7th Heaven

Season 3 Episode 7

Johnny Get Your Gun

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 09, 1998 on The CW
9.2
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Violence among children is the main theme in this episode, where Ruthie upsets her parents by taking an inappropriate video game a little too seriously. After watching Gone with the Wind, Lucy views slapping as a romantic gesture and wants to try it on her boyfriend. Mary is excited about going on a date with Shana's younger brother - until a dangerous secret about him is revealed. Meanwhile, Eric finds himself in a life-or-death situation as he struggles to protect Simon from a gun-holding classmate.moreless

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  • Violence, violence, and more violence. Camdens, guns, and one fantastic episode.

    10
    This episode, "Johnny Get Your Gun", is the kind of 7th Heaven episode that makes you sit up, take notice, and watch. It's the kind of episode that comes along that reminds you why you love 7th Heaven, and that it can crank out really informative, classic episodes such as this. As the show ages, I think hard hitting episodes like this are fewer and more far in between. But it's an episode like this once you first see it, and see it again in re-viewings, that you realize how great and important it is to have such a show as this around. While I don't think newer episodes are as well written with the "issue" episodes, early 7th did it wonderfully. And this is one of the show's many top of the line classics.



    Violence is surrounding the Camden abode. Ruthie wants a violent video game called "Baboom", but a disgusted and turned off Annie doesn't think so. She will not allow her child to have such a violent video game, or allow such a thing in her home. Eric comes swigning into the house and Annie stops him before he can say a single word. Apparently, Eric has been to a boxing tournament, and Annie doesn't want to know anything about the violent, bloody sport. But if she or anyone else thinks this is the worse that the "violence" will get in their inner circle, they would be so wrong. Simon has been seeing Deana(Nicole Cherie), and all seems well. But when Deana calls and tells Simon that her ex-boyfriend Johnny is coming after him, the Camdens are dropped into a scary and terrifying ordeal. When Simon confronts Johnny and lets the boy know that he and Deana are together now, Johnny lets Simon know that he won't take it too lightly. Johnny puts his finger to his head and tells Simon that when he least expects it, he'll find a .38 pointed at him. What ensues is every parents' nightmare. Your child being threatened with a death threat at school. A powerful scene concering Eric, Det. Michaels, the principal, and Johnny's father, does a fine and masterful way of getting messages across of what is acceptable, what is not, and what to do. It's a strong scene that showcases 7th's power and intelligence of hitting upon the subject. When a confrontation does finally take place, it's not Simon who is in it, but Eric. Johnny shoots Eric, and it is a moment that will make you gasp and ask yourself if that really happened. It's also a moment that you ask yourself why the show, all these years later, could not be as shocking and unexpected like that again. This is a risky subject matter to tackle, and the writers approached it with intelligence and care. It may just be the best job they have done with an "issue" episode. All the principal characters involved with this storyline were great. Stephen Collins was fantastic in may scenes. His conversation in the principal's office, and his confrontation with Johnny. You really felt the feeling of the scares and dangerous of the topic, and it was so incredibly done.



    While the show was already busy doing a dazzling plot with the other storyline, they managed to squeeze another strong, interesting, compelling and strong look at another kind of violence. While one may of thought that one incredible story on the subject would be enough for one single episode, they put in this second one and it all fit and worked beautifully together. We learn that Matt is seeing a girl named Shana(Maureen Flannigan), who will become a long running girlfriend on the show. This is news to Annie tho. Shana introduces Matt and Mary to her brother George, who is hassling Shana for a beer at the grocery store she is working at. All seems well at the start, but once Mary and Matt leave, George shows his true colors. He twists and causes pain to Shana to get Mary's phone number from her. This was another nice little twist on the writer's part to turn someone that was something else one minute, into something totally different the next. When Matt notices a bruise on Shana's arm, the truth comes out. She is studying hard and working a crummy job to take care of herself and her brother. Their mother slapped him around, and that act of violence has deeply affected him. When Mary accepts a date with George, it ends with him using his tough manhandling force on her when she starts beating him playing a game. Matt arrives, and stops him from doing any more damage. George accepts he has a problem, and Matt tells them that Eric will counsel him. While the other storyline is by far the biggest focus of this splendid episode, this second story was nicely done as well. While the conclusion of this one seemed a little forced, and wrapped up all too nicely and easily, it was still a magnificent look on physical abuse. The fact that it wasn't a husband or father, as it usually is, but a brother, was another new and different turn the writers took with this well written episode.



    A third storyline is basically nothing but unimportant filler. Lucy has boyfriend Jordan, as I and even the characters on the show would later call "Fish Lips". Lucy gets upset when she and Jordan watch "Gone With The Wind", and he isn't in to it. Doesn't think it's romantic. So, Lucy slaps him. Yeah Luce, that was certainly called for!. When Jordan confronts her at school, he says that she can slap him. Way to be a man, Fish Lips. Why slap him at all?. Lucy says that he's doing it wrong, and that it should be dramatic and romantic. When she slaps him, they make up and kiss. Right in front of a principal. Frankly, Jordan always looked too old for little Lucy, and why be so slap happy Luce?. There was nothing really wrong with this one per se, but with the heavy material the rest of the episode was filled with, this one was too light and didn't fit with everything else. Maybe if it was saved for a different episode, it would of been seen in a different light.



    In the end, "Johnny Get Your Gun" was one of the top best episodes of season 3, and just one of the all around best episodes of the entire series. This is vintage 7th Heaven. This is why I watch the show.moreless
  • Violence

    10
    Simon is threatened by Deena's ex-boyfriend, Johnny. Johnny says he's going to shoot him. Ruthie wants a violent video game. She rebels and selfishly breaks that video game. Annie and Eric do not want her playing it. Lucy thinks it would be romantic if she slapped Jordan like in Gone with the Wind. Matt's girlfriend, Shana, has a brother named George. He and Mary go out, but Matt learns that George has a problem with violence. Eric tries to solve the situation with Johnny, but Johnny's father doesn't want to listen. Johnny shoots Eric at the church. Ruthie learns her lesson. Mary and Matt help George get help. Johnny is sentenced to stay in a place to help him until he is 25.



    This episode was very impactful. It showed how violence can lead to real problems in the world. I also think Simon is a bit too young to be dealing with all that drama of having a girlfriend and the jealous ex-boyfriend and stuff. This episode gets a 10 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • In this episode of 7th heaven, simon\\\'s girlfriend, Diena, is old boyfriend comes to there school. He threatens to shoot simon beacause he wants Diena to be his girlfriend instead. Annie keeps simon and diena out of school till this is solved.moreless

    9.5
    I think this episode was really exicting for me. I think that maybe instead of Eric Camden getting shot, Maybe Simon camden should have been shot instead because he was the one in the first place be threatned. Sence simons a kid it would have been alot more painful, but thats why 7th heavens a drama tv show right? I also think that the whole thing with johnny shooting rev camden was alittle weird cause he isnt the one who has Dieana for a girlfriend, simon does. Other then what i wanted from this episode, i loved it! it was very exciting to watch!moreless
  • I feel myself falling into a really bad mood!

    9.4
    I didn't know about this episode until years later. Was it shocking to have a kid bring a gun to school.



    However, Jake Richardson & David Gallagher really worked well together on that episode as well as "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish". Gallagher did Richie Rich better that Maculay Culkin, but Richardson played Reggie Van Dough perfectly!



    Jake Richardson can be pretty good playing bad boys.



    Funny if Johnny had told Simon, "Stay away from my girl or I'll shoot you. Don't get me into a really bad mood!" The "really bad mood" reference was Reggie Van Dough's catch phrase from Richie Rich's Christmas Wish.moreless
Jake Richardson

Jake Richardson

Johnny Morton

Guest Star

Carey Eidel

Carey Eidel

Vice Principal Blackstone

Guest Star

Jim Holmes

Jim Holmes

Ruthie's Principal

Guest Star

Maureen Flannigan

Maureen Flannigan

Shana Sullivan

Recurring Role

Keith MacKechnie

Keith MacKechnie

Dr. Peterson

Recurring Role

Wade Carpenter

Wade Carpenter

Jordan Johansen

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Matt gets a black eye in this episode when Mary accidentally whacks him with a basketball. The "stage makeup" required for this changes at a lot of random moments throughout the episode. In particular, look closely in the scene where Matt picks Ruthie up from school, catches her with the video game, and makes her give it to him. His eye looks pretty bad at that time. Then, in a scene shortly after that, when Lucy gets in the car, Matt's eye looks barely bruised at all.

    • The Camdens' telephone number is 555-0119.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Judge R.M. Kristy: Johnny, I've gone over your record very carefully, as well as the psychological evaluation that was provided to me, and I had to consider that this was not your first offense, that you did admit to stalking the Reverend, with an intent to kill him, and to date, you have shown no remorse. Now, this is not to say that I have no hope of your ever changing, because I do. We have successfully rehabilitated young men and women just like yourself, and I intend to watch your case very closely. But today, Johnny, based on the information gathered, as well as my conversations with you and your parents, I feel I have no choice but to relinquish you to the State Youth Authority, where you will remain under their care until you are 25 years old, which is the maximum penalty I am allowed to assign a 12-year-old.

    • Sergeant Michaels: If we just look at this objectively, John, the number of times you son has been in trouble has been increasing rapidly over the past couple of years, and the crimes have been getting more serious.
      Mr. Morton: He and a couple of kids broke a couple of mirrors in a few new houses at a construction site. The doors were unlocked. It was tempting. You know how kids are.
      Sergeant Michaels: I know how kids in trouble are. He ignored the warning and broke into the elementary school and damaged the heating system.
      Mr. Morton: Oh, please. It was nothing more than a stink bomb. And besides, you don't know if it was Johnny or one of his friends.
      Sergeant Michaels: You're right. But when the officer came to your house to talk to him, I understand he threw a brick at his car?
      Mr. Morton: He just happened to toss it out of the yard when the guy drove by. It was bad timing. An accident.
      Sergeant Michaels: And what about your dog? The neighbors report that Johnny was abusing the family dog.
      Mr. Morton: He tied it to the bike so it would run alongside! That's abuse?
      Sergeant Michaels: The county took the dog, did they not?
      Mr. Morton: This is ridiculous! Are we just gonna sit here and recall every little thing my son's ever done?
      Vice Principal Blackstone Mr. Morton, I had your son's locker opened this morning.
      Mr. Morton: What?!
      Vice Principal Blackstone: I had reason to believe that he might have a weapon.
      Mr. Morton: And did he? No!
      Vice Principal Blackstone: But his locker looks like... an altar to violence. There are pictures of people torturing animals, a stack of gun ads, CDs of an extremely sexual and violent nature, comics books along the same themes. My guess is his room looks the same way.
      Mr. Morton: So what if it does? He's a teenage boy!
      Eric: He's a teenage boy who pointed his finger at my son's head and mentioned the exact gun he would use on him! (to Vice Principal Blackstone) I'm sorry, you asked me to let you handle this, (to Mr. Morton) and I can't help but notice that he threatened my son with the exact same gun that you own!
      Mr. Morton: I have a license for that gun!
      Eric: I don't care if you have a license for that gun. Licensed or unlicensed, your son has access to it, and you seem to be in complete denial at any possibility that something could go terribly wrong here!
      Mr. Morton: I know my son, okay? My son would never shoot anyone!
      Sergeant Michaels: At the very least, until this situation is resolved, you might want to take the gun out of your house.
      Mr. Morton: The gun is for our protection!
      Sergeant Michaels: Did you know that people who keep a gun at home for self-protection are 43 times more likely to kill themselves, a family member or an acquaintance than to be killed by an armed intruder?
      Mr. Morton: Do you know that guns don't kill people?! People kill people!
      Eric: PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE!
      Vice Principal Blackstone: Gentlemen...
      Eric: No! Is it too much to ask for this man to admit that his son has a problem and take some action?
      Mr. Morton: Oh, I'm gonna take action, all right! I'm not gonna be forced to give up my right to bare arms! And I'm not gonna have my back pushed up against the wall by some lame assistant principal and a minister who's got friends in the police department! What I am gonna do is call the school board and the Chief of Police, because this is harassment! And furthermore, I'm gonna take my son out of this school! I'm gonna put him in a private school where he won't be treated like a common criminal! The public school system has failed my son and failed my family! And if this is what I get for my tax dollars, than forget it!

    • Simon: Excuse me.
      Johnny: Oh, hey, little buddy. Am I in your way?
      Simon: It's not buddy. It's Simon Camden. You're Johnny, I presume?
      Johnny: So you've heard of me. That's good. Have you also heard that this is my girlfriend Deena?
      Simon: I believe that's was your girlfriend. Deena was your girlfriend. She's my girlfriend now.
      Johnny: Yeah, we'll see about that, buddy.

    • Shana: I told you I would tell you about my family when I think you can handle it.
      Matt: What makes you think I can't handle it?
      Shana: Your little sister can beat you up!

    • Mr. Morton: I have a license for that gun!
      Eric: I don't care if you have a license for that gun. License or no license, you seem to be in complete denial that something could go terribly wrong here.
      Mr. Morton: I know my son, okay? I know he would never shoot anyone!
      Sgt. Michaels: Just the same, until this situation is resolved, you might want to take the gun out of your house.
      Mr. Morton: That gun is for our protection.
      Sgt. Michaels: Did you know that people who own guns are 33 times more likely to kill themselves, a family member or an acquaintance than to be killed by an armed intruder?

    • Sgt. Michaels: (to Eric) I talk to the folks in juvenile. Johnny has a record. And just as you thought the family has a gun, a registered .38 special.

    • Eric: It hurt. It really hurt. It was absolutely terrifying.
      Dr. Peterson: Would you put that on a billboard. People don't seem to realize.

    • Mr. Morton: I was wrong. And I just wanted to apologize for what happened, and not listening to you when you told me my son was in trouble. If I had, this wouldn't have happened. I just thank God he didn't kill anybody.
      Eric: Amen.

    • Eric: I-I just have to ask you, has Johnny ever been in trouble?
      Mr. Morton: I think this conversations gone far enough.
      Eric: Do you own a gun? (Mr. Morton sighs) Oh, I thought so.
      Mr. Morton: Did you know that guns don't kill people, people kill people!
      Eric: People with guns kill people! No, is it too much ask that this man to admit that his son has problem, and take some action!

    • Principal Blackstone: I have to follow procedure. I have to call in the parents, have a meeting with them, send the kid to a counselor. They have to recommend that he see a therapist or I have to risk losing my 10 year retirement, and that may not sound much, but I have a family too.
      Eric: Okay, well what about tomorrow? What happens if he comes to school with a gun tomorrow!?
      Principal Blackstone: I agree that Simon and Deena should stay home from school until I get some answers.
      Eric: Well thanks for your help.

    • Eric: Are you in some kind of trouble?
      Simon: I'm not sure about that either. See, the thing is, is that he's probably trying to scare me. But Deena's boyfriend said that he was going to shoot me.

    • Johnny: Listen, Mighty Mouse, stay out of this, or I'm going to take you out of it!
      Simon: Take me out of it?
      Johnny: (makes a gun with his fingers) Get it?
      Simon: ...You're gonna shoot me?
      Johnny: Yeah, maybe. All of a sudden you'll turn around and see a .38 Special pointed right at you. (chuckles) Yeah, I just might do that. You'll have to look over your shoulder everywhere you go.

    • Simon: This is all my fault. I shouldn't have said anything.
      Lucy: It's not your fault. It's not your fault at all. If you hadn't said anything, something worse could have happened. He could have shown up at school with that gun! Johnny's a kid with a bad temper. A bad temper and a gun. That's a really bad combination.

    • Lucy: (after Eric is shot) I just wish somebody would have told me what was going on.
      Simon: Mom and Dad were hoping they wouldn't have to scare the rest of the family. Besides, what would you have done anyway?
      Ruthie: Well, for one thing, I wouldn't have been running around yelling "Ba-Boom!".

    • Annie: (in response to Ruthie playing a game where people step on land mines) Ruthie, did you know that there are real people who step on real land mines? They lose arms and legs...and some even die.
      Ruthie: Yeah, but this isn't real life. It's just a game. A video game.

    • Eric: (to Ruthie) Let me try to explain to you why your mom and I are so upset by this whole "Ba-Boom!" thing.
      Ruthie: After that, then can I get the video game?
      Eric: Listen...when you first see someone shot or blown up on TV, it has to be at least a little scary. But then if you keep watching it day after day, week after week, year after year, it starts to grow less scary, less a big deal, and even gets to seem like...nothing. But it is something. It's the biggest something. It's someone taking someone else's life.

    • Mary: I'm not kidding, you're hurting me, let go!
      George: Only if you say please.
      Mary: (elbows him and knocks him to ground) I don't have to say please! I don't know what kind of girls you're used to going out with, but I don't find physical violence appropriate for a date!
      George: And yet, you're hurting my hand.
      Mary: (lets go of his hand) You have a problem. Deal with it.

    • Ruthie: (to Simon) Will water leak out of Daddy when he drinks?

    • Eric: (to Johnny) Easy.. now son.

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