Season 4 Episode 16


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 01, 2006 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Ephram discovers that Bright cheated on Hannah and confronts him about it. Irv takes Edna along on his book tour, where they meet his daughter Cassie. Reid is faced with expulsion from medical school for cheating on an exam. Harold confesses to Andy that he neglected to report Rose's cancer on the adoption application. Ephram tells Amy what happened with Bright, prompting her to confront him and force him to admit the truth to Hannah.moreless

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  • Father and son tell the truth to their loved ones, Ephram and Amy are talking like friends again, Edna and Irv meet his daughter Cassie, and Reid's about to go away.moreless

    This show is one of the best things ever made on television, and this episode was proof to that. It was so unbelieable powerful, sad, touching and subtle, just like the good old days.

    I was so mad at Bright the other episode, and yet he redeemed himself in this one. He was right to say that Hannah was the best thing that ever happened to him (she's the best thing that ever happened to Everwood!). I can't believe they're not going to be together anymore, because Hannah won't be Hannah if she ever forgives him (this is Everwood, not Gilmore Girls, and honestly, they were not on a break!). All of Bright's scenes were so sad, but showed how he grew up. He realized so much in this episode that even tough I was mad, I was proud of him! When he tells Hannah (I didn't want to see it! She was so happy this whole season!) both actors did amazing jobs. They didn't need to cry or yell or anything, their eyes spoke for them.

    Rose finally finds out Harold lied about her cancer in the adoption file. Poor Rose, she found out in the most horrible way, while the adoption lady showed them the picture of the child they were going to adopt (such a beautiful little boy!!!!). Harold just mutters 'I'm sorry'. Later they talk about it, and Harold says he just wanted that child so much. He knows, and Rose knows, and we all know they'd be the best parents. Once again, the disease destroys their family's hopes. Everyone can relate to that, because everyone knows a cancer victim, or has lost someone to the disease. Again, so sad, and so powerful. But so subtle.

    Irv and Edna meet his daughter Cassie on Irv's book tour. Awful person. Cassie had been living on her childish ways of seeing her father, and never even bothered to find out the truth about his relationship with her mother, and now with Edna (whom she hates by the way. Who hates Edna? Edna's so sweet and funny!). Irv tells her everything, and she is obviously mad. They all think everything is Irv's fault, but I'm blaming Cassie and her mother.

    Reid is expelled from med school for cheating in a test. I don't like Reid, so I won't miss him, but still I found the school's decision a little too drastic. I'm not from the US, so I don't know how things work there, but I've seen people getting caught cheating and the only thing they got were zeros.

    Finally, Amy and Ephram. He tells Amy about the whole story between Bright and Ada, they fight (she wants to tell Hannah, he can't let her because that'd be a betrayal to Bright) but then make up and talk like real friends. I missed that so much.

    Just like Andy says in this episode, everything look like the old days. Good and bad. "Truth..." was amazing, one of the best of 'Everwood', and could have no other name, as telling the truth (and what happens when you don't) has always been one of the greatest lessons 'Everwood''s been trying to teach us for the 4 seasons.moreless
  • Get Reid off the show now

    Jake and Reid do not fit on the show and they need to go. Reid getting caught cheating at medical school does not deserve the scene time it got. No one cares about Reid. Hannah having a back bone and telling Bright to get out was great. I liked the story with Harold and Rose.
  • "Out of the Woods": A (Short) Review of "Truth" Woops. My rating is a little higher than I meant it to be, and I can't seem to change it. Imagine it's about a 9.5. ;-)moreless

    It seems this is the episode to which we have been building. All the lies that have accumulated over the course of the season and beyond are starting to come out: Reid gets expelled because he cheated on a test, Rose learns that Harold lied on the adoption application, Hannah learns that Bright cheated on her, and we learn all about Cassie, Irv's estranged daughter.

    This episode is heavy on the drama, which is the way we all seem to love our Everwood. I know I do.

    Since there was so little comedy, I'll start there. To me, the funniest moment is when Reid goes to see Jake, who is exercising his hand, and asks if he can try. I'm not big on body building, which is perhaps why this scene is so funny to me. Reid and Jake are such geeks!

    Beyond that, there really isn't much else in the way of comedy. Ephram tells Amy the following: "If you can't sing to Rachmaninoff, then I can't help you." Later, Amy says that Ephram is part of the "pig problem."

    I guess I don't really have much else to say about the drama of the episode. I think I've already pretty much covered it. I feel bad for everyone, especially Reid and Rose. I think that the Irv/Cassie/Edna storyline comes out in everyone's favor; Cassie and Edna are even getting along!

    Once again, a great episode from the minds of the Everwood writers! While the Cassie situation came up abruptly, it was realistic; I actually thought she was there because she wanted money...Irv's book money (he is doing pretty well, afterall). I was pleasantly surprised that that was NOT why she was there: she just wanted to reconnect with her father.

    I'm also happy that Amy and Hannah are "back together." Hannah is going to need someone to help her through this, because we all know she can't forgive Bright. He crossed a line that he probably can't cross again. Unfortunately, I feel it is over for Bright/Hannah.

    One thing though: since when has Amy just waltzed into "the Brown house?"

    All-in-all, I liked this episode. It wasn't my favorite episode of all time, but it was another good one.

    So, how AMAZING does next week's episode look? I can't wait!moreless
  • A world of bustin' heads and breakin' hearts.

    I often marvel at a particular aspect of Everwood's scene construction. It's become one of this show's best, and quirkiest, qualities -- and one that is unparalleled by any other show that I have watched.

    "Truth..." contains many of these sequences, and I stood up to applaud them every time. I think the best example occurred when Ephram revealed to Amy about Bright's infidelity. Of course, the scene was quite dramatic in style, but Nancy Won cleverly and subtlely added hints of humor to the scene, completely destroying any build-up of melodrama that may otherwise come to the surface. Any other drama would fail miserably in this attempt. The reason Everwood succeeds time and time again is two-fold. The humor is off-the-wall, and the actors have honed the dramedy skill to an effortless craft.

    Amy is obviously angered by Bright's indiscretion, so she lumps all males into one word: pigs. Essentially, for the rest of the scene, the dialogue focuses on this word:

    Amy: You're all pigs.

    Ephram: Are you calling me a pig?

    Amy: You're a part of the pig problem.

    Set aside, this dialogue, while amusing, is also somewhat ludicrous. But in this scene, it is just the comedic aside that is needed to counteract any melodrama that may come out. Thus, it is the perfect balance to a dramatic scene. Ephram and Amy end up arguing just for the sake of arguing, but that comedic element added to the dialogue makes this a most unique and satisfying sequence. The topper is Andy's line to Delia: "Yep, just like old times."

    Everwood is the series to beat in terms of balancing comedy and drama. No series does it better. Take, for example, Andy's interview regarding the Abbotts' upcoming adoption. Clearly, this scene could be as dramatic as any other scene of the episode, but Won cleverly decides to add silly dialogue to emphasize Andy's nervousness and discomfort. Another fantastic scene.

    Or when Reid goes to Jake for an "internship". Won, and I'm guessing director Matt Shakman, decided to add visual humor to the scene by having Jake (and then Reid) use a "hand pumper" (I use this term for comedic effect and emphasis -- the scene absolutely tickled my funny bone). Once again, showing character discomfort by silly humor, this time via physical humor rather than by dialogue.

    But this balance of comedy and drama has another added and completely intentional benefit. It makes the dramatic scenes much more powerful. Thus, when Rose learns of Harold's lie on the adoption forms, the scene is utterly heartbreaking. It's almost too difficult to bear, and Merrilyn Gann's portrayal of Rose in this scene is just astounding. Reid's expulsion from college had a similar impact.

    When Amy confronts Bright regarding Ada, the scene is another heart stopper. Emily VanCamp cleverly makes Amy's confrontation a dichotomy. She at first is authoritative to set Bright straight. She then is comforting when she evokes Bright's true feelings. This was a superbly performed scene by both VanCamp and the wonderful Chris Pratt.

    And finally, the immensely powerful final sequence...when Bright reveals to Hannah his indiscretion, the scene feels like a crumbling wall. The scene is intelligently written -- you can feel Bright's attempt to explain unravel. Not only is the revelation realistically presented, it is also powerfully developed. Just look at the wonderful Sarah Drew's reaction here. Her body violently shakes, and her disbelief turns to anger quickly -- especially when Bright says how she (Ada) "didn't mean anything". Hannah quickly says, "Stop!" Perfectly performed by Sarah Drew.

    One of the characteristics absolutely essential to Everwood's success is the show's writers' knowledge of when to use comedy and when not to. Time and time again, the show pulls it off flawlessly. There is no show like this on television. Everwood is, without a doubt, one of the best programs to have hit the airwaves in quite some time.moreless
  • Another good episode...just as I remember Everwood

    There really weren't too mnay light moments in this episode- although sometimes that happens to further the storylines.

    Even though since I returned to watching Everwood, I haven't seen much of Reid and what I have seen I didn't like I felt really bad for him in this episode. Getting kicked out of medical school is an extremely tough break. I have 4 friends in the pre-med track and they work extremely hard as an undergrad to get into a medical school and it just gets harder from there. Even though Reid did cheat, which was stupid, he was desperate. Hopefully something looks up for him in the future.

    Poor Harold. The one time he is compleeled to really cross the line in terms of ethics, it blows up in his face. He omitted the fact that Rose had cancer when he filled out her medical information paperwork needed for the adoption. He was only trying to ensure his wife's dream came true. The look of comprehension on Rose's face when she realized what he did was heartbreaking.

    Speaking of hard things to watch- Hannah being so optimistic about her and Bright's relationship, knowing in the back of your mind Bright's indiscretion... And when Bright and Amy talked about his betrayal-WOW. Bright's speech was awesome. It was a beautifully acted scene.

    It is interesting to find out that both Edna and Harper had the same problems with their children. I could definitely understand why Cassie (Harper's daughter) was angry at Harper. It feels like betrayal when one of your parents ignores you.

    Going back to Bright and Hannah- of course they saved the most painful scene for last- when Bright finally confesses to her. It was one last dramatic punch to leave viewers wanting more.

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)

Justin Baldoni

Justin Baldoni

Reid Bardem

Guest Star

Nia Long

Nia Long

Cassie Harper

Guest Star

Michael McLafferty

Michael McLafferty


Guest Star

Scott Wolf

Scott Wolf

Dr. Jake Hartman

Recurring Role

Jan Felt

Jan Felt


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Amy (as noted in the Allusions section) walks into the room as Ephram is playing the piano and he makes a joke about her not liking the Rachmaninoff piece he was playing. However, the piece we hear him playing is Franz Schubert's Impromptu in E-Flat Major, Op. 90, No. 2 (D. 899): Allegro.

    • Goof: Olivia, Irv's granddaughter, wasn't clearly crying when she is removed from the table.

    • Edna and Irv got married just 2 months after Harold Abbott senior died. That happened 5 years ago.

    • Just as they have been assigned a 19 months baby-boy, it is discovered that Harold lied about Rose's cancer in the adoption papers.

    • Goof: When Ephram meets Amy in the street and is placing things in the car, he leaves the coffee outside the car and never gets to place it inside. Yet, when the shot pans out, the coffee is no longer there.

    • Reid used to be an EMT.
      Irv's daughter Cassie is married to a man named Dave, and their daughter (Irv's granddaughter) is named Olivia. Olivia was born on September 1st.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Ephram: What would you do? Would you have forgiven me?
      Amy: Probably not, but you would never have done what Bright did.
      Ephram: Yeah true, only because I know you would have come after me with a knife.

    • (Andy and Delia are making pizza, and they hear Amy and Ephram yelling at each other)
      Andy: Just like the good old days.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Amy: (walks into the room as Ephram is playing the piano) When are you gonna start playing stuff that I can sing along to?
      Ephram: Well, if you can't sing along to Rachmaninoff, then I don't think I can help you.

      Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) was a Russian pianist and composer. He was one of the last well known composers in the Russian Romanticism era.

    • Andy: (to adoption agency worker) I'm more of an Oprah man myself. What about that book club, am I right?

      This is a reference to Oprah Winfrey, whose talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show is the highest rated daytime talk show in history. Winfrey introduced the "Oprah's Book Club" portion of her show in 1996, bringing significant sales increases to the books that she features on her show.

    • Cassie: So, Livia's birthday is September 1st. We're giving her a party, and Elmo's coming.
      Irv: Is that the purple thing or the red thing?

      Elmo is one of the characters (a red Muppet) from the children's TV series Sesame Street that debuted in 1969. It is the longest running kid's show in American TV history.

    • Andy: (to adoption agency worker) Harold is an extraordinary husband and father. I am constantly going to him for parenting advice. He could be the next Dr. Phil.

      This is a reference to Phil McGraw, a former psychologist who became famous in the late 1990s after numerous appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. McGraw went on to host his own talk show called Dr. Phil.

    • Andy: (to adoption agency worker) I'm sure their house was very chaotic when they were growing up. Uh, I don't mean more chaotic than normal, just normal chaos. Funny chaos. Like a Neil Simon play.

      Neil Simon is an award-winning playwright whose plays are among the most performed in the world. He primarily writes comic plays and is one of the most successful Broadway playwrights in history.

    • Bright: (on the phone with Hannah) So you want to see Pride and Prejudice. What, is that about racism?

      Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1813, about a girl in 1800s England who must marry to secure financial independence. Several film adaptations have been released, including a 2005 movie with Keira Knightley.

    • Ephram: (to Bright) Okay, yeah, that doesn't count when you're talking about Ada. That's like having a crush on Heidi Klum, you can't get in trouble for that.

      Heidi Klum is a German model who has appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. She also models for Victoria's Secret and has appeared on numerous TV shows.