7th Heaven (1996–2007): Season 11, Episode 12 - Can I Just Get Something to Eat - full transcript

Kevin feels Lucy is too lazy to shop groceries as she keeps promising, she hates him buying wholesale and throws out everything officially past its expiration date, he is pragmatical about his New Year's resolution to save money before they have a second baby. The twins spend $50 of their savings to help Darfur trough Nicodemus, a Sudanse refugee who once brought Ruthie home. The reverends oppose several -often old- votes by the deacons Lou tells them about on matters from office furniture for Lucy -which selfish priority openly disgusts Kevin- to whether Darfur is too political a cause to get the parish's financial support, planning an appeal to the parishioners at large. Ruthie arrogantly pretends her Scottish political talks make her an expert on all world problems compared to T-Bone, who never was overseas and has no PC but soon finds Margaret has doubts about the material Jane gave Ruthie and in mere hours learns more then Ruthie; he stresses nobody helps as much as the US, she it's never enough, he realizes the complex context. Kevin tries to educate the girls, who react emotively, yet shows generosity.


Just a reminder.

That deadline for the paper
on Darfur is approaching.


So, you take the first pass,

and I'll look it over
and take a second pass.

Or you take the first pass.

I'll look it over,
criticize your work

- and write it my way.
- We have to start somewhere.

- And I'm not going to do
your research for you. -Whoa.

My research?

It's not my research.
It's research...

research for a paper
that the two of us

have been assigned
to write together.


Although, you and I are worlds
apart on the subject of Darfur.

Well, we wouldn't be
if you would actually

do some research on the subject.

I have done some research.

A lot of research, considering
I don't have a computer.

Have you done any research?

I don't really have to do
a lot of research.

I mean, when I was living
in Scotland,

all we did was talk politics.

I'm well aware of what
the situation in Darfur is.

As well as why the situation
in Darfur is what it is.

Are you, now?

And, uh, all this information
is the result of...

pub chat?

You've been to one country

outside the United States
of America.

You think you have an education
on world politics?

Well, it's one more country
than you've been to.

Actually, I spent
a summer in Canada.

- Canada?
- Yeah.

Our neighbors to the north.

- Please.
- So, wait.

Canada doesn't count,
but Scotland does?

Just draft the paper.

You just draft the paper.

Don't you even think about
making out with me again.

Don't worry, I won't.

What's that?

I don't know. I think it's

T Bone's homework.

Where is that?

Someplace called Darfur.

It says it's part of the Sudan,
and the Sudan is part of Africa.

They look hungry.

I wonder why they don't
have any food.

I don't know.

Don't we know people
from the Sudan?

Those guys who helped
Ruthie get home.

Remember? They went
to church with us.


Let's call them,

see if we can do
anything about this.

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Oh. (grunts)


Kevin, we don't have anything
to eat in here.

We have plenty to eat. Plenty.

And if you don't like
what I buy,

then go to the grocery store.

You said you were going to start
buying the groceries.

When? When did I say that?

Just about every day
since New Year's.

And you've been waiting for me

to go to the grocery store
all this time?

No, I don't have to buy
any groceries at all.

We have plenty of groceries--
they're just down

in the basement cabinets
in the freezer.

And if you don't like
what I buy for us,

then you can buy whatever
you want anytime you want.

My New Year's resolution
was to spend less.

So I'm committed
to spending less on food.

Well, what I don't
understand is why.

I don't know. Why not?

We're trying
to have another baby.

I figured
we'd put more into savings.

We have plenty of money
in savings.

- We can always have more.
- No thanks to me.

And totally because
of you and your family,

we're financially secure,
wouldn't you say?


What is financial security,

Well, it's having enough money
to buy a 12-pack of toilet paper

instead of 144 rolls,
for one thing.

We've got plenty of room
down in the basement

so that we can buy in bulk.
It saves money.

Our basement looks like
a small grocery store

- at this point.
- What's wrong with that?

A small grocery store
in a developing nation.

I can't even read the packages
to see what's in them.

And some of the cans
are so large

that I can't even lift them.

Again, you don't like
what I buy,

you can buy whatever you want.

I just threw out

a refrigerator full of stuff
that you bought

that went bad before we
had a chance to eat it.

Which is why
we don't need to buy things

in gigantic quantities.

It doesn't save money.
It wastes money.

What was bad?

Well, the eggs
were out of date by weeks.

That doesn't mean they were bad.
What'd you do with them?

Oh... don't you go near
that trash can.

Those eggs were still
perfectly good.

We ate them yesterday
for breakfast.

Oh! Kevin!

What? You ate them

and didn't seem to taste
that they were bad.

And if they were really
out of date, you'd smell them.

I will go to the
grocery store today, okay?

You said that just yesterday,
but you didn't.

- I will.
- I doubt it.

You know,
I-I do have a lot to do today.

- But...
- I heard that before.

And you're probably going
to hear it again and again.

Sandy is coming down

to observe my teen class,
and I don't even know

what we're going to do this
year, because I haven't

had a chance to make a plan,
because I've been so busy

doing whatever I can
to help my dad out.

Oh, please. Don't use
your dad as your excuse.

I am not using my dad
as an excuse.

If anything,
I'm using Sandy as my excuse.

You know, all of a sudden,

with everything else
that I've got going on,

she's got to come down
and watch everything I do

and report on it.

And I don't even have a desk.

And I'm still sharing an office
and a desk with my dad.

And I'm limited
to when I can work,

you know, when he's
not working or...

or schooling the boys
in the office.

It's no wonder
that I can't get anything done.

It's no wonder that I can't even
get to the grocery store.

But I will. I-I will.
Today I will.

And I will go down and purchase,

you know,
things that I recognize.

Things that cost pennies more.

Since you threw
all our food away,

Savannah and I are going out
for breakfast.


- Do you want to come?
- I don't have time.

I figured.

Wait a second.

Are... Are we fighting?

Are you angry with me
because I'm busy at work

and don't have time to shop
for gigantic quantities of food

and cleaning supplies
stored in our basement?

Because if so,
that's ridiculous.

I'm not angry.

You seem angry.

Not at all.

Yeah, you are.

No, I'm not.

Have a nice day, sweetheart.


Hey. Hi.

Hi. Can I make Savannah
breakfast over here?

Oh, of course you can make
breakfast for Savannah.


Hey, are you and Lucy...
everything okay?

Everything's fine. We just
don't have any groceries.

Not upstairs anyway.

Oh, well, I'm going
to the grocery store later.

I can pick something up for you.

That's okay. I'll just
go down to the basement.

Okay. Are you sure
you and Lucy aren't fighting?


Morning, Luce.

He said he was going out to eat.

This is out.

No, it's not.

And if you can
eat over here, so can I.

That's not up to me.
It's not my kitchen.

You're right.
It's not your kitchen.

It's my kitchen.

It's the kitchen I grew up in.

Where there was plenty of normal
food in normal quantities.

Well, I hope you both feel
it's your kitchen--

you and Kevin and Savannah.

- What is going on?
- BOTH: Nothing.

Well, you can help yourself
to anything that's here.

There's plenty of food
for everyone.

We've got eggs, turkey bacon,

milk--whole, two percent,
one percent, nonfat.

Uh, juice-- orange, pineapple,
and, uh, three kinds of red.

Kevin and Lucy
are having a fight.

A big one, over food.

Yeah? You-You... You seem
kind of excited about it.

- Well, yeah, I am.
- And because...

Because, don't you see,
things are returning to normal.

I mean, really normal.
Other people normal.

Young married people normal.

Okay, if you say so.

Um, I'm going to take the boys

with me to the office
for school.

Can you pick them up on your way
back from the grocery store?

I sure can.
And I can do it

in time for you to get
to your checkup.

Oh, I completely forgot.

I reminded you last night.

- Yeah, I know.
- Well, that's okay, you know.

If you forgot since last night,
now I've reminded you.

So you have no excuse not to go.

I ate a doughnut this morning.

Where did you get a doughnut?

The girls.

Margaret and Jane brought
doughnuts into the house?

No, no, I... I saw them
coming in last night

when I went to take out
the trash

and they had just picked up
some... some doughnuts.

Warm, freshly made doughnuts.

- They gave me some for the
house. -Well, you know, they...

they know you're not supposed
to eat doughnuts.

It wasn't their fault.

I told them
I'd take some for us.

You know, for all of us.

Now it's some? Some doughnuts?

You ate some doughnuts?

I-I only had one this morning.

Oh, and... and what,
three, four, five last night?

The ones for me and the boys,
and Ruthie and T Bone?

Ten last night.
Two for each of you.

And just the one this morning.

There's still one left
if you want it.

So you got to call
and change the appointment.

My cholesterol's going
to be through the roof.

And you know how important
numbers are to doctors,

and he'll go nuts.

I just... I can't go in today.

Eric Camden, you...
you ate 11 doughnuts?

I know.

How could you do that?

We all want you to live,
you know, a long life,

and... and that means you have
to change the way you eat.

I don't see what difference
it'll make, you know.

It's not going to make
my heart any smaller.

It may keep your arteries
a little cleaner.

Oh, please tell me
that you're not eating

things you're not supposed to be
eating when you're not at home.

Honestly, I do.

Well, you know, I'm...
I'm getting very...

very angry.

And, uh, maybe we should
discuss this later this evening.

I don't want
both your cholesterol

and your blood pressure

to shoot sky-high before you go
see the doctor for your checkup.

And you are going to see
your doctor for your checkup.

I just went to the doctor
30 days ago.

He-He had no changes to report.

So what's the point?

What's the point?

I don't care
what the numbers are.

I-I don't care how big
my heart is.

I don't care. I don't know why,
but I-I don't care.

I feel fine.
Maybe I shouldn't, but I do.

And you know what?
I'll go when I go.

Not to the doctor's,
but, you know, I'll...

I get it!

But your doctor wants you
to check in

with him once a month,
just to make sure.

Just in case things change--
and they can.

They could change
for the better. They could.

But not if...
if you keep eating doughnuts.

But we don't know that.

After all,
I wasn't eating doughnuts

when my heart
suddenly got larger.

Annie, look,

I'm going to eat reasonably well
and live reasonably safe.

I just don't feel like eating
so well and living so safe

that I don't enjoy my life.

You do realize that this
is counterproductive

to everyone's prayers for you?

- No, it's not.
- What good is it going to do

for the community and the church

and our family to keep praying
for your health if...

if you're just going to keep
eating doughnuts?

It'll give everybody something
to do so they don't bug me.

And it can't hurt, you know,
everybody praying.

Gotta believe that prayer
is stronger than doughnuts.

That's not the point.

I don't eat doughnuts every day.

- Oh, yeah.
- I'm fine.

You know, I'll go
to the doctor next week,

after I've had a couple
of good days

of healthy eating,
so he doesn't panic.

Or I could just go today
if that makes you happy.

47, 48, 49, 50.



Yeah, you shouldn't
eat doughnuts.

We didn't.

Well, if you take care
of your heart,

starting right now,

you won't grow up to have
heart problems, hopefully.

So, you're counting
your Christmas money?

Yes, we just want to know
how much we have.

Oh, 'cause you found something
you want to buy?

Yes, something good.

I thought you were going
to save your money.

You said we could spend it.

I did.

Your mother and I both said you
could spend it or you could...

put it away for a rainy day.

It's raining all over the world.

Hey, hold up.

I need a favor.

I can't drop you anywhere.

- I gotta take her to work.
- Sorry.

Oh, uh, I need some help.

- Yeah, you need a lot of help.
- I do.

I need a lot of help.

And you, working
at an environmental company

as a receptionist

and being an expert
in the field of world concerns,

such as fossil fuels
and global warming

and bird pandemics,
well, you could get me

all the help I need, perhaps.

I need some research on Darfur.

Would you happen to have access
to anything

in that company of yours
on Darfur?

I don't know him.

It. It's a place.
It's part of the Sudan.

In Africa.

My mistake that I thought
you might have

any information
on the subject at all.

Have a nice day.

Wait, I have information.

Darfur's where all
those people are, right?

Yes, that's right.


I gave a bunch of stuff
to Ruthie last week

on those people.

There's a lot of them.

So Ruthie got stuff
from you already?

Not very good stuff.

What do you mean?

They make it look like our
president isn't doing anything.

Well, that's not true.

That's not true at all.

I know, but the information
she gave Ruthie was...

It's an
environmental company.

Everything we do
is based on research.

I think politics
affects your research.

Oh, since when
do you have opinions?

It's just, it's-it's Darfur,
and it's important

that everyone understands
what's going on.

And I don't think
your information is accurate.

I don't even think
it makes sense.

I think somebody
just made it up.

Are you calling the people
that I work for liars?

Well, well, maybe they just
didn't do their research.

I mean, I know
how difficult that is.

Do they have access
to the Internet?

Of course.

And I'm sure my bosses
did their research.

They can't just
make something up

and then print it and put it
out there for people to read.

Oh, but they can.

I mean,
newspapers do it every day.

I can get you some research.

I have access to the Internet.

If the kid takes
a long nap today,

I'll pull some stuff for you.

All righty. Great.

I'd really appreciate it.

Yeah, the computers
in the library

are booked through May
of next year, so...

All right.

I don't think I would get
in the middle of a fight

between T Bone and Ruthie.

I'm not.

Ruthie is for helping Darfur,

so that must
make him against it.

I just don't think
you should take sides.

I don't think he's
against helping Darfur.

I-I don't think anyone
is against helping Darfur.

I think it's a really
complicated situation,

and people don't know
how to help Darfur.

I'm just getting T Bone
some research.

That contradicts the research
that I gave to Ruthie?

There aren't two sides
to this story.

There's just the truth.

And the truth is,
this is genocide,

and the United States
of America

is the first
to call it genocide,

which is something the
United Nations refuses to do.

The United States of America
has done more

than anyone else in the world
to end this genocide.


What are you talking about?
That was Rwanda.

It's like that.

It's just like that.

Are you sure?

How can you care so much
about endangered species

and not know that African people
are endangered people?

They're being
systematically murdered.

Not that there's anything wrong

in caring for
the environment or animals.

I mean, we're all connected,

in that we're...
we're all part of life.

But Jane...
these are human beings.

All right.

Well, I didn't realize
that it was that bad.

What are we supposed to do?

Don't tell me
that all of this is happening

and you don't know
what to do about it.

I don't.

I thought you had
a doctor's appointment.

I thought you'd still be
making up with Kevin.

What do you know about that?

Just what I heard upstairs.

No groceries, huh?

Shouldn't you be
at the market with your mother?

I'll find time to go
to the market.

But I have to work.

Oh, and, Dad, you can't school
the boys here today.

No offense.

None taken.

Well, I can't work at home.

Your mother
isn't speaking to me.

Ah, so you two are arguing?

Oh, I didn't know.

'Cause I wasn't listening in
on your conversation.

Oh, you...

Uh, does Mom know
you took them out

wearing a pajama shirt
and a towel?

I don't know.
What difference does it make?

One of the beauties
of homeschooling

is that you can wear
anything you want

without judgment from anyone,
including family members.

He's wearing a towel.

It's a cape.

Oh. Oh, and...

and I see that Sam's
a superhero, too.

So, who are we saving today?

The world.

Uh, I have teen group
this afternoon.

Well, we'll be out of here
long before then.

No, I have work to do.

I have to put my plan together
for the year for my teen group.

You haven't done that yet?

No. And I need to.

And I need to do it
sitting at a desk.

You know, I've been thinking--
we need another desk here.

Wait... really? You have?

- Mm-hmm. -I could put
another desk in here?

Be-Because I-I could
buy one today.

Will you have time
to shop for a desk?

Well, could I put
another desk in here?

Because I'll make time to...

to-to-to buy a desk
to put in here.

Uh, not so fast.

We have a board of deacons
who are going to want to know

about any changes
in the furnishings.

You know Mrs. Vogel.

She's the head
of the decorating committee.

Yeah, I think if we need
a new desk in here,

we can put another...
another desk in here.

- Well, of course you could.
- Yeah.

You really ought to get

the board's approval first,
so no one...

nobody's feelings get hurt,
if you know what I mean.

Well, I know what you mean,

but I don't see
how my getting a desk

would hurt anyone's feelings.

Except for maybe my dad's,

because this has always
been his office.

So if he doesn't care--
and he doesn't--

I'm getting a new desk.

Well, just say something
about it first.

Maybe, uh... take a vote.

A vote, huh? Well, if I'm going
to call for a vote,

I'm going to call for a vote
for my own office.

We voted on that already.


The noes have it.

You have an office.

Hi, boys.

- Hi.
- Good morning.

Yes, good morning.

Well, maybe we can talk
about this outside.

Uh, I'll be outside.

Can we try Nicodemus again?

Sure, go ahead.

When did the deacons vote
on the office?

I don't know.

Uh, last month, month before.

- It comes up occasionally.
- Why were the deacons

- against me having an office?
- This isn't personal.

They just see you
as... as on the go.

I mean, you work in all areas
of our community.

Your work is everywhere.
Your desk is everywhere.

You're all over.

It's so much more
than being just at a desk

- or in an office.
- Really?

That's what they think?

Or-Or do they think
that I just don't work?

And-And that I...
I'm just still in training?

I didn't say that.

This can't be
what you came to see us about.

No. No.

Th-That's old business.

This is new business.

Oh, this is not old business.

This is new business.

It's news to me that nobody
wants me to have an office

and that I have to ask
permission to even buy a desk.

- I am getting a desk.
- If the new desk

is approved,
you'll have to do just that,

because no money
was set aside for a desk.

So you would have
to buy it yourself.

So I'd have to ask permission
to buy the desk?

No, no, no, no, no, no.

You'd need to ask permission

to put the desk you buy
into the church,

because all new furnishings
have to go through Mrs. Vogel.

What's the new business?

Yesterday in Sunday school,
Ruthie made a case

for, uh, donating money to one
of any charity for Darfur.

Yeah, she and T Bone

are doing a paper about it
for school,

but I didn't know
about this request.

I think she wanted
no favoritism shown.

Well, that's nice.

Well, it is nice,
and no favoritism was shown.

Uh, again, the noes have it.

Some of our deacons
feel that, uh,

Darfur is a highly
political issue

and we have problems
closer to home to worry about,

like feeding our own community.

Well, we can do that, too.

We should do that, in fact,
but Darfur is not exactly

what I would call
a political issue.

Genocide is a... a human issue.

Well, who to blame
for the genocide is political.

Is the issue who to blame
or who'll take responsibility?

- We just don't want any trouble.
- LUCY: I'll tell you what.

I'll buy the desk,
and you get me permission

to put it in my own office--
any teeny-tiny room

in the church will do--
and I will answer

any and all phone calls and mail
about anybody who's upset

with us donating money
for the situation in Darfur.

Lucy, it was a no vote.

So, uh, why don't you just
let Ruthie know that?

Well, I thought
you'd like to know.

I think she'll want to know.

Then, you'll tell her?

No, I won't tell her.

She didn't ask me.

If she had asked me,
I... I would have said yes.

And when did all
these votes start happening

that I don't even know about?

That we don't even know about?

Oh, the deacons
decided years ago

to vote on what to not
let you know about.

Or to let you know about...
or more on what to...

what to not bother you with
or-or what to bother you with.

Uh, both of you.

Well, Lou,
I'm not taking no on this one.

And I'm not taking no
on a desk.

Well, there, you see?

It's causing problems already.

I'll speak to the deacons.

No, no, wait, I'll speak
to the entire congregation.

I don't think the deacons
alone get to decide

who we help
and who we don't help.



You remember us, right?

Of course I remember you.

Do you know anyone in Darfur?

I do.

I'm not from that region,
but I have friends

who have relatives there.

We'd like to buy them some food.

We have $50. Would that help?

Really? $50?

That will help a lot.

I can send them $50
from my savings,

and you can pay me back.

I will send it today.

When will they get the money?

I will e-mail a friend in Uganda

who will pick up the money
at the Western Union

and take it to them
the next day.

Thank you so much.

You're welcome.

Tell Sam thank you as well.

- And hello to your family.
- Okay.


Hi, Lou. Hi, Luce. I'm just here
to pick up the boys.

Oh. Good to see you, too.

N-Nice talking to you.

I ate 11 doughnuts.

She's not speaking to me.

You did what?

Yeah. You tell him, Luce.

You tell him, too,
he should be embarrassed

to have our sons out in public
in pajamas and a towel.


- Good-bye.
- Good-bye.

I know that battle.

I used to let our son go
to the doctor's office

in his bathrobe
because he liked it better

than anything they had there.

If I were in your position,

I'd be eating doughnuts
and steak

five times a day.

Don't encourage him.

You know,
there's going to be a desk

in that office tomorrow.

I'll alert the, uh, deacons.

Please do.

And, uh, please also
alert them that, you know,

Lucy and I are...
are going to take a vote,

and we're going to decide
whether or not

we want the deacons
controlling the world.


I have a doctor's appointment.

So, even though
you have your own computer

and access to the Internet,

you get your research
from Crazy Jane.

I got some research
from her company, yes.

Were you planning
to share that with me?

Well, I was going
to hold onto it

to use as a rebuttal
to whatever you were writing.

I don't know what I'm writing.
I haven't gotten

enough information yet.

Yes, well, by the time
you get enough information,

there may be
no one left in Darfur.

You're blaming Darfur on me?

I actually suspected
that you would

blame Darfur on our president,

although you
may be surprised to learn

that the United States
of America

has contributed
almost $2 billion in assistance

to improve the situation
in refugee camps.


So the United States
is the single largest

international donor
to the Sudan, and we provide

50% of the food
from the UN World Food program

to Darfur,
and 70% of the contributions

to Sudan overall.

And we're contributing
$16 million

to a humanitarian campaign
to prevent rape

and treat victims
and build crisis centers.


And going back
to the years 2003 to 2005,

in those two years alone,

the U.S. contributed $2 billion
in assistance to refugee camps.

Hmm. Let's see.

I'm not that good
with numbers, but I know

that whatever
we're doing, it's not enough.

Why is it always,
"What's the U.S. doing?"

Why isn't it about,
"What's the world doing?"

You mean,
why not just pass the buck?

Because people are starving,
women are being raped,

children are being
enslaved and orphaned,

men and women are having their
lips and ears and limbs cut off.

Someone has to do something.

We're supposed to be
a superpower,

so why don't we use
our superpowers

for good instead of evil?

We're doing everything
we can possibly do.

Or maybe we're not.

You know, the very people

who criticize us
for policing the world

are the same people
that criticize us

for not doing more in Darfur.

- So?
- So why can't the UN

send in more
peacekeeping troops?

Uh, why can't the UN
even establish

a no-fly-over zone?

Why are we supposed to do it?

Why are we supposed to even
pressure the UN to do it?

Why don't they just do it?

I'll tell you why.

It's a very
complicated situation.

I mean, any time you've got oil,

you've got
a complicated situation.

- Oil?
- Oil.

Yeah. The whole world
revolves around oil.

- Oil?
- Mix oil

with religion and politics,

add a century or more
of greed, murder and violence,

and then get all the victims
in one place

without food or shelter or water
or proper medical care,

and subject them
to one horror after another,

and then have the whole world
look the other way,

and what have you got?

A very complicated situation.

Yeah, well, someone better
uncomplicate it quick

before there is no more Darfur.

Mom, do you have a stamp?

Oh, sure, honey.
It's right in that drawer.

Who are you writing to?


Oh. Nicodemus Lim,
from the Lost Boys?

That's so nice.

(phone rings)

Hello. Eric.
Tell me you're okay.

Fine. Then, I'm still not
speaking to you.

I would like
to send $50, please.

(phone rings)

(ringing continues)

Hi. This is Lucy Kinkirk.

- Hey.
- Hey.

What are you doing?

Oh, I was just sitting
at my new desk,

which is all the way across
the office from the phone,

but it's a desk.
I got a desk.

- Oh. You got a desk.
- Yeah.

My dad said that I could put
my own desk in his office,

but what I'm really hoping for

is to put my own desk
in my own office.

So I went shopping today
and bought a desk.

So I guess...
I guess that's step one.

Step one: a desk.
Step two: an office.

- Step three?
- Well, I don't know.

Your own church?

Hmm. Maybe.

Can't imagine
what that would be like.

I beg your pardon?

I called to apologize
about this morning.

Oh. Good.

But now I don't feel like it.


Don't feel like it because?

You had time to shop for a desk,

but you didn't have time
to shop for food,

so don't come home
and complain about what I buy

if a desk is your priority.

Fine. Then you keep eating
your big food

and saving money--
or... or wasting money--

whichever way
you want to look at it,

and I will continue eating
over at my parents' house

where food
doesn't come in giant cans,

and herds of animals
aren't kept in the freezer!

Oh. Hi.

Uh... come on in. Come on in.

Um, it's just... yeah, okay.
Well, I got a new desk.

It's nice, isn't it?

I hope I'm not late.

Martin didn't pick up Aaron
until almost 2:00.

- Hi, Luce.
- Hi.


I'm Sandy. I'm going to be part
of your class this semester.

Are you the Sandy
that had the baby?


I can't wait to hear about that.

Well, I don't know
if we're going

to have any time
for personal stories.

Um, but I thought
that we might, uh, focus

on the situation in Darfur

for today.
Actually, for every day

for the whole year.

Um, didn't you also have a
problem with alcohol and drugs?

Uh, when I was much younger,
I guess I did.

Yeah, I absolutely did.

Yeah, but we're not here
to discuss Sandy.

Okay, but can we just ask her
a couple of questions?

So, did you get married?

No. Uh...

You know, I don't mind
answering questions

if you don't mind
if I talk about myself.

Oh, please tell her it's okay,
Reverend Kinkirk.

It's one thing to...
to talk about sin,

but it's another if you've, uh,
been there and done that.

- You know what I mean?
- Yeah, I know what you mean,

but doesn't anyone want to talk
about the crisis in Darfur?

I have no problem with Sandy
talking about her life,

but what about the millions
of lives that are being affected

by what we know is genocide?

SANDY: Believe me,
my story can wait,

but the situation
in Darfur can't.

Well, what can we do about it?

What can we do?

Well, I think we should
all figure that out together.

In the meantime...
Sandy, was Martin your first?

I'm starving.

No, you're not.

You're not starving.

I'm not starving.

The people in Darfur
are starving.

I know that, okay?

I got it. I understand.

What I don't understand

is what we're supposed
to do about it.

I mean, why is anyone starving?

There's plenty of food
to feed everyone.


Hey. What's in the box?


Where's it from?

Turkey. I told Annie
I'd bring it over,

so let her know it's here.

She can take whatever she wants
and freeze the rest.

How many chickens are in there?

Why? You got a problem
with bulk-food purchasing, too?

- Too?
- Never mind.

I don't need your criticism.

Buying in quantity saves money.

Yeah, but it's the quantity
that just grosses me out.

I mean, who needs...

...37 chicken wings?

I don't know.

The 18 and a half chickens
who lost them?


The half is just really
putting me over the edge.

It's gross.

That many chickens?

That many chickens and a half?

37 chicken wings,
and it's just in one box

in one store in one community.

Think of all
the frozen chicken parts

all over the country.

Why do we need that much food?

Why can't we feed everyone?

Why can't we feed Darfur?

Maybe we could if we could
get the food into Darfur.

But that situation

is not just about the people
not having food.

It's about the people not having
any power. It's a genocide.

Can't someone empower
those people?

Can't anyone stand up for them?

Do you two even know
who those people are?

- People in western Sudan.
- Yes.

They're tribal people.

Most of them are Muslim.

No, no, I did my research today.

They're being killed
by the Janjaweed,

and they're Muslims.

And Muslims don't
kill Muslims, do they?

The Janjaweed are Arab militia
who are radical Muslims.

And I guess just some
of the questions are:

who is backing the Janjaweed,

how are they able to get away

with killing so many people

without the Sudanese government
stepping in,

why aren't they recognizing
the situation as a genocide,

and why hasn't the UN stated
it's a genocide?

The people of Darfur are made up
of a lot of tribes,

but they're mostly Muslim.

I thought
that they were Christians,

like your friends--the guys
we met-- uh, the Lost Boys.

Yeah, those guys

are Christians,
and they live in southern Sudan.

This is western Sudan.

Darfur is in western Sudan.

It's a complicated situation.

Is that what we're telling
the people in the refugee camps?

"Sorry, we can't do anything.
It's complicated"?

KEVIN: I know.
What are they thinking?

What are we thinking?

What is the whole world

JANE: I don't think
anyone is thinking.

People look at our generation,
and they criticize us

because we don't do anything,

but we're not the ones
in charge.

We have no control.

We are so far removed from any

decision-making process that
we feel completely useless.

I mean, it's not like
I don't want to do anything.

It's just, I don't know how.

Please answer the question

to show us that this
transmission is for you.

It's like a code
to pick up your money.

Your friend Nicodemus
says to ask,

"What is the name
of your brother?"

Every man.

Have a nice evening.

Thank you.

So, I need your help.

I need you to go home
and talk to your families

about supporting our program
here at our church

so we can all do something
about Darfur.

We have to do something.

We can't just keep saying that.

We have to live that.

My dad is presenting the issues
in front of the church members,

and you are all church members,
so you have a say in this.

(phone rings)

Oh, I'll get it.

It's probably my husband.

Hi. This is Reverend Kinkirk.


No more
personal questions, okay?

My life is not more important
than the millions of people

in refugee camps in Darfur.

I just wanted you to know

that I just loaded up
all the food

in the basement
and I'm donating it to a shelter

so that it can be used
before it expires.

That's a great idea.

And then I'm going
to make a donation

to help save Darfur,
because when you think about it,

we have enough--enough money,

enough food,
enough clothes, enough.

We do.

We absolutely do.

And I'm... I'm so sorry
about everything.

Me, too.

Don't stop at the grocery store.

Don't stop for anything.

Come home to me.


I love you. Bye.

You know...
aren't we all so lucky

to have the luxury of fighting
over the stupidest things?

You know, like what
we eat or when we eat

or where we eat
or who we eat with

or whether we get a desk or not.

You know, our priorities
are so confused.

Like today--
the most important thing to me

was... was getting a desk.

Instead, I should
have been realizing

that the most important thing
is that my...

my dad is alive and well

and I am
so fortunate to be able

to share this space
and... and time with him.

You know, we all have
to be there for each other.

So what are we going
to do about Darfur?

There are lots of organizations
that are trying to help,

so even if my dad doesn't talk
the church into doing something,

there's other ways
that we can help.

Yeah, I cannot believe

that the church
didn't come through.

Why didn't you just, you know,
ask your dad in the first place?

Because I wanted to feel

like I was initiating
some kind of change.

But even if that
doesn't work out,

this isn't really about me.

And there's lots
of organizations

that we could choose from.

Yeah, but I mean,
how do you know which to choose?

Well, there's Web sites
that tell you how the money

for each organization is spent--

how much of each dollar goes
towards administration

and how much goes
towards the actual supplies.

You know, I saw this
Jewish organization

called MAZON
that seemed pretty good.

It's a Jewish response
to world hunger.

I wonder, though,
if it's a Jewish organization,

why wouldn't they just help
Jewish people?

You think the Jewish people
don't know about genocide?

This is genocide.

Right. Got it.

There's a Catholic

called Catholic Relief Services.

There's UNICEF,
there's Bread for the World,

Second Harvest,

there's the International
Medical Corps.

There's lots of people
that are trying to help.

I mean,
other than trying to find

some place to donate money to,
what are you and I doing?

I mean,
what are we doing about Darfur?


I'm over the doughnuts.

- Are you?
- Yeah.

The boys told me
that they sent their savings--

all of their savings--
to Nicodemus, who's sending it

to a friend he has in Uganda,
who's going to then take it

to the people he knows
in Darfur.

I knew they
called him again, but really?


So our eight-year-olds
have figured out how

to do what the rest
of the world hasn't.

I'm sorry.

Me, too.

I shouldn't have been
so concerned

about the doughnuts or what
the boys were wearing today.

I mean, the important thing
is that they have anything

to wear at all, you know?

And that they are concerned

that other people have
something to wear,

something to eat
and a place to live.

And how are you?

The same. Just the same.

I'm... I'm a lucky man.

And we're all lucky people.

We just forget it sometimes
because we're so comfortable.

No changes?


So you don't have
the cholesterol test back?

No, but I know sometimes

those things
just don't seem important.

No, they don't.

So what are we
going to do about Darfur?

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