1.01 – Kitty/Sarah. Rufus from Gossip Girl!!! Phone conversations galore! And this was back when Kitty/Nora didn’t get on. Also Kitty really can’t cook! Kitty/Justin! Hee mention of wine and drunkenness already! I am very disturbed by the way Kevin eyes-up Justin in the scene in the kitchen when Justin was in his underwear. The first time I watched, I totally misread that scene (before I knew who all the characters were). [“Yeah, you set me off Kevin!”] I love that shout from offscreen. Awwh Joe/Sarah! Kitty jogs? That didn’t last long! STANA KATIC!! Haha I never realised she was in this! Holly! I now realise that it’s always Justin to find out secrets! Lol! It’s Al from ER / Doc from Third Watch! I hate him without hair! WARREN!! Wow Nora/Kitty! You know, the first time I watched this episode, I liked it all the way through but it wasn’t until the last 5 minutes that I was absolutely hooked and knew it would be a keeper. I think what differentiates this show from Parenthood the most is the mystery of William etc. that runs through the first couple of seasons. It has that really long story arc joining all the episodes together.
1.02 – The funeral! Justin/Holly! [“If and when Mum dies ….” “Thank you for the ‘if’ Kevin, it was really sweet”]. Kitty responsible for Justin’s share of the inheritance! SCOTTY! Look at his hair! Wow, they really emphasised his campness at the start! I kind of love the tie-in with the war and 9/11. Sarah’s meltdown about the grass skirt. Nora/Justin showdown! Always makes me cry! Justin/Kitty!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤ Kitty/Justin/Nora/Kevin roadtrip!
1.03 – Kitty/Warren/Jack! Nora/Holly. Awkward! [“I don’t care who dates him. It could be you, it could be Kevin but someone in this family should be dating that man.”] Justin tells Kitty the secret! Ah! Warren/Kitty dinner ❤ <3! Kitty’s speech about cheaters ❤ <3. Kitty/Sarah “the morning after” talk! Hee! Sarah/Kevin/Scotty! LOL! Kitty fell into the pool! Haha! I forgot about that moment! Holly at Nora’s party! Oh dear, I know what moment this is all leading up to!!! Tommy/Paige! Awwh! I don’t like Tommy, and really don’t like him in some episodes but at the start he was more likeable than I remember. [“Can someone pass the mango peach salsa?”] THAT LINE! Hee. I remember when I first watched this episode and Nora said that about Holly at the dinner table I was literally :O. Nora diving into the pool ❤ <3.
1.04 – THE photo episode! [“Is that me playing golf or having sex?”] LOL! JUSTIN/TYLER!!!! Kitty babysitting Paige and Cooper! [“You know what Cooper, you are like your own little French revolution.”] Nora/Kevin at golf!! I forgot that Justin/Tyler went to high school together! See they were destined for each other, even way back in the fourth episode of the series!!! Gosh, I’m so glad they brought her back now! Kitty trying to tell Sarah about Paige and Sarah biting her head off. PAIGE <3. Kevin ranting at Nora. Tyler is adorable! [“We’re kind of a tribe.”]. Kitty/Cooper ❤ <3. Nora/Kitty ❤ <3. Sarah/Kitty [“I’m really going to need you Kitty.”]. Sarah puts her head in Kitty’s lap like Cooper did at the hospital! Bless! Tommy putting his foot down with Justin. I love the family photo moment <3.
1.05 – Kitty eating!!! Jonathan sneaking in to see Kitty and scaring the crap out of her and Nora. It’s Andy from Everwood!!!!!!!! [“Are you guys making faces? This is why I hate speakerphone.”] Amber the intern. Yuck. I miss when they had family dinners in every episode. Awwh Justin/Paige ❤ ❤ <3. [“My son and I are no longer seeing each other socially …”]. Nora seeing Saul/Holly together! [“There’s an awful lot of mercury in swordfish. I hope I don’t turn into a thermometer.”] [“How did you get so cute?” “I was born this way. What’s your excuse?”] Justin teaching Sarah how to use the syringe. Kevin/Scotty ❤ ❤ <3. Awwh I quite liked Jonathan. NORA/KITTY at the end! I love that they snuggle together in bed. I love my own Mum but I would seriously love to have a Mum like Nora, even with all her flaws.
1.06 – Sarah’s stand against Nora didn’t exactly last long! Haha! $35000 for a table at the charity thing? What the hell?? [“I like it when they destroy things. It reminds me not to get too attached to material objects.”] The Walkers have the ‘Wicked’ table at the charity function <3. [“We’re sitting at the Wicked table. I’m in green. They’ll think I’m the wicked witch of the west.”] Awwh Tyler!! I love Tyler <3. [“I don’t think your sister’s happy. She looks afraid for her life.”] Nora and Holly in the bathroom! Nora accidentally buying the holiday. Nora/Sarah ❤ ❤ <3.
1.07 – The ranch house episode!!!! Tucker Booth! LMAO! Awwh the wood panelling. [“Mother, mother, mother. I’m sorry but when I packed I didn’t realise I would be walking into Caligula’s bathhouse.”] Nora drinking straight from the wine bottle. Justin/Tyler falling out of the treehouse naked! Haha! I LOVE THIS EPISODE. Once again, I miss the times when every episode included a big family gathering. [“Since when has this been a normal family?!” “I have to agree with Sarah on that point.”] Awkward dinner table talk. Kevin/Kitty <3. Justin’s war story! Awwh! The start of the Rebecca thing!
1.08 – Gabe! JUSTIN ❤ ❤ <3. Flashbacks!!!! 9/11!! Oh this Kitty/Justin storyline makes me cry so much! Nora/Kitty talking about dating. Oh God this flashback!!! It moves me every time. Kitty’s conversation with Justin about the twin towers. Tears. Justin/Kitty ❤ ❤ ❤ <3. Sarah cracks the password! I felt sorry for Holly a bit there. Justin!!!! Flashback!! I can’t believe they ended the episode in the middle of a flashback like that.
1.09 – I love that in the episode afterwards they continue the flashbacks but it’s all from Nora’s point of view. [“Maybe we can get a family rate.”] Lol. The awesomeness of this show is in the fact it can go from pulling at your heartstrings one minute to making you laugh the next. I really do like Warren. Pity that he and Kitty didn’t work out. [“I don’t know how to say this delicately but I’m not cremating anything.”] Lol! NORA/KITTY IN THE PANTRY <3. Tommy/Kevin/Sarah roadtrip!!! ROB LOWE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Tommy chasing Kevin around. [“This country is going to bomb something. It’s the American way.”] [“That island on Lost has more civilisation than this place.”] Kevin, Tommy and Sarah getting drunk in the small town bar! Lol! [“OMG” “Don’t tell me, Dad used to be a woman?”] The start of Robert/Kitty ❤ <3. Thanksgiving <3!
1.10 – Hanukkah! [“We’re secular humanists hunnie.”] Awwh Paige! Bless! The Walkers are actually pretty loaded aren’t they? I think when I was watching it the first time, it never occurred to me just how rich they are. Saul singing is beautiful. I love that Nora/Holly moment. Love this Christmas song. That last scene makes me all gooey!
1.11 – [“Only in California would a rehab look like this.”]. ROBERT/KITTY ARE ADORABLE! Especially at this stage in their relationship. Justin getting an overload of information and forced to keep secrets again. [“If you’re trying to drive me crazy, it’s okay I can walk from here.”]. Nora and Holly at work! Justin’s rehab family meeting! Kevin bringing Kitty coffee in bed <3. Nora/Justin’s tape recording always makes me want to cry. So sweet!
1.12 – The executive matchmaker episode! Heeee! Chad Berry! Lol! Scotty > Chad. Kitty and her fake boyfriend! LOL! Kitty/Nora! Hee Kitty’s “blind date” with Robert. Nora’s blind date with the gay guy. Joe’s situation in this episode is just like Joel’s in Parenthood. Nora waking Kitty up in bed! Man-fasting! Michelle!
1.13 – Nora’s fake birthday party!!! Mentions of ‘Wicked’. Joe/Sarah don’t do it! It’s a very bad idea! Nora’s Mum!!!! Kevin trying to organise the party!!! Grandma/Kevin!! Nora/Saul and the small bottle of alcohol!! The closet jokes!!! Oh God the video!!!!!!!!! I love the way Nora covers Robert’s eyes. The reaction Sarah gets when she arrives. Tyler/Justin!!!!!!!!!! I love the Robert/Kitty closer scene. [“I think you just outed two brothers for the price of one.”] [“You’re not gay. Justin maybe but you …”] Overloading Grandma with information! That’s really weird that Kevin/Tommy are discussing Sarah’s, er, technique. [“Wow, and I’m the one in rehab.”] Love that Justin moment. I absolutely love this Nora/Grandma moment. That’s why I was sort of sad that everyone hated Grandma at her funeral in Season 5. Everyone sick and Nora is looking after everyone! Yay!
1.14 – Oh this episode! I think this is one of my favourites. Robert/Kitty ❤ ❤ <3. The Kitty/Sarah/Kevin phonecalls!! Tyler/Justin <3. Nora in prison!!!!!! Kitty and the helicopter [“Bet you wish you packed less”]. It’s JD McCoy’s father. Ugh. Justin babysitting <3. Nora’s kooky friend! High Nora! Robert/Kitty ❤ ❤ ❤ <3. Sarah/Nora! Haha! [“People are going to see us Kitty and I want you to know that I won’t be caring.”]
1.15 – Robert/Kitty. Lol. Flashback!!! Tommy’s obsession with his Dad. I don’t remember this episode as well as the others. Kitty and her polling data. Justin/Kitty home on a Saturday night! [“I liked you so much better when you were stupid.”]. Nora’s story “Dora”. Not my favourite episode but still some adorable moments. Sarah’s speech to Tommy about having his back ❤ <3. REBECCA!!! Rebecca thinking Tommy is cute. Ugh. The therapist is absolutely rubbish.
1.16 – Robert/Kitty <3. I don’t remember this episode that well either. Nora/Tyler!! Nora/Saul. So sad! Nora mad at Sarah, Kevin mad at Saul. Worst double date ever. Sarah and Kitty arguing and Robert and Joe making a hasty retreat! Lol. ROBERT/KITTY! So sweet! Oh Tyler is so awesome! Nora/Sarah <3.
1.17 – Nora’s ‘Dora’ story! Lol. Heh it’s “Max” from Parenthood. Awkward dinner party with Rebecca! I forgot how much Kitty was against Rebecca. [“My apologies but this meal has reached a whole new level of weirdness.”]. Awkward meal for Kitty, Robert and his children. Kevin trying to pull out a strand of Rebecca’s hair! LMAO! [“You are the most insane group of people I have ever met.”] Nora/Sarah. Awwh. I can’t believe after that dinner, Rebecca still hates Holly and wanted to grow up with the Walkers. I forgot about the mini Robert/Kitty angst!
1.18 – Nora’s crazy friend again! Haha! Eek! I find it so awkward watching the Justin/Rebecca interaction at this stage. [“It’s the artichoke capital of the world”]. Sarah/Kitty’s weekend away in the artichoke town!! [“Nora, you’re forgetting how to speak.”] [“There’s something odd about this town.” “Oh is the giant man-made artichoke your first clue?” “No, though that was odd.”] Sarah wrestling with the giant artichoke [“Oh stupid artichoke!”]. Heeee! Kitty/Sarah putting lipstick on each other. Lol! [“OMG Sesame Street is having a party.”] Robert/Kitty!
1.19 – JASON! I’m sorry but although I like Scotty, Jason is HOT. Easter dinner! GAME NIGHT!!!! Kitty/Robert – LOL! [“I’m going to kill you. No I’m not, I’m beyond that. You’re dead to me.”] Nora and Sarah’s Walker dance! Kevin’s dinosaur impression! Twister. Ugh, hate the Joe/Rebecca. Kind of a nice Kitty/Rebecca moment there.
1.20 – Nora/writing teacher – that IS sexual harassment! Kevin/Paige/Cooper <3. Robert/Kitty …. [“This is NOT that kind of massage!”]. Oh God the helicopter crash! God Justin why did you tell Kevin if you wanted to keep something a secret! Sweet Joe/Sarah moment. Pity that it won’t last. Gosh, Nora’s teacher really is creepy. Ouch that Holly/Sarah scene. Ah Rebecca/Joe fallout. ROBERT/KITTY and Kitty’s proposal!!!! LMAO! You have no idea how much I hated Rebecca after this episode, after the flashback. That’s why I think I could never really fully warm up to her.
1.21 – Sarah/Kitty <3. Robert/Kitty <3. Kevin/Kitty <3. Nora’s family meeting! I love it when Kitty calls Nora “mother”. Joe is kind of sweet. [“Okay can we just speak in code. You’re my mother.”]. I love the Holly/Nora in this episode! Sarah <3. Kitty on the painkillers! LOL! Best Kevin/Kitty scene EVER EVER EVER! [“I don’t know why I say these things, it’s like I have tourettes.”] Family meeting! [“Oh God where are the boundaries in this family?!”]. Best Holly/Nora scene EVER!!! [“Oh lettuce! Lettuce! That’s really scary!”] [“Kevin, did someone slip me a roofie?”].
1.22 – Awwh Tommy/Julia. Usually not too bothered about them but am sad for them in this episode. Robert/Justin <3! Nora was awesome with Tommy in this episode. Awwh Joe and Sarah telling Paige and Cooper the situation. Cute ending to the episode.
1.23 – Red Hot Chili Peppers!!! Justin, Tommy surfing! ‘Meet the ring’ dinner. Robert/Kitty! LOL! [“Were the McCallisters part of a breeding experiment?!”] I LOVE ERIC WINTER. Even more when he’s not playing Van Pelt’s fiancé/RJ’s minion. Also, Eric Winter + Rob Lowe = HOTNESS EXPLOSION. [“You’re going to see Wicked for the fifth time with Justin?!” “Sixth time actually and I know he hates musicals but after ‘Wicked’ everything will change”]. Justin is adorable – taking each member of his family out to do something they like to say goodbye. Justin/Nora ❤ ❤ ❤ [“Because I was lying, Mum.”] [“Holly’s coming?!” “Sarah, get over it, we’ve all moved on.” “That’s easy for you to say Mum. I haven’t had the chance to hurl food at her.”]. Sarah’s hand gesture for beer! [“Wow, it’s like the passive aggressive Olympics here.”]. Nora/Kitty argument! Robert’s crazy family. Holly/Sarah <3. Jason/Kevin! OMG THE MACARENA!!! THE TENT! Wow, Rebecca backstory! Forgot about that! [“To my sister who I love completely and totally.”]. Jason the minister! Justin leaving … Nora/Kitty ❤ ❤ <3. JUSTIN/NORA/KITTY ❤ ❤ <3. [“With everything we’ve been through this year, what’s a little property damage …”]. I LOVE THIS LAST SCENE. I LOVE ‘OOH CHILD’. I LOVE THE FACT THE WHOLE CAST JUMPS FULLY CLOTHED INTO THE POOL!!!!
Things I learnt from this rewatch:
– Stana Katic in the Pilot!
– Rob Lowe and Eric Winter need to share a screen more. I paused the video and just stared for a full five minutes.
– I will always side with Kitty on pretty much anything.
– I now fully appreciate Justin’s awesomeness.
– Holly/Nora food fight is so funny.
– Peter Coyote cannot play a character which isn’t even slightly creepy.
– Sarah fighting with that artichoke is never not funny.
– Justin/Kitty tugs at my heartstrings in every scene they share.
– Tommy is actually bordering on likeable in this season.
– Robert/Kitty, Justin/Tyler, Kevin/Jason = OTPs.
– I really am not a big fan of Rebecca. I know everyone was obsessed with her and Justin and that dynamic alone is really creepy and only gets worse when you know how it plays out at this stage, but also she is not a nice person. Pretty awful actually in this season but in a very hidden sort of way.
– Truest words ever uttered: “You’re going to see Wicked for the fifth time with Justin?!” “Sixth time actually and I know he hates musicals but after ‘Wicked’ everything will change.” I LOVE the multitude of Wicked references actually <3.
This is my favourite season of any show ever (hmm, might have some competition from certain Friday Night Lights seasons … will come back to you on that) in that every episode is magic. I’ve rewatched it four times now (which is a lot for me) and it just leaves me feeling warm and fuzzy and like one of the Walkers. It’s my comfort show <3.