Series / Everwood

Everwood was a drama series that ran from 2002-06 on what was then The WB, starring Treat Williams as Dr. Andrew Brown (unlike most of the WB's shows, this was cancelled when it merged with UPN to create The CW). After the death of his wife, Brown left his prestigious position at a New York hospital, packed up his teenage son and nine-year-old daughter, and left the big city for the quiet, sleepy mountain town of Everwood, Colorado.

According to Television Without Pity, its stories were often pure cheese in concept, but executed so awesomely they could only sputter, "Damn you, Berlanti!"

This show provides examples of:

  • Alpha Bitch: Delia's friend Brittany is a toned-down, younger version.
  • Angst Coma / Heroic B.S.O.D.: When Ephram tells Amy he doesn't think Colin will ever wake up from his coma, she completely shuts down and needs to be taken home just moments before her big dance recital. She's snapped out of it by the next day, though.
  • Badass Biker: Edna is of the granny variety.
  • Beta Couple: Bright and Hannah to Amy and Ephram in season 3.
  • Big Brother Instinct: For all they annoy each other and often conflict, Bright and Amy are really close and he's quite overprotective whenever he feels she might be in danger or treated unfairly.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs:
    Lanie: I've got to break something to you.
    Ephram: You're married?
    Lanie: No.
    Ephram: You're leaving the country?
    Lanie: Stop.
    Ephram: You're marrying Bright and then leaving the country?
  • Broken Pedestal: Happens twice to poor Ephram in the second half of season one: his piano teacher has to leave town because he got one of his female students pregnant—just weeks after Ephram found out his mother had been cheating on his father, probably right up until she died.
  • Christmas Episode
  • The City vs. the Country: The basic premise.
  • Cliffhanger: The first season finale. Colin Hart's fate is not revealed until the second season premiere.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Andy Brown is frequently considered this; he's completely okay with it.
    Edna: Remind me again why you're offering this thankless town free medicine?
    Andy: Well, the long answer is that after fifteen years of making money off of other people's sickness, I've decided to alleviate my guilt by doing something incredibly altruistic. The short answer is: I'm nuts!
  • Coming-Out Story: Kyle, one of Ephram's piano students in the fourth season.
  • Compound Title: The beginning of season 3. First episode was titled "For Every Action..." and "...There Is a Reaction" was the name of the second one.
  • Continuity Nod: In the first episode, Andy tells Delia she'll get a pony if she's willing to move to Everwood. Then when the Andy-Linda plot rolls around:
    Andy: The thing is, I promised Delia I wouldn't date her.
    Edna: You also promised Delia a horse; I don't see Mr. Ed clomping around!
    • She finally gets her horse in the series finale.
  • Cool Old Lady: Edna.
  • Cut Short: The show was cancelled when the WB merged with UPN into The CW - one of the few WB show that got this fate.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: Irv's daughter Cassie thought this was the case for most of her life, choosing to resent her mother and later Edna for the fact that she hadn't seen her father in the last five years. Irv firmly shuts this down, telling Cassie that he deserves some of the blame for not being around as much when she was a kid.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Amy's junkie boyfriend Tommy, in the second season.
  • December–December Romance: Edna and Irving. They got married, and didn't give a rats' ass what the town thought about it.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ephram. It's his self-defense mechanism. He snarks at his father, his sister Delia, at Amy when he wants to tease her, at Bright... He's sarcastic with everybody.
  • Driven to Suicide: Reid, Ephram and Bright's room-mate from season 4, when he fails out of medical school and cheats on a test. He is caught and expelled. His friends all feel guilty for not realizing that Reid was depressed. Upon recovery, Reid pretends everything is fine, which understandably upsets them, and Hannah calls him on it.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Ephram, the handsome and brilliant pianist.
    • Played Straight: Ephram Brown is a brilliant pianist. Amy Abbott, his love interest and his eventual girlfriend, likes Ephram's playing a lot. She admires his dedication to music and his immense talent.
    • Discussed Trope: In a flashback, Ephram's mum tells him that girls find his playing very attractive. She's convinced that they sense he's very confident when he plays.
    • Invoked Trope: Mrs. Brown was quite a matchmaker. She tried to invoke the trope as she makes Ephram accidentally meet his crush and invite her for his piano recital.
  • Fashion Hurts: What Delia learns when wearing uncomfortable stockings.
  • First Girl Wins: Ephram and Amy.
  • From New York to Nowhere
  • Happily Married:
    • Dr. Abbott and his wife Rose are very happy together. He's a doctor and she's a mayor, yet they both consider their family and especially children their biggest success.
    • Edna and Irving. They had their problems, but managed to deal with them. Edna is devastated when Irv dies. She tries to be stoic, but admits that she misses him terribly and feels useless.
  • Heroism Incentive: In the pilot episode, Andy tries to convince his 15-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter to move to the titular rural town in Colorado.
    Andy: Now, I want this to be a democratic decision, so we're going to put this to a vote. Everyone who wants to move...
    [Nobody moves]
    Andy: ...and get their own horse, raise your hand.
    [Delia raises her hand excitedly]
  • High School
  • Jerk Jock: Bright for the first half of season one.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dr Abbott.
  • Ivy League for Everyone
  • Love Triangle: Several of those.
  • Literally Loving Thy Neighbor: Andy and Nina.
  • Love-Obstructing Parents: Only occasionally, as Andy heavily opposed Ephram and Madison at first (he was very fond of Madison but didn't approve of their being together because of the age difference) and Harold didn't like Tommy at all. Otherwise averted: Rose and Harold were warm and welcoming towards Colin, Ephram and Hannah, as were Andy towards Amy and Stephanie and Hannah's mother towards Bright. Edna also encouraged her daughter to date Andy, and Andy's father quickly saw Nina as someone who could make his son happy. It could be argued that, in the case of Andy dating Linda, Harold was a love-obstructing older brother.
  • Missing Mom: A lot actually, to the point that Rose and Nina are the only significant exceptions. Otherwise: Julia dies, Edna was absent for a large part of Harold's childhood, Rose's mother was psychologically abusive to the point of bullying, Hannah and Kyle had rocky relationships with their mothers, Reid's mom is portrayed as emotionally distant (until she had a very strong wake-up call), it's mentioned that Andy's mother died when he was relatively young (though possibly already a doctor), Irv's daughter also resented her mother, Madison's was distant enough that she wasn't told about the pregnancy, Brittany's mother is out of the picture (she lives with her father and step-mother), several patients also have a dead or disappeared mother... by comparison, there are lots of dads around.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Bright is convinced Reid is gay and tells Amy as such after seeing how he loves to work out and hearing he used to live with a partner. (Said partner was strictly business, someone he worked as an EMT with.)
  • Mistaken for Junkie: Delia does this with Linda.
  • Most Writers Are Writers: Irving Harper becomes a writer. He writes a fairly successful book about people from Everwood.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Hannah.
  • Near-Death Clairvoyance: Sort of. Andy's deceased wife appears a few times to discuss the difficulties of parenting with him; the first few of these are actually "replays" in Andy's mind of conversations they'd had before, but the last one is completely original.
  • Non-Idle Rich: Dr. Brown's personal fortune amassed as a world-renowned neurosurgeon is large enough for him to operate a private medical practice, free of charge.
  • Otaku: Ephram's piano mastery is a refreshingly non-geeky example.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: A milder example. Andy Brown is a specialist of neurosurgery, but opens up a general practice in Everwood, and has no difficulties delivering a baby with shoelaces and a whisk.
  • One-Word Title: Because it's The Place, as it's the setting of the story.
  • Parent with New Paramour:
    • Dr. Andy Brown is a widower; the death of his wife and the family dealing with their grief kicked off the series. His young daughter Delia doesn't like when he dates Linda Abbott, and his son Ephram disapproves also, but mainly because she's ill and he's afraid that Delia will become attached and they will have to go through it yet again. At the end of the series, Andy gets together with his friendly neighbor Nina. Both Ephram and Delia have always liked her, so they will probably be okay with it.
    • When divorced Nina dated Jake, another newcomer and a young handsome doctor, her son Sam seemed to like him.
    • Edna, a Cool Old Lady married Irving Harper, who was in turn a Cool Old Guy. It was a wonderful case of December-December Romance and a Happily Married couple. In a flashback, the audience finds out that Edna's son Harold was against the marriage, which hurt Edna's feelings. Irving's children were fairly estranged from him anyway, but were no fans either.
  • The Place: It's where the story takes place. One-Word Title variation.
  • Poisonous Friend: Amy's Love Interest Tommy in season 2.
  • Portmantitle: Fusion of "Ever" and "Wood".
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Come on, did you honestly think poor Colin Hart was going to survive?
  • Scenery Porn: The town of Everwood doesn't have much going for it, but the scenery is amazing.
  • Shrinking Violet: Hannah in season 3.
  • Teens Are Monsters: Averted. The teenage characters could be volatile and cause the adults grief, but the adults weren't always perfect either and most of the arguments were shown from both sides, displaying real conflict rather than standards kids versus parents.
  • Their First Time: They actually go through with it.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Bright, Amy and Colin.
  • The Topic of Cancer: Rose Abbott has cancer at the end of season 3 and still deals with it throughout season 4.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo:
    • A few times with Ephram and Amy. S1: Ephram —> Amy. S2: Amy —> Ephram. S4: Ephram —> Amy then Amy —> Ephram.
    • There is also a bit of this with Bright/Hannah/Topher.
  • World of Snark: Nearly everyone has snide comments for their family and friends. Ephram, Delia, and Andy in the Brown family; Harry, Bright, Edna, and sometimes Rose in the Abbott family; and often the patients snark at their doctors. Drs. Brown and Abbott often engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat—their rivalry soon changes to sympathetic banter and eventually they become friends with a healthy dose of sarcasm from both sides.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Ephram thinks that his father was cheating. It explains his cold relationship to him.
    • Mrs. Brown was actually the one who found a lover because Dr. Brown was always working and that's why they sometimes argued. He has trouble forgiving her in full even after her death.
    • Nina's husband cheated on her—with a guy. Nina is devastated when she finds out and they go through a divorce.
    • Widowed Dr. Brown sleeps with a woman whose husband is in vegetative state. Then he gets better and they stop.