Brothers and Sisters is a drama series that ran for five seasons from 2006 to 2011.The series details the lives of the Walker family. Patriarch William Walker runs his family fruit business, Ojai Foods, with one son and daughter and his brother-in-law. Another daughter works in politics, one son is a vet from Afghanistan with an addiction problem, and the other is a gay attorney. William's wife, Nora, is the heart of the family. When William dies, his family not only loses their patriarch, but finds themselves suddenly privy to secrets they wish had never been exposed...The series was produced by ABC and can be extremely funny. The show could switch from high drama to high comedy within the same episode, or even the same scene.The Walker family, are detailed here.For some unearthly reason, the show features featured Rob Lowe as a Republican Senator. From California.—
Convenient Miscarriage: Kitty becomes pregnant while she and Robert are dating, but not married, and he is running for the Republican presidential nomination. The problem this could pose with voters is defused when Kitty loses the baby.
Daddy DNA Test: Early on Kevin wanted one done to prove that Rebecca really was William's daughter. Everyone treated this as extremely rude and unreasonable. This was ironic because a season later she went and got one herself that proved that she was in fact the daughter of Holly's ex-boyfriend David.
Family Business: Ojai Foods. When an investment decision went badly, Holly Harper stepped in to bail the company out in return for a controlling interest. Then she got cleaned out via a Ponzi scheme and the company eventually closed down. Then they found water in a property William Walker bought. Then they had the pile-up.
Fridge Brilliance: For the greater part of the first two seasons we are lead to believe that Rebecca is the illegitimate daughter of William Walker and his mistress, Holly Harper. However Holly and William both have light blue eyes while Rebecca has brown eyes, making them being her biological parents near genetically impossible. This makes the reveal that Rebecca's father is another man (who has brown eyes) far more reasonable.
Geeky Turn-On: Kitty and Robert have sex in their office after a vigorous policy discussion.
Happy Marriage Charade: Nora and William. She knew that he was cheating, but went into willful denial when he swore he would end (that particular) affair. He presented himself as the picture of the morally-upright, traditionalist husband and father, while keeping up a mistress on the side long enough for it to border on bigamy, as well as cheating on both his wife and mistress by having affairs with other women. Kitty and Justin take it especially hard when they learn the truth.
Hollywood Law: Necessary to a number of storylines, but most especially in the case of Holly. As California is a community property state, Nora could have technically challenged William's leaving Holly some of his assets in court given that she was William's legal wife and Holly was a mistress.
How We Got Here: One episode opens with Nora, Sarah and Rebecca entering a hotel lift, their hair dishevelled. It's implied they've all had sex. None of them had. Nora passed out drunk while kissing Roger Grant, Sarah merely had a lot of alcoholic drinks and Rebecca spent the night alone in the honeymoon suite after Justin went to help a Addicts Anonymous sponsee.
The St. Valentine episode of season 1 also opened with the end; Kitty in bed with McCallister, Justin with Tyler, Kevin with Scotty, all calling each other and Sarah, who didn't have sex, and finally Nora, who ends up being calling from... jail.
Lampshade Hanging: In one episode, Sarah tells Nora about her ex-husband remarrying his first wife and going on a month-long honeymoon to Europe with her kids. Nora responds that she stopped watching those trashy soap operas in 1982.
Law of Inverse Fertility: Tommy and Kitty both experience this. Justin is also disappointed that his sperm are apparently less spunky than Kevin's, who is in turn apparently less fertile than Scotty.
Saul, who doesn't understand why men, even gay men, would have any interest in baby showers or other female-oriented activities.
Kevin, Jason, and Chad also qualify. Scotty eventually makes it too.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Kevin's boyfriend, Jason; the actor left to film a new show, so the producers brought back Season One boyfriend, Scotty, albeit a little more mature and subdued, making him more like the character he was replacing.
Switch to English: Sarah is in France and attempts to ask for directions from a Frenchman. After much struggling, the Frenchman casually reveals he can speak English and the rest of their conversations stays in English.
Tangled Family Tree: Rebecca's the daughter of Holly and William, no wait, the daughter of Holly and David; now there's a Ryan who's the son of William and some random dead woman; plus, Tommy's daughter Elizabeth is really Kevin's daughter because he donated sperm...confused yet?
Token Minority: Robert and Kitty's adopted baby Evan is African-American. Also, Kevin and Scotty's adopted daughter Olivia, who is Latino.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Rebecca pulls one of these after she and Joe kiss in order to stay in the Walkers' good graces. She does eventually tell the truth, but only to ease her own conscience, as the damage is already done.