“Getting to Know You” was the last episode to air in 2005. Bad ratings forced TheWB to put the show on hiatus. “Ghosts” didn’t air until March 27, 2006. This episode is the typical pre-winter hiatus Everwood episode. Storylines come to a head. Characters force a moment to its crisis. Pre-winter hiatus of Everwood in previous seasons had Amy running away at the end in season two, Andy beginning an affair with Amanda in season three, as well Amy learning Hannah’s secret in the same episode, and Madison drama for Ephram. Would he meet her? No, but lying to Amy about trying to see her would have an unresolved fallout that lasted through the Christmas season and the New Year.
“Getting to Know You” ended with Nina, in tears, rushing to Andy’s home for comfort after Jake confessed about his relapse and prior painkiller addiction. Elsewhere, Ephram and Amy spent a night together, their first since the Madison/baby nonsense. Amy wanted to delay ‘defining’ what it meant for them. With Ephram headed to New York the next day for the holidays, it’d have to wait. She found the postcards he never sent her, which motivated him to tell her he still loves her. His whole reason for returning home to Everwood was his love for Amy. As the hip youths of today would say, that scene gives one ‘the feels’. Rose decided she wanted to adopt a child from Africa.
Like many network shows today, the ones burdened by a 22 episode order, the first nine or ten or however many number of episodes in the fall run of the series make up the first act of a season. Jake was in a free fall. He hit bottom. Nina learned the scary truth. What’s next for them? Jake’s relapse story differs from what 7th Heaven would’ve done with the same idea. Greg Berlanti wanted a Norman Lear quality to his show. He still refers to the abortion episode, “Episode 20,’ as the best episode of the series, because him and his writers didn’t preach against or for abortion rights. They wanted families to watch the episode and have a discussion.
Jake’s story is not a lesson. It’s an effective performance by Scott Wolf. The catalyst for the relapse annoyed the hell out of me, but the relapse story was about the constant struggle of a former addict. Jake told his brother, “I can’t be normal anymore.” The best scene of the episode is between Jake and Brian about what’s next for Jake. Jake wanted to avoid the meetings and the fallout. Brian won’t let him. Jake looked anxious and afraid. It’s not hysterical or dramatic—it’s fear that this thing will upend his life again. Nina reacted as she did because of her past experience with Carl. Lies already destroyed her family. She’s not mad because he’s a recovering addict, but because he lied about something so huge.
The story of Rose and Harold has been about the next meaningful step, more so for Rose. The next step is adoption. Harold doesn’t want to adopt, but Rose does. Harold told his mother and Irv he couldn’t remember a time when he and Rose weren’t in sync about something. Irv assured him her humanitarianism would fade as the demands of present day Everwood distracted her. Harold and Rose will never part, though. The adoption storyline ahead is okay. It gives the writers an opportunity for more inane melodrama.
Hannah’s never been the typical Bright girl. She’s not as pretty or as sexy. Her feelings about her body made intimacy, non-sexual intimacy, between them impossible. This is the episode with the famous bathroom scene. Bright didn’t want Hannah to leave the bathroom until she saw herself the way he saw her. Hannah and Bright then showered together. They reached the synthesis of their arc.
A synthesis begets a new thesis, of course, and that begins in “Ghosts.”
Tom Garrigus wrote the episode. Joe Pennella directed it.