7th Heaven

Season 8 Episode 5

Simon's Home Video (aka Simon Camden)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 2003 on The CW
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Episode Summary

The time has come for Simon to seek early admission into college, so he prepares a video essay to go with his application. This gives him an opportunity to finally open up about the devastating past few months in his life as he discusses his future plans, reveals unique information about his family members, and reflects on his distinctive relationship with each one of them.moreless

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  • A most memorable episode!

    Simon makes a video essay on his family for college. It explains the relationships they’ve had, the friends they’ve helped, and just general things about the Camdens. This was one of my favorite episodes! I loved seeing the past things in the show and remembering them! I loved the pictures and the theme song! It was wonderful. I think that doing the whole episode in pictures, with the exception of the brief moments with Simon, was a cool factor that is very unique. Seeing the familiar faces and reminiscing from past episodes was awesome! This is one of the more memorable episodes and will always be a classic! It gets a 10 out of 10 from me!moreless
  • This episode is one of my favorite episodes

    I Loved this episode so much, I think i loved it so much was because 1. I love Simon and two because i like the whole idea of the home video and its like a recap of the first seven seasons not just about him, about all 9 of them. It told us so much info about their lifes and their experiences and the kinda cartoon way. I only watched this episode once but i sure wanna see it again and when the seventh season comes out i'm gonna buy it just because of that one episode. Thats how i feel about this episodemoreless
  • With Siomon leaving this is a very special epesode. It is also one of my favorites.

    This was much better than a normal goodbye. This epesode was a reflection on all previous epesodes of 7th Heaven. It was a reflection an the charactors and it was the first time we really learned about how Siomon felt about the accedent. I really like the quotes. The discribtion of charactors was good. I liked how Siomon talked about all the boyfriends and girlfriends. There are two thingsthat I think should be different. I think he should have mentioned Sawna for Matt and more about Deena, they were pretty serios for there age. I really liked Siomon talking about all the weird friends. It was really cute. I really liked Siomon talking about how thwy got in trouble. It was rather amusing. It was great to see Siomon talk about how the accedent affected him. Talking he seemed very mature. I liked him concluding on how he will miss his family. I really liked that he acnoleged Ruthie as the closest Camden kid. I have always felt they had a special bond. I loved the way siomon descriped Mary as carfree. His discription was perfect. I loved that he said Mary said that if you fall off the earth just keep falling because life will eventually embrace you. Althogh I am sad Siomon is leaving (he will be back) the epesode was amaiizng. I have not been a fan since the show started (I was three) but I have watched reruns and all and I feel very close to the show. This epesode was one of my all time favorites. Way to go Brenda. I have just one last comment, with an applacation as good as that what school could turn Siomon down.moreless
  • this was a very well thought about episode.

    I enjoyed this episode. When I watched it I sat there remembering all the things that Simon was saying. I remembered all the things that happened with Lucy, Mary, Matt, Ruthy, and Simon. I could tell that it must have taken alot of time for the writers to remember all the things that have happened in all the past seasons.
  • Simon Camden bids everyone a fond farewell

    To some TV viewers and critics, there are only a few things that a TV show does that makes many of them cringe. For some, it's holiday episodes(although I love those and can't see how anyone wouldn't like a nice, big holiday episode), and for others, it's the dreaded clip show. If a TV show manages to run for a significant amount of time, it's pretty inevitable that they will have, at some point, a clip show. Some see it as a nice way to take a look back at things and see where the show has been. Others see it as a complete waste of time that gives the cast time off instead of having a "fresh" episode. I can go either way. Sometimes I really enjoy them, and other times I get annoyed because I am in the mood to see something new. Well, 7th Heaven is the kind of show that is destined to have a clip show. It's made for clip shows. You can't go 8 seasons(at this point anyways)with a show like this and not have some kind of clip show. And I have to say, the resulting product was quite disappointing. Not to say that there weren't good things about it, or there weren't some things I liked, but it was not what it could of been. It was not what most other clip shows are. Since not a whole lot happened here, this review may be a bit shorter than what I usually do. So, what went on?...

    We were treated with a major cliffhanger at the end of the show's seventh season. Det. Michaels and Lou came to the door to give Eric some news. And it was obvious that it was not good news. This was a killer cliffhanger. Anyways, season 8 starts out with the news that Simon was in a car accident and he hit and killed a kid. This was a tremendous new development. I was thrilled when this turned out to be the cliffhanging mystery. Simon, as you can imagine, is crushed with what happened, and feels as bad as you can imagine he feels. The kid's brother vandalized the church, and his parents told Eric and Annie that they don't know what he would do and that maybe it would be best if Simon were gone. Simon takes tests to graduate early and to hopefully go to college to get out of town. And now, Simon is leaving Glen Oak. As part of his college application, he makes a video essay of himself, and his family through all the ups and downs, loves, and mistakes.

    First of all, the premise of it all is pretty good. Make a video essay of his family. Personally, I think a much, much better way to of gone with this episode was to not make it so much a clip show, but maybe do a little something like they did with Matt's video essay back in season three's "Let's Talk About Sex". Actually film his family members talking, and some clips of what they talked about could of been thrown in. Not only would it of been better and more interesting, but it also would of been a way to of had the rest of the cast in the episode. Because David Gallagher is the only one here. So, the premise was there, but the actual execution of the show was pretty weak. And let's talk about the 'clip' aspect first. They weren't even clips at all. We didn't get to see actual events happen as they did. We get pictures. It's like a slideshow more than anything else. This was a problem for me. While it was kind of fun and cool to see some old pictures, I just thought the actual execution and overall way the show was handled was quite lazy. They couldn't even make a regular clip show. Actual clips would of been better than watching a slideshow. Sure, they did some cute things here and there to spruce up parts of it, but it didn't really help the overall episode.

    This is David Gallagher's episode. This is his goodbye. Well, for now anyways. I can see and understand that the entire episode focuses squarely on him, and what they must of been trying to do. In ways it was a nice send off, and in other ways, it felt like a cheap disappointment. But David was great. His parts were done nicely, as was his narration. It was interesting to have legendary film producer Robert Evans do a narration as well. Originally, the title of this episode was "The Kid Is Out Of The Picture", and most people did not get what that meant at all. It was a play on words on Evans' recent biography, "The Kid Stays In The Picture". I am kind of puzzled on how Evans got involved, and who would of thought of him in the first place. Oh well. Anyways, Gallagher has always been the stand out of the kids. Acting wise anyways. His stuff earlier this season was the best stuff he has ever done on this show. Besides Stephen and Catherine, there isn't much in the way of great acting on the show. David really grew into an impressive young actor, and it's a shame to see the best actor out of the kids have to leave. But as future seasons have shown us, he will be back.

    The one thing I really liked about this episode is the beginning. I absolutely loved how the camera comes down to the Camden house and then just swooshes in. The camera glides over the house and furniture and focuses on some pictures in the living room and all that. I thought it was a beautiful and magical touch, and that was the one part of the entire episode that really made it for me. It was special and iconic, and it would of been much better suited for some kind of farewell show for when the show actually does end(which appears to be never)instead of here.

    I didn't see this show until it's second season, mainly because we didn't have The WB in our area yet, and when we did, it took a while to notice the show. I have been watching faithfully since 1998, and while I may not of exactly been there from the very beginning, I have been there for the majority of the show's run. In ways, this episode was special and really brought the nostalgia wave washing over me, but because I have been with the show for so long, I was hoping and expecting something better. In the end, this was an episode that had the right idea, but didn't follow through with it. At least not for me. I appreciate that Gallagher's last episode had him and only him in it. It would of been better if there more to it. Die hard 7th Heaven fans will no doubt love it and enjoy it because of the pictures and nostalgia of it all, and I won't deny that, but I felt that it could of been so, so , so much better.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • How could Simon have pictures of every event that has happened in 7th Heaven history- most events (there has never even been a camera in 7th Heaven) were not photographed. And a few clips were of events that Simon would never have even known about---such as details about Mary's life in New York, etc.

    • NITPICK: They never mentioned Lucy's friend that died in the car accident, I know that it was based on a true story, but it was a part of 7th Heaven History.

    • Nitpick: Why didn't they put too much information in about Eric's Dad, and Ruth, or Charles and Ginger, or Aunt Julie and family or even George? Aren't they part of the family too?

    • NITPICK: Why didn't Simon mention Shana as one of Matt's girlfriends? Shana was once part of the *opening credits* and their relationship was long.

    • NITPICK: Other things Simon didn't mention: Eric's surgery, Eric's heart attack, Eric leaving the church, winning a car, John Hamilton and Matt moving in together, him asking Cecilia to have sex... these were all very memorable events.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Simon: (about Lucy) She went out with all three of the Palmer brothers.

    • Simon: (about Ruthie) She's going to be the hardest to leave and the hardest to hang onto, because she's Ruthie, and she's 13, and she's got a boyfriend. And while she understands that I want to leave the rest of the family, she doesn't understand how I can leave her, but I don't think she'll hold it against me. She won't have time to hold it against me. She's emerging from childhood to adulthood full speed ahead, with thoughtful intelligence, a great sense of humor, and high self esteem. I'd like to think I had something to do with how great she's turned out so far, and I hope to remain a positive influence in her life, but here's the thing: I know she feels my pain. We're that close. As hard as it is, I really do think it's best to put a little distance between us right now, because I would never forgive myself if I put any rain on Ruthie's parade. And truthfully, I know she will be just fine without me.

  • NOTES (17)


    • Joseph Joubert: "When my friends lack an eye, I look at them in profile."
      In this episode each segment opened with a quote from a famous philosopher. This one was from Joseph Joubert being quoted from text.

    • Albert Einstein: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
      In this episode each segment opened with a quote from a famous philosopher. This one was from Albert Einstein being quoted from text.

    • The Bible: "The Lord is good. His love endures forever, his faithfulness continues thorugh all generations."
      In this episode each segment opened with a quote from a famous philosopher. This one was from The Bible, Psalms 10.5, being quoted from text.

    • William Shakespeare: "The course of true love never did run smooth."
      In this episode each segment opened with a quote from a famous philosopher. This one was from William Shakespeare being quoted from text.