Rob Lowe ended up dying in that car crash. Tragic. But at least he died pretty.
DO YOU need a minute to get your emotions under control? Or has that ship sailed for you and Brothers & Sisters? I remember Rob Lowe’s first death scene, the one in the carpark. He’d just finished talking at a rally, political career couldn’t have been rosier, he’s on his way back to the Escalade — or maybe that’s a detail I just made up for our benefit — it probably wasn’t an Escalade, even if he was a Republican. I seem to recall he was even starting to look sweaty and that bad colour at the rally, and again, I could easily just be embellishing this story.
But he was definitely starting to struggle to walk and when he clutched his chest, or his arm, and keeled over. We thought it was all over, then. The show, I mean. Because once Rob Lowe left Brothers & Sisters, it was goodnight Irene.
I’m sure Sally Field thought everyone was watching it to see her, but they weren’t.
The ratings fell to the ground quicker than Rob Lowe having a heart attack.
But he lived, weak as a kitten, and so was the show. (Try putting Rob Lowe out the front of a movie though and see what happens. It’ll die too. Funny old paradox.)
He and Kitty had problems, she slept with another bloke I think, or sat next to one on a park bench, and Rob Lowe ended up dying, for good this time, in that car crash. Tragic. But at least he died pretty.
And now here’s Kitty getting off with a 27-year-old named Seth. She and her sister Sarah always have younger guys on this show. This reinforces their attractiveness, and therefore their audience’s attractiveness, and it makes them — everyone — feel better about themselves.
Monday night, for the last ever episode, Sarah — Rachel Griffiths — is marrying the French supermodel/artist lover she met in her dream sequence. When I write it like that, on paper, and read it, it sounds like the most ridiculous thing ever.
This show, hats off, always managed to turn nothing into something. Nothing ever really happened on this show. It’s not set in a hospital or a law firm, they’ve got nothing to rely on but an insular family and Sally Field’s long-dead husband who had a secret other life.
On the last show, for instance, there’s a situation with the wedding cake. It doesn’t show up, emergency cup cakes have to be pulled out of nowhere. Someone wants someone else to come to the wedding but Sarah doesn’t want him to come, so Kitty and Kevin, who is also the wedding planner, sing a song from their childhood, which makes her laugh and relent.
Sarah also has to decide on her ‘‘ something old’’ part of that ancient wedding equation.
‘‘ Maybe I could be my own something old,’’ she says to her mother and sister and Kevin as they look through a box of costume jewellery.
As Sarah’s young daughter pads her bra I thought, yep, I know where you got that padding from girly — the script.
I hoped for one brief moment there was going to be some unsavoury Australian incident, because on the DVD Channel 7 sent out it’s got written ‘‘ Walker Down The Isle’’. And I thought, yes, very clever, very titillating.
Um, no. They just couldn’t spell aisle.
Last ever: Patricia Wettig, Ron Rifkin, Dave Annable and Sally Field in