The Third Season
For those who are not familiar with 7th Heaven it is a melodrama that revolves around the Camden family. Each episode takes a look into their life as the characters struggle to right some wrong and at the same time, learn a few valuable lessons. The main characters include Reverend Eric (Stephen Collins), Annie (Catherine Hicks), Matt (Barry Watson), Mary (Jessica Biel), Lucy (Beverley Mitchell), Simon (David Gallagher), and Ruthie (Mackenzie Rosman). Despite that one of the main characters is a minister, the series isn't about religion but rather the trials that the family members go through and their individual quests to right wrongs. For more details about the show, please refer to DVD Talk's reviews of season one and season two.
In season three, the Camden family finds themselves in the midst of a lot of drama. The episode's content ranges from teenage sex and pregnancy to drinking and alcohol abuse to over-the-counter drug abuse to lying to war veterans and the homeless to school problems to kid and guns. And it all adds up to a bunch of overly dramatic episodes that feel much like the earlier seasons. Bottom line, if you enjoy 7th Heaven, then the season three set is a nice addition to the series with some big stories dealing with the family.
One of the biggest changes this season is Annie's pregnancy. In the season three premiere episode "It Takes Two, Baby", the family learns that Annie is carrying twins. The pregnancy is an issue throughout the season, up until the birth of the twins, and even in a few episodes having the new kids around the house and how everyone's responsibility changes. In the very early episodes, Annie's pregnancy adds a fun dynamic and tidbits of humor, as her hormones get the best of her. Annie also finds herself working alongside a small group of pregnant teenagers in "Let's Talk About Sex".
Another change this season is Matt going to college. In the season premiere episode, he attempts to move out on his own, which proves to be a daunting task. He moves in with three girls and his appeal to the opposite sex gets him kicked out when all three make moves on him. Matt also finds himself in the midst of a serious alcohol poisoning story in "Drunk Like Me" when his friend almost dies from drinking too much at a fraternity initiation party. Matt also makes a bonehead move and tries to kiss one of his professors. Opps! But the stories about Matt aren't all about college. In "All That Jazz", his ex-girlfriend Heather comes back into his life to tell him she is engaged. The story is revisited in the two-part season finale "There Goes The Bride".
Lucy's life changes on a couple different levels. Her new best friend Nicole has a problem. In "Cutter", everyone finds out she is a cutter, a person who uncontrollably inflicts pain on herself. It is a traumatic episode for Lucy as she loses her best friend. Another change for Lucy is her new boyfriend Jordan. He is an older guy in Mary's class, and he gives the Camden's a scare dealing with teenage sex in "Let's Talk About Sex". Lucy's ex-boyfriend Jimmy Moon comes back into the picture in "Paranoia" and Eric suspects he is using drugs.
Little Simon finds himself in a lot of drama this season. In "The Legacy", he sees his science teacher shove the father of one of his friends. The teacher is suspended for his actions, but Simon knows why it happened. He is scared to come forward about it. Simon also finds himself with a new girlfriend named Deena. She is a nice girl, who is not without her own drama. In "Johnny Get Your Gun", perhaps the most dramatic story of the season, Deena's ex-boyfriend threatens to shoot Simon with a gun. "Nobody Knows..." adds to their drama when it is revealed Deena used to have cancer.
Mary scares the family on more than one occasion. In "...And A Nice Chianti", Mary gets her learners permit. Rather than face Mary behind the wheel of a car, Simon and Lucy take the bus to school, and they find life is very different. Later in "Nobody Knows...", Mary gets her license due to a technicality and feels very guilty about it. Some other stories involving Mary include one of Mary's friends having a heart attack after using over-the-counter energy pills, Mary sneaking around with boys, and other such things.
Young miss Ruthie does not really get into too much drama, as she is a young kid still. But on occasion she finds herself in the middle of her own issues. With the twins on the way, she begins to worry she won't receive any attention or love from the family. And when the twins arrive, it only gets worse. She also shows Simon what it is like to be a babysitter, sympathizes with her pregnant mother, calls a psychic, and other such things.
In the middle of it all is Eric. The good Reverend Camden finds himself going through one ordeal after the other, trying to help people and maintain a balance at home. Some of the big stories he finds himself in include defending a janitor at Simon's school who claims to hear the voice of God, reuniting with his rock 'n' roll buddies and the lifestyle he could have had, helping pregnant teenagers, dealing with his pregnant wife (for the sixth time!), counseling troubled couples, his alcoholic sister Julie, and more.
Overall, the season three content feels much like the first two seasons. The stories are generally episodic with the cast getting into one thing or another that typically has a theme, e.g., everyone deals with teenage pregnancy and sex or drug abuse. The end result is overly dramatic storylines with tidbits of humor. In short, if you have enjoyed past seasons, then you will enjoy season three. My impression about season three were much like my thoughts about season two. I enjoyed the episodes enjoy that I had a hard time putting them down, but I can't imagine wanting to watch them over and over again.
1. It Takes Two, Baby: Annie announces she's expecting twins, but it's Ruthie who gets morning sickness. Meanwhile, Matt moves in with three girls, while Mary and Lucy put their faith in "The Rules".
12. All That Jazz: Annie and Eric realize that Dr. Hastings, the doctor who nearly killed Matt during childbirth, may deliver their twins. Matt's ex-girlfriend Heather announces she's engaged.
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