Episode PremiereFebruary 15, 2009
Show Period2006 - 2011
Production CompanyAfter Portsmouth, Berlanti, Touchstone TV
Cast and Crew
ScreenwriterMichael Foley, Jennifer Levin
- 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
Yup, that's right. Another Walker.
Nora hurries and packs her things for a trip up to Berkeley to see to Ryan Lafferty (Luke Grimes), the teenage college student who has called her out of the blue. Although raised by another couple, Ryan is William Walker's biological son. Nora is dying to meet him for the first time and can't get out of the house quick enough. Good. We can't wait to meet him, either!
Justin repeatedly calls Rebecca's cell phone and leaves a series of intensely frantic - and increasingly angrier - messages. But she refuses to pick up or call back. She wakes up, relaxed as can be, on David's - her fatherâ€™s - NYC sofa bed. Her phone rings again and she just ignores it.
In Berkeley, Ryan is shocked to see Nora. He wasn't expecting she would fly up so quickly. He seems like a very shy, nervous kid - and treats Nora a little coldly. That's not so cool.
But later, once Ryan's shock wears off, he's much warmer towards Nora. So, we're warming up to him. He's just a confused kid. Nora shows him pictures of William, the first time he's seen his biological father. Ryan asks if Nora ever met his mother, whom she never did. She's dead now, too, so that'll never happen.
In NYC, Rebecca tries bonding with her dad while he hangs some of his photographs in an art gallery. He has a big show coming up. But, back home, Holly grills Justin about Rebecca's whereabouts. Justin a) still has no idea where his girlfriend is; and b) almost lets it slip about Rebecca's suspicion that Tommy is trying to force Holly out of Ojai Foods. There's a big shouting match and Holly storms out.
Later that night, Rebecca has made dinner for her dad. He's grateful ... but not stupid either. He's picked up on Rebecca acting strangely and grills her about it. Of course, she gets defensive, throws it all back on him like he's a weirdo for being suspicious and runs out, but not without telling him first, "My mom was right. You only care about yourself." Cheap shot.
Holly, suspecting something's up, visits Saul and shows him the contracts covering the sale of Crawford Orchards to Ojai Foods. One thing particularly strikes her eye. The contract says Ojai is actually buying the orchard from a company called Omni, Inc., not Crawford. Saul says the contract looks like it's on the up and up and that Omni is probably just some random holding company. But, the look in his eye, we know that he knows that this is exactly the plan he warned Tommy from putting into motion.
David, playing the role of properly concerned parent, tracks Rebecca down to a local bar. He apologizes for grilling her and apparently having a beer has chilled her out. She trusts him now, so she unloads on him her own suspicions about Tommy.
The next morning, Nora has a surprise for Ryan. She hands him a plane ticket and insists he fly down to Los Angeles to meet his siblings. He's understandably a little weirded out, but Nora has that way about her, you know. She gets him to agree to come down for the weekend.
And maybe Holly saw that look in Saul's eye, too. She visits a lawyer who delivers the bad news: Omni, Inc. is a holding company created by Tommy Walker just a few weeks earlier. Holly puts the pieces together right away. With the stock she sold to Omni to buy Crawford, Tommy is going to shut her out of Ojai.
As for Ryan? At the last minute he backs out of his trip to L.A. We can't blame him and, anyway, something tells us we're going to see him again sooner than later.
Finally, Rebecca prepares to fly home and face the music. But what she doesn't expect - and neither did we - is David flying out with her. She seems cool with it, though, so hopefully father and daughter bonding will be a good thing.