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Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The final leg of this emotional rollercoaster ride with the Walker family comes to an end.  “Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season” is entertaining, fun, emotional but overall a good conclusion for the series.  Fans of the series will definitely want to pick up this final season DVD set!

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TITLE: Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season

TV SHOW AIRDATE: 2010-2011

DURATION: 938 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

RATED: TV 14 DLS

COMPANY: abc studios

RELEASE DATE: August 23, 2011

Created by Jon Robin Baitz

Directed by Ken Olin, Michael Owen Morris, Michael Schultz, Laura Innes and David Paymer

Written by Jon robin Baitz, David Marshall Grant, Molly Newman, Sherri Cooper, Cliff Olin, Monica Breen, Peter Calloway, Alison Schapker, Michael Foley, Liz Tigelaar, Jennifer Levin, Jason Wilborn, Daniel Silk, Josh Reims, Brian Studler, Nancy Won

Executive produced by KenOlin, Monica Breen, Alison Schapker

Produced by Suzanne Geiger, Nicole Carrasco, Sparky Hawes, Jennifer Lence, Michael Foley, Nancy Won, David Marshall Grant, Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, Josh Reims, Molly Newman, Michael Morris, Stephen Judge, Sarah Caplin

Music by Blake Neely

Cinematography by Cynthia Pusheck, Michael Mayers

Edited by Barbara Gerard, Imelda Betiong, Kristin Windell

Casting by Gillian O’Neill, Jeanie Bacharach

Series Production Design by Lee Mayman

Series Set Decoration by Bryan Venegas

Series Costume Design by Melina Root

Cast:

Dave Annable as Justin Walker

Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker

Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Whedon

Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden

Patricia Wettig as Holly Harper

Sally Field as Nora Walker

Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker

Kerris Dorsey as Paige Whedon

Balthazar Getty as Tommy Walker

Sarah Jane Morris as Julia Walker

Maxwell Perry Colton as Cooper Whedon

Emily VanCamp as Rebecca Harper

Luke Macfarlane as Scotty Wandell

Ken Olin as David Caplan

Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent

Peter Gerety as Dennis York

The final season of the star-studded ABC drama continues the story of the Walkers, a contemporary picture of the American family. At the heart is matriarch Nora, who finds personal satisfaction in knowing her family is happy, however sometimes allows her intentions to be a little overbearing. Her five adult children, friends as much as they are relatives, come together to support each other through the joy and heartache as they try to manage their professional, romantic, and familial lives. Together they face genuine, relatable life issues in this warm and witty drama.

“Brothers and Sisters” is a show created back in 2006 by Jon Robin Baitz (a writer who worked on “Alias” and “West Wing”). The series revolves around the Walker family, an upperclass family that owns a major company known as Ojai Foods.

In the history of “Brothers and Sisters”, the family is rocked by the death of the father and business owner, William Walker. But even more shocking to the family is that their father had a mistress and an illegitimate daughter but that William had embezzled money from the company. So, the family focuses on the lives of the Walker family and how the brothers and sisters must move on with the family business and make sure it is not run into the ground and try to keep it afloat.

As the first two seasons had to do with the family and the family matriarch Nora (played by Sally Field) trying to keep everyone together, we see the family members going through various tribulations in their career and personal life.

In the third season, changes are afloat with Ojai Foods experiencing financial difficult. That leaves the Walker family having to partner up with Holly Harper, the mistress of William Walker. Throughout the third season, Kitty and Robert experience the highs of a family wanting to have children but also the lows as a family where their dedication to their careers interferes with their relationship.

For Sarah, knowing that she has a family to take care of, she knows that her brother Tommy is becoming the main family member dedicated to the company. As for Tommy, he starts to unearth things about his dead father and what he has done to the company, causing Tommy to make some decisions that can harm his position. Kevin will see chances for him to advance his career, but he will have to make a difficult decision of whether or not he should stay true to the person he loves and to himself or to do what he can to become a partner at his law firm. As for Justin, he tries his best to clean up, especially now that he has found love with Rebecca but has issues with recruiting people for the military.

Meanwhile, for the third season, the bombshell was that William may have had another illegitimate child, will become a significant issue for season three. If anything, relationships and family will be tested more than ever and whether or not the family matriarch, Nora can keep the family together is going to be important.

By season’s end, Kitty and Robert’s married is tested nearly to a point where Kitty nearly gets into an affair with another man, Tommy having left to Mexico, Kevin trying to keep things going right with his husband and Justin and Rebecca furthering their relationship and growing closer. Meanwhile, we are introduced Ryan Lafferty, the siblings half brother that came from an affair that William Walker had with another woman.

In season 4, the family goes through an emotional time.  While the business is doing terribly, the family goes through healing and bonding.  Kitty and Robert’s marriage grows stronger as Kitty has cancer and Robert dedicates his life to being with his wife, Justin meanwhile grows closer with Rebecca and get married, Sarah falls in love with an artist named Luc, Kevin and Scotty try to find a surrogate mother to have a baby and Nora and Holly grow their friendship.

And as everything seems to be going right for the Walker family and to celebrate, the whole family goes out on a retreat.

But just when you think all is good with the Walker family, as they leave a retreat, all get involved in a serious traffic accident and life for the Walker family will never be the same again.

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season” features a total of 22 episodes on six DVD’s. In the fifth and final season of “Brothers and Sisters”, it has been a year since the accident and life for the Walker family has not been the same.  How will life go?

The main characters of “Brothers and Sisters” are:

The Walker Family

  • Nora Walker (Sally Field, “Gidget”, “The Flying Nun”, “The Girl with Something Extra”, “ER”) – The Walker matriarch and the mother who likes to get involved with her children’s lives. In the first season, she tries to get over her husband’s death, learns that her husband had an illegitimate daughter and is now trying to move on. She now tries to keep the family together no matter what challenges they may face.  In Season 5, since the tragedy, Nora has not been vocal and has taken a stand back when it comes to her family.
  • Sarah Walker (Rachael Griffiths, “Six Feet Under”) – The family business woman and mother who has tried to lead the family business as the company president. Has a strained relationship with her husband Joe which eventually led to a divorce. She has since left Ojai and started her own company.  In season 5, since the tragedy, her business is doing well and she is dating Luc, an artist and model.  She and Luc are planning to move to France.
  • Kitty McCallister (Calista Flockhart, “Ally McBeal”) – A former radio host who marries politician, Senator Robert McCallister. Has adopted a child and has beaten cancer. In season 5, since the tragic accident, Kitty is keeping Robert alive through life support.  The family is very worried about Kitty and the Republican party needs her to return back to politics.
  • Tommy Walker (Balthazar Getty, “Charmed”, “Alias”) – The other family businessman who has butted heads with his sister Sarah. Married to Julia Walker (Sarah Jane Morris), the two have major problems in their marriage. He had caused problems for Ojai and is now living in Mexico.
  • Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys, “Shooters”, “The Lost World”) – A successful lawyer and a gay man. Tends to bail out his family when they need legal help but most of all but also put in situations in opposition to some of his family members. He is married to Scotty. In Season 5, since the tragedy, Kevin is working pro bono and still trying to deal with he and Scotty not being able to be parents.
  • Justin Walker (Dave Annable, “Reunion”) – The youngest of the family who joined the Army and went to Afghanistan. When he came back, Justin was no longer the same as he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also battled with drug addiction and now trying to clean himself up. In Season 5, after the tragedy, Justin rejoined the military because he is unable to deal with the situation and now his marriage to Rebecca is in big trouble.

Other Key Characters:

  • Saul Holden (Ron Rifkin, “Alias”) – Older brother of Nora Walker and works at Ojai Foods and once had a relationship with Nora’s husband’s mistress Holly Harper but in season 1, it was revealed that Saul was involved in a gay relationship. In season 2, Saul comes out and admits he is a gay man.  In season 5, since the tragedy, Saul has found a person to love but Nora worries about him because he is HIV positive.
  • Holly Harper (Patricia Wettig, “Prison Break”, “Alias”) – Holly is the mistress of William Walker (for 20 years) and owns a large share of Ojai Foods. In season 2, she has become the Ojai Foods CEO. Her relationship with her daughter Rebecca is stronger than ever. She and Tommy Walker are business partners and own Walker Landing Winery.  In Season 5, since the tragedy, Holly has amnesia and lost her memory.  Her relationship with Nora is sour once again.
  • Rebecca Harper (Emily VanCamp, “Everwood”) – The illegitimate daughter of William Walker and Holly Harper. She works at Ojai Foods as an advertising executive and is married to Justin Walker.  In Season 5, due to Justin’s decision to join the military, their marriage is in shambles.
  • Scotty Wandell (Luke Macfarlane, “Iron Road”) – A head chef who is married to Kevin Walker.  In Season 5, since the tragedy, his relationship with Kevin is on the rocks, especially since their surrogate mothers have been unsuccessful and have not been able to have children.

Here is a spoiler-less summary of the 22 episodes from season five:

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 88 – The Homecoming - It has been a year since the car tragedy and the family has gone through changes.  Meanwhile, Justin arrives back from serving another year in the marines.
  • EPISODE 89 – Brief Encounter – Luc’s underwear ad campaign is the hot item and everyone wants to attend.  Meanwhile, Kevin tries to help his runaway teenage client and Kitty wonders if her mother is dating a woman…
  • EPISODE 90 – Faking It – Kitty meets Jack and Sarah worries that her lie about her age may turn Luc away.  Rebecca is back and meets with her mother Holly.
  • EPISODE 91 – Righteous Kiss - Holly has a breakdown and Justin and Rebecca decide what to do about their marraige.  Meanwhile, Saul is afraid to tell his boyfriend that he is HIV positive.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 92 – Call Mom - Nora auditions for a radio show, meanwhile Kitty and Jack get closer.
  • EPISODE 93 – An Ideal Husband – Scotty has a one night stand with another man and now Kevin feels betrayed.
  • EPISODE 94 – Resolved - Kevin and Scotty’s relationship is tested, meanwhile Justin meets a nurse named Annie.
  • EPISODE 95 – The Rhapsody of the Flash – Luc’s mother arrives to town but for some reason, Luc is not so thrilled about it.  Meanwhile, Nora goes out on a date.
  • EPISODE 96 – Get a Room – Nora and Dr. Karl’s friendship may be getting stronger.  Kevin and Scotty plan to adopt.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 97 – Cold Turkey – Nora and Karl go away for Christmas, thus ending the Walker Family tradition. So, now Kitty and Kevin debate on who will host the family celebration.
  • EPISODE 98 – Scandalized – As Kevin and Scotty decide to adopt, everyone finds out that Kitty is dating a young graduate student named Seth.
  • EPISODE 99 – Thanks for the Memories – Kitty is getting back into politics, Scotty and Kevin spend time with Olivia and Sarah deals with her daughter who may have a boyfriend.
  • EPISODE 100 – Safe at Home – Tommy is back and he has a big surprise for the family and in other good news, Sarah announces her wedding date.
  • EPISODE 101 – The One That Got Away – It’s Valentine’s Day and and Tommy reveals another secret about their mother which had been buried since they were kids.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 102 – Brody - Nora and Brody seem to be getting closer, meanwhile, Justin tries to help out a homeless vet.
  • EPISODE 103 – Home is Where the Fort Is – Nora and Sarah wonder why Kitty has not returned home.  Meanwhile, Kevin and Scotty bring their adoptive child home.
  • EPISODE 104 – Olivia’s Choice – Olivia’s brother fights for custody as he doesn’t feel two men should raise Olivia.
  • EPISODE 105 – Never Say Never – Sarah and Luc have pre-wedding jitters and Scotty’s mother comes to visit his and Kevin’s new adoptive daughter.
  • EPISODE 106 – Wouldn’t It Be Nice – It’s Luc’s first solo art show and one again Luc and Sarah have pre-wedding jitters.  Nora wants to tell Brody how she really feels.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 107 – Father Unknown – Luc and Saul prepare for a surprise wedding and Justin confronts his mother about Brody’s lie.  Meanwhile, Kevin and Scotty may have a baby…
  • EPISODE 108 – For Better or For Worse – Sarah confronts Brody about his “lie” and Olivia wonders if Kevin and Scotty will want her now that she has a baby.
  • EPISODE 109 – Walking Down the Aisle - FINAL EPISODE! It’s Sarah’s and Luc’s wedding day and other issues affect the family.

VIDEO:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season” is featured in Widescreen (1:78:1), enhanced for 16×9 televisions.  For a TV series, “Brothers and Sisters” has always looked good.  The series has a lot of lighting, especially outdoor shots, so for the most part, picture quality for a TV series on DVD, “Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season” looks very good.

There are a lot of outdoor and indoor shots and “Brothers and Sisters” does have quite a bit of grain but nothing too distracting. But for the most part, picture quality is very good.

AUDIO:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season” is featured in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, the show is mostly dialogue-based but there are quite a bit of music featured in the episodes, but the audio is pretty much front and center channel driven and audio is clear. There are no really need for major sound effects for “Brothers and Sisters” but for the most part, dialogue and background music are heard quite clearly.

My receiver setup preference was set to “Stereo on all Channels” for a much more immersive soundtrack.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 1:

  • Deleted Scenes – A total of two deleted scenes: “You’re Really Leaving” and “True Wreckage”.

DISC 2:

  • Deleted Scenes – A total of two deleted scenes: “taking sides” and “let’s get started”.

DISC 3:

  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary for “Cold Turkey” with Production Coordinator Jonathan Deiner, Co-Producer Stephen Judge and Producer Nicole Carrasco.

DISC 4:

  • Deleted Scenes- Featuring one deleted scene “We Could Lose Her”.
  • Audio Commentary – Featuring audio commentary for “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” with Production Coordinator Jonathan Deiner, Co-Producer Stephen Judge and Producer Nicole Carrasco.

DISC 5:

  • Gilles Marini Uncovered  - (6:06) An interview with the cast about Gilles Marini (Luc) joining the cast of “Brothers & Sisters”.
  • Writing for the Walkers – (10:00) The writers of “Brothers and Sisters” talk about the episodes of season five.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of one deleted scene and one alternate ending: “extremely awake” and “alternate ending: An Engagement Ring”
  • Bloopers & Outtakes – (2:20) Outtakes from season five of “Brothers and Sisters”.

EXTRAS:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season” comes with a slip over case.

With the last season of “Brothers and Sisters”, I have commented of how the last season was the best season ever!

Every episode was well-written and the season finale was an absolute shocker!  But prior to the fifth season, it was a given that Rob Lowe would not return but with news that Patricia Wettig (Holly Harper) and Emily VanCamp (Rebecca Harper) were leaving the show, needless to say, it put a damper on my excitement for the fifth season.

By the end of the fifth season, as things have ended with a good season finale, “Brothers and Sisters” was canceled.  The producers tried to get a shortened sixth season to end the season with closure for the fans but unfortunately, they were denied.

So, I do have a small bittersweet feeling about “Brothers and Sisters” because I felt that I invested watching five seasons of this series and one can only imagine how the producers and writers would have ended the series, but there were a few loose ends that I wished were touched upon.

But with the way the season ended, I suppose it works as a series finale and does end on a good note, but this is the nature of the business when it comes to television series and “Brothers and Sisters” has come to an end.

I will say that I will miss the Walker family.  As one friend told me, “Brothers and Sisters” was a show that she can watch on her DVR on the weekend, drink fine wine and enjoy the series.  I happen to agree with what she told me because the series was fun, granted, the series had its share of emotional highs and lows that comes along with a dysfunctional family but the Walker family were resilient.  They confronted their issues and challenges, like many American’s they faced a bad economy, ending of a business, health problems, adoption, surrogate mothers, raising children, finding love, crumbling of a relationship, starting over, rebuilding and like all family’s, having their fights and bonding moments.

Among the many ABC family one-hour drama series, “Brothers and Sisters” was probably one that was easily accessible because their issues and challenges are real and people can identify with these characters because despite them being from a slightly upperclassed American family, the Walker family was far from perfect, they are no different from anyone else.

While “Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth Season” was an entertaining final season, of course, because of the insurmountable challenges faced in the last season, season four was just incredible but there was no way to pull of something that emotional and tragic for a second year straight.  You needed some normalcy, real problems and that’s viewers got with season five.  Nora, single mother trying to find love.  Sarah, aging sister getting married but also dealing with a teenage daughter.  Kitty, dealing with the death of her husband, but also finding love once again.  Kevin and Scotty dealing with adoption and trying to keep their marriage alive.  And Justin, the person who had to get away from life by re-enlisting in the marines and leaving his family but returning back to find out that the sacrifice he made to get back his sanity came with a price.

But I have always felt the series was well-written, well-cast and while last year was spectacular, I admit that I was a bit upset of the direction of the Justin and Rebecca storyline hitting a dead end before the fifth season even started, but after the events that have taken place at the end of season four, I found it interesting that the one person who was instrumental in making things right was Justin, especially since he was somewhat of the problematic character because of what happened during his last enlistment with the Marines.

But like for everyone in the series and how things have played out for this fifth season, it was important to show that families must go on living.  And so in hindsight, after watching every episode and thinking about the fifth season, despite my feeling before the series began, Now that it is done, I’m actually content with how everything had ended.

Overall, “Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season” marks the end of a pretty solid drama series.  Fun, enjoyable and emotional…I’ll miss this series!

It’s shame that “Brothers and Sisters” didn’t get the chance to end the way the producers/writers probably would have wanted if given that shortened sixth season.  But yet they managed to give a season finale that does provide some closure and enough to know that the Walker family has embarked in a new chapter of their lives and like all families with problems and taking care of those problems, they’ll be OK.  And like all families, we continue living with our highs and our lows but we keep on going, living life day-by-day.

There are a good number of special features included with this final season DVD set but for the most part, as a fan and viewer of “Brothers and Sisters”, it was an emotional roller coaster ride that has come to a close.

If you invested your time into watching this series or a person who has just jumped aboard and is interested in the series, “Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fifth and Final Season” is recommended!

Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There was something special about this fourth season of “Brothers and Sisters” that I really loved and needless to say, this season was the most dramatic, heartfelt, tear-inducing season yet.  Well-written, well-acted and just a fantastic season!  One of the better drama series currently on television and a series on DVD which I definitely recommend!

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TITLE: Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season

TV SHOW AIRDATE: 2009-2010

DURATION: 1032 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles

RATED: TV 14 DLS

COMPANY: abc studios

RELEASE DATE: August 24, 2010

Created by Jon Robin Baitz

Directed by Ken Olin, Michael Owen Morris, Michael Schultz, Laura Innes and David Paymer

Written by Jon robin Baitz, David Marshall Grant, Molly Newman, Sherri Cooper, Cliff Olin, Monica Breen, Peter Calloway, Alison Schapker, Michael Foley, Liz Tigelaar, Jennifer Levin, Jason Wilborn, Daniel Silk, Josh Reims, Brian Studler, Nancy Won

Executive produced by KenOlin, Monica Breen, Alison Schapker

Produced by Suzanne Geiger, Nicole Carrasco, Sparky Hawes, Jennifer Lence, Michael Foley, Nancy Won, David Marshall Grant, Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, Josh Reims, Molly Newman, Michael Morris, Stephen Judge, Sarah Caplin

Music by Blake Neely

Cinematography by Cynthia Pusheck, Michael Mayers

Edited by Barbara Gerard, Imelda Betiong, Kristin Windell

Casting by Gillian O’Neill, Jeanie Bacharach

Series Production Design by Lee Mayman

Series Set Decoration by Bryan Venegas

Series Costume Design by Melina Root

Cast:

Dave Annable as Justin Walker

Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker

Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Whedon

Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden

Patricia Wettig as Holly Harper

Sally Field as Nora Walker

Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker

Kerris Dorsey as Paige Whedon

Balthazar Getty as Tommy Walker

Sarah Jane Morris as Julia Walker

Maxwell Perry Colton as Cooper Whedon

Rob Lowe as Robert McCalister

Emily VanCamp as Rebecca Harper

Luke Macfarlane as Scotty Wandell

Ken Olin as David Caplan

Luke Grimes as Ryan Lafferty

Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent

Peter Gerety as Dennis York

No matter how much life changes, family stays the same. The Walkers are a contemporary picture of the American family. At the heart is matriarch Nora (Sally Field), who finds personal satisfaction in knowing her family is happy, however sometimes allows her intentions to be a littler overbearing. Her five adult children, friends as much as they are relatives, come together to support each other through the joy and heartache as they try to manage their professional, romantic and family lives. Together they face real life issues – from bankruptcy and addiction, marriage and divorce, to deceit and redemption – in this warm and witty drama.

“Brothers and Sisters” is a show created back in 2006 by Jon Robin Baitz (a writer who worked on “Alias” and “West Wing”). The series revolves around the Walker family, an upperclass family that owns a major company known as Ojai Foods.

In the history of “Brothers and Sisters”, the family is rocked by the death of the father and business owner, William Walker. But even more shocking to the family is that their father had a mistress and an illegitimate daughter but that William had embezzled money from the company. So, the family focuses on the lives of the Walker family and how the brothers and sisters must move on with the family business and make sure it is not run into the ground and try to keep it afloat.

As the first two seasons had to do with the family and the family matriarch Nora (played by Sally Field) trying to keep everyone together, we see the family members going through various tribulations in their career and personal life.

In the third season, changes are afloat with Ojai Foods experiencing financial difficult. That leaves the Walker family having to partner up with Holly Harper, the mistress of William Walker. Throughout the third season, Kitty and Robert experience the highs of a family wanting to have children but also the lows as a family where their dedication to their careers interferes with their relationship.

For Sarah, knowing that she has a family to take care of, she knows that her brother Tommy is becoming the main family member dedicated to the company. As for Tommy, he starts to unearth things about his dead father and what he has done to the company, causing Tommy to make some decisions that can harm his position. Kevin will see chances for him to advance his career, but he will have to make a difficult decision of whether or not he should stay true to the person he loves and to himself or to do what he can to become a partner at his law firm. As for Justin, he tries his best to clean up, especially now that he has found love with Rebecca but has issues with recruiting people for the military.

Meanwhile, last season’s bombshell that William may have had another illegitimate child, will become a significant issue for season three. If anything, relationships and family will be tested more than ever and whether or not the family matriarch, Nora can keep the family together is going to be important.

By season’s end, Kitty and Robert’s married is tested nearly to a point where Kitty nearly gets into an affair with another man, Tommy having left to Mexico, Kevin trying to keep things going right with his husband and Justin and Rebecca furthering their relationship and growing closer.  Meanwhile, we are introduced Ryan Lafferty, the siblings half brother that came from an affair that William Walker had with another woman.

But for Ryan’s return and trying to get close to the family, he has a burning hatred towards them because his mother ended up committing suicide because of William Walker.

This storyline is further fueled in season four as the Walker family and Holly are facing major challenges in their personal life, family member’s health and most of all tragedy.

The main characters of “Brothers and Sisters” are:

The Walker Family

  • Nora Walker (Sally Field, “Gidget”, “The Flying Nun”, “The Girl with Something Extra”, “ER”) – The Walker matriarch and the mother who likes to get involved with her children’s lives. In the first season, she tries to get over her husband’s death, learns that her husband had an illegitimate daughter and is now trying to move on. She now tries to keep the family together no matter what challenges they may face.
  • Sarah Walker (Rachael Griffiths, “Six Feet Under”) – The family business woman and mother who has tried to lead the family business as the company president. Has a strained relationship with her husband Joe which eventually led to a divorce.  She has since left Ojai and started her own company.
  • Kitty McCallister (Calista Flockhart, “Ally McBeal”) – A former radio host who marries politician, Senator Robert McCallister. Has adopted a child but with Robert busy with his campaign, their relationship is starting to sour.
  • Tommy Walker (Balthazar Getty, “Charmed”, “Alias”) – The other family businessman who has butted heads with his sister Sarah. Married to Julia Walker (Sarah Jane Morris), the two have major problems in their marriage.  He had caused problems for Ojai and is now living in Mexico.
  • Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys, “Shooters”, “The Lost World”) – A successful lawyer and a gay man. Tends to bail out his family when they need legal help but most of all but also put in situations in opposition to some of his family members. Has a relationship with Scotty.  Kevin is now the campaign director for Robert.
  • Justin Walker (Dave Annable, “Reunion”) – The youngest of the family who joined the Army and went to Afghanistan. When he came back, Justin was no longer the same as he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also battled with drug addiction and now trying to clean himself up.  He is now engaged to Rebecca.

Other Key Characters:

  • Saul Holden (Ron Rifkin, “Alias”) – Older brother of Nora Walker and works at Ojai Foods and once had a relationship with Nora’s husband’s mistress Holly Harper but in season 1, it was revealed that Saul was involved in a gay relationship. In season 2, Saul comes out and admits he is a gay man.
  • Robert McCallister (Rob Lowe, “The West Wing”, “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “About Last Night”, “Oxford Blues”) – Married to Kitty Walker and is a Republican Senator in California. Once a candidate for the US Presidency.  He is currently having marital problems with Kitty.
  • Holly Harper (Patricia Wettig, “Prison Break”, “Alias”) – Holly is the mistress of William Walker (for 20 years) and owns a large share of Ojai Foods. In season 2, she has become the Ojai Foods CEO. Her relationship with her daughter Rebecca is stronger than ever. She and Tommy Walker are business partners and own Walker Landing Winery.
  • Rebecca Harper (Emily VanCamp, “Everwood”) – The illegitimate daughter of William Walker and Holly Harper. She works at Ojai Foods as an advertising executive and is engaged to Justin Walker.
  • Ryan Lafferty (Luke Grimes, “Assasination of a High School President”) – The illegitimate son of William Walker who has a grudge towards his father and blames him for the death of his mother and secretly will do what he can to destroy his company.
  • Scotty Wandell (Luke Macfarlane, “Iron Road”) – A head chef who is married to Kevin Walker.

Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season features a total of 24 episodes on six DVD’s.  In the fourth season, Robert is busy with his gubernatorial campaign and because his relationship with Kitty is suffering, things change when Kitty is diagnosed with cancer.  Meanwhile, Kevin and Scotty are working on trying to adopt a baby but because Kevin is busy working for Robert and Scotty as a chef, are the two ready for a child?  Tommy is still in Mexico and hasn’t been heard of, Sarah is in France and meets a man that she has fallen for but doesn’t know if she’s ready to fall in love again and the same with Nora who meets a doctor who may have other intentions in why he’s trying to get close to her.  As for Justin and Rebeccah, they are dealing with their engagement, planning for their wedding but for Justin, his mind is set on trying to pass medical school and because he’s so busy with that, he ends up neglecting his girlfriend.

And the Ojai Foods woes continues as the economy has hurt the business which is literally bleeding and losing money every day.  Saul and Holly are trying to find ways to save the company but there may be someone there who is trying to sabotage it.  Also, Holly is hit by financial problems as she gets caught up in a Ponzi scheme in which she loses nearly everything.

Needless to say, each character is facing their biggest challenge yet in their personal life and careers but can the Walker family stay strong this time around?  Will the family business survive this economy?

Here is a spoiler-less summary of the 24 episodes from season four (featured on a total of six DVD’s):

DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 64 – The Road Ahead - It’s Justin and Rebecca’s engagement party but when Justin finds out he is doing terrible in med school, he feels pressured.  Meanwhile, Kitty is being diagnosed by the doctor.
  • EPISODE 65 – Breaking the News – Kitty finds out the results of her test and needs to tell her husband but the Senator is having a problem with his campaign rival.
  • EPISODE 66 – Almost Normal – Kitty and Robert discuss possible treatments for Kitty’s cancer and they receive news from a surprise visitor.
  • EPISODE 67 – From France with Love – Sarah returns from France and tries to distract Kitty from her chemo treatments.  Meanwhile, Justin continues to struggle in school.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 68 – Last Tango in Pasadena - Everyone is hooked on Luc (Sarah’s boyfriend from France) except Nora.  Robert does all he can to distract Kitty from her cancer.
  • EPISODE 69 – Zen & The Art of Mole Making – Sarah tries to find a way to tell her kids about her new boyfriend, meanwhile Kevin and Scotty move forward in their decision to find a surrogate.
  • EPISODE 70 – The Wig Party - Kitty finds out the ramifications of her cancer treatment and is devastated.  Meanwhile, Rebecca learns some big news.
  • EPISODE 71 – The Wine Festival – The family puts their hope into this new wine.  Meanwhile, Nora falls for a younger man.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 72 – Pregnant Pause – Rebecca decides to reveal a secret that may affect her relationship with Justin and Holly faces major financial problems.
  • EPISODE 73 – Nearlyweds – Justin and Rebecca celebrate their beachside wedding but Justin is not sure if he wants to get married.
  • EPISODE 74 – A Bone to Pick – After Kitty’s collapse at the wedding, Kitty faces a new challenge in her life in which she needs a bone marrow transplant and time is running short.
  • EPISODE 75 – The Science Fair – Will Sarah find love at her daughter’s science fair?  Meanwhile, Kevin learns more about himself by trying to help Sarah’s daughter with her science fair project.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 76 – Run Baby Run - Sarah has a new love interest.  Is she ready to move past her feelings and emotions for Luc?
  • EPISODE 77 – The Pasadena Primary – Robert and Nora try to help Scotty as guest chef for his restaurant.  Meanwhile, Kitty wants to run for Robert’s senate seat.
  • EPISODE 78 – A Valued Family – The family suffers loss during Valentine’s Day.  Meanwhile, Kitty hires a new campaign manager.
  • EPISODE 79 – Leap of Faith – Sarah has problems when Luc has Visa issues and now is worried that she may lose him.  Meanwhile Justin worries about Rebecca.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 80 – Freeluc.com – Nora tries to help Tommy and the company as they face their longtime nemesis Dennis York.  Meanwhile, the paparazzi start focusing on Sarah and Luc’s relationship.
  • EPISODE 81 – Time After Time (Part 1 of 2) – The Walker family reminisce of an accident that took place in 1986 and realize a shocking secret that will affect the Walker family.
  • EPISODE 82 – Time After Time (Part 2 of 2) – Norah and Holly go on a trip to discover how much Ojai Foods is truly worth.  Meanwhile, Justin and Rebecca make a big decision.
  • EPISODE 83 – If You Bake It, He Will Come – Kevin is still upset at Nora for withholding the family secret from him.  Meanwhile, members of the family confront Dennis York and Rebecca tries to give Ojai Foods more time.

DISC 6:

  • EPISODE 84 – Where There’s Smoke… – A Walker family member may be pregnant, meanwhile Nora finds out that her mother has dementia.
  • EPISODE 85 – Love All – Everyone is going through changes in their personal life.  Sarah and Luc must deal with Sarah’s son who is not adjusting well to Luc.  Meanwhile, Justin is dealing with a fellow soldier’s death.
  • EPISODE 86 – Lights Out – The Walker family are preparing to say goodbye to Ojai Foods.
  • EPISODE 87 – On the Road Again – The Walkers struggle with the financial ruin due the closure of Ojai Foods and a member of the family is killed.

VIDEO:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season” is featured in Widescreen (1:78:1), enhanced for 16×9 televisions. There are a lot of outdoor and indoor shots and “Brothers and Sisters” does have quite a bit of grain but nothing too distracting. But for the most part, picture quality is satisfactory.

AUDIO:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season” is featured in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, the show is mostly dialogue-based but there are quite a bit of music featured in the episodes, but the audio is pretty much front and center channel driven and audio is clear. There are no really need for major sound effects for “Brothers and Sisters” but for the most part, dialogue and background music are heard quite clearly.

My receiver setup preference was set to “Stereo on all Channels” for a much more immersive soundtrack.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season” comes with the following special features:

DISC 1:

  • Deleted Scenes – A total of  four deleted scenes: Ryan steps up, taking a second, kitty’s caught in the middle, a meeting of mothers.

DISC 2:

  • Deleted Scenes – A total of six deleted scenes: what to do, advice from Tommy, phone connections, happy birthday mr. governor, official entry and going for it.

DISC 3:

  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring a total of three deleted scenes: Justin’s promise, being there, make a deal

DISC 4:

  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring two deleted scenes: lost keys, next republic senator

DISC 5:

  • Deleted Scenes – A total of three deleted scenes: tell me what happened?, second thoughts and mug shots.

DISC 6:

  • The Red Carpet – (08:11) Featuring the red carpet premiere of the first episode of season 4 at the “Brothers & Sisters” premiere party.
  • Off the Clock – (11:09) Behind-the-Scenes of what happens “Off-the-Clock” of “Brothers and Sisters”.  Featuring the crew of “Brothers and Sisters” and fun things that the cast take part in.
  • Bloopers – (2:14) Featuring outtakes from the fourth season of “Brothers and Sisters”.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of four deleted scenes which include what’s going on?, hell of a backhand, Ojai Foods and like old times.

EXTRAS:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season” comes with a slip over case.

Heartfelt, humorous, dramatic and enjoyable, this is probably my favorite season of the popular ABC drama series yet.

I have to admit that many of my favorite drama series on television have somehow gone astray with the writing this year.  And without mentioning any series, I will say that the “thinking outside of the box” has literally brought many quite a few of these once wonderful drama series to unusual lows with unrealistic, make-believe and idiotic storylines.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with “Brothers and Sisters”.  For this fourth season, writers for this season went for accessible storylines that people can relate to.

With the Walker family, everything that had to do with the characters are stories that people can relate to.  With Nora, we see a single mother trying to get on with her life and start dating again, also having to deal with a mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease via Dementia.  With Kitty, having to face the reality that she may not be there for her young child because she is suffering from Lymphoma and having to deal with stage 3 cancer.  With Kevin and Scotty, two gay men who want to adopt and are having problems.  With Sarah, also a single mother testing out the dating scene but also having to deal with a daughter.  Tommy who has to deal with divorce and custody issues.  And then we have Justin and Rebecca who are stressed out because of their wedding, having to think of parenthood and even for Justin trying to get into medical school and realizing that he may have a learning disability.

And of course, it doesn’t stop there.  You have Holly, having to deal with losing her money to a Ponzi scheme, the reality that all that she had worked for is now gone and now finding herself in the worst position in her life and facing a future of being broke, starting over and even more which I don’t want to spoil anyone one who hasn’t seen the episodes yet.

And this is what makes the fourth season of “Brothers and Sisters” so believable and we can laugh during the jokes but when can also shed a tear when things get tough.  We can sympathize with the characters and that is one thing that really distinguishes “Brothers and Sisters” from many other drama series as many of them have become so unbelievable that these one popular shows have lost its sparkle.  Fortunately, “Brothers and Sisters” fared well and not only did it get people tearing over Kitty’s battle with cancer but with a finale so shocking, no one expected the writers to really end it in this fashion.  Definitely one of the most impressive and tragic season finales that I have ever seen.

I admit that the writers really pulled things off for the fourth season but it’s going to be quite interesting to see how they can improve on the fifth.

Another reason why I enjoyed this season so much is how much time was given to characters such as Holly Harper, Rebecca Harper, David Caplan and Scotty Wandell.  It was good for the series to explore the relationships other than Kitty and Robert and give more screen time to these characters and see how the Walker’s have affected their relationships with these people.  Rebecca has grown to a character I enjoy watching and I also feel that the writers have treated Kevin and Scotty’s relationship was tastefully done.   And also to see Holly in a new light and to see how her relationship with Nora is evolving.

Also, the introduction to new characters was well-done.  At first, I thought they would treat the character of Luc Laurent as more of just utilizing his looks and overplay it but he has become a pretty cool character for the season and it’s always good see Sarah not so neurotic or angsty all the time.  Luc seems to have brought some stability with that character and I like that.  Also, for the younger viewers, to see Roxy Olin of MTV’s “The City” reality TV show on “Brothers and Sisters” was a bit surreal but the fact that both of her parents are on the series didn’t surprise me.

As for this DVD set, although there are not as many special features compared to last season’s DVD boxset, nor are there any commentary tracks, you do get a lot deleted scenes but also “The Red Carpet” featurette and also quite a few featurettes via the “Off the Clock” and bloopers included in this fourth season set.  So, if that was my only nitpick of this DVD set, it was the lack of audio commentary.

Overall, “Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Fourth Season” is definitely my favorite season of the drama series yet.  Well-written, well-acted and from beginning to end of this fourth season, viewers will be crying, laughing and then shocked by the season finale.  It’s that good!

Definitely recommended!

Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Third Season (A J!-ENT DVD Review)

August 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

“More Ojai Walker family goodness (and drama) and an interesting story shift in the second half of the third season of ‘Brothers and Sisters’.  Overall, a solid DVD set and if you are a fan of the series, then definitely check out this third season box set.  Definitely recommended!”

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TITLE: Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Third Season DURATION: 1032 Minutes DVD INFORMATION: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, Widescreen (1:78:1) – Enhanced for 16×9 Televisions, Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles RATED: TV 14 DLS COMPANY: abc studios RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2009

Created by Jon Robin Baitz

Directed by Ken Olin, Michael Owen Morris, Michael Schultz, Laura Innes and David Paymer

Written by Jon robin Baitz, David Marshall Grant, Molly Newman, Sherri Cooper, Cliff Olin, Monica Breen, Peter Calloway, Alison Schapker, Michael Foley, Liz Tigelaar, Jennifer Levin, Jason Wilborn, Daniel Silk, Josh Reims, Brian Studler, Nancy Won

Executive produced by KenOlin, Monica Breen, Alison Schapker

Produced by Suzanne Geiger, Nicole Carrasco, Sparky Hawes, Jennifer Lence, Michael Foley, Nancy Won, David Marshall Grant, Jennifer Levin, Sherri Cooper, Josh Reims, Molly Newman, Michael Morris, Stephen Judge, Sarah Caplin

Music by Blake Neely

Cinematography by Cynthia Pusheck, Michael Mayers

Edited by Barbara Gerard, Imelda Betiong, Kristin Windell

Casting by Gillian O’Neill, Jeanie Bacharach

Series Production Design by Lee Mayman

Series Set Decoration by Bryan Venegas

Series Costume Design by Melina Root

Cast:

Dave Annable as Justin Walker

Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker

Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Whedon

Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden

Patricia Wettig as Holly Harper

Sally Field as Nora Walker

Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker

Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker

Kerris Dorsey as Paige Whedon

Balthazar Getty as Tommy Walker

Sarah Jane Morris as Julia Walker

Maxwell Perry Colton as Cooper Whedon

Rob Lowe as Robert McCalister

Emily VanCamp as Rebecca Harper

The Walkers are everything anyone could ask from a family—and a few things no one would want. The Complete Third Season of this compelling one-hour drama continues to follow the sprawling California-based clan as they face the complications of contemporary American life. Passionately devoted mother Nora Walker (Sally Field), her grown children and their loved ones contend with romance, parenting, divorce, infidelity, addiction, war and even death.

“Brothers and Sisters” is a show created back in 2006 by Jon Robin Baitz (a writer who worked on “Alias” and “West Wing”).  The series revolves around the Walker family, an upperclass family that owns business known as Ojai foods.

During the first season of the series, the family is rocked by the death of the father and business owner, William Walker.  But even more shocking to the family is that their father had a mistress and an illegitimate daughter but that William had embezzled money from the company.  So, the family focuses on the lives of the Walker family and how the brothers and sisters must move on with the family business and make sure it is not run into the ground and try to keep it afloat.

Each character has a lot going on with their lives which had been featured in the first two seasons.  Here is a basic synopsis of what has taken place in the last two seasons which each main character:

The main characters of “Brothers and Sisters” are: The Walker Family

  • Nora Walker (Sally Field, “Gidget”, “The Flying Nun”, “The Girl with Something Extra”, “ER”) – The Walker matriarch and the mother who likes to get involved with her children’s lives.  In the first season, she tries to get over her husband’s death, learns that her husband had an illegitimate daughter and is now trying to move on.  She blames Kitty for encouraging their younger brother in joining the military.
  • Sarah Walker (Rachael Griffiths, “Six Feet Under”) – The family business woman and mother who has tried to lead the family business as the company president. Has a strained relationship with her husband Joe which eventually led to a divorce.
  • Kitty McCallister (Calista Flockhart, “Ally McBeal”) – A former radio host who marries politician, Senator Robert McCallister.  Both were trying their best to have children.
  • Tommy Walker (Balthazar Getty, “Charmed”, “Alias”) – The other family businessman who has butted heads with his sister Sarah.  Married to Julia Walker (Sarah Jane Morris), the two have major problems in their marriage.
  • Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys, “Shooters”, “The Lost World”) – A successful lawyer and a gay man.  Tends to bail out his family when they need legal help but most of all but also put in situations in opposition to some of his family members.  Has a relationship with Scotty.
  • Justin Walker (Dave Annable, “Reunion”) – The youngest of the family who joined the Army and went to Afghanistan.  When he came back, Justin was no longer the same as he had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and also battled with drug addiction and now trying to clean himself up.

Other Key Characters:

  • Saul Holden (Ron Rifkin, “Alias”) – Older brother of Nora Walker and works at Ojai Foods and once had a relationship with Nora’s husband’s mistress Holly Harper but in season 1, it was revealed that Saul was involved in a gay relationship.  In season 2, Saul comes out and admits he is a gay man.
  • Robert McCallister (Rob Lowe, “The West Wing”, “St. Elmo’s Fire”, “About Last Night”, “Oxford Blues”) – Married to Kitty Walker and is a Republican Senator in California.  Once a candidate for the US Presidency.
  • Holly Harper (Patricia Wettig, “Prison Break”, “Alias”) – Holly is the mistress of William Walker (for 20 years) and owns a large share of Ojai Foods. In season 2, she has become the Ojai Foods CEO.  Her relationship with her daughter Rebecca is not so strong.  She and Tommy Walker are business partners and own Walker Landing Winery.
  • Rebecca Harper (Emily VanCamp, “Everwood”) – The illegitimate daughter of William Walker and Holly Harper.  She works at Ojai Foods as an advertising executive and is secretly having a relationship with her step-brother Justin Walker.

Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Third Season features a total of 24 episodes are featured on six discs. In the third season, changes are afloat with Ojai Foods experiencing financial difficult.  That leaves the Walker family having to partner up with Holly Harper, the mistress of William Walker.  Throughout the third season, Kitty and Robert experience the highs of a family wanting to have children but also the lows as a family where their dedication to their careers interferes with their relationship. For Sarah, knowing that she has a family to take care of, she knows that her brother Tommy is becoming the main family member dedicated to the company.  As for Tommy, he starts to unearth things about his dead father and what he has done to the company, causing Tommy to make some decisions that can harm his position.  Kevin will see chances for him to advance his career, but he will have to make a difficult decision of whether or not he should stay true to the person he loves and to himself or to do what he can to become a partner at his law firm.  As for Justin, he tries his best to clean up, especially now that he has found love with Rebecca but has issues with recruiting people for the military. Meanwhile, last season’s bombshell that William may have had another illegitimate child, will become a significant issue for season three.  If anything, relationships and family will be tested more than ever and whether or not the family matriarch, Nora can keep the family together is going to be important. Here is a spoiler-less summary of the 24 episodes from season three: DISC 1:

  • EPISODE 40 – Glass Houses - Sarah has more problems with Holly being appointed as the new C.E.O.   Norah drops a bombshell on Holly.
  • EPISODE 41 – Book Burning – Kitty finds out that a book that her friend wrote about her thoughts of Robert (her husband) and his campaign and tries to hide from him.
  • EPISODE 42 – Tug of War – Justin is being hailed a hero for rescuing a soldier but inside, he is torn by having to recruit soldiers for the war.  Meanwhile, Sarah and Saul make life-changing decisions.
  • EPISODE 43 – Everything Must Go – Nora wants to raise money for charity and thus has a garage sale.  Holly wants to build her relationship with her daughter Rebecca.

DISC 2:

  • EPISODE 44 – You Get What You Need - Rebecca discovers something about her mother, meanwhile Scotty’s parents arrive in town and Scotty is not so thrilled that Kevin can’t fit them into his schedule.
  • EPISODE 45 – Bakersfield – Nora and Kitty make a trip to Bakersfield to meet up with George Lafferty and learn more about Ryan.  Meanwhile, Kitty and Robert have news on their adoption plans.  Meanwhile, Kevin and Tommy get into a fight.
  • EPISODE 46 – Do You Believe in Magic? - Tommy and Julia celebrate their anniversary but what happens when George Lafferty arrives?  Meanwhile, Kevin has information on Robert and confronts him about it.
  • EPISODE 47 – Going Once… Going Twice – Scotty gets a promotion and Kevin notices that he has gotten a paycut, so to make himself feel better, he goes out and buys a house.  Justin tries to find a boyfriend for Saul.

DISC 3:

  • EPISODE 48 – Unfinished Business – Kitty and Robert take a huge step in their adoption, meanwhile Holly makes a decision in the winery without consulting with Tommy.  Meanwhile, Nora tricks her songs into helping the guys into reconstructing the charity house.
  • EPISODE 49 – Just a Sliver – The Walker family sans Nora and Sarah, spend their Thanksgiving away from home and leaving mom and daughter alone for the holiday.  Meanwhile, something happens to Elizabeth.
  • EPISODE 50 – A Father Dreams – With Elizaeth’s ailing health, Kevin and Tommy get into another confrontation.  Meanwhile, Kitty prepares for a promotional tour for her book on Robert.
  • EPISODE 51 – Sibling Rivalry – Kitty goes on “Live with Regis & Kelly” to promote her book.  As for Sarah, she encounters financial trouble and Kevin has to keep Robert’s secret away from his sister Kitty.

DISC 4:

  • EPISODE 52 – It’s Not Easy Being Green - Sarah throws a party to launch Greenatopia.  Meanwhile, Sarah’s business partner Ethan drops a bombshell.
  • EPISODE 53 – Owning It – The President of Wexley University offers Kitty a job as a principal but must make a decision for either pursuing her career or becoming a mother.  Tommy decides to go behind Holly’s back.  Meanwhile, Robert tells his secret to Kitty.
  • EPISODE 54 – Lost and Found – Kitty has a bit interview with Times Magazine but someone kills the interview.  Meanwhile, Nora invites Ryan to her home.
  • EPISODE 55 – Troubled Waters – Part 1 – Kitty and The Walker family await the birth of a newborn, meanwhile something terrible happens to one of their own.  Rebecca also discovers some devastating information about the Crawford deal and goes to her father, easily angering her mother Holly.

DISC 5:

  • EPISODE 56 – Troubled Waters – Part 2 – While Kitty rejoices for the birth of her new baby, Sarah breaks bad news about Robert to Kitty.  Meanwhile, Rebecca and Holly discover damaging information about Tommy.  And Ryan makes a visit to the family.
  • EPISODE 57 – Taking Sides – After the situation that Robert was in, he is still driven to run for Governor despite Kitty now being against it.  Meanwhile, Saul and Sarah try to find ways to hide Tommy’s legal problems.  Meanwhile Ryan wants to get close to his new family but it may be a bit too quick for the Walker family.
  • EPISODE 58 – Spring Broken – Kevin and Justin take Tommy away for Spring Break in order to have some brotherly bonding.  Meanwhile, Kitty, Sarah and Norah try to get to know Ryan.
  • EPISODE 59 – Missing – Justin is not liking how Ryan is getting a bit too close to Rebecca.  Meanwhile, Tommy goes missing and things are not going well between Kitty and Robert.

DISC 6:

  • EPISODE 60 – S3X – With Holly considering that she may drop charges against Tommy, the family hope Tommy returns home and as for Sarah, another career change.  Meanwhile, Kitty starts to show some doubts about her marriage to Robert.
  • EPISODE 61 – Julia – With Tommy not having returned back home, Julia makes a major decision with or without the Walker family’s help.  Meanwhile, Rebecca starts to realize something about Ryan.  And Kitty starts spending time with another father at the park and Robert finds out.  Thus escalating the problems between the two of them.
  • EPISODE 62 – Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off – Things continue to look bad between Kitty and Robert and Kitty starts to remember memories about her father. Ryan discovers information in regards to his mother.  Meanwhile, Holly and Sarah get into a major argument, while Ryan starts to see how things are with the Walker family.  Justin steps up in his relationship with Rebecca.
  • EPISODE 63 – Mexico -  Kevin tries to become a referee between Robert and Kitty’s marriage as Robert wants to focus on his governor campaign and Kitty wants to move to California and raise their child and looks as if they hit a wall with their marriage. Nora and the Walker family take a trip to Mexico to confront Tommy. Meanwhile, Saul reveals to Holly about what happened between William and Ryan’s mother and now, wants to make amends for his part in it.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

Video is featured in Widescreen (1:78:1), enhanced for 16×9 televisions.  There are a lot of outdoor and indoor shots and “Brothers and Sisters” does have quite a bit of grain but nothing too distracting.  But for the most part, picture quality is satisfactory. Audio is featured in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, the show is mostly dialogue-based but there are quite a bit of music featured in the episodes, but the audio is pretty much front and center channel driven and audio is clear.  There are no really need for major sound effects for “Brothers and Sisters” but for the most part, dialogue and background music are heard quite clearly.  My receiver setup preference was set as “Stereo on all Channels”.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Third Season” comes with the following special features: DISC 1:

  • ABC Starter Kit – If you hit play all on disc 1, you will get the ABC Starter Kit which briefly explains about what happened in the previous seasons of “Brothers and Sisters”.
  • The Ojai Experience – (12:44) Co-producer Sparky Hawes talks about bringing the cast on a trip to a real family-owned winery in Ojai and how it works.  The cast talks about their experiences at the winery and see the complexities of seeing a family running a winery and their daily challenges.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of three deleted scenes which include: You Hurt Your Sister (:55), Prospective Family (1:47) and You’re Gonna Be Late (:29)

DISC 2:

  • In-Between Scenes - (6:35) How the talents are behind-the-scenes during filming such as a pull up contest, toy robot fighting game and other behind-the-scenes fun among a few of the cast members.  How the set has a family atmosphere and the beautiful locations where the show is shot and also behind-the-scenes on some scenes especially the garage sale for the episode “Everything Must go”.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of four deleted scenes which include: I Want to See You (:20), She Could Grow a Conscience (:36), The Walkers are Seductive (1:18) and The Dog House (:34).

DISC 3:

  • The Mothers of Brothers & Sisters – (10:18) The writers, producers and talent talk about the mothers on the show and how many talents see Sally Field’s Nora similar to their own mother and Sally Field talks about how many people come up to her and tell her that her character is like their mother and more.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of two deleted scenes which include Robert Confronts his Past (2:14) and Behind Closed Doors (:14).

DISC 4:

  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary for “Troubled Waters, Part 1″ with Actors Rob Lowe and Matthew Rhys and Executive Producer Monica Owusu-Breen.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of three deleted scenes which include Hottest Woman On the Planet (:30), We Have Issues (2:06) and Thank You (:44).

DISC 5:

  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary for “Troubled Waters, Part 2″ with Actors Rob Lowe and Matthew Rhys and Executive Producer Monica Owusu-Breen.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of three deleted scenes which include This Is All Weird To Me (:59), Calm Down Mom (:23) and Robert’s Discovery (2:05).

DISC 6:

  • Audio Commentary – Audio commentary for “Mexico” with Executive Producers Alison Schapker, Monica Owusu-Breen and Ken Olin.
  • Bloopers & Outtakes – (5:03) “Brothers & Sisters” Season Three Blooper Reel.
  • Deleted Scenes – A total of four deleted scenes which include News About Tommy (1:19), Good Night (:41), I Just Want To be With You (:29), and Knowing What You Do (:56).

“Brothers and Sisters” definitely had quite a bit of surprising moments for the third season.  For the first half of the season, our attention was focused on the family dynamics with Kitty and Robert focusing on adoption, Saul’s sexuality and wanting to come out, Justin and Rebecca’s relationship and starting to feel disconnected with the military and of course, Sarah and Tommy trying to keep the business afloat.  While Nora, was being a mother as usual and involved in her family’s lives and trying to find out more about Williams other illegitimate child Ryan. But I guess, what surprised me the most was seeing how Kitty and Robert’s marriage had this major change during the second half was a bit of a surprise.  As for the character of Tommy, with rumors on the entertainment gossip blogs that Balthazar Getty was leaving the show, now I’m not sure if Tommy is even going to be a factor in future episodes, let alone seasons.  But the hype around something bad was going to happen with a character in the series definitely made things more exciting and seeing what was going to happen in the “Troubled Waters” episodes, but the episode did set the tone for the second half of the season. As for the DVD, the DVD is a solid release but I did find it interesting that instead of putting the deleted scenes in one disc (since most of them are quite short), they spread them out on all discs.  I wish there were more audio commentary with someone in the Walker family included on the disc but overall, the amount of special features should make fans content with the box set. Overall, “Brothers and Sisters” had a solid third season and definitely it will be interesting to see where the writers take the series for it’s fourth.  If you have invested in the previous two seasons, “Brothers and Sisters – The Complete Third Season” is definitely worth recommending!

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