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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Brilliant series. Without a trace was axed without good reason, please do not make the same mistake with Brothers & Sisters.

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PLEASE do NOT cancel this series! it is one of the few i watch and i have watched it since the first episode. i loveee this show and am excited to see what will happen in the next season. leaving it with all those cliff hangers would be awful and i would be soo disappointed to not see another episode!

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Please don't cancel Brothers and Sisters sa it is a fantstic show and this last epeisode was brilliant. The wedding, the Brody story and the music were fantastic. We need shows like this on our TVs and the likes of the walker family.

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Please bring back Brothers and Sisters. I love the show and have watched it from episode one. Don't let this be the end.....there are millions of people worldwide who enjoy this show. From a disgruntled UK viewer. AA

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I LOVED EVERY EPISODE OF BROTHERS AND SISTER AND NORA, PLAYED BY SALLY FIELD WAS JUST EXELLENT!!PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!

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I am a Northern Ireland fan and I have watched it from day one! Loved every episode. I recorded in on a Thursday and looked forward to watching it every Saturday evening (when the kids were sorted)
What a strong character and woman Nora is! She has been in every episode. She is the female US version of Ty Pennington!
I feel that the writers have let us down and lost interest. Its a shame! Loved every story line. Remember "it not too late to be who you wanted to be"

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I have watched Brothers & Sisters from the very first episode, at first because i had heard Rob Lowe was going to be in it. I have been completely hooked, i absolutely love the programme, i care about the characters and i have laughed, cried, sympathised and had many more emotions. What a brilliant programme and what fools whoever decided to axe it. I am a UK viewer and i know it would have got more viewers if it had been screened at a better time. Please reconsider and bring it back, i feel like i know the Walker family. When a writer/Director/Actor can make you care about characters that is a great achievement....BRING BROTHERS & SISTERS BACK!!!!!!!!

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I've been a fan of Brothers & Sisters since it first aired and was so fed up to hear of it ending. What I am most disappointed in is how poor the story endings are, some made no sense (Justin being given Kevins baby) and the others just seemed to be cut short. I agree with everyone else that there would be further storylines to be told,off of the back of this latest season. Lets hope they have a change of heart and bring it back to do the series justice.

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We were surprised and very upset when we found, after watching Brothers & Sisters for so long, that it was coming to a very sad end. It has been our weekly TV highlight for so long and we can't understand why they have decided to bring the programme to an end when there is so much scope for new storylines to a series which portrays the best in family values and real life. We are so sorry to see it go and hope the powers that be can realise this is the sort of series that is needed in this day and age. BRILLIANT TV. Thank you very much. John & Jen.

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AS a UK viewer of Brothers and Sisters I can't understand the reason for 'axeing' the series when so much 'rubbish' is still shown on tv.
The stories and acting are brilliant and it's always a show I look forward to watching and have waited eagerly for the next series when one finishes. Please don't take this 'off air', at least let there be one good show on the tv