Brothers & Sisters

Season 2 Episode 1

Home Front

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 30, 2007 on ABC
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The second season premiere picks up the story of the Walkers at the end of the summer, and Nora's video-mail to Justin in Iraq fills everyone in on the family doings. Kitty is under pressure as the Senator's fiancee and not just as a staffer anymore.

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  • Fantastic beginning!

    10
    I haven't watched anything this heartfelt since Desperate Housewives' finale, which wasn't too long ago, but still. I've been hesitant about starting season two for a while now. I'm not sure what it was, but ever since the show got cancelled, I just felt like starting season two and getting hooked to a show that ended up cancelled with what was probably a bad inconclusive finale, was just a bad idea, but I made the sure the finale lived up to the greatness of the show and I bought season two, and I'm glad I did. It was funny. Humor is in full force this season. It was touching, especially the the webcame scenes. Sally Fields is just brilliant. I'm inlove with Rebecca, her speech for Justin alongside the footage shown made me shed a tear. I'm starting to like Robert a little more. I honestly couldn't stand him in season one. Justin felt missed. Yes, the episode pretty much revolved around him, but still, I don't blame the Walkers for loving him so much. There's a big space where he used to be. Jason was cute, but he just dosen't suit Kevin so I'm glad that's over. Overall, it's a great episode and I can't wait for the next.moreless
  • Kitty's birthday

    10
    The best episode of the whole series so far. Very much because of the marvellous acting of Sally Field. Her playing an upset and terrified mother was some of the best acting work in tv I've seen lately. I also really liked the ending of the episode with Rebecca recording a video message to Justin. She once again said some very true things about the Walkers- this time about every sibling separately. Julia and Tommy seem to be having problems, wonder if and how that's gonna blow up. Sarah and Joe had sex but now it seems to be Joe who doesn't want to get back together. I actually hope Joe goes, don't like him that much, there's something fishy about him. The only scene I didn't like in this episode was Kitty and Robert kissing on the bed. They had no chemistry and Robert saying:"I'm not getting any, am I?" just sounded so fake.

    But I really liked the scenes in the mexican restaurant where everyone was drinking. There's no one funnier than a drunk Kevin:)moreless
  • Happy Birthday Kitty!!

    10
    Back at Kitty's birthday again, what a sad way to start a new season but not in a way too because you really didn't get to know the father of the family for that long. He was there and then he wasn't. I was glad to hear that Justin was okay and that Robert did that for Kitty and her family but then right at the end you hear there was an attack on them when they were treavelling back to the base and some died. I had tears bacause Justin is my fave!



    As for Kevin and his boyfriend the Minister, what a crack up! They make such a funny couple and he is kinda good lookin too! (The Minister)



    Poor Nora, going through not hearing from Justin, I wouldn't know what to do. I'm glad she had Rebecca.



    It was a good episode and I'm glad it's back!!moreless
  • Great start for season 2!

    10
    well,at first,i never really get excited to watch every second season,because it's always been so horrible!

    (for ex : desperate housewives,lost,the o.c,and many more)

    but i think i changed my opinion on this shows.



    first,it's nora,who's devastated and frustrated to wait news from justin from iraq.i almost believe that she's really a desperate mom who just want her son to come back!



    and then rebecca and kitty. i don't know what's wrong with kitty.she's so mean to rebecca in this episode.

    i thought the fighting between those two is over in the game night episode in first season.

    and i love rebecca quote "i'm done trying."



    then it's kevin who's his boyfriend wants to go to malaysia and left him. well,just a filler story,i think.



    then the most shocking is sarah and joe making out in the diswasher.at the moment i would love to see them living and ended up together again.



    no justin in this episode,but this episode is great!!

    love it!!moreless
  • Waiting Written by Monica Owusa-Breen And Alison Schapker Directed by Ken Olin

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    Kevin: "If I were her, I'd be afraid to blow out my candles. Maybe there's a Kitty curse".

    Nora: "The only thing she's cursed with is her insane politics".

    Kitty: "I heard that".



    Birthdays only come once a year and while I don't know how Kitty celebrated her previous birthdays but since "Patriarchy", it seems that the chances of Kitty enjoying turning 39 are less likely than her family becoming tee total anytime soon.



    For Kitty, the day only seems destined to be marred with as many problems as the opening episode to Season Two can sum up. If the fact that her birthday will now also be the very day that her father wasn't bad enough to deal with it. I mean how horrible is that to have to experience?



    Problem number one for Kitty is Justin. He's not here in any capacity at all as the episode begins with Nora making a recording and Rebecca being all dutiful with the preparation of a care package. The thing is, he hasn't been heard of for weeks and given Kitty's own close relationship with her baby brother you can see why she gets worried for his safety.



    Of course it's even more of a pain in the backside when the press also fixate on Justin serving his country. An interviewer broaches the subject when she's talking to both Kitty and Robert on TV and its Robert whose opinion that matters. I'm not actually slamming Robert here but it was unprofessional of that reporter not to ask Kitty if she was worried for Justin's safety.



    For Kitty, the focus on Justin in that TV interview is one of a few things that see the press taking a less than flattering interest in Kitty. Instead of being curious about her abilities as a communications director (never ask Kevin for a reference), the journalist moved on from Justin to asking Kitty about the wedding.



    You could argue that the journalist was trying to add something a little light hearted amidst the political aspects of Robert's campaign but I can see why Kitty got annoyed. She was basically treated like she didn't exist during that interview.



    It's also the second main problem for Kitty. She might love Robert to bits but at the end of the day, she's also the type of person to pick her career over a relationship, albeit not in a malicious way. It's one of the things that Robert seems to like about her as well and it also helps makes Kitty come across as a better character in a way.



    Because of the press intrusion however, Kitty starts feeling like she's a spare part and when the wedding issue was raised, Kitty really didn't give a toss about what kind of a dress she would wear. That doesn't mean to say that her attitude was aggressive, it really wasn't.



    That also doesn't indicate that Kitty is uncertain about marrying Robert. It could be a possibility that she is but in fairness, I think it's more a case of Kitty fearing that she'll lose her identity as a person if the press hinge on her being Robert's fiancé, which seems to be the thing at the moment. I don't blame her for having fears like that. In a culture where celebrity couples end up merging into one person, there's something believable about Kitty wanting to assert her independence. She's even rather snippy with Robert as well but again not in a malicious way.



    However this almost doesn't compare with the tension between her and Nora. Yes they may love each other but Kitty and Nora also can't last that long without arguing with each other neither. They even better themselves do when a trip for wedding dress has them arguing like crazy and getting filmed by some random bloke with his phone.



    The fact that neither Kitty or Nora made an attempt to snatch the phone was interesting. Kitty could've stopped herself from being broadcast on YouTube but just did nothing. If this had been Desperate Housewives the poor guy probably would've gotten stung by several bees or something to that effect.



    Nora's annoyance at Kitty naturally stems from Justin. Last season Nora did nothing but blame Kitty for Justin going into the army. Here she's accusing Kitty and Robert of using Justin to plug the latter's campaign. I get why Nora would think this but I also think for a second that Kitty would ever do that to any of her family. I don't even think Robert would do that either.



    Naturally Kitty and Nora's feud in the bridal shop isn't just the only bit of Walker bickering throughout the episode. When Rebecca manages to get them into the most crowded Mexican restaurant she can find, the booze deprived clan just basically lay into each other.



    Most of it is pretty childish stuff – Sarah's pissed at Tommy for not listening to her, Kevin blames Nora for having him watch The Thornbirds, Saul is irritated by Kevin's childishness and Kitty is peeved with Rebecca being a presence. Likewise Rebecca isn't too thrilled to be in the same room with Holly but that's natural.



    Of course they all argue like children and it's Robert who has to shut them up. Personally I would've left them to it for another few minutes. I have to admit to finding the big public argument rather hilarious if a little on the contrived side of things. It also leads to a pointed joke from Kitty that the Walkers shouldn't be left in public.



    Speaking of Kitty, not only does her birthday get switched to back at the Walker mansion but the tension between her and Rebecca is nicely focused on. She's the only member of the family who's had no interest in getting to know Rebecca and is actually quite horrible to her until Rebecca faces it head on.



    Kitty might have the right to ask why Rebecca and Nora have gotten so close in a rather quick space of time but Rebecca's response to that is on the money. With everyone so wrapped up in their own dramas, Rebecca is the closest that Nora has from going out of her mind worrying about Justin.



    If Rebecca's motives are worthy of a question mark, then I'm seriously curious to see what the heck the writers plan to do with Holly this season. Nora might have been gracious to let her stay at William's headstone and fill her in on Rebecca but that doesn't mean Nora has forgotten about Holly's affair with William either. These two are never going to be friends but they might not be mortal enemies forever either.



    One of the things the writers are going to have to do this season is try to come up with arcs for Holly because you have to admit she's a pretty dispensible character. Rebecca can easily survive on this show without her and Holly's relationship with Saul is also long dusted too. I don't really hate Holly that much but again, the writers need to get their thinking caps on with this one.



    Speaking of Saul, the end of "Matriarchy" left us with the notion that he might be gay/bisexual. It's definitely clear that he at least fooled around with Milo and it's also Milo who tries to get Saul to come away with him too which Saul instantly refuses to do. It's nice that despite the refusal, there's no actual hostility between Saul and Milo. I really hope this show has the balls to an older man on man romance because let's face it; this isn't a series that aimed for younger audiences anyway. Plus Saul deserves to be happy. It would be incredibly unfair for everyone else on this show to have a relationship and for him to be left on the shelf so to speak. I also like Milo so I wouldn't seeing him back.



    Also keeping with gay relationships aren't Kevin and Jason kind of cute together? Kevin must care enough if he's willing to actually sit through his boyfriend's sermon rather than gossip with Sarah on the phone but it's also Jason's religion that creates a problem with them.



    When Jason gets shipped to Malaysia, Kevin is one unhappy bunny and Jason reacts to his bad reaction by pointing out Kevin's commitment issues. It's a bit of a convenient way to try and write out Eric Winters but it also kind of undermines everything as well.



    Because there's a jump in time we miss out on the starting points of Kevin and Jason's relationship and while it's sweet that Kevin does actually vow to wait for Jason, you do wonder how long exactly that wait will actually be. That being said, I'd rather not see Kevin cheat on Jason either so if they do break up, the writers better come up with something other than cheating.



    As for Sarah, she's got her own relationship woes. Being stuck with drippy PTA mums is enough to drive anyone insane but now she's having a spin cycle session with Joe and pestering Tommy to interpret what it means. I'll give you a hint: not what you want it to mean.



    Suffice to say my hint is actually correct when Joe tells her that he wants a divorce. Talk about harsh! Joe certainly knows how to kick Sarah when she's down and she was pretty down in this episode. She wanted her marriage back and Joe wanted to wipe the slate clean. Although I pity Sarah, Joe might have a point.



    If Sarah's marriage was in trouble, then Tommy's might be too. Julia is still depressed and despite his best efforts to get to come out of her shell, Julia clams up. She even goes as far as to make an insensitive comment about Justin as well when Tommy pushes her too.



    Although I did kind of hate Julia for what she said, at least she apologises the second after she said. She is stressed out and I appreciate that the writers are willing to deal with this rather than sweep it under the carpet. Tommy might actually need to take her to a counsellor rather than a Walker family event if he wants to get his wife back on track. I don't want these two to break up.



    As for Justin, bad news certainly rained on this episode. His unit got hit with a sniper and the paranoia, anger, fear and distress Nora had been feeling throughout the episode all becomes justified. Nora spent half the day waiting by the phone, snapping at Kitty and she got her nightmare.



    Although I don't actually believe that the writers have killed him, I do like the severity of Justin's predicament. Sally Field's performance as Nora begins to break down does elevate the episode considerably. We'll know by next week just how bad things are for Justin too.



    Also in "Home Front"



    The previously on bit for this episode seemed to focus on Kitty/Robert, Justin going to Iraq, Tommy/Julia's baby drama, Sarah/Joe's marriage collapse and Kevin/Jason hooking up.



    PTA Mum: "Do you think I should get a mommy job?"

    Sarah: "Is that like a part time job?"



    Joe told Sarah that some of the things the PTA mums got up to were plastic surgeries and affairs. Not exactly that exciting, huh?



    Kitty: "Oh gee, thanks honey for letting me know what my options are".

    Robert: "I'm not getting any, am I?"



    Milo: "Check out your hair".

    Saul: "My hair? Take a look at your hair. Is that a perm?"



    That was a pretty authentic looking picture of Saul and Milo. Someone knows how to use Photoshop effectively.



    Kevin: "What about a new robe though? Or a snazzy collar".

    Jason: "You know. You're an idiot".

    Kevin: "I know but I'm your idiot".



    Sarah: "Joe and I had sex. Did you hear what I said? Joe. Me. Sex!"

    Tommy: "And?"



    Rebecca found a present that William had left for Kitty before he died. We also got something on Kitty's shoe craving.



    Jason: "I'm sorry. Well maybe if you had a little faith".

    Kevin: "Yeah, well I don't".



    Holly (re Rebecca/William): "Like father, like daughter. I still miss him".

    Nora: "So do I. Bastard!"



    Nora and Holly's reaction when they thought that another woman might have been a mistress of William's was hilarious.



    Kitty: "How did you go from home wrecker to surrogate daughter?"

    Rebecca: "Because I was there".



    Kitty: "It's a great party".

    Rebecca: "Yeah I should've ordered beer and pizza in the first place".

    Kitty: "Yeah we're not fit to be seen in public".



    Justin was the only regular character not to feature in this episode and Joe has also been demoted to recurring character this season.



    Jason: "Kev, I don't expect you to wait for me".

    Kevin: "Well that's too bad because I'm going to".



    Sarah: "To Kitty, who may be conservative in her politics but is liberal in her love".



    Standout music: There was many but the ones that really struck a chord where Sia's "The Girl You Lost To Cocaine" and "If This Ain't Love (Don't Know What It Is)" by Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators.



    Nora (to Kitty): "Please don't ask me to stop. I have to keep moving. Please don't ask me to stop".



    Rebecca (to Justin): "And you were wrong about being the black sheep. You're the heart of this family. They need you. I need you. Please be okay".



    Chronology: Four months since "Matriarchy".



    It might have been a while but "Home Front" only goes to prove that while they show lacks outrageousness, it'll never bore you with strong, engaging, very human drama and wry comedy. This is a very good sign for the start of a shorter season.moreless
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Michael Nouri

Milo Peterman

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Kimberly Atkinson

Amy

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Amy Motta

Amy Motta

Lexie

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John Pyper-Ferguson

John Pyper-Ferguson

Joe Whedon

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Eric Winter

Eric Winter

Jason McCallister

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  • QUOTES (18)

    • Rebecca: (in her videomail to Justin) Justin, hey. I don't know how you are right now, or where you are, but I"m just going to assume that you're alright, and that you'll be watching this soon. I've been getting to know your family. Not that that's an easy thing to do, because they're all a little unhinged, but I think tonight I finally started to figure them out. Like Tommy is always so stoic, taking care of everyone around him. I'm just not sure who's taking care of him. And Kevin when he's really hurt he's sarcastic and funny, he's brutally funny, but I think even he knows that's not always enough, not now, not for this. And Sarah's just this force, kind of like Superwoman, you know, with the kids and the job, she's always fighting so hard for her family all the time, but I'm sure she sometimes wishes it was easier, not so complicated. Kitty's someone I don't really know yet, but I'm glad she came home, I think she needed to be here, especially now. I think being around her family is what grounds her, gives her direction, keeps her sane. And your mom, she's like the most amazing woman I've ever met, the way she handles everything and everyone. But every so often I can tell she's a million miles away. Thinking about you. And then she just looks so scared and so small. And you were wrong about being the black sheep. You're the heart of this family, Justin. They need you. I need you, so please be okay. Please.

    • Jason: Look, this summer has been one of the best I've had in a long time.
      Kevin: Oh, I know, it's like Sandy and Danny in Grease.
      Jason: Yeah? Which one of us is Sandy?
      Kevin: Well, you're about to go help the poor, so I think that makes you the goodie-two-shoes in this relationship.

    • Nora: (to people in restaurant)Do you know why he's not here to celebrate? Because he's off fighting in that stupid war. And one more thing that makes this day special, my cheating husband died a year ago today. So maybe if you could move your drunken asses out of these chairs, then perhaps my family could sit down and eat a damn burrito and end this miserable day!

    • Tommy: Are we over hating Holly yet?
      Saul: We don't hate Holly, it's just awkward.
      Kevin: I hate her.
      Sarah: You hate everyone.
      Kevin: I'm sorry, I didn't get a quickie on the spin cycle to put me in a good mood.

    • Kevin: At least I know what the title of my autobiography is going to be: "Kevin Walker, a Lifetime of Endless Disappointments."

    • Holly: (about William) I still miss him.
      Nora: So do I. Bastard.

    • Jason: I'm helping build a school.
      Kevin: Oh, great. Forget it, you know, because obviously I can't compete with poor needy children.
      Jason: You know what, no, you can't compete, because this is bigger than me and what I want.
      Kevin: What, now I'm a narcissist?
      Jason: There are people in this world who need help.
      Kevin: Yes, Jason, people like me!

    • Jason: He's sending me on a mission to Malaysia.
      Kevin: Malaysia?
      Jason: I know. It's far.
      Kevin: No, actually that's not far. New York is far. Malaysia's halfway around the world.

    • Nora: Overstepping? That's what families do! It's the damn definition of family, overstepping!

    • Julia: (to Tommy about Nora) Tell her to call me when Justin dies, then we'll have something to talk about.

    • Joe: (to Sarah) You think I could put up with you and your family for ten years if I didn't think you're hot?

    • Kitty: It seems like there's his high-powered working woman box, and then there's this fiance-slash-wife box, and I just don't know how to fit in both boxes at the same time.

    • Nora: Don't you roll your eyes at me. Maternal guilt is what I do best.

    • McCallister: Happy Birthday, Kitty. May you always continue to defy expectations. And I hope you never fit into anyone's stupid box. The reason I love you is because you don't.

    • Kevin: So, maybe you're getting a promotion. Hmmm. Like vice...bishop or pope?
      (Jason smiles)
      Jason: Pope, yeah, we don't have a pope.
      Kevin: So no ring?
      Jason: No ring.
      (Jason smiles)
      Kevin: What about a new robe though? Or at least a snazzy new collar.
      Jason:You know. You're an idiot.
      (Jason throws towel)
      Kevin: I know but I'm your idiot.

    • Kevin: If I were her, I'd be afraid to blow out my candles. Maybe there's a Kitty curse.
      Nora: The only thing she's cursed with is her insane politics.
      Kitty: I heard that.

    • Kitty: It's true what they say, Tequila makes everything better.
      Sarah: Nobody says that.
      Kitty: Well, when I'm first lady I'll say it and it will catch on.

    • Sarah (to Saul and Nora): Oh c'mon guys, stop looking at the menu, I'm starving already for alcohol.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Domácí fronta (Home Front)

    • Rob Lowe (Robert) is now added as a series regular.

    • Maxwell Perry Cotton (Cooper) is now added as a series regular.

    • Despite being credited in the episode, Dave Annable (Justin Walker) does not appear in this episode.

    • International Air Dates:
      Latin America: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Norway: Wednesday, September 24, 2008 9.40 pm on TV2
      Thailand: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 10.00 pm on Star World
      Czech Republic: Sunday, November 21, 2010 on Universal Channel

    • Music:
      Who'll Stop the Rain by Courtney Jaye
      Pictures of You by The Last Goodnight
      Gravity by Sara Bareilles
      Everybody But You by Dave Barnes
      Calling the World by Rooney
      The Girl You Lost To Cocaine by Sia
      If This Ain't Love (Don't Know What Is) by Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators
      Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly and the Family Stone

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Kevin (to Kitty): Hey Rip Van Winkle.

      This is a reference to the 1819 short story Rip Van Winkle, published by Washington Irving. In the story a man falls asleep, only to wake up 20 years later, not knowing what's been going on for all this time.

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