Season 3 Episode 13

The Perfect Day

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 31, 2005 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Nina finds Andy and Amanda (Anne Heche) together causing her to question Andy and her friendship with him. Meanwhile, Ephram and Amy convince a reluctant Hannah to ditch school for the day and take Bright along for the ride as the recover from sending out college applications. Lastly, Harold and Edna are forced to work together despite their hostility toward each other when a medical emergency comes up at his office with the water pipes bursting.moreless

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  • The perfect day was realy good i think, had some very heart warming parts in it.

    was realy good enjoyed watching the 20th of julys one. I think everwood is probabuly the second best tv series on e4. I reckon that everwood perfect day one a very heart warming episode and was enjoyable to watch. I hope that they will keep making more episodes of everwood as i enjoy watching it,when i first started to watch everwood i fort it would be quite boring but then when i started to watch it more frequently i got into watching it and now i watch it every day at 08:00am. the stars in the programme are realy good at the acting i think thats what makes it more enjoyable to watch.moreless
  • Hannah's integration

    This was the episode that Hannah was really integrated in the Everwood family and cemented her friendship with the three amigos. It was great to see this crew form, the four of them together, and you knew it would be a life long friendship no matter what happened. It was felt in every moment of the episode. It was, I feel, a little bit of foreshadowing abotu the break ups of the two couples. That even though they may not end up together as couples the four of them would always be friends.moreless
  • This perfect day makes for a pretty perfect episode as well.

    Sometimes you just need to get away. Whatever it is that your daily life and routine is filled with, you just need to take a day off and regain yourself. A number of characters in this episode do just that. It was a day for reflection and for looking forward to the future. A few of our characters discover things about each other, and others end relationships(while finding out about a surprising new one). "The Perfect Day" was a fantastic episode that felt and seemed like vintage "Everwood". Everything about it was pretty much perfect. There was the nice Amy/Ephram moments, the "revealing" nature of the scene between Andy, Nina, Jake, and Amanda, and the whole little road trip that Amy and Ephram go on with Hannah and Bright. The moments with the kids was fantastic. It was nice to see them all together and hanging out. It really felt like the old days. Of course, the old days were very recent, but you know where I am getting at. Anyways, this was a smashingly entertaining episode that really started to push this season into classic "Everwood Territory". The episodes that followed may be bigger, better, and remembered more, but this gem of an episode is worthy of admission into that club as well. But as I write about the goings on with the characters I have already mentioned, the episode also marks a healing and drawn back togetherness between mother and son. Of course, I am talking about Harold and Edna. So, if this was the perfect day, then what happened?...

    Amy and Ephram have sent in their college applications, and they are taking a moment to just kind of let it all sink in. Ephram picks Amy up for a ride to school. On the way there, they decide to ditch school for the day and have the day to themselves. It doesn't take long for them to realize that something is missing, and they are already bored and not knowing what to do. They need help. They need reinforcements. They need Bright. And Hannah too, of course. They abduct Hannah from school and use her to get Bright out of work. Doing so, Hannah learns of a date Bright had with another co-worker, and you can tell that there was something there when she found it. Those seeds have been planted. The gang take off for a little road trip and then just hang out at some side of the road stop and talk and what not. It is a very well written part with everyone talking and settling back in with each other. Ephram and Bright also find out about Hannah's secret that only Amy knew. She never came to Everwood because her parents were on some trip, she came to Everwood(as was revealed in the "Need To Know" episode)because her father is dying of Huntington's Disease, and she was shipped off so as not to witness her father withering away. Hannah gets upset because she didn't want anyone to know the real reason why she was there. Why?. Hannah didn't want anyone to pity her, or feel sorry for her. She didn't want to be treated like something was horribly wrong and that she was some delicate flower or something. She just wanted to be one of the gang and to be treated the same. Sarah Drew has become quite a developed actress, and she really brings Hannah to sweet, adoring life. She is so normal and natural, and it's nice to see a character like her. It was also nice that Bright realized this was bad and that his date that night didn't seem too important anymore. And it's always nice to see Ephram and Amy getting along and having a good time. This part of the episode with them was wonderfully written, acted, and was just nice for all of the characters involved.

    Since it started, people have been questioning the ongoing relationship between Andy and Amanda Hayes. Is it morally okay?. Well, no. But sometimes things just happen that you can't control, and there is the factor of Amanda's husband. Will he ever change?. Will he come out of it?. If not, should Amanda not know that kind of love again?. Should a still young woman in her prime not know what it's like to be loved that way?. Or be in a relationship?. You can't predict what is going to happen down the road. You don't know if her husband is going to get better, and will come back to her. Should certain things in her life be stopped because he is kind of gone in a way?. What if he never came out of it?. Should she spend the rest of her life like that?. When is it okay?. When is it not okay?. Could it ever be okay?. It's so easy for a viewer at home who is watching this to shake their head and think that it's just so wrong and attack Amanda and Andy for it. But it can't possibly be that easy in real life. I imagine that things would be a whole lot different if it happened to you, or you knew someone in this situation. If it was one of us in that situation, we might be desperate for that kind of love and attention too. You just don't know. But here, it's apparent that these two are heading towards the end of the line. But things heat up when Nina catches the two coming home from a luxurious spa. She sees Amanda going inside. She figures it out, and not surprisingly, isn't thrilled with what Andy has gotten himself into this time. Andy gets a bit of a surprise too when he sees that Jake has stayed the night at Nina's house. And all of this with Amanda with which Nina has now found out about makes her feel more serious about her newfound relationship with Dr. Dimples. It was a great moment and well done by Treat and Stephanie. This triangle keeps getting more and more interesting. But just wait until Amanda is gone and this triangle is now down to a trio.

    Harold and Edna have been a little estranged for the season as the two couldn't work together and she went and set up shop with Jake. Harold comes over just as kids start flooding the doctor's office. All sick with the same stomach virus, and all came from the same place. It's a puke party!. Edna and Harold scramble to take care of the large group of kids, and they work side by side like in the old days. After it's all over, the two re-connect(as they can), and start talking. It seems that while there may be some ice forming between Andy and Nina, the ice here between these two is thawing. And it's always good TV when Harold and Edna are together.

    "The Perfect Day" is a wonderful episode. Reflective, pivotal, sweet, funny, and was just a classic feeling episode of the show. They called this episode The Perfect Day?. I call Everwood ' The Perfect Show '.moreless
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

Melanie Nelson

Melanie Nelson

Mrs. Lauey

Guest Star

Rhett Williams

Rhett Williams

Mr. Patch

Guest Star

Andrea Andes

Andrea Andes


Guest Star

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

Thurman Revere

Recurring Role

Jan Felt

Jan Felt


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Dr. Brown couldn't have picked a more unsafe car for Emphram; when they buy it he comments that it received high side impact ratings but those, if they ever existed, are outdated by 2004. At the beginning of the episode we also see that snow-tires were never fitted to the car, which would make driving it in the snow next to impossible let alone up and down the hill Dr. Brown lives on.

    • Hannah confesses to Bright and Ephram the truth about her family.

    • Two episodes earlier, Hannah said her family was in Illinois, but now she says they are in Minnesota.

    • When Amy goes back to school to get Hannah, how would she have known that Hannah was precisely in the bathroom. Also, if Amy and Ephram was ditching(which consists of not going to school and without an excuse), and Amy was on school property, wouldnt a teacher/staff see them and she wouldnt she get caught?

    • When Amy is trying to get into the car, you see in the background that the yards are covered with snow, but when they take a left, there is barely any snow in the yards.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Bright: (Referring to sledding) Dude Ephram, that was so hilarious when you hit my truck.
      Ephram: Yeah maybe for you.

    • Bright: I also came up with poker, whirly ball, polar bear. You guys shot that all down.

    • Bright: Truth is, Ephram, there is a silver lining. You just fail to see it. I think that's part of your problem.
      Ephram: Thank you, Dr. Phil.
      Bright: No, seriously. You came here on your first day and you met Amy. Because you're all wiggy in love with her, it takes your mind off what probably would've been a pretty nightmare year.
      Ephram: I was not wiggy.

    • Amy: Jealousy is such a pointless emotion, just a complete total waste of energy.
      Hannah: Really, so you never feel jealous of Madison?
      Amy: That's different. She's an ex.

    • Ephram: Isn't fraternizing with a coworker, like, illegal?
      Bright: (Laughs) I don't know what you just said, man, but it's not like we're frat brothers.

    • Harold: (Laughing) I used to love this movie.
      Edna: I know. You tried to put wings on the station wagon, remember? Ruined a damn good patio umbrella from Sears & Roebuck.

    • Ephram: Well it's a new order of the tracks. If I pick Bach, it says I'm ambitious. If I pick Chopin, it says I'm traditional.
      Andy: Which one says you're OCD?

    • Ephram: It's like tragedy's the only thing we have in common. It's practically the reason we're friends.
      Bright: So, you know, at least we all found each other. We are friends.
      Ephram: But the point is, we got screwed. We're like way older than it says on our driver's licenses.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Hannah: (to Bright) It's Mr. Jingles. There's been a terrible accident. I was backing out of your driveway and Jack Johnson came on so I was looking down at the radio and I just... I never even saw him... I'm so sorry.

      Jack Johnson is a acoustic/soft rock singer and songwriter who was born in Hawaii. His first album, Brushfire Fairytales, was released in 2001.

    • Ephram: (To Bright) Thank you, Dr. Phil.
      Dr. Phil McGraw, a popular psychologist and author, whose nationally syndicated daily one-hour series, Dr. Phil, has been making headlines and breaking records since its September 2002 debut.

    • Hannah: (To Amy) I... I feel like I should just go to church and, like, throw out some Hail Marys or something.
      Hail Mary is a prayer in the Roman Catholic Church. In football, a Hail Mary is a long pass thrown in desperation, especially near the end of a game.

    • Jake: (To Nina) Well, you know what they say: Good fences make good neighbors.
      Jake was referring to a proverb in the poem Mending Wall, by Robert Frost.

    • Bright: Truancy is serious business. It's not for amateurs, little grasshoppers.
      In 1972, David Carradine starred as Kung Fu master Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin priest on the road to knowledge and peace, in the popular TV show Kung Fu. The program featured flashbacks to Caine's youth, where he served as a disciple to the Old Master, who referred to him as Grasshopper.

    • Hannah: So happy to be kidnapped by the Bickersons.
      The Bickersons was a popular radio (and later a TV) comedy show in which a married couple, John and Blanche Bickerson, bickered a lot.

    • Ephram: You know, this sucks. If we were in New York we could go down to Chelsea Piers, maybe hit the Village... go to the park, check out all the freaks.
      Ephram was referring to three attractions in New York City: Chelsea Piers, a 30-acre waterfront sports and entertainment complex; Greenwich Village, a neighborhood composed of many artists, writers, and musicians known for its Bohemian lifestyle; and Central Park, a large city park in the heart of Manhattan.

    • Harold: (To Jake)All fine points. Perhaps you should address them to Attila the Hun (Referring to Edna).
      A king of the Huns in the fifth century, Attila and his forces overran many parts of central and eastern Europe. His armies were known for their cruelty and wholesale destruction, and Attila himself was called the scourge of God.

    • Amy: (To Ephram) Well, it's not like we can go to MJ's--we're outlaws, baby, on the run. You wanna be Butch or Sundance?
      Amy was referring to Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, outlaws in the American West, who successfully robbed both banks and trains. They became popular folk heros with the 1969 release of the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

    • Jake: (To Harold)Whoa there, Hoss, what's the hurry?
      Hoss refers to Hoss Cartwright, one of the three sons featured in the popular TV western, Bonanza.

    • Harold: I believe it was the Keynesians who posited that productivity is a function of employee volume.
      Keynesian economics are economic theories that advocate using government policies and programs to increase employment. They are based on the thinking of John Maynard Keynes, a British economist of the early twentieth century.

    • Ephram: (To Andy) Is that Hawaii Five-O?
      Ephram was referring to the distinctive theme song of Hawaii Five-O, the popular TV police series that ran from 1968 to 1980.

    • Ephram: (To Andy) Well it's a new order of the tracks. If I pick Bach, it says I'm ambitious. If I pick Chopin, it says I'm traditional.
      A reference to Johann Sebastian Bach, the great Baroque composer, and Frédéric Chopin, a composer noted for his virtuosity at the piano.

    • Hannah: (To Amy) How about Ben Kweller if you're making a happy mix, you...
      According to villagevoice.com, Ben Kweller is a 22-year-old cross between a Muppet and a Beach Boy whose amped-up antifolk and homely mannerisms make a case for gawky, free-spirited chic; he is the dude all the dorks want to be.