Matt is bending over, searching through a closet in the hallway, when Ruthie comes along and slaps him on the ass. Okay, that's not bizarre or anything. She showcases her belching talents and then asks him, "What does this finger thing mean?" She's about to flip him the bird, but it's hard to tell from my tape if she's actually doing it or not because it goes by so quickly. We're treated to another one of those weirdly edited triple-take reactions from Matt, which gives me hope that the show's creators actually have a sense of humour about themselves. Nah. Matt scoops Ruthie up and carries her down the hall to Simon's room, where he throws her on the bed (okay, it's not like he joins her there or anything) and starts lecturing Simon about The Finger. At first I want to poke Dopeys eyes out, but he's actually somewhat cool about it, just saying that Simon should have "scoped things out first" before flipping anyone off. Unfortunately, he then launches into a speech about what it means to be a man. I'd always thought being a meddlesome busybody was just an annoying personality flaw, but Matt informs us it's part of being a man. Simon busts on Matt for ruining his childhood and says that the next time he thinks of doing something "fun" like spitting on his friends, said fun will be ruined because Simon will realize that it's stupid. Um, Simon, you're thirteen, and you still think it's fun to spit on your friends? Believe me, Dopey's doing you a favour. Nonetheless, Dopey feels guilty and invites Simon to join him in spending some quality guy time with Dopey's friends. We learn that in the 7th Heaven universe, armpit-farting is known as "honking." Matt criticizes Simon's "honking" technique and leaves the room, "honking" all the way, like the big, stupid moron that he is. I've just about had it with the armpit-farting myself, but the sound effects still crack me up, because they always sound exactly the same, and I'm imagining the sound effects people being told to come up with something that sounds sort of like flatulence but not enough so that the tender sensibilities of the viewers will be offended.
Episode Report Card824 USERS: C+
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