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: You know what, I've talked to the others. You took Tommy surfing the other day, you took Sarah and the kids to the zoo, you've asked me to go to the museum tomorrow. What are you going to do with Kitty, take her to the Reagan library? Justin Walker
: Why are you busting my chops, mom? Nora Walker
: Because I know what you're doing. Justin Walker
: I'm not doing anything, okay? I'm saying goodbye to my family because I'm... Nora Walker
: What? Finish the sentence. Justin Walker
: Because I'm going to Iraq, mom. Nora Walker
: That's not what you're thinking.
: Mom, I'm going to a place where people are getting blown up on a daily basis, okay? There's a very real possibility that I'm not gonna come back... Nora Walker
: Stop! Stop. If you go back believing something's going to happen to you, then something's going to happen to you. Justin Walker
: What do you want me to do, pretend I'm invincible? Nora Walker
: I want you to know as deeply and surely as I do that you are coming home. And that is the only thought you should have in your head.
: Well, if you feel you're ready to move out, then... Kitty Walker
: Ready? Why wouldn't I be ready? Nora Walker
: Of course you're ready. And I will miss you, probably terribly. But let's face it, you're a little old to be living with your mother. Kitty Walker
: Oh you know what, mom, why do you have to insult me, why don't you just come out and tell me that you're gonna miss me? Nora Walker
: Why can't you just come out and say you're scared to move out? Why do you have to make me into this clinging neurotic mother who's trying to force you to stay? Sarah Whedon
: Wow, it's like the passive-aggressive Olympics here today.
: I'm sorry about my family. Nora Walker
: You never have to apologize for family. Besides, it's refreshing to be the tame ones for a change.
: I can't believe you did that! This dress is couture! Nora Walker
: I'm sure it's been stained before!
: Sarah, you're such a good mom. I know you're not a quitter, sweetheart. I wasn't either, and maybe that's why I never let myself see what was really happening. I stood by your father blindly, no matter what. I don't want you to make the same mistakes I did, I don't want you to. You have to decide whether you can ever trust Joe again or not, and if you can't... Sarah Whedon
: What if I can?
: Holly, I'm going to tell you something you don't want to hear. You have to let him go. I did.
: I don't *want* to be Jewish, I thought we *are* Jewish. Nora Walker
: We're secular humanists, honey. Paige Whedon
: Secu-what? Sarah Whedon
: Okay, Mrs Sartre, that's enough.
: So wait, we're not having Christmas? Well, that sucks! Nora Walker
: We are having Christmas and Hanukkah. Both. Bells, whistles, latkas, ornaments, carols, the works. Kitty Walker
: I think it's great. I think it's great that we're finally embracing our multiculturalism. Uncle Saul will be in heaven. Wait a minute, Martha Stewart has Hanukkah recipes?
: [to Holly
] I came here to forgive you. From the bottom of my heart. William was a strong and generous man, and he always took care of the people he loved. The thing is, he loved two women. It's as simple as that.
: He never wanted to be a soldier. That's what you and your father never understood, he just wanted your approval. You were supposed to say no, you were supposed to say, we love you too much to get hurt like this, no! And now I don't know where my son is. I need you to help me find him, please. Please!
: I really don't think this is very healthy. Fawn
: What's not? Nora Walker
: Medicating, sleeping all day. You know, you don't look well. I don't think this situation is working out for you, is it?... So let's get ourselves up, get dressed, take your trash and go home!
: You ungrateful child! You don't care about anyone but yourself, how did you get that way? You know what losing your father has done to me, and yet you take your life and throw it around like it was worthless. Why? Justin Walker
: Because I wish I was dead! Don't you understand that, I wish I had died over there, mom! Nora Walker
: Well, you didn't die. And I'll be damned if I'll stand around and watch you kill yourself!
: He did love you though. He did. Nora Holden Walker
: But he didn't give up anything to do it. What kind of love is that?
: Nora? Nora Walker
: Yes? Would you care for some more lamb? Warren Salter
: No thank you. What's going on? Nora Walker
: What do you mean? Warren Salter
: Well, why isn't anyone but us talking? Nora Walker
: Oh... Well, they all think that I don't know that my husband had an affair with that women Holly over there; a long one, with a cunning little cottage built for two to go with it. Yes, Warren, you see they all think I'm living in the dark and they're terrified that I'm going to figure it all out tonight. And in their panic and obliviousness and their eagerness to handle me they've lost their very basic ability to conduct themselves in a social circumstance. It's very sad, but there it is... Will someone please pass the mango-peach salsa to Scotty.
: You guys done the dance with no pants? Nora Walker
: Sarah! Sarah Walker
: What? Come on, one of us should be having sex, and sadly it's not me. Nora Walker
: Well, it's not me either. Just because I brought a friend to the party does not mean we're sleeping together. I mean, you brought two men with you, I'm not accusing you of having a menage-a-trois. Sarah Walker
: Mom! Nora Walker
: You're the one who brought up sex. Sarah Walker
: Well, I regret it.
: I can't help feeling there's something looming on the horizon. Saul Holden
: Oh, that's a bit over-dramatic, wouldn't you say? Nora Walker
: Even the fortune teller said that. Saul Holden
: Now who's buying into magic? Nora Walker
: She said someone would come into our lives that would cause great upheaval. Saul Holden
: She said that I would meet a nice woman and I would settle down.
: You just don't believe anyone can succeed without your help. There you go, Kevin Walker to the rescue. But you know what? Maybe some people would really like to do things without your help. Maybe we don't want to be rescued, maybe we'd like you to mind your own business. Kevin Walker
: I think you're being really unfair, because you always said how happy you were when Dad surprised you with our house. Paul
: Your dad the cheater? Justin Walker
: Not now, Paul. Nora Walker
: I pretended to be happy. God, all the years I pretended to be happy with what was handed to me, as if it were inconceivable I might actually have an opinion of my own. You know what, the men in this family need to learn they can't barge into every situation like a bull in a china shop, thinking they can fix everything themselves!
: Holy crap! I just bought a house!
: I'm just trying to be nice. Kitty Walker
: I don't want nice, I want my mother.
: Listen, we're giving a birthday dinner tonight for Kitty, would you like to come? See Rebecca? Holly Harper
: I'd love to! I mean, unless, I mean, I don't want to impose. Nora Walker
: Holly, you being here at my husband's grave site, that's an imposition. You sharing a taco with your daughter I can live with.
: Mom, the cat is out of the bag. Nora Walker
: Put it back in!
: I wasn't really sure I was going to tell you this, but I realize my whole family knows about it, it's really only a matter of time until you find out. And I want to be here when you do. Holly Harper
: Find out about what? Nora Walker
: Oh Holly, it must feel so good sitting here and looking around at what was once William's world. But you don't know the half of it. He had another lover. And they had a child together. A boy, Ryan. Holly Harper
: I don't believe you. Nora Walker
: Yes, you do.
: My God, Saul. What have you done?
: This is Dad's legacy, Mom. He put me in charge. He left it up to me. Nora Walker
: Maybe he shouldn't have, Sarah. Ojai was his company, not yours. You should never have been pressured to walk in his footsteps; he never gave you that choice. He picked you. From the time you were a little girl he saw something in you. And I... I let him have you. Sarah, listen to me. If Ojai goes down... maybe it's a good thing. Maybe it's time to let it go. And then finally you could be your own person. Sarah Walker
: I am, Mom. Dad didn't force this on me, I wanted it. I always did.
[studying the side effects of the hormones Kitty is taking
] Nora Walker
: Bloating, weight gain... Julia Walker
: Been there. Nora Walker
: Irritability, mood swings... Julia Walker
: Done that. Nora Walker
: Facial... Facial hair? Kitty McCallister
: Oh, I know! You know, when Robert lost the election I thought he was going to do that thing, you know that thing that they do? They gain weight and they grow a beard? Well, it turns out that I'm going to be the one looking like Al Gore.
: I'm not moving away because I need to replace your father or I'm afraid to be alone or whatever else you can think of. I'm leaving to get away from all of you! You think I don't notice all the eye-rolling and sighing, the little looks you give each other every time I open my mouth? You're constantly complaining that I'm manipulative and I'm controlling and I invade your life. Well, take a good look in the mirror, my darling children! I try to change one thing in my life and you all launch so many covert actions you might as well be the CIA. Oh God, it felt so good to make a decision for myself without taking everyone else's feelings into account. No, I'm doing this for me. And frankly, it's about damn time!
: [reading from book cover
] "A Family in Politics," by Kitty Walker. Justin Walker
: Did she write that? Nora Walker
: Oh yes, she wrote it. We all come off like a bunch of ridiculous caricatures. Okay, listen. "My mother, easily a blue-stater, claims to be 'socially progressive.' She's even got an arrest for possession of marihuana under her belt." My criminal record is now public knowledge? Justin Walker
: You know, it's a misdemeanor, Mom. Nora Walker
: Says the drug addict!
: Robert, I understand you're feeling protective. But this is between Kitty and us. Robert McCallister
: No, tonight is about Kitty and me. It's not about anybody else. All you needed to do was keep your opinions to yourself for two hours! Nora Walker
: We tried. Robert McCallister
: Well, you didn't try hard enough. Look, I spend all my time dealing with spoiled, self-centered politicians, and tonight I feel like I never left D.C.! Nora Walker
: Well, we aren't politicians, Robert, we're human beings, and we don't know how to hide our feelings and pretend everything is hunky-dory! Robert McCallister
: It's not pretending, it's being considerate. Nora Walker
: I am considerate. I consider all my children all the time, and you don't know what it's like to feel that you've been betrayed by one of them. Robert McCallister
: No, I know how you feel. I know how all of you feel, because the minute you have a feeling you start spewing with complete disregard for anybody else like a bunch of children. You're adults, get a filter!
: Sarcasm is the refuge for people who know they're wrong and are on the ropes.
: I was... I am in awe of you, Sarah. You became the woman I always wanted to be. And you did it all without losing your softness or your goodness. I love all my children. But I have so much respect for you, Sarah.
: I have always wanted you desperately to find somebody to love. Saul Holden
: How do you know that I haven't? Nora Walker
: Stop talking in circles. Saul Holden
: Nora, I am not who you think I am. Nora Walker
: My husband was in love with another woman for most of our marriage. Saul Holden
: Well, I was in love with a man.
: Well, who knows. Maybe we'll be friends some day. Nora Walker
: Maybe. But not today.
[Nora shouts into thin air
] Nora Walker
: I hate you, William Walker! You're a selfish son of a bitch! Kitty McCallister
: Oh, Mom, stop! Nora Walker
: Don't stop me. - You never loved anyone but yourself and your stupid penis!
: Oh Saul, you and William built Ojai from nothing. Why can't we do that here? Build another family legacy, something that will live on way past us. Something that doesn't include Holly!
] Nora Walker
: I've never done anything like this before, I've never believed in anything so strongly. This is my Ojai!
: What are you trying to prove? Justin Walker
: That I'm still me.
: Look, I love you guys more than anything in the whole world, and I've been doing a lot of thinking over the last few days. I can't just sit here and let these people tear apart my family like this. God, Kitty, they almost killed you. Kitty Walker
: No, Justin, I'm fine, I'm here now, it's okay. Justin Walker
: I know, okay, but the same thing could happen tomorrow, or they could do something even worse. It's just not right. Nora Walker
: Justin, what's the matter? Justin Walker
: Nothing's the matter... I enlisted today.
: Oh, Stan, I was so madly in love with you. Why did you leave? You ran off to Canada, you left everything. Your family, your friends, me. Stan Harris
: I wasn't enough for you. Nora Walker
: What are you talking about? Stan Harris
: You love the fight you can't win. You already had me. I mean, even then I knew I wasn't a challenge.
: Woo, what are you all dressed up for? Nora Walker
: I'm not dressed up. Kitty Walker
: You're wearing a push-up bra. Nora Walker
: This is not a... it's a French cup... I got it on sale... You know, it wouldn't hurt you to wear a bra every now and then!
: This may be a cocktail party, but I don't know which blanket that little piggy's going to be under, if you get my drift. Nora Walker
: I don't even know what that means.
: [Robert opens the front door to find Nora and Justin lurking
] Mom! What are you doing? Nora Walker
: Nothing, nothing. I just got here and found Justin here lurking... Justin Walker
: I wasn't lurking. Nora Walker
: Then why didn't you go in? Justin Walker
: Because Kitty was yelling at the senator, Mom.
: Even last year, even with William's death, amidst it all there was always this sense of reason to it. But not with this. This time there's only pain. That's why I want him to take his medication. The only good that will come out of any of this is when it finally stops.
: It would be so great. We could stay up late, Kitty, and plan your wedding. Sarah, we could get some serious talking in about you and Joe's situation. We could regroup and get perspective. It would be so great, a real girls' getaway. Yeah! Kitty Walker
, Sarah Whedon
: So I have an interview with Senator McCallister, but then when I come back I'd love to help. Nora Walker
: Oh Kitty, sweetie-pie, I don't know how to say this delicately, but I'm not cremating anything. Kitty Walker
: You know, I am an excellent cook, in fact some people even call me a chef. Nora Walker
: Some with a really good sense of humor.
: I'm sorry, but when I packed I didn't realize I was going to be walking into Caligula's bathhouse. Nora Walker
: [holding up bra
] Well, what did you pack for? Kitty Walker
: I packed for work. Warren and I are... you know, we're preparing for a very big interview. Nora Walker
: Is that the euphemism of choice these days? Kitty Walker
: You know, mother, you're just trying to defer the attention because Dave came up here to remodel *you*.
: This is not a class. You're asking me out. Is this because I wouldn't go out on a date with you? If it is mister, let me tell you this is sexual harassment and I don't plan to take that lying down. Mark August
: The jokes that are running through my head right now. Nora Walker
: Well, keep them there.
: Where did they hide the booze? Tell me, really, I'm not joking. Saul Holden
: Nora, if I knew where it was I'd be drunk by now.
: You know, it is so amusing watching you panic when things don't turn out exactly the way you have it planned. Oh, God forbid that I upset your perfect little apple cart. Nora Walker
: Well, at least I have an apple cart. Holly, I really think it's your jealousy that makes me pity you the most. Holly Harper
: Pity? Nora Walker
: U-huh! And I don't believe for one minute you'd be willing to jeopardize your relationship with Rebecca, because if you do anything... Holly Harper
: I never said that I was going to do anything. I probably won't. But then again, I do have these bad days...
: You were the one who virtually refused to be in my life for three years, who barely spoke, and I know it's because I unforgivably gave my opinion about Justin. Nora Walker
: Not refused, couldn't. I was afraid of the things I didn't want to say.