Episode PremiereFebruary 08, 2009
Show Period2006 - 2011
Production CompanyAfter Portsmouth, Berlanti, Touchstone TV
Cast and Crew
ScreenwriterCliff Olin, David Marshall Grant
- Balthazar Getty as Tommy Walker
- Calista Flockhart as Kitty Walker
- Sally Field as Nora Walker
- Dave Annable as Justin Walker
- Emily VanCamp as Rebecca Harper
- Matthew Rhys as Kevin Walker
- Patricia Wettig as Holly Harper
- Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Whedon
- Rob Lowe as Robert McCallister
- Ron Rifkin as Saul Holden
- Sarah Jane Morris as Julia Walker
- Gilles Marini as Luc Laurent
What's wrong with a little tradition?
Nora wants to throw a traditional baby shower for her daughter Kitty, but Sarah warns her mother that some traditions, like playing games, may not go over well with a modern crowd. After shushing her daughter, Nora quickly hustles her out of the house. Roger Grant is coming over for a "meeting." Yeah, that kind of meeting. But, before he comes over, Nora receives a mysterious 'ring and hang up' phone call. Who could that be?
After Nora 'meets' with Roger, he hustles out so quickly that he leaves his briefcase behind. Nora doesn't mean to snoop. Or does she? Right on top of Roger's papers is an invite to a reception being thrown by Roger AND Wendy Grant. Wait. Who's Wendy?
Well, don't jump to conclusions. Sarah guesses Wendy might be Roger's sister? Nope. Nora finds the answer on the Internet. Roger Grant is MARRIED! There's even pictures online of him and his wife Wendy together. As Nora says, "Oh my God, I'm Holly Harper." On that thought, she receives another ring and a hang up. Who keeps calling?
Roger returns to explain everything to Nora. Yes, he's married. BUT, he has an open marriage. He and Wendy are just like roommates, so he's free to sleep with whomever. Which all sounds a bit strange and 'modern' to Nora. She gives him the boot because she needs time to process. (We do, too.)
Then, the shower starts nicely enough . Of course, there's the requisite gossiping about Nora's bizarre sex triangle, but everybody has a pleasant time.
However, the shower takes a darker turn when Nora forces everybody to play her corny "Smell the Baby Food?" game, then maniacally rushes through the gift giving. As the overwhelming pile of presents grows, the final straw is when Nora pushes in an expensive stroller. KITTY BLOWS HER STACK! It seems a bit ungrateful, but we have to say Nora is being completely overbearing. Kitty runs out to get away.
The fight carries into the kitchen where Kitty screams at Nora for being too "traditional." Oooh, that was the wrong word to use. Nora starts yelling about how she's sick of everybody calling her "traditional" and "old fashioned" and she's not going to take it anymore. Now it's Nora's turn to storm out.
Eventually, after a couple glasses of wine, tempers cool down and Kitty and Nora apologize to each other. Kitty's just feels completely overwhelmed. Nora's freaked out about Roger. But, kiss, kiss. Hug, hug. Everybody's made up. The shower ends on a nice note.
The next day, at Ojai Foods, the board has voted on the Crawford Orchards deal. It sails through unanimously. After the vote, Rebecca speaks with Crawford's Kent Barnes who lets it slip that he originally first spoke with Tommy two months ago about making this deal. Oops.
We know Rebecca isn't dumb, she'll figure out that that's well before she thought she came up with the idea for the deal herself. And she does! But when she tells Justin her suspicions, he immediately backs his brother, telling Rebecca she must have it all wrong. That doesn't go over so well with her, so she storms out of Justin's apartment.
Surprisingly, Roger returns to see Nora, but she's quick to turn him down. He tries to convince her she's just being stubborn. She needs to be more "modern." But, being old-fashioned has nothing to do with it. Nora just wants to feel like she's woman enough to be all any one man needs. And considering who she used to be married to, she deserves that.
And there's two more final surprises:
1. After her argument with Justin, Rebecca has run off. To NYC. To see her father, David (Ken Olin). We're not sure what she's up to, though.
2. Those mysterious ring and hang ups that Nora's been getting? She gets another one and the person on the other end doesn't hang up this time. It's a teenage boy. Ryan Lafferty. We don't know who he is, but from the look on Nora's face we assume we're in for a major shock.