Brothers & Sisters

Season 2 Episode 13

Separation Anxiety

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 20, 2008 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • It's Rebecca's twentisecond birthday. Which would mean her birth year is 1986.

    • Since Robert is a US Senator, he and Kitty would spend more time in Washington, DC than California. So it wouldn't make sense that Kitty would lament her mother moving there.

    • It would have made more sense and been easier for Rebecca to test her DNA against Justin's to see if they were related, than to discretely collect disgusting remnants of David which may, or may not, have enough usable DNA to test. That would have confirmed if William Walker was indeed her father.

  • Quotes

    • Justin: I'm sorry your party was so lame.
      Rebecca: It had some funny moments.
      Justin: I especially liked the part where everybody yelled at each other at exactly the same time.
      Rebecca: You're right, it was horrible.

    • Holly: Oh, I should never have let the Walkers host her birthday. Their parties always descend into a brawl.
      David: It makes you wonder how somebody as sweet as Rebecca could be related to them.

    • Nora: Even now, if I have news or - or something happens to me, good or bad, I just never feel like it's actually happened until I... Until I tell all of you.
      Kitty: Maybe that's why we're so lousy at keeping secrets.

    • Nora: Stop it! I'm not moving away because I need to replace your father, or I'm afraid to be alone, or whatever else you can think of. I'm leaving to get away from all of you! You think I don't notice all the eye rolling and sighing and little looks you give each other every time I open my mouth. You're constantly complaining that I'm manipulative and I'm controlling and I invade your lifes. Well, take a good look in the mirror, my darling children. I try to change one thing in my life, and you all launch so many covert actions, you might as well be the CIA! Oh, God, it felt so good to make a decision for myself without taking everyone else's feelings into account. No. I'm doing this for me. And frankly, it's about damn time! (to Rebecca) None of this applies to you, sweetie. You're fine. Happy birthday.

    • Kitty: Leaving a family and the life that you've built is a very drastic way of avoiding the realization that you're afraid to be alone.
      Nora: Oh, my darling daughter. That is the biggest load of bullcrap I've ever heard in my life.

    • Holly: (about the necklace David gave Rebecca) It's a family heirloom. What are you trying to say to her?
      David: Happy birthday? Why are you so touchy?
      Holly: Because it is the kind of necklace you would give to a daughter. I just don't know what you're trying to imply.
      David: I'm broke. I forgot to go shopping. I had it at my place. What do you think I'm trying to imply?

    • Isaac: (about Robert's presidential campaign) There's always next time.
      Robert: Why would I ever put myself through it again? I was never home, I was always exhausted, hoarse. I had to listen to the most insulting things said about me on a daily basis.
      Isaac: You never had more fun in your life.

    • Tommy: (after he walked in on Sarah and Graham kissing) I'm just not used to you conducting business with a guy's tongue down your throat.
      Sarah: You have a problem with Graham?
      Tommy: No, he seems like a nice enough guy.
      Sarah: So then what?
      Tommy: It's just business and pleasure, they don't... They don't always mix.
      Sarah: Oh, well, I seem to remember pretty famously that you mixed your business with pleasure, so maybe you shouldn't be the one to judge.

    • (Kevin, Tommy and Justin are still with Isaac on the golf course.)
      Kevin: I... I can pick up after a quadruple bogie, right?
      Tommy: Yeah.
      Kevin: Thank God.
      Tommy: So, you're basically kicking our butts, Isaac.
      Isaac: Just lucky.
      Tommy: No, you're good. You're good, and, uh, you're in good shape, your health's good, yeah? Prostate's fine and everything?
      Kevin: Oh, Jeez, Tommy, come on.
      Justin: Even I think that's nosy.
      Tommy: Excuse me, because I don't want Mom spending her golden years taking care of a man in poor health?
      Kevin: Isaac, you know, I'm so sorry. Tommy's clearly mad 'cause his game sucks compared to yours.
      Tommy: Oh, screw you, Kevin, what, 'cause I actually care about Mom?
      Justin: Okay, you guys are being a little intense. I'd like to dial it down and ask him a few more real estate questions.
      (The brothers squabble.)
      Isaac: Hey, hey, hey, listen, fellas, listen. I know how much you love your mother. Which makes me very happy because I love her, too. That's why I'm going to take very good care of her.

    • (Tommy, Kevin and Justin are with Isaac on the golf course.)
      Isaac: Looks like a beautiful course. Appreciate the invite.
      Tommy: It's our pleasure.
      Justin: Yeah. we figure we better, uh, get to know the guy who's shacking up with our mom, right?
      Tommy: That's right, just ask him a few questions.
      Isaac: I got one. Who's going first?
      Justin and Tommy: You are.
      Kevin: Yeah, take your time. Hopefully I can pull a muscle before it's my turn.
      Justin: So, how big is your house, Isaac? 'Cause Mom, you know, she comes with a lot of knicknacks and... pillows.
      Isaac: I think I can make room.
      Tommy: You got a backyard, right? 'Cause Mom loves her gardening.
      Isaac: It's more like a courtyard.
      Justin: You do have a pool, right? 'Cause Mom, you know, she swims every day.
      Isaac: Oh, kind of... a little birdbath.
      Tommy: Ouch, no pool.
      Justin: Can't afford a pool.
      Kevin: How much do you owe on the townhouse? I'm sorry, I - I manage Mom's financial affairs. I just don't want her taking on any more liabilities than she already has.
      Isaac: It's paid off.
      Justin: So, has Mom said anything to you about selling her house?

    • (Tommy, Sarah and Kitty are hiding in the kitchen.)
      Nora: Tommy, what are you doing?
      Kevin: Tommy's here?
      Tommy: (from kitchen) Uh, Sarah knocked a pot off the stove.
      Nora: Sarah's in there too?
      Sarah: Hi, Mom!
      Nora: (after a moment, annoyed) Kitty?
      Kitty: Hello.
      Nora: What is going on?
      (Sarah, Kitty and Tommy come in from the kitchen, feigning surprise at seeing Nora's candlelit dinner with Issac.)
      Nora: What is this, just some sort of colossal coincidence that you're all here interrupting my romantic dinner?
      (They all deny any bad intentions.)
      Tommy: That's not true, I came to tell Isaac about golf. Kev, right?
      Kevin: What golf?
      Nora: Too bad Justin isn't here, then I could tell everyone at once.
      Justin: (from other room) Yo.

    • Sarah: You don't think Mom would really leave Paige and Coop, do you?
      Tommy: Hello, what about Elizabeth?
      Kevin: Get a grip, she'd never leave me.

    • Sarah: Mom moving to Washington? That'll never happen.
      Kitty: Well, we never thought she'd get busted for smoking pot, either.

    • Julia: Why do Republicans have so many winner-take-all primaries?
      Kevin: Because they hate weakness. Even if you come in a close second, you have to be culled from the herd. It's so Darwinian for people who don't believe in evolution.
      Tommy: At least we're decisive. You guys are so sensitive, you split your delegates so nobody gets their feelings hurt.

    • (About the family row at Rebecca's birthday party)
      David: Does this always happen?
      Graham: I dunno, I'm new here.
      Robert: I'm gonna get us some dessert.

    • Holly: I remember the last time we were around a cake.
      Nora: All right. I threw it in your face. But I recall a bowl of peas headed in my direction. ... We've come a long way.
      Holly: We both have men in our lives now.
      Nora: Luckily not the same one!

    • Sarah: Rebecca, there are many reasons to celebrate this last year. Not the least of which is those bangs have finally grown out!

    • Nora: What made us so afraid? We always seem to take care of everyone else – never ourselves.
      Saul: I guess it all started with our mother.

    • Kitty: Isaac, this is a woman who needs her family around her. If she goes through with this move I'm afraid you're both going to regret it. And the problem is – I can't be the one to say it to her.

    • Kitty: You're gonna tell me Robert, or I am going to inject you with so many hormones that you will in fact grow boobs and sing soprano.

    • Kevin: Oh my God, it's from a store.
      Sarah: So is the lettuce.
      Kevin: This, this is really happening, isn't it? She's leaving.
      Sarah: I think she's already left. God.
      (Kevin starts to cry.)
      Sarah: Kevin, don't go there.
      Kevin: What, uh, what are we going to do?
      Sarah: Stop it. I cannot hold this family together by myself. Don't make me slap you, Kevin. Kevin! (slaps him) Come on, be a man.

    • Holly: I remember the last time we were around a cake.
      Nora: All right, I threw it in your face. But I recall a bowl of peas headed in my direction.
      Holly: True.
      Nora: We've come a long way.
      Holly: We both have men in our lives now.
      Nora: Luckily, not the same one.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Strach z odloučení (Fear of Separation)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: Sunday, May 18, 2008 on Network 7
      United Kingdom: Sunday, June 22, 2008 on E4
      Norway: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 on TV2
      Czech Republic: Sunday, January 16, 2011 on Universal Channel

    • Music:
      Georgia Girl by Collective Soul (at the end of the episode)

  • Allusions