7th Heaven (1996–2007): Season 4, Episode 1 - The Tattle Tale Heart - full transcript

His wicked sisters selfishly make Matt feel 'guilty' he hasn't moved out yet, although ma still hopes to keep him home in a garage apartment. They even get Hank to find him a menial morning job in the hospital cafeteria. Simon however feels deserted by his big brother, who takes an apartment he shares with John Hamilton. The parents worry needlessly about the visiting colonel's attitude to Julie's marriage with Hank, but when the oldies find out from the kids they are cool, having gone soft after a world trip, as George's crazy hairstyle illustrates. Yet the stress gives already overworked Eric a mild heart-attack.

Don't worry,
it's all going to be fine.

Well, it's a shame

Julie couldn't
make it by tonight.

We're mighty anxious

to meet this new
boyfriend of hers.

See how she is at making
choices when she's sober.

Hey, Grandpa.

I believe Grandpa's
still going by "Colonel."

Simon, my goodness.

Now, where are
your manners?

Your cap's still on.

There are ladies

So what do you think?

Well, I think

if that's what you want
that's just fine, fine.

That's an interesting choice,

eh, Ruth?
Well, you know,

it's new; I'm still
working with it.

Your grandfather and I have
been to a lot of countries,

a lot of places,
and we've seen

that individual

are being lost
right and left,

so when it comes to
George, we say yes

whenever we can.
Hey, kids.

You remember
your uncle,

my adopted
brother George.

I'm starving.

Probably because you
didn't eat anything at dinner.

I couldn't.
I was too nervous
about Aunt Julie

coming over.
Why would that make you nervous?

Because the Colonel
and Grandma Ruth

don't know that
she's... married.

I thought they didn't know
that she was having a baby.

They don't know
that either,

and you're not going
to tell them that.

And neither is Lucy,
and neither am I.

Then who is going to tell them?


Really, it's going to be fine.

It's all going to be fine.


Why didn't you have
breakfast at the hotel?

Oh, Ruth and George
are sleeping in,

and frankly, after
six months on the road

I've had enough
of hotel food.

Now what got you
up so early?

Oh, I just, can't sleep.

I got a lot on my mind.

Anything you want
to talk about?


There's just a lot
going on right now.

Two companies in Glenoak
have had gigantic layoffs

this summer, I've got
parishioners out of work.

Yeah, well, if you don't
want to talk about it.

Some are sick and have lost
their medical insurance,

and others are depressed and...

the money the church
set aside for emergencies

just seems to have just been

used up overnight.

Anything going on around here

that you don't want
to talk about?

Well, we, uh, we have had
two more children.

Yes. Anything else?

I mean, we've been gone
for six months.

A lot can happen in six months.

Believe me, having two more
children is a lot.

A big, big lot.

Is everything okay with Julie?

I told you,

everything's fine with Julie,
Julie's fine.

Well, then why did she make up

that lame excuse
about not coming for dinner?

It wasn't a lame excuse.

Her boyfriend is a doctor,
he had an emergency.

Oh, so since she's become

with this doctor,
she can't drive across town

to see her parents
and her little brother

who've been out of the country
for six months?

She'll come over.
What's the big deal?

Last night, today,
tonight, tomorrow,

whenever, whatever.

Whatever, indeed! Here.

Take this up to Annie.


Maybe we can
put closets

all the way,
along each wall.

Oh, maybe not.

Um, maybe if build
platform beds

with storage space
underneath, we can
make it work.

No, you can't
make it work.

You can never, make it work.

On the other hand,

if Matt does move out,

you can take his space,
I'll take the other space,

and we can each have
our own rooms

for the first time
in our lives.

Look, I hate to put
a wrinkle in your master plan,

but I don't have
another place to live.

Well, I'm afraid
we're going to
have to point out

what Mom and Dad can't.

You're 21.
Well, almost 21.

It's time to go.

You don't have to be
so callous about it.

Yes. Yes, we do.

I thought I smelled something.

Blueberry pancakes.

My favorite.


So, how have you been?

Do I smell bacon?

The Colonel has
the mess hall

and has a mess of meat.
Oh, did you eat?

No, I'm not hungry.

Are you okay?
Well, I'm...

I'm a little angry at--
no, I'm a lot angry,

at Julie for not coming
over here last night.

I can't take the pressure.

That's the way you feel,
just imagine how Julie feels.

Oh, yeah, well,
Julie has had the summer off.

And she doesn't have
seven kids to feed and clothe

and house and send to
college, not to mention

27 people in counseling,
speaking of which,

I'd better get down
to the church.

Are we going to look
for a new car today?

I forgot.

I promise we'll
look tomorrow.

You've been saying
that all summer

and driving the Meals on Wheels
van is getting a little old.

You are getting tired
of driving it, aren't you?

Yes, I'm getting
tired of driving it.

Since Mary wrecked the car,
it does seem like

she should be driving the van
instead of my car, doesn't it?

Yes, it seems that way.
So we'll car shop tomorrow.

Right. Today we have to keep
a very close vigil

on the Colonel and Ruth,
make sure, uh,

none of the kids
tells them about Julie.

Remember, no one is
to be left with them,

and no trips to the mall.

I know my parents.
They'll bribe them.

Well, I'd better get downstairs

and get these guys
some breakfast.

Oh, by the way, any decision

yet on who's moving
where and when?

No, you want some
help deciding?

Oh, no. No matter
how we do it, it's
going to end up

costing some money, and
Matt's tuition is due.

And we have to buy a car.



there's Happy.

Good girl.

Huh, you and
George have a good
time last night?

I know George has been
looking forward

to getting back stateside
and seeing all his family.

Uh... especially Julie.

George didn't
say anything about...

Oh, what did George
say we talked about?

Um... we talked

about everything.
I-I have a girlfriend, you know.

Ah... mm-hmm.

Yeah, it was great
seeing George again.

Is he going to stay the whole
visit or does he have to leave

early to go back to school?

Well, you know, this
independent study thing

worked out really well,
so we want to continue it.

That's why I'm hoping,
maybe Julie will

dump this new boyfriend
of hers, and come back

to New York to tutor George.

Yeah, something wrong?

No. Have you seen Ruthie?

Yeah, she's in the living room
watching cartoons.

It's not like you
to allow that, Colonel.

I don't recall ever
objecting to cartoons.

Excuse me?

You, who never
thought Popeye

was fit to wear
the uniform?

You who thought
Gotham City was a
communist utopia

and Betty Boop
was a loose woman?

Well, yes, but I never said
she wasn't funny.

Yes, you did.


Nah, I'm-I'm not hungry.

And I have to get to work.

On a Saturday?

Son, you've got to stop
and smell the roses.

Well, not until
the roses are paid for.

That was a good one, Dad.

Uh, I'm going

to go check on Ruthie.

I love these old cartoons.

Yeah, they're funny.

By the way, how
are the pancakes?

And more important,
did you talk to
Grandpa at all

while he was making them?


What are you doing up so early?

I'm going to look
at an apartment.

Job. Job first, then apartment.

Well, I figure
if I find

an apartment I like,
I could actually

get inspired to find a job.

Well, even if you found a job,

you might not want to move out,

you might want
to spend that money

on making the garage

into a little apartment.

Thanks, but no.
Uh... I can't.

I can't live in the garage.


Oh, what hospital is he in?

Oh, what time's the surgery?

Uh, okay, well,

I'll try to get there
by tomorrow afternoon.

Although I... no, I might
have to make it Monday

'cause I'm trying to reserve

Sunday afternoons
for Annie and the kids.

Andy Lawrence

is having surgery
again on Monday.

I'm sure everything
will go fine.

I'll ask everybody
to say a little prayer

for Andy
in church tomorrow.

No, I...

I understand, I'll try to get
there tomorrow after church.

Yeah, I'm sorry,
I... I have to go.

No, I promise I'll try.


I will. Bye.

Andy, like a lot of people,

is more afraid of the anesthesia
than the actual surgery.

He'll be fine.

How was your week?

We've come to a decision.

We're selling
the house.

Maybe it'll take
some pressure off.

We can pay off some bills,

and get an apartment
where our monthly bills

will be a lot smaller.

It's just hard.

I mean, we
inherited that

from Cathy's mom and dad

and we just always
assumed we'd have it.

I'll let the machine pick up.

Uh... I'll just turn
the volume down.

Hi, it's your sister.

Oh, I...

It's your brother.

Oh, your are there.

I think we're all
clear for tonight.

Oh, are-are-are we,
because if you're not,

I'm going to tell
Dad without you.



I'm just kidding.

What got you in such a bad mood?

Just be there, and the sooner,
the better, okay?

Fine, we'll be there by 6:00.



Hey, Matt.

Oh, did I startle you?


What's up? What you doing here?

I'm just, uh, I'm looking
at an apartment.

So we're looking
at the same place.

Let the best man win.

Well, I'm...

I'm just looking.
I don't have any money.

I just want to see
what's out there

because the second
I find a job, I'm out.

I can't take living
at home any longer.

Man, I have
the opposite problem.

My family can't take me
living at home any longer.

Went off to college last year,
my parents made my room

into a bedroom for Keesha,

so, while I was
out of the house,

she and Lynn
had their own bedrooms,

and they plan on
keeping it that way.

Well, at least they waited
until you were out of the house.

I found Mary and Lucy
drooling over my attic space

this morning when I woke up.

Looks like we've both
worn out our welcome.

So what's the problem,
you've got a job, move.

No, the problem is I need to
find something on the bus route.

I don't have a car.

That's going to be rough
taking the bus everywhere.

I wouldn't call taking
public transportation rough.

It's what a lot of people do,
you know, unless they're people

who have mommies
who fix up cars for them.

Hey, you know,

maybe mommy can take the garage

and make it into a little
apartment for you,

and you can just live at home
forever and ever.

Yeah, mommy just tried
that pitch this morning.

Man, you've got to get a job.

You have to find a car.

If we can get Matt out,

we would have the option
of sharing his space

and making the other space
into a walk-in closet

or even our own...


Having a bathroom
is a fantasy,

the reality is we
have to have closets.

What are you two doing?

Oh, we're just dreaming
about the day

when Matt gets out
of here and...

We're thinking about
our own bathroom.

It could work, but it-it takes
money to put in a bathroom.

Well, maybe the church
could pay for it.

Or maybe the church
would choose to spend

its toilet funds on food,
clothing and shelter for people

who have bigger problems
than the two of you.

See, I was right.

The bigger problem
is closets.

We have to have closets.

Fine, then we'll
go to plan B.

You have totally
missed my point,

and you can't go with plan B
unless Matt moves to the garage,

and he doesn't want
to move to the garage,

even if we could swing
the cost of this renovation.

We'll put the twins
in Simon's room

and Simon in my room,

then I can take
Mary and Lucy's room.

Yeah, well, it would
give her more privacy.

And with Sam and David
in Ruthie's old room,

I could just put my bed
in there with them

for a place to sleep.

And then get a couch
for my bedroom

and turn that into a den,

so I can entertain company
without having to bother anyone.


No to the couch
or no to the switch?

No to both,
at least for right now.

He has to go.

But not too far.

I vote for the garage--
all in favor?

He doesn't want to move
to the garage!

Well, he's sure not
going to get a job.

Annie, darling!

Up here, Ruth.


George and I just stopped by
the church to see Eric,

he practically shooed us away.

Well, did he have
someone in his office?

Yes, it looked as if
it was a very serious someone.

I was thinking it
might be great fun

if we took Julie and the kids

and went on a little
shopping spree.

Oh, we can't--
I can't.

Did somebody say shopping?

No, no, no.
No shopping.

It-it shouldn't
cost grandparents

a shopping trip
to the mall

just to be with
their grandchildren.

But it would give me
a chance to be with them,

to talk to them.

Yeah, and talk and shop,
talk and shop.

You can't.

You're moving.
I just decided.


We're-we're moving
into our rooms now?

Yes, why not?

I mean, we've been
waiting all summer

to get the babies
out of our room,

so now is as
good a time as any.

Go forth and tell
everyone you're moving.

Simon, we're moving!


You're hiding something.

No, not me, I'm not hiding
anything at all.

Nope, nothing at all,
I'm just an open book.

I have the idea of the century.

Instead of waiting for Matt
to get a job,

we'll get Matt a job.

And what makes you
think we can do that?

Where there's a will,
there's a way.

There must be someone,

somewhere, who'd be willing to
let Matt do something for money.

What about our grandparents?



Doesn't need any help
down at the church.


Can't get him a job
at her school.


Could get him a job
at the hospital.

Boy George, I think
you've got it.

Yeah, but-but Matt can't
be a doctor, a nurse,

a technician, a candy striper.

What can he do?

Doesn't matter.

Hank will find him something.

Nepotism is the backbone
of the American workforce.

Yeah, but he might
not want to help us out.

Don't worry.

But I am worried.

Worried about what?

I'm worried about
starting school again.

Are you all right?

You look a little funny.

I'm fine.

Oh, there you are.

We're going to do a little
time at the hardware store.

You and Simon
want to come along?

I can't, we're moving rooms.

When did that happen?
No, never mind.

I'm-I'm just
glad it happened.

Sergeant Michaels wants
to know if you can

meet him
down at the station.

A police officer got stabbed

in a drug bust,

and he wants you
to go with him

to tell the wife before
it gets in the news.

Okay, oh, I almost
forgot to tell you.

Uh, Julie and Hank
will be here

for dinner around 6:00.

Hey, that's good news,
good news, yeah, mm-hmm.

What time is it?

Time to bag this.

Well, let's just
give it two more minutes.

Are you here to see
the apartment?

Uh, yes, ma'am.
Yes, ma'am.

I'm not a ma'am,
and it's unlocked.

This place is great!

If I had the money
I'd take it.

Maybe we can work something out.


Yeah, maybe I could
drive you around everywhere,

and in return,

you could pay
the whole rent

and the utilities
and the groceries.

You've got to get a job.

You've got to get a car.

But we're taking it?

Of course!

♪& You know, sort of? ♪&

Sergeant Michaels
and I made the visit,

but then I got beeped by Lou
down at the church

and I-I couldn't reach him.

Did he call you?

Yes, he had his son with him

and they just wanted to say
hello, it wasn't an emergency.

Oh, that's good to hear.

Okay, I want to get home
and pitch in with this move.

Uh, what can I do for you?

Do you need anything?

Well, if you want,
you could pick up

a little extra hamburger meat.

Uh, I thought I'd put some
burgers on the grill,

but I'm about two pounds short.

Uh, if your just trying
to soften up the Colonel

for the big blow by preparing
his favorite meal...

I'm not sure it'll work.

In fact, I have a feeling

nobody's going to
be eating anything.

Uh, by the way,
did you get some lunch?

No, I'm not hungry.
Well, eat something.

You seemed a little tired
when you were at the house.

I'm a little worried about you.

I just got beeped.

Have to go.

Okay, bye.

Now, where were we?

Hey, Mrs. Hinkle.

You know I was just
on my way to the market,

so, yeah, I'll be, sure,
I'll be happy to pick up

your blood pressure medicine
and drop it off for you.

No problem.



What was I supposed to get?

Uh, hamburger.

They'll be here by 6:00,
and it'll be fine.

Right, right, it'll all be fine.

Where's Mom and Dad?

I have something
to tell them.

You got a job!

No, I don't, I
have an apartment.

Yeah, you have
an apartment and a job!
Yeah, apartment and a job!

Wh-What job?

What's all
the screaming about?

Uh, John Hamilton and I
found an apartment.

We're moving in together.

So, you're just taking off,
just like that?

I mean,
no warning, nothing?

You're just abandoning me?

No, I'm not abandoning anyone.

I'm just moving across town.

Well, congratulations.

This isn't how I
wanted to tell him.



What's all this?

I made a potato salad,
a macaroni salad, a green salad,

a fruit salad

and a Jell-O salad.

Red, white and blue,

just the way the Colonel
likes everything.

So, I hear

you're going to be serving up
Glenoak Hospital's fine cuisine.

The girls said
you need a job.

So I asked around,
and it turns out

the hospital cafeteria
has an opening.

Lucky for you, the
cafeteria ladies love me.

Because when I was single, I
ate most of my meals there.


So if you want it,
the job is yours.

Minimum wage and all the food
you can keep down.

Plus, they know
you're a full-time student,

so they're willing to work
out a schedule with you.

When do I start?

They're expecting you at 5:00.

Is that 5:00 this evening?

No, that's 5:00
tomorrow morning.


5:00 in the morning,
I'll be there.

Ask for Dot.

All right, thank you,
thank you, thank you.

Thank you, thank you,
thank you, thank you.

We will love you forever
and ever and ever for this!

Well, the night is
off to a good start.



Hi, spud.

How you doing?

How you doing?


I'm going to miss you.

Yes, I am.

You, too.

You, too.

I got a job and an apartment
with John Hamilton.

John and I are going
to share a studio apartment.

Well, do you really
want to share

a smaller space
with another guy?

Are you kidding?
If it gets me out of here, yeah.

That-that came out wrong,
it's just...

We all know I'm a little
overdue on moving out.

How'd you find a job?

Hank found it
for me.

I'm going to work in the
cafeteria at the hospital.

Well, should you wait and see
if the job works out?

It'll have to work out,
I have an apartment to pay for.


It's not like
I'm leaving today.

It'll probably be tomorrow.

All right, well, look, let me
just get everyone situated here,

and I'll come over and
give you two a hand.



Okay. Okay.

Seems like yesterday.

Call Shana.

Did she call?

No, she didn't call.

But I wouldn't want her
to find out at the last minute

that you're moving
out of the house.

I know how that feels.

Shana's going to be happy
I'm moving out.

Oh, so she doesn't
like us either?

Look, I'm sorry about
the way you found out,

but you knew
this was going to happen.

But couldn't you wait
another year or so,

when I'm not smack
in the middle of puberty?

I mean, this is
a tough time for a guy,

and I need a brother right now.

We're still brothers.

And we'll always be brothers.

I'll just be your brother
who lives across town.

It's practically
like moving into

the garage,
only the garage is nicer.

Hey, maybe you and Nigel
can come over and hang out

with me and John next Saturday
and watch football.

Just the guys,
no adults.



Do you and John have a TV?


But if you come over, you'll be
the first one to see the place.

Even before Shana?

You know I love you.

Yeah, I know.

That's why I'm going
to miss you.

Once we get in there,
I want you to know

that there aren't going to be
any more of these conversations.

No more tea parties,
no more fashion shows,

no more easy access
to Simon's cigar box

filled with magic rings
and money.

We're moving into
a big girl's room,

and it's going to be
a big girl's world.

Now, what do I mean by that?

I mean, that we're about to have
access to our very own phone.

Let's have a big round
of applause for that.


What's all the cheering for?

Oh, we're just all

very excited about moving.

Oh, why is that?

The room comes with a phone.

Uh, no.

The room comes with a phone jack

to plug the phone into
when you're old enough.

When will I be old enough?

Um, well, when you can
keep your room clean

and do your own laundry
and prove that

you're responsible enough
to have a phone in your room.

That's not fair.

Well, it's parenting.

I can't stand parenting.

Yeah, I know, but it's the rule
for everybody else.

Even for Matt?


But then Matt's...

I'll be right back.


I'm on the phone
with Shana.

Hank and Julie
are downstairs.

They're getting everything
ready for the big barbecue.

And, uh, you are doing what?

We're moving stuff.

While you're keeping
an eye on the twins.

By the way, I heard that
Matt got an apartment

because Matt got a job.

How did he get a job?

Hank. Yeah, Hank got
it for him.

And who asked Hank
to get Matt a job?

She did.
She did.

We did it for him
and for you and Dad.

Seven kids are
a lot of kids,

and Matt's practically
a grown man,

and he can take care
of himself.

And after all,
you and Dad raised him,

and you are
the perfect parents.

And even if we goofed
up and he can't

take care of himself,
then he should,

because Dad's under a lot
of pressure to take care of

all of us and the church
and the community.

And, well, with
one less...

With one less,
there'd be more for you two.

More for all of us.

Have you ever considered
that if you did more to help

and got by with less,
that would help, too?


How could we get
by with less?

Think about it while you're
keeping an eye on the twins.

You're going to have to tell
Ruthie that you're moving.

Could you do it?

You know, I didn't do
that great with Simon,

and Shana, for some reason's,
mad at me

because I didn't discuss it
with her first.

Well, yes, I'm not surprised.

And, no, I can't
talk to Ruthie for you.

Are we eating yet?

No, not yet, but Hank
and Julie are here.

Has the Colonel
seen her yet?

No, not yet.

You told him,
didn't you?

I couldn't help it.

Did you tell
him everything?

Define "everything."

Yeah, everything.

You really shouldn't
have done that.

When you do something
you shouldn't do,

there are consequences.

Don't yell at her.

I told George; I'm sure
he told them by now.


Well, they were going
to find out anyway.

But we agreed Dad
would tell them.

Well, you might as well
yell at all of us,

because we practically
told Grandma Ruth.

Yeah, make it your last
big lecture before you move out,

because we're all guilty.

Yep, one for
the road.

You're moving out?

It's time for
me to move on.

I'm getting an apartment
with John Hamilton,

but I'll be around.

Just time I grew up,
got my own place.

No kidding.
For the past year,

I've been telling my friends
you're my dad.

You know, I think it's the
first time all seven of us

have been in the same room
together without Mom and Dad.

And it may be the last.

So, what are you
leaving behind?

Oh, I don't want my hands
getting dirty and stained,

not in my line of work.

Okay, but when the
Colonel comes...

Not a problem.
I'll snap them right off

and barbecue like a man.

Ooh, Eric.

Yeah. Yeah.

Oh, yeah.

The Colonel and Ruth
and George are here.

I know, I know.

Are you okay?

You look a
little pale.

Back off. It's just
a little indigestion.

I'm fine.
Don't worry, they're
going to love me.

I'm very lovable.



this is Hank--
Dr. Hastings,


Julie's husband.

The father
of your grandchild.

Well, will you
look at that, Ruth.


you've never looked
more beautiful.

Congratulations. Hank!

Welcome to the family, son.

Oh, Julie,
I'm so happy for you!

I can't think of anything
better than this, you know.

A marriage, a baby,
I mean, this is...

this is the right stuff.

I have a feeling
they were warned.

My parents have been
abducted by aliens.

Hey, we've got to go find George

and give him
the good news.

This is just terrific.

What a way to top off
a trip around the world.

Sir, maybe there is

one thing we
should talk about.

Julie and I do
want you to know...

Oh, no one's doing the math
on this miracle, son.

You okay, pal?

What's the matter?



call my office and tell them
have Dr. Petersen

meet us at emergency.
That's Dr. Petersen.

I'm going to grab my
bag from the car.

I'll be right back.


I think I'm having
a heart attack.

Everything's going to be fine.

I just saw myself...

sitting there by the bed
like I've done so many times,

only this time
I was talking to myself

and I said everything
is going to be fine.

It is, isn't it?


everything is going to be fine.

The tests show that you did
have a mild heart attack,

inferior myocardial
infarction, some blockage

in the right
coronary artery,

which means that when you get
out of the hospital,

you're going to be doing
some cardiac rehab.

Change your
diet a little

to keep the
cholesterol levels low

and start relaxing
a little more.


You can visit for
a few minutes,

but I want you to get some rest.

Was it us?

I-It, uh...

Wait a minute,
it couldn't be your mother.

Was it me?

It wasn't anyone.

Really, I mean, no,
no one's to blame.

Well, here you were
dreading telling me

about Julie.

I don't understand that, son.

When did I get
to be the bad guy?

Well, what's so funny?

I don't know.

When did you get
to be the bad guy?


you're not the bad guy.

It's just that I didn't
anticipate your being happy

about Julie.

Well, why would I be anything
but thrilled?

My daughter's marrying a doctor
and having a baby.

Oh, Eric, we're sorry if we
ever gave you the impression

that these little things
would upset us.


Were you two abducted by aliens?

With what we've seen, with all
that's going on in the world,

it is a small thing,

but it's a small
and wonderful thing

that your sister is
finally settling down

and starting a family.

You know,

your problem is you're a type A
just like me.

You think I'm just like you?

Yes, of course you are.

I mean, we're both driven,

we both set high goals
for ourselves,

we thrive on hard work,

and as the kids would say,
we're control freaks.

Now, a little control is
not necessarily a bad thing.

The world would be nowhere
if it weren't for men like us

who try to control things.

Without us,
there wouldn't be any change,

and those other types,
whatever they are,

would never have time to relax
if it weren't for us.

So all you have to do

is just ease up a bit,
son, that's all.

Colonel Camden?

Yes, we're going, we're going.

That guy is one of us Type As,
you know-- driven.

We'll see you
in a few months.

We're taking off tomorrow.

You don't have to leave.

Yes, they do.

Uh, Annie, we'll, um, we'll get
the car and meet you out front.


going to be fine.

I never realized
you were feeling so stressed.

Well, I did,

but I didn't know my
heart wasn't up to it.

I never
should have bugged you

about the car
and moving the kids...

This is not your fault.

So please don't
blame yourself,

and please don't let the
kids blame themselves, okay?


I love you.

And I love you.

Always and forever.


Is Eric okay?
Eric will be fine.

What's wrong, George?

I'm sorry if I've been
too much trouble,

because I don't want anything
to happen to you two.

I love you as much as I love
the father and mother

who gave me life.

You both gave me a new life.

Well, I love you, too.

Oh, I love you both!

But... but you're old.

Maybe you shouldn't
be trying to
raise a teenager.

Maybe it's not good for you.

Maybe your hearts
will go bad, too.

That's balderdash, son.

Adopting you
has made us young again.

You keep us
vitally interested

in everything
that's going on

in the world,
you give us renewed strength,

you keep us on our toes.


Absolutely, son.

Then how come you're letting me
wear my hair like this?

I look stupid.

Well, everyone should have the
freedom to look stupid, son.

That's what America's all about.

Annie's on her way out.

From what I hear,
Eric shouldn't be here
but a day or two.

He's going
to be fine.

You saved his life,
you know.

I can't take
credit for that.

Would you take credit
for saving mine?

Only if you take
credit for saving mine.

I'm sure your dad
will be fine.

Yeah, I just wish
I had gotten a job
and moved out sooner

to take some of the
pressure off of him.

What was I thinking?
I'm a grown man.

I should be more responsible.

It's not your fault.
It would have happened

whether or not you got a job,
lived at home

or didn't
live at home.

And you are responsible.

Look at this grill.

Shouldn't blame yourself.

I can't help it.

Yes, you can
help it.

Blame and worry are not going
to do you or your dad any good.

No, but taking responsibility
for myself

in the future might help.

You're right.

There's no time like
the present to do it.

So your sisters
got you a job.

And your mommy gave you a car.

Sold. Sold me her car.

What were we thinking?

Dad had enough
pressure on him

with everything
going on at the church

without us
bugging him all summer

about needing new clothes
for school and a new room.

Yeah, this time last night,

our biggest problem was how
to get Matt out of the attic.

Yep. 24 hours ago, storage space
was all we had to worry about.

Tell me again he's okay.

He's okay, really.

Mom said he'd be home
in a day or two,

and worrying isn't
going to do anything.

Taking responsibility is.

Let's get these
guys cleaned up, and
put them to bed, okay?

Why did Daddy's
heart attack him?

Sometimes hearts
just do that, I guess.

But Dad's was
just a little attack.

It was scary,
but he's okay.

I want to see him.

We all want to see him,
but we can't because he...

he has to rest.

Did I do something that
made Daddy's heart go bad?


But like what?

I don't know.

Maybe I shouldn't
have bugged him

about buying me
those new tennis shoes.

I don't think that would do it.

Parents get used to
being bugged about
that kind of stuff.

Me and-and Mary and Lucy
and Matt

have been asking
for new tennis shoes every year

for years and years.

Then maybe you guys caused it.

No. No one caused it.

That's right.
No one caused it.

It just happened.
So the thing is

is that we
can't do anything

about what happened
before Dad's heart attack.

The only thing
we can do is

make sure that him and
everybody else in the family

is healthy, starting now.

Are we all sleeping in here?

Yes, we are.

What's going on?

How's Dad?

How is he?

Dad is fine.

I'll prove it.

Let's call him.

Hi, Annie.

How did you know?

22 years of marriage.

The kids want
to tell you something.

Love you, Dad!

I love you, too.

Say good night.

Good night, Dad!

Good night.

Good night.
We'll see you tomorrow.

Tomorrow. Tomorrow.

Thank you.

Thank you very much
for tomorrow.