EVERWOOD: Patrick Ecclesine/The WB
Gillian Flynn
May 16, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Everwood

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
run date
09/16/02
performer
Vivien Cardone, Gregory Smith, Debra Mooney, Emily VanCamp, Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Justin Baldoni, Sarah Lancaster, Marcia Cross, Scott Wolf
guest performer
Anne Heche
broadcaster
WB
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

Now wrapping its third season, Everwood‘s soap tropes — unexpected pregnancy, adultery — handles these stories artfully. The buildup to Ephram’s (Gregory Smith) discovery that he’s a father from a former dalliance was slow and intricate. The stakes — his relationship to his dad, Andy (Treat Williams), who hid the truth from him; his hard-won future at Juilliard — stacked to a sublime toppling point when… pow! The fallout scenes between Ephram and his high school sweetheart, Amy Abbott (Emily VanCamp), have been hushed, well-intentioned, doomed debates; watching Andy deal with the blame is stomach-pitting. Now, at the season’s end, Amy’s mother, Rose (Merrilyn Gann), has been diagnosed with cancer. The story feels intricate and resounding. The Abbotts wither, rally, and sensibly stumble on — an emblem of Everwood‘s pragmatic grace.

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