“Brothers and Sisters” is falling apart!
Maybe it has been the loss of Rob Lowe, maybe it is just an exhausted formula, and maybe the programming isn’t as charming as it thinks it is but the “Brothers and Sisters” writing staff seems to have dipped their hands into the “General Hospital” honey pot. Here are four things from this week’s episode of “Brothers and Sisters” which have contributed to this season being a real letdown to this point.
Holly losing her memory is getting a little soap-operatic. While I can appreciate that Holly still needs a place on the show, Patricia Wettig’s portrayal of the amnesiac is a little less than convincing. Writing for an amnesia sufferer has to be difficult but the writers should have thought of that when they enacted the scenario. When Holly came out with the wedding ring on this week’s episode she was a little too self-aware to be believable. The writers need to downplay this and come up with something new for that arm of the show.
Nora being a radio talk show host is a little far-fetched. Hollywood sort of downplays the work, levels of decision making, and reality which goes into anything related to celebrity. It’s ironic because these are the same people who have made it to this plateau. Just because radio is not film or television, where Nora is working is not college radio. Decisions aren’t just made on the fly in a hallway. Moreover Nora has no broadcasting experience; sitting in front of the microphone and interacting with callers is not as easy as “Brothers and Sisters” makes it out to be.
Rebecca breaking it off with Justin is a little drawn out. If Rebecca in real life were to really want to have nothing to do with Justin anymore, she would have nothing to do with him. All the back and forth is a little exhausting. Emily Van Camp, the actress who plays Rebecca is leaving the show as well, but really? This should have been over already. They may as well have just put Van Camp and Lowe in a room together and blown them up. It would have made the multiple characters leaving more impactful.
Kevin and Scotty’s breakup has reached its breaking point. More to the point, if Kevin and Scotty were really going to break up, they would have. Kevin is a little too guarded to be with someone as free and easy as Scotty. Moreover just because they are a gay couple doesn’t mean that Scotty’s infidelity can be fixed with a snap of the fingers. If the writers really wanted to make their relationship interesting they would open them up to multiple partners and stop trying to domesticate the lifestyle. Scotty’s too cute for Kevin anyway; he’d never put up with Kevin’s garbage.
Of course “Brothers and Sisters” could turn it around over the cold winter months and really surprise us. Justin should find someone new (apparently he did in this week’s episode) Kitty needs to establish herself and what she’s going to do post-Robert, and the show needs a lot more Uncle Saul wisdom to ground all their chattiness.