|Born Again on the Forth of July|
|Season 13, Episode 14|
|Air date||April 19, 2009|
|Written by||Erin Ehrlich|
|Directed by||Ken Wong|
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Born Again on the Fourth of July is the 14th episode of the 13th season. It was originally aired on April 19, 2009.
The Fourth of July is around the corner, and the people of Rainey and Milton Street compete against each other to see who can have the better fireworks show. When a Rainey Street decoration gets trashed, what had been rivalry escalates to aggression.
Bobby starts being disrespectful to his parents, culminating in his staying home from church and ordering a pizza using money he stole from Peggy's purse to pay for it. He finds spiritual salvation when he goes to Lucky's church; no, they don't go drinking at the Point After Lounge as Lucky did with Hank in the episode "Church Hopping." The Pentecostal-style service is held in a martial arts studio, Sensei Ed's dojo. Bobby responds to the fire-and brimstone sermon and gets saved. Then, as happened in "Reborn To Be Wild," Bobby goes overboard to the extent that he trashes a papier-mache Uncle Sam that the Rainey Street residents were going to erect on the 4th of July because Hank's working on it caused him to miss church
The title is not only a reference to Bobby's being "born again," but also to the phrase "Born on the Fourth of July." The phrase first appeared in the 1904 song "The Yankee Doodle Boy," composed by George M. Cohan for his Broadway show "Little Johnny Jones." The chorus begins "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy/Yankee Doodle do or die/A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam/Born on the Fourth of July." The song was revived over a decade later as America entered the Great War in Europe and helped stoke patriotic fervor.
"Born on the Fourth of July" was also the title of the autobiography of Ron Kovic, who himself was in fact born on July 4. Kovic served in the Vietnam War, becoming a paraplegic in the process. The experience radicalized him and he became active in Vietnam Veterans Against The War. His autobiography was made into a film in 1989 starring Tom Cruise as Ron Kovic.
The episode title is a reference to the 1989 film Born on the Fourth of July.