Brothers & Sisters

Season 2 Episode 6

Two Places

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 2007 on ABC
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Kitty gets a visit from an old friend to do some damage control regarding her pregnancy. But it doesn't go as planned. Sarah is struggling with Paige, while Justin is down.

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  • A sad episode for Kitty, an enjoyable one though.

    I liked this, I think that the show is getting better as it goes on. I had already read about Kitty's miscarriage but it was still sad when she found out, when she broke down, you did feel sorry for her. I didn't think I'd like Isaac but I did, it was quite funny and would definitely be an interesting character for the future. Robert, he is an alright character, sometimes I like, other times I don't.

    Thank god Rebecca finally saw through Justin, I'm not a fan of him and don't feel sorry for him, at all. Rebecca is again, an alright character, I did enjoy her in this episode, Holly was right about Justin, he was treating her badly. Lena, the word s l u t comes to mind here, was glad she stopped the kiss with Justin, but she still has Tommy there for here.

    Kevin, wasn't overly interested this time, not a Scotty fan, so that's probably why. Sarah and Joe dealing with Paige was a good storyline, but I do really like Sarah, that helped. It was good to see Kitty cheer Paige up. Joe was being an even bigger ass but luckily he changed the custody agreement.

    Season two is getting could, the next episode sounds interesting.moreless
  • Duality Written by Monica Owusa-Breen And Alison Schapker Directed by Gloria Muzio

    Robert: "Oh my God".

    Kitty: "No honey, it's good. It's nature's way of ending a potential problem. We don't have to rush the wedding".

    That is probably the strangest comment I've heard from anyone on this series so far. However while it might come across as a tad cold-hearted, I think it's safe to assume that Kitty was using it as a defence mechanism when she said it. It's also a shame that when things were really looking up for Kitty, something really terrible had to go and happen to her. Then again this is modern TV and characters are definitely not immune to bad things happening to them.

    Normally on a lot of TV shows, miscarriages can either have an act of violence happen that lead to a baby being lost or it can be something simpler. For this series, the writers went with the latter option when Kitty and believe me, it definitely didn't deter.

    Having Nora go with Kitty to the hospital for her first scan was a nice touch and the scene where the female doctor told Kitty that she miscarried was nicely played. You knew the bad news was coming but the delivery really did bring it home.

    Calista Flockhart, who has proven how strong of a dramatic actress she is on this show, really excels herself this week. Kitty's utter shock of losing her baby, followed by her crying in private shows the kind of maturity this show has in dealing with uncomfortable subject matter.

    Of course I should also compliment Sally Field as well as Nora went out of her way to be there for Kitty and also to remind her that the miscarriage wasn't her fault. I've had family member suffer miscarriage myself, so I'm pleased to see the series tackle the issue with sensitivity. Too often shows opt for melodrama but not here.

    Telling Robert was then the other thorny issue for Kitty. He wasn't exactly enthusiastic when he discovered through Travis that Kitty was pregnant in the previous episode and with the campaign getting more intense, I can see why Kitty might have had reservations in telling him.

    Needless to say, Robert did handle the bad news well and even wanted to be at Kitty's side when she had to go back to the hospital but afterwards we did see him confessing to Isaac of all people that he didn't want to be a father again and was in some ways relieved that he didn't.

    For the longest time, Rob Lowe hasn't been given some truly meaty material and while Robert's confession doesn't exactly portray him in a good light, it's the first however that he's come across as a more believable character. Again I don't agree with Robert's views but that little confession has been a lot more interesting than listening to him go on incessantly about tactics for his campaign.

    Earlier on in this episode, Kitty roped in Isaac to help combat the public backlash that her pregnancy might have on Robert's campaign. Casting Danny Glover in the role of Isaac was a nice choice and giving him conflicting history with both Robert and Kitty was also a good choice.

    With Kitty, Isaac was an old friend and something of a mentor figure from what I gathered from their earlier scenes. Robert however not only dislikes Isaac for using underhanded tactics but a decade ago, Isaac was the same bloke who outed Jason to sabotage Robert.

    Of course Isaac isn't exactly apologetic for doing such a thing. Instead when Robert attempts to lay down ground rules, Isaac basically tells Robert to shape up if he's really serious about being the next President. Again can I point out that I really don't want Robert to win this race?

    As for Isaac when he's not genuinely annoying the hell out of Robert, he's making eyes at Nora. He must view her as a kindred spirit because he does seem a little overly excited watching her antagonise Kitty and well, after that sleazy professor, Nora could do with a bit of fun. Plus he did set her the challenge of arranging a wedding in two days prior to Kitty miscarrying.

    Giving Nora a task like that in such a short space of time to work pretty much meant hell for everyone else. She's quick to give Paige and Cooper chores to carry and she certainly enjoys tormenting both Tommy and Saul at the same time too. Fortunately Kitty is able to deflate her tyrannical reign.

    Sarah on the other hand is also continuing to have a crap time of things too. When she is able to see Paige and Cooper, she has to deal with her older child misbehaving in school and then running away after a setback with the wedding plans. However Paige is clearly not that good at running away if the furthest place she could go was to Nora's. Joe isn't a particularly great mood and blames Sarah for the whole thing. Normally he'd have a point but given that Joe made the fighting between him and Sarah worse than it had to be, it does come across as a bit hypocritical for him to get so high and mighty.

    Fortunately he does redeem himself towards the end of the episode by allowing for joint custody so that Paige and Cooper can have equal time with both him and Sarah. If only Joe had this amazing hindsight prior to Paige acting up. He might have been able to have prevented this to begin with.

    Speaking of preventing, if Tommy kept his dick in his pants, he could then prevent whatever disaster his affair with Lena is going to cause. Instead of screwing her in the office, he's now become accustomed to sleeping over at her place. It's clear that Lena wants more but Tommy is too dense to pick up on this.

    However Lena does console herself in having a little fun with Rebecca. Given that Rebecca was the very way Lena was introduced into the series, it made sense for the two of them to go and hang out. After all, both women needed a break from the Walkers. Pity Rebecca just didn't have the sense to not take Justin with her.

    For a girl who needs to get away from Justin, Rebecca should've just flat told him that she needed some time away from him. Justin should've been wise enough to have gotten a clue and found some other way of amusing himself. Instead he decided to tag along with Rebecca and Lena like a dead weight.

    Worse still than just tagging along was Justin and Lena ganging up on Rebecca. Justin makes cracks about her not having a life and as soon as she makes an attempt to do, he's hanging off her. Lena's no better too as she makes no effort to defend Rebecca from Justin's accusations.

    Instead she's happy to see him down pills even though he obviously gives off that addict vibe and she's also snogging him outside the bathroom too. This wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't already sleeping with Tommy but Rebecca's reaction to seeing them do this is strange.

    Still at least it gives her the best incentive to follow Holly's advice and get a life. By this she openly confronts Justin on his addictive behaviour and then moves out of the Walker. As much as an irritant Holly might be, I have to admit she was right in telling Rebecca to leave. She can't help Justin and Justin definitely doesn't want to help himself either.

    Justin's so in denial of being an addict that nothing Rebecca says makes an impact on him. The funniest thing however is how blatantly crap his excuses are for his excessive drug intake. I didn't need Rebecca to point out how stupid his excuses were I just knew it myself.

    Meanwhile for the second week in a row, Kevin doesn't really have a whole lot to do. Last week he might have been trying to help Sarah but now he's mostly moping over Jason. To be fair though he does have just cause as Jason doesn't seem to making much of an effort to contact.

    Although I think it's pretty obvious that Scotty's continued presence around Kevin is going to trigger him into being unfaithful, I'm finding the bloke less annoying. Scotty moving into Kevin's place sees them sharing movies but we also get to see that Scotty does care about Kevin's well being as well.

    I'd love for the writers to avoid the trap of them sleeping together but I guess with the chemistry that Matthew Rhys and Luke McFarlane exhibit, that's probably not going to happen. Kevin is also not doing a whole lot to emphasise to Scotty that he's in a committed relationship. Then again, neither is Jason come to think of it.

    Also in "Two Places"

    There was a nice scene where Sarah got to read Paige and Cooper via the phone she gave Paige in the previous episode.

    Tommy: "I have to get going".

    Lena: "There's nothing that says you can't stay the night. I can make you my famous French toast in the morning".

    Although it's an obvious thing, Lena does come across as a tad sleazy for making out with both Tommy and Justin.

    Kitty: "No. You're telling me I have to get married in two days?"

    Isaac: "No time to waste".

    Kevin: "You're homeless?"

    Scotty: "Oh I like to think of myself as being between homes".

    Scotty's tastes in movies/TV include The Thornbirds (a fave of Kevin's), The Exorcist and Glitter. Two out of three ain't bad.

    Nora: "Kitty's more of a traditionalist than that".

    Justin: "Except for the fact that she got knocked up before the idea".

    Nora: "Yes, except for that".

    Nora: "Politics be damned".

    Kitty: "Mom, the groom is running for President".

    Kitty kept referring to her pregnancy as "Operation Puppy". Didn't ABC also referred to the coming out episode of Ellen as "The Puppy Episode" as well?

    Robert (re Isaac): "If people get wind that he's on out campaign there gonna think we're in crisis".

    Kitty: "Oh well, guess what Robert? We are in a crisis. Remember I'm pregnant".

    Isaac: "Then stop wasting your time and drop out of this race. This is Presidential politics. If you're looking for idealism, you're not gonna win a nomination".

    Robert: "I'd expect that from you".

    How did Nora not pick up on the fact Saul didn't want to sit anywhere near Kevin? Usually she'd comment on something like that.

    Nora: "So you wanna lay down? I can stay with you until Robert comes home".

    Kitty: "I think I'm just gonna wait for him by myself if that's okay with you".

    Lena: "Is that lame?"

    Rebecca: "No it just means you love your job".

    Given that Tommy's original idea was to have Lizzie in a bee costume on the wine bottles, perhaps Lena is worth keeping.

    Sarah (re Paige): "Damn it, we did this to her. Why did you have to make it so hard?"

    Joe: "She didn't disappear from my house".

    Standout music: "Tired Of Being Sorry" by Ringside and "Field Below" by Regina Spector.

    Justin: "Why are you being so judgemental?"

    Rebecca: "Because I have spent every waking minute trying to take care of you".

    Justin: "Who asked you to?"

    Paige: "I wish I could be in two places at once".

    Justin: "Me too".

    Chronology: A few days since "Domestic Issues".

    After a superb previous episode, "Two Places" only manages to go and surpass it. Once again it's both the Kitty and Sarah plots that dominate the good stuff but at least Justin's relapse is getting momentum too.moreless
  • Kitty seeks political help to deal with her pregnancy, but tragedy strikes. Kevin offers shelter to Scotty, Paige has trouble dealing with her parents divorce and Rebecca makes a discovery.

    Another emotional episode here closely following on from last week's episode concerning the youngest members of the Walker clan.

    Kitty losing her baby was devastating and gave Calista Flockhart a chance to shine and that she did. I wasn't spoiled by the miscarriage as I had been spoiled by later spoilers but I was surprised to have it happen so soon. The final scene was heartbreaking.

    Robert's reaction was interesting. He never seemed that bothered by the baby but I just assumed it was because of its timing. But to have him confess that he didn't really want the baby was a little shocking. Why wouldn't he want to start a new family with Kitty? This revelation could have some interesting consequences for the future.

    Issac was an interesting character to introduce in this episode. He from what I could tell was a political spin-doctor whom Robert had great problems with. His methods were obviously dubious, but in politics were the concepts of good and bad are relative – one person can only looks good if another looks bad- they were perfectly justifiable. He and Nora really sparked in their little scene together and I'm sure this isn't the last we'll see of him.

    Speaking of Nora she was great planning the wedding and comforting another of her children, this time Kitty. I love Sally Field in this role as she does it so well

    One of the youngest Walkers- Paige- got a little chance to shine here. Obviously troubled by her parents divorce, it was good to see her reaction, accurately portrayed here. I loved her interactions with Kitty, Nora and especially Justin in this episode, it was all very sweet.

    Whilst I'm glad that Sarah got back her children (at least for part of the time here) it does lessen the impact of last week's episode when she lost them. This development probably could have waited a couple of weeks to really make full emotional impact.

    Rebecca has left the Walker home after about 6 months on discovering Justin, not only high but kissing her best friend (NB between Holly, Rebecca and Lena, they have made their way through all the Walker men bar Kevin (for obvious reasons!) Robert better watch out, once he marries Kitty he'll be next!!) Although the reason she gives Justin is the drugs, an underlying reason surely has to be a jealousy of the sparks between Lena and Justin. I'm glad that she seems determined to get on with her own life now, she has long been defined by the Walker in this show, now its time for her to get her own storylines away from the family. Holly was good to call her up on it, they seem to be getting on better now.

    Kevin was good to help out Scotty, these two are good as friends, as Scotty was good to help Kevin get over his depression over Jason.

    Tommy is still being an idiot continuing his affair with Lena but his refusal to stay the night shows that he at least still knows that it is wrong.

    A good episode this week, not quite as strong as the previous weeks but still pretty good.moreless
  • A lot of dramatic twists and turns to keep the plot juicy.

    Lets start with the obvious: Kitty's miscarriage. Probably my favourite storyline of the episode. Kitty has a miscarriage and the family is pretty much thrown into devastation. I love the way she learnt about it, nothing too dramatic like her collapsing or falling down some stairs, but the way most women tend to discover these horrible things. Nora's presence was perfect, I honestly don't think the presence of any other character would've really worked. I did let my mind drift a little and wondered what it would've been like if Robert was with her, or even Sarah. The storyline was well written and acted (especially on Calista and Sally's part). However Robert had me ever so confused, I was left going why and what?? Although, I did love the scene where Robert tells Kitty he wants to go to the DMC with her, aww... The last scene with Kitty and Nora was the best of them all though, I just love seeing Nora in scenes where her maternal nature is thrown out there. :)

    Justin and Lena. Tommy and Lena. I think I would much rather put my finger down my throat than watch anymore of this storyline. Am I the only one who would just wish Lena would bugger off or die in a fiery car crash? I bet Rebecca does. Speaking of which, loved, loved Emily VanCamp in this episode. She can't do anything wrong! Maybe Rebecca will finally do something about Justin's addiction now she knows for sure. I hope so. I am glad that Becca decided to move home with Holly, I missed those Holly and Rebecca scenes, they are always wonderful.:P

    Umm... oh, Paige. A little confusing, but very realistic for a child of a separating couple to rebel like she did, so I applaud that fact. Whoever said that B&S is too soapy is obviously speaking out there arse. For once I felt like giving Joe a hug when he agreed for joint custody. Hallejuah! The man finally came to his senses, but it's sad it took him this long, it took for him to nearly lose his daughter for that to happen. :(

    But anyway, great episode, can't wait for the next one. I know it's very Justin centric so maybe we'll finally see him get confronted about his addiction.moreless
  • A very dramatic and compelling episode.

    This episode was very dramatic for the most part, but absolutely wonderful all at the same time. I loved the whole Scotty moves in with Kevin story line the most out of all the story lines for this episode. Kevin definitely had a lot of great moments in this episode. I'm also glad that the writers showed some of Kevin's struggle with being in a long distance relationship with Jason. The whole Kitty losing the baby story line was so sad, but Calista Flockhart did such a great job in this episode. The whole cast did such a great job in this episode, especially Matthew Rhys. I know that Justin is a drug addict, but I have to that I loved the scene where Justin was high from his pain medication and kissed Lena. Dave Annable did a wonderful job in that scene as well as the rest of the episode. I was shocked when they revealed the reason that Senator McCallister hated Isaac was because he outted Jason as being gay McCallister also really shocked me when he admitted that he never wanted the baby in the first place. All in all, this was another amazing episode of Brothers & Sisters, and I can't wait for the next episode which based on the previews looks very, very good.moreless
Jordan Baker

Jordan Baker

Dr. Sara Toni

Guest Star

Christine Lucas

Christine Lucas


Guest Star

John Pyper-Ferguson

John Pyper-Ferguson

Joe Whedon

Recurring Role

Danny Glover

Danny Glover

Isaac Marshall

Recurring Role

Luke MacFarlane

Luke MacFarlane

Scotty Wandell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Isaac described the wedding between Prince Charles and Princess Diana as a political wedding.

      Charles and Diana was not a political wedding as the Royal Family in the UK are meant to be above politics.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Robert: (to Isaac) My fiance and I lost our baby less than 24 hours ago, and we just cancelled our wedding. I have to fly to New Hampshire to talk to the Family Taxpayer's Associations. I haven't had a minute to think about what just happened until I was in the hospital waiting room. You know what I was thinking? That I never wanted the baby. I have two kids of my own already, and I thought I was done. And I never told Kitty. And I can't tell Kitty. And I don't know if God is giving me what I want, or punishing me, or both. So Isaac, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to ignore your advice, I haven't quite reached your level of sober pragmatism. Before I can spin what's just happened to Kitty and I, I'm going to need just about two hours to feel like crap.

    • Scotty: (showing different DVDs to Kevin) If you're feeling romantic about him, The Thornbirds. If you're angry at him, The Exorcist. And if you're just in the mood for a good time and my personal favorite, Glitter.

    • Paige: I don't want you to get a divorce.
      Sarah: Oh, Paigey. I'm sorry. The thing is, life just sometimes doesn't work out the way that you want it to. And there's nothing that you can do that will change it.

    • Paige: I do things that I know will get me in trouble, but I do them anyhow.
      Justin: It's been hard with your mom and dad, huh.
      Paige: I wish I could be two places at the same time.
      Justin: Me, too.

    • Justin: You know what, yeah, you're right, I'm using more than what the doctor prescribed. You wanna know why? So I can get better, fast, because I am sick and tired of being here while my friends die over there, and I can't tell anyone that because they won't get it. But I want to go back. Can you understand that?
      Rebecca: No. No, Justin, I don't believe you. I think you're telling yourself that because it seems noble and important, but you're using because you're an addict, Justin, and you'll always find a reason.

    • (Sarah and Joe have a fight after Paige ran away.)
      Joe: The first weekend she stays with you.
      Sarah: She's stayed with me her whole life. I told you she was in trouble, I told you. If anything happens to her...
      Joe: What? You'll blame me. Sarah, you're supposed to be watching her. She's with you, not me.
      Sarah: Damn you! We did this to her! Why did you have to make it so hard?
      Joe: She didn't disappear from my house.

    • Justin: With this family, I think I've mastered the skill of not drinking around drinkers.

    • Robert: You're good. Kitty was right about that. But there's something she doesn't know. Ten years ago, you were doing some consulting work for Michael Breen who was running for state senate in California, do you remember the race?
      Isaac: It was a long time ago.
      Robert: I was his opponent. And just as I started to get some traction, the Sacramento paper wrote an article outing my brother, who of course wasn't out at the time. It practically ruined my relationship with Jason. It devastated him, not to mention what it did to my family. I almost quit politics after that. Any idealism I had about public policy or the sanctity of government was completely obliterated by what you did.

    • Rebecca: Sarah and I are being civil, which is an improvement over her just glaring at me.

    • Robert: (to Kitty) It's hard to be mad at you when we're having a puppy.

    • Kitty: (about Isaac) He is the best at damage control.
      Robert: He is damage!

    • Nora: (to Isaac) You should have seen this child, four years old, she put a dishcloth on her head pretending it was a veil, walked down the aisle, as if to Prince Charming.
      Kitty: That was Kevin.
      Nora: It was both of you.

    • Nora: Kitty's much more of a traditionalist than that.
      Justin: Except for the fact that she got knocked up before the "I Do's".
      Nora: Well, yes, except for that.

    • (Kevin talks to Scotty, who has obvious problems.)
      Scotty: I'd really rather not do this here.
      Kevin: I'd rather not stalk my friend for him to talk to me, but I'm here.
      Scotty: My tuition was due, so I fell behind on my rent... and my car insurance, and my phone bill.

    • (Kitty and Robert are talking on the phone.)
      Robert: How are you feeling?
      Kitty: Great, really great. Except, you know, I'm exhausted and I'm constantly fighting the urge to vomit.
      Robert: Aw, I wish I could be there. I would hold your hair back while you puke.
      Kitty: You know what, you're so romantic.

    • Kevin: You're homeless.
      Scotty: Oh, I like to think of it as being between homes.
      Kevin: Look, I have... I've got an inflatable mattress. You should come stay with me.
      Scotty: Are you really sure there's room for me with all our baggage?
      Kevin: I have a boyfriend and I'm in love, so...
      Scotty: And your missionary really won't mind?
      Kevin: If he's going to be looking after poor schoolchildren, the least I can do is shelter a struggling... culinary artist.

    • Kitty: Operation puppy is proceeding as planned.
      Robert: Do we have to call it that?
      Kitty: Operation "shotgun wedding because the condom broke" just doesn't have the same ring.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This marks John Pyper-Ferguson's final appearance as Joe Whedon.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic - Dvě místa (Two Places)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: Sunday, March 30, 2008 on Network 7
      Norway: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 on TV2
      Czech Republic: Sunday, December 12, 2010 on Universal Channel

    • Music:
      Field Below by Regina Spektor (at the end of the episode)
      66 by The Afghan Whigs
      Detlef Schrempf by Band of Horses
      One Belief Away by Bonnie Raitt
      The General Specific by Band of Horses
      Tired of Being Sorry by Ringside