7th Heaven

Season 11 Episode 14

Deacon Blues

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 28, 2007 on The CW
out of 10
User Rating
58 votes

By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

Ruthie insists that T-Bone get his driver's license so they can go away for privacy; unfortunately, T-Bone makes the mistake of asking Kevin to help him get ready for the test. Lou informs a stunned Eric that the church deacons feel he and Lucy are no longer appealing to the younger church members, so it is suggested that Sandy deliver the next sermon. Mac gets a job at the movie theater so he can afford an apartment with Jane and Margaret.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • To me, it was a bit boring.

    Ruthie wants T-Bone to get his driver's license so they could have more privacy. The deacons think that Eric and Lucy's sermons aren't appealing to the younger audience. Lou is the delivery boy for the deacons. They want something younger, so they get Sandy. The deacons claim that they are $16,000 over-budget so Annie investigates. Sam and David find the money stuck in the back of the book. Jane and Margaret get their old jobs and Mac gets a job at the movie theater and they finally get an apartment together. Lou retires. Kevin teaches T-Bone how to drive under pressure.

    This was a good episode! I did find it a bit boring though. I thought Kevin was funny though! This episode gets an 8.5!moreless
  • This Is A Bit More Like It

    With 7th's 11th season, it has been up and down betwen okay episodes, good episodes, and just plain "meh" episodes. It leaned heavily on the first and third descriptions. This episode is one of only 3 truly good, classic 7th Heaven episodes this season. The first was "Broken Hearts And Promises, then this one, and then "Good News For Almost Everybody". It's episodes like this one and the other two that show 7th can still be 7th, and it's episodes like these ones that make you wish it wasn't over just yet. That is not to say all of the other 19 episodes were terrible. Some were, some weren't, some were borderline. When you see pretty darn good episodes of 7th like this, you wonder why it couldn't be as good, or at least have that classic 7th Heaven-y feel, all the time. But let's not praise up and down. It wasn't a perfect 10, as some things kept it lower, but it was close, and that's pretty good for this season and most of the later seasons in general. There were nice touches of things throughout, some nice, "wink, wink, nudge, nudge" dialogue, Kevin's blowhorn(which got less and less funny the more he used it), and the whole church/Lou storyline, which was what made this entire episode. Brenda and company can still pull a good 7th episode out of their magic hats when they want too. It's just too bad, and curious, that they don't try to do it a bit more often. This is more for the last 5 seasons. Most of the last 5 seasons were not up to earlier 7th standards, but could still pull a great episodes out. For example, season 7(I Love Lucy, We Do), Season 8(An Early Fall, Go Ask Alice), Season 9(Thanksgiving, Gratitude), and seaon 10(Home Run, The Rat's Out Of The Bag). But, I am ranting on. This is about this episode, so let's get on with it.

    The episode was made great because of the first storyline. Naturally, it's a heavier, more 7th Heaven type plot, and not something minor like the other 2 B plots that fill up the rest of the episode. There is something amiss in the Glen Oak church. Lou comes to Eric and lays it on the line. He, or the deacons, think that his and Lucy's sermons are not up to par. The deacons think the sermons are a bit boring, not interesting people and, according to them, not bringing anymore in, especially the younger crowd. The church thinks there may need to be some rejuvenation. Some kind of shot in the arm. Lou brings in Sandy, who the church thinks may just be what they are looking for. She's young, hip, fresh, and has had some life experiences to bring to the table. Naturally, this raises eyebrows with Lucy, who claims she too is young and hip. Sandy makes it clear that she isn't trying to do anything, or to move into anybody's territory. Eric goes along with it for now, and tells Sandy that it is okay. This was a great and pretty strong, 7th-y storyline. I really liked it. First of all, it was pretty clever the way that the opening scene with Lou and all that was done. If you have been paying attention to the show and it's new network, the dialogue takes on new and more meaning than just having to do with the church and what the deacons are thinking. It touches upon the subject that 7th is getting a little old, a little long in the tooth, not hip or cool enough, and not pulling in a certain youthful demogra...I mean, audience. Lol. Pretty much all the things that the CW are trying to get, and not exactly succeeding. Fun, spot on dialogue, and very perceptive. Brenda and Co. did this again in the finale with some of the dialogue. If only the show tried to be as clever and funny like this all the time. They seem to only want to do it with very few episodes every season. Anyways, this storyline was also great because it had some weight to it, and if anything, it had more meaning and poignancy than other 7th plot lines. Why?. Because we know the church, we know Lou, and we know Eric as the reverend. This aspect of the show has been pretty drama free except for the people Eric tried to help. Nothing entirely about the church. It was a bit new and it made for something more dramatic. Also, this is goodbye to Lou. Lou's final moments were wonderful, and what also made this episode a good one and memorable. It was good to know he wasn't acting on his behalf. Oh, and Eric's sermon?. Great, wonderful, classic 7th. Again, why can't it be this good every time?.

    Much, much farther down the lines are the two side storylines. First up, Ruthie and T-Bone are getting intimate, and Ruthie is finding that there needs to be some kind of a change. She urges T-Bone to get his driver's licence, so that they can take off and finally have some real privacy. Unfortunatley, T-Bone has Kevin teach him how to drive. Bad move. Kevin agrees, and brings along his blowhorn. Kevin knows what's going on and the real motive and, Kevin being Kevin, gets kinda nosey and annoying. The blowhorn was funny in the beginning, but it quickly got old every time he used it. "Funny" is not Kevin/George Stults' strong suit. I'm not sure what is, actually. All in all, it wasn't a bad part, just kinda...okay. In the earlier days, this kinda side plot would be a lot better and more interesting, but here, it has that "been here, done that" feeling. It's just more Ruthie/T-Bone relationship fluff to pad out an episode. Still, it was decent, watchable padding.

    Last, and certainly very least, is Mac trying to find a job. He gets one working at the movie theater with T-Bone, in order to pay for an apartment with Jane and Margaret. There really isn't much else to say. Non-Camdens with uninteresting stories that no one really cares about.

    In the end, "Deacon Blues" was a fine episode of 7th Heaven. It's big story was it's sole saving grace and made it what it is. The shot of Eric and Annie in the backyard, with all the people, had it's charm, but it didn't quite hit home as it has in the past because most of the people were non-Camdens, and that made it a little less sweet than it could have been. Oh well, very minor quibble. The episode was pleasing and satisfying from start to finish, with some lesser pit stops along the way.moreless
  • Ruthie and T-bone wanna take their relationship to the next level and Kevin and then Annie find out. Mac also looks for an apartment for him Margaret and Jane. Eric and Lucy also go away on a fishing trip.moreless

    I love this Episode, it was 7th Heaven at it's best. This episode reminded me of the old days when Lucy and Mary were younger, Like in a season 3 episode, in which Lucy is thinking of having sex. I liked the Ruthie storyline becuase I really did miss her character, while she wasn't on it in the beginning. This episode is great and I hope that 7th Heaven has more eppys like this in the future.moreless
  • Absolutely AMAZING. One of the best there is.

    I loved this episode, especially about the part when Eric and Lucy wanted Sandy to do the Sunday sermon. I loved what she had to say; how she was so honest about the reason of why she felt as if it wouldn't be right for her to do the speech. She was like "I wanto talk about....." and mentioned about 3 or 4 things she wished to speak about. But, then she caused a turning point for the episode, when se came out with, "but I'm not going to because I honestly don't have all the answers" later on, she said " I want to hear someone speak that has much more answers than I do. I want to hear what he has to say." or something like that. I don't remember it perfecly.moreless
  • Get a life

    7th heaven

    When I see their happy faces,

    smilin' back at me...

    7th heaven

    I know there's no greater feelin' than the love of family

    Where can you go

    When The world don't treat you right?

    The answer is home!!!!!!!!!

    That's the one place that you'll find,

    7th heaven.


    7th Heaven

    7th heaven

    Gay!! This show is so bad, you all need to watch something more informative and worthwhile than this show. I know you all hate my blogs. But SERIOUSLY,how can anyone like this show? Personnaly I am one of the most softhearted weepy women you will ever meet. But this show is like right out of a low rate Lifetime movie or series.moreless
Loren Lester

Loren Lester

Bob Meyers

Guest Star

Treisa Gary

Treisa Gary

Parking Officer

Guest Star

Colton James

Colton James


Recurring Role

Kyle Searles

Kyle Searles


Recurring Role

Alan Fudge

Alan Fudge

Lou Dalton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ruthie: (in the car with T-Bone who has just got his driver's license) Look, just because you got this new-found freedom doesn't mean we have to make-out ALL the time. You can be free to be free, but I can be free not to make-out with you IF I don't want.
      T-Bone: Well, we should get going.
      Ruthie: Yeah, we should. (turning off the car ignition right after T-Bone has turned it on) And, I can be free to make-out with you if I want. (leans over to kiss T-Bone)
      T-Bone: Freedom is a wonderful thing!

    • Kevin: (at the church) Do you know if Ruthie and T-Bone have shown up yet?
      Annie: No, but they'll be here. I trust them.
      Kevin: That's easy for you to say.

    • Annie: (when the twins tell her about the oversite they've discovered in the church's financial records) Thank you, boys! Thank you! You don't know how much you just helped!
      Sam: You're welcome, Mom. It was easy!
      David: We're working on times tables now. Those are much harder than accounting.

    • Kevin: (after taking T-Bone out for a driving lesson) I thought you wanted help passing your test.
      T-Bone: No, I do, but this isn't helping, this is HAZING!

    • Eric: Where's Ruthie?
      T-Bone: Ah, what do you mean?
      Eric: Well, the two of you are usually joined at the hip.
      T-Bone: Oh. No, we're not. I have no intention of being joined at the hip with Ruthie at anytime in the near future. I-I don't even THINK about her hips, I SWEAR!

    • Eric: Sandy's going to be giving the sermon this Sunday.
      Lucy: (getting upset) But that's--
      Sandy: It's terrible, and I'm not gonna do it.
      Eric: No, no. I told you, you're not gonna turn this down. Even if you think the Deacons are treating us unfairly, this is such a great opportunity for you. You have to do it.
      Lucy: (softening) Yeah. You know, I remember the first time I spoke in front of everyone at the Church. You know, like you, I knew that this was what I wanted to do. But being on that pulpit and realizing that my words were being heard by everyone, and that some people might even be listening to what I had to say, and a few people might even learn something, or understand something, or feel something that they didn't feel 15 minutes before.....it's an amazing feeling, and don't take that feeling away from yourself. This is your Sunday. We'll have others.

    • Annie: Oh, there's two of my favorite girls!
      Ruthie: I told Kevin I'd watch Savannah in exchange for him helping T-Bone get his license.
      Annie: Oh, that's so nice of Kevin to help T-Bone!
      Ruthie: Yeah. Nice.
      Annie: You don't sound very appreciative.
      Ruthie: Well, when I believe Kevin is actually helping T-Bone, rather than instilling more fear in him to stay away from me, then I'll appreciate it.
      Annie: Well, if that's what Kevin's doing, then I appreciate it.

    • Annie: (having lunch with Eric and the kids) So, is this how you always pictured it would be?
      Eric: Actually......yes.
      Annie: (pause) Really?
      Eric: As long as I'm here with you, everything else looks fantastic.

    • Jane: (about getting an apartment with Margaret and Mac) We just can't. Not with the jobs that we have now.
      Mac: This was your idea, and now you're bailing on me?
      Jane: We're not bailing on you. We just feel that the Camdens' garage apartment better fits our financial needs right now.
      Mac: You can't freeload off the Camdens forever. You're adults--act like it!

  • NOTES (3)