7th Heaven

Season 4 Episode 11

Forget Me Not

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 13, 1999 on The CW
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Episode Summary

When Ginger pays the Camden family a visit, she informs Eric and Annie that her father is in the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease. At first, Annie can't believe it, but after observing him in the backyard and not paying attention to a fire in the barbecue, Annie realizes the truth. Meanwhile, Mary and Eric can't see eye-to-eye on her relationship with Robbie, but they soon agree to compromise. When Mary informs Robbie of the plan, he tells her that it won't work between them. Fortunately for Mary, Robbie changes his mind after talking to Eric in the local grocery market. Also, Lucy gets into trouble after blowing off a Habitat for Humanity project to go on a date, and is caught. Meanwhile, Matt is consumed with depression due to Shana's upcoming move to New York. By this, Matt pays no attention to Simon, who just wants to spend time with his big brother. Also, Ruthie makes a vast millennium preparations until Eric provides her with a more grounded perspective.moreless

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    Mandy Freund

    Mandy Freund

    Lisa Lunby

    Guest Star

    Terri Garber

    Terri Garber

    Dr. Nancy Burns

    Guest Star

    Sam Page

    Sam Page

    Brad Landers

    Guest Star

    Graham Jarvis

    Graham Jarvis

    Charles Jackson

    Recurring Role

    Beverly Garland

    Beverly Garland

    Ginger Jackson

    Recurring Role

    Adam LaVorgna

    Adam LaVorgna

    Robbie Palmer

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • Alzheimers is completely unrealistic in this episode because by the time someone is diagnosed with alzheimers they have no comprehension of what is happening to them. However, Annie's dad seems to understand what is happening with him.

      • At the very last scene, camera zooms pictures of Annie's family with a legendary song by Amy Grant - "Oh How The Years Go By".

      • When Annie is talking to Ginger and folding clothes she has a necklace on in close-ups of just her, but when Ginger is included, she does not have the necklace.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Ginger: We're gonna make sure that dad gets the best medical care possible.
        Annie: That's not the problem. The problem is getting him to except the fact that he has to deal with this. You see, I'm afraid to leave him alone. You saw what happened with the barbecue. But if he doesn't believe that there's anything wrong with him, it's hard to convince him that he needs someone... when I'm not there. I mean, what if-- he takes off again? What if he goes somewhere and forgets how to get back home? Or he forgets what his name is?
        Charles: I didn't know I was scaring everyone. I'm sorry. It's just that if I agree with the doctors that they're right, then I have to start facing up to this thing. And i don't know that I can.
        Annie: We're gonna get through this. We are. You're not alone.

      • Eric: How's your father?
        Annie: In denial, just like I was.

      • Charles: I just walked away for a second. I made a mistake. I'm sorry.
        Annie: We have to talk about this.
        Charles: There's nothing to talk about. I'm fine. I really think that you're overreacting.
        Annie: Dad, you almost set the house on fire!
        Charles: I do not have alzheimers!
        Annie: Dad, don't be afraid. You don't have to go through this alone. I'm here, Eric's here, the kids, Ginger--
        Charles: I don't have alzheimers! End of discussion!
        Annie: Dad!?!

      • Susan Gertz: (to Lucy) Look, we all have things in our lives, boyfriends, jobs, school work. You have to prioritize. Decide what's important to you. No one is forcing you to be a part in the Habitat Project. But if you're going to do it people are depending on you. So you have to show up when you're scheduled. If everyone cancelled, where would we be?

      • Mary: (to Ruthie) You know what I think you should do to prepare for the millenium? Stay away from Ben.

      • Ginger: About 3 months ago, I started noticing some changes in Charles behavior.
        Annie: What changes?
        Ginger: Difficulty in buttoning his shirt, trouble saying certain words, feeling lost in familiar places, misplacing things, and, uh, so we went to see the doctor.
        Annie: And?
        Ginger: And after a battery of tests your father was diagnosed as being in the very early stages of alzhiemers. I couldn't tell you this over the phone, I just couldn't. And so I just, um, hopped on a plane and headed here.
        Annie: Are you saying my dad has alzhiemers?
        Ginger: I'm afraid so.

      • Annie: Ginger, what a nice surprise. Where's dad?
        Ginger: I don't know.
        Annie: What? What do you mean you don't know? What's going on?
        Ginger: Uh, Annie, honey, your father...well...I don't know where he is.

      • Ruthie: What are you just standing there for? There are only 2 weeks left until the end of the year. And at the end of the year comes the millenium, and that's big trouble. (Simon chuckles) Hey, the millenium is nothing to laugh at. And January 1st, all sorts of things can fail or fall apart. Cars could stop running, people will get trapped in elevators, credit cards won't work. It'll be bedtime.
        Simon: I think you mean bedlum.
        Ruthie: What's the difference?
        Simon: To you? Not much

      • Shana: I still can't believe I'm going to NYU.
        Matt: I still can't believe it either, but--but it's great and you're going and you need a place to live.
        Shana: Most guys would be pressuring for me to stay. You are the best boyfriend ever. Long distance relationships aren't easy, but I know we can make it work.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Ruthie: (to Mary) Stop that. Y2K is serious.

        Ruthie is telling Mary of how not to be so humerous about the Y2K crisis. During the year of 1999, there was much speculation that Y2K (computer virus) would stop machines at the stroke of midnight on December 31st. This was speculated to happen over the possibility that the machines would get confused between 2000 and 1900 with all the 0's.

      • Eric: (to Ruthie) Well, 60 years ago, an actor named Orson Walles read a story on the radio about an invasion from Mars. It's called, "The War of the Worlds.

        Eric is explaining to Ruthie of how not everything you hear is going to happen by the events of the Y2K crisis. He does this by sharing a story with Ruthie about Orson Walles, who read a story over the radio 60 years ago and how people paniced for no reason of aliens from Mars were taking over the Earth.