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205 - (O2.0)     Ozymandias 2.0     11/28/00
Rick has the opportunity to design a new corporate office park, which would greatly boost his career. The project, however, causes friction with Lily, as well as with his business partner David.

WRITER: James Dougherty     DIRECTOR: Michael Engler
 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli   
 Other Family Judy   
 Business David    Miles   
 Significant Regulars  
Dr. Camille Nardo - Jordan Baker
Wyler - Chelcie Ross
Monroe - Arye Gross
Sybil Testamanti - Grace Phillips
Mrs. Wyler - Cheryl McWilliams

Lily's house
Sammler Cassilli
Karen's office
Lily's car
Rick's car
Upton Sinclair
The SITE - Open land and parking lot Rick and Miles survey the site of the building, also soon to be the site of the "Industrial Valley"

Ozymandias - Percy B. Shelley
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

David: Everybody keeps telliing me I need to work on my people skills.
David: It's like he's the ultimate alpha male ...

Rick: There's a point in a man's life ...

Lily: Why is it in parties ...

Miles: cameo only

Eli: My dad's got the eye ...

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music

Episode Timeline

The context is about to change
Miles informs Rick and David that the scale of their involvement is increasing because of interest in expanding the project to be an industrial part anchored by the Drentell building.

The Look
Rick silences Lily at the dinner table with a brief but obvious reproachful look. This lead to a follow-up conversation later when he takes her home.

It'll never happen again
When she is dropped off at home by Rick, Lily comes to his car window and tells him in no uncertain terms that she did not appreciate the "look" he gave her at the dinner table. He immediately apologizes. Then, as she turns to her house, he jumps out of the car and apologizes again, reiterating that it'll never happen again.

Worrying about the future
After several brief conversations, Rick suddenly seems to recognize that Eli wants to pursue music as a career. Eli is on his bed playing his electric guitar, and Rick sees behind him a small keyboard, then glances over to the desk covered in CDs, finally ending at the wall with the acoustic guitar.

Suiting Up
Miles surprises Rick by sending a car to bring him to a tailor to have a suit made. It is typical that the suit is cut in the very same style that Miles wears, and is clearly not one that is particularly flattering for Rick.

Red Handed
David finds out that Miles' delaying tactics since May were because he (Miles) lost his foreign funding for the building. Rick, armed with this information, confronts Miles who easily disarms him. This clearly frustrates David who sees Rick changing into something he's not sure he likes.

The small matter of our young David
The final scene of the episode as Miles and Rick are pacing out their empire, Miles casually asks if Rick can handle David. Surprisingly, Rick does not protest, rather, he simply says yes.


Looks like this took place over one whole week.

Wednesday Evening: Rick and Eli discuss Eli's poor perfomance on the SAT's. Rick doesn't believe Eli's scores reflect the kid he knows.

Thursday Morning: David and Rick stop to pick up coffee before heading into the office and discuss Miles' upaid bills. Arriving at the office, they discover that Miles is already there for an early morning meeting. He unviels his grandiose plans for 'Atlantor' and suggests a dinner party on Saturday night to woo the Atlantor people. Rick calls Lily to ask her to be his 'unit' at the dinner. Shortly thereafter, the party planners show up and Rick is whisked away to be measured for a new suit. (BTW: He dresses to the left). Lily drops by Booklovers with lunch and Judy teases her that she is Rick's 'trophy'

Saturday Evening: Rick and Lily attend the dinner for the Atlantor people at Sammler/Cassilli. During the dinner conversation, Lily dares to voice her opinion and Rick silences her with 'the look'. Suddenly finding that he is expected to 'sell' himself to the Atlantor people, and feeling unprepared, (he only found out that the context' was about to change 36 hours prior), Rick, after a shaky start, dazzles the Atlantor people. Meanwhile, at home, Eli is getting more and more frustrated with studying for his SAT's. (He does an amazing rendition of the O&A theme song on his guitar while the action switches between Rick and Eli). After dinner, Rick drops off Lily and she confronts him about 'the look'. He apologizes and tells her how important this job is to him. He says it will never happen again. When he arrives home, Miles calls and informs him that he has won over the Atlantor people and the project is his.

Monday Morning: First day back to work after the Atlantor dinner and Rick fills in David about the evening. David breaks Rick's bubble by announcing that he has discovered that Miles' delay in paying his bill was because he did not have the financing behind him. Rick goes to Miles' office and confronts him about lying and using him to get the money. Miles offers to release Rick from his contract and get another architect. Judy drops by Lily's for coffee. Lily tells Judy that not everything went well at the dinner. Judy wonders if this is just a speed bump, or something more substantial. Rick, back at the office talks to David about whether or not they can trust Miles. Rick thinks they can, although David is leery. Rick asks David to watch his back for him.

Monday Evening: Hearing Eli practicing his music, Rick goes to Eli's room to remind him that school work comes first. Music is the reward for after. Eli tries to explain to Rick that his music IS his work and Rick finally realizes how important music is to Eli and that college may not be in Eli's future.

Tuesday: Rick and Miles meet at the construction site and pace off the kingdom. Rick informs Miles that he can handle David.


This episode was originally scheduled as 204

"I am closer to the end than to the beginning," is a line from the movie, "Network."

Original episode spoilers

David Bianculli Joyce Millman/Salon Detroit News ABC Boards TVGuideOnline TVGrid The Poem Analysis O&A Once Again  

From David Bianculli:

"Once and Again." David Clennon's manipulative Miles invites Rick and Lily to a fancy dinner party - at which putting them at ease isn't exactly the intention.

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From Joyce Millman in Salon:

Lily doesn't like what working for Miles Drentell is doing to Rick on Once & Again.

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From the Detroit News:

Once and Again, Rick (Billy Campbell) is forced to evaluate just how much Lily (Sela Ward) means to him in the grand scheme of things in this new episode. He gets an extremely tempting professional offer from a surprising source, Miles Drentell (David Clennon, again reprising his former "thirtysomething" role). His response is likely to determine whether he and Lily have a future.

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From ABC Message Board:
Once and Again: "Ozymandias 2.0"
Tuesday, Nov. 28
ABC, 10 to 11 p.m. ET

Last season Lily (Sela Ward) and Rick (Billy Campbell) fell blindly in love; this season they're beginning to see each other's faults. In tonight's episode, Lily gets a glimpse of Rick's ambitious side, and she's not thrilled. He's tempted by an offer from the odious Miles Drentell (David Clennon) to design a corporate office park, which could really boost his career. But Lily - as well as Rick's partner, David (Todd Field) - are horrified that he would consider doing big business with the manipulative Drentell.

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From TV Guide Online:

Nov 28: Ozymandias 2.0: A fancy dinner party with preeminent clients lures Rick--and a reluctant Lily--deeper into the collusive domain of the manipulative Miles Drentell (David Clennon).

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Ozymandias 2.0

A fancy dinner party with preeminent clients lures Rick---and a reluctant Lily---deeper into the collusive domain of the manipulative Miles Drentell (David Clennon). Dr. Camille Nardo: Jordan Baker. Wyler: Chelcie Ross. Monroe: Arye Gross. Sybil Testamanti: Grace Phillips. Mrs. Wyler: Cheryl McWilliams. Rick: Billy Campbell. Lily: Sela Ward. David: Todd Field. Eli: Shane West. Judy: Marin Hinkle.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Jeffrey Nordling, Todd Field, Marin Hinkle, David Clennon, Jordan Baker, Chelcie Ross, Arye Gross, Grace Phillips, Cheryl McWilliams

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Once and Again - Ozymandias 2.0

Description: Miles Drentell (guest star David Clennon) offers Rick (Billy Campbell) an irresistible opportunity, which has the potential to destroy Rick's relationship with Lily (Sela Ward). (In Stereo)

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

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From TVGrid:
11/28 Ozymandias 2.0

Miles Drentell (guest star David Clennon) offers Rick (Billy Campbell) an irresistible opportunity, which has the potential to destroy Rick's relationship with Lily (Sela Ward).

Starring: Sela Ward, Julia Whelan, Evan Rachel Wood, Shane West, Meredith Deane, Billy Campbell.

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"Ozymandias 2.0"
"Ozymandias" by Percy B. Shelley

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command.
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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Analysis from The Norton Anthology of English Literature:

According to Diodorus Siculus, Greek historian of the 1st century B.C., the largest statue in Egypt had the inscription: "I am Ozymandias, king of kings; if anyone wishes to know what I am and where I lie, let him surpass me in some of my exploits." Ozymandias was the Greek name for Ramses II of Egypt, 13th century B.C.

"The hand" is the sculptor's, who had "mocked" (both imitated and derided) the sculptured passions; "the heart" is the king's, which has "fed" his passions.

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From From Once and Again . . . Once Again:
"Ozymandias 2.0" airs December 5, 2000

Rick is presented with an irresistible opportunity by Miles Drentell - and finds it may destroy his relationship with Lily, on "Once and Again."

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