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  • Why do all the people in Glenoak seem to know Eric Camden? Sure, many people may know him from church or his services around the town, though everyone? Sure, it's a small town, but it couldn't be that small. On top of that, why do the police department consult Eric, of all people, to help rehabilitate people in need? In Real Life police works together with, and would consult social workers if needed.
  • How can a town the size of Glenoak note  have not only its own: hospital, college, multiple high schools (there's at least one public one and one private one, seeing as Ruthie is the only one sent to the latter), and most inexplicably of all, its own airport - one which has direct flights to Buffalo, NY, which is itself not the biggest city, and is apparently busy enough for airline attendants to be stationed in?
  • On the flipside of the above-mentioned things Glenoak should be too small for, it lacks some things you would expect. For instance, a teenage girl who cuts herself is sent, on Eric's recommendation, to get psychiatric treatment for that... all the way on the other side of the country. You'd certainly think Glenoak has psychiatrists, including ones specialized for teenagers or to treat this specific problem.
  • Why does everyone in Glenoak seem to be extremely conservative? For example, whenever a teenage girl gets pregnant, marriage to the baby's father seems to be the only option for her now (even though in Real Life, she could just either get an abortion or give the baby up for adoption, but of course, Rule of Drama applies to this show), even though this would very damaging to her. Plus, abortion and birth control are never or barely mentioned, men and women can't live together unless if they are intending to get married or are related (never as friends), while most of the characters seem to attend church on a weekly basis. Also, there's no sense of diversity when it comes to religious beliefs (the show does introduce token religious people though their only function seemed to be to show up once to deliver an not-so-unsubtle aesop about religious intolerance, or to remind viewers that Glenoak is religiously diverse). Once again, that wouldn't be realistic, mostly because secular views have been increasing since the second half of the 20th century. Then again, it is a small town...
  • It appears that almost everyone that the Camdens meet have some sort of problem. Why is that? I mean, people do have their problems, but wow. They must have some sort of trouble magnet.
    • Because Eric Camden's job was portrayed as basically a social-worker-but-then-again-a-religious-as-opposed-to-secular-version-of-that. Heck, for a show considered to be "notoriously Christian", if you think about it, actually only a tiny amount of his job portrayal involves him delivering sermons etc., and 95% of it seems to be to function as what comes down to a social worker. The Glenoak Police Department consulted him frequently in a way a Real Life police department would consult an actual social worker.
    • Plus, simply, Rule of Drama.
  • There is a disturbing number of pregnant teenagers on this show, more than most shows would have. In the United States, the teen pregnancy rate peaked in the '50s and has been declining ever since with the introduction of condoms and birth control, and the legalization of abortion. How come there appeared to be a shortage of condoms or morning-after pills, or anything like that? What about a sex education class in school? Actually, the word "birth control" is never used, as is "abortion" (not surprising, considering the show's super-clean Christian image).
    • One notable example in season 3 would be a pregnant 16-year-old girl expected to get married to the baby's father - a 25-year-old ex-convict. Even more so, the girl doesn't want to get married, and only expects him to be there for their child.
    • On that 25-year-old convict, how come he isn't in jail? Having sex with a minor would definitely be at worst, a felony, at best a misdemeanor in California (according to California Penal Code 261.5).
      • He could be on an informal probationary period, if he was tried and convicted of a misdemeanor, even though he was convicted of something else before. Under the same penal code, he could be filed under either charge of felony or misdemeanor, though he likely wouldn't be around when the teen girl gave birth to his child.
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    • Becomes Fridge Brilliance (likely unintentional on the part of the show runners) when you know that some areas have sex education programs that basically boil down to "just be abstinent because all birth control fails most of the time, take our word for it." These areas tend to have much higher rates of teen pregnancy than areas with more balanced and comprehensive sex education. Many teens are likely to have sex no matter how often they're told not to, but if they're simultaneously led to believe that all birth control methods just flat-out don't work...
  • All birth control, in the 7th Heaven universe, seems to fail, as numerous characters (including Annie) seems to get pregnant in spite of using it. What the hell is that about? Come on, that's extremely unlikely, unless if the factory manufacturing these products make them cheap and send all of them to Glenoak. The chances of a condom breaking are at max 2% and birth control, in developed nations like America, mostly works, with a less than 5% chance of pregnancy if applied correctly (in fact, 85% of all pregnancies result from ''no'' birth control, intentionally or unintentionally).
  • Everyone that the Camden clan come across (with a problem, of course) seems to be "cured" at the end of the episode. In Real Life, that's not realistic because many of the problems they have (e.g. alcoholism, drug addiction, infidelity) are not issues that you can fix in an hour, often taking years before they are completely recovered. It's not like Eric Camden is God himself...or is he?
    • Can't agree the above assumption holds up. E.g., "Aunt Julie" is established to be an alcoholic in season 1, and four years later in season 5, when Mary's drinking a beer in Julie's house, Julie’s Berserk Button about this is apparently hit because she makes it a point that she identifies herself a recovering alcoholic, and is strongly opposed to the presence of any alcohol in her house. Also, what about Mary's "fall from grace", which was pretty much dragged out over about a season-and-a-half?
    • No, that's not exactly right. On this show, it appears as if the Camdens are trying to make the "bad" people they meet "good" again, which is unrealistic. That's what bothers me the most - you can't change someone in the course of one episode, this takes years before it finally comes hold.
  • Why doesn't it bother anyone when the Camdens seem to get in everyone's business? Most people would be freaked by the shear amount of times that they got involved in other people's problems without being asked, and if they lived in my town, they would be the people you'd run away from.
  • How are the Camdens completely okay with Martin coming into their home, and helping himself to their food and drink? Most normal people would be easily (and justifiably) freaked out, and call the police on him!
  • Why do police of Glenoak seem (initially) dismissive of Simon when he actually has reason to believe that a kid he knew would be capable of a shooting at their school? Sergeant Michaels basically knocked down Simon's opinion by making generalizations of what a school shooter should be, e.g. tortured animals, trouble in school, having been suspended or expelled once. That's not exactly true; every person have different mindsets, keep vital information from others (which is sadly Truth in Television), and these incidents could happen suddenly, often with family members finding out about their issues after the fact. Making generalizations like that do nothing but contribute to the Loners Are Freaks stereotype perpetuated by mass media, and also serve to have more people injured or killed than saved.
  • In numerous episodes, it appears that whenever a member of the Camden family (more likely than not, Eric) suggests that a troubled person get help or do something they ask them to do, they do it. It seems as if the Camdens have a way with words in which no one will refuse to make an offer. I mean, the show depicts them as a good family, but no one is that susceptible to other people's suggestions. Prime example: when Eric asks Mary's ex-boss of the whereabouts of Mary's friends, Johnny and Frankie (the former being the owner's nephew), the man is instantly worried and closes down the pizza shop for the day, instead of let's say, asking someone else to watch the shop while he was gone. Also goes under Fridge Logic.
  • In one episode, Mary's friend Frankie stated that her mother wouldn't babysit her baby daughter because of her Teen Pregnancy with said child. However, in the following episode, she says to Mary that her mother won't babysit anymore after her arrest for marijuana possession. Was Frankie lying, or simply doublespeaking?
    • Frankie explicitly told that her mother would babysit when Frankie worked at the pizzeria, but only for that and not for other occasions; specifically not for social or recreational occasions. When Frankie later says her mother doesn't babysit anymore, she means her mother now has stopped babysitting completely (during Frankie's work too now) note .
  • There's one episode where the entire town gossips about Mary's departure, and the Camdens in general. Why? The Camdens aren't the most interesting people in the world, and most people in Real Life would just ignore their problems because they have their own, and growing up in a small town, most people would just mention it and then go on with their own lives.
    • There's another episode where Eric is counseling a woman who is trying to get out of a physically violent marriage, and what seems like the entire town - including Matt - assumes he's having an affair with her. Given that Eric is a minister who frequently counsels people for all manner of things, it seems weird that people would jump to this conclusion.
  • Aside from Eric wanting to help his younger sister Julie recover from her alcoholism, there's absolutely no justification for having her detox at the family home. In Real Life, alcohol detoxing at home is never recommended, something that Eric should've known since he claimed to know more knowledge about drug rehabilitation that some of the doctors at the hospital (which, in itself, is a terrible assumption, since he's a minister). The episode itself partially shows the consequences of trying to detox an alcoholic at home, and Eric briefly reconsiders taking her to the hospital (which would be the logical choice), but is discouraged by Julie herself - despite the fact she obviously isn't medically trained to make that opinion.
  • The Colonel seems to have been a colonel since the Korean War, though that has somewhat confused me. In order to reach the rank of colonel, the person has had to have about 16-18 years in the military under their belt (at least until the Vietnam War, where it was switched to an average 21-23 years of service), which also brings up the question of the Colonel's actual age (the actor Peter Graves was born in 1927, which could retroactively be applied to the Colonel's age on the show). However, The "Colonel" rank could've been temporary, and he was later upgraded to a full colonel after the allotted timeframe.
    • A more important question about The Colonel's military background: where was he exactly stationed? It's been stated that Eric was raised in Binghamton, New York, which is four hours inland from the nearest Marine installation, a recruiting command center. From there, the closest military base would be in Virginia; however, potential Marines living east of the Mississippi are trained at Parris Island in South Carolina. Also, it seems to be a bit odd that Eric lived in one location his entire childhood, since most military men and women would actually move around a lot with their families in Real Life.
    • However, that could be chalked up to Eric's mother deciding to stay in Binghamton while her husband was stationed somewhere else, and while that doesn't occur that much, it still could happen.
  • The highly Anvilicious episode "Smoking" features straw smoker Betty, who is shown to be a rude and inconsiderate Jerkass who is only defined by her smoking trait. She goes on a date with Ben, and when the answer machine to her house doesn't pick up, she immediately assumes a possible burglar (which doesn't make sense, but one problem at a time). Ben, Betty, and Kevin (who went along with the two) arrive at the house, and discover that it has been burned to the ground, with the firefighters informing the trio that a cigarette set the blaze. This brings up multiple questions: How did the entire house burn down in the span of about an hour? How did the firefighters figure out the cause of the fire when the whole house is reduced to ashes? More importantly, how did they find out so fast? How did the firefighter know of Ben, Betty, and Kevin's connection to the house, since they clearly just arrived? Why is the front door standing without support? This entire episode, however, seems to avert logic in order to give us the Anvilicious Aesop that smoking is bad.
  • In the episode about Annie's mother's funeral, Annie is furious at both her father and Eric for basically abandoning her on the occasion. Her father literally just doesn't come to the funeral, while Eric spends a large portion of the day counseling a couple who are having marriage issues; I don't remember the exact details but something about their marriage not being as legally binding as they'd originally thought. Annie gets pissed at her various relatives a lot in the series, but this was one of the times where it seemed legitimately warranted. The end of the show focused on this married couple renewing their vows, with the wife even wearing a dress Eric borrowed from Annie's closet. I can understand why the show would be trying to give the impression that 'life goes on' and 'we should keep living' and whatnot, but I really thought Annie deserved one hell of an apology from her husband.


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