7th Heaven (1996–2007): Season 4, Episode 4 - Come Drive with Me - full transcript

Simon lets school friends convince him he should kindly handle a crazy girl who signed his first name all over a notebook but keeps sending mixed or rather contradictory signals. When his roommate gets a cool job, Matt is fed up with his menial one in the cafeteria. Kid patient Adam's attempts to help seem to backfire. The Camdens really need a new car, but when Eric is seen test-driving a sports-car and Lou sees furnishings arrive for the extra bathroom Annie helps the girls install for their 'attick suite', the board votes against his annually scheduled raise.


You might want
to notify

the meal-on-wheels van's

because it is officially dead.

But you'll have it running again

before the afternoon meals
have to go out?

I already called
another church volunteer

who's going to stop by
and borrow our minivan

so nobody's going
to go hungry.

we got
two kids at home,

four in school, three drivers
and only one car.

What's going to happen
when I go back to work?

Look, we're just going
to have to buy a car,

which we can do even
without your raise,

because we have that insurance
money from the station wagon.

will be fine.

The insurance money

for the station wagon is enough

to get us another old,
beat-up station wagon.

Plus, a new car,
even a new used car,

is going to raise
our insurance premiums,

and they've already gone up
since the wreck.

What if the deacons
don't give me a raise?

You know, if you're really
this worried about your raise,

you should just go down
to the church and talk to them.

I hate having to go to the
church with my hat in my hand.

What hat?

Oh, nothing, we were just
talking about getting a new car.


You know,
I have a great idea.

Why don't you
and Ruthie go out

and find us
a new car together.

Really? Just me and Daddy?

We don't have to bring
Sam and David?

Not that I don't
dearly love them.

No, just you.

But, honey, you're
the one who knows cars.

But it would give you
an opportunity

to spend some time
with Ruthie.

I can't hear you.

I said, that
for the last 20 years,

I've picked out every car
we ever had.

And you, in turn,

always feel like you never
really get what you want.

That's not true.
The minivan is great.

So, you do like green?

Hey, Ruthie, what do you say

you and I go buy us a new
car after school today?

Yes! Yes!

How much money can
we afford to spend?

Wow, that's like
a bazillion dollars.


I have to get
that raise.

I'm going to go check out
Simon's car magazines

and get up to speed.

Yeah, good for you.

But first you have to finish
getting ready for school.

How's my favorite roommate
and food service employee?

Sweaty. What are you
doing here?

I just came by to thank you.

I got hired

by the hospital's Department
of Environmental Services.

I'm in charge of
programming the music

for the whole hospital
from the cafeteria to OR.

Hey, good for you.

In charge of music
for the whole hospital.

Yeah, man, I can't believe it.

I can't believe it either.

Camden, there's a Jell-O spill
in the back

calling your name.
Let's go. Let's go.

Duty calls.

Duty sucks, too.

We were really smart
to commandeer the attic

after Matt moved out.

We have a lot
more space

and the attic has
a lot of possibilities.

I'm not moving
the bed again.

You know, the only thing
really wrong with this room

is that it is so far away
from the downstairs bathroom.

Moving the bed again
won't make it any closer.

Of course not. I'm not stupid.

So, what I'm thinking, is that
the bathroom is right below us,

so we drill a big hole,

put a fireman's pole
through the floor,

and voilà, bathroom access.

I mean, wouldn't that be fun?

And with all your Habitat
for Humanity work,

you could probably build it
all by yourself.

The better thing would just be
to tap into the plumbing

that's already there, box off
the area with some drywall

and make our own bathroom.

Even better. You're a genius.

I know. Me brains, you brawn.

Right. So you get to figure out
how to ask Mom and Dad.


So how big is this?

I mean, couldn't you
just have waited

to tell me at school?

No way, this is so good,

I got up an hour early
just so I could be the one

to break it to you.

Well, okay,
you got my attention.

What's the big deal?

Do you know
whose book this is?

it's Beth Bagley's!

Beth Bagley?
Are you sure?

I saw her leave it
on the bus yesterday.

You know, if word
of this gets out,

I might have
to leave school.

I know, man.
What are you
going to do?

I'm gonna return the notebook
back to its rightful owner,

and that'll be that.

I think.

I hope.

Okay, I pray.

A bathroom?

I think that's
a great idea.

A new bathroom?

How much, how much
is that gonna cost?

Well, with me and the girls
doing all the work,

practically nothing.

But what about, uh...

toilets, sinks, walls?

Those things cost money.

A toilet only
cost, what, $40.

And we can take it out
of the girls' allowance.

And drywall is cheap,
and I even know

a place where we
can get some scrap.

And it's so easy
to work with.

Practically all you need
is a scoring knife.

Yeah, all you need
is a scoring knife.

Whatever that is.

You know, as long as you know
what you're doing.

Oh, we do.

We do.
We do.

Well, they do.

Thanks, Mom.

Thanks, Mom.

This is gonna
be so much fun.

Do you know how long
it's been since I have sawed

into a good piece of wood?

You know,
sometimes I forget

how little it takes
to make you happy.

It's not gonna cost
that much, really.

Oh, I know, it's just that,
you know, everything that

has anything to do with money,
which is everything...

You know, if this raise thing
is bothering you so much,

why don't you talk
to the church deacons?

It's supposed to be
a done deal.

It's a built-in annual raise.

I shouldn't have to confront
the deacons directly.

Then just quit worrying
and count on the raise.

I'll try.

Five more minutes,
and I'm out of here.

I hate this job.
I hate this job.
I hate this job!

So, let me ask you something:
do you hate this job?

Who's that?

My name's Adam.


I didn't know you were there.

Gee, I wish I could say I've
never heard that one before.

Relax, I don't take
that kind of thing personally.

So, uh... what are you in for?

You seem like a nice guy, so
I'll give you the short version.

I have what's known
as MPS disorder.

It's something you're born with

which prevents your bones
from growing up,

and that puts you in the
hospital from time to time.

Is there anything
I can do for you?


But maybe there's something
I can do for you.

What's the problem
with your job?

I know everyone at the hospital.

Maybe I can help you out.

the job sucks.

You know, it's food.

You know, food in the kitchen,
food in the cafeteria,

food in the rooms,
food on the floor--
I'm sick of food.

And today, you know,
I find out that my roommate

got a job at the same hospital,
only he's got a great job.

He's in charge
of the whole sound system,

while I, who've been here
longer, am in charge of nothing.

Did your job suck before your
roommate started working here?

Yeah, but I didn't know how much
until he showed up.

Ah... so the real problem
is you're jealous

that your roommate has
a better job than you do.

Basically, yeah.

So go climb a tree.

It'll give you a whole

new perspective on things.


Please don't worry
about insulting me by looking

at your watch like
my idea is crazy

and you just can't wait
to get out of here.

I-I'm sorry, I...

Go on, go.

But come back later
if you have time.

I'm a people person.

I love people.

Especially people with problems.

Go, man. Go. Go.

Um... someone said

you left this on
the bus yesterday.

I didn't read it.

I have no idea
what's in there.

Well, okay...

have a nice day,

What are you so nervous about?

I'm not nervous. Why
should I be nervous?

You're acting weird.

Look, don't worry.

No one has to know anything
about the notebook.

Why would you say that?

Well, I don't know.

Uh, I still don't know
what's in there,

but let's just say,
someone found a notebook

like the one you're holding,

with some guy's name
scribbled all over it,

it could be embarrassing

for, um, the-the owner
of the notebook.

You must have
the biggest ego in the world.

Or at least
in this school.

So, you were looking through
my private, personal notebook,

and I know you must have seen
that I wrote the name "Simon,"

but did you notice anywhere

on any of the pages
the name "Camden"?

I thought so.

But you nevertheless assume

that you were the Simon
I was writing about?

Look, don't worry.

No one has to know about this.

If you hate your job so much,

you should just go in
and demand a job

that's better suited
for your abilities.

It's not that simple;
things don't work like that.

Besides, being assertive
has never been my strong suit.

I'm not really a "go in
and demand stuff" kind of guy.

Well, if you're resigned
to working in a crummy job,

you should at
least figure out

where this so-called
crummy job is gonna get you.

Where do you see
yourself in five years?

What's your goal?

That's a good question.

Thank you.

What's your goal?

Well, I didn't say
I had a good answer.

You like what you're doing now?


If I were you,
I'd start thinking about it.

What do you like to do?

I like to help people.

I like to help people, too.

Hey, why don't we team up and
call ourselves Batman and Robin?


How about a fisherman?

No, I don't think so.

Furniture salesman?



How about a job
on the bomb squad?


Okay, we can scratch
those off the list.

I'm in trouble, aren't I?


But not as much trouble as
those guys on the bomb squad.

Look, why don't you just
start thinking about it?

Thanks. I will.

You know...

every time I come in here,
I feel as if

I'm visiting a Zen master
or something.

How do you know you're not?

Go climb a tree.
Then you'll know.

Then it'll all make sense.


Go climb a tree.

Don't question the Zen master.

It makes him mad.

Got you.

I'll be done
in a second,

and then we can go out
and look for cars.

Can I help you
with anything?

Oh, no, I'm fine.

Aren't you gonna ask
about your raise?

Oh, yeah, yeah.

Yeah, I... I mentioned to Ruthie
that I was wondering about that.

Yeah, I'm
just curious,

because we've had some, you
know, big expenses this year.

You know,
hospitals and babies.

No, of course.

I don't think
it'll be a problem,

especially since we usually
budget against interest income

from subsidiary church property.

I'm gonna have to take
your word on that, Lou.

But thanks in advance.
That sounds great.

All right.

Well, I'll contact you

after the board meeting tomorrow
when it's official.

Bye, Ruthie.

See? You almost forgot.

Now, what would you
do without me?

You don't know the first
thing about women.

Of course you're the Simon
in Beth's notebook.

Of course she likes you.

What other Simon
could it be?

There are a lot of
Simons in the world.

All I can think of is you,

the Simon in the Bible,
and Alvin,

the Chipmunks' brother.

Look, Beth was
horribly embarrassed,

so she lied and said
she wasn't doodling your name.

You're wrong
about Beth.

You weren't there.

You didn't see how
un-embarrassed she was.

You have to let her down gently.

I don't understand why
I have to let her down

when I never let her
up to begin with.

She probably just hoped
you could be her boyfriend.

If you make her your friend,
then that'll make her feel good.

Why do I have to do anything?

I didn't ask for any of this.

And why do you care
so much about Beth?

I know what it feels like to
write a boy's name in a notebook

and know you have no chance
of him ever talking to you.

But I can only imagine
having that boy know

I wrote his name
all over my notebook.

She's got to be humiliated.

And if you invite her over
tomorrow after school,

it'll help take the sting
out of the whole situation.

There's nothing wrong with your
having friends who are girls.

Well, maybe in theory,
but it seems like a bad idea.

Because you know
nothing about women.

Fine. I'll call her.

Quarter-inch long-stem Phillips?

long-stem Phillips.

long-stem regular?

long-stem regular.

I'm not sure I see
the point of this.

The most important step
before you begin any project

is to make sure you have
all the correct tools.

Okay, adjustable
crescent wrench.

Got it.
Adjustable crescent.

Would you let me get
the next one, please?

T-square for the drywall.

It's shaped
more like a "T."

I know.

Okay, T-square.

Okay, that's great.
Come on.

Let's get all this
stuff upstairs.

Wait for me.

I've-I've done
some thinking.

I've decided that
working in the cafeteria

isn't the right
job for me.

I-I saw an ad
about a lab assistant.

So you'd like to become
a lab assistant?

Yeah, a lab assistant.

Are you sure you're clear
on what a lab assistant does?

Well, not exactly, but it
doesn't involve food, does it?


May I be frank with you, Matt?


Although you may be

for your current job,

and there might be an opening
in lab assistant work

that I could consider you for,

I'm a little troubled
by something.

This is a letter
written by a patient,

pleading that you be given
another job in the hospital

because you're so unhappy
with the one you have.

Have you been telling patients
you're unhappy working here?


Who wrote the note?

Someone calls himself
"Tree Boy."

Complaining to the patients
is not exactly

gonna help get you
out of the cafeteria.

Well, do you see
anything you like?

Not yet, but I'll
let you know.


Service, pick up line one.

Service, line one.

She's beautiful,
isn't she?

Oh. She certainly is.

We need a car with a roof.

Take her out for a spin.


I'd love to, but
I'm really looking

for something a little
more practical.

Ah, take a drive.
Live a little.

You know, I'm not
gonna buy this car.

Of course not.

No one expects
you to, Reverend.

Take a drive.

Have some fun.


We're doing great here.

How's it coming with the PVC?

Fine. I'm just going slow
so I don't make a mistake.

Well, I'm ready for it anytime.

Just give me another minute.

Yeah, I need
another minute, too.

Another minute, and I'm gonna
fall asleep watching you two.

Let's all take our time.

We're trying to do
a really good job here.

Um, maybe I'll just
go downstairs

and see if the drywall
is here yet.

I can't hear you.
Wait a second.

What'd you say?

I said that I think I'll just
go downstairs for a while.

Sure, fine.

Why are you calling?

Can't a classmate call
just to say hi?

I can see right through your
ploy to try to be nice to me.

You're afraid I'll tell people

how you made a fool of yourself
over that notebook.

No, I'm not.

And what's wrong with
my trying to be nice to you?

I thought maybe we can
hang out sometime.

Sometime when?

I don't know.

After school tomorrow?

I'll think about it.

Well, no one's forcing you,
you know.

Because, frankly, you don't
sound too thrilled about it.

Okay, I'll come.




Why am I doing this again?



Hey, Dad, do we
own this car now?

No, Ruthie, this is
just a test drive.

Well, does it pass the test?

Oh, yeah.

About the only thing wrong with
this car is that it's about...

a hundred times more
than we can afford to spend.

Don't worry.
I'll find us the right car.

I'm sure you will.

But until you do, isn't if fun
to ride around in the wrong one?




That was a very
productive meeting.

Yeah, well, I-I
just hope the board

is able to agree on a
new budget tomorrow.

There's still some difficult
decisions to be made.

Well, we can certainly
can be very proud of ourselves

for the amount
of fiscal restraint

and financial responsibility
that we've shown.

Does, uh...

does Reverend Camden
own a fancy convertible?

I don't think so. Why?

Well, I-I just saw
him driving one.

Oh, you must have
made a mistake.

Very nice car, Eric.

I still haven't found one
that speaks to me.

Well, what do you want
the car to say?

"I'm economical;
I'm good-looking;

and I want to take you
everywhere in style."

Are you sure you're
not looking for a husband?

I'm really worried.

I don't want to disappoint
Mom and the whole family.

Hey, Mom probably never
expected you and Dad

to be able to do this.

She's just letting you try
because you can learn something.

Like what?
Well, that you really don't

know much about cars,
and you can't always get

what you want
for the money you have.

So this is just
one of those tricks

to make me learn something?

And Mom probably wanted Dad

out of the house
while she was building stuff.

Lou. Uh, what brings
you by? Come in.

This will only
take a second.

I, uh... I thought
it might be best

if we discuss
things privately.

It's a rather delicate matter...

about the board meeting today.

Oh, yeah, the board meeting.
The board meeting.

Well, before the board

discusses the matter
of your raise,

we need to talk about
what you're driving.

It's awkward, I-I know.

I know, I mean,
we've had it all summer.

I beg your pardon?

But it's-it's only because

our station wagon was totaled.

Well, even so, the insurance
from the station wagon

would never pay for a new car.

No, of course not.

And, you know, I haven't
mentioned the new car

because I felt uncomfortable

pleading poverty in front
of my own church members.

I can certainly see why.

I should be going.

Uh, Eric, as your friend,

I'm going to do everything I can

to smooth things over
with the board.

What's to smooth over?

You wreck your car,
you replace it.



can I get you a soda
or something?

Gotta go.

Right. I'll talk
to you later.

Is this the, uh,
the Camden residence?

What's this
you've got?

The, uh, the fixtures
for the remodeling.

A new car... and remodeling.

I am not giving up.

Well, that's the spirit.

What exactly are
you not giving up?

I'm gonna figure out
all this car stuff

if it's the last thing I do.

Good for you.
Thank you.

I could use some support
around here.

Yeah, well,
you're not the only one.

What do you mean?


I've got to get this iced tea
up to Mom and Lucy.

I hope they're surprised.

How's that bathroom going?

Good. I think I'm finding
a way to contribute.

Didn't you have any
normal boyfriends
in high school?

Oh, that one
was the worst.

Did you ever tell Dad
about this guy?

Uh, well, there's nothing
that I'm ashamed of.

There are some things
that are better left

under the category
"Ancient History," you know.

Topics to be kept just
between a mother and a daughter.

I can't believe it's starting
to look like a bathroom.

Yeah, it'll really
look like a bathroom

once we get all
the fixtures installed.

Should I get Mary up here?

Maybe she can help us
get the door plumb.

No, that's okay.
We don't need her.

You're right.

We're doing just
fine on our own.

Remodeling is
clearly something

that Mary doesn't enjoy,
so why torture her

by making her do
something she hates?

We'll just surprise her
with the finished product.


Is it working?


Hey, I'll catch up
with you later.

Take it easy, John.
See ya.

Hey, what's wrong, man?

I should have never
listened to Adam.

Who's Adam?
He's a patient, a kid.

Never mind.

No, I'm not leaving
until you tell me

why you're so upset.

I went to the assistant
director of Human Resources

about a lab assistant job,
and she shows me this letter

from this kid, Adam,
about my complaining

to him that I hate my job.

And then she says
I can forget about
the lab assistant job

because I shouldn't be
complaining to the patients

about the job I have
now, and I don't,

except I did, to Adam.

But like you keep
saying to me, he's
just a kid, right?

How seriously can
they take a letter
written in crayon?

Seriously enough, evidently.

I mean, I know he was
just trying to help,

but he really messed
things up for me.

As much as I'm mad about
the letter he wrote,

the real person
I'm mad at is me.

I mean, I'm spending
all this energy

complaining about
the, the job I hate.

But at the same time,
I don't know

what I wanna do
with my life.

Okay, you don't like any

of our carbonated
beverage selections.

How about some milk then?


Orange juice?


Grapefruit juice?


Then how about a delightfully
frothy cappuccino?

Well, I thought
it was funny.


Lucy! Mary!

You want to meet my sisters?
They're great.

Mary! Lucy!

Lucy, you home yet?

Mary, where are you?

Happy! Wanna meet my dog?


I'm going home.

It's clear we're not
meant to be friends.

We have nothing
to say to each other.

You don't even like me.

That's not true.
I do like you.


Really. I like you.

You like me?

You really, really like me?

I have to go home
and tell my mother.

What's wrong?

Lou stopped by.

He acted kind
of odd, but, uh...

then he said that he
understood about the new car,

and it sounded as though
everything was fine,

then a few minutes ago,
he called me from the church,

said that the board
wants to look at all

of our expenses
for the last year.

I'm being audited
by my own deacons.

But that's good.

When they see how little
we're getting by with,

they can't help
but approve the raise.

In fact, they may be even
thinking of giving you

a bigger raise
because you have to
buy the car, so...

stop worrying.

I'll try.

You know what will
get your mind off it?

Watching the boys.

I gotta get back upstairs.

The toilet awaits me.

Yeah, how's that going?

Uh, I'm not sure you want
to ask that question.

It's like a surgeon
in the middle of an operation.

Things are kind of
in a mess at the moment,

but the prognosis is good.

Hi, Mom.

Can I ask you something?

Are you sending Dad
out to buy a car

to get him out
of the house?

No, I thought your father
should pick out the new car

and that you could help.

Plus it's a nice way

for you two to spend
some time together.

What are you doing?

I'm adding up our receipts
for the year,

so the church board
can see how much

Daddy really
needs his raise,

then we can settle
on a new car.

Well, it's Daddy's raise.
Why doesn't he do the receipts?

Well, it's the least
I can do for him

when you think of all
the nice stuff he does for me,

and our family
and all the parishioners.

Well, what does he do for them
besides giving sermons?

Lots of things.

He, um, marries people,

counsels people,
prays for people.

He helps boys and girls
who are in trouble,

and moms and dads
without jobs.

He raises money to help
in emergencies

when somebody needs
a place to stay

or clothes to wear,
or food to eat.

And when something really
terrible happens to somebody,

he's just there.

He really cares about everybody

and I care about him.

Well, I care about him, too.

That's why I'm really, sincerely

gonna help him
buy the right car.

Come in.

I figured a hardworking
woman like yourself

would still be
in her office.

And what can I do for you, Adam?

I'm here to talk
about a friend of mine.

I think there's been a mistake.

Beth, I have something

important to say.
I'm listening.

I might have
made a mistake

in the way I phrased
things yesterday.

Not to mention the hug.

I mean, I already
have a girlfriend.

You know, Deena Stewart.

I know that.
Do you think I'm stupid?

So you're okay with that,

and we can just be friends?

Just because I was bored
and doodled your name

in a notebook and then
left it on the bus

hoping that you'd find it,

doesn't mean I can't accept
reality, does it?

So that was me in your notebook?

No, it was Alvin the Chipmunk's

Well, thank you, I'm flattered.

Wait a minute, who are
all these other names?

You realize you're not
the only boy in this school?

Well, yeah, of course,
but I mean...

It was her idea
to invite me over, wasn't it?


She thought we could be friends.

What did you think?

At our age, uh...

a friend who's a girl
and a girl who's a girlfriend

are still a little
blurry for me.

Yeah, I've got
the same problem with guys.

They want to be friends, but...

I'd really like a boyfriend.

Someone who likes me, only me.

Well, I'm sure
the right guy will come along.

Well, I better be going.

Did you tell her the
friend/girlfriend thing
I told you to tell her?

And she understood?


How's the job going?

It's going much better.

Uh, I apologize if I sounded
so ungrateful yesterday.

You gave me a job
when I needed one

and it's a good job.

I just lost my perspective.

So you must have climbed
a tree last night.

Adam came by to see
me yesterday.

He wanted to make sure
his life was in order

before he went
into surgery.

He explained that
his letter about you

might have been

Surgery? Today?
Adam's in surgery?

Oh, I can't believe I forgot.

I mean, there's no chance...

"Affairs in order?" What does
he mean, "affairs in order?"

It's surgery and
any surgery is life-threatening.

but this one was pretty routine,
at least for Adam.

"Put his affairs
in order" was his way

of tugging
at my heartstrings.

And it worked. I might
reconsider you for another job.


We'll find you the right job
when the time comes.

Where are you going?

To see a friend.

A really good friend.

Hey, is Adam okay?

Oh, surgery went fine,
but he's sleeping now.

So, if you want
to talk to him,

you have to
come back.
But he's okay.

I mean,
he's not okay

to climb a tree or anything,

but he'll be up and around
in a day or two, right?


He told you that he likes
to climb trees?


He can't climb trees.

At least he's not allowed
to climb trees.

That would be
a little too risky.

I can't believe I'm so gullible.

Oh, it happened to all of us.

See, Adam just imagines climbing
a tree so vividly

that he's absolutely convincing.

He likes to think
about opening the window

and sitting in that tree
right outside his room.

There's a tree right outside
his hospital window.

Right. Right. I got it.

Late afternoon, Matt.

He won't be up
till late afternoon.

They just delivered it.

This is so exciting!

I can't wait to see it.
This is going to be so cool.

It's perfect.

What's the big deal?
It's just a toilet.

I'll be right back.

What is it?

That was Lou on the phone.

The board vetoed the raise.


Why would they do something
like that?
I have no idea.

But this is the end
of car shopping.

Well, buying a car
was never dependent

upon your getting a raise.

I just don't feel comfortable
getting another car right now.

Okay, we'll get one
when you feel comfortable.

Everything's going to be fine.

Okay. We'll talk. Right now,
I have to go find Mary.

Yeah, I gotta find Ruthie
and give her the news.

When something terrible happens,

my dad doesn't have
to think about it.

He's just there.

Well, same goes with me.

Oh, there you are.

What'd you think?
I'd be upstairs

working on the new
bathroom by myself?

Look, I'm sorry.

I can't believe how
insensitive I've been.

Forget it. It's no big deal.

No, it is a big deal, and I'm
definitely the one at fault.

It was so easy for Lucy
and me to leave you out

because we have this common
interest in building things.

But instead of sharing
our interest with you, we...

we actually formed this little
bond and kept it from you.

Now that I think
about it,

I really made no attempt at all
to include you.

And I am really sorry.

You know, you know,
it's okay with me

if you and Lucy wanna do stuff
that you like to do together.

It's just, I, I wanted you
to admit that,

that you had left me out;
otherwise I, I just felt crazy,

you know for,
for feeling left out.

You weren't imagining it.
It was true.

It's also true

that I don't have a favorite
kid. You know that, don't you?

I love you all.

I know.

It's just that I'm human
and I make mistakes.

Yeah, I just, I just never
figured you for one this big.


Just rubbing it in.

So what do you say this Saturday
the two of us go to a movie?

We haven't been to a movie

without the rest
of the family in ages.

You mean, just the two of us?



Is there any more business
to be conducted?

I'm Ruthie Camden,

daughter of the Reverend Camden.

Hey, Ruthie,
good to see you.
Hi, Ruthie.

Where's your father, Ruthie?

He's at home,

and he doesn't know I'm here.

And I risked being punished
to tell all of you

that my dad really needs that
raise so he can buy a new car.

And I think you should
change your minds.

Do you know all the things
my father does?

He helps kids
who are in trouble

and people without jobs
or houses.

And when something really bad
happens, he's there.

And do you know why?

Because my
father cares.

But don't worry,

he'll keep caring whether
he gets his raise or not.

I'm just hoping
you'll change your minds.

That's about all I have to say.

Ruthie, doesn't your daddy have
a new red convertible?

A what?

Oh, that.



Is, is Ruthie up there?
I can't find her.

I'm starting
to get worried.
Well, earlier, she said

that her bike had a flat

and she wanted to put some air
in the tire.

She's probably in the garage.

Okay, I'll check.

While she's doing that,
I'm going down to the church.

I... I have to do something.

Not giving us a raise,
it just isn't right.


Don't worry, Eric.

You don't need to
come to the church.

Ruthie already did that and
on the issue of your raise,

Ruthie put
her foot down.

As a matter of fact,
she put both feet down.

I rode my bike to the church.

She rode it right
into the board meeting, in fact.

The entire board saw you riding

in that new red
convertible, Eric.

And the other day
when I was here,

some guys delivered
some fixtures.

We thought if you had the money
to get that kind of car

and to remodel the house,

chances are you didn't
need the raise,

especially with as well

as Annie manages
the household budget.

Now, I'm sorry.

Ruthie explained everything.

And of course

we will give you
your annual raise.

And we're sorry if we
gave you an impression

other than that we are very
grateful for everything you do
for us.

And by the way,

we think the car
that Ruthie picked out

for you is a superb idea.

A good example
for the entire community.

Yet I'm still going
to be punished

for riding my bike
without telling anyone?


Have there been any visitors?

Practically everyone
in the entire hospital.

And there's someone waiting
outside to see you.

Who is it?

It's your friend.

I'll let the two of you talk.

Hey, how ya doin', pal?

I've been sitting
up here all day,

and I finally got some
perspective on my life.

I finally know what my goal is.

I know what I want
to be in life.

I'm sorry. I thought
I heard Matt Camden.

You did.

Would you go and get him
out of that tree

before somebody fires him.

They got it!

That horn sounded
too healthy.

That is definitely
the new car.

Mom! Simon!

What kind is it?

I don't know,
but it looks cool!

Hey, come on.

Okay, we're coming.

All right.

Oh, start her up.
Let's take her for a spin.

It is started up.

I don't hear anything.

Uh, do you
wanna tell them?

Well, you don't hear anything
because there's no engine.

Well, at least
not the usual kind.

But there is a motor
and a battery.

What, you mean
this is an electric car?

Ruthie, you did
a spectacular job.

Wait, Ruthie picked
out this car?

I knew you'd come through.

No, you didn't.

So, when did you get
so smart, huh?

I think it was in the middle
of second grade.

Hey, cool car.

Yeah, it is.

Hey, we haven't
seen you around.

What, did you finally
buy some groceries?

Uh, no, uh,
I've been busy deciding

what I'm going to be
when I grow up.

Picking a major?

Yep. Pre-med.
I'm gonna be a doctor.

Don't worry.

We can pay for med school
with our fuel savings.