Brothers & Sisters Review: "A Righteous Kiss"

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This week's episode of Brothers & Sisters marked an improvement over the last few, although "A Righteous Kiss" still left us with mixed feelings after the emotional hour.

The episode was the last for Emily VanCamp (Rebecca), and her story line was wrapped up well. Her relationship with Justin ended sadly, but at the same time realistically.

After all they've been through, they came to an understanding and parted ways somewhat amicably. It was well done, but for fans of Emily, was bittersweet just the same.

Rebecca Says Goodbye

Rebecca hugs Nora and bids farewell to fans in "A Righteous Kiss."

Before delving into the Rebecca situation, let's break down what else happened this week:

  • Kitty remains cut off from the family, which is both out of character and a waste of Calista Flockhart's talent, to say nothing of the fact that the whole handyman courtship thing is beyond cliched. This season? Not good for Kitty so far.
  • Sarah will do anything to make sure Cooper gets into the best school. Watching her cave to, then grow fed up by, then eventually tell off a couple of snooty social climbers who held Cooper's fate in their hands was predictable, but fun.
  • Ron Rifkin was terrific last night. Not only do we love the character of Saul, but there's truly never been anything like this story line. If anything good came out of last season's finale, it was his HIV-positive discovery. We hope B&S runs with it.

Now, on to Rebecca's departure from Brothers & Sisters ...

Rebecca and Nora's scene was nuanced and wonderful. Thanks to Nora putting aside all the feelings she initially had toward Holly, Rebecca knows her mom will be okay.

There are also interesting parallels between them. Nora was submissive for so long and only discovering now what it means to live for herself. Rebecca can start earlier.

As for Holly, her amnesia has practically given us headaches this fall from the persistent eye-rolling. But by having her remember Rebecca now, that took guts at least.

Not just for Rebecca to leave, but for the writers to actually add that layer. It would be easy to leave town if your mom doesn't even know you, right? At least easier?

Of course, it wasn't as if Rebecca was welcomed and begged to stay by Holly, either. She's devoid of feeling. Poor girl. Just so many emotions, swirling and conflicting.

Finally, the endgame for Rebecca and Justin involved a thousand shades of gray, which was refreshing given how many cliched endings TV relationships can often get.

Right after getting married, he left for a year. Even if he was better for it in the end, what does that say about their relationship? Now she must leave too. He gets it.

By letting Rebecca go and pursue herself and her own future, he knows it's the right thing to do, as she afforded him the same opportunity. Even if it doesn't make it easy.

What did you think of the episode? Will you miss Emily VanCamp? Were you happy with how she left at least? How is the whole season so far? Discuss below.

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A return to fine form for the show, after a dubious few episodes previously. We say goodbye to Rebecca, which after everything that has happened with Justin and her mother, she took a job offer in NY. It was a sad episode, but excellently written and acted (as usual) especially the moment between Holly 'If I told you that, I must have truly loved you' and Rebecca.

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I am devastated by the departure of Rebecca and I am so disappointed with how the writers ruined the Justin/Rebecca relationship.I have not found the show very interesting this season. Kitty jumping into a new relationship is not very realistic so soon. Sarah and Luke relationship is also unrealistic. There is way too much focus on Scotty and Kevin. I really do not think I will be watching very much. You guys have really ruined the show.

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I am devastated by the departure of Rebecca and I am so disappointed with how the writers ruined the Justin/Rebecca relationship.I have not found the show very interesting this season. Kitty jumping into a new relationship is not very realistic so soon. Sarah and Luke relationship also unrealistic. There is way too much focus on Scotty and Kevin. i really do not think I will be watching very much. You guys have really ruined the show.

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Rebecca and Justin will not be getting together "in the future" because Emily VanCamp has left the show. I highly doubt she will be back in the future and if so it will be just to cause trouble in Justin's love life.
I'm not happy with Kitty's storyline regardless the reason for it.

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yes me again. I love this show, devastated to hear the emily is leaving the show thus justin/rebecca breaking up - love this couple. Nora is awesome!! not sure if I want to continue watching this series, but I'll see what happens. LOVE scotty/kevin so maybe. Thanks for the spoilers!

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Stephansister the song is called Find Love by NLX I hate the fact that Rebecca is gone. It saddens me so. She was the glue that held the show together. Please, please bring her back. Also Holly needs to be mean again and Kitty needs to not get into a relationship. I loved her and Robert together. Why are they not even letting her have some time between men, my goodness. The past seasons have been sooo good. Im getting very dissapointed. All that story into Rebecaa. Get rid of Saul or Luc not Rebecca. : (

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Rebecca will be missed but hopefully they will bring her back at some stage but i dont think so as i am getting the feeling this could be the last season.the show has been cut from 24 eps to only 18 eps that is not a good sign it also feels like its going to be the last.hope i am wrong cause in think it is the best show out there, best acting best stories(not this season so far). i feel two many changes are happing two quick and the year jump felt unnecessary.lets just hope it improves a lot in the coming weeks and hopefully prove me wrong

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I wish they hadn't broken up Justin and Rebecca. They're the reason I watched the show. They had been through so much together, I would have thought they could overcome this. If this is what you call "realistic" then it's no wonder divorces are left and right in this society. People shouldn't commit if only to give up at the slightest inconvenience. I sure hope they plan to bring Rebecca back to reunite with Justin sometime in the future. It's clear they love each other but are misguided in thinking the responsible thing to do is to separate. Staying together and fighting through life's challenges together is the mature way of handling the situation.

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I liked how they made Rebecca leave- first time I have liked her character since season 2. I feel her "Job Offer" was incredibly unrealistic. She said "I sent my resume".....WHAT RESUME??? Photography was a hobby- she NEVER did anything professional in that field. And internship...I could maybe see possible- seeing that they had 2 episodes to get rid of her character. This Story Line with Kitty is so disappointing. They had a very strong premiere for the season- and Kitty was holding onto Robert, and she was grieving his loss towards the end, and the flowers at the crash site was such a great way to end the episode. This storyline is impossible to watch. It is awful- and needs to come to an end. A good episode- after 2 not- so good episodes, after a wonderful premiere. Hoping for good things to come.

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I am kind of pissed that Rebecca is leaving the show. I loved her character and I hope she will return next season. The whole situation with Holly is pissing me off big time because her character was always so strong we really didn't need to see her crumble like this. I love this show, but the last couple of episodes have me really upset.

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