Special shout-out to Tommy Jo, who so kindly sent me a copy of this episode after I missed it, "accidentally." Thanks, Tommy Jo. Now I can never say that I've never posted on the internet my desire to have an episode of 7th Heaven actually mailed to me. You just know it's going to come up, too.
RevCam and Annie are actually giving Martin a tour of the house that he's already spent so much time in, and when he points out that he's seen, for instance, the kitchen before, Annie says something inane about how now it's his kitchen, and for some reason, she feels the need to remind him that it's only until his aunt comes back from New York or his dad comes back from Iraq. She also says that if there's any food he wants, she'll get it from him. He says, "I'll eat anything," which I'm sure Cecilia appreciates. He gets mildly snarky about their pointing out where the dining room and such are, and he admits he doesn't know why there's only one bathroom in a house this big, and RevCam and Annie tell him that there are in fact three bathrooms, and he admits that he did not know that, and all I can say is that the frigging A-plot for this episode better not be "Martin learns the CamPound has three bathrooms," because the despair that was the result of my first exposure to 7th Heaven has by now melted into white-hot rage. Martin says something nice along the lines of how Annie and RevCam don't have to make him feel at home, because they've been doing that since the day they met him. But I've got baseball practice in an hour, so can you show me where I can unpack my shit? Oh, and it's cool if Cecilia stays over, right?
So they trudge upstairs as the clock slowly ticks away towards the eventual end of this episode. Upstairs, they encounter Ruthie, which is not unlike suddenly encountering Gollum, and she welcomes Martin to "Casa Camden," and wants to know if she's supposed to treat Martin like a brother or a boarder, and Martin wants to know what the difference is, and...oh, fuck this. I mean, really. It's supposed to be kind of cute and funny, but it just leaves me feeling vaguely unsettled, which always happens when Ruthie's on screen. Anyway, Martin's all, "I can take it from here. And don't touch my stuff!" and wanders off to check out his cell...I mean, "room," and Annie and RevCam (especially Annie) start to fret over taking Martin, this well-behaved likable youngster, into their homes. Maybe they saw the promos before the show that called Martin a "rebellious teenager" with the clips of him telling off RevCam.