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The Tribes That Bind

Season 3, Ep 13, Aired 1/25/99
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  • Episode Description
  • 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. The manager of the restaurant doesn't serve Morgan and John their meal because he doesn't serve black people.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stephen Collins

    Reverend Eric Camden

  • Catherine Hicks

    Annie Camden

  • Barry Watson

    Matt Camden

  • David Gallagher

    Simon Camden

  • Jessica Biel

    Mary Camden

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Racism and sibling rivalry.

    By VGFreak8, Nov 28, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Daryl: (to the Camdens) Hey, tell your parents good luck with the babies. What is that, numbers 14 and 15? Mark: Yeah, our dog only had four, and she's a dog! Steve: Well, you know, their dad is a minister.....

    • Mary: I don't know. There's just something about growing up in a big family that makes me want to have a big family of my own. Keisha: Uh, not me! I'm having one kid, so it better be a good one!

    • Simon: Dad wants to talk. Ruthie: Real bad. Matt: Yep. He’s got a point, though. Once the twins are born, our lives will never be the same. They’ll need lots of attention and quiet and once they’re here, they’re here. Forever. Ruthie: What if we don’t like them? Matt: Having a baby is like rolling the dice in Vegas. Sometimes the odds are good and you wing big. Simon: And sometimes you crap out. Ruthie: And Mom’s having two babies. What are the odds? (nobody answers) Great. Just great.

    • Eric: Getting ready for the babies is kind of exciting, but it’s scary too. Don’t you think? Having two new people in the family will be a pretty big change. It’s just been the seven of us for a while... Concerns? Thoughts? Fears? Anybody? Matt: We know the drill, Dad. Two of you will leave for the hospital, and four of you will come home. Simon: We’ve done this before. Ruthie: I haven’t, but I can follow along.

    • Eric: It’s practically time. Your mother could go into labor next week, tomorrow or today. Eric: So, I’m taking this opportunity while your mother’s grocery shopping with the only person she can stand to be with...herself, to review. It’s been a while since our late pre-baby delivery drill and the routine may be a little rusty. And rusty’s not good, because when things get a little crazy around here, as they inevitably will, we’ll need the routine. The routine will save us. The routine will make order out of chaos. So, Matt, head cook and bottle washer...please keep in mind multiple food groups and try to serve meals that feature more than one color. Mary, carpooling and miscellaneous transportation. Lucy... Simon: Camp all by myself. Eric: Right, right. Lucy will be packing lunches. Simon, put out breakfast stuff and then, clean it up. And Ruthie, water the plants. Ruthie: Water plants, water plants, water plants. Got it. But if Mom has the babies this weekend, someone’s gonna have to cover for Lucy because she’s at Camp... All: All by myself. Eric: You’re right, you’re right. If your mother goes into labor this weekend, Simon...assist with all meals, Mary move to laundry. Make sure everybody has something clean to wear next week. And remember, bleach is a fair weather friend. Matt: So what’s the pre-delivery routine for you and Mom? Eric: We don’t need one. You know, every pregnancy and delivery is different. The key is just staying loose and flexible and keeping your mom calm and relaxed until the big day. Got it?

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    Notes (3)

    • Music featured in this episode was the (uncredited) music of theme song of the TV show Xena: Warrior Princess.

    • This episode is the last that the whole entire Hamilton family appear together.

    • In Germany this episode is known as, "Struggle For Power", translated.

    Trivia (3)

    • In the scene where Annie is laying on the bed and Ruthie is watering her plants, Ruthie comes over and is telling Annie how Bobby Tripp saw her underwear on the swings at school. While they talk Annie has her right hand behind her head and the left hand on her tummy, the next second Annie has her right hand on her tummy and she has her left hand on Ruthie.. and they switch the views between Annie and Ruthie a few times and it is very noticeable.

    • Why do Reverend Camden and Sergeant Michaels buy food from the restaurant at the end? They're giving money to a racist establishment, which contradicts the moral of the story and isn't Sergeant Michaels on duty?

    • Why is Annie so surprised to learn that the ladies intend to hold the twins' baby shower at the church? Didn't she have baby showers for her other five children? Where were they held?

    Allusions (1)

    • When Ruthie charges at the Tripp's, her war chant is that of Xena from Xena: Warrior Princess.

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