Brothers & Sisters

Season 1 Episode 14

Valentine's Day Massacre

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2007 on ABC
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Kitty is surprised by Sen. McCallister in several ways. Kevin is set up on a blind date by an unexpected source. Tommy and Sarah butt heads about the proposed winery. Nora has a Valentine\'s Day dinner with a friend with a memorable result. Justin takes a chance to follow his heart.moreless

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  • A memorable Valentine's Day for many of the Walkers

    8.0
    The "24 hours earlier" teaser in the beginning was very funny. I could see how Kitty and Robert got together and Scotty with Kevin but it was really interesting to find out how a 60-year old woman could get arrested for doing drugs. The story itself for Nora wasn't half as good as the teaser in the beginning I think. But in the end it was a great scene when Kevin and Justin were laughing at Nora for what had happened to her. It was good to see Scotty again, I like him way more than the Chad character. But looks like Scotty isn't gonna stick around this time as well. That's too bad. I liked what he said to Kevin before leaving how it's hard to love someone who doesn't love himself. Kitty and McCallister finally hit it off. Their relationship is of interesting kind in my opinion, it's like rational romance or something. They seem to be very similar in many ways. Justin as a babysitter was really cute, I liked how he played with the kids. What I didn't like was how they left Justin's storyline unfinished. In the opening teaser he says that he's not supposed to have sex because he might become and addict but later in the episode this question is not dealt with. I hope it's gonna be in the next episode. All in all a very good Valentine's Day episode, not too cheesy as they often tend to be.moreless
  • A great episode, full of romance.

    10
    This is one of the best episodes of this show ever. We star with Kitty waking up beside a man that we can't see but we all know it is Robert McCallister. Kitty makes a scared face and falls to the ground, waking up Robert. She goes to the bathroom and calls Sarah to tell her what happened, Kevin calls Kitty in the middle of the conversation to tell that he slept with Scotty, and Justin calls Kevin in the middle of the conversation to tell that he slept with Taylor. Norah tries to call Kitty and Kevin but they don't answer, then she calls Sarah and asks her to pick her up at the police station. At this point the episode goes back 24 hours to explain us how all of it happened. It starts showing Sarah, Saul and Tommy having a conversation about the vineyard that Holly wanted them to buy but Sarah disagrees and Tommy still thinks it's a good investment but decides to let it go. Then it goes to Kitty asking the senator why she is the only one that has to go with him to San Francisco for the night in Valentine's Day. Robert tells her that they need to see a donator and she is the one going because she is on a man fast, so she doesn't have plans for Valentine's. Now the episode goes to Kevin, Chad and his girlfriend at the gym and she invites him to go to a party so she could introduce him to one of her man friends. Then we go back to Tommy, this time talking to Holly who tells him that his father wanted to bye the vineyard for him to run. We see then Kitty and Rob going to see the donator and she asks him if he is running for president, which he is. Tommy talks to Sarah and tries to convince her that the vineyard is a good investment, that he thinks she is wrong about it and tells her about what Holly told him. Sarah tells Saul what happened and he talks to Holly about it and she says to regret it and invites him for a Valentine's Day dinner. Kevin and Chad are having a conversation over the party and Chad gives Kev a Valentine's present. Justin and Norah talk about Tyler and Justin ends up stuck with his mother's plans for Valentine's Day until Sarah calls and he offers to babysit for her. Michael, the donator, says to Robert and Kitty he won't give Robert the money he needs, because he doesn't believe in him but Kitty defend Rob and Michael invites her to dinner. Kevin is at the party and finds out that the guy Chad's girlfriend wanted to introduce him to was Scotty. Justin is babysitting for Sarah when Tyler calls him, and he decides to go looking for her. Norah is having dinner with her friend Emily and they end up high and caught by the police. Kevin and Scotty talk a lot at the party and they go to Kev's apartment. Kitty has dinner with Michael and convinces him that Robert is a good investment, that he can get the presidential nomination. Justin goes with Paige and Cooper to all Italian restaurants looking for Tyler and when he finds her she breaks-up with her boyfriend and goes back with Justin. Robert goes to Kitty's room at the hotel and invites her to celebrate, but she kicks him out, but he comes back and they end up kissing. Then the episode goes back to where it stopped and shows Sarah, Justin and Tommy having fun with Norah's reaction to the imprisonment episode, Tommy tells Sarah that he is going to vote with Holly to bye the vineyard. Robert and Kitty are back and he tells her that he likes her and he doesn't care about people seeing them together. Here it ends! A great and funny episode.moreless
  • One More Time Written by Cliff Olin And Peter Calloway Directed by Michael Schultz

    8.0
    Michelle (re Kevin): "Come on, Chad, what's his type?"

    Chad: "Um, he's very hard to please".



    That's putting it pretty mildly. All of the Walkers can be the most difficult of people to please and this week, there is a case of select pickings in terms of who they want to get acquainted better with. Plus if the title didn't totally give it away, it also happens to be Valentine's Day.



    Kevin isn't exactly in the most cheerful of moods on this holiday because while he may be doing the hot soap actor the teen girls may lust after, Kevin still has to deal with the fact that not only does Chad have no intention of dumping Michelle but he has less incentive to be public with Kevin either. Well he did say last week that believed being out would've been a career killer so Chad is being consistent.



    It doesn't do Kevin much favours that he still has to share his gym sessions with Chad and Michelle and it's even more grating that Michelle has now taken an interest in Kevin's private life. For a girl who apparently has a highly tuned Gaydar, it's amazing she didn't pick on Kevin's penchant for men.



    It's also rather annoying how she responds to it as well. At first when I watched the scene, I thought she mocking Kevin but the second time it looked like she was doing an unconvincing job at just being a bit goofy. Kevin did look a little affronted to but Michelle seemed way too oblivious to notice that.



    Anyways after copping on to the fact that Kevin was both and more importantly single, Michelle then quizzed him about his type. Being sarcastic, Kevin did mention liking rather lithe guys and Michelle had the genius idea of setting him up with a date. If Kevin wasn't so pissed at Chad, he would've refused and if I didn't think him and Chad were doomed anyway, I'd be slightly annoyed as a viewer.



    However Kevin should've probably remembered the great dating set up that both Nora and Kitty got in "Sexual Politics" because while he may not have been set up with someone who had no sexual interest in him or the person he didn't want his co-workers to think he was dating, it didn't stop Michelle from trying to hook him up with Scotty.



    Yes fresh from getting compensation, Scotty is back and he's only too happy to taunt Kevin about their set up, while Kevin makes a good attempt of trying to snark back. Much as I like Scotty, he does come across as a bit too smug here at times but there is a rather sweet moment when the pair of them admits to missing one another. If I were a big shipper, that would've been a lot sadder. Not that I hate Scotty because I really don't. It's just him and Kevin seem too unlike at times.



    The brief scene aside, Scotty and Kevin's reunion does see some of the initial frost between them thaw out. They both admitted to missing one another and in any normal circumstances, their drunken sexcapades would've been sweet but the problem is Kevin did his ex to get back at Chad.



    Worse still is that Scotty actually finds out when he overheard Kevin's phone conversation with Chad and is quick to get on the moral high ground about being used. This time Scotty does genuinely have that right and his thoughts on the state of Kevin and Chad's relationship are true. Chad's not a bad guy but him and Kevin just seem doomed.



    Plus take into the fact that not only is Chad insisting that Kevin keeps schtum about his relationship but he's lying to Michelle and getting pissed off at Kevin for screwing Scotty. Chad, mate, what your doing is just as bad. At least Kevin was being upfront to you and that's not excusing him for using Scotty.



    Then again Kevin wasn't the only one indulging in the "sex with the ex" pastime as Justin eschews being an escort for Nora by babysitting Sarah's kids and receiving a call from Tyler, who just had to wish him a "Happy Valentine's" despite being in a relationship with someone else.



    If Tyler wasn't remotely having second thoughts about being with Justin, there's no way she would've done that. Obviously what he said to her in the previous episode affected Tyler more than she would like to admit and that call gave Justin the incentive to bring Cooper and Paige in tow in his pursuit of Tyler.



    When it came to guys, Tyler really didn't have the hardest of decisions to make. The new boyfriend comes across as an insensitive dolt and the ex-boyfriend seems to genuinely sorting himself out and made the point about you called first. So it's great that Tyler has the decency to ditch the dolt for Justin but whether or not Justin is ready for a relationship is the other issue.



    He openly admitted to Kevin that sleeping with Tyler could be seen by his rehab facility as a transference of addictions and he's not necessarily wrong here. Then again, I could also imagine a sex addiction plot somewhere in this series, particularly with a male Walker. Plus at least Justin is continuing to be responsible especially now that him and Tyler are back on.



    Being ditched Justin however sees Nora doing the opposite of what her youngest child seems to be headlining. Calling up her friend Emily (played by Margot Kidder), Nora spends her time in the restaurant she had booked for herself and William with her friend, who I should point we've never seen or heard of before. Kitty mentioned in the last episode that Nora was popular, yet since the show has started, we've barely seen her with anyone besides her family and boring golf/charity ball dolts don't seem to rank high in the meaningful friends' category.



    Then again, I'm not sure if Emily is supposed to be a brilliant friend either but she's certainly fun and there's a great rapport between Sally Field and Margot Kidder, even if the scenes deliberately feel akin to the Ruth and Bettina moments from Six Feet Under.



    Emily is great for getting Nora to open up and even better for trying to encourage her to have a life, something which admittedly Nora is in desperate need of beyond her family. Another good point is how the two of them indulge in a bit of pot and get arrested only for Sarah to have to bail Nora out the next day.



    Nora comes under some well predicted ribbing from her kids but there's a joy in seeing Sarah encouraging her to have more fun. With two people drilling that little piece of advice, is there any chance that Nora might actually take heed of it? Here's hoping. As for Emily, please bring her back as she was quite fun to watch.



    Speaking of fun, a single Kitty has no option but to spend Valentine's Day with a man she's made no bones of genuinely lusting after when Robert brings her to San Diego to meet a potential backer in Michael Pellington. It's only at this point that Kitty cops onto the fact that Robert has intentions of running for President. Either that or he's been watching too much of The West Wing.



    Of course running for President isn't Robert's only reason for Kitty tagging along. She believes in Robert and isn't quite as cynical as she would like to think she has become and that helps her persuade Pellington into actually parting some of his cash into Robert's upcoming campaign.



    While you can complain about this plot being painfully contrived, at least it's useful in doing one needed thing – having Kitty and Robert actually ditch the lame metaphors and excuses and do the deed. More importantly when Kitty tries to blow it off, Robert is quick to remind her that he genuinely wants her. It's actually rather sweet but more importantly it's out of the way.



    When it comes to sexual exploits, the Walkers really don't know the first word of privacy. Kitty tells Sarah about her exploits with Robert and Kevin finds out. Kevin tells Sarah about him and Scotty and Kitty becomes versed and while Justin tells Kevin about him and Tyler, both Kitty and Sarah are quick to find out. Sarah attempts to be prudish and labels her siblings as sluts but you can tell that she's more intrigued as opposed to being horrified by Kevin and Kitty's exploits.



    Sarah also on other hand seems to be the only one not getting it on Valentine's Day despite wanting it so bad. Maybe she's scared that Joe will try to film it and stream it on YouTube or something. Meanwhile, Tommy doesn't necessarily feel like telling the world about what him and Julia get up to in the bedroom. Maybe he has sense in that regard. Either that or Julia's horniness has gotten scarier.



    Less about sex and more on business as this week, Holly's great winery investment turned out to be worth less than expected and Sarah taking victory in that is more than happy to have less and less to do with Holly.



    However Holly is clever and she's able to get to Tommy by mentioning that William had intended to buy the winery for him but while Tommy is quick to question Holly's motives, he also wonders about whether or not he should look into going into business with Holly.



    Sarah more than objects to Tommy wanting to do this. She might have a point about Holly lying but she also doesn't like the idea of being outsmarted by the woman and even Saul is quick to leap to Sarah's defence when he's not having dinner with Holly. Yeah Saul is pretty weird in that way.



    Something tells me things are about to get incredibly ugly between Sarah and Holly in the not so distant future. It's been in the works for quite a while now and if Holly is trying to play both Sarah and Tommy off each other, then I am expecting a rather nasty fall out to ensue.



    Also in "Valentine's Day Massacre"



    This episode opened up with the repercussions of the main plots and then showed out the actual events. Alias used to do this nearly all the time.



    Justin: "I didn't do drugs, moron, I just did Tyler"

    Kevin (sarcastically): "Oh you ass".



    Kevin's reaction in learning about Kitty/Robert doing the deed was a big chance from the way he was in the previous episode. Plus those questions?



    Sarah (re Holly): "And as for Holly, as long as we don't have a gold-digging mistress division, she's of absolute no use to Ojai Foods or to me".



    Michelle: "Let me hook you up with one of my friends"

    Kevin: "Do they look like you?"



    Michelle came across as a bit more dense than in her first episode and Scotty has shaved more of his hair. It kinda suits him.



    Sarah (re Holly): "Tommy, she's manipulating you"

    Tommy: "Will you give me some credit?"



    Michael (re Kitty): "She hasn't been doing this long, has she?"

    Robert: "No, not at all".



    Sarah seemed rather condescending of what Tommy could actually achieve when he expressed an interest in Holly's winery.



    Nora: "What is this, peer pressure?"

    Emily: "Of course it's peer pressure. Peer pressure is what makes the world go round".



    Scotty: "Tell me, did I live up to the hype?"

    Kevin: "Better than my wildest expectations".



    Neither Joe or Julia featured in this episode, so no fun times on screen for Sarah and Tommy. Plus Saul and Holly seem ambiguous with each other.



    Justin (to Tyler): "So Happy Valentines. Um, I'm sorry I ruined it but you called me first".



    Chad: "Did you sleep with that guy, that's all I wanna know"

    Kevin: "You don't actually".



    Standout music: "The Otherside" by Breaks Co-Op and "The Mating Game" by Bittersweet.



    Nora: "Any chance of you not telling your siblings about this?"

    Sarah: "Not a big chance".



    Chronology: February 14th and 15th 2007.



    An interesting episode, "Valentine's Day Massacre" is. It's not a series classic or half as dramatic as it tries to be with certain plots but it does finally forward the Kitty/Robert stuff and both Emily and Scotty did provide some snappy remarks but we have had better instalments too.moreless
  • Excting

    9.1
    The Scene Post-generique is unbelievable, excellent. I love this scene.Justin with Tyler, Kitty with Mcllister, Kevin with Scotty, The mommy high. This episode is not one of my favorite but it still a goog or an excellent episode for brothers and Sisters.Now, I know all the characters actually in the first episodes I Had some troubles to recognize Tommy for example. I love the relationship between CHAD and KEVIN and JUSTIN and TYLER. All the cast is really exciting. Brothers and Sisters is a real revelation for me. Episode are unbelievable. I would like to have more fun with Nora high.moreless
  • It's Valintine's Day on Brothers & Sisters.

    10
    This was another great episode of Brothers & Sisters. I loved how they opened the episode, and then moved back in time. That was really cool. I loved the scene where Nora calls from jail. Sally Field was great in that scene. She's always great on Brothers & Sisters. I loved the part when the whole family were all calling each other. That whole sequence was really funny and very well done. I loved Kevin in this episode. It was so great to see Kevin stand up to Chad. I don't like how Chad treats Kevin. It was so good to see Scotty again. I really like him. I loved seeing Margot Kidder on Brothers & Sisters. She's such a great actress. All in all, this was another great episode of Brothers & Sisters.moreless
Margot Kidder

Margot Kidder

Emily Craft

Guest Star

D.W. Moffett

D.W. Moffett

Michael Pellington

Guest Star

Sky Soleil

Sky Soleil

Policeman

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Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe

Senator McCallister

Recurring Role

Maxwell Perry Cotton

Maxwell Perry Cotton

Cooper Whedon

Recurring Role

Marika Dominczyk

Marika Dominczyk

Tyler Altamirano

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Sen. McCallister is Catholic.

    • Senator McCallister (Rob Lowe) says he's always had a thing for Demi Moore. In the 1980's Lowe and Moore were both part of the "Brat Pack" and co-starred in the movies "About Last Night" and "St. Elmo's Fire"

    • Nora tells Sarah that the Pasadena police department is on Huntington, drive to be exact; however the police department is actually on Walnut.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Nora: Any chance of you not telling your siblings about this?
      Sarah: Mm... Not a big chance, no.
      Nora: Sarah, please. In the name of all that's holly. I'm the one who bought you your first bra. I'm not above playing the guilt card.
      Sarah: Sorry, mom.
      Nora: Who did you tell?
      Sarah: Come on, Mom. You spent a night in jail for smoking pot! This family should have a Bat-signal for things that good.

    • Robert: Why? If we both feel the same way about each other, why should I go? If you say it's because you work for me, or 'cause you're in a man clense, or I'm recently divorced, or any other excuse you're gonna come up with, then I'm here to tell you that you are out-argued.
      Kitty: Okay, okay! What could you possibly say...?
      (Rob kisses Kitty.)
      Kitty: Mmm. Okay, you make a good point.
      Robert: And furthermore...
      (Rob kisses Kitty.)

    • Nora: For the record sweetie, I tried to bother Kitty and Kevin with this first.
      Sarah: Well I appreciate that mom.

    • (About Kevin's blind date with Scotty)
      Chad: Did you sleep with him? That's all I want to know.
      Kevin: You don't actually.

    • (To Kitty, about their relationship)
      Senator McCallister: My point is people are gonna see us Kitty, and I want you to know that I won't be caring.

    • (After Chad comes over to see Kevin)
      Scotty: My gay-dar just red lined.

    • Holly: Hey Tommy, do you have 5 minutes?
      Tommy: For you Holly, I have 3.

    • Michelle: Let me hook you up with one of my friends.
      Kevin: Do they look like you?
      Michelle: Yes, they do.
      Kevin: Then no.

    • Michelle: Holy crap, you're like gay.
      Kevin: I'm not 'like' gay, I'm the real thing.

    • Senator McCallister: Where are you going?
      Kitty: I'm going home, to pack.
      Senator McCallister: It's an overnight, just throw something in a bag.
      Kitty: I am going to San Diego with a US senator to see a billionaire. I am going to bring options.

    • Justin: I messed up bro.
      Kevin: Okay, well uh, at least you're still alive.
      Justin: I didn't do drugs you moron just, just Tyler.
      Kevin: (sarcastically) Oh, you ass.

    • Senator McCallister: You're on a man diet.
      Kitty: A man fast. It's a man fast.
      Senator McCallister: Because that sounds so much better.

    • (After Kitty has slept with Senator McCallister.)
      Sarah: So how was he?
      Kitty: Sarah please, as if I would ever even-you know he was great.

    • Kitty: You are never going to believe this. I slept with McCallister.
      Sarah: Oh Kitty, you scared me. I thought something bad had happened.
      Kitty: Something bad did happen. Do you understand that I work for him, he is my boss.
      Sarah: Oh please, sleeping with co-workers is like a reflex for you.
      Kevin: I slept with Scotty.
      Kitty: Kevin! Spill it quickly. I have a crisis to avert over here.
      Kevin: What crisis? It's 8:00 in the morning... Oh! Did something happen last night? Did we have... Oh my god! You and McCallister!

    • Sarah: And as for Holly, as long as we don't have a gold-digging mistress division, she's of absolutely no use to Ojai Foods or to me.

    • Senator: Hey, there's a few more hours left in Valentine's Day. I think we should go find all the happy couples and throw things at them.

    • Kitty: Are you considering running for President, Senator?
      Senator: (looks at Kitty smiling) Yes, I am.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Kitty: Well, this is not indecent proposal and believe me, I'm no Demi Moore.

      An allusion to the 1993 movie Indecent proposal staring Demi Moore who plays a married woman who accepts to sleep with another man for $1,000,000.

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