You... I'm sick of this! Kevin you need mom what's going on, and mom you need to tell Kevin about Sarah! Everybody in this family needs to start telling each other the truth!
      Nora: Not now!
      Justin: Yes mom, now! Right now! Kevin... Mom and I did a DNA-test behind Sarahs back, and mom doesn't wanna tell her, that Brody is her father. And mom, Michelle lied. She did not have a miscarriage, Kevin has a son and you have a grandson, nobody knows where he is. People need to talk! Why don't you to start?

      Justin walks out of his apartment, leaving Nora and Kevin alone

    • Scotty, Kevin and Olivia in her room

      Scotty: Wow. Another masterpiece.
      Olivia: Now it will be like I was sleeping by the campfire, but in my bed.
      Scotty: Okay well, Olivia, it is bedtime little camper.

      Kevin walks in
      Olivia: Kevin! You missed me so much!
      Kevin: I know, I did.
      Olivia: Oh, I got you this rock - I know it doesn't sound like a good present but... really it is.
      Kevin: I will love this forever and call it Herman.
      Olivia: Herman? That's a weird name. Oh, you know what else is weird?
      Kevin: What?
      Puts his hand on Scotty's
      Olivia: Sometimes when the wind would blow the campfire smoke, where we were sitting, Cooper said if you close your eyes and say, "I love rabbits, I love rabbits", then the smoke would blow the other away.
      Kevin's phone rings
      Olivia: I didn't believe it, but it worked.
      Kevin: Whaat?
      Scotty: That's crazy.
      Kevin: Ooh, speaking of crazy: it's your uncle Justin.
      Olivia: He said your head looks like a rock.
      Kevin talks to Justin on the phone
      Kevin: Did you say my head looks like a rock? You're where?
      Kevin walks downstairs, leaving Scotty with Olivia
      Olivia: Can I draw one more picture before bed?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: Thursday, June 2, 2011 on More4
      Czech Republic: Sunday, March 24, 2013 on Universal Channel

    • From thefutoncritic.com: This airing of ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" beat out the final hour of CBS' original movie, "Beyond the Blackboard," by 46% in Adults 18-49 (1.9/5 vs. 1.3/4). Increasing over the prior week in viewers (+5% - 6.6 million vs. 6.3 million) and young adults (+12% - 1.9/5 vs. 1.7/4), ABC's "Brothers & Sisters" posted its top numbers since the beginning of March - since 3/6/11.

    • Calista Flockhart (Kitty) and Patricia Wettig (Holly) are absent in this episode.

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