Season 7 Episode 13

Sons and Lovers

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Jan 16, 1996 on NBC
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Sons and Lovers
It's Roy's 12th birthday (he was born on a leap year), and Helen contacts Roy's son R.J. and convinces him to come back to Nantucket for the party. But the initial reconciliation is dashed when R.J. brings his significant other to the party. Meanwhile, Brian helps Antonio out by driving the cab while Antonio waits for his drivers license.moreless

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  • Father's Leap Year & Son's Boyfriends

    Roy's 12th Birthday is coming up (he was born on a Leap Year) and Helen surprises Roy with a visit from his son, R.J. The family reunion hits a snag when Roy is unable to accept the fact that his son is gay and has a boyfriend. Can Roy get past his 'I'm from a different generation' -inspired prejudice?

    Meanwhile, Brian learns the rules of taxi cab driving. Antonio is waiting for his drivers license to arrive, and so Brian gets to become a temporary taxi cab driver, learning rules, like don't discuss controversial subjects with customers.

    Most of the Brian/Antonio tax cab scenes are funny, although when an upset R.J. is in the cab, with his boyfriend, having just been [essentially] disowned by his father, the 'joke' that Brian cannot saying nice to R.J. because that would be talking about religion/politics, is more awkward then funny.

    Overall this is a great episode about the relationship between a father and son, and how ***phobia can damage the relationship.moreless
Steven Weber

Steven Weber

Brian Hacket

Timothy Daly

Timothy Daly

Joe Hackett

Crystal Bernard

Crystal Bernard

Helen Chappel Hackett

David Schramm

David Schramm

Roy Biggins

Rebecca Schull

Rebecca Schull

Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub

Antonio Scarpacci (Seasons 2 - 8, Recurring Previously)

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Wings, #135, Sons & Lovers, continuity: Near the start of the episode when Roy and RJ are meeting again after six or so years, Helen & Joe talking, Helen says "There's a simple explanation...", note during "There's a" Joe's hand is on his forehead, but at the point she says "simple" his hand has warped over to cover his mouth.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Behind the Scenes: The original idea for this episode was a gay wedding for R.J., but the producers scrapped the idea when they heard that another NBC sitcom, "Friends" was doing an episode with that theme (wisely realizing that "Friends" show would grab all the headlines). Two days after this episode aired, "Friends" premiered "The One With the Lesbian Wedding".

    • Brian Haley does not appear in this episode.