Season 3 Episode 6

Shoot the Moon

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2004 on The WB
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Andy worries that Ephram is beginning to question himself and his chances of getting into Julliard after he applies to a college in Colorado as a back-up plan. Similarly, Harold has concerns of his own when Amy informs him that she's not applying to the school they always dreamed of her attending, Princeton, because it would take her too far away from Ephram. Meanwhile, Andy jumps head first into helping Amanda (guest-star Anne Heche) and her disabled husband (guest-star Jason Beghe) with a new therapy involving music, but it may be too much and too fast for Amanda; and Edna and Irv's marriage hits a rough patch after Irv retires from his job and they contemplate their future together.moreless

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    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

    David Eigenberg

    David Eigenberg

    College Recruiter

    Guest Star

    Brooke Bloom

    Brooke Bloom

    Tour Guide

    Guest Star

    Peter Simon

    Peter Simon


    Guest Star

    Jason Beghe

    Jason Beghe

    John Hayes

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The opening of this episode is re-used footage from episode ...There is a Reaction when Emphram goes of too school in the beginning of the episode.

      • Linda is now in Namibia.
        The Abbotts' street address is 1257 E. Third Ave.
        Irv was laid off from his job as a bus driver.

      • Ephram's studio is supposed to be soundproof but not only did Ephram hear Dr. Abbot knock, but Dr. Abbott could hear Ephram's reply before he had entered the garage.

      • Back in Season 2, the Abbotts implied they lived on Clover Street in Three Miners in Everwood. The address on the Princeton envelope was East 3rd Ave.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Dr. Brown: Can I bug you?
        Ephram: Mission accomplished.

      • Edna: (to Jake) By the way, next time you're at the dentist, ease off on the bleaching. Hurts my eyes.

      • Ephram: (to Andy) I'm not scared of what happens if I fail and don't get into Julliard. I'm scared of what happens if I do. If I go to Julliard, then... that's it. One thing. Piano. I'll be just like you were before she died. It took Mom dying to wake you up. I don't wanna have to lose something to keep myself from turning into you.

      • Bright: (to Amy and parents) There all great schools if you want to be in Boston or New York. There is also a lot of good piano schools in that area.

      • Andy: (to Tour Guide) I'll give you a thousand dollars to tell me your kidding.

      • Delia: (To Ephram) You have no learning curve...

    • NOTES (5)

    • ALLUSIONS (13)

      • Ephram: (To Amy) It's (a college application) for a conservatory Will and I were talking about upping my odds, and he, he likes this place–The Curtis Institute–somewhere in New Jersey, I think.
        Considered one of the finest music conservatories in the world, The Curtis Institute of Music was founded in 1924 by Mary Louise Curtis Bok to train exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level.

      • Harold: (To Ephram) You know, ah, there are words to that piece. Bach borrowed a poem by Johann Franck.
        Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was the German composer and organist of the late baroque period. Johann Franck (1618-1677) was a German Hymn-Writer.

      • Harold: (To Ephram) Used to be all she (Amy) could talk about: When I go to Princeton, I want to live where Fitzgerald lived!
        One of the eight ivy league schools in America, Princeton simultaneously strives to be one of the leading research universities and the most outstanding undergraduate college in the world. F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is best known for his novels and short stories which chronicle the excesses of America's Jazz Age during the 1920s. Born into a fairly well-to-do family in St Paul, Minnesota, Fitzgerald attended but never graduated from Princeton University.

      • Edna: (To Irv) (I've got) two applications for the Peace Corps. With a pit stop in Guadalajara, with Habitat for Humanity, we could be getting roofs over the homeless in a month.
        The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry, seeks to eliminate poverty, housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

      • Amanda: (To Andy) I played Beethoven until I could sing the words to Ode to Joy in German.
        Ode to Joy is an ode written in 1785 by the German poet and historian Friedrich Schiller, and known especially for its musical setting by Beethoven in the fourth and final movement of his Ninth Symphony, for four solo voices, chorus, and orchestra.

      • Andy: (To Ephram) They (the college departments) are big and brown and blocky like every other building here. It's like they built this place with an endowment from LEGO. Let's go get a blintze!
        LEGO® is the popular children's construction toy. The name comes from the combination of the Danish leg godt, which means to play well. Coming from the Yiddish word for pancake, a blintze is a thin, rolled pancake (usually filled with cottage cheese) that is folded and then sautéed or baked and often served with sour cream.

      • Delia: (To Andy) Okay, we're down to A Cinderella Story, Powerpuff Girls and Saving Private Ryan.
        A Cinderella Story is the 2004 romantic comedy film starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. The Powerpuff Girls is the 2002 movie, based on the television show, that has 3 perfect, powerful little girls, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, who have superpowers they have not yet learned to control. Saving Private Ryan is the Oscar-winning 1998 World War II drama directed by Steven Spielberg.

      • Harold: (To Amy) Everything you ever wanted to know about schools but were afraid to order on line... I even have the Hillel Guide to Jewish Life on Campus, for good measure.
        Harold is referring to Dr. David Reuben's Everything you always wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask, the most famous and successful book on human sexuality ever published. (In 1972, Woody Allen released a motion picture loosely based on the book.) The Hillel Guide to Jewish Life on Campus is a database offering information on Jewish life on hundreds of campuses and other locations around the world, including population statistics, the availability of kosher food, religious life, social life and Jewish studies.

      • Andy: (To Amanda) You know how, ah, overeager parents are always playing Mozart for their babies?
        Mozart (1756-1791) was the Austrian composer whose works include 41 symphonies, 27 piano concertos, 16 operas, 19 piano sonatas, and other orchestral and chamber works.

      • Amanda: (To Andy) Ah, Schubert, Haydn. No Skynyrd, huh?
        Franz Peter Schubert (1797-1828) was the Austrian composer who perfected the form of the German art song in his more than 600 compositions for voice and piano. Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) was another Austrian composer who exerted great influence on the development of the classical symphony. A rock band formed in the 1960's, Lynyrd Skynyrd has endured, despite all odds, through death and disaster, as the signature rock group of America's working people.

      • Amanda: (To Andy) Oh, you need to get out more. Maybe (slight pause) join Netflix.
        Netflix is the on-line DVD rental service.

      • Ephram: (To himself) Plans are like candy to the Fates. The only thing you could ever be sure of is [slight pause] nothing ever goes the way you imagined. I should probably be used to that by now.
        In Greek and Roman mythology, the Fates were the three goddesses (Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos) who control human destiny.

      • Title of episode: Shoot the Moon
        Shoot the Moon is the name of a song off of the Come Away With Me album by Norah Jones.