Season 4 Episode 12

You're a Good Man, Andy Brown

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Apr 03, 2006 on The WB
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Andy consults Josh Stein, who's studying to become a rabbi. Josh also helps Delia with her Bat Mitzvah. Ephram supports Kyle, as his father comes to town. Amy's professor talks to Harold about a medical procedure. Andy is trying to go on a date with someone he met over the internet, but he has to postpone multiple times.moreless

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  • You're an amazing man, Andy Brown.

    If you watch the first season of Everwood and this episode, you can see such great changes in all characters it almost scares me. It's only a show like Everwood who can do this, make a character grow and change so much over three years.

    Amy Abbott was a spoiled and sad teenager a couple of years ago, who believed in anything Daddy told her. To see Amy confronting her father and standing firm for what she believed in was simply amazing. She wanted an explanation about why he didn't want to teach the abortion procedure to new doctors, and (wow) she got it.

    Harold Abbott was also a spoiled adult, always mad when people didn't act exactly as he wished. Now he watches silently while his daughter confronts him and tells her about his own mistakes and nightmares. Harold can express his feelings now, and that's partly to Rose, and partly to his friendship with Andy.

    Throughout the episode, I wanted to kill Nina and Jake. Nina knows Andy loves her and goes to him for help in her relationship with Jake?!?! Seriously, who does that? Nina likes to help, but she's going a little too far. For years she's been helping Andy with everything, and now she found a man whom she loves and wants to help, but who doesn't want help. She goes to Andy, who loves to be helped, who needs her help. Jake goes to him for help as well. The same Jake who months ago couldn't stand Andy, now needs a friend. But Andy can't help him rearrenge his relationship with Nina, he has his own life. Andy confronts someone, he screems about how he feels. Truly amazing.

    Delia was really, really, really powerful in this episode. She has her own problems. She's a a young girl who wants to fit, who misses her big brother and who needs a mother. For the first time Delia talks about her feelings, of how much she loves her father, and yet how sometimes she can't deal with him. She cries, and I cry with her. Andy made many mistakes with Ephram, and yet he did it all right with Delia, in his own way.

    Ephram wants to help Kyle as his father comes to Everwood. They go to a cafe, but Kyle's dad never shows up. Ephram's seen that before, he's been there, but he can't relate to Kyle that well. He sees a boy exactly like him a couple of years ago, but can't help him completely. He sees himself in Kyle, and doesn't want him to make the same mistakes. In one of the most touching conversations in all four seasons, Ephram tells his father (the one he barely spoke two words to three years ago) he wants to help Kyle, because he can't help his own baby, the one Madison gave up for adoption. Andy listens to him, and doesn't complain. Ephram grew up, and so did his dad.

    In this episode we see how Andy's everywhere. In everyone's lives. He spent four years trying to relate to his two kids, and now he's a big part of a whole city's life. Even if Everwood ends in this season, Andy Brown, this good man, will always be a great part of our lives.moreless
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  • THIS is why I choose to be alone: my Everwood night, Monday night; but if there's anyone I would want to share it with...well, it would be everyone. LOL. This is such an amazing show.moreless

    What a great night for television. Seventh Heaven, while annoying at times (with the constant "that's my other line" lines...LOL), was pretty good; the ending was very open, and it seems like it will lead to another good episode.

    And then Everwood started, and it blew me away.

    Again, we have comedy. Ephram's "this is why I choose to be alone" line sticks out, as does the HILARIOUSLY devious mention of Beauty & the Geek. And then Harold, in one of my favorite scenes: "my favorite geek." LOL. But there was also this little line from Dr. Brown: "I've got a thing with a hottie...uh...pilate." And this one from the surprisingly funny rabbi: Dr. Brown has given him "29 years of comebacks."

    I thought I would save this line for a seperate topic: hair. Hands down, at least in my mind, the best line of the night belonged to Kyle, as he got to comment on "that mop" Ephram calls hair. Perhaps Kyle will get Ephram to cut his hair.

    Speaking of Kyle, I feel SO sorry for him. I didn't expect his dad to show up, but when they cut to him, alone, in the diner...wow...that was a great shot: the look on his face, the look in his eyes, the emptiness of the place. And the scene in Kyle's room was also quite intriguing. I noticed that, when Ephram hugged Kyle, Kyle kind of flinched. Perhaps he was simply taken aback, but considering the FANTASTIC trailer for the next episode...perhaps it was more than that.

    Just a thought: McQueen is coming along nicely. And he'll probably get even better.

    The scenes between Amy and her dad were tremendously well-done, as always. Amy seems to be touching a nerve with people, though, and I agree that she is being a bit strange and (gasp!) annoying. Hurry up with your Europe! Do you really have to -associate- with that shady professor in order to find out who you are?

    Tom Amandes always turns in a wonderful performace, and tonight was no exception. I could see the hurt in his eyes, as Amy went to Dr. Brown for help. And his reasoning for lying to Amy is understandable; abortion is a greasy topic. But Everwood has always handled it rather well.

    Jake/Nina/Andy: though there is a little more going on with Andy, Nina and Jake don't have a whole lot that's interesting, right now. It's about time for Jake to move on, out of Everwood. He was charming and funny, in the beginning, but now he's funny and annoying. Perhaps this is my preference for Nina/Andy (Nandy? Aina? What is that one? LOL) over Nina/Jake talking, but I don't think Jake is Nina's "person." Nina needs to go on her on Europe, figure some things out. She has had feelings for Dr. Brown for a long time; we've all seen it. We've even seen it THIS season. I understand the need to help Jake, and that's admirable, but is it right? Does Nina love Jake as much as she lets on?

    Last, but not least, the speech. How touching. Imagine! A twelve-year-old girl (or...how old is Delia) being THAT sentimental. Ghosts indeed. If " that mop you call hair" was the best line of the night, the second best line was this little gem: "She couldn't answer anymore." So simple, yet so revealing. I never knew Delia had such a way with words (for a young girl), but she proved it tonight.

    And she made up with Andy! Well, kind of.

    Great episode. Not the best; but I enjoyed it like most other episodes.

    P.S. What's up with the misleading advertisements? Okay, stupid question to ask of The WB. But Kelly Carlson was not even in this episode, which makes sense because I thought she was slated for quite a bit later in the season. That said, why was she in the advertisement for this weeks episode? Was I dreaming when I saw that? It was real, right?moreless
  • A wonderfully intelligent study in character conflict.

    "You're a Good Man, Andy Brown" is a truly remarkable episode. Everwood continues to shine at what it does best: glimpsing at life and emphasizing its quirky, twisted, and complicated self. Everwood thrives at bringing conflict to the forefront and dealing with it intelligently and, amazingly, without the annoying tolls of melodrama bells.

    This episode focuses on one-on-one conflict. At the forefront is Harold and Amy. When Amy asks her father to help out at Planned Parenthood, she gets a reaction she is not expecting: a lie. We soon learn Harold's reasons for the lie. He is eternally scarred from the procedures he performed just a few years ago. He promised himself he would never do it again, but it leads to a heart-breaking scene between the two of them. Just look at the pain on Tom Amandes's face when she asks him if he would help. And look at his face later when Amy goes to ask Andy for help. It's hard to stand up for your beliefs when you let your loved ones down.

    Meanwhile, Andy is just trying to go out on a date. He expresses early in the episode that he has to move on from Nina, but somehow he keeps getting pulled back in. This time, Nina comes over to Andy's house to ask him for help in aiding Jake's recovery. She wants him to join them for dinner. Andy, of course, does. Nina is not handling the recovery well. It is much more difficult than she expects, and Jake is not handling Nina's mishandling very well. So they both end up asking for Andy's help in the end. But in the end, Andy himself has his conflict. He can't keep helping something that hurts him, and as we see Andy walk away from Jake after their talk (somewhat amusing, given the comedic tinge added to the conversation), we can see the pain this is causing him.

    Kyle and Ephram have their own conflicts. For Kyle, it is trying to visit a neglectful father. For Ephram, it's trying to deal with his own fatherly absence by dealing with Kyle's problems. When Ephram talks to Andy about the first time, Andy does not understand Ephram's obsession with helping Kyle out. Only the second time around does it become obvious, and in a wonderfully touching final scene between Andy and Ephram, Ephram reveals his fear and anguish over missing his child's growth. Andy reassures him. My, how this relationship has grown.

    And finally, Delia. In a genuinely touching speech, Delia expresses some of her pain regarding her childhood. She talks about a husband and a daughter trying to recover from a wife's/mother's death. Sometimes they (Andy and Delia) don't get along, but they do have each other. In other words, Delia's conflict is with herself. She's trying to grow up, and she is finding out that it is not easy.

    This episode was much darker than many of the rest from this season, but comedy was still prevalent. The Andy/Jake scene was a perfect example, but I was also appreciative of the great episode teaser between Ephram and Andy. And then, of course: "I could have gone out with a hottie...uh, pilate."

    Everwood is so wonderfully understated. This is how the show is so provocative and so effective. It doesn't glorify or magnify -- it subtlely emphasizes the little things in life. And what it creates is a world so unique, so genuine, so real...it really is life, in its truly quirky self, on screen.moreless
  • Low-key, but still interesting.

    One of the things I've noticed about this season is that everything is low stakes. Everything is about self-discovery, most issues are minour. There's no issue that's going to cause anyone to resort to substance abuse, no issue that's going to cause someone to tour Europe because they're so unhappy. These are things that we all experience, these are all basic issues that everyone goes through. Self-discovery, minour romantic trouble, standing up for your beliefs.

    Like any drama show it has some more majour issues that are a bit more secular, but that's to be understood and the actors take them seriously without being ridiculous. So this is fine too.

    This episode itself was particularily good, but I found myself more interested in what was going on with Ephram and Kyle than what was going on with Amy, or Andy or Delia. Not that those issues weren't interesting, I just found the emotional risks involved with Ephram and Kyle much higher.

    Said issue really was the shining light of this episode. It's nice to see Ephram with a friend he can actually relate to. Ephram wasn't a cheerleader in college, he wasn't the jock who got a girlfriend simply by smiling, and he isn't training to be a doctor.

    Kyle himself, is a great character. Atleast in my opinion. At first he seems irritating and pessimistic, but we soon look at why he is the way he is. And while he is extremely angsty, and has a giant chip on his shoulder... he generally isn't whiny, and for some reason this makes him less annoying. The moment between him and Ephram at the end of the episode was adorable, and I'm hoping we get more scenes with these two.Steve McQueen (II) and Kyle are very underated.

    Overall fantastic episode, really shows why this show needs to come back for another season.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

John Beasley

John Beasley

Irv Harper/ Narrator

Merrilyn Gann

Merrilyn Gann

Rose Abbott (recurring Seasons 1, 2)

Mark Elliot Silverberg

Mark Elliot Silverberg

Josh Stein

Guest Star

Leslie Hope

Leslie Hope

Professor Laurie Fields

Guest Star

Steven R. McQueen

Steven R. McQueen

Kyle Hunter

Recurring Role

Jan Felt

Jan Felt


Recurring Role

Ryan Armstrong

Ryan Armstrong

Sam Feeny

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Hanna and Amy haven't talked to each other for two weeks, so this episode is set two weeks after the previous one.

    • Delia's teacher for her bat mitzvah is a 29-year-old rabbinical student named Josh Stein.
      Amy's mentor at college is Professor Lori Field.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (2)


    • Ephram: So, is everything all right?
      Kyle: Have you been watching Lifetime or something?

      Lifetime is a TV network, established in 1982, that runs movies and TV shows targeted at women.

    • Andy: (Referring to online dating) Look, no one is more depressed about this than I am, but this is how people meet these days. I mean, Diane Lane's doing it, how bad can it be?
      Ephram: That was a movie.
      Andy: Yes, but it was a movie she agreed to do, so she must have found the character plausible.

      This is a reference to the 2005 film Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. In the movie, Lane plays Sarah Nolan, a teacher who goes on a series of dates after her sister posts her profile on a dating website.

    • Harold: Have you watched this Beauty and the Geek?

      Reference to Beauty and the Geek, another show on The WB.

    • Episode title: You are a good man, Andy Brown; it's is a spoof on the popular Snoopy and Charlie Brown cartoon You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.