7th Heaven

Season 6 Episode 21

Holy War (1)

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 13, 2002 on The CW
9.1
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Matt discusses wedding plans with Eric and his future father-in-law, Rabbi Glass. Matt makes a spontaneous decision that infuriates his father and creates tension between the two families. As all this is going on, Annie tries to plan the perfect rehearsal dinner, but she is having some difficulties. Annie's father and stepmother are flying in for a visit, but they get lost at the airport. Simon is angry when Matt doesn't choose him to be his best man, and Ruthie gets into an unexpected fight with Robbie. Finally, as Aunt Julie goes into labor, Lucy argues with her boyfriend over moving arrangements.moreless

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  • A well-plotted episode that portrays the often uncomfortable topic of interreligion marriage with humor and drama.

    8.0
    The first piece of this 2-part season finale is very strong and a realistic portrayal of what happens when two people from different religious backgrounds want to get married. From the very beginning, it's obvious that it's not Matt and Sarah who have the problems with it, but rather, it's their parents, particularly their fathers. This is one "7th Heaven" episode that hits all the right notes and presents a difficult issue in a realistic way, which I appreciated seeing.



    I really felt for Eric and his anguish when he learned that his beloved oldest son wants to convert to Judaism for his wife, so everyone in Sarah's family will be happy. No parent wants to see their child not only reject the faith they have instilled in them since birth, but leap into such a drastic decision without thinking it all the way through. Matt is a good guy, of course, but in typical Matt fashion, he tries taking the easy way out without considering the reality of what he's doing, which is why Eric is clearly so frustrated.



    After watching Matt and Sarah mature together, navigate the ups and downs of med school with each other, and experience a very good marriage, it is nice to look back on their fresh, youthful beginnings, when they first got together. My biggest gripe with this episode is that 11-year-old Ruthie's horrible behavior is blatantly ignored by her enabling parents. First, she tells Robbie in a snotty tone that she is taking back her bedroom, the one he currently inhabits, and when he doesn't give her what she wants right off the bat, she throws her box of belongings right on his foot, gives him a little smirk, and saunters out of the room. Then, at the restaurant, she yells at Robbie to get a grip on reality, tells him to move out, and then says to Eric and Annie, "He's moving out, and I'm getting my room back," to which Eric and Annie just sit there without doing anything. Who is she to behave that way? Um, I'm sorry, ROBBIE needed a reality check?? Ruthie was the one who selfishly considered herself entitled to speak that way to another person. If you ask me, she deserved a good smack in the face --okay, I'm getting a little dramatic, lol. But she really made me want to scream in this episode, and even worse, nobody even tried to call her on it. Maybe if they'd done that when she was 11, it could have lessened some of the behavior she exhibited in the last couple of seasons.



    Again, though, it's nice to revisit Matt and Sarah's relationship from the beginning, as well as Lucy and Kevin's! Interestingly, both she and Matt met their future life partners in this season, and it's good to see Lucy start out her innocent relationship with Kevin before she gets crazy in future seasons! :) Overall, this entire 2-part episode is highly recommended and highlights what is probably the show's last truly good years. That's not to say that Seasons 7-11 didn't have nice moments, because they did, but in general, Seasons 1-6 are the strongest, in my opinion.moreless
  • A true to life story about the problems people can relate to when two people are getting married and the problems that can arise when the familys are of different religeons want what is best for them and arragments when one family wants to do it all greatmoreless

    9.5
    This was a really good episode, when arranging a wedding and all the problems that can occur, who is going to be best man, religeon, love has a big part in it as well,Fathers fightingas to who wants what, family the meal, the ceramony. also Mary and Lucy finding it difficult to have a long disdance relationships,Mothers who have to stop farthers doing what they want with their adult childrens life not being able to let go. It also deals with the children leaving home to find their own way in the world, really true to life great stuff nothing goes to planmoreless
  • Great episode!

    9.5
    Matt and Sarah start preparing for the wedding. Eric and Rabbi Glass cancel the wedding. Ben asks Mary to marry him, but she says no. Kevin wants Lucy to move to Buffalo and Lucy wants Kevin to move to Glenoak. Lucy meets a guy named Doug and asks him out despite the fact that she has a boyfriend. Matt asks Robbie to be the best man instead of Simon, so Simon gets angry with Robbie. Ruthie wants Robbie to leave. Rabbi Glass refuses to marry Matt and Sarah and Eric refuses to come to the wedding because of Matt’s conversion to Judaism. Julie is about to have a baby!



    I kind of agree with Eric about converting. Matt shouldn’t convert because he’s been a Christian all his life and Christianity is the true way. I wouldn’t miss his wedding though. I felt really sorry for Robbie because Simon and Ruthie were treating him unkindly. I also felt sorry for Ben when Mary turned him down. I actually really like them together. Lucy shouldn’t have been so stupid to ask Doug out. I really wished that Matt and Sarah had told their parents that they are already married. Overall, this was a great episode! I give it a 9.5!moreless
Diane Mizota

Diane Mizota

Kelly

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Sean Cw Johnson

Sean Cw Johnson

Doug

Guest Star

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Doc's Girlfriend

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Laraine Newman

Laraine Newman

Rosina Glass

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Richard Lewis

Richard Lewis

Rabbi Richard Glass

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Sarah Danielle Madison

Sarah Danielle Madison

Sarah Glass-Camden

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