7th Heaven

Season 8 Episode 22

Little White Lies (1)

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM May 10, 2004 on The CW
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It's Camden chaos all around when Matt (guest-star Barry Watson), who is having problems in his marriage to Sarah (guest-star Sarah Danielle Madison), returns to Glenoak for a visit and runs into his ex-girlfriend Heather (guest-star Andrea Ferrell) on his flight to Glen Oak. Simon (guest-star David Gallagher) unexpectedly announces he's coming home for the summer.

Also, Lucy sets out to discover why Roxanne is suddenly too busy to hang out with her as she's convinced that Roxanne is secretly trying to become a detective behind Kevin's back. Ruthie keeps a secret about a fellow student from her parents. Lastly, Martin learns that his baseball teammates think he's having sex with Cecilia.moreless

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  • I loved it!

    10
    Matt and Sarah are back together, but Sarah wants to retake a course so she must stay in New York while Matt goes to Glenoak. Matt meets Heather on the plane and they plan to have dinner together. Heather is divorced and they both want to get back together, but Matt is married. People at school think that Martin and Cecilia are having sex, but they aren't. Mac tells Pam that so she would be more comfortable with the idea of it. Cecilia and Pam break up with Martin and Mac. Simon calls Cecilia and says that he is coming home. Ruthie volunteers to host a foreign exchange student, Maria. Chandler goes to Eric for help when Jeffrey needs a tutor. Eric suggests Kendall, a young, attractive woman, and Chandler thinks that it is a stupid blind date. It turns out that Kendall is extremely intelligent and so Chandler apologizes and they both help Jeffrey. Roxanne is hiding something and Lucy is desperate to figure it out. She thinks that Roxanne is going for detective and thinks that it's not fair to Kevin. Carlos starts panicing when Mary is in labor.



    There were three things that made this episode really good! They were Simon, Matt and Heather! Seeing them again was really great! Simon looks a lot different from when we last saw him. I really wanted Matt and Heather to be the happy couple, but Matt has to stay faithful to Sarah. One thing could've made this episode extremely great; that is Mary. Mary is about to have a baby, but Jessica Biel is nowhere to be seen. I thought that Chandler made a complete fool of himself. I really felt sorry for Martin because of his friend, Mac, who made Cecilia break up with him by lying. I really liked Martin's talk with Eric. It was funny and really true. This was by far a wonderful episode and it receives a perfect 10 out of 10!moreless
  • The problem with Sue Tenney and her writing in this episode is that it was just too choppy. The scenes for each storyline in this episode were too short and kept shifting back and forth to the next storyline that is was distracting.moreless

    10
    It's season finale time. The saddest time of the year for a TV viewer like myself as to now we have to endure reruns for 4 months and wait for the next season to start up again. I've decided to review the two-part season finale as a whole as it's better for myself (hey, I've got finals!) and its best to see the whole development and execution of the storyline all together. What's definite is that the part one was much better than part two. What boggled me a lot about this finale is the amount (or lack there of) of time these two episodes had on the Camden's, despite the return or Simon and Matt---who were seen very little in these episodes.



    The problem with Sue Tenney and her writing in this episode is that it was just too choppy. The scenes for each storyline in this episode were too short and kept shifting back and forth to the next storyline that is was distracting. The longest scenes in the episode seemed to be only 50 seconds long. But it's not the writer's fault as much as there are too many characters on this show and not enough dialogue and fallout for each storyline so that it can be appropriately concentrated on as this episode made a lot of revelations. Let's break it down…



    Matt, Sarah and Heather: As easy as it was for Matt and Sarah to make up and give it another try at their marriage, it's even harder for me to believe that they were separated for so many months before because they both seemed very eager to compromise in the end. Plus, I really like Heather, but I'm glad Matt ended up back with Sarah. As great as it was to see Heather---and as great as this storyline was introduced in part one of "Little White Lies" the storyline kind of fizzled in part two. I don't know why, but the suspense wasn't as much because we all knew what Matt was doing and there was just not enough screen time for this storyline to have a great execution. For a while here in this episode it seemed like Matt went a little back into his old stupidity back in the earlier seasons when Heather told him she didn't interfere with his marriage---and then Matt saying he was going to ask Sarah for a divorce and now does she seem him in her life." What in the world? That was out of character, especially for someone raised in not believing in divorce and being fickle in thinking about having one. Although it wouldn't have been believe at the same time Matt and Sarah having martial troubles a couple of years into their marriage. I mean they did get engage after two dates, mind you.



    Eric, Annie, Carlos & Mary: Finally, Eric and Annie pay attention to Mary and her pregnancy in this episode. All season we've barely heard about Mary and her progressing motherhood. Too bad she (Jessica Biel) couldn't be in the episode as the writers worked around it. But I could see why she wouldn't want her BIG family attending her birth. Mary seems like the character that would want to do things in private with her husband and child only. Out of all the Camden's, Mary was always the one to be the most independent. Plus, she had baby boy! I really would've like it if Mary was in this episode---but who was I kidding, they could barely make in Matt (Barry Watson) and Simon's (David Gallagher) storyline in with enough screen time for them to talk. But it was a nice scene at the end with Eric, Annie and baby Charles. I had a feeling they were going to the name the baby that. It made sense since Mary's grandfather name is Charles--- who recently died and also---wink,wink----Carlos is Spanish for Charles. Nice little twist there writers.



    Simon, Cecilia & Martin: Ok, first of all, what is with Simon (David Gallagher) being in only three scenes in this episode? Secondly, he didn't even have contact with no one in this episode except Cecilia towards the end. We all know Cecilia wants to be with Simon. She was just trying her best not to make everyone know, especially Martin, as she does care for him. But she really did a bad job at dumping Martin. She needs to work on that and Martin and Mac were smart enough to see right through it. I really did feel bad for the poor guy because he got shafted. It'll be very interesting as to how Martin takes this over the course of the summer and in the fall as Simon is home now---and maybe permanently for next year. Martin has always been the level-head one, but I think that'll blow out the window next season as it seems Simon (David Gallagher) will be sticking around more---and I see a feud developing. They're teenage guys, what do ya expect? I think we'll see another side of Martin next season with Simon and Cecila together in front of him of all the time. Heck, if I was him I would hate both their guts now. (That's the teenager in me talking)



    Chandler, Jeffrey & Kendall: You know I felt no emotion for this storyline. Quite frankly, Jeffrey annoys me and Chandler is too full of himself now to think this. First off, it boggles me that an adult man like Chandler would even consider moving across country with his soon-adopted-son's tutor. I don't care if this is 7th Heaven. It seems like an easy out for the writers and lack of execution for Chandler to leave the show (if that is what they're doing----and it might be). It's just preposterous that a minister would consider moving to Pennsylvania with a girl he barely knows, let alone with a kid that's not even his yet. And what is with a guy who has the nerve to punch a minister in the face inside of a church, when it came to Kendall's boyfriend? This was just a ridiculous storyline and not at all sane.



    Lucy and Kevin: Oh my goodness, She's pregnant! There's not much else I can say about these two since (like most other Camden's) they were barely featured enough in this episode due to overcrowding. But luckily, I think next season we'll get a lot of them. Finally, we get to see a Camden child pregnancy on screen. Another bright side is that next season when Lucy acts "crazy" as she usually does---she'll have a reason this time---with the hormone and body changes. That alone will make me forgive her of any antics she'll be displaying next season towards Kevin.



    Roxanne: Out of all the things in this episode that made me scratch my head the most---this was it. This whole storyline really came out of left field with Roxanne wanting to quit her job, and go to Iraq? Most people I know who are against Pres. Bush (as she so strongly was in Healing Old Wounds) are against the war in Iraq and are fighting to bring troops out of there becuase so many are dying. And now she wants to go there? Once again, the writers failed to create a foundation for us viewers making us believe that Roxanne would quit her job as a police officer and head to Iraq. It doesn't make sense. Why do I get the feeling that this an a abrupt attempt by the writers to let go of Rachel Blanchard from the show. I don't blame anyone really because she really didn't get enough screen time as it was. I guess we'll have to wait next season to see if this is true.



    Ruthie, Peter and Maria: Once again, what is the point of this storyline writers. This went absolutely nowhere. I know you gotta have Ruthie (i.e. Mackenzie Rosman) and Peter (Scotty Leavenworth) do something in this episode, but please make it relevant or at least to some contribution to the episode. It was all filler with Peter thinking this foreign girl had a crush on him. Another thing---where in the world did this Maria girl come from? Come on writers, you can do better than this to put out a ridiculous storyline that has no relevance when there were better storylines in this episode to focus on. I've already wasted enough on this storyline.



    Overall Two Part Finale Grade: **6.5 out of 10**



    Overall, there is too much going on in this episode and not enough time for development and execution that it was just too much. That in itself made this episode a disappointment. For the majority of this season 7th Heaven was great… but the episodes preceding There's No Place Like It were disappointments and this ended with a whimper unfortunately. But wow, next season David Gallagher returns to the show full time again! Yeah!!! I guess the WB offered him a lot more money to return or he didn't like doing college full time. Either way, I'm glad he's back on the show and am glad Barry Watson will be recurring next season. Here's to a great upcoming 9th season! :)



    Rants and Bits:

    *If this is the last episode for Jeremy London (Chandler), Rachel Blanchard (Roxanne)---based on the WB's fall schedule--- I wouldn't be surprised, nor disappointed. There are too many people on this show and a few gotta go. And honestly they've been the deadweight lately to the series.



    *Ha ha ha, Martin had the funniest lines in the episode in part one of Little White Lies about Cecilia and babies not coming from couches or having "lots of sex with Cecilia."



    *Ha ha ha, Vic was also another saving grace in this episode! This guy is too funny sometimes in his scenes with his son Peter. That alone makes me want him and Peter to come back next season.



    *Seriously Peter, stop bleaching your hair so much! It's blinding the screen when you're on camera.moreless
Ashlee Gillespie

Ashlee Gillespie

Pam

Guest Star

Nealla Gordon

Nealla Gordon

Kathy

Guest Star

Leighton Meester

Leighton Meester

Kendall

Guest Star

Kyle Searles

Kyle Searles

Mac

Recurring Role

Carlos Ponce

Carlos Ponce

Carlos Rivera

Recurring Role

Andrea Ferrell

Andrea Ferrell

Heather Cain

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Response: Peter answered the phone because no one else did and he was right there. Why the heck shouldn't he answer it?

    • at the beginning of this eppisode, the twins were helping annie do the dishes. the camdens do have a dishwasher why werent they using it to wash their dishes?

    • When Peter tells Sarah that Matt is on a date with Heather. Why would Peter answer the phone if the whole family is standing there?

    • Wouldn't Ruthie's Spanish teacher call way in advance to Eric and Annie to officially see if it was okay to have a foreign exchange student in their house?

    • Mary works for JetBlue airlines---which has TV in every seat. However, the plane Matt flew on did not. Did he pay for a ticket instead of using the "family flies free?" This was just strange considering he doesn't have money to waste.
      Reply: Family flies free with most airlines only applies to spouse and children. Airline employees can help others get their plane ticket. In "We Do", Mary just helped Matt get a ticket.

    • Ruthie gave the ok to the person. I think it's possible they'd take an 8th graders word and the history of a paster and his wife reputation.

    • Response to the twins helping with the dishes: Having a dishwasher does not mean they have to use it every time they do the dishes. It is possible that the load isn't enough to warrant the use of the dishwasher; The power may be out or the dishwasher is broken; Annie could be starting to teach the twins about chores and responsibility.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jeffrey to Chandler: (sees the tutor) "I like her!"

      Chandler to the Bartender: "That's the tutor?"

      Jeffrey to Chandler: "I like her!"

      Chandler to Jeffrey: "Yeah, we heard you the first time."

    • Chandler to Kendall: "Chandler. I'm Chandler."

      Kendall to Chandler: "I assumed."

      Annie to Eric: "Well, unless he's pregnant I refuse to worry about him. (pause) "Is Martin pregnant?"

      Eric to Annie: "Not yet..."

      Heather to Matt: "Happier. Couldn't be happier. I love being married."

      Matt to Heather: "Nuts?"

      Martin to Eric: "Reverend Camden, I know where babies come from, and they don't come from kissing on the couch."

      Kendall to Chandler: "There's some tough anti-stalking laws in Claifornia."

      Chandler to Kendall: "You know when you assume you make an ass out of you and me."

      Kendall to Chandler: "How old are you? How old is that line?"

      Lucy to Kevin: You know, the key to a successful marriage is honesty."

      Kevin to Lucy: "No, the key to a successful marriage is acceptance."

      Eric to Martin: "Where are you going?"

      Martin to Eric: "Out to have lots of sex with Cecilia."

      Eric to Annie: "We had a little talk."

      Annie to Eric: "Clearly."

    • Lucy to Everyone: "Kevin won't be joining us for dinner."

      Eric to Lucy: "Why not?"

      Lucy to Eric: "Do you really wanna know?"

      Eric to Lucy: "No."

    • Jeffrey to Chandler: "You like her!"

      Chandler to Jeffrey: "No I don't."

      Jeffrey to Chandler: "Kendall and Chandler, sitting in a tree...k-i-s-s-i-n-g."

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