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Once and Again...Once Again





Preview Archives

Season 1


compiled by Barb Schroeder
quips by Jennie Ellis


CAST
Once and Again stars ...

Sela Ward as Lily Manning
Billy Campbell as Rick Sammler
Julia Whelan as Grace Manning
Shane West as Eli Sammler
Meredith Deane as Zoe Manning
Evan Rachel Wood as Jessie Sammler
Susanna Thompson as Karen Sammler
Jeffrey Nordling as Jake Manning
Todd Field as David Casilli
Marin Hinkle as Judy

PREVIEW GUIDE

Episode #1: The Pilot/Boy Meets Girl originally aired 9/21/99
Synopsis: Single mom Lily and single dad Rick meet and get a second chance at love; "car pool,
soccer game, first date and kiss".
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Karen, Jake, Judy, David
Guest Stars: Kelly Coffield as Naomi, Kimberly McCullough as Jennifer, LaTanya Richardson as
Counselor, Vanessa Lee Chester as Friend #1, Anna Mathias as Secretary, Suzanne Lanza as Assistant,
Nicola Theodoropoulos, Jourdan Fremin as Laughing Mom
Writer: Marshall Herskovitz
Story by: Marshall H. and Ed Zwick
Director: Marshall Herskovitz
Music: Jewel, "Absence of Fear" from the album Spirit

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Episode #2: Let's Spend the Night Together originally aired 9/28/99
Synopsis: In a nutshell, Lily and Rick do. Eli and Jennifer don't. "Lily scared, 'Do you have something?',
'HELLOOOO?!?!'"
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Karen, Jake, David, Judy
Guest Stars: Kimberly McCullough as Jennifer, Julie Marie Berman as Julie, Tricia O'Kelley, Rachel
True as Mali, Suzanne Lanza as Assistant
Writers: Marshall Herskovitz & Ed Zwick
Director: Marshall Herskovitz

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Episode #3: The Scarlet Letter Jacket originally aired 10/5/99
Synopsis: Rick and Lily's families gather at the school carnival, where everything is not all "fun and games."
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Karen, Jake
Guest Stars: Kimberly McCullough as Jennifer, Julie Marie Berman as Julie, Kelly Coffield as Naomi,
Tangie Ambrose as Coach, Katie Johnston as Lisa, Joanna Canton as Rachel, Molly Cheek as Nancy,
Blaire Baron as Robin
Writers: Marshall Herskovitz & Ed Zwick
Director: Dan Lerner

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Episode #4: Liars and Other Strangers originally aired 10/12/99
Synopsis: After meeting Rick, Judy expresses her misgivings regarding Lily's blossoming relationship
with him.__UltimateTV.com. "Lily and Rick choose Judy's place, rather than a motel, Eli protecting
Mom/Karen."
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, David, Judy, Karen
Guest Stars: Vanessa Lee Chester as Annie, Rachel True as Mali, Kelly Coffield as Naomi, Kimberly
McCullough as Jennifer, Rose Portillo as Ms. Gonzalez, and Laura Roth as Carter
Writer: Winnie Holzman
Director: Ron Lagomarsino
Music: Keb' Mo', "Rainmaker" from the album Slow Down

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Episode #5: There Be Dragons originally aired 10/19/99
Synopsis: Rick introduces Lily to the children under awkward (actually painful for him) circumstances.
__UltimateTV.com. "Jessie gets her period, Rick/Jessie heart-to-heart, Jessie matures emotionally."
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Jake, Karen
Guest Stars: Karen Hartman as Nurse, Susan Savage as Mother #1, Jimmy Shubert asBartender,
Yolanda Snowball as Mother #2, Brenda Song as Chrissy
Writer: Liberty Godshall
Director: Ron Lieberman
Music: Yve & Adam, "In Good Time"

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Episode #6: A Dream Deferred originally aired 10/26/99
Synopsis: Coffee Clash - Trouble is brewing for Lily when she and her sister consider
adding a coffee shop to their bookstore. Since their business venture has never exactly
been a cash cow, the quixotic Judy suggests a caffeinated counter may provide a much-needed
jolt to their meager ledgers. Although she's skeptical at first, Lily asks Rick to get involved,
but his enthusiastic response only succeeds in opening old wounds between the siblings.
Lily's waffling is capped by a call from the banker telling her that her estranged husband,
Jake, has not yet paid the mortgage.__TV Guide Close-Up. "Coffee bar/ bookstore; Rick
and Lily at the park."
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Judy, Jake
Guest Stars: Kelly Coffield as Naomi, Rachel True as Mali, Chris Collins as Adam, Joshua
Coxx as Marty, Ilia Volok as Sonny, Dewey Weber as Ian, Archie Kao as Steven, Sarah
Gould-Lopez as young Judy, and Quinn Paul as young Lily.
Writer: Jan Oxenberg
Director: Scott Winant

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Episode #7: The Ex Files originally aired 11/2/99
Synopsis: Rick must spend time with Karen while Eli plays basketball.__UltimateTV.com.
"Basketball tournie; Rick stares at Karen; enter Lloyd2. More: Lily's weekend juice fast
turns into a 'doughnut fast', Grace and Zoe meet Tiffany, who Zoe takes a liking to but
Grace doesn't.
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Karen, Jake, Judy
Guest Stars: James Eckhouse as Lloyd, Ever Carradine as Tiffany, Kelly Coffield as Naomi,
Dennison Samaroo as Saj, Mat Hostetler as Bellman, and Laurie Woolery as Waitress
Writer: Winnie Holzman
Director: Robert Black

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Episode #8: The Past Is Prologue originally aired 11/9/99
Synopsis: Lily uncovers a disturbing trend with the men in her life when Rick becomes
preoccupied with an important proposal at work. Meanwhile, Eli's frustration with his
schoolwork reaches new depths.__TV Guide. "Lily delivers food; Rick bonds with Eli;
Rick shares his fears of failure with Lily."
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Eli, Jessie, Grace, Zoe, Karen, Jake (flashback), Judy, David
Guest Stars: Paul Mazursky as Phil, Samantha MacLachlan as the receptionist, Archie Kao
as Steve, Christie Lynn Smith as Sherrie, Scott Weintraub as Mr. Burke, Ellen Geer as Celeste,
and Steve Lanter as Ken.
Writers: Marshall Herskovitz & Ed Zwick
Director: Patrick Norris

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Episode #9: Outside Hearts originally aired 11/16/99
Synopsis: Grace and Eli attend a "birthday" party where there's no cake, candles or presents -
but plenty of illicit behavior - leading their parents to wonder where they went wrong.__TV Guide.
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Karen, Judy
Guest Stars: Kimberly McCullough as Jennifer, Justin Urich as Roger, Julie Marie Berman as
Julie, Vanessa Lee Chester as Annie, Marco Gould, Mira DiMaggio, Cory C. Hardrict, Kate Freund,
Chris Olivero, Peter Schindler
Writer: Alexa Junge
Director: Todd Field
Music: Studio Re-recording, Death in Vegas, "Dirge"

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Episode #10: Thanksgiving originally aired 11/23/99
Synopsis: Thanksgiving at Lily's brings an emotional visit from her parents, whose customary
baggage includes more than their suitcases. Although she's looking forward to spending time
with her folks, Lily is apprehensive because of their fondness for the philandering Jake, who now
runs his father-in-law's restaurant. Believing their separation is just a phase, Lily's father (Paul
Maursky) finangles an invitation for her ex-husband, while mother (Bonnie Bartlett) assumes her
usual distance - just when Lily needs her most. Meanwhile Rick spends the holiday alone, as his
kids endure an uneventful time at their mother's place.__TV Guide "Close-Up." More: We learn
about Lily's brother Aaron, a schizophrenic.
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Karen, Jake, Judy, David
Guest Stars: Bonnie Bartlett as Barbara, Paul Mazursky as Phil, James Eckhouse as Lloyd, Dennison
Samaroo as Saj, and Natasha Ivanova as Melanie
Writer: Daniel Margulies
Director: Claudia Weill

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[pre-empted 11/30]
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Episode #11: Where There's Smoke originally aired 12/7/99
Synopsis: Lily's apprehension about Rick spending time with her kids coincides with her concern
for Jake, who appears to be having more trouble at the restaurant than he's willing to admit.__TV Guide.
"Jake wiring; Jake and Lily NNNOOOOOOOO!!"
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Karen, Jake, Judy
Guest Stars: Cliff Weissman, Donald Berman, Dyllan Christopher, Randolph Brooks as Larry, Kelly
Coffield as Naomi, Anthony Natale, Alex Morris
Writer: Michael Weller
Director: Edward Zwick

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[December 14 - repeat of first episode]
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Episode #12: The Gingerbread House originally aired 12/21/99
Synopsis: Stumbling toward Christmas and plagued by inner turmoil, Lily is forced to make painful
- yet necessary - revelations about the fate of her marriage and the future of her relationship with
Rick.__TV Guide. "The house; Zoe/Santa; Lily asks for a divorce. The tree lot scene; Merry "Freak-
ing" Christmas!" More: Lily tells Jake she wants a divorce; she tells Rick she slept with Jake; Rick
walks away."
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, Karen, Jake, David, Judy
Guest Stars: Kelly Coffield as Naomi, Anthony Natale, Alex Morris
Teleplay by: Pamela Gray & Winnie Holzman
Director: Dan Lerner
Music: Tori Amos, "Winter" from the album Little Earthquakes

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[five week hiatus begins; show moves to Monday night]
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Episode #13: Mediation originally aired 1/24/00 (first Monday night episode)
Synopsis: Lily begins mediating a divorce settlement with Jake; Rick comes up against a difficult client.
UltimateTV.com. Lily and Jake need more than a mediator to facilitate their divorce; Rick and David try
to satisfy a peculiar client (David Clennon). Meanwhile, Grace "volunteers" as Eli's tutor so he doesn't
lose his sports eligibility.__TV Guide. More: Rick and Lily's reconciliation begins; first O&A w/ Miles.
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Eli, Jessie, David, Jake
Guest Stars: Kimberly McCullough as Jennifer, David Clennon as Miles Drentell, Harley Jane Kozak as
Carol, Fred Applegate as Ed, Stephen Arenholz, Shelley Taylor Morgan as Sandy, and Pamela Moore
Somers
Teleplay by: Pamela Gray and Winnie Holzman
Story by: Pamela Gray
Director: Dan Lerner

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Episode #14: Sneaky Feelings originally aired 1/31/00
Synopsis: Karen finds herself attracted to a younger man at work. To the disgust of his little sister (Evan
Rachel Wood), Eli's eye begins to wander when he feels his girlfriend (Kimberly McCullough) is a bit too
demanding.__UlimateTV.com. More: Karen breaks up with Lloyd Lloyd; Eli and Jennifer break up.
Cast Call: Rick, Karen, Eli, Jessie
Guest Stars: James Eckhouse as Lloyd, Mark Feuerstein as Leo, Kimberly McCullough as Jennifer,
Alexandra Holden as Cassidy, Dennison Samaroo as Saj, Nealla Gordon as Ms. Sapaefski, Josh
Zuckerman as Toby, Charles Walker, Jason Dohring, and Elizabeth Johnson
Writers: Sue Paige and Daniel Paige
Director: Claudia Weill
Music: Get Up Kids, "Mass Pike" from the album Red Letter Day
Garbage, "When I Grow Up" from the album Version 2.0

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Episode #15: The Mystery Dance originally aired 2/7/00
Synopsis: A cynical Judy is smitten by an enigmatic sculptor (Steven Weber), who happens to be
working on Rick's project for Miles Dentrell.__TV Guide. More: The sculptor turns out to be a terrific
guy -- and married, but unhappily; Lily gets Rick to open up about his feelings regarding her one-night
romp with Jake.
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Judy, Grace, Zoe
Guest Stars: Steven Weber as Samuel Blue, David Clennon as Miles Drentell, Jim Wise as Tom, Aliza
James as the laughing woman, Scott Rabinowitz as Dick, Hans Howes as Harry, Peter Schindler as Rex
(? - scene cut?), Hillary Straney as the waitress, and Bonnie Bartlett as Barbara (voice only)
Writers: Sue Paige and Daniel Paige
Director: Dan Lerner
Poetry: "George Gray"

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Episode #16: Daddy's Girl originally aired 2/14/00
Synopsis: Lily hires a divorce attorney; Grace meets a boy who seems to think like her.__TVGuide.
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Jake, Judy
Guest Stars: Paul Mazursky as Phil, Robert Ri'chard as Jared, Kelly Coffield Park as Naomi, Jim Fyfe
as Teacher, Rochelle Leffler as Check Out Girl, Vanessa Lee Chester as Annie, Catherine Corpeny as
Pierce, Caroline Aaron as Tobey, Sean Parhm as Boy#1, Ernest Liu as Boy #2
Writer: Liberty Godshall
Director: Barnet Kellman

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Episode #17: Unfinished Business originally aired 3/6/00
Synopsis: Lily and the rest of the Manning family cope with an accident that will change their
lives forever.__UltimateTV. Fearing for her financial security, Lily reluctantly seeks to rejoin the
rat race, but her job search takes a backseat when her father is injured in a car accident.__TV Guide.
Lily (Sela Ward), her daughters (Julia Whelan, Meredith Deane) and the rest of the family cope with
an accident that will impact their lives forever.__JAM! TV Listings. When it Rains, It Pours. A family
crisis forces Lily to put her troubles aside in an emotionally wrought, well-written episode. Over-
burdened by a financial uncertainty brought on by her bitter divorce proceedings, Lily reenters the
workforce, which has changed considerably in her absence. Meanwhile, her visiting father (Paul
Mazursky) is sidelined by a minor car accident, and his stubborn nature during his convalescence
stirs up mixed feelings in Lily about their relationship. But her ambivalence gives way to remorse-
and guilt-when she wakes in the middle of the night to find him lying unresponsive on the kitchen
floor._TV Guide, March 4 - 10, 2000.
Cast Call: Lily, Grace, Zoe, Jake, Judy, Rick
Guest Stars: Paul Mazursky as Phil, Jennifer Crystal as Christie Parker, Ruth Fara as Sofia, Julie
Paris as the drama teacher, Asher Gold as the other student, Yumi Iwama as the nurse, Shane
Edelman as Dr. Scheck, Marshall Herskovitz as Dr. Kirchhoffer, Bonnie Bartlett as Barbara and
Kyme Hersi Sallid as the other nurse
Writers: Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick
Director: Edward Zwick

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Episode #18: Strangers and Brothers originally aired 3/13/00
Synopsis: The grim reality of the death of Lily's father settles uncomfortably over the family as his intentions for the future of the restaurant are made clear. Also, the reappearance of Lily's brother (Patrick Dempsey) proves difficult for their mother (Bonnie Bartlett).__TV Guide online.
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Judy, Jake
Guest Stars: Paul Mazursky as Phil (assumed in flashbacks), Bonnie Bartlett as Barbara, Patrick Dempsey as Aaron, Rabbi Jonathan Aaron as Rabbi Ben, Ellen Geer as Celeste, Richard Libertini as Manny, Winnie Holzman, Elliot Goldwag as Marvin, Dennis Letts, Tony Barr, Fred Ornstein, Stu Levin, Gerry Black, Lee Schall
Writer: Richard Kramer
Director: Marshall Herskovitz

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Episode #19: Cat-in-Hat originally aired 4/3/00
Synopsis: Karen pushes herself far beyond her comfort zone when her involvement with a younger man becomes more serious. Meanwhile, Eli plays his parents against each other when he finds their restrictions unacceptable, on "Once and Again,"__UltimateTV.com
TV Guide's "Insider's" brief article on Matt Feuerstein: As the passionate Dr. Leo Fisher on ABC's Once and Again this season, Feuerstein can't get enough of Karen Sammler (Susanna Thompson). "She's this neurotic woman who just forgets to live," Feuerstein says. "I'm a reminder you can have fun, too."__TV Guide, March 25 - 31, 2000.
Cast Call: Rick, Karen, Eli, Jessie, Lily
Guest Stars: Mark Feuerstein as Leo, Kelly Coffield Park as Naomi Porter, Adam Brody as Coop, Blake Soper as Blake, Jenny Lewis as Jenny, Peter Schindler as Rex Kramer, Clark Coles as Paul Cendella, Josh Zuckerman as Toby, Charles Walker as Craig, James Lew as Master Lun, Garry Guerrier as the bouncer, Pierre DeReedier and David Rock as the band members, and Mary Faulkner as Libby.
Writer: Michael Weller
Director: Claudia Weill
Music: Rilo Kiley, "The Frug," can be found on the movie soundtrack album, Desert Blue

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Episode #20: My Brilliant Career originally aired 4/10/00
"My Brilliant Career" - Lily's humbling new job helps her put her true priorities in order. Meanwhile, Grace discovers something very painful that may forever alter her relationship with her father, on "Once and Again," UltimateTV.com Troubling revelations await Lily, who now reports to a younger boss; and her daughter Grace, whose divorced dad is seeing a much younger woman (Ever Carradine).__TVGuide.com The generation gap is explored in tonight's main plots, which have Lily (Sela Ward) dealing with a much younger boss, and her ex-husband dating a much younger woman.__N.Y. Daily News (April 10, 2000)
Hollywood Grapevine re: Jennifer Crystal: She's doing three episodes of ABC's Once and Again, playing Sela Ward's much younger boss at an online magazine. Tension peaks in the April 10 show. "I give her tasks like walking my dog," says Crystal, who freely admits she'd like to do even more episodes -- like five years' worth. "I'll baby-sit the kids, anything, to stay," she says. "I love this show."__TV Guide, March 25 - 31, 2000.
Cast Call: Lily, Jake, Grace, Zoe, Rick
Guest Stars: Jennifer Crystal as Christie Parker, Robert Ri'chard as Jared, Ever Carradine as Tiffany, Kiko Ellsworth as Dean, Sean Sweeney as Simon, Trae Ireland as the messenger, Aviva Gale as Rita and Hillary Straney as the waitress.
Writer: Jan Oxenberg
Director: Dan Lerner
Music: Wilson Pickett, "Land of A Thousand Dances."

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Episode #21: Letting Go originally aired 4/17/00
Synopsis: Judy takes drastic measures when her passionate relationship with Samuel (Steven Weber) is discovered; Lily realizes how much she needs Rick when he gets sick.__ClickTV.com Revelations of Judy's trysts with a married artist (Steven Weber)disturbs her sister Lily whose daughter, Grace, still has trouble dealing with her dad's extramarital affair.__TVGuide.com
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Judy, Grace, Zoe, Jake, Eli
Guest Stars: Steven Weber as Samuel Blue, Robert Ri'chard as Jared,Jennifer Crystal as Christie Parker, Ever Carradine as Tiffany, Rachel True as Mali, Corey G. Lovett as the teenage clerk and Kristina Malota as young Judy.
Writer: Alexa Junge
Director: Peter Horton

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Episode #22: A Door, About to Open originally aired 4/24/00
Synopsis: Rick and Lily (Billy Campbell, Sela Ward), along with their children, may have a chance to catch a glimpse of the future.__ClickTV.com In the season finale, plans for Lily's and Rick's kids to meet are complicated by conflicts among the youths and tense situations involving their parents. (Among the guest stars, Miles: David Clennon, Jennifer: Kimberly McCullough.)__TVGuide.com Once and Again - Like a slice with everything on it, this season finale is a bit overburdened, as Rick and Lily's struggle to bring their broods together for a pizza party is garnished with several heartburn-inducing plot turns, Eli (Shane West, finds out Cassidy is a two-timing ho, Rick is tormented by miles, and Grace (Julia Whelan) is persecutedby a "meshhuggener racist b***h." Somebody pass the crazy bread. B+ __Entertainment Weekly 4/28/00
"Editors Choice:" "Our kids should meet each other," Lily (Sela Ward) tells Rick (Billy Campbell). "We should all have dinner together." It's a good idea, but the timing is bad for all concerned in the intriguing season finale of this freshman series, which has won critical acclaim and been renewed for next season. As the plot unfolds, Lily's dinner plans wind up on the back burner because of more pressing developments: jealousies that consume the kids; personal and business dilemmas that perplex their parents; and tense situations that involve former spouses.__TV Guide, April 22 - 28, 2000.
"Susan Stewart's Hits & Misses:" Is Sela Ward playing Hope? Her lovely, self-absorbed Lily could be a clone of the lovely, self-absorbed Mel Harris character from thirtysomehting. The crafty season finale acknowledges this: Lily loses a firend from pure selfishness. Meanwhile, Rick (Billy Campbell) musters the guts to deal with evil client Miles Drentell (David Clennon, in a fine thirtysomething reprise). The episode's final scene is bathed in golden light, a brief respite from the artful torment we've come to enjoy. My score: 8__TV Guide, April 22 - 28, 2000.
Cast Call: Lily, Rick, Grace, Zoe, Karen, Eli, Jessie, Jake, Judy, David
Guest Stars: David Clennon as Miles Drentell, Ever Carradine as Tiffany, Jennifer Crystal as Christie Parker, Kelly Coffield Park as Naomi, Kimberly McCullough as Jennifer, Alexandra Holden as Cassidy, Joanna Canton as Rachel, Katie Johnston as Lisa, Dennison Sameroo as Saj, Kate Benton as Arlene, and Laura Roth as Carter
Writer: Winnie Holzman
Director: Dan Lerner

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