Season 3 Episode 21

Oh The Places You'll Go

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 16, 2005 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Ephram prepares to leave for Europe as he feels that he has nothing left for him in Everwood. However, he's caught off-guard and questions his plans when Andy reveals the secret that Amy has been keeping from Ephram. Meanwhile, Nina and Jake contemplate going into business together, but the stress on their relationship proves a big obstacle to overcome. Meanwhile, Bright finally confesses he has feelings for Hannah.moreless

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  • The ending was so spectacularly wonderful. This made me cry, cry and cry... A special episode.

    "Oh The Places You'll Go" is just so well-written, well-plotted and spectacular. If you haven't watched it yet, go do that now. It will get you to tears. (This season is by far my best!)

    --Sure, this episode would've have made a WONDERFUL season finale but I liked the next episode, esp. Nina & Andy's kiss in the end.

    Ok, back to the episode. I luvd the whole "graduation" thing at the end. I tearing up when they said Amy's name at the graduation then cut to the Abott house where the Abotts are having their own little graduation to Amy, Harold with the camera, Amy wearing the cape then throwing it, Edna and Irv and Bright cheering for her and Rose--god, i luvd this scene.

    Then they said Ephram's name, cut to Ephram sitting on the phone opening Julia's gift (which is Dr. Seus' Oh The Places You'll Go! book) and inside is an emotional tearjerker note from Julia (his mom). then cut to Andy clapping upon hearing Ephram's name (he's clapping in the graduation thing at school)

    Something else I loved (that was also soooo emotionally tearjerking) was in Julia's letter to Ephram. when she said in the beginning that she's picturing him [her son] in the cape and handsome and all...that was emotional cuz of course Ephram MISSED his graduation and hes not wearing the cape and everything....

    Here's yet ANOTHER wonderful thing about this eppy: when Delia and Ephram are saying their goodbyes and Delia says, "I know you hate him [of course she means Andy] I just don't know you." "EPHRAM: One day I'll tell you." "DELIA: When I'm ready." "EPHRAM: No, when I'M ready."

    then he tells her not to be mad at Andy, coz he's a good father. i luvd it when he said, "Um, take care for him for me alright?" that was so emotional.

    ---In shot, one of my personal favorite episodes of Everwood ever!moreless
  • When you're heartbroken, cry, cry again.

    This episode was one of my favorites. So many characters had emotional breakthroughs, including Bright, Rose, Nina, Harold, Ephram and Delia.

    I have never cried during an Everwood episode but this ending (which would have been a perfect season finale) made me ball. I loved it. Nothing but absolute harmony and bliss went through my mind as I finished watching this episode. And Ephram's graduation gift from his mom, along with words from now-even-more-popular Brenda Strong solidified my love for this season. Too bad many on appearances 7th Heaven and a few on Everwood weren't enough for her to stick around the WB.

    Either way, excellent series classic!moreless
  • Would have been a perfect season finale. But a great episode all the same

    I am new to Everwood, in other words I just jumped on the bandwagon in fourth season and am trying (somewhat unsuccesfully) to acquire previous episode from previous seasons (I have seen like half of season 3 now though) Anyway this was one of the better episodes that I have seen so far. The ending was kinda sad when Ephram finally read what his mother wrote for him on his graduation day. Overall great episode.moreless
  • Ephram decides to miss his graduation to go to europe and doesn't know if or when he will be coming back. Delia is trying to convince Andy to let her go to sleepaway camp. Dr. Brown gives him a special graduation present from his mother.moreless

    This episode was one of the best episodes of Everwoood I've ever seen. I cried the entire episode. I love the end when Dr. Brown gives Ephram the gift from his mother. The note she said to him touched me. I also thought it was said when he was saying goodbye to Delia. This episode was very well acted.
  • A season finale that's not a season finale

    When word came out that Ephram(Gregory Smith)wouldn't be appearing in the show's finale, it raised some eyebrows. What would they do?. The final episode and no Ephram?. This was just another perfect example of the risks and gambles this show sometimes takes. Ephram is, without a doubt, one of the most popular characters on the show. If not, the most popular. To take him out an episode early is not only a gutsy move, but a smart and refrshing one as well. What resulted is a next to last episode that plays like it could of very well of been the season finale. There were plenty of "what if" or "what happened" questions at the end of this episode to make for a suitable cliffhanger finale. What would happen to Ephram?. Will Andy comes to Rose's resuce and operate on her himself?. Bright and Hannah?. Nina and Jake?. Coming off of last week's powerful, teary eyed powerhouse of an episode, this one picks it right back up and delivers another forceful and powerful episode that proves once again that this is one of the best shows on television. Without a doubt. So, what exactly happened?....

    Once again, the best and most touching parts of this episode, and in the previous ones, is the ongoing battle with cancer by Rose, and the repercussions her diagnosis has had on the rest of her family. The fam(with Edna and Irv, who were nice to finally see again writers!), are out in the waiting room for one of Rose' latest trips to the doctors. Harold takes the doctor aside, with Edna and Irv with him, to find out what the prognosis is. The chemotherapy that Rose went through didn't seem to do the trick. It didn't really have an affect on the tumor, and it didn't shrink it. All that's left is to go in for the operation to remove the tumor. Harold puts on a brave face, and keeps this latest bit of news from the kids. No need to worry them any more than he has too. Andy sits in on a meeting with the doctor and Rose, and Rose asks if Andy could do the surgery. He says he can't. Harold whole heartedly agrees. When another top doctor is recommended for the procedure, Rose and Andy are bothered. He is a cold, impersonal doctor, and this doesn't put Rose at ease. It is obvious that there is one and only one person who can do this job, and only one person Rose wants to do it. She goes to Andy alone and asks him to do it. It is understandable why Andy is reluctant. Sure, his operation on Donald was a success, but there was also the tragedy of Colin. Andy can't go through something like that again, and he is much too close to Rose and the Abbott family. Too close to bare if anything tragic happens. We know Andy will come through, but the outlook for Rose is still iffy. With this show, anything can happen. Since the get go, this has been a wonderfully done storyline on the show and all of the actors who have been involved in it have been stellar. This episode doesn't shy away from the waterworks either, and the moment in the hallway before graduation with Harold and Amy was so emotional and compelling, you just crumble to the floor feeling for this family. Very rarely can a TV show really affect me the way they want it too, but this show is so brilliant, that all of this works like gangbusters. Perfect.

    Ephram is pretty much set on his plans to leave Everwood and fly to Europe. He has an open ended ticket and can come back at any time. Andy is dead set against it, but nothing is going to change Ephram's mind. Of course, this is before he learns of the drama at the Abbot household. When he learns from Andy the secret that Amy has kept from him, Ephram is open and willing to change all of his plans and to stay in Everwood if Amy needs him. She doesn't. It's an uncomfortable moment when the two see each other. To know they were once a perfect item, and they now seem so distant from one another. I understand where Ephram is coming from with a lot of this, but I don't agree with any of the decisions he's made. He's willing to throw all of his plans away is Amy needs him, but was he willing to be there for Amy when this whole mess started?. Plus, he has to break the news of him leaving to Delia, who wasn't in the know. His final moment with her was sweet and touching. The way he talked to her and treated her. Ephram's early send off was quiet and subtle, but done perfectly. His present from his mom, with her words written inside, were wonderful. You can't wait to find out where exactly this will lead young Ephram.

    Nina and Dr. Dimples' relationship goes deeper than anyone had initially expected. Nina finds out that Mama Joy's is closing, and she is now out of a job. Andy and Jakes both try to help, but she doesn't want their charity. Jake goes and he buys the building that Mama Joy's is in, and appoints Nina to run the place. When the stress and responsibilities of their new situations weighs in, it leans heavily on their relationship. You think this might be the end. When Nina learns Jake is planning on staying in Everwood, and is having problems with the buying of the building, she asks him to move in with her. Jake and Nina are an interesting couple, but you don't feel there is something long lasting there. They are a cute couple, but something is just not there. Your happy that Nina is happy and that she has found someone after the Carl debacle, but your just not happy because she hasn't found that happiness with the right person.

    Bright and Hannah continue to develop. Bright is apologetic for his words to her on her prom, and Hannah is just apologetic for the whole night. Bright realizes that Hannah is just not a friend, and that he has been telling himself lies this whole time. He does like her. He does have feelings for her. The second Hannah saw Bright, so lovingly and caringly, pick up Rose to carry her upstairs, you knew that that was it. She was gone. This is a sweet, charming, and romantic relationship here, and as I have said before, it is becoming the premiere coupling on the show.

    "Oh, The Places You'll Go" is another strong and compelling episode that is hurtling the viewer to another slam bang finish of a finale. It just keeps getting better and better.

John Beasley

John Beasley

Irv Harper/ Narrator

Anne Heche

Anne Heche

Amanda Hayes

Debra Mooney

Debra Mooney

Nurse Edna Abbott Harper

Tom Amandes

Tom Amandes

Dr. Harold Abbott Jr.

Gregory Smith

Gregory Smith

Ephram Brown

Scott Wolf

Scott Wolf

Dr. Jake Hanson

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