Everwood

Season 1 Episode 23

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 19, 2003 on The WB
9.5
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As the day of Colin's (guest star Mike Erwin) surgery approaches and emotions run high, Andy takes Ephram and Delia on a road trip to his old medical school to consult with his mentor, Dr. Donald Douglas (guest star Philip Baker Hall). Back in Everwood, Colin kidnaps Amy and Bright in the middle of the night to surprise them with a special day of memories and hopes for the future.moreless

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  • Summary: The first season finale of Everwood, where Dr. Brown prepares to treat Colin, and Colin prepares to say goodbye.

    10
    I think "Home" is officially my favourite episode of Everwood now. I mean, I'll have to re-watch season four, but I don't see anything topping it. It was just perfection. Every scene was perfect, with so many amazing moments and so many amazing lines.



    I think the voiceover at the beginning is probably the best out of the whole series. Bringing it back to the pilot ("I wasn't there the day..."), wrapping up the whole season in a few short sentences and images...amazing stuff.



    Colin's goodbyes are so special. My favourite is easily Colin and Bright's. I really think this is one of my favourite moments of the whole entire show, which is amazing because it doesn't even involve Andy or Ephram. It's so heartfelt, and then it closes so great with Colin looking at Bright in a true moment of friendship, and then Bright's: BRIGHT: "So which one costs the extra twenty-seven cents?" [catches up] "Oh, the one that costs twenty-seven cents more." It's a great ending to the scene. Leave us smiling through our tears as Everwood so often does.



    I mean, we never really get to see what makes Colin and Bright best friends, we get exposition and some moments of it, but this it, we get it right away, we get the special bond the two of them have. It's also such a special moment between two guys that you don't see on television.



    And the moment between Colin and his father. Just like Colin and Bright, we never really get much of a chance to see them as father and son, but this is it. Again, we see it now. It's a very sweet moment the two of them have.



    I love how this show makes the medical stuff interesting. Basically, we have a scene between doctor and mentor about a bunch of technical jargon and they make it work with these props and just the banter and the acting between the two of them. Just want to mention that the commentary makes the scene HILARIOUS! *cheap plug for the DVD*



    The score is so great in the episode. It usually is, but it really stands out tonight. Same with the direction; when they walk into the baseball stadium and when Amy and Colin drive off on the long way home...wow, that just feels like a movie to me. A good movie too.



    So many revelations and special moments tonight. The discovery of Andy Brown, Ephram finding out how "remarkable" his father truly was, Ephram telling his father that he can go back to New York, Andy saying no, Ephram finding out why they've come to Everwood, Colin's "I love you Amy", the before mentioned Bright/Colin and Colin/father scene, Colin saying he doesn't want to come back if he isn't the same, the moment between Amy and Ephram, the moment between Colin and his Mom, the montage.



    I mean, this all happens in ONE episode. And every single moment is perfection. Sometimes when watching this show, I think I take for granted how amazing it is, but watching this episode, it just blows me away how much was done and how well it was done in one single episode; and it's not all contained in one episode, it's all connected to previous episodes in the season, even as far back as the pilot. And this happens in many other episodes as well.



    I think, no, I know, if there was one episode to show someone what makes Everwood Everwood, what makes us Everwoodians all obsessed, "Home" would be it. It has the amazing characters, the continuity, the comedy, the moments that make you smile, the many moments that make you cry and all those moments that make you truly care about these characters, and that doesn't even begin to sum up the greatness of this episode. "Home" is Everwood at its best.moreless
  • You could feel the tension in the episode.

    9.4
    Though we all knew that Colin Hart was destined to be a short term character the tension of the possibility of his death could really be felt in the episode. It was the first episode I felt really pulled to the intensity of it. The ending scenes were the most special and touching. It was an especially good episode for the first season finale, which is not always as easy as Everwood made it look.moreless
  • This episode was emotional from the beginning to the very end.

    9.7
    This was probably the best episode of season 1. Don't get me wrong I really like Everwood & all the episodes throughout the first season have been great but this really was the best.



    I was glued to my seat for the whole hour & I even felt like cryiong several times. It was so sad seeing Colin saying goodbye the way he did, taking a road trip with Bright & Amy, tellin Amy he loved her. It was like he knew he wasn't going to survive the surgery.



    Ephram & Delia's trip with their father was interesting too, and Ephram finally gets to take a look into his father's life before they moved to Everwood. And Andy finally tells his son the real reason why he moved there.



    This episode was emotional from the beginning to the very end. I could tell it was going to be a special episode as soon as I heard the Naration in the teaser. A great way to close the season.moreless
  • I loved all the scenes with Colin. He was such a champ. Lots of tears!

    10
    Colin was so brave to try to procedure... I don't know if I would have had the courage. I really liked when he kidnapped Bright and Amy. And it was great that he finally told Amy that he loved her. She'd been waiting to long to hear that. I was bawling when Andy had to come out with the awful news that he didn't make it. So sad. I'm really glad that I took the time to watch all of season one! I had forgotten how great it was. I just love the way they can make me cry in every episode!moreless
John Beasley

John Beasley

Irv Harper/ Narrator

Debra Mooney

Debra Mooney

Nurse Edna Abbott Harper

Tom Amandes

Tom Amandes

Dr. Harold Abbott Jr.

Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

Ephram Brown

Stephanie Niznik

Stephanie Niznik

Nina Feeny

Merrilyn Gann

Merrilyn Gann

Rose Abbott (recurring Seasons 1, 2)

Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall

Dr. Donald Douglas

Guest Star

Wendy Watabe Peterson

Wendy Watabe Peterson

Nurse #1

Guest Star

Michelle Peterson

Michelle Peterson

Nurse #2

Guest Star

Stephanie Niznik

Stephanie Niznik

Nina Feeny

Recurring Role

Merrilyn Gann

Merrilyn Gann

Rose Abbott

Recurring Role

Mike Erwin

Mike Erwin

Colin Hart

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

    • When Donald takes the book off the shelf several of the other books tip over then seconds later they are suddenly sitting upright.

    • Grad night is for the the class of 2003.

    • Andy gives Ephram driving lessons in a parking lot.

    • Andy finally tells Ephram why they have moved to Everwood.

    • When Amy, Bright and Colin are at the diner to get breakfast, you see Amy sitting on the right of Colin, and Bright on the left. But then when they do a close-up, Amy and Bright have switched places.

    • Colin drives in this episode while Bright is sleeping in the backseat...I'm 95% sure if you are seizure prone then you cannot be driving (at least in Pennsylvania). No self-respecting doctor would allow a coma patient to apply for a drivers' license so soon after rehabilitation.

    • The different sides of Amy and Bright may be because of the mirror in the diner? This was also shown when Andy took Delia and Ephram to the place.

    • Colin comes downstairs late at night to find his dad watching TV. His
      father claims he couldn't sleep, but he's still fully dressed in his
      regular clothes. He wouldn't have changed back, right?

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Colin: Amy. I love you.
      Amy: (jokingly) You're such a jerk.

    • Amy: I thought you'd be in New York already.
      Ephram: I think I'm gonna skip New York this year. I mean, it's the worst time to go anyway.
      Amy: Really? I didn't know that.
      Ephram: Yeah, it's super humid. Maybe for Christmas.
      Amy: Yea, it'd probably be nice to be home for the holidays.
      Ephram: Yea, maybe, but...
      Amy: But what?
      Ephram: I am home.

    • Andy: Do you remember that girl in the dean's office I was trying to sweet talk into getting me out of Douglas's rotation? Well on our first date she gets in my car and she makes a face like she just sat on a cat. Then she drags me here, puts in me in her Volvo, points to the stick shift and says, 'No self-respecting surgeon should be allowed to drive an automatic.' It was around then I decided I wanted a second date.
      Ephram: Didn't Mom drive a Volvo?

    • Dr. Abbott: Is this Colin's idea of pre-operatative preparation? Corrupting other youths into committing vandalism?
      Amy: Uhm, I don't know what you just said...but we're not going to graffiti anything.

    • Colin: I know you think it's your fault.
      Bright: Well, that's like, cause it is.
      Colin: Listen... the thing is. Ya know, I remember the inflatable swimming pool you had in your front lawn. Ya know, and the frog that we got from the pet store and we killed because we thought he'd like the washing machine.
      Bright: Sparky.
      Colin: And the first time I slept over at your house... You're it man. You're my best friend. Whatever it was that happened that night. It's all good between us.

    • Andy: You know we're visiting university not enrolling.
      Ephram: Last time I went on a road trip with you, I ended up here. Can't be too careful.

    • Narrator Irv: I wasn't there the day Colin Hart's life changed forever, but you could feel the earth shake a little from quite a ways off... at the end of it, the young boy and all who loved him would never be the same. In an opposite corner of the world another man's tragedy kept time with Colin Hart's... Andy Brown did what any man would do who felt he had lost everything, he disappeared. He fell apart, lost his center, lost his way... the girl took her chance when she saw it. She begged the doctor's son to help her in her cause, and he did because he loved her and could refuse her nothing. And so it came to pass that one man's tragedy and one boy's loss met... and the boy was saved, and the man was saved, at least for a time... although Colin had cheated death, a little death had crept inside. He was not whole. He was not himself. His own changed face frightened him. He pushed those he cared for far away. The good doctor believed that this boy could still be saved, and that he was the one who could save him, but the boy hadn't decided if life was worth dying for. The choice was all his own...
      Colin: What can you promise me?
      Andy: Nothing.
      Colin: Okay, I'm in.
      Narrator Irv: This is the story of Colin Hart and Andy Brown. It's the story of a town that lost its center and strove to regain it. This is the story of Everwood.

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