In the scene at school where Lucy says she will attend the party you can see various students walk out of camera range past Simon and Lucy as well as the hallway only to see them backtrack a few moments later. Most notably a girl in a blue blouse and a guy with a jacket with yellow trim.
In the beginning of the episode when the Camden kids walk in the kitchen, the door slams behind them. In the next shot they show Ruthie with the door still closing but there is no sound. (Probably special effects did that)
Professor: (talking to Matt's college class) Here's the good news. This was just a practice test to help you prepare for the midterm. It doesn't count. Here's the bad news. Half of you didn't pass. The other half barely passed. Oh, here's some more bad news. The midterm is in two weeks, so if you don't know the material by now, when are you going to learn it? What does this all mean? For those of you who are taking organic chemistry as a requirement for pre-med, you may want to double major in pre-law, because if you don't understand chemistry, you're going to be a doctor who's gonna need a lawyer. Just wanting to be a doctor isn't good enough. You have to study hard, you have to work hard, and you have to get through this class. Class is dismissed--for some of you, I think permanently!
Matt: I'm gonna study. I just couldn't this afternoon because every time I looked up from my book, I noticed how dirty the kitchen was.
John: Well, an unclean kitchen never bothered you before.
Matt: Well, it did today, and you know, I hate to mention it, but if you had cleaned your breakfast dishes from this morning, I wouldn't have wasted my entire afternoon taking care of that little chore for you.
John: (stunned) Are you trying to blame me for you not studying?!?!? So you failed your organic chemistry pre-test because of Heather, and you didn't study this afternoon because I didn't do the dishes, and you're not studying now because your mom didn't do your laundry? (Matt nods) I'm just curious. Now, if you don't pass your chemistry midterm and get kicked out of pre-med, who are you gonna blame? Me? Heather? Your mom? The Colonel? The man on the moon? Problems in the Middle East? Global warming? What?
Matt: I don't know what you're so upset about. I'm gonna do fine on my midterm.
John: But if you don't, it won't be your fault, right?
Matt: Look, you don't understand.
John: No, I think that you don't understand organic chemistry, among other things, and you're too pigheaded to admit it, and instead of just asking for help or saying "I need help", you're blaming everyone and everything, as long as it doesn't allow you to blame yourself.
Matt: You are totally out of line.
John: I don't think I am.
Matt: Do you get good grades?
John: (smiles proudly) Yes, I do.
Matt: And? (pauses, doesn't know what to say) That's because I do everything around here, and you do nothing! (storms out)
Ruthie: (to her parents as they are visiting Eleanor Roosevelt School) They have horses! Horses!
Mrs. McCool: (to Eric and Annie) The school offers both English and western style instruction.
Ruthie: And there's no homework!
Mrs. McCool: We feel the children work hard during the day. At night, they should be free to relax and be kids. After all, we do have them seven hours a day. Of course, if Ruthie would like to spend time at home studying any subject beyond the core curriculum, we'll set up an individual program for her.
Ruthie: I may want to do that, considering I don't have to be at school until TEN!
Mrs. McCool: (laughs) We have a flexible schedule. Students can start as late as ten, but then they go until five. Not every student does his or her best work early in the morning. Plus, we have a 14 to 1 student ratio and a whole list of after-school trips and projects. Last year, we took a group of students to the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. and met the President. I think that Ruthie would make a wonderful addition to our school. If you have any questions, please call.
Eric and Annie: Thank you. (they shake her hand)
Mrs. McCool: Bye, Ruthie. (leaves)
Ruthie: Boy, when God answers a prayer, he answers a prayer!
Annie: Does that mean you want to go to school here?
Ruthie: Oh, yeah!
Eric: Actually, your principal called this morning, and you're not in any trouble. He thinks he may have found a way to get you out of Miss Riddle's class.
Ruthie: Thank God!
Eric: What did you say?
Ruthie: Thank God. You should thank God. I talked to God and told him how unhappy I was at school, and asked Him to help.
Eric: You prayed to get out of Miss Riddle's class?
Ruthie: If you don't ask, you don't get. I just thought you and Mom could use some help.
Guy in Park: (talking to Mary) Don't give up hope. You'll find a job. You know, after my son graduated from college, it took him two years to find a job, but he eventually found one. A good one with stock options! He couldn't be happier.
Guy in Park: When he was jobless and depressed, I used to remind himself that he'd always have his college degree to fall back on. That's something they could never take away from him. Something he would always have. His college education.
Mary: Well, I just graduated from high school, and I'm not really sure if I'm going to go to college.
Guy in Park: Oh.....(pats her on the back and leaves quickly)
Mary: (on the phone with insurance people) I am begging you, please don't cancel my policy.....I know, but I got fired, and you have to give me more than a couple of days to come up with the money.....I can't drive my car without insurance! Don't you get it? No car equals no job. I have to have insurance!......look, you can tell whomever you want that you're cancelling my insurance, but you can't stop me from driving my own car......oh yeah? Watch me! (slams phone down)
Eric: You know, at first I wasn't thrilled with you going back to college, but you going to school isn't about for me, its about you. You do so much for me and the kids and the church. It's your turn to do something for yourself.
Annie: Boy what a difference a week makes!
Eric: Well, what kind of husband would I be if I didn't support you 100% by helping out with the house and kids?
Annie: A jerk.
Eric: Exactly, so keep studying.
Colonel: All right. You need money? I can help you. I have a friend who owns a clothing goods store and could use your help. It doesn't sound like much, but there's room for growth. And if you do decide to go to college, they will work around your schedule.
Mary: So you'll talk to a friend who can get me a job, but you won't lend me the money yourself?
Mary: I don't want to work at a clothing goods store.
Colonel: Mary....if you ever change your mind and need help, you let me know.
Mary: I'm not going to change my mind. I don't need help, I need money. So thank you for nothing!
Ruthie: So did you get me transferred out of Miss Riddle's class?
Eric: Yeah. I think I did.
Ruthie: You and God make a great team!
Lucy: If you got into that school, you should be honored. You should go.
Ruthie: No. I will not go! You cannot make me! I'm just going to run away.
Lucy: If you run away, you'll still have to make all new friends.
Ruthie: No I won't. My friend Sarah will come with me and we'll join the circus, and when we're old enough we'll marry clowns!
Lucy: You have put way too much thought into this whole thing.
Ruthie: Why has God forsaken me? WHY?
Mary: Ah. I see. So you're going to help me, but only if I do exactly what you, Mom and Dad want me to do.
Colonel: Well, I'm not just going to give you money.
Mary: You're not giving it to me! It's a loan!
Eric: (About Mary) Look Annie and I aren't happy that she's not going to college, but she's working. She's earning a living, paying her bills.
Colonel: Who let her buy the car?
Eric: No one let her. She just went out and bought it. And as much as I think she shouldn't have, that car is a responsibility that she can't run away from. She has to work hard and and keep her job because she has to pay for that car.
Colonel: Son, to win a war you've got to fight. You got to get in there and get your hands dirty and make something happen, and you have to have a battle plan. What's your battle plan?
Eric: This isn't a war.
Colonel: Oh, it's a war all right. And a stake is Mary's future.
Eric: As much as we would like to force Mary into doing what we know is best for her, we can't. She's an adult. She has to do this on her own.
Colonel: And what if she doesn't?
Eric: She will.
In Germany this episode is translated into "Good Advice is Exspensive."
Music featured in this episode was a track from Faith Hill's album, Breath.
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