7th Heaven

Season 11 Episode 1

Turn, Turn, Turn

7
Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 2006 on The CW
8.2
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Strenuous events impact all the Camdens as Kevin and Lucy cope with an unexpected tragedy in their young lives. Matters worsen when Lucy convinces her father to let her deliver next Sunday's sermon while she is still in an emotionally unstable condition. Martin frustrates Sandy by suggesting that they get married and build a family for their infant son, then becomes angry when he realizes why Sandy is really holding back. Ruthie is studying in Scotland for the time being, and Annie can't shake the feeling that something is terribly wrong with Eric.moreless

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  • Although Lucy's priceless "drama queen" ways were in top form, the episode showed some true potential

    8.0
    I think it's safe to say that everyone was shocked when, after a highly publicized 10th season finale told us that "7th Heaven" had taken its final bow, the actors and writers resurrected themselves mid-summer to take a stab at a historical Season 11. As positive and meaningful as the show's general message has been throughout the years, it still seemed strange to me that it was deemed worthy enough to pull out of cancellation at the last second, but I guess that when you have a cast like this--a cast that clearly feels passionate about the series and would gladly go 20 more years if they could--this course of action was almost a little bit expected.



    In any case, the beginning of Season 11 indicated that the year was going to be packed with unprecedented drama, starting with Lucy's miscarriage and moving right along with Eric's allegedly life-threatening health problems. I do feel that the season ended up falling flat and losing out on some real opportunities to hit hard with the emotion. That's not to say that it was all just a complete flop, but in retrospect, it could have been better.



    Getting back to this season premiere episode, any fan who has followed 7th Heaven could probably instantly guess Lucy's reaction to the miscarriage of the twin boys that she and Kevin eagerly announced in the 10th season finale. Of course, Lucy Camden has met with some other trying times ever since Season 1, and through all of them, she has always managed to be overdramatic, self-pitying, and altogether irritating as she withdraws from the family and acts as if she is the only one who has ever felt these difficult things. Now, this may sound like a whole lot of bashing from a classic "Lucy hater," but actually, I don't have much against Lucy. She was always a good, sweet, and well-intentioned character, but her tendency to constantly throw herself a little pity party was definitely her most unattractive quality, and it really shined in this episode as she separated herself from her loved ones and went so far as to publicly blame them in front of the whole Church. On the other hand, I have absolutely no idea what a woman goes through when she miscarries one child, let alone two, so perhaps Lucy's behavior was at least partially justified, but regardless of any of that, it's the same old Lucy that you remember from day one. Another reviewer on here said that she was out of character in this episode, but to me, she was the same over-the-top emotional girl that she always, always was.



    Season 11 also opened with some other significant story arcs for the rest of the Camden family. Before Eric's heart problems kicked in, he got a stunning proposition from the twins' third grade teacher, which was a bit silly, but hey, Eric's methods of handling it were a pretty good example for people who meet with the same kinds of temptations today. There are definitely a LOT of married people in the real world who need to realize that just because you get an offer like that doesn't mean you have to take it. Like Eric said, we all have a choice about the things we do, and when we allow ourselves to think about what's right and wrong, appropriate and inappropriate, we can let that knowledge be represented in our actions and choose other feelings instead of going with the "feel good now" approach. That is a great, great message--exactly what "7th Heaven" is all about, and I appreciated seeing that. All in all, this episode marked what was to come for these characters, and even if they didn't flesh out quite as well as we may have liked to see, the potential was right there, and for the most part, the final season was enjoyable for longtime viewers.moreless
  • It was sad!

    8.5
    I was thrilled when I learned that 7th Heaven was renwed for an 11th season. But I wasn't thrilled when I found our that Lucy had a miscarriage! That's so sad! I know how excited her and Kevin were when they found out they were having twins...than they lost them! Awww...That's sad! I did like it, however, when Lucy and Kevin are talking, after Lucy has a meltdown in church and she bames everyone for what happened, anyway I thought it was sweet how Kevin told Lucy that she can blame him for what happend instead of blaimng herself. That was sweeet!! Overall, it was an ok episode Bottom line: I would give this episode 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.moreless
  • It was okay.

    8.0
    Lucy has lost her twins over the summer. They died. She is very emotional right now. She delivers the sermon and totally messes up by blaming her family for what happened and mentioning that Kevin is hot and that any woman would want to sleep with him. Martin wants to get married to Sandy. Sandy isn’t interested in that, but she wants to get to know him better. Martin learns that Sandy only slept with him to make Simon jealous. A neighbor, who can sing well, helps the Kinkirk family sleep. Ruthie is in Scotland. Mary is now a teacher and is subbing as a basketball coach until the real one comes back.



    This was a great episode. It wasn’t too good for a season opener though. Matt, Mary, Simon, or Ruthie are not anywhere to be seen. I liked the Martin/Sandy plot better for some reason. It was very wrong of Lucy to have an outburst like that while giving the sermon. This was a good episode, but it could’ve been better and I give it an 8.0!moreless
  • We find out some interesting things in this episode.And Lucy goes a little wacky in church, too.There's a mistake she'll never forget.And Martin let us know something very interesting about Sandy.And apparently Sandy had something to say about Martin,too.moreless

    9.0
    A lot happened in this episode. One of my favorite parts in this episode was the argument between Martin and Sandy. Ya know, every time they argue, each of them reveal an interesting secret about each other. Like... take the argument when Martin and Sandy had about their reasonings for sleeping with each other for example. I had never really caught on to the fact that Martin had never had sex before he met Sandy. So finding out that Martin "had never done it before and just wanted to get it over with" was a little bit of a shock to me. But, on the other hand, there's Lucy. She made a BIG mistake in this episode with her sermon in church. I don't think I really need to say anything about that... I think we all know what she did wrong... There's no reason to say anything.. It's one of those things you just can't forget...moreless
  • Lucy deals with the loss of her twins, bringing back the very emotional Lucy from the earlier seasons.

    8.2
    Lucy is very out of character in this episode. She has many traumatic events throughout the series--her friend killed in an accident, breaking off her engagement, and being bedridden in the last weeks of her first pregnancy. Throughout them all she always showed emotion, and yet always seemed to deal with them in a very roundabout way. She never went too public with her feelings, but this time she told the entire church--and laid blame in so many places that I don't think Lucy would--even in an emotional time in her life. Lucy was definately out of character, and I don't think it can be blamed on the fact that she was very emotional because she miscarried. The series should not have continued with this plot. However, the rest of the characters and plot was very well written.moreless
Jewel

Jewel

Herself

Guest Star

Aaron Staton

Aaron Staton

Daniel

Guest Star

Hannah Yadrick

Hannah Yadrick

Savannah Kinkirk #2

Recurring Role

Alyssa Yadrick

Alyssa Yadrick

Savannah Kinkirk #1

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Starting this season, Alyssa and Hannah Yadrick's names are now shown in the closing credits as playing the role of Savannah, which they've been doing since season nine.

    • At the end of this episode, and continuing through out the rest of the season, a tribute to the late Aaron Spelling was shown: "In memory of Aaron Spelling", Executive Producer, for 10 seasons.

    • This is the first episode of the series not to feature Mackenzie Rosman (Ruthie Camden).

    • The scenes shot with Haylie Duff (Sandy) and Tyler Hoechlin (Martin) were shot in New York City as Haylie Duff still had to complete her Broadway run of Hairspray, even after she signed on as series regular on 7th Heaven at the last minute.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Kevin: What are you guys doing?
      Lucy: Well, I told you that Savannah took an extra-long nap this afternoon and that she wasn't going to be able to sleep tonight.
      Kevin: She does that sometimes. Sometimes, she takes a little bit of a longer nap than usual. It's okay, Luce.
      Lucy: Yeah, it's fine, but then she doesn't sleep at night!

    • Sandy: (to Martin) Like you had any good reason for sleeping with me, either! You just hadn't done it yet and you wanted to just get it over with!

    • Martin: I don't want you dating Simon or anyone else.
      Sandy: Yeah, well, maybe my life isn't about what you want. Maybe it's about what I want!

    • Annie: (about Lucy) She'll come around, Kev.
      Kevin: I don't think she's going to come around anytime soon, and I'm tired of her being angry all the time. I mean, I understand it, but I'm tired of it.

    • Sandy: (on phone with a very curt Lucy): Martin came up to visit us this weekend, and I don't know what to do.
      Lucy: About what?
      Sandy: About Martin....all of a sudden, he thinks we're supposed to get married or something.
      Lucy: Oh yeah?
      Sandy: Yeah. I mean, he's just so....I don't know....young.
      Lucy: Hmm. Well, you know, he's not any younger than he was when you slept with him. You know, in fact, he's a year older.
      Sandy: Um....yeah, I guess he is. Okay, well, I'm sorry I bothered you.
      Lucy: You know, you're gonna have to get used to handling your own problems if you ever want to help other people with their problems.

    • Kevin: I thought you didn't want me to go with you guys.
      Lucy: I didn't say that.
      Kevin: You said you wanted so spend some time with Savannah.
      Lucy: Yeah, but I didn't say I wanted some time without you.
      Kevin: So you wanted me to go?
      Lucy: I didn't say that, either.

    • Eric: (on the phone with Lucy) We love you.
      Annie: We do, Luce.
      Lucy: Even after what I did today?
      Annie: Yes.
      Eric: And no matter what you do any day.

    • Martin: What's ridiculous is the fact that you even want to be a minister. I think you just want to be a Camden. You think that if you're a minister, then maybe Simon Camden will start to like you better, maybe even love you, maybe even marry you. Then you can be a Camden. And when I say "you," I do mean the old you as well as the new you. I mean, isn't that what you really want--to be a Camden?
      Sandy: Listen....I think you should go.

    • Sandy: You don't really love me. I think you just don't want anyone else around me because of Aaron.
      Martin: That's not true. But what would be wrong with that?
      Sandy: What's wrong with that is that I deserve to be loved, too. And I deserve to be loved for me. For who I am.
      Martin: You're the mother of my son. And I love you for that.
      Sandy: Thank you. But I'm not just the mother of your son, and I'm not just Aaron's mother. That's just part of who I am and who I want to become. And I want to be a minister. I want to help other young pregnant women who grew up like I did--women who don't think they can change just because they made some mistakes in life.

    • Martin: (talking to Daniel about Sandy) Can't you take a hint?
      Daniel: Can't you take a hint? She doesn't want you here. If you weren't Aaron's father, you wouldn't even be here.
      Martin: If. Yeah, IF I weren't Aaron's father. But I am.
      Daniel: Odd that you would wait until Sandy is interested in someone else before you start to take an interest in her and your son. Well, not really odd, more like.....immature.
      Martin: What is this, judgment week at the seminary? You don't know anything about me.
      Daniel: I know plenty. I know Sandy had a one-night stand with you just to make Simon jealous.

    • Lucy: I've been doing some thinking over the summer, because I didn't want to decide too quickly, but I think I've decided now. I don't ever want to try to have kids again, Kevin. Even if it's nobody's fault...it's you and me and Savannah, and these guys (points to the dogs). That's a big enough family for me.
      Kevin: I understand. And if you decide to change your mind, I understand that too.

    • Martin: (he wants to marry Sandy) Why not?
      Sandy: Because I'm not in love with you!
      Martin: Well, maybe I'm in love with you.
      Sandy: No, you're not. You're in love with your son, and that's great. But that doesn't mean you have to marry me.

    • Martin: This time last year, I wasn't even speaking to you.
      Sandy: Yeah...I remember.
      Martin: We're like the perfect family, almost.
      Sandy: Almost.
      Martin: We could be the perfect family.
      Sandy: I'm not sure I even know what the perfect family is.
      Martin: Yeah, well, I know what it isn't. It isn't some other guy raising my son.

    • Lucy: I'm not upset, I'm just irritated. Sandy is so irritating these days!
      Kevin: How so?
      Lucy: How so? She thinks she's me. No, wait, I take that back. She thinks she's better than me. These converts, I tell you--they're fanatics!

    • Eric: (he and Annie are watching the twins sleep) Don't you just wish they could stay this young forever?
      Annie: No, I really don't. I think each year is more interesting than the one before. I love watching them grow up. I love watching all our children grow up. I like to see them have children of their own.
      Eric: Yeah, but Lucy's situation still just breaks my heart.

    • Kevin: How was the movie?
      Lucy: Oh, we liked it, didn't we, Savannah? How was the movie? (Savannah babbles the word "cute")
      Kevin: Cute! When did she learn to say that?
      Lucy: Tonight. Sorry you missed it.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Music:
      Good Day by Jewel

    • In this episode, it is mentioned by Eric and Annie that Mary has already given birth to her twin daughters that were mentioned in the season ten finale that she and Carlos moved back to N.Y. where Mary is now a teacher at a high school with the possibility of coaching basketball soon. Annie also mentions that Ruthie is still in Scotland.

    • This is the first episode to air on the CW Network since the merge of the WB and UPN.

    • On September 18, 2006 it was announced that 7th Heaven was renewed for a full season of 22 episodes, instead of 13.

    • After the CW network un-cancelled and renewed 7th Heaven after the now default WB network, some regular cast members opted out of returning to the series when new contracts were constructed to lower the show's budget and salaries of cast and crew. David Gallagher (Simon) declined to return to the series as regular unlike last season.

    • Tyler Hoechlin (Martin) returns to 7th Heaven after his unexplained absence during the second half of the 10th season.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The episode title, "Turn, Turn, Turn" is a song by The Byrds, a musical group that was popular in the 60's and 70's. It was also part of Eric's sermon the first episode and an example used by Annie when she was talking to Lucy about getting her period for the first time.

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