Season 4 Episode 2

The Next Step

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 2005 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Andy learns that Ephram has no intention of moving back home, while Bright invites Ephram to move in with him and Reid (Justin Baldoni). Meanwhile, Hannah (Sarah Drew) begins to worry about the long term possibilities for her relationship with Bright after he shares his "three dates and out" policy; Harold suspects Andy is up to something after he frequently goes missing from the office.

Nina and Jake have the grand opening for their new restaurant, Sam's. Nina is having a hard time convincing Everwood patrons on her new restaurant politics as "Mama Joys" is officially gone. But Nina gets some help when a couple of celebrities walk in and like her new establishment. Lastly, Ephram and Amy finally confront the unspoken fate of their relationship.moreless

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  • Please help!!!

    I\'m looking for a transcript of the final scene in this episode between Ephram and Amy where they talk about their relationship. There was this really great line in there (or series of lines) and i would love to have them. So if anyone knows where i can find it please e-mail me or post here. lolly_pop_angel@hotmail.com

  • Ephrams back, and the fighting begins

    Well i enjoyed the premier becasue it was a good and ejoyable episode becasue they all had smiles on there faces, but in this one Ephram is back and it all kicks of again. I dont think Ephram and andy can stay in a room for two minutes without fighting about something, which is kinda annoying at times.

    The episode did have its good points with Bright and Hannah,and i really enjoy seeing these two together becasue its good to see at aleast someone on the show is happy.

    I also liked the scene were Nina just lost it and told everyone that change is a good thing cos i really wasnt expecting that but im glad she did it becasue that brought some excitement into the show.

    overall good episode but i hope the show doesnt get too depressing again.moreless
  • Very dramatic and entertaining!

    Now this is what I call "Everwood" at its best, it was even better then the season premiere. I really do wonder what will happen between Ephram and his Dad, will they always fight? I don't mind it at all, I think all the disagreements really fuel "Everwood". I am so glad that Bright and Hannah are together, I just hope that they will stay together in the long run. Hannah is so good for him! But what the heck is with the "three dates and out" policy? And Harold..oh my? He was hilarious in this one, and so very quirky at the same time,he can be so strange at times, and so funny and yet he can be so emotional. Keep up the good work, Tom Amandes! Now I can't wait until the next episode, sounds great!moreless
  • This is a good episode. The score is not 10 because Ephram was horrible. Otherwise, this would be a perfect 9.9..

    This season started off with a bang. The season premier was superb. But somehow this episode albeit superb, had a different feeling to it. The first episode was happy, exciting and had us all looking forward to the whole season. To a new beginning!

    But this episode brought us to a little bit of season 3 where everything was depressing. Why? Why is the first episode so happy while this isn't? One glaring reason is the return on Ephram. The spoilt brat who has an "old soul". As the writers like to call him. But this "old soul" thing is getting very annoying.

    Dr. Brown called him out when he called him a spoilt brat. And that was what i was just thinking at that moment. At least Dr. Brown is trying. All Ephram ever do is mope around blaming his father over everything that happens to him. And expecting his father to give him money to rent an apartment for him? What did he do to deserve any of that? But according to Ephram, his father owed it to him. What about the money that he got selling the grand piano and all the state-of-the-art sound system? Ephram has turned into an immature spoilt brat who thinks he's too mature for everyone else. And i cringe when he said that he's back because he wanted to change. And that he's giving it a shot. The only reason why he's back is because he's broke! Every scene that he is in is a pain to watch. Of course, i mean the character. Not Gregory Smith who is has been playing the same mood for about 20 episodes now. Depressed and mopey. Ephram is like a tsunami. Causes pain and sadness to everyone he comes across with. I mean, has anyone seen him smile a genuine happy smile in a long long time? Writer, please give us back the Ephram that we love so much. Let him suck it up and be a better man. Otherwise, please send him backpacking to Mongolia with loads of cash so that he would never need to come back for money!

    Now on to Amy. Good for her! I loved it that she refuses to let Ephram affect her anymore. Not to mention the beautiful haircut that totally agrees with her! The acting was superb. I feel for her. Keep it up, Emily VanCamp!

    Bright and Hannah is so good together! The repertoire between them is fantastic. Their chemistry palpable. Sarah Drew is perfect for the role and I love it that even Bright is finally maturing in his own way... awesome!

    Delia is starting to mature even more.... good for her! And i love the way that she's torn between her father and brother.

    Also Jake. His speach during Sam's official opening was hillarious! Writers, we need to have him around!

    The arrival of Reid is very refreshing as well.. very good to have somebody new that's so nice to look at! I'm glad that he's very different from Bright. A variety of characters are good, writers!

    In conclusion, this was a very good episode (except all scenes with Ephram in it). Highly recommended!

  • Even better than the premiere

    As good as the premiere was, this episode was even better! But first I've got to say.....

    Is anyone else kind of mad that Irv and Edna aren't getting much airtime? Ever since they took the narriations out Irv has only been in about 7 episodes in a season. And Edna usually says a couple of lines an episode (this episode is an example) But oh well, hopefully we will see them more as the season continues.

    Now Ephram, he's a jerk. Plain and simple. I know a lot happened to him, but still I don't like his attitude. But I did like the conversation between him and Andy. I loved the Brown family in this episode and I was actually interested in Delia (which doesn't happen too much. lol)

    But my favorite part of the whole episode was Bright and Hannah. Man Bright was on a roll! It's nice to have comic relief when deep things like Ephram and Andy are happening.

    Grade: A (9.5)moreless
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

Merrilyn Gann

Merrilyn Gann

Rose Abbott (recurring Seasons 1, 2)

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Hannah Rogers

Melissa Deppe

Melissa Deppe

The Waitress

Guest Star

Duane Stephens

Duane Stephens


Guest Star

Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni

Reid Bardem

Recurring Role

Jan Felt

Jan Felt


Recurring Role

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

Thurman Revere

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Edna: Three months farting around in Europe and not a tattoo to show for it...that's my boy.
      Ephram: Well I was sporting a goatee for a while but that was just to fit in, those people in France have a real thing for body hair.

    • Andy: I think sometimes that ignoring something gives it too much power... pretty soon all that we can remember is what it is we were trying to forget.

    • Bright: (to Hannah) I've never wanted a fourth date... until now.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Hannah: Do you really thing that's possible, for one person to change another person?
      Amy: Sure, I mean I wouldn't expect some kind of Beauty and the Beast transformation thing.

      Beauty and the Beast is a fairy tale that was first published in the 1740. It inspired a number of films, including a Disney animated version that was released in 1991. In the story, the main character, Belle, transforms the Beast into a prince.

    • Bright: (to Ephram) So let me get this straight, you flew half way across the planet to see Irv and my grandma renew their vows? Dude, I almost didn't go because of a Smurfs marathon.

      The Smurfs was a cartoon series that ran in the 1980s. It was based on the fictitious blue creatures that were created in 1958 by a Belgian cartoonist.

    • Bright tells Ephram that living with a gay guy like Reid will force him watch Bravo station.

      Bravo is a cable tv network focuses on pop culture topics like reality and fashion shows, celebrities, makeovers and so on.

    • The conversation that Ephram and Delia have at the diner, after Ephram pulls her out of class, is almost line by line from a conversation that Holden Caulfield had with his sister in The Catcher in the Rye, the best selling 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger.