"Broke" is an episode of 7th Heaven starring Stephen Collins, Catherine Hicks, and Barry Watson. 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:
... Rev. Eric Camden
... Annie Camden
... Matt Camden
... Simon Camden
... Mary Camden
... Lucy Camden
... Ruthie Camden
... John Hamilton
... Happy
... Julie Camden Hastings
... Dr. Hank Hastings
Mary Donnelly-Haskell ... Credit Card Collector (as Mary Donnelly Haskell)
... Sgt. Michaels
... Pete
... 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





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6 November 2000 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Simon Camden: What are we gonna do about this?
Lucy Camden: We're gonna let Mary handle it. It's her problem, not ours.
Ruthie Camden: Please don't let them put Mary in jail again.
Simon Camden: You say to let Mary handle it, but she's not. We're the ones getting the calls, and sooner or later Mom and Dad are gonna find out. And deadbeat or not, she's still our sister.
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7th Heaven Opening Theme
Performed by Steve Plunkett
Composed by Dan Foliart
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28 April 2018 | by See 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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