7th Heaven

Season 5 Episode 6

Broke

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 06, 2000 on The CW
9.0
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Eric and Annie's marriage isn't looking so good as they continue to fight about Mary, who is still unemployed and swamped with unpaid bills. The tension soon takes its toll on the whole family, especially when debt collectors start calling the house and making threats. The other kids finally take a dangerous risk to help their sister, but will it be enough to make her face her responsibilities?moreless

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  • Once again, 7th Heaven comes through!

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    In "Broke," Eric and Annie find out things about Mary that they never knew. Hank and Julie tell Eric and Annie about Mary's babysitting incident. John tells Matt about how Mary asked to borrow money from him. Matt, Lucy, Simon, and Ruthie cover for Mary and give her Sam and David's money so she can pay off her debts. I couldn't believe that Mary saw a movie and bought ice cream when she received money! I kept thinking, "How stupid are you?" Things started getting brighter when she paid off bills and got a job, but unfortunately, it was Sam and David's money and she ultimately got fired because of the boss's wife. Also, for some reason, I was annoyed by that credit card lady who kept calling and thinking that Lucy was Mary. When Eric and Annie find out the truth, they are upset and sad for their daughter. I thought it was really funny when Matt pretended to be Berney the Attourney! This was a heartbreaking episode that deserves a 10!moreless
Cyd Strittmatter

Cyd Strittmatter

Insurance Agent

Guest Star

Curtis Anderson

Curtis Anderson

Ticket Seller

Guest Star

Mari Weiss

Mari Weiss

Margaret

Guest Star

Deborah Raffin

Deborah Raffin

Julie Hastings

Recurring Role

Ed Begley Jr.

Ed Begley Jr.

Hank Hastings

Recurring Role

Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael

Sergeant Michaels

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • NITPICK: During the middle of the episode, while the kids are trying to figure out when Annie will be putting the money into the bank next, Simon says it is the sixth. This episode originally aired on November 6, 2000. It was a Monday, which would mean that Simon, Lucy, and Ruthie should have been at school. It may have been a district-wide teacher's professional day where the kids have the day off while teachers attend meetings. That happened a lot in earlier seasons.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Annie: (about Mary) Okay, let's say we do it your way. We don't wait. We do something. What "something" do we do?
      Eric: I don't know. (Annie sighs) I don't know!
      Annie: You help people with their problems every day, and when it comes to our family and our kids, you don't know what we should do?!?!?
      Eric: No, I don't.

    • Simon: This isn't Mary. I'm her brother Simon.
      Collector: Well, when Mary gets in, would you tell her that if she doesn't pay these bills immediately, we will involve the local authorities.
      Simon: Wait, you mean the police?
      Collector: Yes. You can't just charge for merchandise and not pay your bills; there are laws. And if we have to, we'll enforce those laws to recoup our losses.

    • Simon: (when Mary wants to borrow money) No, no, no!
      Mary: I will drive you on dates or anywhere you want to go.
      Simon: Your car seats two. Where's my date supposed to sit--in the trunk?

    • Simon: What are we gonna do about this?
      Lucy: We're gonna let Mary handle it. It's her problem, not ours.
      Ruthie: Please don't let them put Mary in jail again.
      Simon: You say to let Mary handle it, but she's not. We're the ones getting the calls, and sooner or later Mom and Dad are gonna find out. And deadbeat or not, she's still our sister.

    • Annie: Watch the kids.
      Lucy: Okay.
      Annie: Your father and I are going out.
      Eric: Separately.
      Annie: Oh, most definitely separately!

    • Lucy: (to Mary) See the trick isn't getting the job, it's keeping the job.
      Mary: Why are you so snotty?
      Lucy: Considering I spent the day dodging creditors and breaking into piggy banks, I think I'm entitled to be a little snotty.

    • Simon: (Talking about Ruthie) I wish I had as much faith in Mary as her.
      Lucy: Me too.

    • Matt: This is Bernie, Mary Camden's attorney.
      Credit Card Collector: Mary Camden can't afford to pay a $50 bill but she has an attorney?

    • Mary: I'm sorry. I haven't been completely honest with you. But from now on no more lies. Yes, honesty is my new policy. (Phone rings and Mary gets fired)
      Lucy: Who was that?
      Mary: Wrong number.

    • Eric: You know, she quit her job at the pool hall, she quit her job at Pete's Pizza. She doesn't have any friends--well, not any good ones. She needs a job.
      Annie: Yes, Mary needs a job, and money, and friends--good ones. But she has bills to pay. She also needs to take a job to pay those bills. And the job she takes probably won't be a job she loves or even likes. And then she'll see how important it is to have a job you love. And jobs people love usually involve training and/or education. That will force her to set goals and move forward
      Eric: Are you just going to will her into this realization?
      Annie: She's not on our schedule. We need to give her time. She'll realize it when she realizes it.
      Eric: In the meantime, no job plus no money equals no car, right? I mean, if she can't pay for the car, she'll lose it.
      Annie: So let her lose the car.
      Eric: This isn't about losing Mary's car. This is about losing Mary!
      Annie: You think I don't know that? You know, just because I'm not a minister or a therapist doesn't mean I don't know when she's in trouble. I'm her mother! And I think she needs to be the one to ask for help, and she's not ready yet!
      Eric: Well, I'm her father, and I say she needs help now, whether she asks for it or not!
      Annie: What you mean to say is that you're the expert, and what you say goes!

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