7th Heaven

The following is an episode list for 7th Heaven, an American television drama series. There's a total of 243 episodes.

7th Heaven was created by executive producer Brenda Hampton, who pitched it to Spelling Television, and co-executive produced by Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent. The series revolves around a family headed by parents Eric Camden (Stephen Collins), a Protestant Reverend, and Annie Camden (Catherine Hicks), a homemaker. Their seven children are Matt (Barry Watson), Mary (Jessica Biel), Lucy (Beverley Mitchell), Simon (David Gallagher), Ruthie (Mackenzie Rosman) and twins Sam and David (Nikolas and Lorenzo Brino).

Season 1: 1996-97[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
Ep101cap09 Anything You Want Brenda Hampton Sam Weisman August 26, 1996 1 1
In the premiere of this series it introduces Eric Camden who's a minister, father of five, happily married, and a soon-to-be dog owner. His wife, Annie, is a stay-at-home mom raising their children. Matt is the oldest child who has picked up a habit of smoking and not being able to keep a job. Mary is the oldest daughter who likes to play basketball a lot and is having a craving for wanting to kiss a boy. Lucy is the middle child and is hoping to become a woman and getting her period very soon. Simon is the youngest son and is hoping to get a dog very soon, even though his parents already told him that he's too young. Ruthie the youngest child and is a happy and adorable 5 year-old. Also, Annie learns some devastating news when her parents come for a visit; her mother has Leukemia.
Ep102cap27 Family Secrets Brenda Hampton Mark Sobel September 23, 1996 2 2
Matt shocks his family when he reveals his secret---that he is very close friends with a teenage pregnant girl, Renee. Right away Matt tells them that he is not the father of her baby, but just trying to help her out. Meanwhile, Mary is keeping her new boyfriend a secret from Matt. Lucy gets a surprise with her secret crush on a classmate Jimmy Moon. Also, Eric gets a surprise of his own when he discovers his shoes keep on disappearing while Matt's friend Renee finds some help from an unusual ally - Eric. Finally, Annie reveals the shocking truth to Matt about his grandmother having Leukemia.
In the Blink of an Eye Catherine LePard Duwayne Dunham September 30, 1996 3 3
Annie continues to suffer through her mother's recent Leukemia diagnosis. Annie then decides to go to Arizona to visit them and see what is going on with them. Meanwhile, Eric volunteers for the church's "meals on wheels" service, but he's unable to do it at the last minute. Matt then volunteers to do it, but his dating habits get him into trouble with the organization he is doing charity for. Also, Mary decides to call it a quits with Jeff while Lucy has her first real date with her classmate Jimmy Moon. Lastly, when Annie returns home with her parents, they decide to stay with her and the rest of the family so that they could spend some more time with them---which unfortunately will be the last for Jenny.
No Funerals and a Wedding Molly Newman Mark Jean October 7, 1996 4 4
Following her mother's funeral, Annie's sunny demeanor turns to sadness, particularly after her father abruptly leaves to go back home in Arizona. Eric tries to counsel a young couple whose marital problems escalate during the post-funeral reception at the Camden home. Matt helps with the delivery of Renee's baby and after Mary breaks up with Jeff she discovers she was better off with Jeff. Lastly, Simon tries to find the exact location of heaven.
The Color of God Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff October 14, 1996 5 5
When the Camden family learns that their friend, Reverend Morgan Hamilton's church was burned down by a racist group, they invite the Hamilton's to stay at their home. Meanwhile, Simon has his own problems when defending his friend Nigel after a racist comment is made to him at the playground. Also, Matt, Mary and Lucy have a hard time when trying to develop a good relationship with the older Hamilton children, Keesha and John. Lastly, Eric and Annie do their best to help Morgan and his wife Patricia get through their marital problems while Ruthie and Lynn are having fun as 5-year-olds.
Halloween Molly Newman Nick Havinga October 28, 1996 6 6
With Halloween just around the corner, Lucy attempts to learn the truth about "The Mutant" Mike, a mysterious recluse who's been accused of murder. Meanwhile, Simon prepares for the 'Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest' at the church and badly wants to be in first place. Also, Mary schemes to have the house all to herself when tricking all of her friends and family as to where she is going to be. While the family prepares for the church's annual Halloween Carnival, chaired by Annie, Eric has a bad attitude towards the whole holiday and discovers the real reason behind his hatred of Halloween when remembering a dramatic experience he had as an 11-year-old boy.
Saturday Jack LoGiudice David Semel November 4, 1996 7 7
After Mary unexpectedly un-invites her family to watch her play basketball at an important basketball game, the Camdens begin to make other plans for themselves. Lucy is angry at Mary because she invited Ashley --- a popular girl in Lucy's school to her game. Meanwhile, Simon, Ruthie, and Happy get lost in town when pretending to be spies and following their mailman all over town. Lucy was supposed to to be babysitting them, but was instead entertaining herself and Ashley by talking on the phone with her boyfriend Jimmy Moon. Also, Eric is faced with counseling a young boy who is once again on his drug habit that is affecting his family.
What Will People Say? Brenda Hampton Duwayne Dunham November 11, 1996 8 8
The possibility of Eric having an extramarital affair is what the Camden children are assuming when they catch Eric escorting a woman to a hotel alone. Nevertheless, Annie struggles to give him the benefit of the doubt about his confidential church business. The whole entire Glen Oak Community buzzes with this gossip. Meanwhile, Simon endures the wrath of his classmates when his secret crush is discovered. He tries to con his way out of going to school, but learns from his family that embarrassment will be drawn away from him and on to someone else soon. Also, Matt tries to keep things moving slow between Mary and her new boyfriend.
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil Catherine LePard Duwayne Dunham November 18, 1996 9 9
After Annie and Matt are car-jacked, Matt fears of leaving the house while Annie appears unusually normal after being car-jacked. Eventually it hits Annie, especially after losing her wedding ring and that her son could have been killed instantly. Meanwhile, Lucy fears that her relationship with Jimmy Moon will suffer when they both decide to run for class president. Also, in order for Mary to fit in with her basketball team friends, Mary thinks about getting a tattoo since the rest of the team is doing it.
The Last Call for Aunt Julie Ron Zimmerman Joel J. Feigenbaum November 25, 1996 10 10
Matt, Mary and Lucy make plans to get away from the family for Thanksgiving, but when Eric's sister Julie comes to spend the holiday with them, plans are changed. After the family finds out about Julie's dangerous secret: her drinking problem - everyone decides it would be better to stay home. Eric decides to help his little sister overcome her problem at home rather than seek professional help, whether she wants it or not. Although, Annie is not comfortable with the situation and is only concerned that the children stay safe after an unfortunate altercation between Julie and Simon earlier.
Now You See Me Charles Lazer Harvey Laidman December 16, 1996 11 11
The Camdens become suspicious when Matt's new girlfriend, Tia, wants to spend more time with the family than being alone with Matt. Meanwhile, Lucy enlists the help of Matt to overcome her clumsiness in order to try out for the cheerleading squad. Also, Annie yearns for more romance in her marriage with Eric as she has become bored with the every day routines. Lastly, Simon tries to make himself invisible and tries to convince the whole family that he can be invisible.
With a Little Help from My Friends Brenda Hampton & Jack LoGiudice Burt Brinckerhoff January 13, 1997 12 12
To help preserve a woman's pride, Matt lies to his family and secretly helps an old Mrs. Bink around her house. Eric becomes very concerned when Matt begins to miss church and is skipping school with Mary to help Mrs. Bink when he will not tell Eric and Annie about his secret. Although, Annie is calm about everything and knows that there is nothing bad happening and that there is a good reason behind all of this. Meanwhile, Eric tries to help a homeless family by breaking things in his church so that they can work to make the money and keep them off the streets. Also, Lucy is a little depressed over the lack of enthusiasm over her 13th birthday and that her father will not let her have a boy/girl party. Although, Lucy gets her wish by the end, and a little surprise when she finds out that her boyfriend's friend likes her. Lastly, Happy finally delivers her puppies and the Camdens begin to sell them.
America's Most Wanted Brenda Hampton Mark Jean January 27, 1997 13 13
Mary tries to impress her basketball team by stealing a glass from their teen hangout "The Varsity"---which is a school ritual. An upset Eric finds the glass and makes Matt return it but gets arrested when the store manager does not accept his apology for stealing it---which makes Mary feel guilty. Meanwhile, Lucy has a paper due and has not started it, so she takes one of Mary's old papers and puts her name on it. Eventually, she starts to feel guilty and admits to cheating. Lastly, Simon and Ruthie overhear their father talking about how it bothers him when people in America do not know the National Anthem. Ruthie then is afraid because she does not know it and ask Simon for help.
Seven is Enough Ron Zimmerman & Catherine LePard Harry Harris January 27, 1997 14 14
All three Camden generations dread the annual visit of Eric's parents, "The Colonel" (John Camden) and Grandma Ruth Camden. The tension between father and son is heightened when both Eric and "The Colonel" want to adopt a homeless and orphaned 10-year old boy, George. George has run away from the orphanage he was staying at and is hiding inside Eric's church. Eric openly voices his disdain over his parents' nurturing skills. Meanwhile, Annie discovers the fate of her lost wedding rings when seeing them on a woman at the store.
Happy's Valentine Brenda Hampton David Semel February 10, 1997 15 15
While both couples, Annie and Eric---Patricia and Morgan Hamilton spend a romantic Valentine's Day camping, Matt is left in charge of the rest of the family and allows chaos to reign in the Camden household. His preoccupation with his date and Mary's party allows the dog Happy to slip out of the house in search of her puppies. When a car hits Happy the family holds a vigil, aided by a caring veterinarian. Simon blames Matt for the whole entire accident. Meanwhile, Lucy is enjoying her first Valentine's Day with her boyfriend Jimmy Moon.
Brave New World Catherine LePard Harvey Laidman February 17, 1997 16 16
Lucy asks Eric to investigate her new best friend's white lies as to where she and her family really live and their financial situation. Meanwhile, Matt intervenes when a bully harasses Mary at school. Also, Simon is jealous of Ruthie's new friend from her pre-kindergarten class as she's more fascinated with him now than Simon. Lastly, Ruthie's first day at school brings melancholy feelings for Annie.
Choices Sue Tenney Kevin Inch April 14, 1997 17 17
Mary meets a wild girl, Camille in detention who convinces her to sneak out of her house to attend a fraternity party with her. Although, the party turns out to be an intimate double date with a driver who's been drinking all night. Lucy, now at age thirteen, must officially choose her religion and faith---to the pressure of Eric on her back. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie counsel a former associate pastor of Eric's who is burdened with a secret of his own. Also, Simon and Ruthie secretly buy ferrets and sneak them into the house.
Faith, Hope and the Bottom Line Burt Brickerhoff Catherine LePard April 21, 1997 18 18
Eric wants to hire an ex-convict to be the new organist as the church vestry's the opposition. Acting church treasurer, Annie must determine whether there is enough money in the church's budget to hire a new organist. Meanwhile, Lucy becomes jealous after she makes Mary tutor her boyfriend Jimmy Moon. Simon does his best at trying to get Matt into letting him get a tetanus shot at the doctor's office. Lastly, Ruthie feels empowered by her new class phone list and decides to test the emergency phone numbers.
It's About George Ron Zimmerman Harry Harris April 28, 1997 19 19
When Eric's parents return for a visit with their newly adopted ten-year-old son George in tow, they are shocked to meet the boy's real father, who desperately wants to be a part of his life again. Annie tries to get the family excited as she is building a row boat in the backyard. Meanwhile, Eric's sister Julie gets out of rehab and is having hard time with reconnecting with her parents and family at the Camden home. Also, with a little help from Matt and Mary, Lucy tries to prepare her boyfriend Jimmy for meeting her formidable grandparents, "The Colonel" and Grandma Ruth.
Say Good-Bye Brenda Hampton & Sue Tenney Gabrielle Beaumont May 5, 1997 20 20
Matt is uneasy when Annie's oldest friend Rachel, a boy-crazy divorcee makes a pass at him during a night out in the town with Mary. Meanwhile, Mary makes a public singing debut at a coffee house. Also, Ruthie decides to say goodbye to her imaginary friend Hoowie. Lastly, Lucy is inconsolable when her best friend, Suzanne moves away from her.
Dangerous Liaisons (Part 1) Brenda Hampton & Ron Zimmerman Harvey Laidman May 12, 1997 21 21
Annie's father, Charles is visiting the Camden family but he has a new girlfriend, Ginger. Annie is really upset that her father is already seeing someone since her mother died only a few months ago. Matt meets a girl at the airport, Heather. He later asks her on a date and learns she is deaf. Lucy takes Simon's advice and dyes her hair blond. While at the park, Mary meets a guy, Wilson and his supposed little brother, Billy. They go on a date later that evening. The next day at church, Annie storms out. Mary decides to follow her mother, but is hit by a speeding car when she chases her across the street.
Dangerous Liaisons (Part 2) Brenda Hampton & Catherine LePard Harvey Laidman May 19, 1997 22 22
In the first season finale, Eric and Annie await for Mary to come out of surgery after her car accident. The culprit who ran Mary over comes out as it is Michael Towner, which enrages Matt and gets into a fight with him. Matt also tries to mend his relationship with Heather. Wilson soon confesses to Eric and Annie on his status as a teen father to Billy, which surprises Eric and Annie. Lucy and Jimmy break up after Jimmy sees that Lucy has dyed her hair blonde and he's turned off by it. Meanwhile, Annie mends her relationship with her father and his new girlfriend Ginger with helpful advice from Mrs. Bink. Lastly, Eric and Annie get the news from Mary's surgeon that it might be a long recovery for her, especially with playing basketball again.

Season 2: 1997-98[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
Don't Take My Love Away Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff September 15 1997 1 23

In the second season-opener, Eric and Annie renew their vows. The kids aren't really excited about the wedding, but Ruthie wants to wear a tuxedo. Mary is tired of walking with crutches, but is afraid she might fall if she does not use them. Lucy is still angry that Jimmy Moon is going out with Ashley now, but invites them to the wedding---she later un-invites them. Matt and Heather are spending time together before she goes away to school. Simon decides to wait before moving in his new room in the attic. Eric helps a woman, Nora, talk to the guy who killed her husband a few years ago.

See You In September Christopher Bird David Semel September 22 1997 2 24

Eric and Annie are taking the day off to spend time together since it's the first day of school for all five Camden children. Although, things go awry on their first day back in school. Ruthie is caught wearing a hat backwards which violates school policy. Ruthie insists on wearing her cap backwards and ends up getting a 'time out' by her teacher. During Simon's first day at Junior High School, he is caught with a knife that his mother had given him to cut his chicken. Simon is suspended for a day. Mary offers to help Lucy with her locker that does not open because of Eric's old lock that he had given her. Meanwhile, when Lucy takes an aspirin that Mary had given her, the principal notices them with the medicine and takes them to the office. Matt later joins his sisters after Mr. Koper catches him with a beeper - the one Eric left in Matt's jacket after borrowing it. All three of them are suspended for a day. Also, Mary learns that Mr. Koper is her new basketball coach and he's going to help her build her knee strength up. Lastly, a boy threatening to jump off his apartment building interrupts Eric and Annie's day off. Eric then helps to work things out between him and his mother.

I Love You Brenda Hampton Gabrielle Beaumont September 29 1997 3 25

Mary tries to make Wilson say that he "loves" her, but Wilson thinks it's a big commitment and that they have not known each other long enough to say those words to each other. Meanwhile, Simon and Ruthie are reading Matt's love letters to Heather and get caught. Matt tricks them by addressing one of the letters to "Mrs. Matt Camden." By this, Eric accidentally finds the letter leading to think Matt and Heather got married over the summer, which worries himself, Annie and Heather's mom, Mrs. Cain. Lastly, Eric helps Lucy's friend, Laurie get closer to her mother.

Who Knew? Greg Plageman Gabrielle Beaumont October 6 1997 4 26

Eric accuses Matt of doing drugs after finding marijuana in the house after Matt's friend Mitch asks him to hold his marijuana. Meanwhile, at the same time Eric finds the marijuana in the house it leads Annie to a confession of own her about her experimentation. Also, Simon teaches Ruthie about the fine art of doing laundry, even though Ruthie is little too young. Lastly, Lucy introduces her new clothing of all black and her new boyfriend Rod to the family.

Says Who? Greg Plageman Harvey Laidman October 13 1997 5 27

One of the members of Eric's congregation, Mrs. Bink persuades him to investigate the real reason of why her best friend Mrs. Hinkle is moving into a retirement home. Meanwhile, Simon and Ruthie are performing an experiment and are trying to convince Matt that Simon is shrinking, but the tables suddenly turn for Simon. Also, Lucy tries to get to the bottom of one of her classmates, Shelby as she is rumored all over school of being bulimic.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Brenda Hampton Harry Harris October 20 1997 6 28

The Camden kids get a lesson in love as Mary decides to call it a quits with Wilson. Simon is obsessed with getting his first girlfriend, while Ruthie learns the do's and do nots of kissing on the school playground. Matt receives devastating news from his girlfriend Heather, which leads him on a long journey to Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Lucy laments over being single until she accidentally gets close to the school hunk.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun Catherine LePard Joel J. Feigenbaum November 3 1997 7 29

Simon becomes emotionally involved with his best friend's sister, Karen who's a gang member. Meanwhile, in a show of independence Lucy dons makeup and revealing wardrobe with her friends to meet guys at the mall and gets caught by Annie and Ruthie. In addition, Ruthie questions the speed of light to everyone in the family.

Do Something Naomi Janzen Tony Mordente November 10 1997 8 30

Against Eric's advice, Matt takes a job caring for a dying boy named Steve. Annie goes into the muffin-making business after being convinced by her daughters Mary and Lucy. Annie goes into business with a cookie shop owner, David Friel who's looking to expand his profits, although it's much harder work for Annie than what she had originally anticipated. Also, Ruthie teaches Simon a tough lesson about the art of being a salesperson when being his competition in selling greeting cards.

I Hate You Brenda Hampton & Eleah Horwitz Burt Brinckerhoff November 17 1997 9 31

Against Eric's wishes, Simon asks Mrs. Kerjesz to tell her story about being in the Holocaust in his class presentation. To form a strong sisterly bond, Mary and Lucy decide to hate Matt's new girlfriend for no good reason and end up hurting her feelings and breaking up with Matt. Also, Annie suffers heartache when Ruthie tells her she "hates" her for making her clean the walls in her room after scribbling crayons on them.

Truth Or Dare Brenda Hampton & Eleah Horwitz Les Sheldon November 24 1997 10 32

Mary coerces Matt into asking his friend Brian to take her out on a date despite his lack of interest in her. Although, things begin to heat up between the two kids while on the date---but ultimately ends in disaster after Mary finds out the truth. Meanwhile, Lucy is invited to a sleepover of popular girls, but Lucy is unaware of the group's real intentions for inviting her. Also, Simon begins to teach Ruthie how to swim without taking lessons. Lastly, Eric becomes convinced he's fat and thinks he's getting away with cheating on his diet.

Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way Brenda Hampton & Eleah Horwitz Les Sheldon January 12 1998 11 33

Eric's no-nonsense father, "The Colonel" returns when he learns an array of problems in the Camden household. Mary is jealous of a new member of the basketball team who is getting a lot of the attention. Lucy's declining grades are due to her hanging around with a bad crowd, while Ruthie needs to copy Simon in his quest to be a magician. Meanwhile, Eric is oblivious to all of the family troubles around him as he's preoccupied with writing a sermon that is to be covered by a camera crew. Meanwhile, Annie is doing all the chores at home and at church alone while everyone else is doing their own thing.

Rush To Judgement Christopher Bird Neema Barnette January 19 1998 12 34

Eric and Annie try not suspecting the worst when they discover money missing from the church treasury and all the evidence points to Lou, the church treasurer. Later, they all find out it is for his disabled son who was kicked out of his home and needs to find a new one. Believing that Coach Koper has more than basketball on his mind where Mary's concerned, Matt and Lucy risk alienating their sister to discover the truth. Also, Simon lets the game of golf overwhelm his life and ends up breaking a lot of things.

Stuck in the Middle with You Brenda Hampton Harry Harris January 26 1998 13 35

Lucy must choose between her new boyfriend Rod and her former boyfriend Jimmy Moon after he is dumped by his old girlfriend Ashley, and wants Lucy back. While Lucy makes her decision, the rest of the Camden children are making bets to which guy Lucy will choose. Eric and Annie are at odds when they help newly married couples communicate with each other, but end up getting into a big fight themselves when discussing their burial plot arrangements within their own families. Also, a visit from Annie's father stirs up further problems in the Camden household when he arrives without Ginger after recently breaking up due to his hair piece (toupee).

Red Tape Brenda Hampton Les Sheldon February 2 1998 14 36

Eric helps a single mother named Harriet and her son Clarence to try to convince the IRS that she should not be responsible for her ex-boyfriend's enormous debts. Annie confronts the kids about their lack of good manners after an incident at a "Free Sunday Blue-Collar Special Lunch" at a restaurant. The kids do not take Annie seriously and fool around. Meanwhile, Matt accuses Mary and Lucy of placing a personal ad in his name in the school newspaper for a date. Also, Simon and Ruthie try to figure out how to pay off Happy's accidental credit card and purchase.

Homecoming Catherine LePard David J. Plenn February 9 1998 15 37

Convinced that she will fail in her basketball comeback, Mary develops a horrible attitude making her quite unpleasant. Eric laments that Mary never talks to him anymore. Lucy is excited over the prospect of her best friend Suzanne coming to visit, until she learns Suzanne ran away from home. Afraid of his science teacher, Ms. Hunter, Simon loses his confidence in his ability to complete a class project and feigns illness to avoid it. Also, Ruthie is fearful of her first field trip thinking that she will get lost from the group.

It Takes A Village Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff February 23 1998 16 38

When Eric helps his friend, Morgan, secretly meet up with his wife's ex-husband Kevin, they are shocked at the outcome, that he's paralyzed from the waist down. While covering for the Hamiltons' daughter, Keesha, Lucy unexpectedly goes on a double date with them. Soon Annie and Patricia bust the girls when taking Ruthie and Lynn to the movies. Back at school, Mary clandestinely dates one of Lucy's classmates.

Nothing Endures But Change Heather Conkie Stephen Collins March 2 1998 17 39

Lucy gets an invitation to have pizza with two rebellious friends, and then she blames herself for the tragic car accident that claims her friend's life, and her sister in the hospital. After Lucy's friend is killed, the family rallies around her, noticing her unusually distant behavior. In addition, Mary does a favor for her ex-boyfriend Wilson and baby-sits his son Billy so he can go to his prom. Also, Simon gets his own room while Matt moves into the attic.

My Kinda Guy Greg Plageman Joseph B. Wallenstein April 6 1998 18 40

After Eric agrees to take in a French exchange student, Guy, as a temporary border, no one but Ruthie suspects the young man is actually a con artist. Suave and romantic, the border attracts both Mary and Lucy after he flirts with them. Simon and Ruthie get sick when they try to smoke Guy's cigarettes. Also, Guy steals Matt's date. Lastly, Eric and Annie discover e-mail and chat rooms on Guy's laptop computer and begin a romance with each other over the internet.

Time to Leave the Nest Stephanie Simpson Tony Mordente April 20 1998 19 41

Eric tries to unravel the mystery surrounding a young homeless girl, Sarah James, that Simon brings home who's lost. Eric tries to help her and her alcoholic father, Joe James. Matt delights the prospect of going away to college. Matt says he needs personal space when having a older woman sleep-over. Also, sharing a room begins to fuel differences between Mary and Lucy.

Like a Harlot Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum April 27 1998 20 42

Eric asks Matt to take his friend's daughter to the senior prom, but he is unaware of her tainted style and her being a harlot. Eric gets "Snappy the Stegosaurus" tickets from his ex-girlfriend for Ruthie. Meanwhile, Simon is uncomfortable after viewing a school film on the 'facts of life' while Ruthie learns the truth about her costume character hero. Also, Mary and Lucy trick their way into a date with boys they do not know, but the joke's on them.

Boyfriends Part 1 Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff May 4 1998 21 43

When Mary and Wilson decide to get back together it begins to make Annie worrisome about their togetherness since Wilson and his son Billy are hanging around the Camden house a lot more. Later on, Matt catches Wilson and Mary both sleeping together in her bed and throws a fit at them. Meanwhile, Lucy is also worried when her former boyfriends, Jimmy Moon and Rod team up to follow Eric around for a class project. The two guys even start calling themselves Eric's "MIT's: Minister's In Training." Also, Simon begins to train Happy for a role in a dog commercial while Matt is looking for the right time to tell his family that he got a job in Washington D.C. over the summer. Lastly, after Happy wins the commercial gig and is put on television, Happy's original owner and his daughter see Happy on television and want her back.

...And Girlfriends Part 2 Catherine LePard Burt Brinckerhoff May 11 1998 22 44

In the second season finale, Eric and Annie are shocked and saddened that Mary might be pregnant after a talk with her doctor over the phone. Meanwhile, Matt makes an announcement that he is leaving home sooner than expected so he can begin a summer training program in Washington D.C. Although, Matt soon realizes that "The Colonel" was the real reason of how he got into the program and must decide whether he should take it or not. Also, Simon and Ruthie are despondent when Happy's original owner comes to claim her. The family then tries their best efforts into getting her back. Also, Annie's father, Charles and Ginger create a false engagement to discourage Eric and Annie when trying to rescue Happy with the rest of the family---but later on make the engagement real. Lastly, a big surprise is waiting in the wing for Eric and Annie as they discover something wonderful.

Season 3: 1998-99[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
It Takes Two, Baby Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff September 21 1998 1 45

In the third season-opener, Annie is feeling a little depressed since she's 3 months pregnant. Ruthie is pretending to feel a little pregnant herself. Lucy is following the dating advice from 'The Rules' book she has. Matt moves in an apartment with three attractive girls. Eric is looking for the perfect 20th anniversary plan for Annie. Mary gets a lot of attention from guys, which makes Lucy jealous. Although, one of Mary's 'guy' friends asks Lucy out. Matt finally comes back home because of girl problems he was having with his new roommates. Simon's girlfriend is acting a little weird. Eric and Annie tell the kids they're having TWINS!

Drunk Like Me Carol & Nigel Evan McKeand Joel J. Feigenbaum September 28 1998 2 46

Annie and the girls are fixing up an old car for Matt as his college present for him as he moves into a fraternity house. Simon is having a hard time living around the girls when fixing up the old car and needs to be around some male energy, especially after hearing from his mom that two more girls MAYBE on the way when she predicts the twins' sex. Meanwhile, a new woman at the church flirts with Eric. Lastly, Matt's friend almost dies after drinking too much for an initiation at a fraternity party and Matt quickly takes him to the hospital.

Cutters Sue Tenney Anson Williams October 5 1998 3 47

Lucy is spending a lot of time with her new best friend, Nicole. They are both in the same biology class, and are both failing. Eric offers to tutor both of them. Matt is upset because a girl rejected him. He later learns she did that because she already has a boyfriend. Ruthie fails her math test on purpose so she can get more attention from her mother. Simon wants her to stop, and tells her he will pay 50 cents for every good answer she gets on her next test. Ruthie gets all the answers right, so Simon has to pay her $10. Mary catches Nicole cutting herself in the bathroom. Mary tells Eric, who then tells Nicole's father. Eric gives him a card and a number to call so they can get help for Nicole. Nicole and her parent's are moving to Chicago for a couple of months, so she can follow therapy.

The Legacy Catherine LePard Tony Mordente October 12 1998 4 48

Simon sees his teacher push a man who was screaming at his son. He then feels guilty when he learns his teacher got fired. Annie takes piano lessons as her "pregnancy project." Meanwhile, Matt makes a move on one of his college teachers. It turns out he misunderstood her signals. Mary and her friends skip a boring class and get caught. Also, Lucy forgets her lunch in geometry class and finds her teacher eating it --- two days in a row. She and her friend Shelby then learn a good geometry lesson. Lastly, Ruthie has trouble finding the perfect instrument for music class.

...And a Nice Chianti Greg Plageman Harvey Laidman October 19 1998 5 49

Eric is trying to cheer up a woman whose son died three years ago. She wants to meet the people who received her son's organs after he died. Mary got her Learner's Permit, but not everyone is enthusiastic to ride with her. Meanwhile, Lucy and Simon decide to take the bus. A freshman has a crush on Lucy and sits beside her, which makes his girlfriend jealous and angry with Lucy. Simon gets into some trouble with this tough guy who wants help with his homework. A pregnant girl steals Matt's car and leaves Matt with her broken car, which happens to be stolen. She is running away from home because her parents will not forgive her for getting pregnant.

And the Home of the Brave Brenda Hampton Harry Harris November 2 1998 6 50

Annie's father, Charles is getting married to his girlfriend Ginger. The wedding reception is supposed to be at the Camdens' house and Annie is the one in charge of preparing the menu. Annie is not enthusiastic about the wedding and the reception. On her way to the grocery store, she meets a homeless veteran and invites him home. He is the one ending up preparing the menu since he was a chef for forty years. Also, Matt and Mary are taking a little road trip, which ends up being very long when they get a flat tire. Simon is spending the day with his new girlfriend Deena. Lucy is spending the day with Jordan, the guy she can now call her boyfriend. Lastly, Ruthie is feeling lonely, so she pretends her imaginary friend Huey is back the whole day.

Johnny Get Your Gun Brenda Hampton Kevin Inch November 9 1998 7 51

Ruthie wants the "Booboom" video game that her friend has and is walking around the house pretending she is dropping bombs which is annoying Annie a lot. Simon has a BIG problem at school when his girlfriend Deena tells him that her former boyfriend Johnny just got dumped by his girlfriend and might be coming after him so he could get back together with Deena. Johnny then threatens to shoot Simon the next day at school. Simon tells Eric this and tries his best to settle this matter leading to bad consequences on both sides as someone gets shot. Meanwhile, Matt introduces Mary to his friend Shana and her brother. He asks Mary out on a date, but has no idea that he has a BIG problem---he is violent. Meanwhile, Lucy tries to be romantic with Jordan and wants to slap him after watching "Gone with the Wind".

No Sex, Some Drugs and a Little Rock 'n' Roll Sue Tenney David J. Plenn November 16 1998 8 52

Eric's old Rock & Roll band has come to town for a small concert, although he is suspicious about their possible drug habit. The band is staying at the Camden home---they have parked their trailer on the front lawn. Meanwhile, Simon starts to drink coffee and becomes very addicted. Lucy continues to be on the phone constantly talking to, Jordan, while Ruthie is constantly chewing gum. Also, Mary finds out that one of her friends from the basketball team, Diane, is taking natural pills to boost her energy and that everyone else on the team is taking them. Mary then decides to take a few pills herself when overhearing Matt in a conversation about his bottle of natural pills. Eric then yells at Matt when finding pills in his room. Matt says that he got it from a friend, but he did not take any yet.Mary then tells her father that she got the same pills from her friend Diane. When Eric tries to talk to Diane and her father, they do not listen to him. Later that evening, while Eric and Annie are jamming at the band's concert, Diane has a sudden heart attack when playing basketball with Mary at the playground.

Let's Talk About Sex Sue Tenney Tony Mordente November 23 1998 9 53

Eric and Annie are taking prenatal classes---for the sixth time. Annie helps two teenage girls get through their pregnancies, while Eric helps the two teenage fathers deal with the news and finding a job. Simon is taking babysitting classes and gets his first job, babysitting Ruthie, although it does not go quite the way he expected it to. Meanwhile, Mary is sneaking to a co-ed basketball sleep over. Plus, Lucy is thinking of having sex with Jordan to see if he's really attracted to her, but it blows up in her face. Lastly, Matt has to do research on sex for his class and is having trouble over finding a topic.

Here Comes Santa Claus Chris & Jeff Olsen Joel J. Feigenbaum December 14 1998 10 54

It's the Christmas season and Eric has his three oldest children doing charity work for the community. Mary and Lucy aren't enthusiastic about the charity work that Eric wants them to do. Mary is working in a soup kitchen while Lucy has to organize auditions for the Live Nativity scene at the church. Meanwhile, Eric has given Matt a well-paid job as Santa Claus at the mall. Also, Simon is in the spirit of wearing his very tight candy cane pajamas and wanting to put on lights inside the house since he's not allowed to do it outside alone. As a family ritual, each family member picks a name out of a hat of who to get for Christmas, while Eric and Annie cheat. Before going on his family vacation, Jordan accidentally gives Lucy a gift that was meant for his uncle's monkey (shoe shine-kit), but was supposed to give her a basketball signed "I Love You". Also, Mary meets a homeless person, Carlos, at the soup kitchen, so Mary invites him to stay over at their house. Ruthie loses the spirit of Christmas when discovering Matt was a fake Santa Claus at the mall while Simon tries to bring her spirits up. Lastly, the Camden family convinces Carlos to go back to New York on Christmas Eve to be with his family that he misses.

Nobody Knows Brenda Hampton & Catherine LePard Harry Harris January 12 1999 11 55

Mary gets her driver's license, but cannot parallel park. She cried during the test because she could not park, so the teacher passes her anyway. Meanwhile, Simon learns that his girlfriend Deena had Leukemia when she was five years old, but went away. Although, every year she has to go for a check-up to make sure the disease did not come back which worries the both of them. Also, Ruthie calls a woman who she thinks is a psychic and asks her if Deena is going to be all right. Lastly, Eric's sister, Julie, is back in Glen Oak and she has a new job and is starting a life of her own now. Eric and Matt want to help her get settled in Glen Oak, but are trying to help a little too much.

All That Jazz Sue Tenney Harvey Laidman January 18 1999 12 56

Simon wants to buy the perfect gift for Deena because its their three month anniversary, but it ends up consuming his time which annoys his friend, Nigel, who's visiting. Rod (Lucy's ex-boyfriend) is spending time at the Camdens' home because his mother died and does not want to face his father because he's angry with him. Heather is back in town, and she tells Matt that she's engaged. Meanwhile, Dr. Hastings, the doctor who almost killed Matt when he was born, now works at Glen Oak Hospital and Annie is not thrilled, especially with the possibility that he may deliver her twins. Mary tells everyone that she's back with Wilson, but it's not true. She made it up to get attention from guys. Lastly, Michael Towner, who hit Mary with his car two years ago, calls her.

The Tribes That Band Catherine LePard Bradley Gross January 25 1999 13 57

Lucy is spending the weekend at camp 'All By Myself'. It turns out everyone at the camp has to spend the weekend all by themselves without talking to anyone. Ruthie is angry with classmate Bobby Tripp because he keeps making fun of her since he accidentally saw her underwear. Now, Ruthie decides to make him realize what he did was wrong by starting a war: Camdens vs. Tripps. The church's women group throws a baby shower for Annie. Eric and Matt have lunch with Morgan and John Hamilton. Even though they were first to order, the manager of the restaurant does not serve Morgan and John their meal because he does not serve black people.

In Praise of Women Brenda Hampton & Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff February 8 1999 14 58

During a difficult labor, Annie asks Dr. Hastings for help. Lucy decides to break up with Jordan because she does not feel the same love for him as he feels for her. Simon continues to pray for twin boys. Happy is alone in the house causing some mess and trouble. Simon suddenly decides that he would ask his parents if he could get his ear pierced. Matt is reluctant and scared about giving blood and also tries to calm everybody's tensions with the arrival of the babies. Lastly, Ruthie is the same as usual in this heart, warming episode; bad mouthing the twins until they come.

It Happened One Night Brenda Hampton & Greg Plageman Tony Mordente February 15 1999 15 59

Sam and David are home and will not stop crying. Matt gets a new job at the Dairy Shack as a delivery guy. Mary sneaks to the pool hall to meet Wilson while Lucy covers for her at home. Lucy ends up doing all the cleaning by herself. Mary hangs out with Jordan as Wilson arrives. Wilson is thinking of moving back to Glen Oak, but Mary realizes she does not have feelings for him anymore. Ruthie wants to run away from home because she does not get much attention as she used to. Annie gives Ruthie her baby book. Simon orders food from the Dairy Shack to check out Matt's new job. Matt ends up being dismissed from his job and meets an old girlfriend, Shana.

Paranoia Ron Darian Stephen Collins February 22 1999 16 60

Eric suspects Lucy's ex-boyfriend Jimmy Moon is involved with drugs. Eric and Annie and the rest of the Camden family forbid Lucy to neither see nor speak to him anymore. Lucy does not listen to them and she gets a lot more than what she bargained for when trying to help Jimmy. Meanwhile, Ruthie tries to keep Matt and his new girlfriend Shana apart as she avoids telling Matt that Shana has been calling the house. Lastly, Simon tries out for the baseball team and uses Mary as a good reference, even though he stinks.

Sometimes That's Just The Way It Is Linda Ptolemy Kevin Inch March 1 1999 17 61

Eric counsels a troubled couple on the brink of divorce, Ted and Emily. Matt decides to join the Army without consulting his parents about it. Also, Mary and Lucy are desperate to get out of the house and later get into a car accident with Ted who was driving drunk when going out to get some more beer for his new apartment. Matt cannot join the Army because he's not fully measured for the job. Also, Simon tries to find his red-lightning ring to get out of his bad luck as being the new middle child of the family now. He will even try chain letters to get out of it. Lastly, Ruthie tries her best to get peoples attention when their focuses are on the new babies.

We The People Catherine LePard Harry Harris March 15 1999 18 62

Moral outrage explodes in the community over an affair between a college president and a student at Matt's college. Simon and Ruthie go on a paper route, but some problems occur when Mr. Mallone does not want to pay the paper fee. Mrs. Hinkle tries to help Simon and Ruthie in their situation. Matt gets into a fight with some people at his school due to a disagreement of opinions with the chancellor's affair. Mary convinces Lucy to go on a date with the guy Mary supposedly smashed her car into.

The Voice Ron Darian David J. Plenn May 3 1999 19 63

Eric defends a custodian named Rudy from Simon's school who claims to be hearing messages from God and is forced into early retirement through the school board. Annie wants to cut loose for the evening, and does so with other fellow mothers. Ruthie encounters a chimp living in the Camden's tree in the backyard, but nobody in her family believes her when she tells them about it. Mary stays up babysitting for the twins when her parents are out, and is ditched by Lucy.

All Dogs Go To Heaven Chris & Jeff Olsen Paul Snider May 10 1999 20 64

Two parishioners entreat Eric to take their suffering dog to the vet to be put down. Matt catches Mary in a lip-lock with Michael Towner in a most unlikely place. When caught, Mary gets into a big fight with Matt because he's always intruding in her life. After a night of cooling off and a talk with Sgt. Michael's and each other (Matt and Mary), things go back to normal. Simon and Lucy double date together with birthday girl Deena and her older brother who is visiting. The dates are a success.

There Goes The Bride, Part 1 Brenda Hampton & Sue Tenney Tony Mordente May 17 1999 21 65

Eric worries about Matt as Heather's wedding approaches. Eric learns that his sister Julie is dating Dr. Hastings (the doctor who delivered the twins and almost killed Matt at birth) without telling him or the family. Also, Lucy and Simon are both in their awkward love triangle between all of their two best friends and lovers. Ruthie wants to be a bridesmaid and a bride at Heather's wedding.

There Goes The Bride, Part 2 Brenda Hampton & Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff May 24 1999 22 66

In the third season finale, Eric counsels an engaged couple facing difficulties. Mary, Lucy and Simon learn the repercussions of forbidden love, especially Simon when he is caught in his bedroom alone with Deena kissing near his bed. Julie gets married to Dr. Hastings (Hank) and learns that she's pregnant. Also, Heather breaks up with her fiance after she learns he was cheating on her with another woman. Matt tries to save his relationship with Shana after he ran off with Heather, and does this through his pleading of forgiveness.

Season 4: 1999-2000[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
The Tattle Tale Heart Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff September 20 1999 1 67

In the fourth season-opener, it introduces "The Colonel" and Grandma Ruth back in the Camdens' lives as they just returned from being out of the country for six months. Simon surprises his grandparents with his new haircut. Matt decides to move out of the house and gets his own apartment with his friend John Hamilton. Aunt Julie's new husband Hank gets Matt a job at his hospital working in the cafeteria. Also, a big surprise happens when Eric begins to suffer a mild heart attack due to the stress from his job. Eric spends a few days in the hospital with the support from his family. Within the coming weeks he must take things slow awhile recovering.

Life Is Too Beautiful Brenda Hampton Tony Mordente September 27 1999 2 68

Eric develops a child-like fascination with life when he takes a much-needed vacation after his heart attack episode, while Annie runs into interference with each of the kids. Meanwhile, Simon assumes the role of the 'man of the house', but feels Matt is undermining his authority when he keeps on making fun of him. Also, Matt grows uncomfortable with the blossoming friendship between his girlfriend Shana and his roommate John Hamilton while he's busy with other issues. Also, Lucy finds a direction in her life with her interest in Habitat for Humanity after taking her fathers advice.

Yak Sada (a.k.a. One Voice) Elizabeth Orange Bradley Gross October 4 1999 3 69

Each of the Camdens are learning a lesson in equality as Annie and Lucy join together to protest the mistreatment of women in Afghanistan. Eric counsels a young couple about the importance of sexual equality in a marriage. Simon considers dropping out of a cooking class he enjoys because he is the only boy enrolled. Also, Mary helps Ruthie with her secret plans to defy convention and play on the school football team. Meanwhile, Shana confronts her long-lost father who abandoned her family 20 years ago.

Come Drive With Me Ron Darian Anson Williams October 11 1999 4 70

With Annie and Lucy adding a new bathroom, and the need for a new car, Eric is depending on his built-in annual raise from the church board. However, when the church deacons gets the wrong impression about the Camden's financial situation, they reject his annual raise. It's up to Ruthie to save the day when she realizes what is going on and to convince them to change their minds about their plan. Meanwhile, a young hospital patient offers Matt some career advice. Also, Simon attempts to entertain a classmate who has a crush on him.

With Honors Sue Tenney Harvey Laidman October 18 1999 5 71

Mary and her friend Corey Conway learn that they have been named recipients of their senior classes "All Sports Award" and they are both thrilled. Although, the local businessmen revoke the honor from Corey when they learn Corey is a mother. Angered and hurt by their actions, Mary gives her reward to Corey in front of the entire assembly. On the home front, tensions build after Eric and Annie find a bag of marijuana in Simon's new friend's backpack. They confront his family (who at first deny there is an issue), but after a successful intervention with the police, the boy's father agrees to seek counseling and to find a job. Meanwhile, Matt faces a disciplinary action after he breaks the honor code during a school exam. Also, Lucy questions herself whether she should help a boy she likes to access the school's computer system when she's working in the attendance office.

Just You Wait And See Linda Ptolemy Paul Snider October 25 1999 6 72

Eric and Annie put on their counseling hats when a very pregnant Julie appears on their doorstep prepared to leave her new husband Hank. Eric decides to take Hank out to dinner to discuss their issues. While they are at dinner, a very pregnant Julie goes into early labor. Unable to transport her to the hospital because Simon and Mary are out to dinner and Lucy is on a date, Annie does her best to calm Julie down. Hank and Eric return to the house just in time for the birth. Julie delivers a baby girl. Grateful for Eric's effort, Julie names the baby after him: Erica. Meanwhile, Lucy is disappointed when her date expects her to be 'the man', and Simon attracts the attention of an older female admirer.

Sin... Part 1 Catherine LePard Tony Mordente November 8 1999 7 73

Mary and her basketball teammates are upset when their high school coach imposes a lockout on the season, citing that their studies should be top priority. When the school calls a meeting to discuss the situation, Eric and Annie support the coach's concerns and decisions. Outraged by the apparent betrayal, Mary and some members of the team break into the gym and vandalize it. They are soon caught by the police and charged with vandalism. Meanwhile, sparks fly when Simon is caught making a lewd hand gesture in front of the school, and is suspended. Also, Matt contemplates returning home and Ruthie obsesses about being one of the guys.

... And Expiation Part 2 Catherine LePard Tony Mordente November 15 1999 8 74

The Camden family rallies together after Mary gets caught by the police. She truly learns the consequences of her actions after she learns that she is losing her scholarship to college, faces possible school expulsion and jail time. To help her avoid prosecution, Eric and Annie enlist the help of a lawyer who manages to get Mary enrolled in a community service program. Simon and Ruthie feel overwhelming pangs of guilt for having some knowledge of Mary's intentions and not telling their parents about it. Simon and Ruthie decide to visit many different houses of worship to attain atonement. Also, Matt moves back home to help with the family, but he soon realizes he needs to live on his own.

Dirty Laundry Elaine Arata Burt Brinckerhoff November 22 1999 9 75

After Eric receives a mysterious check of $20,000, he learns that the gift was from one of his parishioners who was a World War II internment camp survivor. When he hears that the woman has never been able cope from her internment experience, Eric helps her come to terms with the pain. Meanwhile, Ruthie learns a valuable lesson about the meaning of friendship when bribing a classmate. Matt and Shana have a miscommunication about laundry that sends their relationship temporarily into a tailspin. Simon is woeful over the injustices of the world, and Mary adjusts to her lower social status at school.

Who Nose Suzanne Fitzpatrick Harvey Laidman November 29 1999 10 76

In order to get extra credit, Simon volunteers to paint a holiday mural with a few good guys in his school. The other volunteers do not like Simon because they are inhaling paint fumes and are afraid he will report them. When one of the boys winds up in the hospital, Simon is accused of providing the paint. After he confronts the boy, the boy decides to confess everything to his parents. Meanwhile, Mary is suddenly thrilled about her community service after she meets the man of her dreams: Robbie Palmer. Eric and Annie are hesitant to allow Mary to pursue a relationship because of her punishment, but do allow Robbie to call her. Matt is up in arms when he learns that Shana is transferring to NYU and that his father provided a reference without his knowledge, and Ruthie wins first prize in her art-school project: a sculpture of the Camden family noses.

Forget Me Not Sue Tenney David J. Plenn December 13 1999 11 77

When Ginger pays the Camden family a visit, she informs Eric and Annie that her father is in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. At first, Annie cannot believe it, but after observing him in the backyard and not paying attention to a fire in the barbecue, Annie realizes the truth. Meanwhile, Mary and Eric cannot see eye-to-eye on her relationship with Robbie, but they soon agree to compromise. When Mary informs Robbie of the plan, he tells her that it will not work between them. Fortunately for Mary, Robbie changes his mind after talking to Eric in the local grocery market. Also, Lucy gets into trouble after blowing off a Habitat for Humanity project to go on a date, and is caught. Meanwhile, Matt is consumed with depression due to Shana's upcoming move to New York. By this, Matt pays no attention to Simon, who just wants to spend time with his big brother. Also, Ruthie makes a vast millennium preparations until Eric provides her with a more grounded perspective.

All By Myself Brenda Hampton & Sue Tenney Kevin Inch January 24 2000 12 78

Annie decides to take a much-needed break from the family and heads to the beach on a solo trip to get some rest, leaving Eric (Mr. Mom) in charge of the large household. Meanwhile, Matt must reluctantly say goodbye to Shana as she leaves for NYU. Mary impatiently waits for Robbie to call her. Also, Lucy realizes that she may be interested in the wrong guy, and Simon learns some tips from his sisters on how to treat a girl.

Who Do You Trust? Brenda Hampton & Ron Darian Joel J. Feigenbaum January 31 2000 13 79

Eric and Annie reluctantly allow Mary to go out with Robbie, on the condition that they double date with his younger brother Rick and Lucy. Meanwhile, Simon and Nigel buy several packs of cigarettes for a class project to prove how easy it is for children to buy tobacco. Also, Ruthie works out her own secretive science project and John invites some female neighbors over for dinner to take Matt's mind off of Shana.

Words Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff February 7 2000 14 80

Reverend Camden helps a new family in the congregation who has a son suffering from Tourette's Syndrome. With the assistance of Simon, Simon sticks up for the boy at school when bullies pick on him. Meanwhile, Annie takes matters into her own hands when she horrifyingly learns from Lucy that Ruthie's teacher has reportedly been calling her "stupid." Simon unknowingly hurts Mary's feelings with something he said to her earlier, and Matt puts his girlfriend Shana on the silent treatment when he contemplates calling things off.

Loves Me, Loves Me Not Brenda Hampton Bradley Gross February 14 2000 15 81

It's Valentine's Day and the Camdens' are celebrating the day of love with a special party in honor of the twins first birthday. Eric and Annie fret over how to make the twins' first birthday a memorable one, while the rest of the family learn different ways of exchanging love on Valentine's Day. After finally gaining her parents' trust, Mary is allowed to spend a romantic dinner with Robbie, only to learn he has ulterior motives. Meanwhile, Simon and Deena confess to their parents' that they've given each other love bites. Also, Matt welcomes his ex-girlfriend, Heather, back into his life, threatening his relationship with Shana.

Say A Little Prayer For Me Brenda Hampton Harry Harris February 21 2000 16 82

Reverend Camden encourages his congregation and his family to trust in prayer. Lucy gets upset when people in the public thought of her as a disgusting teen mother when she takes the twins for a walk. Mary is praying that she will be able to get back together with Robbie even after what he did. Simon prays that he can see Deena soon and be on her parent's good side again even after giving her a hickey. Eric tries to locate a child who wrote an inspiring letter to him, but was left unanimous.

Twelve Angry People Carol Tenney Tony Mordente February 28 2000 17 83

Eric finds himself on a hung jury of a case that he considers "open and shut," only to realize that he must help the other jurors regain their faith in the legal process in order to reach a fair verdict. Meanwhile, the other Camdens are suffering their own wrong doings as Annie and Ruthie ponder whether two wrongs make a right. Mary becomes in debt with Lucy after accidentally giving her a black eye. Also, Simon and Deena realize that saying "sorry" cannot turn back time, and Matt learns how important one person's voice can be.

Hoop Dreams Jon Bastian David J. Plenn April 10 2000 18 84

After Mary dreams about playing basketball with the Los Angeles Lakers players, she receives an unexpected call from her coach. Mary gets her hopes up that she may be drafted by the WNBA after high school. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie get their feelings hurt after hearing Simon and Lucy, that they would not want to be a minister or a stay-at-home mom like they are. By this, Eric and Annie decide to spend more time with the kids to explain their roles that they've chosen in life.

Talk To Me Elaine Arata Tony Mordente May 1 2000 19 85

Eric counsels a sexually molested girl to help her express the rage and pain she's been hiding from her family all these years. This dark secret that Mary knows about weighs in on her, which brings her to open up to Lucy. Meanwhile, Simon and Ruthie learn the power of communication with their friends and classmates. Also, Matt helps Hank reveal an important personal secret to Julie before his mother visits.

Liar, Liar Brenda Hampton Paul Snider May 8 2000 20 86

Eric and Annie are excited to learn that their family is being profiled in their local newspaper, until the reporter interviews the kids and gets more of an expose for the innocuous story than he was expecting. Meanwhile, a co-worker slanders Matt's reputation at work. Matt's roommate, John confronts a politician for misquoting an African American inspirational leader. Also, a classmate of Ruthie's plagiarizes one of her stories for a class competition.

Love Stinks Part 1 Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff May 15 2000 21 87

Eric and Annie must deal with the emotional fallout as they learn about their kids tumultuous love lives. Mary upsets her parents by announcing that not only has she decided to skip college in the fall, but she is getting back together with Robbie. Matt is forced to choose between his girlfriend Shana (who has moved back to Glenoak for the summer) or his ex-flame Heather, who confesses that she still loves him. Lucy dates Robbie's cute brother Ronald, disappointing Andrew Nayloss who still harbors feelings for her. Also, Simon gets dumped by Deena and Ruthie takes advantage of her new boyfriend.

Love Stinks Part 2 Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff May 22 2000 22 88

In the fourth season finale, Simon finds out the real reason why Deena wants to break up with him. Also Ruthie does her best to get back together with her old boyfriend Burt, while Lucy also tries to go after an old flame: Andrew Nayloss. Mary decides to take things slow with her relationship with Robbie and her life. Matt and Shana break up their relationship, but reconciles with Heather. At the end of the show, it shows Matt and Heather may have gotten married, but did not.

Season 5: 2000-01[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
Here We Go Again Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff October 2 2000 1 89

In the fifth season-opener, big changes are afoot in the Camden household this fall as Eric is distressed by the fact that his daughter Mary has opted to postpone college in favor of a little soul searching and the glory of minimum wage. Mary decides to buy a car. Also, Annie leaves Eric with a handful at home so she can complete her teaching degree. Meanwhile, Simon attempts to fit in with the treacherous terrain of high school, and Lucy looks forward to ruling the school as a senior. Lucy cannot wait to start a relationship with Andrew Nayloss, except he has not come back from summer vacation yet. Meanwhile, Heather and Matt's on-again-off-again relationship threatens to be off-again---permanently. Matt considers the pre-med track at college and Ruthie learns that she will have to spend another year with her despised third grade teacher, Ms. Riddle.

Help Sue Tenney Tony Mordente October 9 2000 2 90

Mary, still intent on her independence, finds herself buried under a number of unpaid bills after losing her job at the pool hall. Meanwhile, "The Colonel" (guest-star Peter Graves) surprises Eric and Annie with an unexpected visit. Matt blames everyone but himself for his failing grade in organic chemistry class. Lucy enlists Simon to assist her with her Homecoming Queen Campaign to help him gain popularity in school, and Ruthie's prayers are answered when she's transferred out of her nemesis' class and into a prestigious private school.

Losers Brenda Hampton Harvey Laidman October 16 2000 3 91

Responsibilities fly out the window when Eric and Annie enjoy separate nights out on Friday. Although Eric cannot find anyone to hang out with him, so he calls a bewildered Matt. Annie is conferring with a professor (guest-star Jeff Yagher). Mary strays even further away from her parents' image of her when she is tempted to drink and smoke one night after work. Also, Mary makes friends with married co-workers Frankie and Johnny (guest-stars Chyler Leigh, Nathan West) with questionable morals while working the late shift. Matt blows Simon's chance at a big date with an older woman (guest-star Katie Stuart) when Matt is distracted by a close encounter of the female kind and forgets to pick up Simon. Also, Lucy gets a taste of the not-so-glamorous side of parenting when her and a classmate take care of an egg.

Busted Brenda Hampton Tony Mordente October 23 2000 4 92

Exasperation reaches an all-time high in the Camden household, as Eric and Annie helplessly watch their oldest daughter Mary and her worrisome friends continue to head down the path of destruction and into the hands of the law. When Frankie expresses interest in signing up for college classes Mary starts checking out Lucy's early application packets. Meanwhile, Simon has a hot date and Lucy gets a weird proposition from a classmate. Lastly, Ruthie discovers manipulative fun of keeping a diary, much to the embarrassment of Eric and Annie when she sees them having sex!

Blind Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff October 30 2000 5 93

Tensions run high as a doubtful Julie lets Mary baby-sit Erica, only if Mary has no visitors. But when Frankie (guest-star Chyler Leigh) comes by and begs Mary to take care of her baby Mercy, Mary cannot resist helping her. Then, Mary is then caught with an open bottle of beer while babysitting. Meanwhile, Lucy volunteers to chaperone Ruthie's sleep over and to watch the twins. Also, Simon is on a quest to change his image and does this by piercing his ear. Matt pursues a woman who wants nothing to do with him. Also, Eric and Annie clash with Mary's disreputable friends.

Broke Brenda Hampton & Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum November 6 2000 6 94

Still unemployed and bills mounting, Mary continues her downward spiral to rock bottom as Eric and Annie fight about how to effectively deal with her numerous lies and immature behavior. Meanwhile, the fear of what may happen to Mary starts to take toll on the rest of the whole family. By this, it is prompting the children to break open the twins piggy banks to help Mary pay her bills. To get the credit card company to stop calling, however, they are forced to make a risky decision. During all this, Mary continues to ignore her responsibilities.

Bye Brenda Hampton & Sue Tenney Paul Snider November 13 2000 7 95

Eric and Annie desperately try to figure out how Mary managed to pay her credit card bill while the kids team up to throw them off the scent. When the parents vs. children game finally breaks down, drastic changes happen. After learning that Mary stole from the twins to pay her bills, Eric and Annie come to the heart-breaking realization that they must take drastic action to help their misguided daughter and to protect and preserve the family. The Camdens gather to confront Mary with their feelings of hurt and betrayal and their conclusion to send her away to Buffalo with "The Colonel" and Grandma Ruth.

Gossip Sue Tenney Chip Chalmers November 20 2000 8 96

Mary's future may be resolved, but the rumor mill surrounding her situation runs rampant. While ugly rumors spread about Mary's sudden departure, Simon is persuaded to use his sister's bad reputation to boost his 'cool' quotient at school and gets into some trouble of his own with identical twin bad girls, Carol and Sue Murphy. Congregational gossip irks Eric, Lucy wrestles with high school hearsay, Ruthie spreads phony tales to draw attention away from Mary and Matt's infatuated with a beautiful stranger. Also, Annie goes out with an old boyfriend.

Tunes Brenda Hampton Tony Mordente November 27 2000 9 97

There is cause for alarm when the Camdens disapprove of Simon's new group of friends, one of whom insults Annie and Lucy with his chauvinistic remarks. Norton, the kid that Simon befriends is a fan of violent rap whose negative attitude towards women seems to be influenced by misogynist lyrics. At the same time, Eric and Annie confront Simon about his newfound interest in rap music and somewhat misogynist attitude towards women. Heather gets back in touch with Matt, but Matt is unsure of her intentions. He then finds out that she is dating someone else again!

Surprise! Chris Olsen Bradley Gross December 18 2000 10 98

Despite the disapproval from the rest of the family and his own hesitations, Eric takes in Mary's ex-boyfriend Robbie Palmer to saty with the Camdens for the night after learning that he's homeless. Matt also shows up unexpectedly after being kicked out of his apartment by John, who needs quality time with his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Mary calls home again and hears Robbie's voice on the other end and assumes he's dating Lucy now. Also, John proposes to his girlfriend Priscilla in front of Matt.

Home Jeff Olsen Harvey Laidman January 22 2001 11 99

A month has passed since Eric invited Mary's ex-boyfriend to stay with the Camdens until he gets on his feet. Robbie happily continues to act as a member of the household---and it's driving Annie crazy. Robbie is Eric's latest 'project', Ruthie's new best friend, recipient of Simon's financial advice, and according to Mary, Lucy's boyfriend. He's even cooking and folding laundry (the wrong way!). Frustrated and emotionally strained, Annie starts to think nobody needs a mother anymore. Also, Matt also feels unneeded from the family due to Robbie and pays an unexpected visit to Heather and her new boyfriend.

One Hundred Sue Tenney David J. Plenn January 29 2001 12 100

As Annie plans a mysterious day of cleaning as Eric discovers the shocking news that Mary ran away from "The Colonel"'s to come back home because of a devious scheme she had with Robbie and freaks out. Eric is convinced that more trouble is brewing and goes to insane lengths to find answers. In reality, Mary is heading home for a huge surprise birthday party for Eric, attended by all the people whose lives he's changed for the better in the past few years. Chores at home are interrupted, however, when Ruthie discovers Frankie and Johnny's baby, Mercy at the Camden front doorstep. Meanwhile, Lucy stays with her friend Mike's (guest-star Jeremy Lelliot) near catatonic mother for the day, and drops a proverbial bomb on Lucy. Also, Matt and Simon try to figure out why they delivered Mrs. Bink (guest-star Eileen Brennan) to the hospital.

Kiss Brenda Hampton & Sue Tenney Tony Mordente February 5 2001 13 101

After their lackluster attempt at kissing, Mike and Lucy agree to be friends and to fix each other up on dates but the plan bothers Lucy more than she anticipated. Meanwhile, Matt's in a huff over John and Robbie's newfound friendship and feels slighted by the family. Eric also continues to feel alienated from his family when they keep going to Annie for advice. Also, Annie feels slighted when Ruthie plays an un-funny joke when the twins recognize her as their "mama".

V-Day Carol Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff February 12 2001 14 102

Mary's feelings for Robbie resurface when she inadvertently finds out he has a secret date for Valentine's Day, and the whole family schemes to uncover the mystery woman. Meanwhile, with the exception of Lucy who has a date with Jeremy, the other Camden kids feel deflated when their Valentine's plans fall through and they end up stuck at home celebrating Sam and David's second birthday. Lucy and Jeremy's first date does not go as expected as they both keep on running into Lucy's ex-boyfriends. Although all's well that ends well by the end of the episode for everyone.

Sweeps Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum February 19 2001 15 103

Although Robbie is just as nervous as everyone else, his presence in the house during Mary's weekend stay causes a great deal of concern among the Camden's. Matt and Lucy are especially suspicious after Lucy accidentally finds a condom in a misplaced wallet. Imagine their surprise when they learn that the provocative prophylactic belongs to Simon--- who just so happens to be spending the evening with his new lady friend, Sasha.

Parents Sue Tenney Tony Mordente February 26 2001 16 104

Robbie is ecstatic when his long-lost father, who is a dead-beat dad appears out of the blue. Although, Eric and Annie distrust the dead-beat dad's motives. He also convinces Robbie to move out with him; against Eric's wishes. Meanwhile, Ruthie turns to Mary for advice on how to get around their parents rules when wanting to buy a makeup kit that they said 'no' to. Also, a very convinced Annie worries when Lucy starts having a relationship with her friend's freewheeling "unmotherlike" mom. Also, Simon develops a bad attitude with his mother when not wanting to do his school work, but wants to hang out with his friends

Crazy Chris & Jeff Olsen Joel J. Feigenbaum April 16 2001 17 105

Matt begins to go crazy over a psychological evaluation that he is required to take for his medical-school application. He also notices the strange demeanor of his psychologist, which leads to a surprising twist. Meanwhile, after Ruthie gets into trouble at school for missing homeroom classes daily, she tricks Robbie into coming to talk to her principal. Simon decides he no longer wants to be together with Sasha since they have nothing in common and that she is not that intelligent, but the plan backfires on Simon. Also, Mike wants to try to be in a relationship with Lucy again, but unfortunately she turns him down since they are both on the rebound from Jeremy and Elaine. Lastly, Eric must convince a terminally ill patient to embrace life no matter what the doctors tell him.

Apologize Chris & Jeff Olsen Harry Harris April 23 2001 18 106

The striking resemblance of Robbie's new friend, Marie, to Mary raises eyebrows among discerning Camdens. Annie's invitation for her to stay for dinner makes things weirder for them. Back in Buffalo, unbeknownst to Robbie, Mary accidentally bumps into her old boyfriend Wilson (guest-star Andrew Keegan) and his son Billy at the train station and makes plans to meet him for the evening. Mary is unsure on whether she should tell Robbie, but confides in her family about this. They all say that she should tell Robbie about this, but decides to ignore their advice. Also, Matt meets Robbie's ex-girlfriend, Cheryl, at the restaurant where she works. He starts to have feelings for Cheryl and tries his best to try to get her to go on a date with him. His efforts work by the end, but is having a hard time telling Robbie about his interest in his ex-girlfriend.

Virgin Brenda Hampton Chip Chalmers April 30 2001 19 107

Annie discovers that the particularly flirtatious mother of one of Lucy's friends, Serena is seeing Eric for therapy sessions. Annie strongly requests that he refers her to someone else. Annie then has to deal with the guilt over her jealousy-induced interference between the two. Also, Simon is mortified when word gets around school over the fact that he's a virgin. Annie had shared the details of Simon's sexual inexperience with his ex-girlfriend's (Sasha) mother, Rita. Meanwhile, Matt struggles about telling Robbie he's interested with his ex-girlfriend, Cheryl. Lastly, Robbie is also hiding a secret from Matt that involves his ex-girlfriend Heather.

Regrets Brenda Hampton & Barbara Calloway Tony Mordente May 7 2001 20 108

The Glenoak Community is making a big fuss over a petition that is protesting the apparently unfair firing of one of Ruthie's beloved teachers, Mrs. Miller at her private school. Although, Matt knows the real reason of why she is leaving since she has been to his hospital after being diagnosed with advanced terminal breast cancer, which leads to the embarrassment of many of the petitioners, including Simon and Lucy when they encounter her brother who's also a teacher at their high school. Also, Annie's father Charles drops by at the Camdends for a visit. Annie is then surprised and shocked when her father passes on some unsettling news to Eric, to tell her that she has a sister, Lily.

Chances... (Part 1) Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff May 14 2001 21 109

Mary returns home back to Glenoak for the summer to spend some time with her family, but fears about being together again with Robbie, who's a bit on edge. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie are recipients of what may or may not be advances from unmarried acquaintances (Serena & James). Simon also has his problems with his ex-girlfriend Deena when they both see that the still have feelings for each other, even though she has another boyfriend and has to choose. Also, Matt agonizes over telling his family about his new relationship with Cheryl, but soon decides to tell them all.

John and Priscilla are also having trouble again with an unfortunate obstacle with her parents, but they decide to come to their senses and allow the two kids to have their wedding with their help. Lastly, Lucy surprises herself and others when making a proposal to Jeremy and the possibility of going to college in New York with Jeremy. Although plans change when Mary allegedly tells Robbie and soon the rest of the family that she had "adult relations" with Jeremy back in New York.

Are Part 2 Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff May 21 2001 22 110

In the fifth season finale, Mary tries to right a wrong by explaining to Lucy that she never had "adult relations" with her sister's fiance, Jeremy. The only problem left is trying to convince Lucy. Also, Wilson unexpectedly drops by the Camden home from New York to see if he and Mary are really over by finding out her answer. Also, James talks to Eric about him attempting to have an affair with Annie, as Serena comes clean with Annie about her trying to have an affair with Eric. Meanwhile, Robbie and Wilson set aside their differences so that they can talk about Mary. Lastly, Matt learns a few things when it comes to Cheryl's honesty when she does not tell her friends that she's dating him.

Season 6: 2001-02[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
Changes Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff September 24 2001 1 111

In the sixth season-opener, Eric's stress level rises when he learns that Matt has lost his job at the hospital and is relying on his friends to find him new work. Meanwhile, Simon is adding to Eric's tensions by pressuring him to let him get his Learner's Permit. At the same time, Lucy breaks off her engagement to Jeremy and just cries in her room and refuses to discuss what happened in New York between her and Jeremy. Even lodger Robbie, still longing for Mary, is moping around the house when she returns to New York to be with Wilson. Lastly, Annie's behavior has Eric wondering what's going on with her, while she is overcome by hormonal changes and suspects she's pregnant--but later finds out it's menopause.

Teased Brenda Hampton Tony Mordente October 1 2001 2 112

Simon decides to stand up for bullied student, Mick, at school, only to have the boy tell him that he is going to shoot his tormentors. Meanwhile, Robbie decides to give Ruthie a playful new nickname ("Snooky"), but at the same time Ruthie comes up with a less-pleasant one for Lucy ("Lady Liberty") after breaking off her engagement to Jeremy in New York. Also, Eric gets a visit from an old female friend, Merle, with some family issues of her own. Lastly, Mary gets serious with pursuing the career as a firefighter, but things do not turn out the way she had planned.

Sympathy Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum October 8 2001 3 113

Simon considers dating a 16-year-old pregnant girl named Sally who he meets on the bus. Although, there is more to Sally's past than what she is letting on. Meanwhile, Annie decides to accept Robbie's offer in renting the room over the Camdens' garage that both Lucy and Matt were hoping to get. Also, a carpenter pretends to fake an injury while working on the Camdens' garage and tries to sue them. Lastly, Mary gets more serious with being a firefighter, mother and wife to Wilson and Billy.

Work Sue Tenney David J. Plenn October 15 2001 4 114

Eric tries to arrange a romantic evening with Annie, but Annie keeps turning down every attempt he throws at her. At the same time, Annie takes Eric by surprise with the news that she would like to quit college and to start teaching to help get her out of her depression. Meanwhile, Simon is at risk of being fired from his new job at the pizza parlor by his excessive tardiness and discovering that waiting tables takes more people skills than he's equipped to handle. Also, Robbie sets Lucy on a date with one of his friends while Matt is concerned about a woman who keeps showing up at the clinic a lot. Lastly, Mary performs terribly in fire fighting training distracted by her consuming relationship with Wilson.

Relationships Sue Tenney David J. Plenn October 22 2001 5 115

As Annie begins teaching, she inadvertently gives a student some bad advice. At the same time, Eric and Annie painfully discover how much their constant arguing is affecting the family. Meanwhile, Lucy and Robbie finally face up to their feelings after she intentionally sabotages one of his dates out of jealousy. Also, Cheryl goes to Eric for some guidance in her relationship with Matt, but she misinterprets the reverend's input in the matter. Also, Simon is attracted to a girl who is dating one of his friends. Lastly, Mary is left to mull over Wilson's marriage proposal and it's even more confusing when she has a romantic encounter with a fellow firefighter trainee who shows an interest in her.

Broken Sue Tenney David J. Plenn November 5 2001 6 116

Lucy and Robbie argue over who should tell Mary about their emerging relationship. Meanwhile, Matt worries that a young woman in his study group might be a victim of physical abuse at the hands of her belligerent boyfriend. Elsewhere, Eric's sister Julie shows up at the Camden house with her toddler Erica and annoys Annie as she tries to prepare a lesson for her class. Lastly, Simon meets up with an old girlfriend, Sasha and they both try to catch up on their personal lives.

Prodigal Brenda Hampton & Erik Kolbell Harry Harris November 12 2001 7 117

Mary's sudden arrival has everyone in the family wondering what happened between her and Wilson. Are they married? Did they break up? Only Mary knows and she's not telling---at least not yet. Her presence delights Annie, who goes out of her way to make her daughter comfortable, even offering her the coveted garage apartment. But not everyone is happy to see her. Ruthie feels that Mary owes everyone an apology for the actions that led to her initial ouster from the Camden home.

Ay Carumba Brenda Hampton Paul Snider November 19 2001 8 118

Matt, Lucy, Simon and Ruthie are banished to the garage apartment after protesting to Annie's decision to give the place to Mary, but then the roommates begin voting each member vies for sole ownership, just like the TV show "Survivor". Meanwhile, Eric and Annie are not seeing eye-to-eye on Mary's situation as she is now returning home and is wondering on what's next in her life. Elsewhere, Robbie is nervous about meeting his new girlfriend's parents--- especially her father when he must show that he is serious about his relationship with his girlfriend Joy.

Lost Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff November 26 2001 9 119

Mary and Lucy seek their parents for expertise in matchmaking and ask their parents to find new boyfriends (and potential husbands) for the both of them. Robbie argues with Joy about spending so much time together when she insists on seeing him right away. Meanwhile, Simon and Matt are looking for girls the old-fashioned way- using the twins as adorable bait to attract women, but does not go as quite planned. Lastly, Robbie unknowingly becomes the key to finding Joy's missing younger brother, Joseph when he finds a stray dog in the street that belonged to him.

Consideration Sue Tenney Tony Mordente December 10 2001 10 120

Annie's father, Charles shows up at the Camden household for a weekend visit as Ginger supposedly needs to get away for a bit, but Eric forgot to tell his wife about it and nearly everyone in the Camden household is too busy to spend time with Charles. Meanwhile, Charles takes Simon to get his Learner's Permit and they end up being the center of a televised police-pursuit. Lastly, Eric lies to Annie about his plans for the day, which include a trip to Glenoak Hospital.

Pathetic Brenda Hampton & Jeffrey Rodgers Bradley Gross January 14 2002 11 121

Annie quits her job at the private school without discussing it with Eric first, and he feels completely left out. Also, Mary tries to call Wilson and learns from his landlord that he has moved out of his apartment. Meanwhile, Simon uses Robbie's car to practice driving and he accidentally gets him in trouble when Simon smashes into Matt's car. Robbie's brother, Ronald, stops by at the Camden home for a visit. Mary also gets an unexpected visitor--Ben, the fireman she kissed, who drops by unannounced for dinner. Lastly, Ruthie's old nemesis teacher Ms. Riddle returns when she starts working at Ruthie's school

Suspicion Elaine Arata Joel J. Feigenbaum January 21 2002 12 122

After various personal items disappear from the house, the family finds Ruthie in the garage apartment entertaining a friend with the pilfered items. The would-be bandit explains that she is hiding her pal from a pair of older boys, who have been harassing the girl because of her Muslim background. Touched by her plight, Mary and Lucy try to get their neighbors to sign a petition in support of the girl's family. Matt and Simon, however, decide on a less civic solution and go hunting for the perpetrators.

Drunk Sue Tenney Burt Brinckerhoff February 4 2002 13 123

Simon persuades his parents to let him go to a party after they meet his friend; a senior who promises to look out after him-- but not everything goes so smoothly-- especially when he comes back home completely drunk, which puts his siblings in a terrible position on what do. Meanwhile, Matt gets mail from two medical schools that he applied to, but he's hesitant to open the letters, and the letters eventually end up with Ruthie. Lastly, Mary and Lucy take the same classes at an area college and Mary goes with Lucy and her friends to a bar.

Hot Pants Sue Tenney Tony Mordente February 11 2002 14 124

Valentine's Day delivers a few surprises for the Camden family as a grounded Simon is asked out by a senior, Maria. Annie's attempt to surprise Eric with romantic Valentine's plans backfires and results in a big fight. Meanwhile, a nosy Mary discovers Robbie's plans with Joy. Lucy runs into her ex-fiance Jeremy outside one of her classrooms and finds out that he is going to the pool hall and meeting a "friend" for Valentine's, which is to Lucy's surprise. Mary also meets up with Wilson who also has a new girlfriend, her old friend, Corey Conway. Also, Matt seeks his fathers help with his love life and wants to get serious with a girl, which leads him to seek out old girlfriends as to why they're no longer together. Lastly, Ruthie is hesitant to go to a party because her friend tricked her into asking out a boy she's already going out with.

I Really Do Brenda Hampton Burt Brinckerhoff February 25 2002 15 125

Determined to settle down before heading off to medical school, Matt goes in search of a woman to marry. Matt talks with a doctor he works with about wanting to get a life-long mate. Sarah Glass, a co-worker who catches Matt's eye after the future doctor decides to start looking for a bride. Her parents, Rabbi Glass and Rosina Glass and family are Jewish and very concerned for the two. Ruthie tries to set her brother straight by telling him not to do "anything stupid." Eventually concern grows to fear for both families as both Matt ad Sarah do not come home after their second date together in less than 24 hours.

I Really Did Brenda Hampton Stephen Collins March 4 2002 16 126

Matt stays out all night with Sarah and they secretly elope, but when facing their parents they're only able to summon the courage to say that they're engaged. A worried Annie tries to calm Eric down, who is convinced that Matt did something foolish. Meanwhile, Lucy and Mary search for Ruthie because they suspect that she knows what really happened during Matt's night out. Ruthie and Matt agree to keep the marriage a secret until a Jewish wedding in a few months.

Lip Service Paul Perlove Joel J. Feigenbaum April 15 2002 17 127

Annie frantically cooks Jewish dishes as the Camdens prepare to head out to a Shabbat dinner at the Glasses. Simon asks Matt and Sarah if he can bring his friend Morris to the dinner. Matt agrees to allow Morris to come to the dinner as he is half Jewish. Although, that does not go as he planned as he is not very knowledgeable about his faith. Lucy and Mary play sick to try to skip the outing so they can stay home with Robbie. While home, Mary flirts with Robbie. Lastly, Eric and Annie are unable to handle everything when they are shocked to find out during dinner that Matt is considering to convert to Judaism.

The Ring Sue Tenney & Chad Byrnes Tony Mordente April 22 2002 18 128

Matt and Sarah argue over their wedding plans and their agreement to forego buying an engagement ring and seek Eric for advice, who is not happy with Matt for getting engaged in the first place. Through the advice of Eric, Matt buys Sarah a fake engagement ring. Mary and Lucy fly to Buffalo for a weekend, or at least that's what Lucy thinks as Mary makes plans of her own. While there, Lucy meets a police officer named Kevin who confiscated her bag, and he invites Lucy and Mary to double-date with him and his brother, but with a big surprise in store for Mary.

Letting Go Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum April 29 2002 19 129

A startled Eric catches Mary and Lucy in the kitchen with two guys in the middle of the night. The guys, Kevin and Ben, end up spending the night in the living room with Mary and Lucy. Patty-Mary, Ben and Kevin's sister calls the house to inform Ben and Kevin that their mom is going out with a neighbor. Eric suspects that Ruthie knows a secret about Matt and Sarah and thinks they are married already. Also, the twins switch out of their cribs into beds. Meanwhile, an older couple seeks guidance from Rev. Camden when they cannot seem to let go of their 44-year-old son, Jeromiah who has runaway from home.

The Known Soldier Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum May 6 2002 20 130

In this very special episode, prior to the death of Sgt. Morgan, Ruthie corresponds with the soldier by e-mail for a school project and she shares the letter with her family. Also, "The Colonel" drops by to tell Ruthie about Sgt. Morgan's death. Ruthie and Eric hold a memorial service in honor of Sgt. Morgan with actual Marine Corps. and family members of Morgan in attendance. In honor of the late Sgt. Morgan's service and commitment to his country, Eric asks everyone to advocate good deeds and go out into the community, as the family does. Also, Ruthie makes a video where she is singing Tom Petty's "I will not Back Down" and is sending it to the Marine Corps. in memory of Morgan.

Holy War Part 1 Sue Tenney Tony Mordente May 13 2002 21 131

Matt and Eric meet with Rabbi Glass to discuss wedding plans, and Eric learns that he is playing a small roll than he had originally planned. Matt and Sarah are prepared to have their wedding, but Rabbi Glass and Eric cannot seem to agree on their children marrying out of faith and Matt converting to Judaism, and call the wedding off. Annie prepared for much less visitors to attend the rehearsal dinner and gets very flustered over the fact she does not have kosher food, and that she does not have enough food in the first place. Julie and Hank call to tell Annie that Julie is going into labor. Ginger and Charles are prepared to fly to Glen Oak, but Charles gets lost at the airport. Simon is convinced that Matt will ask him to be his best man, and gets angered when he asks Robbie. Meanwhile, Ruthie tells Robbie that she wants his room for herself after Matt moves out. Ben proposes to Mary, but he gets an unexpected answer. While at the airport waiting for her grandparents, Lucy finds a guy and later invites him on a date to the wedding, as she is fighting with Kevin over moving arrangements.

Holy War Part 2 Sue Tenney Tony Mordente May 20 2002 22 132

In the sixth season finale, Matt and Sarah grieve over Eric's decision not to attend the nuptials following his argument with Rabbi Glass over Matt's conversion to Judaism. Hoping to patch things up between their fathers, Matt and Sarah seek their mothers' help in persuading the holy men to put aside their differences before it's too late. Annie and Rosina cunningly convince their husbands to co-officiate the wedding incorporating both the Jewish and the Christian vows into the service. Ben and Kevin come to Glen Oak to meet up with Mary and Lucy so that they can resolve their problems. Meanwhile, Robbie tries to figure out why Ruthie wants him to move out of the Camden household.

Season 7: 2002-03[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
Monkey Business Part 1 Brenda Hampton Tony Mordente September 16 2002 1 133

In the seventh season-opener, Kevin is now living in the garage apartment and is madly in love with Lucy and waiting for the right time to ask Lucy to marry him. Kevin invites his new rookie partner Roxanne over to meet Lucy who takes one look at her and flies into a jealous frenzy. Robbie is jealous of Kevin because he feels as though Kevin is like a new big brother and is taking over Matt's place. Robbie, who has been lamenting the departure of girlfriend Joy, may also be ready for romance when he runs into Kevin's partner Roxanne, an old classmate from seventh grade.

Ruthie is asked to babysit a chimp which lives across the street. Ruthie also invites her boyfriend over which stuns Eric. Mary desperately tries to keep her mysterious new boyfriend, Captain Jack Smith a secret. When he unexpectedly shows up at the Camden home, no one is more surprised than Eric to see the good-looking 40-something pilot standing in the doorway.

Monkey Business Deux Part 2 Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum September 23 2002 2 134

Simon's paid dating service is becoming profitable until Cecilia rats him out to Eric. Meanwhile, when Mary threatens to leave home over her relationship with Captain Jack Smith who is twice her age, Eric confronts Jack who lets the news slip that he and Mary are relocating to Fort Lauderdale and Eric and Annie are at a standstill. Lastly, Kevin sets Ruthie straight on who's the adult and who's the child in Camden household.

The Enemy Within Brenda Hampton Harry Harris September 30 2002 3 135

Ken Smith pays a visit to Eric and Annie to accuse Mary of trying to seduce his son. He threatens to sell the land next to the church if Mary does not break up with Jack. Simon finds out from Cecilia that a girl from his dating service is pregnant. He turns to her to try to help her by convincing her (with the help of Detective Michaels) to drop her baby off at a hospital where the baby can go for safe keeping. Lucy wonders if Kevin has ever been with another women after she catches Ben reading her secret journal. When Ben picks Ruthie up from school, he sees a girl making fun of her and then she makes fun of him, which leads to the vice principal calling the police.

Bowling For Eric Sue Tenney Tony Mordente October 7 2002 4 136

When Eric learns that he must undergo double bypass surgery, he calls a family meeting to share the news but loses his nerve at the last minute and decides the group should go bowling instead. His odd behavior surprises everyone, especially Annie who grows more concerned when Eric's brother-in–law Hank shows up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, Robbie pesters Kevin about helping him make a parking ticket disappear. Lastly, Lucy continues to question whether Kevin has ever been with another woman.

The Heart Of The Matter Sue Tenney Paul Snider October 14 2002 5 137

The extended Camden clan wrestles with their emotions as they await the outcome of Eric's double bypass surgery. While under anesthesia, Eric hallucinates that he's Elvis, performing "I'm All Shook Up," "Do not Be Cruel," "Teddy Bear" and "Rock-A-Hula-Baby." On the romance front, Lucy finally realizes that Kevin is the one and that she's ready to marry him, but he refuses to propose until Eric gives them his blessing. Simon complains to Annie about the absence of Matt and Mary during their father's health crisis. Meanwhile, Sarah also comes to Glen Oak to wish Eric well.

Regarding Eric Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum October 21 2002 6 138

Lucy is asked by a developmentally challenged friend, Paul to convince his parents to let him join a traveling troupe of puppeteers, "The Famous People Players". Meanwhile, Eric is feeling low because he is stuck at home recovering from surgery and really wants to get back to work despite doctor's restrictions, so Annie asks the kids to help make him feel needed by going to him with their problems. Ruthie takes this suggestion to heart and secretly tells Eric how he should be helping everyone with their romantic entanglements. His meddling leads to chaos for everyone involved. Lastly, Kevin learns that Ben is planning to extend his temporary stay in Glenoak.

Gabrielle Come Blow Your Horn Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum November 4 2002 7 139

Eric is stunned to find out the church has hired a new associate pastor, Chandler Hampton, to help out while he recovers from his heart surgery. Meanwhile, Lucy is furious when she and Ruthie spot Kevin and Roxanne in a jewelry store--as she thinks they're picking out her engagement ring together without her. Meanwhile, Simon listens unenthusiastically as Cecilia tells him all about her new French boyfriend. Lastly, a loud, chain-smoking housekeeper sent by "The Colonel" arrives to provide order in the Camden household.

Peer Pressure Barry Watson Bradley Gross November 11 2002 8 140

Eric and Rabbi Glass pay a visit to the church to spy on the new associate pastor. Meanwhile, Ruthie is in big trouble when she's caught slow dancing with her boyfriend when she's supposed to be babysitting Sam and David. Meanwhile, Lucy asks Simon to dig up some information on Roxanne during his ride-along with her and Kevin in their patrol car. Lastly, Kevin has some explaining to do to Lucy after he runs into his ex-wife.

Lost Souls Brenda Hampton Harry Harris November 18 2002 9 141

Eric's strange post-surgery behavior leads him to make a life-altering decision that shocks and worries Annie. Eric considers another calling when the ministry begins to lose its appeal. His plan to abandon his religious duties is hatched after a new neighbor mistakenly calls him "Mr. Camden." Fed up with everyone bringing their problems to him, Eric becomes more and more apathetic toward his family and community. Meanwhile, Lucy turns to the new associate pastor for advice when she sees Kevin and Roxanne having too much fun dancing at the pool hall. Concerned when he cannot find Lucy, Kevin interrupts Simon and Cecilia's date to enlist their help.

A Cry For Help (a.k.a. Female Trouble) Sue Tenney Tony Mordente November 25 2002 10 142

In the midst of a career crisis and much to Annie's dismay, Eric takes a job as a talk DJ at a college radio station, but things become serious fast when Eric and his producer find themselves counseling a male student who calls in threatening suicide during his first shift. Meanwhile, Lucy refuses to spend time with Roxanne which puts Kevin in an impossible situation. Later on, Roxanne asks her boss to assign her a new partner as tensions simmer between her and Lucy. Ben ends up accompaning Simon and Cecilia to an underage club, and he is soon asked to leave after being caught. Lastly, Ruthie tries to figure out a way to breakup with her boyfriend without making him cry.

Sunday Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum January 6 2003 11 143

Eric gives Annie his manuscript to read but she's not happy to learn that he's been spending his time writing "smut" instead of his comeback sermon for the church. Meanwhile, Simon and Cecilia discuss having sex for the first time and naively share the news with their parents---which does not go to well when Cecilia's father finds out. Lastly, Lucy sets out to spy on Roxanne and Chandler on their first date.

Back In The Saddle Again Brenda Hampton Tony Mordente January 20 2003 12 144

Eric begrudgingly agrees to see a therapist (who offers unsympathetic advice) in order to appease Annie who is at her wits' end with him. Meanwhile, Simon is ecstatic when Cecilia's father agrees to let him see Cecilia, but feels hurt and confused when she starts avoiding him. Roxanne becomes suspicious when a pretty girl seeks council from Chandler. Lastly, Ruthie is shocked to learn that her new upbeat friend Katelyn suffers from cystic fibrosis.

It's Not Always About You Lawrence H. Levy Joel J. Feigenbaum January 27 2003 13 145

Annie is plagued with curiosity about what goes on during Eric's therapy, but panics when his doctor invites her to attend one of their sessions. Meanwhile, Lucy tries everything to get excused from jury duty, upsetting Kevin in the process when her views of the judicial system are different from his own. Also, Chandler confesses the extent of his feelings for Roxanne after she is stabbed on the job by a homeless man. Lastly, Ruthie fears that her parents may be heading for divorce court after overhearing them fight.

Smoking Lawrence H. Levy Tony Mordente February 3 2003 14 146

Eric tries to help Chandler after the young minister learns that his father is dying of lung cancer, but Chandler rejects Eric's aid and pushes him away. Lucy accepts a date with Chandler's chain-smoking tattooed brother Sid in order to make Kevin jealous enough to propose to her. Elsewhere, Annie is shocked when she finds a pack of cigarettes in Simon's bedroom. Lastly, Ruthie's friend Peter begs her to lie and not tell his mother that he smokes.

I Love Lucy Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum February 10 2003 15 147

Kevin goes all out to create the perfect romantic setting for Valentine's Day. Lucy does not want to attend because she had him agree not to propose on Valentine's Day. Eric and Annie convince Lucy to go. Kevin invites all the Camdens, his brother Ben and their mom to be there with him when he finally gets down on one knee to propose to Lucy. Meanwhile, Roxanne overhears Chandler practicing his own proposal to her but she asks him to wait so they will not steal Lucy and Kevin's thunder.

Stand Up Sue Tenney Lynn Harris February 17 2003 16 148

Lucy confesses to her dad that it will break her heart if he does not perform the ceremony at her wedding and he struggles with the decision to return to the church. Meanwhile, Simon catches Cecilia's father's business manager stealing from petty cash. Also, Roxanne's policeman father tries to bully Chandler into ending his relationship with Roxanne. Also, Ruthie and Peter try finding Ben a girlfriend with his training dog, but things go awry once they lose the dog. Lastly, Annie hijacks Lucy's wedding by making all of the decisions herself without paying attention to any of Lucy's wishes.

High Anxiety Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum February 24 2003 17 149

When Eric and Annie learn that their friends, Morgan and Patricia, are facing a marital crisis, they draw on their own recent problems to stop their friends from making the same mistakes. Meanwhile, juggling her studies and planning her wedding leaves Lucy stressed, but when she confides to Kevin that she might quit school, he threatens to call off the wedding.

Also, Simon and Cecilia go to a G-rated film to try to avoid thinking about sex and get kicked out for making out. Ruthie tries to find Ben a new girlfriend because Mary wants to get back together with Ben and Ruthie does not want Ben to get hurt. Lastly, Roxanne decides to resign from the police department when she feels that her father was kicked out of the police department unfairly.

We Do Brenda Hampton Tony Mordente April 21 2003 18 150

When a nasty thunderstorm rolls through the region and threatens to postpone Lucy and Kevin's wedding, everyone scrambles to make it to the church in time. Mary barely catches the last flight in and brings a surprise guest with her - Matt. Chandler and Roxanne rush to pick up Ben and his mother who are stranded at the airport in Las Vegas, but tensions run high and a fist fight breaks out; and Matt gives Lucy some very special brotherly advice when she confesses to pre-wedding jitters.

That Touch Of Bink Part 1 Brenda Hampton & Elaine Arata Harry Harris April 28 2003 19 151

Eric and Chandler enlist the help of Mrs. Bink to raise money for the church's leaky roof, but it turns out she needs a little help of her own. Meanwhile, Ruthie's boyfriend, Peter, suspects that his mother's new boyfriend has some secrets to hide; and Lucy and Roxanne have a girls' night out on the town during which Lucy shares intimate details of her newlywed life. Meanwhile, the twins steal money from their parents, Kevin, Lucy, Simon, Ruthie and from the can in the kitchen.

Dick Part 2 Brenda Hampton & Jeffrey Rodgers Joel J. Feigenbaum May 5 2003 20 152

After Ruthie's boyfriend Peter grows more suspicious of his mother's new fiancé , Eric steps in to counsel the threesome and get to the root of their problems. Meanwhile, Chandler provides pre-marital counseling to a couple who do not seem destined for the altar; Cecilia confides to Simon the reason she does not want her parents to renew their wedding vows; and Roxanne tries to convince Chandler to return home to see his dying father.

Life and Death Part 1 Brenda Hampton, Chris & Jeff Olsen Tony Mordente May 13 2003 21 153

Eric flies to New York in a last attempt to convince Chandler's dying father to make peace with Chandler before it's too late. Meanwhile, Matt and Sarah suspect that she might be pregnant and Matt's co-worker lets the news slip to Eric; Lucy fears she might also be pregnant, which causes her to panic and push Kevin away; Mary tries to find Eric to tell him that she did something stupid; Lucy offers her classmate Christine a temporary place to live, unaware that she's hiding a big secret; Simon is crushed when Cecilia refuses to go to the prom with him; and no one can understand why Ruthie is acting especially strange. Baba booey

Life and Death Part 2 Brenda Hampton, Chris & Jeff Olsen Tony Mordente May 19 2003 22 154

In the seventh season finale, unable to convince Chandler's father to see his son before he dies, Eric is forced into tricking him. Meanwhile, Eric, Annie and Sarah's mother Rosina get together to surprise Matt and congratulate him on the wonderful baby news. Mary confides a big secret to Lucy. Simon gets turned down by a potential prom date. Ruthie gets her period and tries to hide the news from everyone. Kevin recognizes Lucy's houseguest, Christine, as a girl who was previously arrested for prostitution. Lucy takes a home pregnancy test without telling anyone. Lastly, bad news arrives on the Camdens' doorstep in the episode's final moments.

Season 8: 2003-04[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
The Long Bad Summer Part 1 Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum September 15 2003 1 155

In the eighth season premiere, the Camdens spend the last week of summer at a beach house. At the beginning of the summer, Simon killed Paul Smith in an automobile accident and is having a hard time dealing with the fact that he killed him even with everyone trying to help him. Eric and Annie try to push Simon to go back to school which begins in a week. Eric would like Paul's parents to accept the insurance companies offer to the money. Paul's brother vandalizes the church by adding graffiti to the sign saying "Thou Shalt Not Kill". Simon runs away to New York to get away from the troubles he is having in Glen Oak.

Also, Lucy and Kevin discuss possibly having a child. Peter is spending a lot of time around Ruthie and the Camden family. Ruthie finds out about Mary and Carlos being married.

An Early Fall Part 2 Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum September 22 2003 2 156

Mary makes a surprise visit home to deliver unexpected news to Eric and Annie. Meanwhile, Simon tells Cecilia that he needs space. Also, Lucy and Kevin adjust to married life. Chandler breaks up with Roxanne after learning that she is not comfortable with the idea of being a preacher's wife, while Roxanne seeks Kevin's advice on dealing with a dispirited Chandler. Also, the Camdens finally learn who's pregnant. Lastly, Eric ponders Simon's academic future and Annie prepares for a potentially tense dinner engagement.

PK (a.k.a. Preacher's Kid) Brenda Hampton Harry Harris September 29 2003 3 157

With Annie out of town, Eric is left alone to accompany Simon on his visit to the Board of Education to discuss early graduation. During the meeting, Simon bonds with his advisor, Maynard, when they realize that they're both preachers' kids. Meanwhile, Lucy catches Chandler kissing a beautiful blonde woman at church and she agonizes over whether or not to tell Roxanne. Detective Michaels, (Kevin's boss) tricks him into babysitting his six-year-old granddaughter; Peter makes a deal with the school bully in an attempt to protect Ruthie and Cecilia agrees to watch the twins which leads to a confrontation with Simon.

I Wasn't Expecting That! Paul Perlove David Jones October 6 2003 4 158

When a mysterious stranger, Martin, wanders into the Camden home and spends the day with the family everyone assumes he is Simon's friend. Meanwhile, a disheveled, Rabbi Glass, stops by to confide in Eric that he caught his wife kissing another man and discusses about splitting up. Kevin feels emasculated after being attacked and injured by a woman during a domestic disturbance call and goes on medical leave. His attitude toward Lucy changes drastically as he worries that Lucy is not attracted to him anymore. Plus, Simon is concerned that no one seems to care that he's leaving for college in a couple of days. Lastly, Ruthie and Peter struggle with a school project.

Simon's Home Video (a.k.a The Kid Is Out Of The Picture) Chris & Jeff Olsen Deborah Raffin October 13 2003 5 159

In a video essay for his application to college, Simon recounts the experiences of his Camden family members including their relationships, friends and mistakes that they've made over the years in Glen Oak as well as his own pain at having killed Paul, in a car accident earlier in the year

Charity Begins At Home Sue Tenney Karen Arthur October 20 2003 6 160

During his Sunday sermon, Eric proposes that instead of a financial contribution, everyone should make a commitment to reach out and help someone in need. Kevin suggests that he and Lucy work together to set up a neighborhood watch program, but she feels passionate about working with Habitat for Humanity. Eric calls his new son-in-law Carlos, and asks him to fly in without Mary for dinner with the family, which makes Carlos very nervous. Also, Ruthie picks a shy new girl at school as her project and soon finds out that she has a secret. Meanwhile, Peter picks Ruthie as his project, which prompts her to tell him that they should spend less time together. Chandler and Roxanne keep running into each other stirring up old feelings. Lastly, Annie becomes jealous of all of the time the twins are spending with Cecilia.

Getting To Know You Sue Tenney Harry Harris November 3 2003 7 161

Eric and Annie throw a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" party for Ruthie's Muslim friend Jill Dupree and her parents, but the Duprees are hesitant to attend. Eric is shocked and disappointed when he learns that his neighborhood is not a friendly place for Muslims. Meanwhile, Cecilia's house is robbed while she and her dad attend Kevin's first Neighborhood Watch meeting; Roxanne mentors a troubled 16-year-old and suspects that he might be involved in the robbery, and Chandler finds himself attracted to Peter's mom Paris.

Baggage (a.k.a. Out Of The Past) Sue Tenney Harvey Laidman November 17 2003 8 162

Eric arranges for Peter and his dog to visit a drug rehab center to cheer up the patients. Peter bonds with Nick and helps him reconnect with his estranged son. Meanwhile, a very uncoordinated Lucy finds out that Kevin has been secretly coaching the Glenoak Police Department husband-and-wife softball team and demands that she be allowed to play. Just before his first date with Paris, Chandler receives a letter from Roxanne telling him she still loves him. Martin confronts Cecilia about her lingering feelings for Simon, prompting Cecilia to call Simon to let him know she has a new boyfriend. She is also surprised when he admits that he is also dating someone and Ruthie is jealous of Cecilia and Annie's close relationship.

Go Ask Alice Brenda Hampton & Shawn Kostanian Harvey Laidman November 17 2003 9 163

Eric is brought in by the school board to help investigate the local high school Principal, Ms. Jones, when more than one concerned parent questions her behavior. When a female student disappears, all fingers point at Ms. Jones, but Eric believes strongly that the student's father may be the real culprit. Elsewhere, rumors about Martin upset Cecilia, who then regrets talking to Ruthie about her feelings.

The One Thing Fred Einesman Fred Einesman November 24 2003 10 164

Matt and Sarah begin their student rotation in the ER, but get off to a bad start by arriving late and angering Dr. Norton, the attending ER physician. Matt and Sarah's relationship is tested when Matt quickly demonstrates an aptitude for the work, but Sarah accuses him of trying to make himself look better than the other students, especially her. However, Matt ends up looking foolish when he cannot figure out how to turn off the ringer on his cell phone and he gets stuck fielding calls from his family. Matt's day ends tragically, leaving him to question his destiny.

When Bad Conversations Happen to Good People Brenda Hampton Harry Harris January 5 2004 11 165

Matt returns home to tell Eric and Annie that Sarah has left him and he's dropping out of medical school. Rabbi Glass offers Matt marital advice. Meanwhile, Kevin must decide whether or not to tell a very jealous Lucy that his ex-wife is in town and they got invited to dinner with her. Martin's aunt asks Eric to step in and talk Martin into moving to New York with her and Chandler asks Peter how he would feel about Chandler marrying his mother someday. Peter thinks something is amiss when his mother goes out of town for a business trip. Ruthie keeps something from her mother.

The Prodigal Father Brenda Hampton Harvey Laidman January 12 2004 12 166

A distraught Peter learns that his alcoholic and mean-spirited father, Vic, who abandoned his family three years ago, has changed his ways and wants to be part of Peter's life again. In the wake of this monumental news, Chandler must decide how this will impact his relationship with Paris and Peter. Meanwhile, Ruthie feels that Peter is pushing her away during this chaotic time and Eric finds a philanthropic way for the community and his family to embrace Vic.

Major League Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum January 19 2004 13 167

Eric feels he must intervene when Martin, who recently moved in with the Camdens, is recruited by a professional baseball team, the Miami Gators and considers dropping out of school. Meanwhile, Ruthie enlists Lucy's help to convince their mom that she should be allowed to attend a couples party with Peter. Finally, Chandler's mother pays him an unwelcome visit when he is named executor of his father's estate. A rift happens between Lucy and Annie where an angered Lucy considers moving. Lastly, Cecilia teaches Sam and David on how to ride a bike.

Healing Old Wounds Brenda Hampton Harry Harris January 26 2004 14 168

Martin's father, Bill, takes a short leave of absence from tour duty to return to Glen Oak and talk to Martin about pursuing baseball instead of college. Their reunion turns sour when Bill is caught making out with Roxanne, which leaves Martin less than thrilled.

Meanwhile, with Paris's ex-husband Vic now back in the picture for Peter they begin to re-evaluate their relationship on where they stand. Lastly, Roxanne gives her two cents on her political beliefs as well as the war in Iraq.

Don't Speak Ill of the Dead or the Living Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum February 9 2004 15 169

Annie's half-sister Lily returns as she shows up on the Camdens' doorstep to discuss an important family matter regarding their father, Charles. Eric tries to figure out why Annie does not want to talk to Lily when she shows up. Meanwhile, Cecilia sets Martin's friend Mac up with a girl from school, but later rejects the offer when he remembers a horrifying moment that happened in school back when they were in the 1st grade.

Ruthie and Peter's school project lands them in trouble when they create a newspaper featuring false and derogatory stories about two former U.S. presidents. Lastly, Roxanne turns to Chandler when she finds herself faced with a moral dilemma as she is keeping a secret from Kevin regarding Detective Michaels.

The Anniversary Sue Tenney Deborah Raffin February 16 2004 16 170

Matt returns to Glenoak to celebrate his special "secret" two year anniversary with Ruthie. She tries to desperately avoid seeing the rest of the family as Matt does not want the rest of them to know he's in town. However, when Lucy discovers the secret, she, Eric and Annie go crazy trying to figure out why he's in town.They pay a special visit to the Glass in-laws.

Meanwhile, Martin shares something special with Cecilia about himself when he takes her out on the town. Also, Annie accidentally lets it slip to nurse Kelly that Matt and Sarah are married on the phone. Lastly, Vic invites Paris to spend a special evening with him, but she does not want to go because she thinks he might propose, which is exactly his intentions.

Weddings, an Engagement, and a Funeral Sue Tenney Harry Harris February 23 2004 17 171

Annie's half-sister Lilly is getting married and wants their ailing father Charles to walk her down the isle. Annie worries that the wedding ordeal might be too much for her father. Meanwhile, Fred and Mrs. Bink attend premarital counseling with Chandler, but Fred's mother tries to put a stop to the wedding because she thinks Mrs. Bink is a gold digger.

Lastly, two mentally challenged people, Jimmy and Pat decide to get married after just one date together. The couple ask Chandler to perform the ceremony for them, but Jimmy's parents try to put a stop to it.

Angel Brenda Hampton Peter Medak March 1 2004 18 172

The Camdens, especially Lucy and Ruthie, grow concerned that an unusually joyful Annie is not dealing with her true emotions following the death of her father Charles, but the happiness proves to be infectious as it soon spreads through the family and all over town. Meanwhile, Eric tries to convince an unhappy Chandler that he should consider adoption, which leads to a meeting with a lawyer. At the same time Chandler is approached by a mysterious young girl who gives him a cryptic message before she disappears.

There's No Place Like It Elaine Arata Joel J. Feigenbaum April 19 2004 19 173

Prospective homeowners Lucy and Kevin are ready for a fight to the finish when they learn that Chandler and his soon-to-be-adopted son Jeffrey are their rivals in a bidding war on a house. However, the conflict sparks an idea with Eric and Annie who decide to use their savings to buy their house from the church. Meanwhile, Ruthie is upset with Martin because she thinks he will get the garage apartment instead of her when Lucy and Kevin move out and Peter suspects that his dad, Vic, might be having an affair.

High And Dry Jeffrey Rodgers Harry Harris April 26 2004 20 174

Lucy and Kevin celebrate their one year wedding anniversary and contemplate whether they're ready to start a family, but things do not go off smoothly as Lucy refuses to drink champagne with Kevin during their anniversary dinner. Cecilia and Martin realize that their relationship may face a rocky future if Cecilia goes away to college. Chandler's foster son asks him to rid their house of all alcoholic beverages.

Peter lies to Ruthie about his plans for the evening when she asks him to help her baby-sit the twins. With that, Peter goes missing, but concern turns to disappointment when Eric and Vic find him drinking alcohol with his friends at the park. Lastly, a new couple in town calls on Eric and Annie for help...on decorating their new home.

Lost And Found Paul Perlove Harvey Laidman May 3 2004 21 175

Lucy finds and his partner Roxanne in a compromising position while on an undercover police assignment, Cecilia and Martin's relationship hits another bump in the road when their after-school commitments get in the way of one-on-one time, and Chandler may have bitten off more than he can chew as a new parent. Meanwhile, Ruthie and Peter, who get lost during a school field trip, cross paths with "Lost Boys" Nicodemus and Jacob, who not only take care of them until Eric arrives, but also share the heartbreaking story of their struggle to stay alive during the civil war in Sudan.

Little White Lies Part 1 Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum May 10 2004 22 176

It's Camden chaos all around when Matt, who is having problems in his marriage to Sarah, returns to Glenoak for a visit and runs into his ex-girlfriend Heather, on his flight to Glen Oak. Simon, unexpectedly announces he's coming home for the summer.

Also, Lucy sets out to discover why Roxanne is suddenly too busy to hang out with her as she's convinced that Roxanne is secretly trying to become a detective behind Kevin's back. Ruthie keeps a secret about a fellow student from her parents. Lastly, Martin learns that his baseball teammates think he's having sex with Cecilia.

Little White Lies Part 2 Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum May 17 2004 23 177

In the eight season finale, the Camden chaos continues with Matt, who is trying to salvage his marriage, questioning whether he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Heather. Meanwhile, Simon's return to Glenoak creates conflicted feelings for his ex-girlfriend Cecilia, who is torn between her feelings for Simon and her current boyfriend Martin. Also, Ruthie's foreign exchange student friend, Maria, appears to be making the moves on Ruthie's boyfriend Peter; and grandparents-to-be Eric and Annie hop a plane for New York, despite Mary's repeated pleas for her family to stay away during labor. Lucy discusses with kevin whether they are ready to get pregnant and he correctly guesses that she's bringing the subject up because she is already pregnant.

Season 9: 2004-05[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
Dropping Trou Part 1 Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum September 13 2004 1 178

In last season's finale, Simon returned home from college and realized he still had feelings for Cecilia; Matt's marriage was tested when old feelings for his ex-girlfriend resurfaced; and Eric and Annie became grandparents when Mary gave birth to her first child. Also Lucy had revealed to Kevin that she was pregnant. In the ninth season premiere, Simon appears to be getting extremely close to his new girlfriend, Georgia, causing Eric and Annie to suspect they are having sex. Meanwhile, Kevin worries that mother-to-be Lucy may be in denial about her pregnancy when she refuses to go shopping for maternity clothes; Matt returns home for a visit and is instantly pulled into the family drama; and Ruthie and the twins find themselves in a heap of trouble on their first day of high school and kindergarten, respectively.

The Best Laid Plans (a.k.a. This Is Going to Kill Mom Part 2 Brenda Hampton Harry Harris September 20 2004 2 179

An angered Simon is reluctant to talk to his parents about his relationship with Georgia after Eric and Annie crash their date at a restaurant. However, Simon eventually drops the bomb that they are having sex and that he's currently on academic probation at college for skipping classes to be with her. Meanwhile, Simon's situation helps Eric realize that the church should teach teens the importance of abstinence and he asks Lucy to lead a class on the subject. Lucy agrees to the program, but with a few conditions.Also, an anxious Lucy and Kevin learn the sex of their new baby, and Lucy starts to question her ability to be a good mother. Matt is worried that Martin is still broken-hearted over Cecilia and will tell her about Simon's new relationship with Georgia, but Martin is on other issues. Lastly, Matt chips away at Ruthie's unwillingness to apologize to Martin over the incident of pulling down his pants at school, but does not lead to much progress with the chargin of Ruthie's growing attitude problem.

The Song of Lucy Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum September 27 2004 3 180

Despite her worries about the lesson plan for the class she is teaching on abstinence, Lucy is excited when Eric tells her she is now the Associate Pastor and will soon give her first sermon. Meanwhile, during Simon's visits with Dr. Gibson (guest-star David Piel), he confesses that he has been using his relationship with Georgia (guest-star Rheagan Wallace) to block out the guilt he still feels about the fatal traffic accident. Lastly, Ruthie falls for a guy she meets in detention, Harry, a foster kid currently living in a county facility, despite Martin's reservations.

Bad Boys, Bad Boys, Watcha Gonna Do Elaine Arata Michael Preece October 4 2004 4 181

Eric is approached by a young pregnant girl, Leanne for help in finding a family to adopt her baby. However, when Leanne goes into labor, she has a change of heart and suddenly Eric and Annie are stuck with the task of trying to convince Leanne's mother to support her and help find the baby's father. Meanwhile, Simon runs into the brother of the young boy he accidentally killed in the car accident, only to find that the brother has forgiven Simon and would like to help him find closure; Harry is confronted by Kevin and Martin for wanting to break up with Ruthie, and all three are surprised to learn that Ruthie wants the exact same thing; and Lucy teaches her first teen class and finds she may be better at it than she expected.

Vote Chris Olsen Joel J. Feigenbaum October 11 2004 5 182

As election day for the U.S. President approaches, Ruthie is on a mission to develop her own opinions about politics after seeing how much Martin knows about world politics--especially after a student confrontation at school between their peers. Meanwhile, both Eric and Annie are suspicious that the other did not vote in the last Presidential election. Also, Lucy is feeling the pressure of registering to vote and is surprised to learn that Kevin has not changed his address and therefore is not registered either to vote in their area. Eric is having a hard time teaching Sam and David that politics are not stupid and are very important when it comes to elections. At the same time, Eric aggressively reminds everyone in the family to vote---even so much as to making long distant phone calls to Matt, Mary and Carlos in New York.

Fathers Jeff Olsen Harry Harris October 18 2004 6 183

Eric seeks help from one of Mary's former boyfriends, Wilson West after newly teen father Charlie confesses to Eric that he has made a terrible mistake with his girlfriend Leanne and cannot handle the responsibility of being a young dad to his baby. Lucy and Kevin argue over which OB/GYN doctor they prefer during the course of her pregnancy. Meanwhile, Kevin's brother Ben shows up in town and has taken an unusual interest in the couple's pregnancy, which only makes matters worse when Ben sides with Lucy's choice of doctor as well as taking an interest into Lucy's potential female OB/GYN doctor. Lastly, Ruthie has hidden intentions for wanting to hang out with Martin and his best friend Mac all of the sudden, which only leads to disappointment since Mac thinks of her more as a little sister

Regret to Inform Jeffrey Rodgers Harvey Laidman October 25 2004 7 184

When Kevin purposely leads Venus, a young woman, to believe that Martin is a rookie police officer, she quickly expresses interest in him and invites him over to her house and spend time togther. Martin's friend Mac encourages him to pursue Venus. Martin has a hard time revealing the truth about himself after he learns that Venus' father is serving in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie are worried that Martin is getting in over his head with Venus and enlist Kevin to fix things, which only leads to rumors around the police station that Kevin is cheating on Lucy. Mac also jumps in by spreading rumors about Martin at school when Venus shows up at the high school for work. Lastly, Ben continues to hide his relationship with Lucy's new doctor, even though they spend a weekend together.

Why Not Me? Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum November 1 2004 8 185

When receiving a phone call from Simon, Kevin learns that Simon has been kicked out of his college dorm room for allowing a school friend, to stay with him, which is against the rules. Simon tries to only enlist Kevin and not his parents for help in finding another place for him and Christina, but Eric eventually jumps in to handle the situation. When Eric comes to the rescue, he learns that Christina is a product of social services as well as her three younger siblings who are separated from each other and all in need of homes. Eric realizes that their situation may be more than he can handle alone after talking with social services and encountering the children's biological mother on the street at night. With the help of Annie, Eric encourages the congregation to make a difference by becoming licensed foster parents to the Davis children.

Thanksgiving Sue Tenney Harry Harris November 15 2004 9 186

With the Thanksgiving holiday just two weeks away, Eric and the kids notice that Annie is acting very strange, especially after she learns that Matt and Sarah will not be able to spend the holidays in Glenoak. When Matt and Sarah decide to come by early and spend some time with the family before the holiday Annie is not pleased. In fact, the majority of the family has made plans of their own and Eric worries how Annie will take the news. Carlos telephones the Camdens and tells them that he, Mary and baby Charlie are going to spend the holiday in Puerto Rico with Carlos' family and wants Ruthie to join them. Meanwhile, Simon has something to tell his parents, but cannot get up the nerve to tell them---which involves his former girlfriend Georgia who shows up back in his life unexpectedly. Instead he decides to stay at school for work. Also, Martin has plans to go camping with Mac. Lastly, a strong-willed and pregnant Lucy is determined to do the cooking and decorating this year but forgets to tell Annie about her plans.

Gratitude Fred Einesman Fred Einesman November 22 2004 10 187

Simon's ex-girlfriend, Georgia tells Simon she's pregnant and Simon does not know how to tell his parents---but Georgia is not being completely honest about the whole situation. Eric, Annie and the twins are on a road trip from Ginger's house back to Glen Oak and reminisce on old times they have had together. Meanwhile, Matt rushes Lucy to the hospital after she collapses at the grocery store where they were shopping for Thanksgiving food. A frantic Matt cannot track down Kevin as he is working on an undercover drug bust. Matt tries to take control of the situation when arriving at the hospital with Lucy but, Matt's semi-medical education puts Lucy more on the edge when talking to the doctor about her medication and treatment of the baby. Lastly, a lonely Ruthie is having a miserable time in Puerto Rico with Mary, Carlos and baby Charlie and calls home for comfort.

Wayne's World (a.k.a. Danke Schön) Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum November 29 2004 11 188

When a pregnant Lucy is put on bed rest following her recent hospital scare, an exhausted Camden family, especially her husband Kevin suffer the consequences of Lucy's foul mood towards everyone. Lucy is also not able to go to her graduation ceremony and is having a hard time getting her paper done as she's uninspired over the situation. Meanwhile, Ruthie's discovery of a disheartening e-mail on Martin's computer from his father may explain his uncharacteristically bad behavior at home and school. Martin is having a rough time on the baseball team lately with his foul mood toward his coach and teammates, including Mac Lastly, guest-starring singing legend Wayne Newton shows up on the Camden's doorstep with a message for Martin from his father, who is serving in Iraq.

Paper or Plastic? Brenda Hampton & Jeffrey Rodgers Michael Preece January 24 2005 12 189

Lucy, upset that the family has not given her any gifts for the baby, convinces Matt to take her shopping even though she is supposed to be staying off her feet. While shopping, the two get stuck in an elevator and Lucy goes into labor, putting Matt's medical skills to the test. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie are busy getting the house ready for Lucy's surprise baby shower and become concerned when Matt does not have her back as planned. Kevin shows Ruthie that he bought a house for Lucy, and Ruthie mentions to Kevin that it will upset Lucy as he did not consult her first. In the end, Lucy has a healthy baby girl in which she names Savannah, after the location of Kevin and Lucy's honeymoon.

The Fine Art of Parenting Justin Trofholz Harry Harris January 31 2005 13 190

When new mom Lucy welcomes guests over to see the baby, Annie immediately becomes concerned, believing that Lucy does not fully understand the health risks of exposing a newborn to strangers. Lucy's determination to show everyone that she has parenting under control leaves Kevin to question his role as a father, especially when they're alone. Also, struggling new parents Kevin and Lucy move back into the Camden home, while Martin moves into the garage apartment. Eric is worried that he and Annie are doing too much in helping Kevin and Lucy adjusting to parenthood as they're taking on more than they should as grandparents. Meanwhile, Martin's classmate Zoe intentionally falls asleep on the couch of his apartment so that she can tell everyone at school that they slept together. When Ruthie finds out about Martin's overnight guest she sees it as the perfect opportunity to blackmail him into getting her a date with her crush, Vincent.

First Date Courtney & Kelley Turk Joel J. Feigenbaum February 7 2005 14 191

Ruthie is on cloud nine when an emotional Eric and Annie reluctantly agree to let her go on her first official date with Vincent. However, Ruthie is not surprised to find the family handling her big dating news with their usual crazy Camden ways. Annie and Lucy decide it's their job to help Ruthie prepare for her date with Vincent by picking out the prefect outfit for her to wear. Meanwhile, Kevin takes it upon himself to give Ruthie "the talk" before her date with Vincent. Sam and David change into their Sunday attire so they can go on the date with Ruthie as well. An overprotective Martin and Mac (guest-star Kyle Searles) decide to spy on Ruthie's and Vincent's date at the promenade and movies to make sure nothing bad happens to her. Lastly, Matt volunteers to play chaperone, but finds himself in a web of lies to protect Ruthie's feelings when Vincent goes missing for a while when Matt tries to pick him up at his house.

Red Socks Martha Plimpton Michael Preece February 14 2005 15 192

In this special musical episode of "7th Heaven." The Camdens celebrate Valentine's Day performing classical hits. Kevin goes to work on Valentine's Day, which irritates Lucy. Vincent has not called Ruthie for three days, who sees Vincent with someone else. The twins celebrate their sixth birthday.

Brotherly Love Brenda Hampton Barry Watson February 21 2005 16 193

When Simon asks Matt to prescribe birth control pills for his current girlfriend, Matt is beyond upset that he is still having sex after what happened with his previous girlfriend Georgia. Meanwhile, Simon and Matt's secret talk starts false rumors through the house that Simon's current girlfriend is already pregnant. Meanwhile, Lucy and Kevin have to decide whether to sell their new house back to its previous owner after Kevin has an encounter with the former owner and discusses his sentimental value over the place and admitting he sold it by mistake. Also, Eric and Annie are upset that Kevin has been keeping a gun in the house for protection ever since Kevin, Lucy and the baby moved back into the house a month ago since the baby was born. Lastly, Matt, Mary, Simon and Ruthie attempt to hide a big secret about Mary from their parents.

Tangled Web We Weaved Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum February 28 2005 17 194

Although Simon practices safe sex all the time, he immediately panics when his girlfriend of the moment, Sandra, confesses to him that she has an STD the next morning after they had sex together. Meanwhile, Martin and Mac catch Ruthie's boyfriend, Vincent on a date with another girl and try to figure out a way to tell her the bad news to Ruthie. Also, Matt, Lucy, Kevin and Ruthie have second thoughts about telling Eric and Annie that Mary is not pregnant again, but in fact has decided to desert her husband Carlos and her baby son Charles and is getting a divorce. Lastly, Annie decides to go to New York to pay Mary a visit, but does not yet know about the whole situation.

Honor Thy Mother Victoria Huff Harry Harris April 25 2005 18 195

A non-church patron Marie enlists Eric's help in handling her elderly mother, Mrs. Wagner into getting her into a nursing home, but Eric gets a different impression when he finally meets Mrs. Wagner and sees that she does not need help and is still very capable. In fact, it turns out Marie may need more help than her mother as she's very unhappy with her life. But things turn out bad later on when Mrs. Wagner ends up in the emergency room due to her stress from her daughter. Ruthie puts up a fight with Lucy while shopping as she wants to spend the day with Vincent without Annie knowing about it. Ruthie wants to go to a family dinner with Vincent. Although, it inevitably blows up in her face and leads to an interesting conversation with Annie and Lucy in the driveway. Ben shows up in Glen Oak to pay Kevin and his new family a visit and makes himself well at home again in the garage apartment. But Kevin is not happy to see his brother as he wanted his mom and husband Frank to come over and see Savannah first. Lastly, the family spends the day setting up a special family dinner of what would have been Annie's mother, Jenny, her 75th birthday.

Hungry Elaine Arata Joel J. Feigenbaum May 2 2005 19 196

After being taunted for wearing second-hand clothes at "Second Hand Rose" by Vincent's new girlfriend, Margot, a distraught Ruthie runs into the bathroom and finds Martin's girlfriend, Zoe, recovering from a fainting spell as two girls try to help her. Zoe confides that her family does not have enough money for food and makes Ruthie promise not to tell anyone. However, when Martin breaks up with Zoe because he does not like her conceited attitude, Zoe thinks Ruthie has betrayed her confidence. Meanwhile, Kevin unsuccessfully tries to create some alone time with Lucy, but is frustrated with Lucy's obsession over Savannah. Also, Eric and Annie suspect that Sam and David are feigning being sick so they can stay up late and eat sweets. Lastly, Sam is jealous of the attention being given to an ill David.

Leaps of Faith Jeffrey Rodgers Ron High May 9 2005 20 197

An extremely nervous Simon comes home to Glenoak to await the results of his STD test from the clinic. Eric counsels a woman who is caring for her two daughters with sickle cell anemia and whose absentee father is hoping to take them back with him to Memphis, Tennessee for treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Meanwhile, Ruthie's ex-boyfriend Peter and his parents Paris and Vic pay a surprise visit to the Camden family, which creates problems for Ruthie and her current boyfriend, Vincent. A pregnant Paris and Vic decide to get married and ask Eric to be the minister to wed them. Also, Lucy and Kevin disagree over who should care for Savannah when Lucy returns to work. Lastly, Martin misses an important call from his father in Iraq while sneaking out of the house to be with his girlfriend, he begins to have second thoughts on their relationship.

Mi Familia Part 1 Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum May 16 2005 21 198

After discovering that Mary (who does not appear in the episode) has filed for divorce and signed away custody of her son, Matt is at a loss for how he should to break the awful news to Eric and Annie. Simon informs his new girlfriend, Rose, that he will not have sex with her, but avoids telling her the reason behind his decision. She gets fed up with him but comes back to him when she finds out his true intentions for them---marriage. Meanwhile, Ruthie's boyfriend, Vincent, asks Martin to get Ruthie to break up with him.Also, Eric gets involved once again with the Davis family children when little boy Danny is being adopted by Cecilia's parents, George and Gwen, but forgets to mention that the kid is part of a package deal as Danny has three sisters in Social Services as well, and try to take them in as well. Kevin is about fed up with Lucy as he's frustrated that they have not moved out of the Camden home as Lucy is stalling with the Realtor over a new home. Lastly, Lucy and Kevin may have finally found the perfect house.

Mi Familia Part 2 Sue Tenney Joel J. Feigenbaum May 23 2005 22 199

In the ninth season finale, when Simon and his new girlfriend Rose, make an unexpected visit to Glenoak to meet their respective parents, Annie begins to suspect their relationship might be on a fast track. She lets them know they are not allowed to sleep in the same room together in the house as they spend the night. Rose puts up a fight with both Annie and Simon over the sleeping arrangements, but eventually take will. Meanwhile, Eric hides the news of Mary's (who does not appear in the episode) divorce, worried that it will most certainly break Annie's heart.Also, Martin becomes the third wheel again in Ruthie's and Vincent's relationship as Ruthie thinks Martin is jealous of their relationship despite the fact that Vincent wants Martin to convince Ruthie to dump him. The adoption process for George and his wife over the Davis children becomes more complicated when their biological mother fights for the adoption process to not happen. Lastly, Martin's father, Bill returns from Iraq to greet his son.

Season 10: 2005-06[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
It's Late Brenda Hampton Harry Harris September 19 2005 1 200

The Camdens find themselves in a series of difficult predicaments: Eric tries to avoid telling his parents, Ruth and the Colonel, about Mary's (who does not appear in this episode) divorce, Simon is pressured by his fiance' Rose to move up their wedding date, Lucy realizes that being Associate Pastor is a harder job than she imagined, Ruthie sets her sights on a senior in her highschool, and Martin learns that Sandy, a college girl he met over the summer, may be pregnant with his child.

Home Run Brenda Hampton & Chris Olsen Harry Harris September 26 2005 2 201

After learning that he may be the father to Sandy's unborn child, Martin is left feeling very confused, while Simon cannot help but feel responsible for Martin's dilemma because he introduced the two. Meanwhile, when Kevin is caught in the line of fire while on duty, he decides that it would be for the best to quit the police force and become a stay-at-home dad. This surprises Lucy, who is at risk of losing her own job as the Associate Pastor when church elders approach Eric about removing her from the position.

Mama's Gonna Buy You a Diamond Ring Brenda Hampton & Jeff Olsen Joel J. Feigenbaum October 3 2005 3 202

Eric gets the cold shoulder from Ruthie after she loses the chance to date an older boy and Lucy does not like the repercussions of Kevin's new role in their daughter's life. Elsewhere, Eric misinterprets a phone call from Simon.

Ring Around the Rosie Brenda Hampton & Elaine Arata Joel J. Feigenbaum October 10 2005 4 203

After Eric and Annie discover that Simon and Rose are living together, they demand that she move out. When Simon does not object as strongly as Rose would like him too, she questions his feelings for her. Meanwhile, Lucy begins to question her abilities as an associate pastor after she has a hard time counseling a young girl who may be pregnant. Also, Ruthie realizes that she may have feelings for Martin, who continues to mishandle his situation with Sandy.

The Rat's Out of the Bag Brenda Hampton & Jeffrey Rodgers Barry Watson October 17 2005 5 204

When Lucy tells Kevin and Matt that she is going to visit Simon at college, the skeptical guys follow her and learn that the real reason behind her visit is to counsel Sandy about her pregnancy and to advise her to stop pressuring Martin to marry her. Meanwhile, Eric has some suspicions of his own regarding Lucy's visit to Simon, and after spying on her, he also finds out about the pregnancy and Martin's involvement.

Helpful Brenda Hampton, Courtney & Kelley Turk Harry Harris October 31 2005 6 205

When Sandy asks Simon to take her to the hospital for what she thinks are labor pains, she admits that she only slept with Martin to make Simon jealous. Meanwhile, Eric learns the hard way that Simon's given Rose an engagement ring, and he must also decide whether or not to allow Ruthie to date a seemingly much older boy. Also, Lucy is disappointed to learn that almost her entire family is aware of Martin's situation, which she had hoped to keep private.

Soup's On Brenda Hampton & Victoria Huff Joel J. Feigenbaum November 7 2005 7 206

When Sandy's father approaches Eric and Lucy with plans of helping his daughter, they are suspicious of the large sum of money he leaves them with. Meanwhile, Martin decides it's time to finally confront his father with the news that he and Sandy are expecting a child. Simon, who is experiencing financial problems, goes to each family member for help, and Ruthie begins collecting soup labels for Campbell Soup's Labels for Education program to get her school's newspaper a much-needed computer.

Chicken Noodle Heads Brenda Hampton & Chris Olsen Keith Truesdell November 14 2005 8 207

Eric gains a new perspective on Sandy and Martin's pregnancy when he learns that his own mother was pregnant with him before she and his father were married. Meanwhile, Sandy's parents inform Eric and Lucy that they do not want to have anything to do with Sandy or her baby. Meanwhile, Martin tells Meredith about the baby and hopes they will stay together.

Turkey Brenda Hampton & Jeff Olsen Michael Preece November 21 2005 9 208

Hearing that Martin and Meredith broke up, Ruthie thinks it's because Martin is in love with her which make her very happy. Martin thinks that Ruthie is talking to him again because she wants to be his friend again. Ruthie still doesn't know about Sandy and the baby, but Martin's situation finally comes out and a heartbroken Ruthie learns the truth a couple of days before Thanksgiving.

Apple Pie Brenda Hampton & Jeffrey Rodgers Lindsley Parsons III November 28 2005 10 209

When Simon discovers that Rose may have some secrets, he begins to wonder if his parents were correct when they warned him not to rush into marriage. Meanwhile, Kevin and Martin come to blows when Kevin becomes fed up with Martin's "poor me" attitude about becoming a young father, Sandy gains a new perspective on her pregnancy, and Eric and Annie finally allow Ruthie to date Jack.

X-Mas Brenda Hampton & Elaine Arata Harry Harris December 12 2005 11 210

It's Christmas and the Camdens are embracing the holiday spirit in various ways: The entire family takes part in a living nativity scene at the church, Eric dresses as Santa and helps out at a convalescent home, Ruthie volunteers at a hospital, Lucy works with Habitat for Humanity and Kevin considers adopting a dog from the location shelter. Meanwhile, Sandy and the Camdens talk to Rose about the real meaning of Christmas after Rose tells the twins that Santa Claus and Jesus aren't real.

Got MLK? Orlando Bishop, Kevin Brownridge & Damani Mangum Joel J. Feigenbaum January 23 2006 12 211

Martin's friend, Alex, insists to his teacher that he's going to do his "Great Americans" essay assignment on Martin Luther King, even though it was covered in the curriculum the previous week. When the teacher overhears Martin advise Alex that jeopardizing his place on the baseball team is not worth fighting over Dr. King, she changes the assignment so that all&nbsp students must choose a Great African American. Martin then discovers that someone has vandalized his car with racist comments and the Camden family, as well as the entire town, becomes enraged over the hate crime.

And Baby Makes Three Lawrence H. Levy Michael Preece January 30 2006 13 212

When Sandy goes into labor, Simon wants to go to the hospital to support her, but Rose refuses, prompting Simon to acknowledge that he is not sure he still wants to marry Rose. Eric tries to convince Martin to attend the birth of his baby, but Martin refuses to miss a tryout with a major league scout. Ruthie is exited when Martin invites her to watch him practice, but Eric and Annie worry that Ruthie is taking this as a sign that she and Martin may have a romantic future. Kevin tells Lucy that he wants to have another baby, but Lucy does not believe she could ever handle a second child.

The Magic of Gershwin Paul Perlove Harry Harris February 6 2006 14 213

Ruthie meets a troubled girl in detention, where a music teacher is assigned to watch the students. The girls bond over the lessons about Gershwin and music as Ruthie tries to get over Martin. She offers to help her new friend, who refuses any charity, but Eric, Lucy and Kevin become involved and will not take no for an answer.

Love and Obsession Lawrence H. Levy Ron High February 13 2006 15 214

On Valentine's Day, Rose decides to tell Simon that she does not want to get married in a church, which leaves Simon frustrated and befuddled. Meanwhile, Kevin organizes a Valentine's Day dinner at the same hotel where he and Lucy got engaged three years ago. Kevin invites Eric, Annie, Simon and Rose to join them, but neglects to tell Lucy about the arranged setting. Lucy shows up in a sexy outfit and is shocked to see that her family is there, leaving her embarrassed. Lastly, Ruthie volunteers to help an elderly neighbor who has spent her life pining away for a particular man that got away. This inevitably causes Ruthie to evaluate her obsession with Martin.

Moving Ahead Paul Perlove Joel J. Feigenbaum February 27 2006 16 215

Lucy's life gets more complicated personally and professionally when both are intertwined with big news. Lucy begins to feel the presence of her late Grandma Jenny visiting her and warning her of the challenges that are coming in her life soon. At the same time, Lucy secretly goes to see a doctor to find out if she is pregnant, and decides not to attend an important church meeting where she is an attendee. Meanwhile, Annie and Ruthie decide to take a day off together to unwind. Unfortunately, mother and daughter accidentally run into one of Ruthie's teachers. Ruthie's teacher gives Annie a lecture on her parenting in this situation. Rose is still angry that Simon neglected to tell her that he slept with Sandy. Lastly, Eric unintentionally shakes things up between Rose and Simon.

Highway to Cell Chad Byrnes Michael Preece April 3 2006 17 216

Simon and Rose have dinner with Rose's ex-fiance', Umberto. Rose's attempts to make Umberto jealous makes Simon realize that she still has feelings for her ex. Ruthie gets a new cell phone, but is sad because she has no friends or boyfriend to call her. Attempting to help, Eric and Kevin give Ruthie's number to some of the guys she was once interested in. When the phone calls start coming in, Ruthie rekindles a romance with Peter.

Invitation to Disaster Justin Trofholz Keith Truesdell April 10 2006 18 217

Eric and Annie find themselves with a problem when they realize Simon and Rose's wedding falls on the same day as Matt (who does not appear in the episode) and Sarah's med school graduation ceremony. Eric and Kevin try to get the couple to agree to either move the wedding date or elope, but Rose's ex-finace', Umberto conspires with Annie to talk Rose out of eloping. Finally, Rose realizes she has been difficult and tries to mend her relationship with the Camdens. Ruthie asks Eric if she can go to Scotland as an exchange student, but Eric knows her real motive is to be with Peter.

Secrets Brenda Hampton & Jeffrey Rodgers Harry Harris April 17 2006 19 218

Following their heart-to-heart talk, Rose and Annie bond over Rose's bridal shower, forming such a close relationship that Ruthie and Lucy become jealous. A curious Sam and David try using Oreos and milk to get family members to give up their secrets. Eric admits he lost his wedding ring soon after marrying Annie hand has been wearing a copy of the original all these years. Simon confesses that he accepted incompletes in all his classes in order to work and pay off Rose's ring. Kevin divulges the fact that he and Lucy are planning to pay for Rose's ring as a wedding gift to the couple

And More Secrets Brenda Hampton, Chris & Jeff Olsen Joel J. Feigenbaum April 24 2006 20 219

Simon and Rose have a serious argument over Simon having taken incompletes at school to pay for Rose's ring. Savannah accidentally swallows Kevin's wedding ring, sending him into a panic about how to retrieve the ring before Lucy finds out. Annie is furious over the fact that she never knew that Matt (who does not appear in the episode) and Sarah eloped before their wedding. Eric is extremely nervous that Annie will become even more upset when she finds out that he lost his wedding band years ago and replaced it with a copy.

Goodbye... (Part 1) Brenda Hampton Michael Preece May 1 2006 21 220

With Simon's wedding just a day away, the Camdens reminisce about simpler days when the children were little (in flashback sequences from the series' pilot episode). Meanwhile, in the present, Rose tells Simon that she may be pregnant, leaving Simon more conflicted than ever about their upcoming marriage. At the dress rehearsal, Eric and Annie talk to Rose's parents, who both think that Rose may be lying about the pregnancy to make sure Simon goes through with the wedding. Lucy and Kevin find out the sex of their second baby but decide to keep it a secret until after the wedding. Ruthie meets Paul, a boy from Scotland who asks her out on a date.

...And Thank You (Part 2) Brenda Hampton Michael Preece May 8 2006 22 221

On Simon's wedding day, he and Rose have made up after their fight at the rehearsal dinner. Matt and Sarah show up unexpectedly to attend the wedding and make a surprising announcement, as do Kevin and Lucy. Even the long-absent Mary appears in Eric and Annie's shared daydream and makes a call to the family to share her own good news. The wedding day ends happily, though not in a way anyone could have predicted.

  • This would have been the final season of the show on The WB due to high costs, but because of the strong ratings for the original series finale, 7th Heaven returned for an 11th season on The CW Television Network, originally renewed for 13 episodes. The WB ceased operations on Sunday, September 17 2006.

Season 11: 2006-07[]

Picture Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate # Episode # Total
Turn, Turn, Turn Carolyn Kepnes Joel J. Feigenbaum September 25 2006 1 222
Having lost her pregnancy over the summer, an emotionally unstable Lucy convinces Eric to let her deliver the Sunday sermon, but she ends up publicly blaming Kevin and everyone in her family for what happened. Meanwhile, Martin expresses his romantic intentions to Sandy, who may still have feelings for Simon, and tells her that he wants to spend more time with her and their infant son. Sandy reveals that she has recently switched majors and wants to become a minister, a prospect that upsets Lucy who feels like Sandy is intruding on her turf. Jewel makes a cameo as the Camden's neighbor whose voice lulls Savannah to sleep every night.
And Tonight's Specials Are... Brenda Hampton, Chris & Jeff Olsen Keith Truesdell October 2 2006 2 223
Kevin advises Martin to get Sandy's attention by cooking for her and expressing an interest in her studies, but Martin uses the technique to try and sleep with Sandy again, which, of course, only serves to push her further away when she discovers the truth. Still avoiding her family, Lucy tells Kevin she's out apologizing to members of the congregation for her recent strange behavior, but she's actually going to the movies and spending time with a teenage ticket seller, T-Bone, who has taken a romantic interest in Lucy.
A Pain in the Neck Brenda Hampton Michael Preece October 15 2006 3 224
After Sam and David's teacher, Ms. Margo, propositions him, Eric decides to pull the boys out of school. Meanwhile, Kevin tells Lucy that it's his brother Ben's birthday so she will agree to let him stay with them for a few days, and Eric learns some disturbing news about his health while he's visiting someone in the hospital.
Don't Ax, Don't Tell Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum October 22 2006 4 225
While Annie is out of town visiting Mary and her family, Eric decides to home school the twins as a result of one of their teachers hitting on him. Meanwhile, Lucy and Kevin suspect Eric's strange behavior is a sign of a much bigger problem and Kevin goes to the hospital to investigate the situation.
The Replacements Brenda Hampton Michael McDonald October 29 2006 5 226

While Annie is out of town, Eric finds himself looking after three teenagers, T-Bone, Jane and Margaret, who are homeless and hoping the Camdens will find it in their hearts to take them in. After Annie comes home to the chaos and new faces, Eric also realizes it's time to tell Annie what he's been hiding from her for weeks. Meanwhile, Sandy finds herself in a romantic triangle with Martin and the guy she's been seeing from school, Daniel.

Broken Hearts and Promises Brenda Hampton Michael Preece November 5 2006 6 227

After Eric gives the family a big scare and the paramedics are called to the house, Annie realizes Eric has been hiding the truth from her and she's determined to find out what it is. Meanwhile, Lucy pays a surprise visit to Sandy, who appears to be falling in love with her classmate, Daniel, while Martin continues to pursue her as well. Additionally in the episode, series star Beverley Mitchell sings a song, "Have You Ever Loved an Angel", from her upcoming self-titled country CD, Beverley Mitchell.

You Take the High Road (Part 1) Jeffrey Rodgers Joel J. Feigenbaum November 12 2006 7 228

Ruthie is in a state of panic when she learns that Eric and Annie are flying to Scotland with the intention of bringing her back to Glenoak. After agonizing over the decision, Kevin decides it's time to tell Lucy about her father's fatal heart condition. Meanwhile, Sandy figures the best way to get rid of her overzealous boyfriend is to accept Martin's marriage proposal, and Kevin discovers that Jane is hiding a big secret from the Camdens.

And I'll Take the Low Road (Part 2) Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum November 19 2006 8 229

After learning of her father's health prognosis, Ruthie reluctantly agrees to leave Scotland behind and return home to Glenoak with her parents, Eric and Annie. Sandy decides to call off plans to marry Martin after his best friend, Mac, questions why they are in such a rush. Meanwhile, Lucy advises T-Bone to look into declaring emancipation from his mother if she is unfit to care for him.

Thanks and Giving Brenda Hampton Keith Truesdell November 26 2006 9 230

Eric, Annie and Ruthie are held for questioning at the airport after Ruthie says something. Mac tries to find out if Sandy has feelings for Simon as a favor to Martin. Lucy tries to be strong and positve about Eric's condition for the rest of the family.

You Don't Know What You've Got 'Til He's Gone Jeffrey Rodgers Harry Harris December 3 2006 10 231

Eric takes a new approach to counseling members of the church. Ruthie realizes she might have feelings for T-Bone after an argument they have ends in a kiss.

Christmas! Brenda Hampton & Elaine Arata Keith Truesdell December 10 2006 11 232

When Eric is late coming home from work, Lucy, Ruthie and Kevin all start thinking the worst, but Annie keeps the faith and assures them all is well. While the family waits for him, Eric finds himself in heaven, but is unclear whether he's a permanent resident or just visiting.

Can I Just Get Something to Eat? Chris & Jeff Olsen Harry Harris January 14 2007 12 233

Lucy and Kevin have a fight about the time Lucy has to spend on her family versus her work at the church. Eric tells her she can have her own desk in his office, so she goes out and buys a new desk, telling Kevin that the first step to getting her own office is getting her own desk and he wonders if the next step is her own church. Lucy says maybe. Sandy joins the class at church that Lucy is teaching and rather than concentrate on the crisis in Darfur that Lucy suggests, the girls all want to talk to Sandy about her past with alcohol, drugs and sex. Lastly, Sam and David contact their friend, Nicodemus, one of the Lost Boys from Sudan, who helps them send the 50 dollars they've saved to friends in Darfur.

Script Number Two Hundred Thirty-Four Carolyn Kepnes & Jeffrey Rodgers Joel J. Feigenbaum January 21 2007 13 234

Ruthie thinks she may be ready to have sex with her boyfriend. Anxious to prove to her family and friends that she is no longer a little girl, Ruthie tells her boyfriend, T-Bone, that she is ready to take their relationship to the next level. Martin expresses an interest in dating Jane, which makes Sandy question her feelings for him. Eric and Lucy tell everyone they have official church business out of town when in reality they are spending the day fishing.

Deacon Blues Jeffrey Rodgers Michael Preece January 28 2007 14 235

Ruthie suggests to T-Bone that it might be time to get his driver's license so they can finally have some privacy. Unfortunately, T-Bone makes the mistake of asking Kevin -- a former police officer -- to help him get ready for the test. Lou (guest star Alan Fudge) informs a stunned Eric that the church deacons feel he and Lucy are no longer appealing to the younger church members, so it is suggested that Sandy deliver the next sermon.

Tit for Tat Chris & Jeff Olsen Lindsley Parsons III February 11 2007 15 236

Sandy starts falling for someone else. Will Martin be able to handle this? Dr. Johnathan Sanders seems to be quite the match for Martin, and even makes some moves on Sandy.

For Valentine's Day, Ruthie and an extremely reluctant T-Bone get tattoos to prove their love for each other. Eric and Annie panic when the Colonel and Ruth pay them an unexpected visit, causing Lucy to rush out of town before her parents find out that she told the Colonel and Ruth about Eric's health condition.

Finally, Jane receives her divorce papers in the mail and Sandy develops feelings for a doctor, much to Martin's frustration.

Gimme That 'Ol Time Religion Chris & Jeff Olsen Joel J. Feigenbaum February 18 2007 16 237

Eric and Annie realize that Ruthie is hiding something from them when she acts suspiciously. Lucy does not tell her parents about Ruthie's tattoo because she is also hiding one from them.

Small Miracles Elaine Arata, Chris & Jeff Olsen Michael Preece April 8 2007 17 238

When a frantic Ruthie loses the tiny diamond from the promise ring that T-Bone gave her, she takes it as a sign that maybe they should not be together and enlists the entire household to search for the missing stone. Meanwhile, Eric and Lucy each come across a mysterious black bird and interpret it as a sign of bad things to come. Jonathan tells Sandy that he has strong feelings for her.

Inked Chad Byrnes Keith Truesdell April 15 2007 18 239

Lucy and Kevin visit a town called Crossroads that is in need of a new minister, and Lucy may be the woman for the job. After meeting with a doctor, Ruthie makes the incorrect assumption that her parents, or T-Bone will pay for her tattoo removal. Additionally, a smitten Margaret offers to do Mac's English class assignment, and Sandy catches Martin telling a lie so that he can go out on a date with Jane. Also, in the episode, series star Beverley Mitchell sings a song from her recently released country album, "Beverley Mitchell."

Some Break-Ups and Some Get-Togethers Justin Trofholz Jason Priestley April 22 2007 19 240

T-Bone confides to Mac that he is considering breaking up with Ruthie. Unfortunately, Mac takes matter into his own hands and sends a text message with the bad news to Ruthie, copying everyone in T-Bone's address book, including Eric and Annie . Lucy and Kevin disagree over whether it's in their best interest to accept the job offer in Crossroads. Margaret is furious with Mac when she discovers that he turned in her writing assignment as his own.

Nothing Says Lovin' Like Something from the Oven Brenda Hampton Joel J. Feigenbaum April 29 2007 20 241

With plans for a second baby, Kevin tells Lucy that moving their family to Crossroads might not be such a good idea for the time being. T-Bone confides to Eric that he's having second thoughts about breaking up with Ruthie, who is spending all of her free time lately with her former crush, Martin. Sandy's boyfriend, Jonathan, surprises her with a marriage proposal, and T-Bone's estranged father shows up on the Camdens' doorstep.

Good News For Almost Everyone Brenda Hampton Keith Truesdell May 6 2007 21 242

Eric and Annie rush to the hospital after Eric wakes up with a good feeling about his heart condition. Unsure whether her parents are at the hospital due to good news or bad news, Lucy is a bundle of nerves, and it's up to Kevin to keep her thinking positively as they wait for news. T-Bone and Ruthie decide to get back together, but Martin hopes to change Ruthie's mind when he reveals that he's in love with her as well.

And Away We Go Brenda Hampton Harry Harris May 13 2007 22 243

Eric and Annie decide to pack it all up and see America by way of an RV, given to them in celebration of Eric's clean bill of health. Initially taken aback by this momentous and sudden decision, Lucy and Kevin ultimately decide to join Eric, Annie and the rest of the family - and extended family - on their exciting new adventure. (Series Finale)

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