7th Heaven

Season 3 Episode 18

We the People

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Mar 15, 1999 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Moral outrage explodes in the community over an affair between a college president and a student at Matt's college. Simon and Ruthie go on a paper route, but some problems occur when Mr. Mallone does not want to pay the paper fee. Mrs. Hinkle tries to help Simon and Ruthie in their situation. Matt gets into a fight with some people at his school due to a disagreement of opinions with the chancellor's affair. Mary convinces Lucy to go on a date with the guy Mary SUPPOSEDLY smashed her car into.moreless

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    David Dukes

    David Dukes

    Jack Brenner

    Guest Star

    Peg Phillips

    Peg Phillips

    Mrs. Hinkle

    Guest Star

    Michael Sullivan

    Michael Sullivan


    Guest Star

    Maureen Flannigan

    Maureen Flannigan

    Shana Sullivan

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • If the price of the paper is $18.50, why then do we see Simon collecting purely bills at the beginning of the episode? Shouldn't he also have change to give customers or change being given to him?

      • Why didn't Simon just simply stop delivering Mr. Mallones newspaper until he pays his bill? It makes more sense than just going around and begging for money and continuing to deliver his paper.

      • NITPICK: At the end of the episode why are the Camdens deliving the newspapers so late in the day? Usually papers are delivered early in the morning before people go to work and stuff. You can tell it's later in the day.

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Eric: (To the Teacher's Board) I was going to say that Jack Brenner's a friend a mine. And I don't like what he did. Should he be punished? How? And how much? By whom? And who gets to decide?

      • Annie: So you just convinced your sister to going out on a date so you could avoid taking responsibility for your own actions?
        Mary: It's not like she didn't want to go out with him... totally.
        Annie: I don't care. You're older. You're supposed to be more mature and experienced. And even if she were willing I expect you to make the right decision for everyone involved. But instead you decided to lie too many times to count and you used your sister and an innocent guy. And now you're trying to defend that decision? Interesting choice.
        Mary: I didn't mean for anybody to get hurt.
        Annie: A family's a lot like a pond. If something happens to one of us, it's like dropping a stone in that pond. It makes ripples. And no matter what you did or didn't mean to do, those ripples extend outward and touch other people... go help your brother and sister with their paper route.
        Mary: Why!? They wanted the paper route, not me.
        Annie: Because I'm asking you to, and because 20 minutes of your time will save them an hour. And because maybe if you watch them you might learn commitment to someone other than yourself, diligence and compassion.
        Mary: I know it's not enough. I'm sorry, I really am.
        Annie: No, it's not enough, but at least you know that.

      • Gillian: I don't think you should resign. I think you should fight. We both should.

      • Annie: I understand that you're helping Simon and Ruthie out with a little something.
        Mrs. Hinkle: I don't know what you're talking about.
        (Annie kisses her on the cheek.)
        Annie: Thanks for helping my kids.
        Mrs. Hinkle: Thanks for sharing your kids.

    • NOTES (5)

      • In France this episode is known as, The Scandal Translated.

      • This is the last appearance of recurring star Peg Phillips. She passed away on November 7, 2002 after a battle with lung cancer.

      • Interestingly enough, Catherine LePard (writer) created her own series for cable channel Lifetime called For The People which is a similar title to this episode that she'd written, We the People.

      • In Germany this episode is known as, Case of Sin, translated.

      • After this episode originally aired, the WB debuted the series premiere of Rescue 77, an hour-long drama that was also produced by Spelling Television just like 7th Heaven. Although the series only lasted 8 episodes and was cancelled shortly after.

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