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Reverend Eric Camden
Chyler Leigh (Frankie) and Nathan West (Johnny) were dating in real life when this episode aired, and they married two years later. Like their characters, they battled with drug addictions as teenagers (right around the time this episode aired, actually), but they recovered from it.
In this episode Annie tells her teacher that she has seven kids from 2 to 21, but the twins were only one when this episode aired so she has kids from 1 to 21.
Annie: Poor Simon.
Lucy: Um, yeah. Poor, popular, charismatic Simon, who could have any girl in his freshman class, but insists on going out with sophomores. I don't think I'd worry too much about him.
Ruthie: (about her and Mary) We're having a slumber party.
Matt: Well, maybe you can have it another night.
Ruthie: No, Mary said tonight. She said she'd be here. She'll be here.
Guy: (in a taunting voice) Hey, Mary, we're saving a piece for ya!
Frankie: (walks over to the table) Do you know who you're talking to? Minister's daughter. Give her a break. Behave yourself.
Guy: And if we don't?
Frankie: Then you're all going to hell.
Everyone: (humored) Ooooooh!
Frankie: I mean it.
Guy: (to Mary, who is their waitress at pizza place) Hey, you want to sit down and have a piece with us?
Mary: Um...no, I don't. Can I get you anything else?
Guy: Yeah. I'll have your phone number written on your underwear!
Johnny: (about the customers harrassing Mary) Let my wife handle them. She's good with those types.
Mary: Frances is your wife??
Johnny: Not Frances. No one calls her Frances. It's Frankie. We've been married for a year.
Mary: But you look so young!
Johnny: We are young. Frankie's your age, and I'm 21.
Mary: Yeah, I thought about getting married once, too.
Johnny: What changed your mind?
Mary: I don't know...I guess I just wasn't ready.
Johnny: Yeah, well, neither were we, but the baby changed all that.
Mary: I love you, Ruthie.
Ruthie: If you loved me, you would have been home at midnight. (Turns over and closes her eyes.)
Ruthie: Yeah, yeah, yeah. But like all parents, we're supposed to watch over our kids. You two just got a little over committed and needed help. No problem, no harm done, as long as you realize teenagers are not meant to be parents. That's all you really have to put into the report. That's the purpose of the whole thing, isn't it?
Lucy: She goes to private school.
Lab Partner: Oh.
Lab Partner: You know, Ruthie, Lucy and I are supposed to write down everything we do with that egg. I'd hate to have to write that for a while, we were begging you to give us our daughter back.
Ruthie: Ruthie Camden, and "dumb" is not my middle name!
Eric: Hey. You going to bed already?
Ruthie: Soon. I have to get up at midnight. Mary's bringing home pizza, and we're having a sleepover! It's gonna be great!
Eric: Would you like me to set the clock alarm so you get up on time?
Ruthie: You're the best dad ever!
Eric: Gosh. You know...it seems like just yesterday Mary was your age.
Frankie: I'm just gonna have a cigarette. You want one?
Mary: Oh, no thanks, I don't smoke.
Frankie: Neither did I. Well, I stopped when I found out I was pregnant, but as soon as I popped Mercy out, I lit up again.
Mary: Mercy. What a great name.
Frankie: She's a great baby. She's real good, she never cries. Probably because my mother watches her most of the time. She's good with babies. It's teenagers she can't handle.
Mary: They want me to work the double shift today-- 12 to 12.
Ruthie: Well, maybe we can do something then.
Mary: Yeah, maybe we could. Hey, I could bring a pizza home with me and I could wake you up, and we could have a midnight snack.
Ruthie: Yeah! Then you could sleep over in my room!
Mary: Okay. It's a date!
Ruthie: I'm in a carpool. It's like a welcome wagon. A bunch of girls come and pick me up, so they can have time to get to know me. It's supposed to help me feel not so new.
Mary: Well, that's really nice.
Ruthie: Yeah, they're all nice girls...but they're not my big sister. Can we please do something together this weekend?
(After Mary has been pulled over for being suspected of drinking and driving)
Officer: Look, don't ever be in such a hurry that you aren't careful. I want you to be able to have pizza with your sister for the rest of your life.
Mary: Yeah. So do I.
Ruthie: Why is Mary's car in the driveway? Isn't she supposed to be at work, or did she get fired again?!
Lucy: Time for school!
Mary: What's up?
Eric: You tell us. Is this your day off?
Annie: Did you get fired?
Eric: Building burned down? Business close for an epidemic?
Mary: I just got another job that's all. I'm working at Pete's pizza. I just didn't like the pool hall. I kept getting the day shift, and, well I like the night life, I like to boogie.
Ruthie: Is it me or is she starting to spin?
"Dizzy" by The Goo Goo Dolls
Jeff Yagher is the brother of Catherine Hicks' husband Kevin Yagher.
In Germany this episode is known as, "False Promises," translated.
John Hamilton (Chaz Lamar Shepherd) does not appear in this episode.
Mary's new friends are Frankie and Johnny. There was a 2001 film named Frankie and Johnny that starred Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer in the title roles.
Johnny: Don't call her Francis, her name is Frankie
This is in reference to an old song:
Frankie an' Johnny were sweethearts
Lord, Lord, how they did love
She was as true to him,
True as the stars above
He was her man, but he was doin' her wrong
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