'Brothers & Sisters': The Walkers hit the mother lode
Grandma got ran over
Nora runs into a hospital room where Saul is sitting next to their sleeping mother, Ida (played by Marion Ross). Turns out she walked into traffic during a bout with dementia and she was hit, thankfully only hurting her ankle. Nora, who gets pretty snarky around her mom, gets a lecture from Saul after she starts mocking her mom's hair. Time and place, Nora! Gosh. The doctor tells them that he suggests 24-hour care for her and leaves them to make a decision.
After she wakes up, Saul and Nora try to get the details of her accident. All Ida wants to do is get out of the hospital. When they finally tell her that she'll have to go home with them or to a nursing home, Ida prefers to stay with, and in this order, Saul, a nursing home, Nora. Hah! Saul can't have her staying at his tiny place with his work schedule and all the grey foxes that come in and out of his home. So, Nora puts her foot down and tells Ida she's staying with her. Then, Nora begins to fidget wildly while I'm sure she's wondering what the hell she got herself into.
Back at the house, Ida is a handful and Saul shows up as Nora is trying to help her get up the stairs. Saul joins Nora in the kitchen to talk to her about what she has gotten herself into. Kitty feels in control and Saul, of course, says that he can't have her stay at his bachelor pad, especially with the fact that he hasn't come out to Ida, yet.
Later Nora checks on Ida before running out to the store. She invites Ida to go with her, but the old lady doesn't want to miss her programs. During their negotiation, Ida refers to their dog Bingo, who is dead. I'm not sure if this is supposed to be a sign of her dementia or not. Maybe a slight gesture toward dementia, since Ida should know the dog is gone-zo?
Wake up calls
Kitty wakes Robert up, because she's freaking out over an article claiming she's too sick to serve as a senator. Robert, though, is more interested in the score for some game he turned off prematurely. In a fret, she sees Sarah is online and calls her. Sarah has her own drama going on as Luc's deportation looms ever closer.
Then, Kevin calls Kitty and he needs advice, too. He's freaking out over Michelle's levels, something to do with her possible pregnancy. That gives Kitty an idea and she switches back to Sarah, who had told her that she still hasn't gotten her period. Excited, Kitty tells her that they're on the same cycle (guys across the U.S. are squirming as we watch this part, I'm sure) and that she's late. Sarah is doubtful she's pregnant, but Kitty has sure planted the thought!
Is Sarah preggers?
At work later, Sarah asks her assistant if she remembers the time she flipped out about a coffee or something and chalked it up to PMS. The assistant tells her the date and she realizes it has been 6 weeks since her last period.
Back at home, Sarah is preparing to take a pregnancy test when Luc walks in. She goes to great lengths to keep him from discovering the test. When he starts getting all sexy on her, she stops him. He's confused, because generally Sarah is totally easy.
Robert's keeping a secret
Kitty is visiting with an associate to see if she can help find Robert a job. But when she mentions that Robert lost out on the national security-related gig due to scar tissue on his heart, the friend looks instantly shocked. It's clear she's keeping something from her about the real reason Robert didn't get the job. Kitty finally gets her to say that scar tissue wouldn't have been what lost him the job.
Meanwhile, Robert is meeting with some old guy at an airport hangar and finds out the man had blackballed him from getting the job. It seems like there's something the man wants Robert to do and it might jeopardize Kitty's senatorial run. Robert turns down the man's offer and tells him he needs to find someone else.
Kevin and Scotty have a crystal ball
Back at Kevin's, Scotty comes in and he's not happy that Kevin is obsessing over Michelle's test results, which their doctor specifically asked them not to do. Then, as they're looking in the newspaper for a distraction, Scotty sees an ad for a psychic and suggests that they go. They do and the psychic tells them that someone close to them is going to be making a trip (Luc?), but there will be a new life (Sarah pregnant, perhaps?), but she also sees a dark cloud and smoke (uh, oh. Ida?).
Back at their place, Scotty remains excited about the psychic's predictions and Kevin remains skeptical. Then, Kevin gets a text that Ida (or as he refers to her, the Wicked Witch of the West) is in town and Nora is throwing a family dinner. Scotty thinks that she might be the dark cloud the psychic was talking about.
Justin gets news from the frontline
Rebecca and Justin are surveying the bounty of their wedding registry gifts and she mentions a bungalow she has been eyeing is for sale. He reminds her that they're broke and then his face gets all droopy as only Justin's face can. He tells her that he just got an email saying one of his military buddies died and the funeral is the next day.
Smoke and mirrors
When Nora gets back from the store, she finds a fire in her kitchen! It's fine, the place didn't burn down and Nora takes the fall for it, even though Ida said she would have. Saul arrives and he's just in disbelief that Nora can let that happen, but he's relieved everyone is OK. Then Kevin and Scotty arrive and they're just over the moon that another one of the psychic's predictions has come true.
At dinner later, Ida's slight dementia comes to light when she tells Justin she's sorry that Bingo passed and he tells her that it happened twenty years ago. She then turns her anger on Nora for telling her it's recent and she admits that she caused the kitchen fire. She makes it clear that she resents Nora's constant desire to please those around her.
Then, Sarah excuses herself and Kitty follows her. She's feeling Sarah's boobies to see if they're sensitive and she tells Kitty that she wasn't able to take the pregnancy test. Then, Kitty begins to tell her about what she found out (or didn't find out) about Robert's job. Just then, Kevin enters and he has overheard Kitty talking about Robert's job. As he's trying to get information out of Kitty, she lets it slip that Sarah may be pregnant. Cue Luc, who arrives just in time to overhear Kevin going nuts over Sarah stealing their psychic baby. By the way, this scene just goes to some off the wall places, right?
As the siblings all disperse to deal with their separate dramas, Nora gets up to find out what's going on with the kids and Ida questions her need to get involved. It's clear their mothering styles are very different. Then, Ida tells Nora that she doesn't want to spend the last few years of her life with Nora. Harsh, right? She then says she'd rather live in a nursing home and she wants to make up her own mind on this one before she no longer can.
Nora is overcome with emotion. She has realized that if she sends her mother to a nursing home, she may never have a close relationship with her like the one she has with Saul. Saul corrects her, though. He says his relationship isn't close to Ida. He just doesn't fight her on everything like Nora does. Then, he points out that their relationship is based on lies, because he can't even come out to her.
Robert fesses up
When Kitty gets home, she confronts Robert about the job. He finally tells her that powerful people intervened on his job prospect, because they want him to do something else for them. He won't tell Nora what that something is, though. He thinks it's better that she doesn't know. Is anyone else annoyed at Robert's lack of specificity?
Saved by the bell
When Sarah and Luc get home, she finally takes the pregnancy test. While she's peeing on a stick, he begins to wax poetic about how great it would be to have a baby and how it would keep them connected wherever they go. Sarah takes this talk to mean that he thinks that without a baby, there's a better chance their relationship will survive the long distance after he leaves. She comes out and says she's sorry he feels that way, but the test came out of negative. Then, Luc tells her that that he really loves her and he never thought he wanted kids until he found out she might be pregnant. And that's why the long distance thing will work - baby or not. Nice save, Luc!
The next day, as they're getting ready to leave, the doorbell rings and Luc comes back saying he won the lottery - The green card lottery! How's that for timing?
At their home later, crazy Kevin is still obsessing over Sarah taking their pregnancy. But, really he's angry that he got his hopes up. Scotty tells him that psychic or not, if they find out Michelle isn't preggers, it will still hurt. Then the phone rings and it's Michelle. She's officially pregnant!
Robert shows up at the funeral for Justin's friend and they discuss how events like that one make them feel like they should be doing something that is beyond their current corner of the world. When Justin gets back home, he goes to put away his suit and his eyes linger on his military uniform.
We then see Robert meeting the same guy from before at some kind of airfield and he tells the man that he's in on whatever plan they're up to.
Over at Nora's house, she's getting ready to bring Ida to the nursing home, but she walks in on her in the middle of an episode of dementia. The bright side is that she thinks she's talking to a friend about Nora. She begins to say how good of a mother Nora is and while her kids are a handful, Nora raised them well. That seems to give Nora some closure to her feelings about her and Ida's relationship.
What do you think Robert is up to? Do you think Justin will actually return to the battlefield?
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