Brothers & Sisters: Season 3 (2008 - 2009)

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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

In the third-season premiere, the Walker children try to make contact with their long-lost sibling without Nora's knowledge. Meanwhile, Kitty and Robert proceed with their plans to adopt, Rebecca and Justin do their best to keep their relationship a secret and Kevin faces a sudden threat to his career.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2008

Kitty shocks Robert and the rest of her family by publishing a revealing memoir about her husband's ill-fated White House run and the ups and downs of the Walkers. Meanwhile, Justin tries an unconventional approach in his relationship with Rebecca.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2008

Sarah and Saul react to Holly's latest power play; Kevin experiences discrimination at work for the first time; and Justin encounters a soldier with whom he served in Iraq.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2008

Determined to rid herself of reminders of her deceased husband and devote her time to a worthy cause, Nora plans a garage sale to peddle all of William's personal effects. Meanwhile, Robert tries to find a replacement for an important position; estranged siblings are reunited by a time capsule; and Holly begins a search for Ryan.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2008

The revelation that Holly has been searching for Ryan hits a sour note with Rebecca and the Walkers. Meanwhile, Kevin has his first social excursion with Scotty's conservative parents. Directed by Chad Lowe, whose older brother, Rob Lowe, plays Sen. McCallister.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2008

Skeptical of Holly's intentions, Nora goes on a mission to find out more about William's illegitimate son; Kitty and Robert take the next step in the adoption process.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2008

Tommy and Julia make their anniversary a night to remember; Justin and Rebecca's romance encounters a new twist; and Kitty and Robert's adoption quest hits a snag.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2008

A recent setback at work causes Kevin to spoil his mother's real-estate plans, and Justin plays matchmaker for Saul by setting him up on a date with an unlikely candidate (Dave Foley).

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Air date: Nov 30, 2008

Sarah's risky business move comes with a healthy dose of humility; Nora needs her family's help with her charity venture; Tommy is floored by Holly's decision to give Rebecca an important job at the winery without his approval; and Kitty and Robert's adoption process faces a formidable hurdle.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2008

Scheduling conflicts get in the way of a large gathering of the Walkers for Thanksgiving, but a medical matter concerning Tommy and Julia's little girl brings them together.

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Family dysfunction continues to reign supreme in Season 3 of the ongoing saga of the Walker clan, fueled in part by matriarch Nora (Sally Field) deciding to reach out to her late husband's love child, Ryan Lafferty (Luke Grimes) , with an invitation to stay at her house and become acquainted with her less-than-enthusiastic family. Justin and Rebecca (Dave Annable, Emily VanCamp) take their relationship to the next level after learning they are not blood relatives, but Justin decides to cool it down when it becomes hot and heavy. In turn, Rebecca befriends Ryan, who may be looking for more than a friend. Accepting of his uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin) and his now-unburdened sexuality, Justin sets him up with an unlikely blind date (Dave Foley). Kitty (Calista Flockhart) writes a tell-all book that dishes on Robert's campaign by serving up tidbits about her family members. Robert (Rob Lowe) then gives her a choice: either publish the tome or resign as his communications director. Though not a quitter, Kitty realizes it would give her more free time as they proceed with adoption plans. While newlywed Kevin (Matthew Rhys) tries to make a happy home for Scotty (Luke Macfarlane), he encounters trouble at his law office and considers a position working with brother-in-law and political opposite Robert. Rebecca is offered a job working with her mother, Holly (Patricia Wettig), much to the dismay of partner Tommy (Balthazar Getty). And Sarah (Rachel Griffiths), disapproving of how Holly and Tommy are handling Ojai, leaves the family business and contemplates investing in a small Internet company. But Tommy's business plans go well beyond Sarah's imagination.

Cast

Calista Flockhart
as Kitty Walker
Sally Field
as Nora Holden
Balthazar Getty
as Thomas Walker
Ron Rifkin
as Saul Holden
Rachel Griffiths
as Sarah Whedon
Dave Annable
as Justin Walker
Patricia Wettig
as Holly Harper
Sarah Jane Morris
as Julia Walker
Matthew Rhys
as Kevin Walker
Rob Lowe
as Sen. Robert McCallister
Emily VanCamp
as Rebecca Harper
Luke MacFarlane
as Scotty Wandell
Maxwell Perry Cotton
as Cooper Whedon
Luke Grimes
as Ryan Lafferty
Ken Olin
as David Caplan
Will McCormack
as Ethan Tavis
Nigel Havers
as Roger Grant
Matt Letscher
as Alec Tyler
Mitch Pileggi
as Browne Carter
Luc Charbonnier
as Ben Tyler
Tymberlee Chanel
as Female Staffer
Sonja Sohn
as Trish Evans
David Andrews
as George Lafferty
Gayla Johnson
as Secretary
Spencer Barth
as Elizabeth Walker
Cotter Smith
as Gordon Alexander
Michael B. Silver
as Stu Orenbacher
Kaitlin Doubleday
as Chelsea Yeager
S.E. Perry
as Board Member
Cathy Ladman
as Carla Hanson
Deidrie Henry
as Dr. Williams
Michael O'Keefe
as Wally Wandell
Tom Skerritt
as William Walker
Jayne Brook
as Bertha Wandell
Steven Weber
as Graham Finch
Paula Rhodes
as Miss Mitchell
Karl T. Wright
as Alan Simms
M.J. Karmi
as Cynthia Carter
Doug Purdy
as Sean Spicer
Michelle Ongkingco
as Dawn McCarty
Rob Zabrecky
as Auctioneer
Paul Keeley
as James Friedman
Jason Lewis
as Chad Berry
Rick Worthy
as Off. Collins
Andrea Grano
as Barbara Whitaker
Benny Ciaramello
as Anthony Lewis
Andrea Luna Grano
as Leanne Mitchell
Holly Maples
as Moderator
Jim Gleason
as Walter Geary
David Brisbin
as Sen. Wade Newman
Ned Vaughn
as Michael Gladstein
John Rubinstein
as Dr. Marc Wilson
Traber Burns
as Judge Arthur Gray
Rose Abdoo
as Miss Clara
Patty Yu
as Female Barrista
Andy Hoff
as Aaron Ziven
Scott Klace
as Kent Barnes
Marin Hinkle
as Courtney McCallister
Marley Barth
as Elizabeth Walker
Carmen Corral
as Maggie Lewis
Emil Beheshti
as Mail Staffer
Jesse Henecke
as Chris Ward
Christine Avila
as Anita Lewis
Barbara Allyne Bennet
as Female Customer
Maura Soden
as Dr. Barbara Riley
Megan Follows
as Maggie Stephens
Leonard Wu
as Christopher Chao
Max Burkholder
as Jack McCallister
Joe O'Connor
as Harvey Childs
John Prosky
as Ron Robinson
Justine Dorsey
as Sophie McCallister
Tom Kopache
as Berkeley Goldschmidt
Michael Edwin
as Employee #1
Dileep Rao
as Arlo Natterson
Wylie Small
as Connie Robinson
Maia Danziger
as Dierdre Holder
Deborah Meschan
as Loan Officer
Chaim Jeraffi
as Retreat Doctor
Ramon De Ocampo
as Spencer Travis
John Glover
as Henry Mittner
Beth Kennedy
as Dr. Flackett
Terry Bozeman
as Board Member
Martin Morales
as Bartender
Pamela Shaddock
as Board Member
Geoffrey Wade
as Board Member
Dane A. Garretson
as Potential Recruit
Howard S. Miller
as Senior Partner
Justin Alvarez
as Bartender
Brandon Gunn
as Passer-by
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Critic Reviews for Brothers & Sisters Season 3

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

The general principle of "Brothers & Sisters" has been that if a story gets too ridiculously soapy, the writers can quickly layer on a new one that's even soapier.

Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

I counted three other secrets -- roughly one per sibling -- all of which are juicy enough to get played out over the course of the season. In other words, "Brothers & Sisters" is off to a flying start.

Sep 28, 2008 | Full Review…

Despite its glitzy setting and modern mores, at heart this is a good, old-fashioned family drama where you can revel in the complications of sibling relationships without directly entering the fight.

Jun 2, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The beauty of Brothers & Sisters is you can side with whatever articulate, inspiring, occasionally irksome Walker best represents your worldview. Just be part of the process.

Oct 15, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

"Brothers and Sisters" is an old-fashioned soap opera that certainly has its ups and downs but deserves more credit for being well-made, interesting comfort food television.

Feb 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Sure, the Walkers are an endlessly irritating family, but they stick together. And within all their drama is a healthy dose of realism that can help anyone relate to their own family.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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