Season 4 Episode 14

Across the Lines

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 17, 2006 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Andy and Jake are having a little get-together before work when a car crashes into a lamppost in front of them. Both doctors immediately detect the person in the car had been drinking. Harold meets a member of Rose's cancer support group. Jake checks up on the drunk guy in the hospital and ends up having a good talk with him. Reid has a discussion with his academic counsellor. Amy takes Hannah out to a restaurant where she meets with her college friends.moreless

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  • It\'s all in the delivery.

    Last week, I labelled this show as the most consistent on television. What I mean is that I have not seen a bad episode of this show. I haven\'t seen all of the episodes, but I\'m fairly confident at this point to believe that a vast majority, if not all, of the episodes are of superb quality. We continue this theme with \"Across the Lines\".

    As dramatic as some of the moments in this episode were, the comedy is what makes this episode shine. To label the Abbott dinner hysterical is an understatement. This was masterful collaboration from the actors here, as Tom Amandes delivers a Bill Schmicker zinger while Bright, Amy, and Hannah have a three-way quarrel. Meanwhile, poor injured Rose has to deal with a jealous husband and a teenaged crossfire. This scene is lightning-fast in the lines and requires perfect pacing. But the actors deliver the goods here, in probably one of the most comedic moments of the series (certainly the season).

    Oh, but that\'s not all. Bill Schmicker -- even the name is funny. Dr. Abbott sure thinks so: \"Sounds like something you\'d lance.\" And I think writer Barbie Kligman thinks so too, giving Merrilyn Gann probably the finest line of the episode: \"Shame on you, Bill Schmicker.\" Such a dramatic moment, really -- but the name makes the delivery hysterical. For a second, I thought the comedy was unintentional, but given the preceding \"lance\"-line from Dr. Abbott, I am positive the intent was comedy. Well, it worked to the extreme.

    You have to give Bill Schmicker some props for his quick wit. Dr. Abbott prods, \"I trust you\'re not going home in your condition.\" Response? \"No, I can drive with cancer.\" Excellent.

    The team of Gann and Amandes has been one of my personal favorites on the show. Amandes gives Harold the arrogant air of supremacy with a shockingly relatable sense of vulnerability. Gann gives Rose innocence, common sense, and a string of sarcasm that keeps Harold in line. Their scenes together are always pitch perfect, and \"Across the Lines\" was no different.

    Things blow up between Amy and Hannah in this episode. We all knew it was going to happen, but I have to credit the writing team for giving the scene some counterbalanced intelligence. Both sides of the argument had their points. Hannah is certainly right to suggest that Amy is trying to run the friendship, but Amy has a point when she says that Hannah\'s complaints regarding Ephram seem to have an agenda to them. Everwood\'s writers don\'t pick the sides -- they let (and ask) the viewers (to) do so. A show that makes you ponder what it\'s telling? Almost unheard of these days, but greatly appreciated when done as well as this show does.

    I also loved the Andy/Jake dichotomy in this episode. Always there is tension, but always there is a mutual respect below the surface. A comparable relationship to Harold/Andy (re: Season 1, certainly) but for obviously different reasons. I, for one, am a big fan of Scott Wolf\'s work on this show, and I was impressed once again with his performance in this episode. His scenes with the drunk driver were powerful and heartfelt. And the last scene between Andy and Jake? Great stuff.

    Reading some of the reviews both here and elsewhere, a lot have labeled this episode as \"quiet\" and, to some extent, \"boring\". My opinion? Neither is a correct assessment. There is a lot to sift through here, and the results of thinking about what has transpired in this episode make \"Across the Lines\" an absolute triumph in my book. Everwood is not the \"most exciting\" show on television, but it\'s not meant to be. What it is is a heartfelt show that applauds humanity, as flawed and as complex as it might be. And for that, I can only be grateful.moreless
  • Everwood is dependable but not flashy

    This was a typical episode of Everwood. Mostly falling into the dependable catigory. I don't think the show is flashy and thats why I like it. It is as down to earth as the town it represents. I do like the light moments because I think the cast handles comedy so well and there were moments of that as usual. I think the writers are trying to shake things up and make more tension on the season and I am fine with that. It is making Amy hard to take right now, but she is that usually. I look forward to what is comingmoreless
  • Now this is Everwood at its best!

    I think this is definitely one of the better episodes of

    Everwood. Personally, I\'m glad that my favorite couple,

    Harold and Rose got plenty of much needed air time, while

    Amy and Hannah have it out, and Andy and Jake quarrel over what to do next about a drunk driver getting into an

    accident. To me, I found it to be both powerful and hilarious at the same time. Although, I did miss Delia, Irv and Edna, they all need to have more air time.

    Andy and Jake: I didn\'t expect this topic to be so interesting, but the car accident and them disagreeing over turning the driver over to the police and Jake\'s idea to have a long talk with him first, proved to be one of the best scenes of the episodes. The actor who played Ed, was convincing, albeit, emotional

    Amy and Hannah: Oh the drama! Emily and Sarah sure can

    act, the way they fought, and how frustrated they got, it was truly like watching true friends just barely trying to breath next to each other. I hate seeing them like this! The scene at the dinner table had me on pins and needles, what is going to happen next with these two? I hope they make up soon!

    Harold and Rose: Now this was my favorite part! Every scene between them is quirky, hilarious and cute. The look on Harold\'s face when he saw his wife smoking with Bill, one of the members of her Cancer Support Group was priceless. Then the scene when they are in the kitchen, Harold\'s pink floyd talk about the marijhuana just cracked me up, but I could totally tell that Harold was jealous, it was in a wierd way, sweet. I couldn\'t believe Bill actually tried to kiss Rose, and then the last scene, was just so memorable, Rose telling her husband about Bill making a move on her, Harold mumbling something incoherent. And that talk! Wow! Tom Amandes and Merrilyn Gann sure can act, Tom was great.

    Harold\'s words were sweet, romantic and so emotional that they struck a chord inside me. They are truly one of kind, there is nothing like this on any other tv show these days, and no other show can better pull off this type of humor and heart. Especially, a relationship between Harold (Amandes) and Rose (Gann) that seems so real.

    All and all it definitely made me laugh. Even the parts with Reid were interesting, now I wonder, will he get caught for cheating?

    This show deserves to go on longer. With the chances of it making the CW schedule getting better, I sure hope it makes it, its the type of show we need to see more of.moreless
  • not my favorite episode...

    I was surprised when the show ended and nothing exciting really happened, like the previous episode, in which something extraordinary was revealed, when Ephram\'s piano student revealed that he was gay. The only thing that really impressed me was Reid. Never in a million years did I think that what happened to Reid was actually going to happen. It must have been devastating for him hearing, from his own proffessor, that maybe he wasn\'t cut out to be a doctor. A very heart breaking scene, especially for those who can identify themselves with him. What I didn\'t like, however, was that Reid\'s answer to his problems was cheating on a test!moreless
  • Across the Lines

    I may be biased with what I have to say first because I very much identified with the situation-Hannah and Amy and how people change. Poor Hannah. Everyone, well most I'm sure have been forced into a situation that they weren't comfortable with or expecting. What is up with Amy anyways? She has changed. She knew what her friends talked about/acted like would bother Hannah. If Amy wanted Hannah to meet them, she shouldn't have sprung them on her (I've been in Hannah's shoes here). I mean Amy began to talk/act like that around Hannah and thats pretty much what led to their fight two episodes ago- in Lost and Found. People change and sometimes it ain't pretty. Amy may have been right about Hannah near the end, she doesn't speak her mind for fear of upsetting others or creating conflict but Amy could have gone about it a little nicer.

    I'm a little tired of the alcoholic storyline and the preaching because it has been done so many times, but this ep gets points for bringing it up a new way-via a recovering alcoholic doctor helping an alcoholic who hasn't been able to stay sober. I say go Jake and advocate for a support group in Everwood. How are people supposed to help themselves when they have to drive two hours to access the help? I am a social work major and I can tell you it makes great sense. Also Andy is right when he said the old cliché that addicts can't be helped unless they are ready to be helped.

    Seeing as I am a social work major, what Reid said did kind of offend me (an I know its just a TV show and I don't usually get offended by what they say, but attacking my choice of career gets to me). He went to see a guidance counselor because his grades are slipping. He wants to be a doctor to help mentally handicapped people like his brother and when the counselor suggested that he might not be cut out for medical school he flew off the handle saying something to the effect that he doesn't want to try and help people using bogus social work crap. Ahem. Even if we don't get through to everyone, we still provide invaluable services-even if it is as small as referring an individual to a place or facility better equipped to help them.

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt

Harold Brighton "Bright" Abbott III

Debra Mooney

Debra Mooney

Nurse Edna Abbott Harper

Emily VanCamp

Emily VanCamp

Amy Nicole Abbott

Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

Ephram Brown

John Beasley

John Beasley

Irv Harper/ Narrator

Merrilyn Gann

Merrilyn Gann

Rose Abbott (recurring Seasons 1, 2)

Ryan Hurst (I)

Ryan Hurst (I)

Ed Carnahan

Guest Star

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis


Guest Star

Jon Lindstrom

Jon Lindstrom

Bill Schmicker

Guest Star

Scott Wolf

Scott Wolf

Dr. Jake Hartman

Recurring Role

Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni

Reid Bardem

Recurring Role

Jan Felt

Jan Felt


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Amy's college friends are Beth and Kate.
      Jake's office, Hartman Medical (which used to be Harold's office) is at 147 Main St.

      Goof: During the scene of Andy and Jake arguing it suddenly starts snowing fairly heavily.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jake: Everwood is not going to like this.
      Andy: Nope. But it's been kind of quiet around here anyway. It's time to shake things up a bit.

    • Jake: What is this? Some kind of Andy Brown neurosurgeon mind game?
      Andy: Yes, I'm going to bring you down by agreeing with you.

    • Harold: (sulking) Something you'd lance. I thought you'd at least chuckle. Perhaps it was my delivery.
      Amy: Let it go dad.

    • Amy: Wow, you're actually expressing a feeling. And it's negative. Maybe we should throw a party.
      Bright: She doesn't like parties.

    • Rose: Really Harold, I took one hit.
      Harold: Hit (scoffs), so now you know the lingo. I suppose next you'll be listening to Pink Floyd over dinner.

    • Harold: (to a high Rose) Is that all you have to say?
      Rose: Would you like some pie? I'm starving...

    • Harold: (after finding Bill and Rose smoking pot) I trust you're not driving home in your condition.
      Bill: No, I can drive with cancer...(laughter from him and Rose).

  • NOTES (2)


    • Bright: (to Amy, referring to Hannah) You know, she was actually looking forward to hanging out with you, trying to get your friendship back on track, and you ambush her with Mary-Kate and Ashley.

      This is a reference to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, the twin actresses who played the role of Michelle Taylor on the TV show Full House. Since then, the twins have starred in numerous TV shows and movies and created their own clothing line.

    • Hannah: Hey, Amy, guess what's finally here?
      Amy: Hey, um, summer vacation?
      Hannah: In Her Shoes. I have no idea why movies take so long to get to Everwood, but...

      In Her Shoes is a 2005 movie featuring Cameron Diaz, Shirley MacLaine, and Toni Collette. The film is based on a novel by Jennifer Weiner and tells the story of two sisters who meet the grandmother they didn't know they had.

    • Jake: (to Andy) Nip/Tuck is making a complete mockery of my profession.

      Nip/Tuck is a TV series on the FX network that debuted in 2003. The show focuses on the lives of two plastic surgeons in Miami, who relocate to Los Angeles later in the series.

    • Harold: I suppose next you'll be listening to Pink Floyd over dinner.

      Pink Floyd is an English rock band formed in London in 1965.

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