Reverend Eric Camden and his wife Annie have always had their hands full caring for seven children, not to mention the friends, sweethearts and spouses that continually come and go in the Camden house. As is often the case when the house is overflowing with Camdens, Eric and Annie are in for a bumpy ride as their children take landmark steps in their lives. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie continue their journey as soul mates, parents and grandparents whose love and respect for each other brings them ever closer. Through all the ups and downs, Eric and Annie have managed to keep their romance alive and their family together.
In a video essay for his application to college, Simon (David Gallagher) recounts the experiences of his Camden family members including their relationships, friends and mistakes that they've made over the years in Glen Oak as well as his own pain at having killed Paul, a young boy in a car accident earlier in the year.
Lucy, upset that the family hasn't given her any gifts for the baby, convinces Matt to take her shopping even though she is supposed to be staying off her feet. While shopping, the two get stuck in an elevator and Lucy goes into labor, putting Matt's medical skills to the test. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie are busy getting the house ready for Lucy's surprise baby shower and become concerned when Matt doesn't have her back as planned. Kevin shows Ruthie that he bought a house for Lucy, and Ruthie mentions to Kevin that it will upset Lucy as he didnt consult her first. In the end, Lucy has a healthy baby girl in which she names Savanah, after the location of Kevin and Lucy's honeymoon.
A non-church patron Marie enlists Eric's help in handling her elderly mother, Mrs. Wagner into getting her into a nursing home, but Eric gets a different impression when he finally meets Mrs. Wagner and sees that she doesn't need help and is still very capable. In fact, it turns out Marie may need more help than her mother as she's very unhappy with her life. But things turn out bad later on when Mrs. Wagner ends up in the emergency room due to her stress from her daughter. Ruthie puts up a fight with Lucy while shopping as she wants to spend the day with Vincent without Annie knowing about it. Ruthie wants to go to a family dinner with Vincent. Although, it inevitably blows up in her face and leads to an interesting conversation with Annie and Lucy in the driveway. Ben (guest-star Geoff Stults) shows up in Glen Oak to pay Kevin and his new family a visit and makes himself well at home again in the garage apartment. But Kevin is not happy to see his brother as he wanted his mom and hus
Mary's future may be resolved, but the rumor mill surrounding her situation runs rampant. While ugly rumors spread about Mary's sudden departure, Simon is persuaded to use his sister's bad reputation to boost his 'cool' quotient at school and gets into some trouble of his own with identical twin bad girls, Carol and Sue Murphy (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Full House). Congregational gossip irks Eric. Lucy wrestles with high school hearsay. Ruthie spreads phony tales to draw attention away from Mary, and Matt's infatuated with a beautiful stranger. Also, Annie goes out with an old boyfriend.
After discovering that Mary (Jessica Biel, who does not appear in the episode) has filed for divorce and signed away custody of her son, Matt is at a loss for how he should to break the awful news to Eric and Annie. Simon informs his new girlfriend, Rose (guest-star Sarah Thompson), that he won't have sex with her, but avoids telling her the reason behind his decision. She gets fed up with him but comes back to him when she finds out his true intentions for them---marriage. Meanwhile, Ruthie's boyfriend, Vincent (guest-star Thomas Dekker), asks Martin to get Ruthie to break up with him. Also, Eric gets involved once again with the Davis family children when little boy Danny (guest-star Drake Johnston) is being adopted by Cecilia's parents, George and Gwen (guest-star Brad Maule and Holly Fulger), but forgets to mention that the kid is part of a package deal as Danny has three sisters in Social Services as well, and try to take them in as well. Kevin is about fed up with Lucy as he's frWatch Now:iTunes
Annie's half-sister Lily (guest-star Michelle Phillips "Knots Landing" and "The Mamas and The Papas") shows up on her doorstep to discuss an important family matter after Annie refused to contact her. Eric tries to figure out why Annie won't contact Lily. Meanwhile, Cecilia sets Martin's friend Mac (guest-star Kyle Searles) up with a girl from school, but he doesn't want to go out with her because of something embarrassing that happened 10 years ago; Ruthie and Peter put a bad spin on a school project that lands them in trouble when they create a newspaper featuring false and derogatory stories about two former U.S. presidents. Lastly, Roxanne turns to Chandler when she finds herself faced with a moral dilemma as she is keeping a secret from Kevin regarding Det. Michaels. Det Michaels is promoted to Captain.Watch Now:iTunes
The Camdens find themselves in a series of difficult predicaments: Eric tries to avoid telling his parents, Ruth (guest-star Barbara Rush) and the Colonel (guest star Peter Graves), about Mary's divorce, and hoping that no one else in the family tells---eWatch Now:iTunes
As election day approcahes, Ruthie is on a mission to develop her own opinions about politics after seeing how much Martin knows about world politics. Meanwhile, both Eric and Annie are suspicious that the other did not vote in the last election. Also, Lucy is feeling the pressure of registering to vote and is surprised to learn that Kevin hasn't changed his address and therefore isn't registered either. Eric is having a hard time teaching the twins that politics are not stupid. Lastly, the family gets a nice call from Carlos and baby Charles.
Annie frantically cooks Jewish dishes as the Camdens prepare to head out to a Shabbat dinner at the Glasses. Simon asks' Matt and Sarah if he can bring his friend Morris to the dinner. Matt agrees to allow Morris to come to the dinner as he is half Jewish. Although, that does not go as he planned as he is not very knowledgable about his faith. Lucy and Mary play sick to try to skip the outing so they can stay home with Robbie. While home, Mary flirts with Robbie. Lastly, Eric and Annie are unable to handle everything when they are shocked to find out during dinner that Matt is considering to convert to Judaism.
When Simon and Rose (Sarah Thompson) decide to make some changes to their relationship, Eric and Annie happily assume that the two are breaking up. A pregnant Sandy decides to move into Rose’s old apartment as she no longer wants to stay in the college doWatch Now:iTunes
When a pregnant Lucy is put on bed rest following her recent hospital scare, an exhausted Camden family, especially her husband, Kevin suffers the consequences of Lucy's foul mood towards everyone. Lucy is also not able to go to her graduation ceremony and is having a hard time getting her paper done. Meanwhile, Ruthie's discovery of a disheartening e-mail on Martin's computer may explain his uncharacteristically bad behavior at home and school. Martin is having a rough time on the baseball team lately with his foul mood toward his coach and teammates, including Mac (guest-star Kyle Searles). Lastly, guest-starring singing legend Wayne Newton shows up on the Camden's doorstep with a message for Martin from his father, who is serving in Iraq.Watch Now:iTunes
Kevin learns that Simon has been kicked out of his dorm for allowing a school friend, Christina (guest-star Lauren Storm), to stay with him. When Eric comes to the rescue, he learns that Christina is a product of social services and has three younger siblings separated from each other and all in need of homes. Eric realizes that their situation may be more than he can handle alone, and with the help of Annie, encourages the congregation to make a difference by becoming licensed foster parents.Watch Now:iTunes
After Eric and Annie discover that Simon and Rose (Sarah Thompson) are living together, they demand that she move out. When Simon doesn’t object as strongly as Rose would like him too, she questions his feelings for her. Meawhile, Lucy is counseling a girWatch Now:iTunes
Robbie is ecstatic when his long-lost father (guest-star Alan Thicke) who is a dead-beat dad appears out of the blue. Although, Eric and Annie distrust the dead-beat dad's motives. He also convinces Robbie to move out with him; against Eric's wishes. Meanwhile, Ruthie turns to Mary for advice on how to get around their parents rules when wanting to buy a makeup kit that they said 'no' to. Also, a very convinced Annie worries when Lucy starts having a relationship with her friend's freewheeling "unmotherlike" mom. Also, Simon develops a bad attitude with his mother when not wanting to do his school work, but wants to hang out with his friends.
After learning that he may be the birth father to Sandy’s (guest-star Haylie Duff) unborn child, Martin is left feeling very confused about what to do in his situation, while Simon can’t help but feel responsible for Martin’s dilemma because he introducedWatch Now:iTunes
Annie is plagued with curiosity about what goes on during Eric's therapy, but panics when his doctor invites her to attend one of their sessions. Meanwhile, Lucy tries everything to get excused from jury duty, upsetting Kevin in the process when her views of the judicial system are different from his own. Also, Chandler confesses the extent of his feelings for Roxanne after she is stabbed on the job by a homeless man. Lastly, Ruthie fears that her parents may be heading for divorce court after overhearing them fight.
When Sandy's (Haylie Duff) father (guest star Michael McDonald) approaches Eric and Lucy with plans of helping his daughter, they are suspicious of the large sum of money he leaves with them. Meanwhile, Martin decides it's time to confront his father (gueWatch Now:iTunes
It's Camden chaos all around when Matt (guest-star Barry Watson), who is having problems in his marriage to Sarah (guest-star Sarah Danielle Madison), returns to Glenoak for a visit and runs into his ex-girlfriend Heather (guest-star Andrea Ferrell) on his flight to Glen Oak. Simon (guest-star David Gallagher) unexpectedly announces he's coming home for the summer. Also, Lucy sets out to discover why Roxanne is suddenly too busy to hang out with her as she's convinced that Roxanne is secretly trying to become a detective behind Kevin's back. Ruthie keeps a secret about a fellow student from her parents. Lastly, Martin learns that his baseball teammates think he's having sex with CeciliaWatch Now:iTunes
Although she is worried about the lesson plan for the class she is teaching on abstinence, Lucy is excited when Eric tells her she is now the Associate Pastor and will soon give her first sermon. Meanwhile, during Simon's visits with Dr. Gibson (guest-star David Piel), he confesses that he has been using his relationship with Georgia (guest-star Rheagan Wallace) to block out the guilt he still feels about the fatal traffic accident. Lastly, Ruthie falls for a guy she meets in detention, Harry (guest-star Aaron Carter), a foster kid currently living in a county facility, despite Martin's reservations.Watch Now:iTunes
Ruthie is on cloud nine when an emotional Eric and Annie reluctantly agree to let her go on her first official date. However, Ruthie isn't surprised to find the family handling her big news with their usual crazy Camden ways: Annie and Lucy decide it's their job to help Ruthie prepare for her date with Vincent (guest star Thomas Dekker); Kevin takes it upon himself to give Ruthie "the talk"; Sam and David change into their Sunday best so they can go on the date as well; an overprotective Martin and Mac (guest star Kyle Searles) decide to spy on Ruthie and Vincent's date; and Matt volunteers to play chaperone, but finds himself in a web of lies to protect Ruthie's feelings.Watch Now:iTunes
Determined to settle down before heading off to medical school, Matt goes in search of a woman to marry. Matt talks with a doctor he works with about wanting to get a life-long mate. Sarah Glass, a co-worker who catches Matt's eye after the future doctor decides to start looking for a bride. Her parents, Rabbi Glass and Rosina Glass and family are Jewish and very concerned for the two. Ruthie tries to set her brother straight by telling him not to do "anything stupid." Eventually concern grows to fear for both families as both Matt ad Sarah do not come home after their second date together in less than 24 hours.
Eric seeks help from Mary's (Jessica Biel, who does not appear in the episode) ex-boyfriend, Wilson (guest-star Andrew Keegan) after Charlie (guest-star Eric Panler), a new father, confesses to Eric that he has made a mistake and can't handle the responsibility of being a young dad. Meanwhile, Lucy and Kevin argue over which doctor they prefer, and Ben (guest-star Geoff Stults), who has taken an unusual interest in their pregnancy, only makes matters worse by siding with Lucy; and Ruthie has hidden intentions for wanting to hang out with Martin and his best friend Mac (guest-star Kyle Searles), which only leads to disappointment since Mac thinks of her more as a little sister.
Still unemployed and bills mounting, Mary continues her downward spiral to rock bottom as Eric and Annie fight about how to effectively deal with her numerous lies and immature behavior. Meanwhile, the fear of what may happen to Mary starts to take toll on the rest of the whole family. By this, it is prompting the children to break open the twins piggy banks to help Mary pay her bills. To get the credit card company to stop calling, however, they are forced to make a risky decision. During all this, Mary CONTINUES to ignore her responsibilities.Watch Now:iTunes
When Kevin leads Venus (guest-star Martha Plimpton), a young woman, to believe that Martin is a rookie cop, she quickly expresses interest in him. Martin's friend Mac (guest-star Kyle Searles) encourages him to pursue Venus. Martin has a hard time revealing the truth after he learns that Venus' father is serving in the Middle East. Meanwhile, Eric and Annie are worried that Martin is getting in over his head with Venus and enlist Kevin to fix things, which only leads to rumors around the police station that Kevin is cheating on Lucy. Mac also jumps in by spreading rumors about Martin at school. Lastly, Ben (guest-star Geoff Stults) continues to hide his relationship with Lucy's new baby doctor, even though they spend a weekend together.
Matt stays out all night with Sarah and they secretly elope, but when facing their parents they're only able to summon the courage to say that they're engaged. A worried Annie tries to calm Eric down, who is convinced that Matt did something foolish. Meanwhile, Lucy and Mary search for Ruthie because they suspect that she knows what really happened during Matt's night out. Ruthie and Matt agree to keep the marriage a secret until a Jewish wedding in a few months.Watch Now:iTunes