If you know the truth about something, but telling it will hurt someone, do you share it anyway? That was the question when the Walker clan had yet another dramatic tell-all family dinner. Is it just me or does Brothers & Sisters give us either an episode where nothing happens (Spa Trip 2007!) or one where everything happens? This episode was definitely the latter. But honestly, the writers are good enough to make either one entertaining.
So Nora officially has a crush on Isaac (guest star Danny Glover). She invited him to dinner since he, Robert, and Kitty were coming to L.A. for the weekend. Too nervous to be alone with Isaac, Nora guilted Sarah into guilting all the other kids to come over as well. (Cue Sarah's awesome ''Mom's hot for a Republican!'' dance, which maintained her status as my favorite Walker. Kevin remained a close second thanks to his looks of exasperation throughout the show.)
Before we got to the dinner, other story lines had to be set in motion. Justin told Lena that he likes what they have together — um, sex? — and that she shouldn't feel bad that she boned his married brother. Knowing that Nora was sensing some kind of tension between Justin and Tommy (''It's like chum in the water for her. She can smell the blood, and she's circling''), Kevin mediated a temporary truce so the two brothers would attend Nora's dinner. Justin lied to Kevin and Tommy and said he and Lena were through. I wish I knew what men saw in Lena that they can't get anywhere else. And also, why is Justin so adamant that Tommy is like their father? It feels like it goes deeper than Lena-gate.
Kevin himself was telling a lie, by omission, to Scotty. Jason e-mailed that he was coming home from Malaysia and wanted to have lunch (and God willing, a shower!), and Kevin decided not to tell Scotty about any of it because Scotty is already insecure about Kevin's residual feelings for Reverend Boyfriend. Speaking of omission, I guess that's what Robert thought not telling Kitty that he doesn't want a new baby now was. In my book, since Kitty point-blank asked him if he wanted children and repeatedly told him that politics wasn't the only time-sensitive issue they were dealing with, Senator McWaffler was wrong.
Also happening before the Walkers broke bread at Nora's: a resolution to Robert's helicopter scandal. Isaac suggested that the only way to save the McCallister presidential campaign was for the senator to face a group of hostile veterans in an honest, unscripted, televised town hall. I'm not sure if the show's writers want us to wonder whether Isaac is really in Robert's corner, but I do. Still, the town hall ultimately went well for Robert, who admitted that he froze for 23 seconds when he was a 25-year-old soldier but said he was a different man now. He also said that we need to support the people who have to choose every day between bad and worse alternatives. How are veterans not going to support that? Even with their applause, Robert didn't get the boost in the polls he needed, and so Isaac suggested they leak the info they've been sitting on regarding Robert's main competition for the Republican nomination. His opponent, Governor Adamson, has a developmentally challenged son whom he's never publicly acknowledged; moreover, Adamson has a record of voting against programs for people with disabilities. Kitty agreed with Isaac, who has a child with special needs himself, that the time had come to play Adamson's game of negative campaigning. But unlike Kitty, Robert didn't want to play dirty, even if the information they were holding against the governor was true.
NEXT: Spilled beans and just deserts