7th Heaven

Season 8 Episode 12

The Prodigal Father

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2004 on The CW



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • This episode marks Eugene Roche's last appearance in the show and his last performance before his death on July 28, 2004.

    • David Gallagher (Simon Camden) does not appear in this episode

    • The WB's offical description of this episode begins with the tagline "PETER'S ABSENTEE FATHER RE-ENTERS HIS LIFE".

    • On its original airing this episode scored 5.9 million viewers.

    • The twins Lorenzo Brino (Sam) and Nikolas Brino (David) do not appear in this episode. This is the first episode of the series they do not appear.

    • The week before this episode aired, The WB released a trailer promoting this episode when actually it was really the trailer for the episode Major League. The mistake was corrected a few days after When Bad Conversations Happen to Good People aired, as The WB put the trailer for this episode on their website.

    • Barry Watson (Matt Camden) does not appear in this episode.

    • Bryan Callen (Vic Petrowski) is the brother of Joe Rogan who is the host of NBC's Fear Factor airing opposite 7th Heaven as its competition on Monday nights at 8/7c.

    • This episode is the first appearance of recurring character Vic, played by Bryan Callen.

    • Everwood is not shown after 7th Heaven this week, a repeat of the season premiere of The Surreal Life is shown afterwards. The Surreal Life premiered the night before on Sunday, January 11.

    • Jessica Biel (Mary Camden) does not appear in this episode.

    • David Gallagher (Simon Camden) does not appear in this episode.

    • This episode title parallels to the same title in the 6th season, Prodigal.

  • Allusions

    • 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.