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It is the day I've been waiting for; Christian Borle finally makes an appearance on tonight's episode as Bill's brother, Frank! Or Francis. Francis, the name Bill used in his and Virginia's roleplaying game. Yep. It wasn't some arbitrary name he insisted on calling himself. Christian Borle (I "full-name" people I really like), as Frank, has a very complicated relationship with Bill - who doesn't? It is obvious they haven't seen each other in years and the meeting in the café is a little more than playing catch-up. We learn Frank's from Kansas City and he's a plastic surgeon and after years of bachelorhood, he's settled down with his wife and they can't get pregnant. Who better to help him with his problem than his brother?
It seems like such a simple question and a simple solution but it's not. It is never simple with Bill Masters. He never reveals Franks identity to Virginia or Betty and even schedules him under the name "Mason." Bill seems determined to keep his brother's identity a secret from everyone, leaving Betty and Virginia to speculate that he's an old friend of Bill's from University. Frank's an alcoholic and you can see it written on Bill's face that he doesn't think this is the "disease" that Frank thinks it is. Frank's position on it is clear. You can hear the conviction in his voice and how it's affected his life. We look at Bill and there's disbelief there. We can already see this family reunion is not going to go well. But we've got Christian Borle on our small screens again! I can't wait to see how their story unfolds because there's so much more than meets the eye. So far, we're just laying down the foundation of their relationship.
This episode is all about establishing and laying down information for us about what's to come. Libby becomes an accidental witness when she drives by a crime in progress. Robert, Coral's brother, is involved as a civic leader and asks her to help by stepping forward as a witness. The entire case is so socially relevant to 2014, it's difficult not to notice the similarities between 1960s America and now. Is this intentional? No. I don't think it is. Could it be? Sure. Either way, I think it's an important point to make an important storyline in Libby's life. As a woman coming into 1960s America, as a woman who's supposed to represent the typical American housewife, she is very much trying to be open to change. She's taking the steps she needs to move forward in her life. She makes this great point to Bill that she never involved herself in his work and she should be allowed the same. Yes! Yes, she should and good for her! It's only appropriate she brings up her involvment in the case in the middle of a party where Bill is trying to gain important people for his board of directors.