7th Heaven (1996–2007)
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Irresponsible 'adult' Mary fails to realize how deep she's sinking, but both parents and siblings piece together from various sources she's about to hit rock-bottom and wants to help, but ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Collins ... Rev. Eric Camden
Catherine Hicks ... Annie Camden
Barry Watson ... Matt Camden
David Gallagher ... Simon Camden
Jessica Biel ... Mary Camden
Beverley Mitchell ... Lucy Camden
Mackenzie Rosman ... Ruthie Camden
Chaz Lamar Shepherd ... John Hamilton
Happy ... Happy
Deborah Raffin ... Julie Camden Hastings
Ed Begley Jr. ... Dr. Hank Hastings
Mary Donnelly Haskell Mary Donnelly Haskell ... Credit Card Collector
Christopher Michael ... Sgt. Michaels
James Keane ... Pete
Christopher Daniel Barnes ... Police Officer


Irresponsible 'adult' Mary fails to realize how deep she's sinking, but both parents and siblings piece together from various sources she's about to hit rock-bottom and wants to help, but how? Eric can barely keep Annie from intervening directly before they know everything. As even Simon is near-broke and Matt can't keep up pretending he's a lawyer, the kids decide to 'borrow' enough from the twins' full piggy-banks to advance her all due debts. But creditors seeing cash convince her to 'refinance' over longer, which means even more interest. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Family | Romance






Release Date:

6 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Simon Camden: This isn't Mary. I'm her brother Simon.
Credit Card Collector: Well, when Mary gets in, would you tell her that if she doesn't pay these bills immediately, we will involve the local authorities
Simon Camden: Wait, you mean the police?
Credit Card Collector: Yes. You can't just charge for merchandise and not pay your bills; there are laws. And if we have to, we'll enforce those laws to recoup our losses.
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7th Heaven
Composed by Dan Foliart
Performed by Steve Plunkett
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My favorite
28 April 2018 | by Dphilly521See all my reviews

I have decided that "Broke" is my all-time favorite episode of the 7th Heaven series, even though I have not yet seen every one from all seasons. This installment was well-groomed by the weeks immediately preceding it and it is ironic that the problematic intensity involved is a main reason for its entertainment and enjoyment. After Mary is sent away to live with her grandparents in the next one, the series was not as interesting as it delivers in this well-directed, well-acted special treat of a gem which I find to be more appealing than many episodes of other TV shows as well..

From the attempted financial stranglehold of the collection lady with "Bernie the Attorney" for the defense to the parents little by little throughout the course of the day finding out more and more about the situation which creates a strong bond between them which thankfully proves to be much more important than their episode-opening argument, "Broke" is one of the best. I have watched it repeatedly and sometimes cannot get enough of it.

Check it out if you have not seen it. Despite the problematic issues within the plot, it is logical, full of insight, and at times quite funny too. This review is way overdue. Should have dropped a note many years ago. Thanks.

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