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Almost equally ridiculous is Sarah’s (Rachel Griffiths) attempts to get Seth (Ryan Devlin) back with Kitty (Calista Flockhart). Presumably, the characters on this show are smart. Sarah has run a business, and Kitty has been a pundit and a writer. They also have had to show great social skills in their jobs, so it’s more than just book smarts. Yet, neither seems to realize that Kitty should just come clean to Ryan, apologize, and see if he’s still interested in her. Instead, Sarah makes Kitty go to outrageous lengths to discredit Ryan’s new girlfriend, Berklee (Stephanie Lemelin, Young Justice, The Whole Truth), which makes as much a fool out of Kitty as it does Berklee.
An essential element of the show has always been that the Walkers get involved in each other’s lives, so that is not the complaint. It just seems like the writers are more willing to make the adults in the family childish in ways they didn’t used to be. It rings hollow, and makes them less likable and relatable. Instead of enjoying the story, it’s rough to get through. To save this series, take the characters back to who they used to be.
Berklee, herself, is ridiculous. The name, and its spelling, tell you everything you need to know about her. Considering that Seth was so recently with a woman like Kitty, it doesn’t seem at all in line with who he is that he would even waste time with Berklee. She is completely wrong for him, and Seth should have lost patience with her pretty quickly. True, he comes around by the end of the episode, but there, again, isn’t any tension that that’s what will happen. It would have been better to put Seth with a girl that he actually would have dated, and then there would be some threat to Kitty.
It’s worth wondering if the second hour is much better because of the absence of Olivia’s brother and Kitty, both weak primary stories in the first hour. Flockhart is on a reduced schedule this year, so she only does a certain number of episodes, and apparently the second part is one of her weeks to sit out. Olivia appears, but with no mention of her brother.
What is really frustrating is seeing Patricia Wettig’s name in the opening credits, and then not seeing her. It’s not hard to be a fan of Holly Harper, and she left the series recently. When her name ran across the screen, I hoped she’d returned, at least temporarily, but sadly, she has not. Just cleanup not yet done on the credits.
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Article first published as TV Review: Brothers & Sisters – “Olivia’s Choice; Never Say Never” on Blogcritics.
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