The War at Home

Season 1 Episode 18

13 Going on $30,000

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Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Apr 09, 2006 on FOX
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13 Going on $30,000
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Mike asks Dave for a bar mitzvah, but he believes Mike is only in it for the party and gifts. However, Mike expresses geniune interest in Judaism after studying Hebrew, so Dave and Vicky are willing to support him and throw him a "coming-of-age" ceremony. Hillary also decides she's interested in being Jewish after Mike's attractive Hebrew tutor. Also, Larry gets the confidence he needs to ask out an attractive girl at school.moreless

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  • Funny as always...

    9.8
    When Mike asks for a bar mitzvah, Dave is convinced that the only reason is so he can receive money and gifts. So Dave agrees only on one condition, that Mike go to a temple and learn everything that is needed for the bar mitzvah, including the traditional Hebrew verses. As far as Dave is concerned Mike will drop the whole issue when he finds out how hard the whole deal is. However, Mike takes a genuine interest in learning Hebrew, and convinces Dave that he really is into religion. When they go to make arrangements with a Rabbi, Mike finds out that in order for him to have a bar mitzvah, he will need to have some blood drawn from his pines…upon hearing this Mike drops the whole idea for good.moreless
  • equmenical and funny

    10
    I enjoyed the back and forth between quasi religious "fervor" of various types and for various motives (bar mitzva and confession, Hillary falling for Eli) Also liked the healthy cynical comments on religious upbringing... this is so typical of many faiths and everybody does this, almost equmenical. Better than the average episode.
  • Best episode of a "hit or miss" show.

    9.5
    As someone who usally leaves WAH on because its between the Simpsons and Housewives I thought this was one of the best shows they did. This show often "lives down" to the early reviews of critics, by an over-reliance on crude humor, cheap sex jokes and unbelievable situations, but "13 going on...." really showed their potential. There were stock situations with crude humor, but they were played right and with hilarity, such as Larry's standing up to the hot girl and Hillary's pretending to be Jewish to get close to Mike's Hebrew tutor. The Larry plot resolution was an especially nice surprise that broke out of the "sitcom cliche" handbook. And the whole religious battle was played out with some sensitivity and gentle mocking of both the Jewish and Roman Catholic faiths. That scene where Mike says, "I don't want to be THAT guy" was exceptionally well done. This episode really showed the potential of this, often frustratingly close to succeeding, show.moreless
  • What a great episode.

    9.5
    The War at Home has only been on for a couple months, but I've already chosen this as my favourite episode. It was awesome to see that Larry's confidence got him the attractive Amber (played by Chelsea Brummet) and that Mike was focused on learning Hebrew in an honest, fulfilling manner. Hands down one of the greatest episodes of this awesome freakin' sweet show.

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Dave: This is a nightmare. I mean, first he wanted to have a bar mitzvah, and I'm unhappy. Now he doesn't want to have a bar mitzvah and I'm unhappy. No matter what, I always feel unhappy.
      Vicky: I'm no expert, but isn't that what being Jewish is all about?
      (Rabbi Safra nods)

    • Father Conlon: Now, would you like to confess your sins?
      Vicky: Well, I would but... (looks at watch) Oh, crap, I don't have time. ****, I can't believe I just said that! Maybe I should leave.
      Father Conlon: Perhaps that would be best.

    • Dave: That's good, Mike. Reallly, I-I gotta tell you, I'm very, very impressed by your commitment and, uh, spirituality. I really, really am. Can I make one comment, though?
      Mike: Sure, what's that?
      Dave: You're full of crap!

    • Vicky: In fact, you're hardly Jewish at all.
      Dave: Well, just because I don't go to temple or celebrate any of the ceremonies or traditions doesn't mean I'm not Jewish. And it doesn't mean I'm going to hell.
      Vicky: Yeah. Jews don't believe in hell.
      Dave: The married ones do.

    • Dave: When was the last time you even went to church?
      Vicky: I don't know. But when I was her age, I went plenty. You know why? Because my parents made me. And I would sit there, miserable, bored out of my skull, being lectured to and being told I was a sinner and I was going to hell. And I just want my children to experience that.

    • Vicky: (about Hillary) We had a long conversation, and she wants to get confirmed. I hope that's okay with you.
      Dave: Yeah, no, that's cool. Uh... Catholics believe in waiting till marriage, right?
      Vicky: Yeah.
      Dave: Yeah. I say confirm the hell out of her.

    • Dave: Hey, who the hell are you?
      Eli: Hey. Eli Schwartz, Mike's Hebrew tutor. He's got a lot of catching up to do.
      Dave: Oh, we didn't talk about this. I ain't paying for no tutor.
      Eli: Oh, no, no. Sir, teaching is a blessing. My services are free.
      Dave: Free? What the hell kind of Jew are you?

    • Dave: Hey, just because you're half Jewish doesn't mean you're gonna do it half-assed, okay? For thousands of years, Jews had to learn that Hebrew crap. I had to do it, and you're going to do it.
      Mike: Yeah, but that sounds hard.
      Dave: Too bad. That's what being a Jew is all about - suffering. Welcome to the club.

    • Amber: You know, Larry, I sort of freaked when I got stuck on Yearbook Committee with you, but your ideas are tight. This yearbook is going to be tight. (hugs Larry)
      (cut scene)
      Larry: My pants are getting tight.

    • Vicky: Hi, honey. Can we talk?
      Hillary: About what?
      Vicky: Oh, I don't know. Your soul, and eternal damnation.

    • Dave: I know, but what's the big deal? I mean, you never cared about this stuff before.
      Vicky: That's because my religion wasn't getting the short shrift.
      Dave: Exactly what part of the shrift was short? The seven-and-a-half-foot Christmas tree we had? Or the ten-pound Easter ham? I don't really care what religion they are. They can worship this Q-tip for all I care.

    • Vicky: (to Dave) I mean, do you have any idea how much a bar mitzvah costs? I'm starting to think the hooker wasn't such a bad idea.

    • Mike: Actually, I want to have a bar mitzvah. You had one when you were my age, right? I just, you know, I think it'd be a cool thing to do.
      Vicky: That's what's cool now? Whatever happened to smoking cigarettes and trying to get to third base?

    • Mike: Dad, I need your help. I want to become a man.
      Dave: I ain't getting you a hooker.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 13 Going on 30: 13 Going on $30,000
      The episode title (13 Going on $30,000) is a spoof on the 2004 movie titled 13 Going on 30.

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