August 26, 1996: Pilot: Eric (Stephen Collins) enlists the help of a neighbor (Eileen Brennan) to stop Matt (Barry Watson)
from smoking, and makes a vain attempt to help Lucy (Beverley Mitchell) deal with her flowering womanhood.
September 23, 1996: Family Secrets: Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but: Matt and Mary (Jessica Biel) both have mysterious new friends;
Simon (David Gallagher) and his new charge, Happy, could be in the doghouse; and Lucy keeps mum about the object of a crush.
September 30, 1996: In the Blink of the Eye: Mary offers to shield Lucy and her "date" from Eric; Matt gets into a scrape
while out with a young woman; and Annie (Catherine Hicks) goes to Arizona to bring her parents home.
October 7, 1996: No Funerals and a Wedding: Annie feels abandoned on the day of her mother's funeral when her father bolts
for home, Eric counsels a couple and Matt escorts Renee to the hospital after she goes into labor at the post-funeral luncheon.
October 14, 1996: The Color of God: The Camden kids learn hard lessons about race when Eric invites a black family to stay
at the house after their church is destroyed in a racially motivated arson.
October 28, 1996: Halloween: Halloween is a fright, as Annie tries to scare up a costume for Ruthie (MacKenzie Rosman); Lucy
has a close encounter with the town "monster" (Richard Moll); and a childhood memory haunts Eric.
November 4, 1996: Saturday: Eric counsels a teen drug addict (Christian Campbell); Matt's fired from another job; Lucy blows
it when she tries to impress the most popular girl in school; Simon and Lucy get lost playing detective.
November 11, 1996: What Will People Say?: Eric helps out a woman who is being abused by her husband. But when the good reverend
is seen escorting the woman to a motel one afternoon, it's the talk of the town. Meanwhile, Matt warns Mary about an older
guy she's seeing.
November 18, 1996: See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Annie and Matt are robbed at gunpoint; Mary wants a tattoo; Eric
is told to fire the church organist; Simon and Ruthie have the chicken pox; Lucy runs for student-body president (as does
November 25, 1996: Last Call for Aunt Julie: Eric's sister visits the family for Thanksgiving but knocks the stuffing out
of everyone when they discover that she has a drinking problem.
December 16, 1996: Now You See Me: Matt's new girlfriend seems more interested in hanging out with his family than with him;
Simon thinks he can make himself invisible; Lucy wants to join the cheerleading squad.
January 13, 1997: With a Little Help From my Friends: Matt helps out an elderly neighbor, but winds up getting in hot water
for it; Eric searches for a way to aid a proud but homeless family; Lucy's 13th birthday approaches and she wants a party.
January 27, 1997: America's Most Wanted: The kids receive some lessons about stealing: Matt and Mary carry on a high-school
tradition by lifting a glass from a local diner and Lucy borrows liberally from a term paper Mary lent her.
February 3, 1997: Seven Is Enough: A tug-of-war ensues between Eric and his cantankerous parents (Peter Graves, Barbara Rush)
over who will adopt a young orphan (Sam Saletta) found hiding in the church.
February 10, 1997: Happy's Valentine: Everyone's plans for a romantic Valentine's Day are interrupted when Happy, Simon's
dog, gets out of the house and is hit by a car.
February 17, 1997: Brave New World: Mary deals with harassment from a boy (Don Jeffcoat) she turned down for a date; Lucy's
new best friend seems to be hiding something; Simon prepares Ruthie for pre-kindergarten.
April 14, 1997: Choices: Mary takes a walk on the wild side with a classmate she meets in detention; a former associate minister
from Eric's church drops in unexpectedly; Simon and Ruthie ferret out a scheme to fund their college educations.
April 21, 1997: Faith Hope and the Bottom Line: Annie volunteers as the church's treasurer pro tem but gets caught in the
middle when Eric wants to hire an ex-con (Greg Evigan) against the advice of the church vestry. Meanwhile, Mary agrees to
tutor Jimmy Moon in science.
April 28, 1997: It's About George: Eric has to tell his parents that George (Sam Saletta) may have to be given over to his
birth father, who has resurfaced; Eric's alcoholic sister is released from rehab.
May 5, 1997: Say Goodbye: Annie's "boy-crazy" best friend from school, Rachel (Leann Hunley), is in town, but the boy she
has her eye on is Matt; Lucy may have to say goodbye to her friend Suzanne (Rachel Crane).
May 12, 1997: Dangerous Liaisons, Part 1: Annie is livid when her father (Graham Jarvis) brings along his girlfriend (Beverly
Garland) on a weeklong visit; Mary and Matt pursue new romantic interests; Lucy wants to find out if blondes really have more
May 19, 1997: Dangerous Liaisons, Conclusion: Mary undergoes knee surgery, while Matt learns that Michael Towner was the hit-and-run
driver; Wilson reveals the truth about Billy to Eric
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