7th Heaven
What Will People Say?
Season 1, Episode 8
What will people say
Air date November 11, 1996
Written by Brenda Hampton
Directed by Duwayne Dunham
Episode Guide
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

"What Will People Say?" was the eight episode of the 1st season of 7th Heaven. This is the first episode to feature recurring star Edie McClurg as Mrs. Beeker.


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.


  • This is the first episode to feature recurring star Edie McClurg as Mrs. Beeker.
  • Stephen Collins' wife, Faye Grant, guest stars in this episode as Abby.


  • Danielle Wiener was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance as "Gabrielle" in this episode. She is listed as a co-star.[1]
  • In the episodes, "The Color of God" and "What Will People Say?" helped "7th Heaven" win the Entertainment Industries Council "Prism Award" for addressing the issues of drugs and violence.
  • In Germany this episode is known as, "Mean Rumors", translated

Goofs & Errors[]

  • When Simon went into the kitchen and asked Mary if pickles and chocolate milk will make him sick, he left the refrigerator door open. In the next shot Mary and Richard are in the kitchen the door was closed. You never saw anyone shut the door.

Opening Credits[]

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