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7th Heaven

Season 8 Episode 12

The Prodigal Father

1
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2004 on The CW
8.0
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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A distraught Peter learns that his alcoholic and mean-spirited father, Vic (guest-star Bryan Callen), who abandoned his family three years ago, has changed his ways and wants to be part of Peter's life again. In the wake of this monumental news, Chandler must decide how this will impact his relationship with Paris (guest-star Shannon Kenny) and Peter. Meanwhile, Ruthie feels that Peter is pushing her away during this chaotic time and Eric finds a philanthropic way for the community and his family to embrace Vic.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This episode would've been alright if only by one huge mistake made at the end of the episode by show creator Brenda Hampton who wrote this episode. I couldn't beleive it.moreless

    10
    Ok, I'll admit it...This episode hardly involved the Camden's and it didn't wow me! Why is that!? This is a complaint that has been going on lately with the show starting to shift away from the Camdens and onto so many non-Camdens that keep joining the show. This episode would've been alright if only by one huge mistake made at the end of the episode by show creator Brenda Hampton (who wrote this episode). I couldn't believe it. Let's break it down... (I'm doing it a little differently this week since the Petrowski family was the only real storyline in this episode and everyone else was just...there)...



    The Highs: I really liked the introduction of Vic (Bryan Callen). He was rude, crude and mean and sorta out there---yet likeable. I know some "7th Heaven" fans will probably be put off by Vic, but it's a change of pace on this show that we don't get usually with intentionally rude and crude characters. Many fans are already put off by seeing Peter and Paris already, and now Vic--I know some won't be happy. But I like them---and Vic only adds to it. I guess Eric did his best to help as well as Kevin and the other non-Camdens. Chandler and Eric were great in their involvement in the scenes that had them getting Paris and Peter closer to an anti-social Vic. Everyone else in this episode was really no use----and that's sad to say. But I guess the writers are swapping episodes this season to have a section of characters being more prominent in episodes than others. That's wise considering the huge Camden and non-Camden cast now.



    The Lows: Ok, what is up with writer Brenda Hampton and her obsession over mentally challenged people? Being the creator of 7th Heaven I was quite surprised on how she ended the episode so badly, that was alright so far----despite the Camdens not being there much. I'm talking about the reference to the mentally challenged being proclaimed as "angels" when the Camdens (or what's left of them) was helping the mentally challenged people move into their new home. That was just out there and down right awful of Brenda Hampton to put that in. Did she write that scene in like 2 minutes? Because that's what it felt like. You can tell when she doesn't put much thought into her writing at times, because I can't believe she would write dialougue like that and think it would be okay.



    I just wouldn't have not like this episode if it wasn't for that one scene at the end of the episode. I can do without having the Camdens in this episode, but I can't stand how Brenda Hampton put that horrible scene in. What was she thinking!? I know a mentally challenged person, and to think she thinks they're "angels" was just awful. They're real people too Brenda! They have personalities and some are nice and some are mean, they're just like everyone else and not in your "special" category! Ugh! You made me so upset. I was so put off into writing the review for this episode because I hated this episode over that one scene and I hate not liking a 7th Heaven episode.



    Overall, if it wasn't for that ending I would've been much happier with this episode, despite the lack of Camden activity. Unfortunately, this episode takes a new low this season as it started out very strong. I just hate not liking an episode of "7th Heaven"...but I know it'll rebound.



    Grade: **4 out of 10**



    Rants and Bits:

    *Matt (Barry), Mary (Jessica), Simon (David) pallllessseeee come back. After watching this episode it's obvious that we took you guys for granted and need you back. Brenda Hampton doesn't do good without you three.



    *Brenda Hampton---please do us a favor---no more stories on metally challenged people. You've done enough of them over the years and are now running them into the ground with new ones and shoving it down our throats. I'm sorry, I just can't get over that scene in this episode.:(moreless
  • Peter and his dad reunite!

    10
    Peter's dad, Vic, comes back into Paris and Peter's lives. Peter feels anger and hate towards his dad before he sees him, but once he does see him, he is very happy! Vic was an alcoholic who left Paris and Peter but has now been sober for three years and teaches art at a college. Peter pushes Ruthie away while going through this rough time. Chandler feels awkward about Paris and Vic. The Camdens and friends help out a group of mentally challenged people move into a house.



    This was a great episode! It was so sad, yet happy when Peter was running to see his dad! He almost started crying! I really liked this episode except for one part. At the end, when Vic tears his painting, he slips out some "words" that could've been avoided easily. Despite that, I loved it and I give it a 10!moreless
Eugene Roche

Eugene Roche

Mr. Thomas

Guest Star

Nick Daley

Nick Daley

Richard

Guest Star

Patrick Cooper

Patrick Cooper

John

Guest Star

Shannon Kenny

Shannon Kenny

Paris Petrowski

Recurring Role

Bryan Callen

Bryan Callen

George "Vic" Vickery

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: Vic's car is very reminescent of the Camdens' old station wagon.

    • Nitpick: In this episode Paris and Peter reveal that Vic hadn't been around for 3 years due to his drinking problems. But in episode "Lost Souls" last season when Peter is first introduced they made it clear that Peter's father was away, but still in their lives and not an alcoholic. Where did it come from?

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Peter: You were not nice drunk, and the two or three times I remember you even being sober you were not nice then either. You stink as a father, and you stink as a husband.

    • Lucy to Kevin: "Can't you get in trouble for running cheks on people all the time with no reason?"

      Kevin to Lucy: "Yes, but that doesn't keep you and your family from asking me to do it all the time."

    • Kevin to Lucy: "What? We have milk!"

    • Lucy to Kevin: "We have cookies, we don't have milk."

    • Lucy to Kevin: "Do you fell like a cookie? I feel like a cookie."

    • Peter to Kevin: "I hate my mother."

      Kevin to Peter: "We all probably hated our mother one time or another."

      Peter to Kevin: "She talked to my dad when she was on her business trip. They met and had coffee and talked about me and how we could all be one big happy family again because he's now sober and responsible."

      Kevin to Peter: "How do you feel about that?"

      Peter to Kevin: "How do I feel? If I wanted to talk to a shrink I would've gone to one. I wanted to talk to a man. How would you feel if you were in my position. I don't want to see my dad. I don't want to talk to him, I wish he was dead."

      Kevin to Peter: "You know, my father is dead and I can't tell you how much I miss him."

      Peter to Kevin: You're a cop, you know the dark side of life."

      Chandler to Paris: "Would you get back together with him simply becuase he's Peter's father?"

      Paris to Chandler: "There's nothing simple about it."

      Vic to Eric: "What would you like to know? Let's see, um, I went through rehab. I've ben sober for three years and nine days. Whoo-hoo. Um, I have a job. A crummy job. I teach art to a bunch of losers at St. George Community College. Yeah, I'm a frickin' art teacher."

      Vic to Eric: "Look I didn't get sober for nothing, so let's just get on with this. All right."

      Peter to Lucy: "This is why I asked Kevin to take me. You Camdens have really lived a sheltered life."

      Eric to Annie: "...But I'm exhausted from just trying to smack him with a newspaper that was on my desk."

      Vic to Peter: "You had to bring a cop? You thought I do something stupid?"

      Vic to Martin: "Oh, yeah you're the Marines kid. When are you signing up? Next month?

      Martin to Vic: "I'm only sixteen, but when I'm eighteen, yeah I might. Why? Was that a crack at the Marines?"

      Vic to Martin: "Calm down, it wasn't a crack, I'm just being friedly...apology accepted."

      Vic to family: "It's like an orphanage, only that the kids have parents waiting for them at home, huh?"

      Richard to friends: "It looks like a clown car."

      Peter to Eric & Chandler: "Thanks. Both of you. And (points upward) thank your boss."

  • NOTES (13)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Peter to Kevin: ""If I wanted to talk to a shrink I would've gone to one."
      Peter is talking to Kevin over his father coming back into his life and discussing that he'd rather go to him than a "shrink" advice. A shrink is another term to describe a therpaist who is a mediator when hearing out a particular person (s) or groups problems.

    • Vic to Eric: "Isn't that Alcoholics Anonymous?"
      Vic tries to clarify with Eric on him being in AA (Alcoholics Anonymous). Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group where alcoholics and former alcoholics come together to discuss their situations and their recovering process of drinking and building their lives up again.

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