7th Heaven

Season 1 Episode 13

America's Most Wanted

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 1997 on The CW
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As part of a basketball team ritual at her school, Mary is elected to steal a drinking glass from the local teen hangout, but in an unfortunate twist of events, Matt is faced with theft charges and potential jail time. Lucy is ridden with guilt after cheating on a school assignment, and Ruthie asks Simon for help in pleasing their recently irritable father.moreless

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  • Mary steals, Matt takes the blame. Lucy copies Mary's homework.

    While Lucy gets a second chance from her teacher - who is proud that Lucy was honest and came forward - Matt gets arrested by the angry restaurant owner. He wants to make an example of Matt. Even a lot of the items returned doesn't make the owner want to change his mind about pressing charges until the judge points out that if he does, the stuff is evidence until *all* the trials are over.

    Favorite part of the show though, has to be little Ruthie learning the Star Spangled Banner to make Eric happy because he was upset that nobody knew the words at a sporting event. Watching her sing it made me cry with pride.moreless
  • This was a clasic 7th Heaven epesode. It was dramatic and cheesy.

    Mary steels a cuo from the Varsity. Matt taked blame. He goes to apalogize and the manager presses charges. They are realleased.

    Matt is so sweet for taking the blame. I liked it when Mary admitted it was her who stole the glass. It was great when all the kids came in. Cory was sweet in the end of the epesode.

    Lucy restated one of Marys papers. She apalogized to the teacher.

    The teacher was really reasonable. I like her standards. I like that she agnolaged that apoligizing is the first step and how good honesty is great.

    Eric is annoyed that nowone know the words to the star-spangled banner. Ruthie learned the star-spangled banner.

    It was really cute that she thought that her dad would kick her out of the contry. I loved the end with the homemade flag and Ruthie sang the star-spangled banner.moreless
  • I thought this was an amzing episode!

    Mary steals a glass from the Varsity Club in order to impress her basketball team. Eric finds it, and lays the blame on Matt, and encourages him to return it, thinking that the manager will be fine about. Unfortunately for Matt, the manager presses charges and sends him to the police station. He gets out, but has to go to court. Eric is upset when people in the community did not know the words to the Star Spangled Banner. Ruthie wants to learn it in order to impress it, and finally does learn it with the guidance of Simon and her babysitter, with her concluding the episode with a presentation of it to the family. While pre-occupied with her boyfriend and cheerleading, Lucy neglects her school work while she has a major school paper due. Mary used to take the class so she steals her paper and para phrases it. I really liked this episode. It was very enjoyable and captivating and just made you want more. I thought it was amazing. I felt really bad for Matt during the glass thing because he did not even take it, and I also thought the boss was being a little ridiculous and overreacting over a glass. I absolutely loved the end when Ruthie sand the Star spangled banner to the whole family, I thought it was so cute and a sweet and gave you a warm feeling and a nice, calm, sweet, enjoyable ending after such an adventurous episode. Lucy's thing was very fun to watch too. I think this episode was 100% brilliant.moreless
  • A great episode!

    Mary takes a glass from The Varsity because all the athletes have before. Matt, John and Keesha are also there. Eric finds the glass and assumes that Matt took it. Matt goes along because he doesn't want Mary to get into trouble. Matt takes it back, but the manager presses charges. Lucy is overwhelmed with school, cheerleading and everything else. She takes one of Mary's papers and paraphrases it instead of writing a new one. Eric is upset when people don't know the national anthem. Ruthie is scared because she doesn't know it. Simon teaches her and Ruthie sings it to the family. Reverend Hamilton figures out a way for the trial to end quickly without anyone getting into trouble.

    This was a great episode! I thought that Matt was a good brother by taking the fall. Lucy shouldn't have copied Mary's paper and I'm glad that she confessed. Ruthie's singing was cute, because she was so off. This episode gets a 10!moreless
Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood

Morgan Hamiton

Guest Star

Michael McGuire

Michael McGuire

Mr. Ryland

Guest Star

Carol Locatell

Carol Locatell

Mrs. Penn

Guest Star

Chaz Lamar Shepherd

Chaz Lamar Shepherd

John Hamilton

Recurring Role

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Keesha Hamilton

Recurring Role

Matthew Linville

Matthew Linville

Jimmy Moon

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Matt and Mary both changed front their school clothes into nicer clothes when they went to court. Lucy went to court in her school clothes. Why didn't Lucy change when Matt and Mary had time to change?

    • After Annie reads Little Boy Blue to Ruthie, she turns the page backwards.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ruthie: (singing) Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the...hmm, hmm, hmm fight...
      Simon: It's "perilous fight."
      Ruthie: What does perilous mean?
      Simon: It means dangerous.
      Ruthie: Then why don't they just say that?
      Simon: Because that's how they talked in the olden days.
      Ruthie: Why?
      Simon: I don't know why. I just want to get some sleep.
      Ruthie: (pauses, starts singing again) Through the dangerous fight...
      Simon: You can't change the words. It's our national anthem!
      Ruthie: But nobody understands it!
      Simon: It's not meant to be understood. It's like opera.
      Ruthie: I understand Oprah. I watch her on TV!

    • Simon: (to Ruthie) No, "hailed" is not a bad word, and neither is "hell", unless you say something like "Go to hell"!
      Eric: (walks in) What did you say??
      Simon: Oh, um....I was just trying to explain that hell is not a bad word. It's just how you use it, like if you say something like "There's a heaven and a hell", that would be okay, right?
      Eric: Yes, that would be okay, but that's not what I heard you say.

    • Eric: I'm Eric Camden. I'm Matt's father.
      Manager: I'm not dropping the charges.
      Eric: Just hear me out first.
      Manager: Okay, but I'm not dropping the charges.
      Eric: My son knows he was wrong. That's why he apologized. Matt's learned his lesson.
      Manager: That's not the problem. The problem is that the rest of those kids haven't learned anything. I lose thousands of dollars every year. If I raise the prices of food to cover the losses, I have no customers. Kids shouldn't steal, and they should learn that if they do, there are consequences. If I let Matt off the hook, they'll think they can get away with anything.
      Eric: This isn't about all those other kids. They didn't come in here and apologize to you. This is about my boy. He tried to do the right thing, and he's getting punished for it. What kind of message is that?
      Manager: It says there are consequences if you break the law. That's a message I'd like to get out. You got a problem with that?
      Eric: Yeah, I do. Isn't the law supposed to be about justice and mercy as well as punishment?
      Manager: I guess we'll find out tomorrow in court, won't we?

    • Matt: Mary and I would like to go to dinner with John and Keshia tonight if that's okay. We'll be home early.
      Eric: Well, what's the occasion?
      Matt: No reason. We just haven't seen John and Keshia for a while, and we thought we'd grab a burger together. That's all.
      Eric: Where?
      Matt: The Varsity.
      Annie: (to Eric) He's now covered who, what, when, where, and why.

    • Ruthie: Forget about the book. I have to learn the Star Stapled Banner!
      Simon: It's called the Star Spangled Banner, and you'll learn it in school.

    • Eric: What's this?
      Matt: That's a glass.
      Eric: Did you buy it at the Varsity?
      Matt: No. I didn't buy it.
      Eric: Did you take it without paying for it?
      Matt: Dad everyone takes something from the Varsity. It's like a school ritual.
      Eric: It's like stealing. No, it is stealing.

    • Eric: Why isn't Lucy going with you?
      Mary: She's got a paper due
      Lucy: Of course they could go another night, but why wreck my middle child always being left out syndrome by including me now?
      Eric: Well, she's got a point

    • Simon: It's like Opera.
      Ruthie: I can understand Oprah. I watch her on TV.

    • Simon: Oh, say can you see...
      Ruthie: Who's Jose?...Jose, can you see?

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