The show has long combined both formats (comedy and drama). This season, the comic elements seem to be stronger than the more dramatic ones. While I am glad that Patricia Wettig had considerable screen time in this episode, I am not buying the amnesia story. It's almost as if she's demented. The scenes with Saul and his new friend were not bad. But the scenes with Kitty and her new friend fell flat. I cannot accept the fact that in just one day, this guy is completely in love with her. This story is too rushed. It would've been more fresh and original had the writers put her with some cad, to show someone taking advantage of her vulnerable state after Robert's death. But for her to find her next great love affair so soon seems unrealistic. Sarah and Luc's story has a few bumpy spots. First, I don't buy these other women dissing her and Sarah trying to gain their approval; she's just as rich and powerful as they are. Shouldn't they be trying to get her support for their school? What did work for me was the little Shakespearean play. A comic highlight occurs when a carefully sewn costume comes apart at the seams and part of the set topples over during the performance. The larger theme here is that Sarah's kids are growing up too fast (as evidenced by Cooper's adult-like kiss of his costar on stage). Finally, we have Justin and Rebecca, in what was probably her last episode. Emily V is listed as a guest star this season. I guess her exit will free Justin up for more story, and it seems to be headed in Holly's direction for awhile. But let's hope that Justin doesn't find the next great love of his life, like Kitty apparently has, in 24 hours.
Sometimes the show goes for drama, and sometimes comedy. Or is it a dramedy? The comedy was working a little better than the drama, and here is why: The drama was mostly Holly with her amnesia or dementia, and that was very contrived writing. The writers may be making allusions to Shakepeare, but Shakespeare they ain't. The best thing about Holly's story was when Rebecca took the photo of her biological dad, played by Ken Olin, and Holly together. They were both on the show 30 Something together, and it was like a 30 Something reunion. Ken Olin is also the Executive Producer for B&S, and sometimes he directs, as well as playing Rebecca's dad. Next on the drama was Justin and Rebecca breaking up. She had a job offer in New York. And though they spent the night together, it was time for her to move on. Though I admit that it was kind of a tear jerking moment, it didn't make sense that they would give up on each other that easily. I think it was more like the actress didn't want to renew her contract, so they wrote in some kind of conclusion to their story arc. They did compare themselves to the star-crossed lovers, Romeo & Juliet, but when push came to shove, they just gave up. There was a possible romance between Uncle Saul and his new friend. I would call it a comedy scene when Saul, Scottie, Kevin, and Saul's new friend all help Sarah make costumes for her son Cooper's school play, Romeo & Juliet. More comedy as the stuck up mothers from the exclusive school they are trying to get Cooper enrolled in show up to act snooty and drool over Luc. Comedy when Cooper wants to drop out of his starring role when he learns he'll have to kiss Juliet. After a pep talk from Luc he changes his mind and really brings down the house. More comedy when Sarah tells off the snooty mothers and blows off the exclusive school. It is like Harper Valley PTA in Ojai. The story with Kitty and the Handyman was played as comedy, but it seemed too rushed and too soon after she lost her husband, Robert. I think they maybe are thinking that they want her to get with a guy who will turn out to be a Tea Partier guy politically so they can comment on that trend, and dramatize the rift that it is creating in the Republican Party. BTW, what about the story line where the RNC asked her to work for them? Would she be replacing Michael Steele? I hope they follow up on that thread. As for the Shakespeare angle, the title is from Act V, Scene III, where Romeo takes the poison:
Forgive me, cousin! Ah, dear Juliet,
Why art thou yet so fair? shall I believe
That unsubstantial death is amorous,
And that the lean abhorred monster keeps
Thee here in dark to be his paramour?
For fear of that, I still will stay with thee;
And never from this palace of dim night
Depart again: here, here will I remain
With worms that are thy chamber-maids; O, here
Will I set up my everlasting rest,
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!
Come, bitter conduct, come, unsavoury guide!
Thou desperate pilot, now at once run on
The dashing rocks thy sea-sick weary bark!
Here's to my love!
O true apothecary!
Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die.
In another scene Saul's friend, who is quite the cultured world traveler, quotes his favorite lines from Romeo & Juliet:
See, how she leans her cheek upon her hand!
O, that I were a glove upon that hand,
That I might touch that cheek!
It is leading up to a kiss, but then Saul confesses that he is HIV Positive, and his friend, who had already lived with a man who had died of AIDS says that he just can't go through that again. Saul is crushed, but he rebounds, and later thanks Scottie and Kevin for pushing him to get out of his shell and try and connect with someone. They mention that they might know a lawyer who would be great for him, and we are back to the comedy, with Saul anxious to know more about him.
So, it seems like they have killed some story arcs where they had kind of painted themselves into a box, and created some new arcs, albeit somewhat clumsily. We will see where this goes. I will keep watching, even if it doesn't match up to Shakespeare, because nothing else on TV does, either.
This episode really had some funny moments, mainly at the play, when all the family members went berserk as Cooper appeared on stage, as well as everything that was about to eventuate from that point forth.
The storylines weren't too interesting, apart from Justin & Rebecca, where things intensified and culminated. I didn't want to see that happen, and it was very sad, but it'll be interesting to seee what happens to Justin next.
All up, this wasn't a great episode in tersm of storylines, but I'd still highly recommend it for the comedy aspect, a s well as the culmination of the Justin and Rebecca storyline. Hoping for more great episodes, and keep it up, Brothers & Sisters!
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