BOB HART OUT OF THE BOX
FIRST, a confession: I have a daughter who has been hooked on this series since the first episode. At first, I could not understand this. And when I stayed with her, I would hide under the couch on Sunday nights, which is when it screens in the US, where she lives.
Then she told me, huffily, that Rachel Griffiths was in it, and Sally Field, and Calista Flockhart, and so I watched a couple of episodes.
It’s a soap. A supersoap because it has a superstars. But if it’s slippery like soap and lathers like soap, it’s a soap. And soapy stuff happens, week in, week out. Involving soaperstars.
Tonight things are particularly soapy as the infuriating Nora Walker becomes clumsily over-excited, as usual, at the prospect of son Tommy (Bal- thazar Getty) returning home with a ‘‘ big surprise’’. Which turns out to be a fiancee. Gosh. Who saw that coming?
Anyway, the fiancee, Rose, is a real estate broker who hungrily admires the Walker family home in sedate Pasadena. This ruffles Nora’s feathers, naturally. Rose also has an obsessive interest in family trees and is hard at work on the Walkers.
Whereupon — and you will never guess this bit— she finds an irregularity between the date on Nora’s marriage certificate, on-line, and the date on which Nora always celebrates her anniversary. Whoa!
What can this mean? Is that a shotgun I see before me? This is a soap, remember. And in soaps, irregularities are what make the world turn, OK?
Do we need to know more about Nora’s mysterious early love interest? I think so.
Meanwhile, Kevin and Scotty, who are, you know, married, because this is California, and, anyway, their custody of little Olivia is a struggle, and there is a reason, other than the obvious. So they buy Olivia a gecko. That should do it, right? A gecko. Can I come out from under the couch yet? Brothers& Sisters Channel 7, 9.30pm
Surprise: Balthazar Getty