7th Heaven

Season 10 Episode 14

The Magic of Gershwin

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 2006 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Ruthie meets a troubled girl in detention, where a music teacher is assigned to watch the students. The girls bond over the lessons about Gershwin, as Ruthie tries to nurse her broken heart. She offers to help her new friend, who refuses any charity, but the Camdens become involved and refuse to take no for an answer.moreless

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  • Ruthie spends an enjoyable week in Detention & befriends Maggie who has problems of her own.Michael Feinstein makes Detention enjoyable by introducing the kids to some wonderful interpretations of themusic of George & Ira Gershwin.moreless

    This is by far & away my favourite episode of 7th Heaven by virtue of the performance of Michael Feinstein,who is arguably one of the finest interpreters of The Gershwin Songbook. Michael plays music teacher Mr Feinstein,who introduces kids in Detention to the music of & songs of George & Ira Gershwin.Feinstein is savvy enough to be prepared to listen to the kids & what they have to say,particularly about rap music.By the end of the school week many of the kids have undertaken Detention voluntarily just for the privilege of sitting at Michael's feet. In other developments Ruthie tries valiantly to cry Martin out of her system while befriending Maggie,a homeless girl with problems of her own.Simon & Rose continue their wedding preparations,much to Eric's chagrin,while Kevin attempts to seduce Lucy who seems distracted by her own encounter with Maggie.moreless
  • Gershwin is amazing!

    Ruthie gets detention for being late to class. She was talking to Maggie, a girl at school. Maggie tells her that she and her family are homeless and that her parents can't read. Ruthie was crying because of Martin. In detention, the music teacher, Mr. Feinstein is leading it. They discuss Gershwin and other music. Ruthie loved it and it also made her feel better. She came all week and other kids got in trouble on purpose to be there. Eric, Kevin, Lucy and Mr. Feinstein want to help Maggie. Simon and Rose need a song for their wedding. Ruthie suggests "Embraceable You" by Gershwin.

    This was a pretty good episode! It was so sad how Ruthie kept crying. It was funny when Eric said that she didn't want to break Lucy's crying record. Their detention seemed really fun! This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Surreal

    This episode is a bit unusual, it seems like a dream. Ruthie's tears over Martin make sense, because although she never dated him she was very emotionally attached, and her hopes were up. Putting the music plot alongside it creates an unusual dynamic, but the music was extremely emotional, as Ruthie is. The new friend's hard life and the firing of the music teacher should let Ruthie know that life for her might not be so bad, but if anything, her sadness makes her more sensitive to the sadness of others. Kind of different, and it might or might not have been successful, depending on who you ask, but it was worth a try.moreless
  • the magic of gershwin revolves around Gershwin's music and the history of music.

    It was a good episode but the musical theme has been done and the "red socks" episode was a flop. This one was better with the singing actually matching lip movements. the magic of Gershwin is inspiring but not when it causes one of the characters ( Ruthie ) to cry for the entire episode over Martin.
  • Ruthie gets detention for one day, only to continue going back every day of the week to hear some good Gershwin music and vent about Martin. Her new friend Maggie's questionable behavior sends Eric and Lucy out on the case. Simon and Rose's wedding plansmoreless

    The previews made this episode sound a lot more powerful than it actually was--which, I guess, is typical for most shows, but it was still disappointing that this episode was not a little better.

    The plot consists basically of Ruthie spilling her tears of woe about Martin, who is now off with Sandy and his baby and, apparently, is in a position where he might marry Sandy. Actress Mackenzie Rosman hasn't done much crying in this series, but Ruthie's emotional scenes are well done and believable here. It's the typical high school drama that most girls can relate to, but I can't help thinking they could have gone into this with a bit more depth. Maybe it would have helped if they had explored that link between Martin and Ruthie a little earlier instead of sweeping it under the rug and having Ruthie conceal it for so long. Ruthie has grown up a great deal and become a very nice character for the show, though, and I am glad they have been giving her more to do recently.

    The situation with Ruthie's new "detention" friend Maggie is a tiresome plot that has been used on this show literally since Season 1. It is an old formula, with Eric jumping onto the case, and the only difference here is that Lucy is now joining him. Having Eric go out and help people is a big part of 7th Heaven--a classic part of it, in fact--but they still could have done much better with this.

    But no need to worry, 7th Heaven fans--we have 8 solid episodes to go before the end, and I think once they get down to the final five we will start seeing some good, dramatic, and well executed episodes. Brenda Hampton may just be holding out for the last couple of shows before she brings in the good stuff, so no need to be too disappointed with filler episodes like these.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Lucy walks into the living room to the talk to Kevin and sits by the fire, she leaves the kitchen holding Delilah in her right arm. But when she enters the living room Delilah is on her left arm.

    • Of course TV time is different than real time, but we witnessed all of Ruthie and Maggie's conversation, and the amount of time after the bell rang was certainly not 5 minutes! But even ignoring that... Does the principal know every student by name and make it a habit to patrol the bathrooms (within 5 minutes of class starting) to hand out detentions? That seems a bit far-fetched... (It couldn't have been the teacher - she'd have to actually be teaching the class Ruthie and/or Maggie are missing...)

    • Ruthie helps Simon pick a wedding song Embracable You by Gershwin.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Boy: (to the detention supervisor) Hey, yo, come on, man. This is only supposed to be detention, not torture! We treat prisoners better than this! Could you please make it stop? I really hate that music.
      Teacher: Why?
      Boy: Because it's the same old white guy music my grandfather used to play, and you know what? I think he died from it.

    • Maggie: (in response to Ruthie's crying) Come on, you're not trying very hard. Martin's not worth the dehydration!

    • Simon: (on the phone to Ruthie) Rose can sing! I mean, seriously, she can really sing, like one of those birds you hear singing!
      Ruthie: (to Eric) Rose can sing.
      Eric: (sarcastically) Well, it's a glorious day!

    • Kevin: Come on, Luce, it's Friday. Take the night off. Take the weekend off. Take a lot of things off....

    • Simon: Come on, Ruthie, I need you to take your best shot here. Now, think of me and Rose. What's the first song that comes to mind?
      Ruthie: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off.

    • Maggie: Shouldn't you be at home taking care of your own daughter?
      Eric: Ruthie? What's wrong with Ruthie?
      Maggie: Well, for starters, she's got a hole in her heart that you could drive a truck through!

  • NOTES (2)

    • One of the songs heard in this is called They Can't Take That Away From Me. It's one of Gershwin's most famous songs. A few other songs were from Porgy and Bess. A very famous musical by Gershwin.

    • Music from this episode include: Crazy for You, Our Love Is Here To Stay, Embraceable You, But Not for Me, I've Got A Crush On You, Summertime and Somebody Loves Me by George Gershwin.