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106 - (ADD)     A Dream Deferred     10/26/99
Judy wants to build a coffee bar in the bookstore, but the project turns personal when Rick takes over from Judy's carpenter crush. The bookstore can't support both sisters working full time, and Judy considers another job. Lily's money troubles lead her toward a formal separation from Jake.

WRITER: Jan Oxenberg     DIRECTOR: Scott Winant
 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Ex's Jake    Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Business David   
 Significant Regulars Naomi    Jennifer   
Mali - the bookkeeper for the bookstore

Lily's house
Rick's house
Karen's house
Sammler Cassilli
My Sister's Bookstore
Lily's car
Rick's car
Karen's car
Upton Sinclair

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

How Do I Know I'm Gay? - unknown

Lily: Judy once hit me over the head with a Monopoly board ...
Lily: I may have lost the Monopoly money ...
Lily: I said, "Judy, you be the banker ..."
Lily: I hate money, and what it does to people

Judy: Lily always offered to help ...

Lily: My father loved money ...
Lily: I used to get real nervous ...
Lily: After Zoe was born ...
Lily: We decided it was safer to have Jake handle the bills ...

Rick: Two weeks after we met ...

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music

Episode Timeline



Day/early evening # 1 -- At the bookstore, Lily catches a young male shoplifter, lets him off gently, which brings about the first sisterly squabble with Judy. Rick arrives and Judy leaves, so R&L get right cozy amidst much great literature. The coffee bar idea is forming.

Day # 2 -- The next morning as Lily cooks pancakes, Grace reads Rick's gross inscription in "A Tale of Two Cities." The washer is on the fritz and the bank calls to say the mortgage is 15 days late. At the bookstore, Lily and Rick meet Marty, Judy's would-be carpenter. The sisters Halloween shop and squabble. At home, Lily's machine goes kaflooey and Rick calls with the old bookstore plans. That night, back at the store, Rick and Marty face off and Marty doesn't need this. Judy is annoyed, then leaves R&L so they can have sex...instead, Rick wants to check out the renovating possibilities.

Day # 3 -- I think this is a Saturday. Lily and Zoe have breakfast after Lily realizes she needs a new washer. Grace has a lunch and shopping date with Judy, who returns her niece that evening and tells Lily about old director friend Ian.

Day # 4 -- The next business day, Mali gives Judy and Lily the hard facts about the store's finances. Lily worries about asking Jake for a separation agreement. She wants to call off the project, but doesn't when she sees how excited Rick is about it.

Day # 5 -- Lily and Naomi meet for coffee and do math. It's not a pretty sight. Back at the store, Judy is getting dizzy from Lily's back&forth. Mr. Fixit arrives. An angry Lily meets Jake at home to hear about the extension and ask about putting a new washer on his credit card. Rick, meanwhile, is making a mess at the store and enjoying every minute :o).

Day # 6 -- Continues the coffee bar creating, and Judy rips her skirt on a nail. She needs to talk to Lily and does, early that evening, saying she may leave the shop. A shaken Lily returns to the store and avoids Rick's kiss. She lashes out at him, then apologizes and leaves. At bedtime, she calls to ask if she can see him "tomorrow."

Day # 7 -- The next morning, Jake arrives to say the mortgage has been paid. Lily brings up a financial agreement, but Jake feels this is a low blow. No lawyers for now, says he. Lily and Rick meet in the park, and he claims he was helping because she asked him to. Lily hates her "helpless" label, and wants Rick to learn to know when to ignore her. If he can't abandon her, "just hold me!" Back at the house, a new washer is almost installed. Soon, Judy arrives at the bookstore and finds Lily. The sisters have a moment of reckoning, finishing with an embrace.


In WULS, Grace cheats and gets into a fight with Zoe over Monopoly, putting Jessie in the middle. In ADD, we learned that Lily and Judy also used to cheat and fight while playing this game.


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