Brothers & Sisters

Season 1 Episode 23

Matriarchy

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 20, 2007 on ABC

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  • Trivia

    • At the close of the first season, Sally Field (Nora) received the Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work in this episode. Rachel Griffiths (Sarah) was nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The show also received a nomination for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

    • ABC released the complete first season on DVD in the U.S. (region 1) on September 18, 2007. It was sold in international regions starting in November 2007.

    • Original cast member John Pyper-Ferguson (Joe) departs the series with this episode. He returns as a guest for two episodes in season 2 to wrap up his storyline.

  • Quotes

    • (Kitty just announced she's moving out)
      Nora: I will miss your company terribly, but let's face it you're a little old to be living with your mother.
      Kitty: Oh, you know what, mom. Why do you have to insult me? Why don't you just come out and say that you're gonna miss me?
      Nora: Why can't you just come out and say you're scared to move out? Why make me into this clingy, neurotic mother trying to force you to stay?
      Sarah: Wow. It's like the Passive-Agressive Olympics here.
      Kitty: Oh, shut up, Sarah!
      Nora: All of you, stop this! Now, just stop it, it's not fair. I don't care if she moves out. I just resent the way she comes in here and blithely announces it.
      Kitty: I've been trying to tell you for three days! But you don't want to think about it, just like you don't want to think about Justin leaving, mother. That is why you are throwing this party.
      Nora: Don't you dare bring your brother into this!
      Kitty: I didn't want a party! We should be spending this time with Justin, not spending our time calling 18,000 people.
      Nora: Then fine, don't help. Just go.
      Kitty: Fine, I will. I'm gonna start packing.
      Nora: Good, good.
      Kitty: I'm not kidding.
      Nora: Neither am I!
      Kitty: Thank God. Thank God I'm getting out of this prison! (she leaves the room)
      Nora: Don't let the door hit you on your way out, Sweetie. (Nora leaves the room too)
      Rebecca: Wow. That was amazing.

    • (Kitty is annoyed at Nora for throwing her an engagement party she doesn't want)
      Nora: Sweetie, you didn't talk to me for three months because I didn't throw you the sweet 16 party you insisted on not having.
      Kitty: Mom, that's different. I was 16. Everybody wants a sweet 16 party.

    • Kitty: (saying goodbye to Justin) You know, I don't... I don't know what I believe in anymore... But I know that I believe in you. And I love you so much.

    • Nora: (leaving a message on Justin's voicemail) Justin, this is your mother. I'm so angry at you. How could you go off without saying goodbye? I'm sorry I didn't go to the museum with you. It was so sweet of you to think of something I wanted to do, and it's just like you thinking of everybody else. You have to stop that, you hear me? I want you to stop that, right now!

    • (the McCallisters are doing the Macarena dance)
      Robert: Do you still think I'm electable?
      Kitty: Probably not.

    • Justin: Mom, I'm going to a place where people are getting blown up on a daily basis okay, and there's a very real possibility that I'm not gonna come back-
      Nora: Stop! Stop. If you go there believing that something's going to happen to you, then something's going to happen to you.

    • Justin: I'm a recovering addict who's going to Iraq in 10 days.
      Tommy: That's my point exactly. A military man going off to war, you could get some serious sympathy action.

    • (About the McCallisters)
      Nora: Look at us, we're all sitting round here like a bunch of party poopers.
      Saul: How can we compete with the McCrazies?

    • (About Kevin and Jason's bad blind date)
      Jason: I'm sure I just caught Kevin on a bad day.
      Kitty: No, no he's always like that.

    • (Viewing an engagement party venue)
      Kevin: What are you doing here?
      Jason: I was told I'd be meeting your mother but it seems both sides sent the gay scouts instead.

    • (The McCallister family are going wild)
      Nora: What happened here? I thought you guys were manning the house.
      Tommy: We tried, but there's-there's too many of them.
      Sarah: I stopped two guys from peeing in your panties.

    • Kevin (about Jason McCallister): He's a minister?
      Kitty: Yes, he's a minister. Have you never met a minister before?
      Kevin: I've never sucked face with one before.

    • Robert: I'm sorry about my family.
      Nora: You never have to apologize for your family. Besides, it's refreshing to be the tame ones for once.

    • Kitty (to Nora): Thanks for letting me stay. It's been an awful year, but it's been the best awful year of my life.

    • (Seeing the list of people Robert is inviting to the engagement party)
      Kitty: He's only inviting his family.
      Nora: Were the McCallister's part of a breeding experiment?

    • Nora: All the people I love come here on their way to and from the big moments of their lives.
      Kitty: It's like, I don't know, what do they call it, a place where you go to rest and recover and get stronger.
      Nora: A spa?
      Kitty: No, no a sanctuary.

    • Kevin: You know what. You're the worst communications director ever. If he wins the election, you're going to be the first First Lady to be impeached.

    • Sarah: A family...It's the best and the worst thing that can ever happen to us...the truth is that without each other we would be truly lost.

    • Jason: I think maybe our families deserve each other.
      Kevin: You know, my offices are downtown. Maybe we can have lunch sometime.
      Jason: I think you should know, I'm a very traditional person. Jumping your bones was extremely atypical for me.
      Kevin: Well I could use some tradition in my life.

    • Jason: What is that? Like your fourth margarita? Why don't you just carry around a pitcher.
      Kevin: You didn't come in here looking for a Band-Aid did you? You came in here looking for me.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Matriarchát (Matriarchy)

    • International Air Dates:
      Australia: Monday, July 16, 2007 on Network 7

    • When Justin is on the escalator in the airport, you can see there are 2 separate shots. You can tell this by noticing all the people around him are different in each shot. Both shots were put together in one sequence.

    • Music:
      Snow (Hey Oh) by Red Hot Chili Peppers
      Recovering the Satellites by Counting Crows
      Long Awaited Sigh by Flip Grater
      Ooh Child by Nina Simone

  • Allusions

    • The first episode of the season is entitled "Patriarchy" which lays out the centrality of William's role in the lives of all the Walkers. The final episode of the season is "Matriarchy", which signals Nora having come into her own as the center of the Walker/Harper clan. The season has come full circle.

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