7th Heaven

Season 1 Episode 8

What Will People Say?

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1996 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Rumors sweep around town when several members of the Camdens' parish suspect that Eric is having an extramarital affair, but it actually turns out to be something quite different. Matt tries to keep things moving slowly between Mary and her new boyfriend, and a mishap at school leaves Simon refusing to go.moreless

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  • Eric escorts an Abby Morris into a hotel and the children start to think the worst about there dad. Annie struggles to give him the benifit of the doubt as she deals with this in her own personal way. Matt protects his mother.moreless

    I thought this episode was OUTSTANDING!!!.. Fay Grant did a hell of a job working with her husband in this episode. Mary and Richard were hysterical and was Stephan Collins when he was trying to get in his kid's buisness. When Mary said and I quote "You know your really getting good at sneaking around" and she walks out of the room I had chills up my spine! I couldn't believe Mary had the guts to say that to her father and then walked away after that! hell, I know if i said that to my father or my uncle, they would either ground me or talk to me about it! haha anyways I felt bad for Simon and what he went through on the playground talk about humilation for the both of them! That kid had no buisness doing that in my opinion. anyways that's my opinion ...moreless
  • I loved it!

    Eric counsels an abused woman named Abby. Her husband, Jake, hits her. Simon likes a girl, Gabrielle, but gets himself and Gabrielle embarrassed when a bully reads a love note from Simon to her. Mary’s new boyfriend, Richard, has trouble reading. Lucy tells Simon about love at first sight. Annie is worried because she sees Eric go into a hotel with Abby. Rumors fly about Eric and Abby. Jake is arrested.

    This was a great episode! It was great! Abuse is so unfair and I hate it! Rumors are also pretty painful. I kind of liked Richard too! This episode gets a 10!moreless
  • This episode was different from all the rest in multiple ways due to a twist in the plot and relationships.

    When the rumor of Eric possibly haviong an affair begind to go around everyone is curious even the whole family. This aroused when Eric was seen taking a woman into a hotel. It turns ou that he was helping an abused wife seek help from her husband and into safety. She didn't tell anyone because she was afriad of her husband, so she checked with Eric and only told him. Meanwhile, Matt tries to keep mary's new relationship moving anything but fast with her new boyfriend.moreless
Faye Grant

Faye Grant


Guest Star

Johnny Green

Johnny Green


Guest Star

Erich Anderson

Erich Anderson


Guest Star

Edie McClurg

Edie McClurg

Mrs. Beeker

Recurring Role

David Netter

David Netter

Nigel Hamilton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Simon went into the kitchen and asked Mary if pickles and chocolate milk will make him sick, he left the refrigerator door open. In the next shot Mary and Richard are in the kitchen the door was closed. You never saw anyone shut the door.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Annie: Men who abuse women are such ... cowards!

    • Jake: (about his wife) You can't keep me away from her. I'll follow her to New York, you know.
      Eric: I really wish you would, because I have a friend who's a judge there, and a couple other friends who work outside the system. You know the kind I mean? Bad people who've turned good but occasionally slip up? I'm sure they'll be glad to show you around New York.

    • Jake: She'll never press charges against me. Never.
      Eric: Where the hell have you been, Jake? This is 1996! Your wife doesn't have to press charges, she has two broken ribs. That's enough for the police; they'll press the charges.

    • Jake: She's my wife! She'll do whatever I tell her to do.
      Eric: Not anymore, she won't.

    • Simon : Dad, that lady's husband hits her?
      Eric: Yeah. I'm afraid so, Simon. But I don't think he'll ever hit her again.

    • Anne: (to Eric) The pieces of the puzzle seem to fit.

    • (Simon sniffs Gabrielle's hair)
      Lunchlady: What are you have sonny, peas or corn?
      (Simon still smelling Gabrielle's hair)
      Lunchlady: "I said peas or corn?"
      Simon: I will have whatever she is having.
      Gabrielle: Corn.

    • Eric: Are you mad at me too?
      Lucy: Won't say mad, more like curious. I need more information to be mad.

    • Eric: What can I do for you?
      Jake: Let me get straight to the point. I heard that you and my wife are having an affair.
      Eric: Yeah, I've heard those stories, but I don't believe any of them.

    • Ruthie: Do we still like her? (referring to Ms. Beeker)
      Annie: Yes.
      Ruthie: OK. (and walks upstairs)

    • Mary: (to Eric) You know, you're really getting good at sneaking around, aren't you?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Stephen Collins' wife, Faye Grant, guest stars in this episode.

    • Danielle Wiener was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her performance as Gabrielle in this episode. She is listed as a co-star.

    • In the episodes "The Color of God" and "What Will People Say?" helped "7th Heaven" win the Entertainment Industries Council Prism Award for addressing the issues of drugs and violence.


    • Annie and Ruthie: (singing) How Much is That Doggy in the Window...I wonder if that Doggy's for Sale?

      Annie is singing to Ruthie as they walk in the street with the song "How Much is that Doggy in the Window".