Amy and Ephram will eventually love one another. Ephram already loves the Abbott girl. He's loved her since the day he met her in the halls of County High. Amy feels a pull towards him but resists it, afraid of what might happen and also unwilling to let go of Colin, knowing she'd be with him if he survived the surgery or never got into an accident at all. Amy and Ephram barely interacted in season two before "Blind Faith." Ephram told Bright about the college party. They joked around in class. Ephram gave her his Fatal Flaw assignment and she hugged him. Beyond that, Amy's been in her own world, and Ephram's been in his house, with Madison, slowly developing a crush on her, apparently, given what happens after Ephram passes his driver's test.
Fans absolutely loved Ephram and Amy during the show's original runs. I include myself among the fans who wanted to see Ephram and Amy together. As a dumb teenager, I thought their romantic union would assure me that I, too, could woo my high school crush(es). "Blind Faith" was an episode I didn't understand as a dumb teenager because I hadn't yet immersed myself in the world of TV writing and how it works and how writers prefer to waste time until two characters who would be great together finally get together. The Ephram-Amy scenes are a gigantic tease. The teens get milkshakes together and take magazine quizzes and look at each other with flirty and glittery eyes, and they're getting along so well that it seems the night will end with that long-awaited kiss. Of course, though, Amy only went to Ephram when Layne blew her off. Ephram learns the truth and feels hurt. He doesn't yell at her or demean her like Dawson Leery would; he acknowledges the fact she probably didn't think about how it'd make him feel at all, but stressed he needs to be her first choice if their friendship will work.
Ephram takes a 'leap of faith,' if one wants to refer to his move as that, but not with Amy. Instead, the baby-sitter he hated just two episodes ago ensnares his heart. Ephram kisses her after he successfully passes his driver's test. Madison helped him ace the parallel parking part of the test. The excitement overwhelmed him, and he went right for her mouth in celebration. She talked him down and reminded him of their age difference and all. Ephram settled. A ways away, Amy leaned on her Kia Sorrento, disappointed to see the kiss, because Bright just convinced her to give Ephram a chance, gave his sister permission to date a new guy after Colin, ensured her no one would be mad, in sum, told her what she needed to hear. Timing is everything when relationships are involved. Amy and Ephram just have terrible timing.
The Keyes's wedding brings the town together on a sublime sun-drenched day in Everwood. Afterwards, the reception's held in a posh room, and the townspeople drink and dance and merry-make. Amy apologizes to Ephram, though the apology's essentially a break-up, a clear message to him that the thought of her with him shouldn't stop him from being with somebody else. She admits she's a mess. Ephram can't speak. Amy breaks their dance to give him a long hug so full of feeling it makes one's heart crack just a tiny bit, and one just wants to hug Amy for eternity until she isn't so sad. The one thing to remember from this dialogue is: this, that is Amy and Ephram, isn't going to happen for awhile: she's sad, and Ephram's dying to love somebody and to have somebody loves him back. They're just not in sync.
Irv delivers a positive little piece of narration as "Blind Faith" closes which seems aimed at Amy. Irv tells the audience about the artist Michelangelo and how he threw a piece of rock down a hill and would work with whatever was left, considering what's left to be important, that the unimportant parts broke off. Life is like the rock; it flings folk down a hill, pieces of one's self break off during the tumble, but the strongest parts of one's self remains, and one's infinitely better for tumbling. Amy's still going down the hill, but one hopes Irv is right, that Amy will be stronger than ever when she reaches the bottom.
Rev. Keyes reached the bottom and found the woman of his dreams. Despite his reservations, he tried an experimental form of eye treatment in hopes of delaying his impending blindness. The treatment failed. His eyesight left him a day before the wedding, ending the hope he'd see his wife on their wedding day. Keyes doesn't despair for long. If he does, the despair lasts only a night. Andy feels terrible for his friend, but Keyes insists he's experienced so many great things with his senses in the last months. Blindness isn't death, it's just the death of seeing, but one can still smell the air and a spouse's scent, feel her body, and hear the sound of her voice and her laugh. The man who wondered where God went last year is wise enough to tell Andy that God may seem absent to help one's faith increase and become strong in its doubt. Logic and reason will never satisfy someone. Faith is different; logic and reason aren't necessary to justify God's existence. Faith is a leap. The Rev. Keyes is a better man because of his blindness. A smile doesn't leave his face. Andy and Keyes were mirrors of one another last season; two broken men who lost the women in their lives, one to death and one to divorce. They were supremely unhappy; but, now, one of them is peaceful and happy. Andy Brown should be more than hopeful for his own future.
-Harold made it his mission to prevent Linda from dating Andy Brown. I'm the biggest Harold Abbot fan there is, but his quest to find his sister's suitors is worse on repeated viewings. Rose tells her husband he can't control who his sister dates. The Linda-Andy coupling seems to be only a matter of time. Andy drank chai tea after her recommendation to drink it. Linda admires Andy. And though she says she has no interest in dating Andy, this is TV. Dating will happen.
-Emily Vancamp looked radiant in her black dress.
-Bright had a line of little girls waiting to dance with him at the reception. Delia earned several dances with him, much to chagrin of the other girls.
-The Ephram-Madison storyline is just beginning. Bad times.
-David Hudgins wrote the episode. Sandy Smolan directed another fine episode.
UP NEXT: "Three Miners from Everwood"--When a coal mine collapses, Dr. Brown rushes to the scene, along with Edna, Linda and Dr. Abbott (Amazon synopsis). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030FGB8C
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