7th Heaven
Twelve Angry People

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Twelve Angry People

Yuck, the producers really should know better than to start out with a scene involving just SuperMom and Ruthie "philosophizing" over whether it was right for Ruthie to cut her friend Sarah's hair. I mean, by the time the opening credits and first ads roll around, there won't be any viewers left. Oh, except me, recapping the episode here for you. This kind of reminds me of the hideous day job I had a few years ago, at a place I called the Hellhole. Except it wasn't a day job, because I had to work the graveyard shift, and it was the loneliest feeling in the world, knowing that everyone else I knew was either sleeping or carousing. Well, when I'm watching scenes like this one, sometimes I can't help but feel I'm the only person in the world who hasn't changed the channel. See, I'm going off on a tangent, and I haven't even got through the first scene yet. Okay, Ruthie is in trouble for cutting her friend's hair. Ruthie claims her friend asked her to cut her hair. Aside from the fact that Ruthie's not supposed to play with scissors, I don't see what the big deal is here. Is cutting someone's hair a big sin that I would know about if I attended church on a regular basis? Does Sarah have some sort of mystical powers that are tied in with her hair, like Samson did? SuperMom orders Ruthie to go to her room and think about what she did. Ruthie says she hates being "cooped up" and asks, "How about if I just pick up trash by the highway, like Mary did?" For some reason, that actually cracks me up. Ruthie says she was supposed to visit someone named Mrs. Hinkle this afternoon. SuperMom says, "Now you have to tell her that you can't, and Mrs. Hinkle won't have a visitor this afternoon. You see how your actions affect other people, even people outside yourself and Sarah?" Ruthie says, "It's the punishment that affects Mrs. Hinkle; it's not my actions." SuperMom just tells Ruthie to let Mrs. Hinkle know she won't be visiting. Then she gets all petty and pulls away the plate of cookies from in front of Ruthie. Maybe her lack of parenting skills is supposed to be humorous?

In the courthouse, a really bad actor is playing a judge. In a monotone, he treats us to a PSA that gives a very brief description of what a jury does. RevCam is part of this jury. He glares at the defendant, who is being led out of the courtroom. He continues to glare at the door the defendant departed through, long after the defendant is actually gone. We fade into the opening credits, and I hit the fast-forward button quickly, because I really, really don't want to have the theme song going through my head for the rest of the day.

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