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202 - (B)     Booklovers     10/31/00
Judy tries to drum up business for the bookstore by creating a book club for singles. Lily, on the other hand, remains skeptical of her sister's latest plan.

WRITER: Winnie Holzman     DIRECTOR: Dan Lerner
 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick   
 Ex's Jake    Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Business David    Christy
 Significant Regulars Tiffany    Lloyd    Will
Debra - Judy's friend
Rosie - Jake's bartender
Lounge Singer - Steve Tyrell

Rick's house
Karen's house
Judy's house
Sammler Cassilli
Phil's Restaurant
Coffee House - Judy runs into Karen
Will Gluck's Car - Apparently, Will still lives in his car. We see him attempting to call Judy, but hanging up before she picks up.

Slender Thread: Rediscovering Hope at the Heart of a Crisis - Diane Ackerman
-- Debra -- Is Lloyd Lloyd so depressed, because he has no hope of ever being Rick, that he needs a suicide hotline?

Lucky Jim - Kingsley Amis
-- Debra -- This satire of postwar British academia was not Debra's first choice, but she changed it on Judy's suggestion. Debra is really a more serious person.

The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
-- Judy -- Judy sees herself as a munchkin, but more objective Karen sees her as Dorothy. Judy has had the power to be happy all along but didn't know it. Judy finally realizes this and tears up Sam's photos while "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" plays. She is now open to finding happiness and letting it find her.

The Bhagvad Gita -- mustache man -- an epic Sanskrit poem which is the essence of Hindu teachings, upon which the current film, The Legend of Bagger Vance, is based.

In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences - Truman Capote
-- Rick and Jake -- That Rick and Jake pick the same book hows they are more similar than Lily thinks. The murderers hadn't accomplished much individually, but together they achieved, um, greatness. Future projects could be Rick helping with another restaurant renovation or becoming a co-father to Jake's girls.

The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Christ in Concrete: A Novel - Pietro di Donato
-- David -- Set during the Depression, it is about Italian immigrants who are "brilliant and passionate people literally being crushed by architecture." I don't think David chose this one just to impress the girls as I can see him reading this book while dealing with Miles.

The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying - William Faulkner

Bridget Jones's Diary: A Novel - Helen Fielding

The Rules: Time Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right Ellen Fein, Sherrie Schneider
-- Christy -- Christy chose this book as a joke, referring to it as science fiction, when it is intended as a serious dating manual by its authors. Christy is too insecure to tell anyone her real favorite book and that inability to open up may be the real reason why she isn't in a serious relationship.

100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur S. Golden

Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson

My Life and Loves - Frank Harris
-- Tracy -- A very erotic book written by a friend of Oscar Wilde. She's just what Jake's looking for in a girl.

A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving

The World According to Garp - John Irving

House - Tracy Kidder
-- Lloyd Lloyd -- Building a house is a metaphor for the American Dream. The reviews say you should read this before you build a house which could mean that Lloyd has aspirations of being an architect/Rick. Lloyd enjoys reading this book, but Rick wouldn't have to because he could have written it. Lloyd will never be an architect and will never get Karen.

I Know This Much is True - Wally Lamb

Landscaping books
-- Judy & Will -- Judy suggests Will read them, he rejects the idea and later sneaks a peek in order to surprise her with what she wants. He doesn't want to be seen reading books, hiding the fact that he really is interested. Perhaps something, maybe his family, in Will's past has conditioned him to read in secret.

The Creation of Patriarchy - Gerda Lerner

Spoon River Anthology - Edgar Lee Masters
-- Judy -- The book is about dead people and Sam is now dead to her. It wasn't meeting him that helped her lift her sail, it was getting over him.

Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
-- Judy has the same romantic problems as Scarlet. She is in love with a married man that she can't have and this has blinded her to the fact that an available man is falling in love with her and that she could love him if she would allow herself to.

Healing and the Mind - Bill Moyers
-- Judy and Karen -- Karen is helping Judy to heal.

The Harry Potter series - J.K. Rowling

The Stranger Beside Me - Ann Rule
-- Jake -- Ted Bundy is described by a coworker as having "magnetic power, his bleak compulsion, his double life, his string of helpless victims." I'm not suggesting that Lily, Tiffany and the new blond are about to be murdered, but it does describe Jake's track record with women. It was his employee, the bartender, who identified Jake's picture on the Booklovers board.

Frannie and Zooey - J.D. Salinger
-- Judy -- About an adolescent girl having a nervous breakdown, Judy can relate to this book because she feels frustrated by never being able to do things well enough in the eyes of her big sister.

East of Eden - John Steinbeck

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain

No book
-- Lily -- That Lily couldn't reveal her favorite book to Rick could be indicative of her not being able to entirely open up to him yet. Another possibility is that Lily simply reads less than would be expected of someone who has owned a bookstore and edited magazines. She commented that Rick's choice of In Cold Blood was a "pretty dark" choice, which is a common misconception among people who haven't read the book.

Judy: When you've been involved with a married man ...
Judy: ... here's what you do ...
Judy: ... anything else ...

Karen: I just felt so guilty
Karen: ... like I've done something wrong ...

Judy: That's who she sees me with ...

Lily: It's true!

Will Gluck: ... that's the kind of woman I want ...

Man 1:  

Man 2: I never thought I'd be alone

Woman 1: I never thought I'd be alone

David: Not pretty enough

Christie: Gay

Judy: ... like letters without stamps ...

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Sung by Steve Tyrell
The Very Thought Of You - Sung by Steve Tyrell

The former My Sister's Bookstore
Judy officially renames the store to "Booklovers". Initially, she was just going to name the event that, but Grace suggests (in front of Lily) that Judy should call the store that also.

Christie meets David
David about Christie: "Not pretty enough.";
Christie about David: "Gay"

Will Gluck
Handyman who builds the patio and fountain (among other things). He is Judy's match in that he is honest and up front where she is guarded and very secretive. He is less educated (I never quite finished high school), but seems more wise.

Rosie finds out about Jake
Rosie, when delivering wine and cheese to Booklovers with Tiffany, spots Jake's picture on the board and quickly leaves, making sure that Tiffany doesn't see it.

Lloyd Lloyd and Debra
They are introduced by Judy.

Tiffany announces that she's going to bartender's school to replace Rosie. This causes Jake some obvious discomfort.

Christy confesses to Lily that she's desperate (for companionship) to the extent that she even has a fully detailed fantasy about David.

Judy claims, all through the episode, that there's something weird about her teeth. They feel different on the inside. She tells Lily and Karen, neither of whom really take any notice. Only Will Gluck, who overheard Judy tell Lily, notices and actually understands.

He's married
Judy finally tells Karen that the Sam is married. She also says that he's gone.


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Original Scheduling
This episode was originally scheduled as #203

A shadow of its former self
When Lily first hears about Booklovers (the idea), she's in the store with Judy and Grace. In the background is a portable noticeboard, on which we see the shadow cast by the name "My Sister's Bookstore" painted on the glass window. Judy then pushes the board around to show the Booklovers notice board, and we never see the old name again.

A place in time
When Judy first announces the idea to Lily, it's the 12th, and presumably sometime during the week (not a weekend). The first Booklovers event is the first Friday after the 12th.

Vision, Part I
Tiffany, in talking about Jake to Judy and Debra, tells of how she was at a Blind Melon concert and had a vision of a dark shadow over Shannon Hoon, then "...a week later, he's dead"

Vision, Part II
Tiffany (again) claims that the recent success of Phil's Restaurant is due to Jake having a vision about what to do. Jake, instead, claims it was a favorable article in the Trib. He also looked very embarrassed by Tiffany

Vision, Part III
Judy, after finally seeing the finished patio, suggests to Will that he must have had a vision of the finished product.

Favorite reads
Rick: In Cold Blood
Judy: Franny and Zooey
Christy: ???

To boldly go ...
Christy is a Sci-Fi fan.

In the family
Judy gets her wine and appitizers from Jake

A regular thing
Booklovers night is advertised as a regular event, every Friday night.

How the idea really happened
From Tooncer at the ABC Message Board

So a friend went to see Winnie Holtzman and Robin Schiff (a writer on Grosse Point) speak at the Beverly Hilton a few days ago. It was a seminar on writing. She told me some of the points that Winnie mentioned to the crowd re O&A:

Apparently, Winnie disliked what was going on with the bookstore and decided to make some changes to it which came to fruition in the Booklovers episode...among other things, she hated the name of the bookstore and so that obviously changed but more significantly, I guess, is the whole idea of the dating "club".

Interestingly, the name "Will Gluck" comes from a real-life person, a producer on Grosse Point. Winnie liked the name so much that she called her friend Robin Schiff (who was a co-presenter at the seminar) and inquired if she would ask the real Mr. Gluck if he would mind Winnie immortalizing his name on O&A. Evidently he didn't mind.

Where did all the money come from?

Jake the snake
Would Jake really be dumb enough to have his picture up in Judy's store, knowing that Grace and Lily might be there?

Liquor licence?
Since when did Judy get a liquor licence? In Illinois, isn't one required even for beer and wine?

As an editor, Christie should know that the word is nonjudgmental

Original episode spoilers

Spoiler: Robert Bianco Spoiler: Detroit Free Press
Spoiler: Spoiler: ClickTV
Spoiler: TVGuide Spoiler: eOnline/Wanda

from Robert Bianco at USA Today:

Once and Again (ABC, 10 p.m. ET/PT) follows last week's lovely premiere with an even stronger episode built around love, loneliness and sibling rivalry. The flash point is a singles party thrown by Lily's sister at her newly renamed bookstore, Booklovers.

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from the Detroit Free Press:

"Once and Again" (10 p.m., WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, ABC). Read a book, fall in love. In an effort to give her bookshop a boost, Judy (Marin Hinkle) comes up with the bright idea of a singles book club that offers a bit of literary matchmaking. All of which has older sister Lily (Sela Ward) feeling a bit jealous. Series producer Winnie Holtzman ("My So-Called Life") dreamed up this funny, touching, sophisticated and exceptionally well-written episode.

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Her sister's new venture causes upheaval in Lily's (Sela Ward) life in Once and Again Tuesday on ABC.

Once and Again -- Booklovers

Judy (Marin Hinkle) has a great idea for the bookstore: Turn it into a mecca for singles. She calls her program Booklovers, making that the store's new name while she's at it. Folks looking for love post their photos and a little personal info -- including their favorite books -- on a special bulletin board in the store. Then on Booklovers Night, they can check out the possibilities in person. But like any new venture, this one hits its share of snags -- Lily (Sela Ward) lets her down, the new outdoor lounge (formerly the alley) isn't finished on time. In fact, Judy is so preoccupied that she fails to notice a hot prospect for herself is right under her nose. Billy Campbell also stars in "Booklovers."

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Once and Again - Booklovers
Type: Network Series / Drama
Duration: 1 hr

Description: Judy (Marin Hinkle) concentrates so hard on making her singles book club a success that she doesn't realize her answer to love could be closer than she thinks. (In Stereo)

Performers: Bill Campbell, Meredith Deane, Marin Hinkle, Jeffrey Nordling, Susanna Thompson, Sela Ward, Shane West, Julia Whelan, Evan Rachel Wood

Airing: Tue 10/31/00 10:00pm 5 WCVB
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Once and Again
60 min.

Romantic hopefuls are drawn to the bookstore owned by Lily's sister, Judy (Marin Hinkle), who's turned the place into a matchmaking parlor that's attracted Lily's boss, Christie (Jennifer Crystal Foley), and Lily's ex, Jake (Jeffrey Nordling). Lily: Sela Ward. Rick: Billy Campbell. David: Todd Field. Tiffany: Ever Carradine.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Jeffrey Nordling, Todd Field, Marin Hinkle, Mark Valley, Ever Carradine, Jennifer Crystal Foley

Rating: TV-PG
Category: Drama
Release Year: 2000
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From Wanda on
Judy finds a man! Bye Bye Sam!

Judy changes the name of the bookstore to Booklovers and sets up a matchmaking night. She also gets a love interest in the form of a cute blue-collar type who comes in to fix the cappuccino machine. She hires him to fix up the back patio, and when he calls her, she rips up old photos of her and Sam.

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