7th Heaven

Season 1 Episode 5

The Color of God

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 14, 1996 on The CW
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When a local African-American church is burned down by an unknown racist group, the Camdens invite longtime friend Reverend Morgan Hamilton and his family to share Sunday services with them and move into their home temporarily. In the midst of these tragic and hateful events, the kids struggle with everything from getting along to defending their friendships with one another in a racist society. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie are determined to help solve the marital troubles between Morgan and Patricia, whose relationship is not quite as lovey-dovey as their own.moreless

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  • The Revernd Hamilton's church is burned down and they are a black family. The people who burn down the church leave a note saying they will be back so the Camden family decides to take them in for protection. The younger kids seem to get along fine.moreless

    In this episode we really learn about Eric's friends. Morgan, Patricia, Keesha, Lynn, John and Nigel am I forgetting anyone? I don't think so anyways there church is burned down and John's attitude isn't making it any easier on both the families in my opinion. His way of dealing with it just sucks in my opnion. He could have been nicer to the kids the kids did nothing wrong and he gave them an attitude in the beginning of the episode. Now the cop was a total dick. He should realize who those kids are and he should defiantly becareful on how he chooses his words because Nigel and Lynn were there. I don't think that was apporopiate to call the kids vandels especially infront of 5 yr olds. I loved the end of the episode when everyone came together where the church used to be that was very touching.moreless
  • This was a great episode on racism!

    The Hamilton’s church is burned down. They are a black family. Eric is a friend with Reverend Hamilton. The Camdens take the family in. There is Morgan, Patricia, John, Keesha, Nigel, and Lynn. Matt doesn’t like John’s attitude. Keesha and Lucy get along, but Mary doesn’t seem to like Keesha. Someone at Simon and Nigel’s school calls Simon a N****r-lover so Simon punches the kid and gets suspended. Lynn and Ruthie become great friends! Eric gives money from the church to help rebuild the Hamilton’s church. Spirits are brought up when there is a church service in the place where the church used to be. This was a wonderful episode! Racism is a very real thing in the world. It is wrong and mean. I’m glad that the Camdens became friends with them! This was a great episode and I give it a 10!moreless
  • this was a great epesode that got a strong point across.

    The Hameltins church was burned so the kids are staying with the Camdens. The 4 young kids get along with eachother but the older kids feel akward. Siomon hit a kid for calling him neegro lover. That kid was a real jerk. There was also a real auful security guard who called keesha and john vandals and was going to do something to them. Lucy and Keesha bond but Mary does not until the end. John and Matt end up bonding. This shows that racism is still going on today. Going around the house is a trick where you but salt on butter and say it heets up. Then when someone puts there hand on it you hit there hand into the butter. Matt did it to Mary, Mary to Lucy, and Lucy to Siomon. There is my favorite Ruthie to John. It was a very strong epesode. I like the end when everyone came together on the church proprty.moreless
James Nardini

James Nardini

Security Guard

Guest Star

Jean Hubbard

Jean Hubbard

Mrs. Mosely

Guest Star

Tommy Bertelsen

Tommy Bertelsen


Guest Star

Chaz Lamar Shepherd

Chaz Lamar Shepherd

John Hamilton

Recurring Role

Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union

Keesha Hamilton

Recurring Role

Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood

Reverend Morgan Hamilton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Near the beginning of the episode, Matt, Mary, Lucy, John, and Keshia are sitting quietly in the living room, not sure what to say to each other. At one point, the camera points to Matt, Mary, and Lucy, who are all on the couch. Strangely, Lucy is staring off into space, smiling and trying not to laugh, which seems out of place in the given scene.

    • We find out that the Hamiltons' church is called Trinity Church.

    • In the first episode, Eric warns Simon about swearing, but in this episode Matt swears to Mary in front of Eric, but Eric doesn't seem to mind.

    • In the living room, John isn't wearing suspenders. After playing basketball with Mary, John pulls his suspenders up over his shoulders.

    • The Hamilton kitchen in this episode is very different and nothing like the kitchen that is shown in later episodes.

    • In this episode we see that the Camdens' church has a balcony where people enter in the beginning of the episode. It is only shown in one other episode, "The Known Soldier".

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Matt: (to John) Parents, can't live with them, can't live without them.

    • Nigel: Forget it Simon. You can't fight ignorance with violence. My dad wouldn't want you to hit him and neither would yours.

    • Annie: (to Morgan) Come on, sit down, let me do it.
      Patricia: Annie, save your breath and your strength. As long as it takes him to make that stew, it will take us twice as long to clean it up.

    • Lucy: It's not fair!
      Keshia: Listen, life isn't fair, okay? Deal with it.
      Lucy: I know, I'm sorry.
      Keshia: You apologize more than anyone I know.
      Lucy: I know. I'm sor--I mean, I know.
      Keshia: If you're mad at someone, tell them. Don't just apologize for your anger.

    • John: You're afraid of me too, aren't you? I've never threatened you, hit you, or harmed you or anyone else--yet no matter where I go, people are afraid of me because I'm black. And you know, sooner or later, the wrong person is gonna be afraid and boom, I'm dead.
      Matt: Listen, I don't know what everyone else's problem with you is, but to me, the problem isn't the color of your skin. It's your attitude. Your attitude scares me. I mean, I never know when you're just going to get mad and go off for no reason.

    • Patricia: Did we just have a conversation?
      Morgan: (chuckles) Yeah. I've been spending way too much time with Eric.

    • Simon: Why did they burn your Church?
      Nigel: Because they're the bad guys. Bad guys have been setting fire to black Churches for 100 years. They're just trying to scare us.
      Simon: Yeah, well, if it didn't work for 100 years, you'd think they'd give up.
      Nigel: Yeah, you'd think so.

    • Kid: (playing army guys with Simon and the other kids) Nigel can't play anymore.
      Simon: Yes, he can.
      Kid: No, he can't!
      Simon: Fine, then none of us can play. Give me back my guys.
      Kid: Here....nigger lover!
      Simon: What did you just say?
      Kid: You heard me.
      Simon: Look, Nigel is my friend. Don't use that word!
      Kid: I just did.

    • Eric: Oh, I'll clean up. Well, the kids and I will clean up.....the kids will clean up.
      Annie: That's what I thought you meant.

    • Annie: Why don't you girls go downstairs? I'll be down in a minute, and you can help me mop the kitchen floor.
      Ruthie and Lynn: Yay! (run downstairs)
      Eric: Why is mopping the floor so much fun?
      Annie: Because I can make anything fun.

    • Ruthie: Why do you think they burned your Church?
      Lynn: I guess because they didn't want us to have a place to talk to God.
      Ruthie: Oh.

    • Lucy: Hey Keshia, why do you think somebody burned down your Church?
      Keshia: Because we're black, and they think that if they destroy our Church, they can destroy our faith.
      Mary: Yeah, but that doesn't make any sense.
      Keshia: I know. I mean, a roof just keeps the rain off your head.

    • Nigel: (during Grace) Dear God, please stop the fires.

    • Matt: You know, I understand you're angry about your Church, but you don't have to take your anger out on my sister.
      John: I'm not taking anything out on your sister. And you don't know anything about my anger.

    • Lucy: I'm sorry about your dad's Church.
      Keshia: You said that already.

    • Keesha: (regarding her family) The point is, we don't ride in the back seat.
      Simon: That's fine with me.

    • Keesha: This is just like being at the Waltons.
      Lucy: Yeah, except the Waltons weren't...
      Mary & Keesha: Black, yeah, we know.

    • Patricia: Honey, I'm home. Whats for dinner?
      Annie: Haha you're funny. What's got you in a good mood?
      Patricia: It's the weekend.

    • Eric: Why is moping the floor so fun?
      Annie: Because I can make anything fun.

    • Patricia: Oh please, you gonna tell you me you don't ever get tired of being a minister's wife. I feel like if I laid back and kicked up a beer the Devil himself will show up.

    • Matt: You know if you put salt on butter it makes it real hot.
      Mary: No it doesn't.
      Matt: Yeah it does, I learned it in science.
      Mary: You got a C in science.
      Mary: I don't feel anything.
      Matt: (smashing her hand into the butter) Now you do.

    • Lucy: Simon, are you going to pick up your toys?
      Simon: I can't, I'm entertaining.

    • Morgan: (to the Congregation) We cannot fight hate with hate. What are we teaching our children today that will make things better tomorrow?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Simon: Who's Rosa Parks?
      Rosa Parks was an NAACP black activist who made history in the 1950's when refusing to sit in back of the bus and was able to succeed.