I find myself surprised by the fact that after two episodes, I’m still enjoying ABC’s BROTHERS & SISTERS. While I’m generally attracted to shows that feature complicated season-long mysterious (LOST), exciting espionage (ALIAS), or Aaron Sorkin’s writing (THE WEST WING/STUDIO 60), I find the family dynamics of BROTHERS & SISTERS oddly compelling. Sure every-time Ron Rifkin’s character appears on screen, I half expect Sydney Bristow to walk through the door, but my ALIAS obsession aside, the show is fascinating.
I find myself interested in whether the family business will be saved as well as how long it will take Sally Field’s matriarch to discover the truth about her husband (no doubt in November Sweeps!). That said, what I’m looking forward to most is an episode written by Greg Berlanti (episode 4 I’ve been told is his first). Berlanti, the creator of EVERWOOD and JACK & BOBBY has yet to put his mark on the show, and when he does, it can only mean great things for BROTHERS & SISTERS.
On the DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES front, another enjoyable episode highlighted by the [surprising] black baby popping out of Xiao Mei. Carlos’ line about the camera’s colour being ‘off’ was brilliant. Not surprisingly, Carlos and Gabriel’s story has become the highlight of the show. Susan had another funny episode, as she was forced to impersonate a brain surgeon. I loved how she escaped dinner with a ‘brain emergency’, “I’m sorry, his brain shut off!”. It will be interesting to see what happens when Mike inevitably wakes up and Susan finds herself in yet another love triangle. The Scavo story-line was also [thankfully] funny this week, thanks to a drunken dancing Nora. I wonder how many episodes it will be until Nora disappears. This TV addict’s prediction, Nora will get shot in the much buzzed about November Sweeps Supermarket Shooting — leaving Lynette and Tom with what will be a seventh child? I’ve lost count. Finally Bree and Orson, Wisteria Lanes creepiest couple. How long until Bree discovers the truth about Orson, and what on earth did Orson whisper to the dead body? Probably not ‘I’m Sorry.’