Considering Some Not-Incest-But-Seems-Like-It Between a "Brother" & "Sister"


TV Squad is convinced that Rebecca and Justin will soon be together on Brothers & Sisters. Frankly, so am I. The show has been slowly edging towards this week after week. I feel as though it is only a matter of time (well, first there has to be the reveal that Rebecca and Justin are not in fact related at all, then they'll go through the "is it gross" phase and then finally they will hook up)...


The question is...because they initially thought of themselves as siblings, when this ultimately happens, will we think it's gross?


You can't deny that the two characters have had chemistry that is questionably unbrotherly/unsisterly from the start. Rebecca seemed awfully annoyed when Justin and Lena started hooking up, and while you could chalk it up to concern, it seemed more like jealousy. This is just one of many examples.


Interestingly, from an anthropological (psychological?) standpoint...the attraction actually makes sense. Bear with me. You see, an anthropologist named Edvard Westermarck discovered that the main reason why siblings find each other sexually unattractive is because they grew up in the same household. Even non-siblings that are reared together from an early age tend to experience the same effects (known as reverse sexual imprinting). So, if a brother and sister are brought up separately "they may find one another highly sexually attractive when they meet as adults." (Wikipedia) Therefore, I thought it was interesting to point out that it is feasible that the two would be attracted to each other, even if they do turn out to be related.


But enough with the science. Should the two ultimately get it on (and they will), will it be juicy, or will you be disgusted?


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Apr 24, 2008 6:16PM EDT

Its obvious that the show has been edging towards the Justin and Rebecca hook up. I think that we, the public will initially, of course, be somewhat digusted and put off, this is a predetermined given and I think that there would be something very wrong if we didn't. But based on the reactions and view point of the other brothers and sisters, we may be slowly convinced to look past the "immorality" of the romance and may be even appreciate their chemistry, because if there is one thing the have, its chemistry!!

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Apr 25, 2008 5:24AM EDT

Personally, I like everyone who's been watching knew that this was coming it's like a Will Ferrell movie and queueing of the chest hair close up, it's become mandatory. Even though the circumstance of their meeting may have been awkward to say the least. They seem right for each other, him with the drug problem and bad case of PTSD, her with her daddy issues. They get each other, just be weird that if this occurred to know that her last two flings came from inside the Walker clan (less we forget Sara's now ex husband).

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Apr 25, 2008 7:29AM EDT

Is it terrible that I think it would be great if they were brother and sister AND attracted to each other?? i mean like RachelL said there have been many studies of siblings who have not grown up together (usually half siblings) and who meet each other as adults, there is a biological reason why they become so attracted to each other. I happened to watch a documentary on that recently. so it would be taboo and interesting if brothers and sisters did that (but in a less soap opera way), it would be scandalous and funny.

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Apr 28, 2008 1:34PM EDT

I was reading an article about this in Entertainment Weekly, and the producers of the show said that this was totally unplanned, but the chemistry between the two actors (Dave Annable and Emily VanCamp) was so intense when they first met, that it basically shone through to their characters. So, it somehow puts my mind at ease that they weren't planning ahead to have a bizarre incestuous storyline, and instead it kind of created itself and had to be explained as an afterthought. Although, yes, it will totally sit uneasy at first, the infatuation is quite obvious and on some levels it will get LESS weird when they finally do address that insane sexual tension!

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