7th Heaven

Season 4 Episode 7

Sin ... (1)

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 08, 1999 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Mary's basketball coach has an unconventional way of handling the team's poor academic performance, leading to an intense controversy that involves the media and surrounding community. Later, Mary and her teammates make the grave mistake of rebelling against what is taking place. Elsewhere, Simon realizes the long-term consequences of a foolish mistake he made on school grounds; Matt considers moving back home; and tomboy Ruthie becomes obsessed with having "guy time" with her older brothers.moreless

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  • Holy Jumping Sharks, Batman!

    This had to be the most un-realistic episode of the entire series, bar none. Now, don't get me wrong! I admit that the writers had their hearts in the right place with the moral of this story (that all actions--and inactions--have consequences). But, the way they chose to depict its implementation? No way it could/would ever happen in the real world!

    Well, it might be grudgingly tolerated with regard to a girls' athletic team. But, it certainly wouldn't happen among boys' sports. And, therein lies the double-standard.

    Any real-life coach who tried something that over-idealistic to an entire boys' basketball, or even the football, team would be over-ruled by the prinicpal and the local school board in a New York minute! Because, there's no way the plutocrats of the local alumni association would donate to that high school if the entire football or basketball season, for the boys' teams, was cancelled. And, that's the sad-but-true fact, Jack.

    So, if the writers were opining that such a measure (similar if less extreme) should be adopted as a standard operating procedure, against scholastically-lazy athletes of either gender, in real world high schools, then I think they must have been smoking too much medicinal marijuana. Because, I repeat: there's no way that will ever happen! Not in my life time, anyway. And, that's an even sadder fact.

  • Kids taking action without knowing the consequence.

    We can see in this episode that Annie and Eric are always there to support their children but they do not support their kids when they are wrong and that should be the case as they need to learn a lesson.

    Matt is out of control at the moment, he is panicing about his family and is even thinking of returning back home. Mary is lost.. She does not even know what she is doing and she is toltally out of control. She thinks that she is doing the right thing but the Coach did a lock out as she was one of the people whose grades are dropping and she needs to study.

    Simon gave some bad examples in this episode especially to his little sister Ruthie.moreless
  • As the family starts going crazy!!

    In my opinion i think this is when all of the children started going crazy. Like Simon started High School and he was like this is the only way i am going to be able to fit in is by acting "cool" and hanging out with older kids. Lucy was going crazy by dating Robbie in a later episodes then almost getting married breaking it off and etc. then everybody else was just growing up.

    WEll back to this episode in my opinion i think this episode was a little bit crazy y in the world would Mary break something that could be her job or even life after school just because of a team lock-out. they (the team) could have kept their grades up instead of doing the thing seniors do like droping their grades so basciclly she changed her life and her families lives in this episode.moreless
  • The best episode of 7th Heaven ever!!!

    This episode is great, first when the lock up is then the destryoing, i´ll never ever forget this episode , It was thin episode whom made 7th Heaven my best show , and this episode beats everything and everyone. It´s sad to see Mary in this episode, but thanks to this we got Robbie :D , and this episode you can´t see to much of and this episode everyone can say i´s great and I hope every 7th Heaven fan would see this wonderful episode. Everyone should see this, even those who hate 7th Heaven SEE IT, it´s the best episode ever ever.moreless
  • it killed me to see Mary throw away her whole entire life just because of a small lockout against her basketball carreer... i hated this episode.. this is where mary totally went down hill.. its where everything happened that shouldnt have.. i hate this..moreless

    it killed me to see Mary throw away her whole entire life just because of a small lockout against her basketball carreer... i hated this episode.. this is where mary totally went down hill.. its where everything happened that shouldnt have.. i hate this.. it was soo painful to watch and i just hated it.. i wish she didnt do it.. i just wish she didnt do it.. it ruined her whole life by getting arrested..,.. it was so sad.. i really hated this episode but i get it happened for a reason but i really hate that reason so muchmoreless
Kurt Rambis

Kurt Rambis

Coach Jason Clearly

Guest Star

Freda Foh Shen

Freda Foh Shen

Ms. Gordon

Guest Star

Billy Mayo

Billy Mayo

Parent #2

Guest Star

Alicia Leigh Willis

Alicia Leigh Willis

Corey Conway

Recurring Role

Toran Caudell

Toran Caudell


Recurring Role

Nancy Lee Grahn

Nancy Lee Grahn

Ms. Russell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Eric gies to hug Matt he smells a lemony scent. Matt says he's using a new laundry detergent, but Matt doesn't have a washing machine in his apartment so how can he use a new laundry detergent. Also wouldn't their parents say they have a new laundry detergent because he does his laundry at his parent's house.

    • The license plate number of the Camden's van is 40MR77. It is a California plate.

    • After the meeting with Simon's principal they show them geting in the car. Simon has his backpack on and you can see him barely sitting down in the car. Not a second later they do a close up of Annie and him and he's seated with no back back on. He couldn't of taken it off so soon and be seated already in that 1 or 2 seconds.

    • When Lucy and Eric were cleaning the kitchen there is a part where the start folding some cloth napkins. If you see the dishtowel on Eric's shoulder it's in one position then the camera goes to Lucy, then back to Eric and its in a different position. He didn't have time to move it and then put it back and he wouldn't have needed to.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Annie: Why don't you stay home and do something with Lucy and me?
      Ruthie: Kill me! (pauses, puts on a sweet smile) I mean, no thank you. I'd rather go to Guys night at Matt's.
      Matt: It's okay with me if it's okay with you.
      Annie: Well, just how "guy" is this night going to be?
      Matt: Oh, just typical stuff. No big deal.
      Ruthie: You know, I do go to school. I play on a football team, and I've seen MTV, so if there's anything else out there, bring it on!
      Eric: That is so reassuring, my little flower.

    • Mary: This can't happen. This is my senior year and I have a scholarship to play basketball. I mean, somebody has to do something.
      Simon: Why did he lock you guys out?
      (Strong silence.)
      Matt: Mom had two babies, dad just had a heart attack, and now this? They have enough going on without having to worry about without the stuff. You're supposed to be the oldest. How can mom and dad trust that you can keep an eye on everyone else when you can't keep an eye on yourself??
      Mary: Oh, boy one more lecture on how it is to be the oldest. How many times do I have to hear this stuff from you?
      Matt: Until you get it right.
      Mary: Go away! And take your lemony-scented self with you.

    • Simon: It's not like I hurt anyone.
      Annie: I don't care. It's an incredible rude and vulgar gesture that should never be shown in public or anywhere else for that matter. You're lucky you still have those fingers!
      Simon: My friends and I do that kind of things to each other all the time, and no one cares. It's... It's a guy thing.
      Annie: It is not a guy thing.
      Simon: How would you know?
      Eric: You know, I'll admit that there was an unfortunate element of bad timing at work. On the other hand you know, your mom and I aren't fans of that particular gesture. I's disrespectful. It's rude and obscene.
      Simon: But I was just hanging out. Being one of the guys.
      Eric: I get it. I really do. There's something great about hanging out with just the guys you know, as long as being one of the guys doesn't mean being swayed by the guys. 'Cause for some reason a lot of guys do really stupid things when they're with the other guys, you know? Things that they wouldn't even think of doing if they were alone. And I just don't want you to lose your great ability to think and make decisions for yourself.

    • Coach Cleary: I understand that some of this has to do with 'senioritus'. I don't care. You were told in no uncertain terms that your studies were the priority and your grades had to show immediate improvement. Unfortunately, these reports show that they haven't. Now, I don't know if you didn't have an understanding of just how serious I was, or if you didn't have time to study. But now, you have both.
      (The coach locks the gym doors.)
      Elaine: Practice is cancelled?
      Coach Cleary: You are students here who play basketball. You're not basketball players who show up to classes whenever the mood strikes. Until you proven that you understand that by bringing your grades up, this season and this team are cancelled!
      Mary: You can't do that!

    • Officer: Hold it! That's enough! You're under arrest!
      (Mary puts her arms up in the air.)

    • Parent: Who are you to say? Basketball is my daughter's only hope for a college scholarship. Now how dare you take that away from her!
      Coach Cleary: How dare your daughter take that away from herself. And just where do you think she's going to get into college with grades like that?
      Parents: The boys' basketball coach doesn't do this!
      Coach Cleary: Well, then maybe your daughter should try out for the guys' team!

    • Eric: Did you guys know what would happen if you didn't get your grades up?
      Mary: (hesitantly) Yeah.
      Eric: Well, then, for now, I support this lock-out.
      Mary: What?
      Annie: I'm sorry, kiddo, but your coach didn't screw up. You did.

    • Annie: We love our kids. We work really hard at trying to be good parents who se the right examples, but there comes a point in life where you have to throw them out into the world and pray.
      Eric: What about Mary?
      Annie: Maybe we pushed her too far. Mary's a good kid.

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