Brothers & Sisters Season Finale Review: It's Never Too Late ...

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... to be what you might have been. - George Eliot

With the requisite pre-wedding chaos, twists and tear-jerking moments abound from endearing characters, Brothers & Sisters concluded its fifth season Sunday.

The amusingly-titled "Walker Down the Aisle" featured Tommy doing just that, returning to escort his big sister as she tied the knot for a second time with Luc.

There's a lot going on elsewhere on relationship fronts. Saul is worried about going to the next level with Jonathan, while Justin has strong feelings for Tyler.

Oh, and Kitty is pregnant with Seth’s baby. [crickets]

Sarah and Luc's Wedding

Before the wedding, Luc is thrown off when his mom, Gabriela, arrives without his dad, who he was expecting to see with his mother for the first time in, oh, decades.

Luc frets that something happened he's unaware of, while Paige's boyfriend is allowed at the reception but not the wedding, and Brody is persona non grata, period.

That all-encompassing ban doesn’t stop him from creeping, parking outside the church just to get a glimpse of Sarah on her big day. That is his daughter, after all.

Just before the ceremony, father and daughter meet and share a moment.

The necklace she’s wearing is the same one Brody gave to Nora. Sarah feels like she’s going to fall, but her dad promises to catch her if she does. Cue river of tears!

Brody fills in for Tommy to give away his daughter at the ceremony, and Sarah is once again a beautiful bride as she exchanges vows with Luc. It's pretty wonderful.

At the reception, Luc learns that his dad is broke.

Gabriela didn’t want to negatively impact the image her son’s always had of him, but now that she's come clean about that, Luc's image of her has improved greatly.

As the reception kicks into gear, the surprises keep coming. Namely that Kitty is actually excited about her pregnancy. Seth has some serious reservations, though.

Mainly he's worried about how it will affect Kitty and her health. The guy seems to really care about her. It will be interesting to see where this goes next season.

Meanwhile, Jonathan asks Saul to marry him and he agrees! Bad form to get engaged at someone else's wedding, but how can you not be happy for the guy?

Justin has a bit of a breakthrough with Tyler, who had been trying to keep her failed marriage a secret, but is now happy just to be with Justin. They're sweet.

After Kevin, Tommy, Saul, Scotty and Cooper join Luc on an impromptu rendition of “Baby, I Need Your Lovin’”, Sarah is stunned when her sister shows up.

Her half-sister Lori Lynn, as in Brody’s other daughter. Awkward!

Still, it seems Sarah has come to grips with the changes in her life and is embracing them come what may. Just look at the way she and Brody danced together.

In a poignant ending, Nora closes out the night with a voiceover laced with reflection upon the past and a look ahead to the brighter days just in front of us.

Not surprisingly, this seemed constructed to potentially close out the whole series, should ABC not bring it back, while also leaving open options for next year.

What did you think of the Brothers & Sisters season finale, and the fifth season as a whole? Do you want to see it come back in the fall? Discuss below.

Review

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I am also SO disappointed that this show has been cancelled, particularly without an ending. I have watched for 5 years and that is how they are going to end such a great show! Really tacky! I felt that this was an excellent show that dealt with real situations. You need to bring in BACK!

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Can't believe you have ended this great show! Sally Fields and all of the cast were unbelievable and they made Sunday evening bearable. There were all emotions in this series, funny, sad, happy, heartfelt, and believable as a family. Please bring this back!

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I can not believe Brothers and Sister has been taken off the air it was such a awesome show. It was a show that you could not miss the next week because you were excited to see what was going to happen next to the Walker clan.
What a great show, we are going to miss this one. Thanks ABC

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Please bring brothers and sisters back it was my favorite show
Even my husband enjoyed it we couldnt wait for the next episode each week we are really upset that you would cancel such a fantastic series down to earth and very realistic. I have siblings and how true and uplifting this show was it touched many of our feelings how it is to have brothers and sisters. Its a very sad day in america and for the TV industry to cancel this type of show.

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I really can't beleive abc has made alot of bad disisions this yr first the soap operas we've come to love all these yrs now they cancel another great show. I waited all season for it to come back on. I think some major excutive needs to b fired! I refuse to watch any on abc in the day now along with many others who have been fans for years. I'm beginning to think this channel sucks! I luv bro and SIS someone please bring it back ! Charlies angles suck bad acting .the acting on bro and SIS is so real I always wanted to see what was next! Luv u guys will b missed I hope abc goes under!

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Absolutely devastated Brothers and Sisters was cancelled, no warning..just leaving all the fans running around trying to find it. One of the best shows, looked forward to my Sunday nights just to unwind..not liking it's replacement. Bring back Brothers & Sisters

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Why does ABC do that? No notice no poll nothing why get invested in programs when ABC has no loyalty to it's fans. So disappointed but not surprised ABC is famous for this.

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Here I am channel surfing trying to find my favourite Sunday Night show and then checking here to find out that it was cancelled - needless to say - it really makes no sense to cancel the best show - if ratings were the problem - maybe the air time should have been tweeked. Such a shame...& can't believe that it was kept so hush hush - or does this mean there's still hope??

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I am devistated Brothers and Sisters has gone off the air. Just devistated

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I kept looking for Brothers and Sisters to start. Had no idea it was cancelled. Why. It was one show I looked forward to watching. Liked all the characters. Whats wrong with ABC for canceling a show like that.