'Brothers & Sisters': How Emily VanCamp will depart the show

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Fans were caught by surprise when news broke that Emily VanCamp is leaving "Brothers & Sisters." The good news is that unlike Balthazar Getty, VanCamp will return for several episodes to wrap up Rebecca's storyline.

"I think that what we are going to do is send Rebecca off in a very fitting and appropriate way that honors who she has been to us," executive producer David Marshall Grant tells Zap2it.

After the one-year time jump, we'll return to find Rebecca and Justin's (played by Dave Annable) relationship in a rocky place according to Grant. Viewers will remember that Justin wanted to do medical work in Haiti for a year. Rebecca felt that it was too early in their marriage to be apart for such a long time. Guess what? Justin went.

"So, I think when [Justin] comes back we find their marriage in a very problematic place," Grant tells us. "And I think we're going to watch Rebecca and Justin come to terms with how to move on from each other."

Fans have worried about how VanCamp's departure will affect Patricia Wettig's (who plays Rebecca's mom, Holly) status on the show, as well. There have been reports that Holly will lose her memory, which may make it easier to get over Rebecca's departure, right? At any rate, Grant says that Rebecca's story with her mother will be dealt with, as well.

"I think that [Rebecca's] arc when she comes on the show is going to involve not just her relationship with Justin and how that ends but also her relationship with her mother," he says. "So I think that is a big couple of episodes for Rebecca where she has to make peace with her mom."

We expect that the issue of the new Ojai water geyser (which we'll disclose more details on soon) and how to deal with the Walkers on it will provide more story for Holly. Currently, Rebecca's departure storyline is scheduled for Episodes 3 and 4 of the new season.

Thoughts on how Rebecca will depart, Zappers?

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