7th Heaven

Season 7 Episode 10

A Cry for Help

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 25, 2002 on The CW
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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 (guest star Usher) 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 is almost arrested when he accompanies Simon and Cecilia to an underage club. Lastly, and Ruthie tries to figure out a way to breakup with her boyfriend (guest star Oliver Adams) without making him cry.moreless

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  • Lucy gets Eric a job working at the Campus radio station only the producer hires him under false pretences to help him with this guy Karl who keeps calling in to tell them that he is going to commit suicide because his girlfriend broke up with him.moreless

    Wow to Brenda Hampton for this episode .. it was absutely amazing. It was kind of obvious why Lucy hired helped get Eric a job a that radio station, I am so glad that they got Usher to play Will I thought he did a hell of a job playing that roll, lol what Ruthie did to Jake was hysterical haha go Ruthie haha i thought that was great... Annie's expression on her face was priceless =) I loved it how Will tried to get Carl to open up on the bench when Will found him. I thought that was great. He just did an excellent job playing a counslor thing on the show in my opinion, now to the Lucy and Kevin thing I'm glad Lucy finally is trying to drop the whole jealously thing it was actually getting kind of annoying to tell you the truth. I thought it was nice of her to ask Roxanne not to switch partners with Kevin I thought that was cool anyways great episode...moreless
  • Suicide is definately not the answer!

    Lucy finds Eric a job at a student radio station. A man named Carl is calling threatening that he is going to commit suicide because his girlfriend broke up with him. Eric helps him which eases him back into the church. Roxanne invites Kevin and Lucy for dinner but Lucy doesn't want to go. Roxanne wants to switch police partners because of Lucy. Lucy apologizes and says that she will try to be nice to her. Simon and Cecilia take the 23 year old Ben to an underage club for 14-20 year olds. Ben is having a lousy time and he hits rock bottom when he gets caught. Ruthie breaks up with Jake.

    I loved this episode! Teen suicide is a big issue and I'm glad they addressed that it was a wrong choice. I thought it was funny with Ben and the teenage girls with their braces and acne! They were all staring at him. I was surprised that Jake took the break-up very well! I'm glad that Lucy decided to try and be friends with Roxanne. She was driving me crazy with all her remarks about her. This episode is one of the best of the season! 10 out of 10!moreless



Guest Star

Matt Czuchry

Matt Czuchry


Guest Star

Caitlin Martin

Caitlin Martin

Emily Cooper

Guest Star

Oliver Adams

Oliver Adams

Jake Davis

Recurring Role

Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael

Detective Michaels

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It's weird how last week Robbie was taking a mid-term and how this week he was able to work far enough ahead to take his finals early.

    • At the beginning of the episode when Eric is looking for Annie he goes upstairs, then Annie and the twins talk for about 20 seconds, he then comes in through the other door. Is it possible that he could have gone upstairs and checked for Annie upstairs and gotton back downstairs in that amount of time?

    • When Ruthie gave Sam and David ice cream cones from the refrigerator, she took them out completely unwrapped or at least not in a box and just handed it to them. Not too sanitary or at least normal.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ruthie to Annie: "Can I move to a foreign country?"

      Annie to Ruthie: "No."

      Ruthie to Annie: "I'll write."

    • Lucy to Kevin: "Sometimes when it comes to you and me and us, I'm not so logical."

    • Lucy to Kevin: "I would only do what I just did for a man I loved. Yes I love you!"

      Caller to Eric: "You were downsized dude."

      Lucy to Kevin: "What am I supposed to do?"

      Kevin to Lucy: "I donno, but if you don't figure something out I don't know how much longer we can be partners."

  • NOTES (19)

    • The song "Movin' Melodies" by ATB is heard in this episode.

    • This is not the first time Thanksgiving is ever mentioned Thanksgiving is mentioned in the episode "Time To Leave The Nest" where the Camdens help that little girl, Sarah and her dad. They were cooking Thanksgiving dinner early. It was mentioned there too.

    • In Germany this episode is known as,Three Angels for Karl, translated.

    • Barry Watson (Matt Camden) does not appear in this episode.

    • In the first airing this episode earned a 5.2 rating (or 9.1 million viewers), leading the WB and earning a 53rd place for the week nationally.

    • To help parents and educators use this episode to discuss issues related to depression and suicidal feelings, here are support materials: Turner Learning Guide.

    • This episode was originally called Female Trouble but the WB decided to change the name to A Cry For Help which fits the episode better.

    • David Gallagher was excited about Usher being on the show but was disappointed to find out they had no scenes together.

    • The teen club scenes in this episode were taped at Club One Seven Highland Mall in Hollywood.

    • Jessica Biel (Mary Camden) does not appear in this episode.

    • Adam LaVorgna (Robbie Palmer) does not appear in this episode.

    • To contact someone on a suicide attempt or need hl coping please call the National Hopeline Network 1(800) SUICIDE 784-2433. Or you can contact the website www.hopeline.com. This was broadcasted after the 7th Heaven ended its episode.

    • Music featured in this episode was from ATB Movin' Melodies album.

    • Eventhough it wasn't the theme or setting in this episode, the holiday Thanksgiving was mentioned as an upcoming holiday for the Camdens (it originally aired on the week of the Thanksgiving holiday). This is the first time since the shows 1st season that Thanksgiving is ever mentioned (or an episode revolved around the holiday).

    • Previously, R&B singer Usher Raymond guest-starred on such new hit series as UPN's The Twilight Zone and NBC's American Dreams this season.

    • Adam LaVorgna (Robbie Palmer) does not appear in this episode, but was originally written in.

    • Jeremy London (Chandler Hampton) does not appear in this episode.

    • TV Guide says, Eric (Stephen Collins) explores career options and lands a job at a college radio station with more responsibility than he expected.

    • The offical WB description for this episode included the tagline "SINGING SENSATION USHER GUEST-STARS IN A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE DEALING WITH TEEN SUICIDE".