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Rob Lowe crashes out of “Brothers & Sisters”

By Greg Hernandez

hollywoodnews.com: SPOILER ALERT – I’m sure there are plenty of people who have not yet watched Brothers & Sisters so here is some fair warning about last night’s finale. I got into some trouble for trumpeting that a character died on Private Practice so I’m trying to be more careful!

Okay, if you don’t want to know what happened to Rob Lowe’s character of Robert McAllister then I hope you stopped reading already because I’m going to start talking about the fact that he DIED!

Lowe’s exit was expected since it was widely-publicized that he wanted off the show after four seasons and had already begun a new role on the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation which will return to the air in mid-season, it was announced today.

The bug mystery on B&S was how Rob would exit. Would he be murdered? Would he have another heart attack? Nope and nope. He gets in a car crash. We don’t see it happen but we do see the aftermath and some of the worst acting by his TV wife Callista Flockhart that I’ve ever seen.

Kitty says in nearly a whisper: “Oh god, somebody… somebody… somebody help me. Help me. Robert, Robert, it’s gonna be okay. It’s gonna be okay. Stay with me, Robert.”

She’s a limited actress anyway but can most times be very appealing. But last night, he hubby is dying right before her eyes and she failed to convey any emotion. Good god, didn’t she see the Pamela Ewing scene on Dallas when Bobby died? THAT’S how you do grief. Even if you don’t want to go over-the-top with the screaming, at least make us believe that you are watching the love of your life slip away before your very eyes.

As for Rob, he had the easy part. He was crushed and had the blood coming out of his head so he just had to open those pretty blue eyes nice and wide and whisper a few poignant parting words … then die.

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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  • September 26, 2010 | Permalink |

    You know what, it’s very insulting when you call Calista’s acting bad just because she didn’t get all upset over the death scene. Everyone reacts to death differently. Just because one actress chose to do a dramatic grief session doesn’t mean another has to. And to say grief scene has to be acted a certain way is a insult to anyone who’s lost a loved one. I’ve lost loved ones, and I’ve seen people who also lost loved ones acted just the way Calista had Kitty react, it isn’t wrong, it isn’t bad acting, it’s simply how some people react. To ridicule and stereotype a death scene is simply an insult.

  • September 26, 2010 | Permalink |

    I totally agree Belinda. I am not a huge Calista Flockhart fan, but I thought that scene was BEAUTIFUL. I loved the way she did it, I loved her quiet desperation. It’s a good thing she wasn’t taking cues from someone who has no understanding of human emotion like Greg there.

  • February 2, 2011 | Permalink |

    I was holding my fiancé’s hand when he suddenly died at Western Medical Center seven years ago. He was 53 and in good health, but was rushed to the hospital when he began displaying symptoms of a stroke; i.e., repeating the same sentences and asking the same questions over and over again. The actual cause of his “stroke” symptoms was a ruptured aorta, which killed him several hours after being admitted. The hospital doctor was in the room at the time, talking about releasing him because his initial symptoms had disappeared and they couldn’t seem to find anything wrong. So, obviously I was shocked when he died, the doctor was shocked when he died, the nurse was shocked, the guy working on the TV in the room was shocked, everyone was SHOCKED. My fiancé, strangely enough, was not shocked. He had been an x-ray technician most of his adult life, was well-read in the field of medicine and possessed a brilliant, card-carrying MENSA member mind. A few moments before he died, he said the following to me (as I simultaneously began noticing signs of him being in extreme chest pain: “I think I know what’s going on with me, and if it’s one thing, I’ll be okay, if it’s the other thing that’s happening, then it’s very bad and I won’t make it.” That was it. That’s all he said to me, and then he smiled, slumped back on the pillow and died right then and there, in a matter of seconds. There was no immediate reaction on my part. My brain simply couldn’t process it fast enough. The next several hours went by as if in slow motion. I was later told that I sat there for a long time, just holding his hand and talking about him to a virtual parade of loved ones who had all rushed to the hospital to be with me the minute they were each told that Roger had suddenly passed away. To me, it felt like I had been sitting next to Roger, holding his lifeless hand for 20 minutes or so, when in reality, seven hours had gone by. Evidently, different nurses came in several times to ask if they could take care of the body, but I ignored them. I have no memory of this. It’s not that I was upset, it’s more that my mind simply blocked out some events because I had too much to take in, too much to process. Later I was told that I appeared to be very calm considering the circumstances. That’s what happens to some people when they see a loved one die in front of them. A lot of random thoughts may be flying through your head at the time but you don’t necessarily show this on the outside. So, Calista’s choice of how to react to seeing her TV hubby die is completely understandable to me. Everyone reacts differently. Her choice of how to play that scene tells me she either experienced someone close to her dying or she did some research on the subject by asking other people how they reacted to seeing someone die in front of them. Don’t be so quick to criticize her acting choices. Everyone reacts differently to death. I had a front row seat to this unsavory part of life. Not only did I see my fiancé die, but I also got to see my friends’ initial reactions to the news. Believe me. Everyone reacts differently when faced with a sudden death.

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