Everwood

Season 4 Episode 18

Enjoy the Ride

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 15, 2006 on The WB
9.1
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Just out of the hospital and wanting to start his life over, Reid asks Amy out on a date. Amy talks a very reluctant Hannah into a double date with Amy's friend Nick, leaving Bright to deal with his pain and jealousy. Delia panics when her Bat Mitzvah falls on the same day as the birthday party of the most popular girl at school. Nina tries to deal with her confusing emotions over Andy and realizes she will have to make a decision when Jake asks her to move to Los Angeles with him. Harold points out to Rose that they were so caught up in the adoption procedure they've been taking each other for granted.moreless

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  • Why was this episode so boring?

    7.5
    Oh right, because nothing happened. Yes the story about the guy with the schizophrenic wife having the baby was sad but really what else happened? I was hoping this wasn't the season finale because I was sure it would end up being the series finale. I am a big fan of Everwood but the writers aren't increasing their chances of being picked up by the CW network with episodes like this. Get rid of Jake, get Amy & Ephram back together, and have Nina & Andy quit pretending they don't love each other.moreless
  • I'm talking about you and me, wild and free Flat out, down a winding road And, I'm not sure just what we'll find But I won't stop until you're satisfied So climb in baby and enjoy the ridemoreless

    9.5
    Does this show ever have a bad episode? Does it?



    I'm a relatively new viewer to the show, but it has become clear to me that this show cannot have an off week. It's just not possible. Not with actors like this. Not with writers like this. Not with people who care so much about their product and have developed such a finely honed skill at making the product work time and time again. Everwood is television's top of the crop.



    In tonight's installment, "Enjoy the Ride", we get a dose of what it means to end a journey and reminisce about how important the ride itself was. Dr. Abbott gets a heavy dose of this in a fitting parallel regarding a friend's/patient's discovery that he has a very serious illness. The illness does not affect him as much as what he has done prior to this discovery. He has a schizophrenic wife with a baby on the way. The pregnancy has been difficult for them, and he just wishes for the baby to be born and actually resents the baby to a degree for the pain brought on to the family. But then the baby is born. The end of the journey has been reached, and suddenly it doesn't matter. The anger seems silly and now tragic. He is dying, and he doesn't love the baby as much as he should.



    Harold goes home to Rose and tells her this. He tells her that they must do the last step of the adoption journey together -- because the result is not what is important. The fact that they did it together in the first place is.



    Reid comes home happy, a little too happy. Everyone agrees. What's going on? Reid asks Amy out, and Amy brings Hannah and friend Nick along. Reid's happiness is getting to everybody, and finally Hannah explodes (Love the character development here; notice how it is Hannah who explodes -- she is starting to use her voice, even if it is in this reckless and harmful manner). And reality comes crashing down. On Reid and Hannah. For Reid, he realizes that he cannot recover without recovering. For Hannah, she realizes she can't get past Bright unless she recovers without him.



    In a truly brilliant scene, Amy talks to Reid about recovering. She compares his situation (very intelligently) to her own with Colin. Great use of continuity here, making the conversation feel all the more realistic. There is some true genius that goes into these episodes. And so Reid uses this help to make a decision. He must recover and get help. He must leave Everwood to work on his life. It was a great send-off. Justin Baldoni went out with style and with great help from Emily VanCamp and Sarah Drew tonight. Hats off to you, Mr. Baldoni.



    The other major storyline tonight was Jake and Nina. Jake is asked to come to LA to get a master's degree to be more "presentable" to future clients. With time, he gathers up the courage to ask Nina to move to LA with him. But along the way, he realizes that Nina is not fully with him. Nina helps Andy when one of Delia's friends decides to have a party on the same day as Delia's Bat Mitzvah. Andy and Nina implore the friend's mother to change the date of the party. The mother is cold, and Nina is angry. And so is Jake for Nina's amount of reaction.



    It's classic "love triangle", but it's so much more than that. These actors give it so much reality and care -- it's a tremendous achievement. Scott Wolf, Stephanie Niznik, and Treat Williams are just treasures. What a great show for all of them.



    The show's point (and theme) is that in order to reach a destination, you have to be aware of, evaluate, and enjoy the ride. Delia's Bat Mitzvah is meaningless if she won't enjoy herself -- but she can only enjoy herself if she likes who she is celebrating with. And thus, she puts on her hat (great symbolism). Harold and Rose can't live without each other, but they only can live with each other if they realize it. Bright and Hannah aren't enjoying their rides at all, and it's starting to show. And Reid can't recover without realizing he needs to.



    And we might make it, or we might just go down in flames

    But you'll be glad you took the chance and girl you'll never be the same

    Somewhere down deep you want so bad

    To live the wildest dreams that you never hadmoreless
  • Hannah you are no longer my TV Hero.

    9.0
    Hannah, you may be still my fictional friend but you are no longer my TV hero. Saying that Reid, had he been successful, would go to hell was wrong. And you could not even say the word hell. You also acted like a spoiled brat the whole episode. Does she live with Nina? You wouldn\'t know.



    The episode did not have much to it. The adoption storyline is over thank goodness. Though the part about the father dying was a good arch but very sad. Nina bugs me. In love with two men at the same time? Give me a break. I like that they are steering away from the Browns but can\'t some episodes be about them? Reid is gone. Can\'t say I\'ll miss him but he did provide some nice storylines.



    If you haven\'t heard the news I won\'t disclose it here. But I\'m very very pissed.

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  • Reid is finally gone

    8.0
    I can see the light at the end of the tunnel for getting Jake off the show. On the whole an average show. Sad to see that there is no hope for Hannah and Bright. Harold and Rose just as cute as ever. I completely understand now why they are not bring this show back next year. But come on people another year of 7th Heaven? The kids are grown and out of that frigging house. Give it up already.moreless
  • nothing happened after all..!

    10
    my comments on this episode:



    Geez, nothing happening..unless reid is finally for good. I'm very glad to see him gone, because I couldn't stand him at all.



    Now, bright and hannah aren't together anymore..! How sad, but I hope that they would make up and be back together, but I find that waste such time. I think bright is better off without her.



    I hope this next episode to be well good!
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)

Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni

Reid Bardem

Guest Star

Christopher Egan

Christopher Egan

Nick

Guest Star

Kim Morgan Greene

Kim Morgan Greene

Mrs. Thompson

Guest Star

Jan Felt

Jan Felt

Louise

Recurring Role

Scott Wolf

Scott Wolf

Dr. Jake Hartman

Recurring Role

Whitney Lee

Whitney Lee

Brittany

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • -Delia's friends are Courtney and Thalia. They are mentioned in the episode Ghosts, but this is the first time you actually see them.
      -Rose is now a docent at the art museum in Colorado Springs.
      -The bowling alley is called Spare Times Bowl.

  • QUOTES (2)

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Thalia: I'm talking about that loser, Ashlee Simpson, backing out of my party.
      Delia: She did?
      Thalia: My mom's getting Jessica now, which is way better anyway.

      Ashlee Simpson is a singer and actress who had her own MTV reality show, The Ashley Simpson Show that ran from 2004-05.

      Ashlee's older sister, Jessica, is also a singer/actress. She has starred in several movies and also had her own MTV reality show, Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica, from 2003-05 with Nick Lachey, her husband at the time.

    • Reid: I really feel like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz right now.
      Ephram: And you wonder why we always think you're gay.

      The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical directed by Victor Fleming and starring Judy Garland. It is based on the 1900 Book by L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

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