Everwood

Season 4 Episode 7

Pro Choice

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Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Nov 10, 2005 on The WB
9.2
out of 10
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117 votes
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Hannah's mother (guest star Jayne Brook, "Chicago Hope") pays an unexpected visit to Everwood to tell Hannah that her father has passed away. Elsewhere in Everwood, Ephram stifles his feelings for Amy while forced to watch her relationship with Reid (guest star Justin Baldoni) grow more serious; Andy advises a patient (guest star Keith David, "Crash") who desperately needs a kidney transplant, but refuses to accept one from his daughter (guest star Gina Ravera). Lastly, Bright is at a loss at how best to help Hannah through this difficult time.
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  • Are we that stupid?

    6.0
    Normally, I like this show very much. The characters, the storylines, etc. But this time I was shocked by the stupidity of one of the storylines. Maybe it's because I am a doctor myself, but I cannot believe the makers did not notice the following:



    Someone misses a kidney because it was given to her twin-sister when she was a baby, and there is no scar?? Or she did not notice the scar? How stupid do they think we are?



    A good cliffhanger though, that Hannah is going back to Minesota! What is Brighton going to do? I'll just keep watching!moreless
  • Besides Hannah's dad dying nothing happened.

    8.6
    Ephram being a jerk to Reed and telling him to stay away from Amy was typical. Hannah's mom telling her she chose to leave instead of dealing with the illness was sad. I like Bright and Hannah together and I hope Hannah is not leaving the show. Reed can leave but not Hannah.
  • Perfect...

    9.9
    Moments with Bright and Hannah have been so amazing this season and its really sad to see this end. When Hannah's mother came into the picture, it felt raw and real.

    Andy's feelings about his patient were trues, also. He couldn't help the young woman because it would be quite hypocritical of him. When he used Ephram to guide her to forgiving her father, it felt right.

    Nina and Jake had the same issues as always, but it wasdifficult to watch Nina serve her best friend pizza when she always makes such elaborate dinners.

    When Ephram told Reed to stop dating Amy, I was trelieved and also thrilled that now Ephram could tell Amy his feelings. I should've known that wouldn't be the case. The only downfall of this episode is that the writers had to save some storytelling for later, so Amy and Ephram could'nt be together in the end.

    The most pivitol moment in the episode was the last scene. Hannah's slip of "There's no reason for me to stay," accompanied by her "I'm sorry that didn't come out right," was the perfect contrast to Brights heartbroken face. I was left in tears thinking, "how could this possibly work?"moreless
  • The choices you make...

    9.0
    In what has to be, so far this season, the most emotional and weepy episode, Everwood is still able to turn everything into serious emotion that is not played on usual TV cliches, but comes out naturally on the strength of the writing, acting, and incredibly real, vivid, and fleshed out characters. It never stops amazing me how real and well done everyone on this show is. How they can be so real, and yet changing and evolving at the same time. We have all been witness to the changing ways of Bright since late last season, and it continues onward. Or how about Ephram changing his mind and letting Amy go even though he is still madly in love with her and Reid backed off to give him his chance?. And will Ephram and Amy ever get back together full time?. Hopefully not for a while, because it is far more interesting that way. At least to me. What was disappointing about this episode was that Harold and Rose were absent until the last 2 minutes of the episode. But we'll get to that in a minute. From what I hear, this definitley won't be the last time that we get an emotionally powerful episode that will have everyone rushing to get a hankey. But this is the first one of the season, and it's another classic. Sarah Drew is remarkable, and so is Chris Pratt in his ongoing maturity as Bright. So what's with the tears this week?. Read on...



    Hannah and Bright are getting lovey dovery on her bed. Bright's hands get a little friskey when he tries to get her bra off. Hilariously, Hannah falls of the bed and informs him that it is not "bra removal time". Just then, Nina comes to tell Hannah she has a visitor. And in walks Hannah's mom. It's no mystery as to why she is there, but it is to Hannah. You would think she would know right off the bat. Hannah's mother tells her that her father has passed away from Huntington's disease. As expected, Hannah is distraught and at a total loss. But what's also really bugging her is the fact that her mother kept this from her. Her father was fading and his last days were upon them, and her mother didn't tell her. How could she do this?. Her mother tells her that she didn't think she would want to see any of that. How far gone her father was. She didn't think Hannah would want her last few minutes and memories of her father to be like that. Because she surely didn't want them to be. But Hannah did want that. It doesn't matter if he was in a really bad place or if the images would haunt her forever. It didn't matter at all because it is her father. It was still him, and Hannah would probably of wanted to see him one last time. To tell him goodbye. To have some kind of closure. Mother and daughter let it out even more and Hannah comes to realize that her mother never made her come to Everwood. All this time she thought of her mother pushing her out of the whole thing. But she didn't. Her mother never wanted to be alone with him, and now she is really alone. When they all gather to look at the slides of Harold and Rose's trip, Hannah announces that she is going back home to Minnesota with her mother. It's shocking and sad, and the looks on Bright and Amy's faces says it all. You wonder how Hannah could leave all this behind, and leave Bright, but you understand her reasoning. Her mother has been through a lot, and she went through it completely alone. Now she's even more by herself than ever before. What would you do?. Your heart goes out to Bright as her news sinks in. First thinking it's just a trip, but then knowing what she really means. Heartbreaking. Sarah Drew was fantastic in this episode. Her best performance yet. The mother/daughter scenes were moving and powerful, and the last scene as well. Will Hannah really leave for good?. Only time will tell.



    Ephram knows that Amy is seeing someone, and he finally finds out who. He catches Amy and Reid in the apartment doorway one night. Ephram becomes continuously rude to Reid. Rude to the point that Reid finally calls Ephram on it. Reid tells Ephram that if he wants him to back off and stop dating Amy, he would. Ephram agrees to that. He goes to see Amy and talk about it, but his original mission of coming over changes. When Amy finally talks about Reid, Ephram learns more about the two of them and their short past. He learns that she knew him before this, and that she actually pushed Reid to be a roomate. The look on Ephram's face reveals that he has changed his mind. He is hearing Amy talk about this whole ordeal with Reid and how serious she really sounds about him. Having a thing for him since the summer, and pushed to get him as a rommate and everything. Ephram has a moment of unselfishness and doesn't go along with his plan. Amy must really feel for Reid. Ephram must of decided to let it be. She is interested in this guy, and doesn't seem to still be interested in him as he is with her. On one hand, you wished that the truth came out and they got together. On the other hand, Ephram's change of heart was kind of touching in a way and made the moment even better. I think we all know that Ephram and Amy will probably get together in the end, but it's more fun when they are not together than when they are.



    Andy has a new case this week and it is one of the better ones in a while. Just when you think it will be rather routine and almost like something they have done before, it veers into another direction and becomes quite interesting in it's own right. A man needs a new kidney. He has been on the waiting list for years. His daughter wants to give him hers, but he absolutely refuses. She gets a test to see if she is a match anyways, and Andy discovers a surprising twist. She already has only one kidney. Huh?. This unlocks a closed family secret from the father. He didn't want her to know about her one kidney because they had to give it to a twin sister she never knew she had when she was born. The twin died a few years later, and they never told her. Upset, the daughter walks out on her father. Andy tries to get the woman to her father's operation. Without her and her support, he doesn't know if the man will make it. He tells her that he is a father who has done the unforgiveable, but was. It's possible. He has Ephram come talk to her. What a nice moment!. This was one of the better side storylines with one of Andy's patients in a long time. A surprise and a twist makes it just as interesting as the main storylines. When was the last time that happened?.



    In the end, "Pro Choice" was another masterful episode. Nina and Jake had a small moment of little importance, and Harold and Rose were off on their trip to Africa. The writing was phenomenal, and the acting, especially Sarah Drew and guest star Jayne Brook, was amazing. Everwood manages to touch our hearts and make us feel in such a realistic, organic way. As I have said before, there is no better show on TV.moreless
  • It never ceases to amaze me how these characters always reverse position

    9.3
    What will Hannah Do? Leave? Is she off the show? Will she convince her mother to move to Everwood? Maybe Hannan and Bright will get married to be together (or is that too 'One Tree Hill'?)

    Why didn't Ephram tell Amy? He had his chance. Even if she would have choosen Reid like Nina did Jake. And what's up with that guy?



    Everwood certainly isn't short on twists. Though this episode was a basic setup for the coming weeks.

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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)

Jayne Brook

Jayne Brook

Mrs. Rogers

Guest Star

Keith David

Keith David

Brian

Guest Star

Gina Ravera

Gina Ravera

Stacey

Guest Star

Jan Felt

Jan Felt

Louise

Recurring Role

Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni

Reid

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (11)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Reid grinding coffee)
      Ephram: Is there a law against doing that before noon?
      Reid: I'm sorry man. My morning coffee's the key to my whole day. It's Kona... and serious. That's why it costs like, 20 bucks a bean.
      Ephram: Is that why you can't afford a shirt?

    • Bright: I know you don't want to have sex because of the Bible, but I was thinking like, I'm not sure that there's anything in there that says you can't take your girlfriend's bra off.
      Hannah: Well... it's not about the Bible... it's, it's, it's about timing. It's just not bra removal time.
      Bright: Oh yeah... out of curiosity, when exactly would you say would be bra removal time?

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Bright: (To Ephram, referring to Reid) You want to kick out Aladdin?

      Aladdin is one of the main characters in the story of Aladdin from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of tales that was assembled in the Middle East and northern Africa. Disney also released an animated version of Aladdin in 1992.

    • Ephram: Every time you left my garage last summer it was like Pig Pen had just been there. Sometimes when I think about you, I envision this, like, uh, dust cloud over your head.
      Amy: I guess that makes you the obsessive Peanut who's always banging away on his piano.
      Ephram: Well, chicks love Schroeder.

      Pig Pen and Schroeder are characters from the Charles Schulz comic strip Peanuts. Pig Pen is constantly surrounded by a cloud of dust and cannot stay clean. Schroeder is a skilled piano player and a fan of Beethoven and classical music.

    • Nina: Jake, I don't care. My best friend lost her husband, Hannah is freaking out, and based on Sam's favorite new word, I'm pretty sure he's been sneaking episodes of Deadwood.

      Deadwood was a TV series on HBO that ran for three seasons, from 2004 to 2006. The western-drama was set in the 1870s in Deadwood, South Dakota and was known for its use of profanity.