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7th Heaven

Season 1 Episode 1

Anything You Want

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Aug 26, 1996 on The CW
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Episode Summary

In this pilot episode, audiences are introduced to the tight-knit Camden family, who reside in Glen Oak, California. Protestant minister Eric Camden and homemaker Annie enjoy a very loving and happy marriage as they raise their five children--rebellious Matt, athletic Mary, emotional Lucy, inquisitive Simon, and adorable little Ruthie--all of whom range from ages 5 to 16. Each Camden offspring manages to keep their parents on their toes on a daily basis with their varying problems, but things are ready to start changing for the family when they receive upsetting news.moreless

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  • I remember watching this

    I love this show... I remember watching this w my dad every week... If we had stuff to do we would of made sure tht we were home in time... I was very upset when it ended, but I'm glad tht I get to rewatch them on gmc or on tv.com... Glad tht I found this...
  • The beginning of the longest running family drama and one of my favorite show!!

    I didn't start fully watching 7th Heaven until I believe season 4. I watched a few episodes of season 3 and I really liked it so when season 4 started I decided to watch it and I watched every episode until the end. I eventually saw the episodes I hadn't seen on reruns and later bought all the seasons on DVD.

    This episode, is the beginning of it all. I never imagined when I saw my first 7th Heaven episode, which I believe was season 3's "Johnny Get Your Gun" that this show would have gone on to become one of my favorites and the longest running family drama. I love this show and I love the way it got started.

    I love that while sometimes the storylines can be a bit much and it seems like a lot of drama in one family or one small town, it still seems real. The stories and characters are real. This show deals with things that really happen and this is the episode that started it all.

    Eric/Annie: I love that after 5 kids and nearly 20 years of marriage they still love each other so much and the actors portray it so well. No other show features two such amazing, wonderful, and loving parents.

    Matt: He is the older brother I've always wished I had. He has his bad boy ways with the smoking, but he quits so I can look past that, but I love how protective he is of Mary in this episode with Jeff and how he is with all his sisters and brothers in later episodes. I like his storyline with Mrs. Bink. This was just the first of Eric's creative ways of teaching his kids a lesson and it worked. It worked as a way to get Matt to quit smoking and it worked as a way to teach us all a bit more about the way the Reverend works.

    Mary: She is so normal here. She is just a 14 year old wanting to have a date and get kissed. I love how real this is because the way Mary feels and acts in this episode is how every 14 year old girl feels, but is probably to afraid to talk about it or ask for advice.

    Lucy: I love Lucy, I really do. In the end she became my favorite Camden, but I got to be honest, I wasn't feeling her story in this episode. She is 12 years old and is doing everything possible to "become a woman" is the nice way to say it I guess. I "became a woman" when I was almost 11. I didn't try to make it happen. I didn't wish it would just come. I didn't cry about it or celebrate as a milestone in my life. I don't know any woman who has viewed "becoming a woman" this way, but I guess that's the way it is for the Camden's.

    Simon: I was just like him at this age and before his age and after. I begged and begged for a dog and to this day I've still never had one. It was great when he finally got Happy. She is a great dog. Simon is also one of my favorite Camden's because when I started watching we were about the same age and that continued throughout the series.

    Ruthie: She was so adorable in this episode and in all the early episodes of 7th Heaven. She was a bit annoying in the early years off the show, but quickly made my top 3 for favorite Camden. With the show lasting for 11 years we literally got to see Mackenzie Rosman grow up before our eyes. I love going back and watching the early years and seeing how much they've all grown, physically and with their acting skills, but especially Mackenzie.

    Charles/Jenny: It was a little weird having such a heavy ending to this episode and to the start of the series, but I guess you have to start somewhere. And starting the show off with this major storyline of Annie losing her mom paved the way for so many other stories that came later so while it was extremely sad, it was also done really well. And really believable.

    Overall, (I know this is exhaustively long, sorry) this was a great episode. It was a great beginning to one of my favorite shows and a show that lasted longer than I ever would have imagined.moreless
  • Beginning a family show.

    I thought the way that they started the very first episode of the show with all the kids knocking on the parents' door one by one with Matt coming in finally to inform them that it was Saturday was awesome. Simon prayed to God for and received a dog, by way of Mom. Ruthie taught the dog tricks and was unhappy when Simon didn't tell her good job. Lucy became "a woman" when her period finally arrived. Mary asked Matt about kissing, which Dad walked in on, and then was given permission to date. Matt met Mrs. Binks and quit smoking.moreless
  • My new favorite show.

    I just started watching this show and I really like it alot. I have already picked my favorite character so I will defiantly be watching every episode I can. I can also see that this show moves in order as in turning the page of a book. You can't let yourself miss more than one or two episodes or you will be lost. Luckily I belong to netflix and I will be able to watch them in order, since the tv channels are so unpredictable of what episode they will show the next day. I plan to take my time on watching each episode and give a review of it and hopefully by the time I get to the last episode of season 8, the last three seasons will be out and ready to rent or buy.moreless
  • Average Much?

    This was alright. Nothing Out of The Oridinary. But Its Pretty Cool how they start it out with all of the kids problems....Personally I wouldn't start the Pilot show of like this...It was too....Average. I mean don't get me wrong i love love love the show But...I wouldve expected more....Oh well. Good episode...I guess. But do we seriously care that Lucy wants to get her period? Its like...I dunno...I like most of the episodes except..This one....Im not sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This needs to be 100 words long.I dunno what to say!!!!! So anyway 7th heaven is the best show in History,. Omegawd What else can I say? Lucys my fav character...So yah...Matts pretty hot...Lol..moreless
William Thomas Jr.

William Thomas Jr.

Organ Player

Guest Star

Graham Jarvis

Graham Jarvis

Charles Jackson

Recurring Role

Alice Hirson

Alice Hirson

Jenny Jackson

Recurring Role

Ryan Bittle

Ryan Bittle


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The credit song played at the end of this episode is different from the one that plays for the rest of the episodes.

    • Simon begs his parents for a dog in this episode. Interestingly, when Gallagher appeared as John Travolta and Kirstie Alley's son Mikey in 1993's Look Who's Talking Now, he played a child who desperately wanted his parents to buy him a dog.

    • Annie says to Eric about Happy, "Isn`t he cute?" and Simon says, "Good boy." It was revealed later on in the episode that Happy is a girl. This is most likely due to the first part being the original unaired pilot and the second part the reshoot, but is still a major goof.

    • After Matt comes in the room they all rush out and Simon runs downstairs. If you look closely, Lucy and Mary run into their room. It switches to the parents saying "Thanks", and you see the door again and Simon is once again running downstairs. Also Lucy says "Come on Mary let's get breakfast" and they run straight to their room. What about breakfast?

  • QUOTES (34)

    • Eric: (about the kids) Why is it that they like your parents and not mine?
      Annie: Because my parents are better.

    • Simon: (to Eric) You know dog is God spelled backwards.

    • Annie: (after Lucy ran out in the middle of Eric's sermon) I used that same "To everything there is a season" line when I was talking to her about her period. She thought you were about to tell the whole Church.
      Eric: Why would she think that?
      Annie: Because she's 12 and a little crazy right now.

    • Ruthie: When is Mom going to make us something to eat?
      Eric: Well, why don't I make us something to eat?
      Ruthie: Because you don't cook so good.
      Eric: Who says I'm a bad cook?
      Ruthie: No one. They don't want to hurt your feelings.

    • Eric: (to Lucy, who locked herself in the bathroom) Luce? It's your dad, remember me? The guy who bought you anatomically correct dolls by mistake? Come on, we have a history of embarrassing things between us. Let's talk. Not that there's anything to be embarrassed about. Hey, have you started your period yet? Because, you know, I was going through something similar myself, and--
      Lucy: Go away!

    • Matt: I think I know why Happy is so happy, I think Happy is going to have puppies.
      Simon: Don't tell Dad.

    • Annie: So, Mom and Dad what's up?
      Jenny: I have Acute Leukemia.
      Annie: Well they have treatments for Leukemia?
      Jenny: Well they don't give me much hope.

    • Annie: (referring to Mary being out with Jeff) So, we'll postpone this talk with Mary.
      Eric: I already talked to her.
      Annie: (referring to the fact Annie brought a dog home without talking to him first) I thought we were gonna talk together, lets just say were even.
      Eric: Why do you think Matt said he'd be happy to drive to the airport and pick your parents up?
      Annie: Matt our son, who has only had his license for 3 months doesn't mind driving to the airport to pick up my parents.
      Annie: Where's Matt?
      Eric: Probably heading for gate 3 now.
      Annie: What? You know you and I have got to set some rules for the kids that we both agree on.

    • Annie: I told the dog, we'd see it isn't definite. I got the dog at the pound, he didn't just run into the yard.
      Eric: So, even though I assure you there is a God, he had nothing to do with this.
      Simon: Sure he did, Mom wouldn't do this on her own.
      Eric: I just want to know where the communication broke down.
      Annie: When the guy told me the dog was going to be put down in 24 hours.
      Eric: Just so I know.

    • (Annie unexpectedly shows up with a dog in the yard)
      Annie: I don't know what came over me.
      Eric: Annie, what are you doing.
      Annie: Well, I was going to the pound and I was just gonna look.
      Eric: Well, the pound is not a good place just to look.

    • Matt: Dad, I quit.

    • Eric: How did it go?
      Mrs. Bink: Worked like a charm.

    • Ruthie: (sees Lucy standing on her head): Whatcha doin'?
      Lucy: I'm becoming a woman, so leave me alone.

    • Eric: Simon, well you know sometimes we don't always get what we want.
      Simon: Yeah I know, but it would be good if I did, just this time.

    • Eric: (to Lucy) Are congratulations in order here ... then congratulations, this is a important day.

    • Mrs. Bink: Where are my cigarettes?
      Matt: Didn't you say you lost a lung?
      Mrs. Bink: That's none of your business I thought you smoked, well you got any on you.

    • Eric: How come they like your parents and they don't like mine?
      Annie: Cause, mine are better.

    • Eric: If you loose this job you owe me 6 months of Sundays in church.
      Matt: Its not gonna happen. You know that talk you and Mom had with me about men and women?
      Eric: One of my finest moments.
      Matt: Well you and Mom might wanna have that talk with Mary.

    • Simon: (to Eric) I think if there is a God, he knows me a little better than you do, and believes I am plenty responsible.

    • Lucy: I'm gonna stay in this house for the rest of my life until I become a barren old woman.
      Mary: Well you can't its not our house, it's the Church's house, someday someone is gonna make you get out, so you might as well get out now.
      Lucy: You think the person who died and left this house to the church was insane. Maybe she's still hanging around maybe I'm possessed.
      Mary: You're not possessed, you just have P.M.S.

    • Eric: (to his congregation) I'd like to read something from Ecclesiastes although most of you may have thought this was from the Byrds, indeed it is from Ecclesiastes, for everything there is a season... Lucy runs out

    • Simon: (during Amazing Grace) Please God, just let a dog come into our yard today, that's and I promise I won't ever let him die ever.

    • Eric: I'll have a cup of coffee black.
      Eric: Filter or non-filter, what is it you smoke?
      Matt: It's not like its Pot it's just cigarettes.
      Eric: Not really a good point, Matt. So, the cigarettes cost me what in allowance.
      Matt: You know its not like I'm walking around with all kinds of money.
      Eric: Welcome to the club. Do you know how you get money?
      Matt: Yeah, you get a job.

    • Lucy: Can you please tell Dad to stay out of this?
      Annie: He just wants you to feel comfortable talking with him about everything.
      Lucy: I don't wanna talk about it, I just wanna do it, all my friends are doing it and I'm like some kinda freak.
      Annie: You're not a freak. You'll start your period.
      Lucy: What if I don't?
      Annie: Have you ever heard for everything there is a season, a time to uhh…hmm a time to do something or other. The point is that you just have to let nature take its course you can't hurry these things.

    • Mary: (referring to kissing) The point is, I don't know where my hands go or his hands or my face or his face or his lips or my lips, and I don't want it to be awkward, couldn't you just show me so I have some experience.
      Matt: Don't kiss me.
      Mary: Would you stop, I'm not gonna kiss you. Ok, so do I touch his face with my hands. Mary moves her hand toward his face
      Matt: No, look if anybody touches face, he touches your face or maybe he doesn't, I don't know.
      Mary (starts moving toward a kiss) So I close my eyes and...Eric sees Mary trying to kiss Matt
      Matt: Oh Dad, this isn't what it looks like.
      Eric: That's a relief.

    • Mary: (to Matt who is smoking) Have you lost your mind, you're gonna get caught.

    • Simon: It's just I was the baby for a long time and I miss the individual attention, and I can get that from a dog without having to bother you so much, and I would feet it and walk it and it would be no trouble at all.
      Annie: Simon, the bottom line is your dad and I have talked about this and the decision was no dog.
      Simon: Lucky for me, you have a mind of your own.

    • Annie: (to Eric) You wanna talk dog with Simon or puberty with Lucy?
      Simon: Can I have Mom, please Dad, please?

    • Eric: So you took up plumbing when we were pregnant with Simon?
      Annie: No, Electrical and Plumbing was Mary, Simon was Ethnic Cooking.

    • Annie: Wanna come with me under the kitchen sink?
      Eric: I'd go anywhere with you babe.

    • Eric: (to Matt) We play you win, we don't talk, or, we play I win, we talk.
      Matt: But I've never beaten you.
      Eric: Exactly.

    • Eric: (to Lucy) You're looking awfully grown up these days.
      Lucy: (to her family) I'm not a baby you know, I want to eat in my room.

    • Simon: May I please say the blessing now?
      Annie: What's your hurry you got a date?
      Matt: I hope he doesn't because I need the car.
      Mary: I thought you were gonna help be with my foul shot.
      Simon: Dear God, thank you for this food and if their really is a God, God I know you'll find a way to get me that dog I wanted.
      Eric: Well let me assure you there really is a God and secondly congratulation on going over our heads to get what you wanted.
      Simon: You know dog is God spelled backwards.

    • Matt: (to his younger siblings) It's Saturday, the day Mom and Dad sleep late.

  • NOTES (9)

    • Music:
      "Anything You Want" by Roy Orbison

    • The show's theme song is 7th Heaven by Steve Plunkett.

    • In the Teen People interview with Jessica Biel (Mary Camden), she admitted that in the pilot episode she and Barry Watson (Matt Camden) were originally meant to kiss each other, instead of almost kiss, when her character needed to test her kissing skills on someone. They refused to do it as it would be too incestuous and the scene was changed.

    • When Annie and Eric are making dinner while music is playing, part the song reflects the title of the episode's name, "Anything You Want".

    • Happy, the family dog, is not included in the opening credits in this episode, although Happy does appear in the episode.

    • The WB gave Spelling a choice on whether he wanted to air "7th Heaven" on Sunday nights or Monday nights. If he aired it on Sunday nights it would have been up against a competing drama on CBS, "Touched by an Angel". On Monday he would be competing against his own FOX drama "Melrose Place". He chose Mondays.

    • Re-aired again as the second premiere of the show on September 16, 1996.

    • For the majority of this season, "Savannah" aired opposite "7th Heaven".

    • If you have seen the pilot episode of "7th Heaven", you know that the Camden house is very different from the way it usually is. That's because it's not the same house and was just supposed to be used only for the pilot episode. The house that was used in "7th Heaven"'s pilot episode was also featured in movies like American Pie & Bye, Bye Love. When "7th Heaven" was picked up, the production team had to build their own house and sets for the show. Basically, the first house was a loan for the pilot episode.


    • Eric and Annie: Eric to Church: "I'd like to read something from Ecclesiastes although most of you may have thought this was from the Byrds, indeed it is from Ecclesiastes, for everything there is a season…"
      Eric is giving a quote to the church from Ecclesiastes in which the Byrds made into a song called Turn! Turn! Turn!