Aliens in America

Season 1 Episode 7

Purple Heart

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Nov 12, 2007 on The CW
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Purple Heart
Much to the family's surprise, Raja begins smoking due to midterms stress. Meanwhile, Claire is heartbroken when Jeffrey breaks up with her and when Justin tries to cheer her up she embarrasses him in front of the kids at school. However, Claire soon finds herself trying to regain Justin's affections.moreless

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  • Smoking awesome!

    Raja shocks the Tolchucks by smoking. Franny and Gary also secretly smoke with Raja, but the other doesn't know. They vow to quit though. Jeffrey breaks up with Claire. She is really depressed so Justin sends her a purple heart. Purple hearts are a way that the school raises money, but the students have made it as an invitation to hook up with each other. Everyone makes fun of Justin for wanting to "hook up" with his sister. She also makes fun of him. They make up later.

    This was a great episode! It was funny and surprising how the parents were smoking. This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • LOVED this episode. There was PLENTY of comedy, but what I liked most was the plot development between Justin and Claire.

    It was interesting to get another glimpse into Frannie and her husband's (smoke-filled) past, as, this week, one of the main comedic elements of the story (nicotine addiction and its effects) reached into the past, which we have seen on numerous occasions with this show. I am continually struck by the audacity and genius of Aliens in America; while it is family-friendly in a lot of ways, meaning young kids might be able to watch it and learn a little something about prejudice and other issues, it is also very grown up and reflects the paths teenagers take and the many choices/issues with which they are confronted. Most importantly, this week I really enjoyed the character development between Justin and Claire, as they each got a little more insight into each other and learned that "he/she is not so bad"...sometimes. ;-) I was also very impressed with how Justin handled the situation and with Claire's reactions to that. Of course, some of her reactions were totally selfish: she wants her brother "back" so she can continue to reap the benefits. But I still think this is a step in the right direction for her, a direction that will eventually lead her to respect and perhaps get along with her brother. Of course, this can't REALLY happen until the end of the show, but there can be plenty of hints and even some false moments of enlightenment in which things will go forward a few steps and then back a few. That's just the nature of television, and I love it! Especially on Aliens in America.moreless
Nathan Mitchell

Nathan Mitchell


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Amber Borycki

Amber Borycki


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Laura Konechny

Laura Konechny


Guest Star

Adam Rose

Adam Rose


Recurring Role

Chad Krowchuk

Chad Krowchuk


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (20)

    • (To Franny)
      Raja: I cannot believe this, you just sold me out like an ugly cousin.

    • Raja: (after the fire) If it were not for me, you would still have your cherished family momentos.
      Gary: He's got a point there.

    • Dooley: (after arriving at the party) Am I crying? I think I'm crying.

    • Justin: (Voiceover) You know the saying, "Where's there's smoke, there's fire?" Well, they weren't kidding.

    • Claire: Hey, so uh, I spoke to Tim Chegley and he said if you wanted to come to his party tomorrow night, you could. What do you think?
      Justin: I'm sorry, I don't accept invitations from strangers, and since I no longer have a sister, I don't know who you are, which means you're a stranger.

    • Raja: For Mr. Tolchuck's sake, we must both quit [smoking].
      Franny: We're done! Now!
      Raja: Absolutely!
      Franny: Finished!
      Raja: One last one for the road?
      Franny: No! Okay,!

    • Gary: You betrayed my trust, Raja, and I'm the one who wanted to keep you. (to Franny) He can hear that now!

    • Justin: (Voiceover) Claire was quickly learning what life is like without a brother.

    • Justin: Look, Claire, you've done a lot of crappy things to me in the past, especially this year now that you're Miss Popular, but what you did today in the lunch room crossed the line and we're not going BACK!
      Claire: Justin, wha...
      Justin: Ah! That was the last sentence I ever spoke to you...except for that one, and that get the point! It's over. You don't exist to me anymore.

    • Claire: (about Justin's room) Something's different. Didn't you have a race car bed?
      Justin: Yup, six years ago.
      Claire: Oh...

    • Justin: God! What's wrong with me? Can't even vandalize right!

    • Justin: Okay, here is all my tenth grade tests and book reports, but you're only gonna use them as study guides, right? (both laugh)

    • Jeffrey: You're a great girl, but I need my space.
      Claire: Your space?!
      Jeffrey: See, like right now! You're all up on me!
      Claire: You asked me to come over here!
      Jeffrey: Now it's a big thing! Look, we're over! Cool? Cool!

    • Justin: (Voiceover) At school, there was an electricity in the air. A feeling of excitement and anticipation, which could only mean one thing: Veteran's Day was coming!

    • Franny: The whole idea is that when you come to America, you check your traditions at the border.
      Gary: Otherwise, you just got cannibals running around the streets and we got enough traffic problems as it is.

    • Justin: (to Raja about smoking) You won't eat pork or drink alcohol, but you'll put one of those in your mouth?

    • Claire: Smoking is disgusting...and so last year!

    • Franny: (comes in with a woman) Oh, hey guys, you remember my friend, Audrey, the one with the black husband? We're going power walking!

    • Justin: (Voiceover) Mornings are always an interesting time in the Tolchuck household. You never know what might happen.

    • Claire: We good?
      Justin: Yeah
      Guy: (shouting) Kiss her!

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Purpurové srdce (Purple Heart)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: October 24, 2008 on Warner Channel
      Turkey: October 21, 2009 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: February 7, 2010 on Prima COOL

    • Music featured in this episode:
      "I Got It From My Mama" - Will.I.Am
      "The Queen And I" - Gym Class Heroes
      "Paisley R" - Library
      "Lights Off" - Trick Daddy Featuring International Jones
      "Feels Good" - Sarah Leila Martin