Ok, I have to say, I was very excited for this episode, and it DID NOT disappoint! This show threw you in so many directions that you did not know what was up and what was down! Now, brace yourselves.. This post may be a little longer than usual, but come on,… we did just have a double episode!
I say double episode and not movie, because that’s what it was… a 2 hour event you could say, but not a movie.
We started this episode with a flash back to the night that Tommy had gotten into a car accident with a BMW. He calls Nora on his late 80s early 90s cell phones that was a Zack Morris look a like cell. We then shoot back to the kitchen in Nora’s home with everyone there attending. After all of the hello’s toward Tommy, it is apparent that they are there for something when Nora did not cook and they are ordering out.
Speaking of Tommy, Balthazar Getty seems to have been released from TV Jail. After having an affair with his nanny, he was… … detained in TV Jail since the latter part of Season 3. I guess to be on a family show, you must be a good boy! But next week’s preview shows him in it too.. Is this a stint for him to finish the story line, or is he back??? We know when Nora was in Seattle… he said he needs to go back and thinks it’s time.
Anyway, So, Nora informs the gang that there is an amazing offer to sell their shares and goes around the table informing why they should and how they would benefit from the money. Justin spills the beans about Narrow Lake, raising questions from everyone. We also find out what job duties Dennis York had while being employed… Not good stuff! He’s the guy you NEVER want to show up at your door.
Everyone goes back to their spouses and informs them of what happened. Rebecca didn’t want Justin to sell his shares and he said ok. Scotty was the perfect spouse after listening to Kevin state he wanted to wait before he made his mind up and find out what is being hidden. We found out Kitty has her cancer check up and informs everyone about it in the end in the only Brothers & Sisters dramatic way to do it… steal someone’s thunder! (More on this later)
This whole episode kept slowly but surely giving us information about what happened in those memories. Sarah is the next one to have a memory about Nora, William & Dennis York all outside and she is screaming furious with them. After having this memory, Sarah calls Tommy and abiding by his mom, he tries to sway her to sell. He said whatever it is is bad enough for their mom that he thinks they should sell. Nora met with Dennis later that evening and he brought copies of canceled checks signed by both him and her… She states that it wasn’t illegal, but he insists it will tare apart her family none the less and swears to god by it.
So, it’s morning and Sarah informs Holly of what’s going on while they are in an Ojai Orchard. Holly appeals to Sarah’s business side and asks her to keep her shares and make this place what it should be. So Sarah goes back to her mothers and talks about how she’d feel like a failure if she sold the company as is. If she does decide to sell the company she wants it to be because it is a success. Bottom line… Sarah feels like a failure right now. So Nora flips out like no one has seen her before. Nora says do you think I would ask you to do this if I didn’t need you to and reminded her that she does things for Sarah all the time. Sarah goes back with “so you have come to collect” and that this is her career. Norah screams even higher and starts to shake so we know it must be something good.
Sarah and kitty left, and Tommy informs her that he needs to know what’s going on because of the melt down Nora had. He had a flashback of leaving the hospital and seeing someone on a stretcher, looking at a man and turning to his mother saying Dennis… mom??? After telling Norah he wants to know what’s going on, she said, Dennis York has given me this when we met last night and shows them to Tommy. We never got to see them, but Nora says.. I know your father told you everything was alright… but it wasn’t alright. Tommy asks her if shes been paying off the family and she says yes. He yells saying you have lied to me for 25 years… he’s hurt.. how bad???? She informs us that he was paralyzed and tries to tell him it was an accident. And also informs that his father made a deal with the family and has been sending them money every month and when he died, Norah kept doing it.
This leaves Sarah, kitty and Kevin to convene at a table at Sarah’s house and Sarah informs them of her memory. Kitty elaborates on the memory because she remembers the night too. Apparently it was the night of some big party College gal Sarah throws at Ojai Foods. Sarah brought Kitty and Kitty started to make out with Sarah’s boyfriend. Tommy brings Kevin and they “crash the party”. After memories start flowing, they remember that what broke the party up was Tommy calling saying he’d gotten into a car accident and informed their father that there’s a party at Ojai. So Kevin remembers that Tommy was very drunk and very mean to Kevin when he tried to get Tommy not to drive drunk. Kevin remembers that there is someone else in the car with Tommy and they start to think that when Tommy got into the car crash that the other kid got hurt. Tommy walks into the house and immediately starts to get grilled by Kevin. Tommy leaves and as he’s getting in his car, Kevin told him to stop running and to face his problems, and that he wants to help Tommy. Tommy just looked at him, like he wanted to say something…. all signs are pointing that it’s Tommy’s passenger that is paralyzed… right?
So its the next day, Kitty walks into her home and starts to tell Robert what happened when he cuts her off. He already knew what happened. Hello… he ran for president… he knows all. As this is going on, we go back to Nora’s house where Kevin, Sarah, Tommy & Saul are sitting and talking. During the conversation, Kevin gets a call from Kitty and finds out that Tommy’s passenger is okay and a teacher… nothing happened to him. So, Kevin hangs up and stares at Nora asking “It wasn’t Tommy who hurt a boy that night.. was it?” She replies back “No”.
He ends up at the loading and receiving dock recalling that night. Apparently, he was still figuring out who he was and not sure about him being gay. So, his friend that came with him tried to kiss him and instead of being okay with it. He fought it and he fought this boy. This boy ended up (in the heat of the fight) falling off the loading dock. Just then, William Walker shows up and takes home his son, and having Dennis York accompany the hurt child, Aaron to the hospital. Tommy tells Kevin everything and Nora shows up. Kevin is traumatized at the lie and tells Nora that she covered it up for her, not him. Well… as a mom… i beg to differ.
Saul, Tommy & Sarah end up at Kevin’s house explaining it all to Kevin when he shows up, flips out and leaves. It was a little predictable where he is going, but hey… I watch a lot of tv. I think Kevin is having a harder time accepting that he too makes mistakes that his father has covered up just like the rest of his brothers! & Once again, Sally Fields gives an amazing performance that made you want to cry. Of course he ends up at Aaron’s house. Aaron finds out that Kevin just learned of what happened and told him to make peace with it. Kevin admits that he’s gay and Aaron said all along he knew he was right and told Kevin it was an accident. It was a kid feeling things he shouldn’t be back then. It was an unspoken forgiveness.
Nora ends up at Williams grave vowing once she fixes this mess.. she is never going back to his grave… like something Scarlett O’hara would say.. But, now the focus is on Rebecca and Justin. After realizing that William took Holly to the cabin by the lake, she went to find out at the courthouse who owned it. While being there, Rebecca and Justin get married. After getting married he makes a few calls to this place and says that he is Justin Walker and once the person on the other end realizes who he is.. he gives him the cabin.
At this point, Holly has convinced Nora that the way to fix her family is finding Narrow lake. So, Holly breaks into Dennis’s hotel room while he’s meeting with Nora. It unfolds that he’s so blindly jealous of William, even in death that he had everything and everyone that William had… including Nora. So, after that mission is completed, they find themselves stealing Dennis York’s car by accident. They find out his destinations via GPS and go to each one.. just conveniently located by a cabin that was Ojai’s once upon a time ago. Nora remembers more of that song let’s go to Narrow Lake and it has to do with peppers in your steppers. Also, Nora recounts a memory of that year at an event of William flirting all night with a leggy blonde. So, being close to this cabin, they decide to go there after telling Robert that they have stolen a car. Needless to say, Holly & Nora walk in on Rebecca and Justin… doing something near a fireplace.
So now they are at the house and Sarah & Tommy arrive to tell Nora to give back the car when Justin announces that him and Rebecca are on their honeymoon.. Of course, the police arrive to take Holly & Nora to jail. While their time in the slammer, it comes out that that leggy blonde was Holly and there was no weekend shack up, so he said he was looking at land and that’s what he must have been doing. Robert bails them out of jail but not before taking a Jail picture of them.
So the gang meets up to congratulate Justin and Rebecca and Kevin makes a great speech (hmm. the speech writer makes a great speech.. go figure). Kitty announces that she is cancer free. And Justin has the most endearing memories to give to Nora later that evening. He tells her that Dad would ask them trivia and puzzles at the dinner table, while Nora asked about their day and all their ideas. Then tells her that “you made us feel like the most important people in the world”. Makes a mom heart swell. He gives Nora a press a penny that Rebecca did at the stop they made right before going to the cabin. Nora remembers that on that specific trip, William brought her one of those where he was looking for land.
Tommy talks to Sarah and asks what she would do with Ojai and she asks him if he’d ever consider coming back. I think this may be his re-entry into the series.
So, they get out the map and start to figure out one big puzzle when Holly says that they kept going around this tree which Saul identifies as a Pepper Tree… hmm. put some pepper in your stepper. connection???? Kevin, the puzzle king also informs them that Narrow Lake is an anagram for Nora Walker. The episode ends with them at a destination (no lake) but Nora has a feeling that this is it. Was William leaving clues for her???
Ok, so we knew that Dennis York went to Jail over a bad dealing that had something to do with William Walker. What if, Narrow Lake was the “deal gone wrong” because William Walker knew that Dennis York had feelings for her (which we learned tonight) and him being a puzzle person (we also learned that tonight) had anagrammed Nora’s name into a place, and that is what the deal was over. It was a framing act for Dennis to go to Jail… and where we go from there would be that it may or may not be a place (could be a fake survey to throw Dennis into it), but if it is a place, Nora found in tonight’s episode (have a survey done and compare it from the one in the 70s), or it was always a fictional place that Dennis thinks is about one thing and William Walker gave him the rope a dope in order to throw him in jail and now is Dennis’s Revenge to do the same….but if it’s a place… maybe it has the best fruit or something, because they said like twice that they have the best date shakes. Dates are fruits???? connection I think so!!
What do you think??? Am I warm???? Am I cold???
Click here for a link to a great clip from tonights’ episode!