7th Heaven
Season 1, Episode 17
Faith, hope and the bottom line
Air date April 14, 1997
Written by Sue Tenney
Directed by Kevin Inch
Episode Guide
Brave New World
Faith, Hope and the Bottom Line

"Choices" is the seventeenth episode of the 1st season of 7th Heaven. On its original airing, this episode scored 3.56 million viewers. Keri Russell plays in this episode.


Eric's former 'apprentice preacher' Tom Harrison arrives unannounced, and accepts to stay with the Camdens but is told the church can't afford an assistant. Meanwhile, Simon hears raising pets can earn well, but is suckered into buying a pair of ferrets, illegal in the state, and fails to keep them in check, failing proper instructions from the dodgy vendor. Elsewhere, Mary stupidly befriends party-animal Camille, a new schoolmate, who shoplifts a dress for her and convinces her to sneak out to a frat party. Also, Lucy, who took Tom's cue to compare religions before joining Eric's confirmation course, covers for 'big' sister, and Matt must come to rescue her. And finally, Eric's suspicions about Tom are disproved spectacularly.


  • First episode that Sue Tenney directed. Sue Tenney becomes head co-writer of the show with Brenda Hampton later in the show. They also both wrote episodes on the NBC hit, Blossom.
  • Both Stephen Collins and Keri Russell had already co-starred with in the television-movie, The Babysitter Seduction.


  • Keri Russell, who plays Camille, would have her own TV series of her own on The WB Network called Felicity.
  • Paul Johansson, who plays Tom Harrison in this episode would later star, eight years later in the popular WB drama One Tree Hill as Dan Scott.

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