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210 - (LLL)     Love's Laborers' Lost     01/24/01
Judy faces a romantic dilemma when two men enter her life at the same time. Meanwhile, Eli has second thoughts about his involvement with Carla.

WRITER: Emily Whitesell     DIRECTOR: Michael Engler
 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Ex's Jake    Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Business  
 Significant Regulars Carla    Will
Others
Paul - Michael B. Silver
Teacher - Coleen Maloney

PLACES:
Lily's house
Judy's house
Sammler Cassilli
Phil's Restaurant
Booklovers
Judy's car Upton Sinclair
OTHER LOCATIONS:
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LITERARY REFERENCES:
Love's Labour's Lost - William Shakespeare

The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

The Red Tent - Anita Diamant

Ozymandias - P. B. Shelley

Plato


Biblical

Clever the way they kept the Biblical motif of last night's episode alive even through this, the book "The Red Tent" which is by Anita Diament and is her fictional weaving around "the red tent," the place where women gathered during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Amazon.com's review says "this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insider's look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers and wives" and is told in the voice of Jacob's daughter Dinah who offers entre to the "fascinating feminine characters who bled within the red tent." It is a story of sisterhood and motherhood and daughterhood. And that's what O&A really is! -- wordvixen6

The book has a prologue which ends with the word "Selah." And the very last word of the book is also "Selah." We have our Sela's word for it that her name is Hebrew for "Hallelujah" or "Amen," and "Selah" is just a variation of the spelling. -- Kyblue52


INTERVIEWS:
Judy: I spend a lot of time alone ...
Judy: He's so normal!
Judy: I realized early on ...
Judy: Why did it have to be good?
Judy: I was always a believer in romantic fate ...
Judy: To be swept away by passion is the greatest truth ...
Judy: Fate has a different meaning ...

MUSIC:
W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music
Steve Tyrell - Lounge music at Phil's Restaurant

REFERENCES
The Beatles
Lilith Fair


EVENTS:

Judy and Paul
Total of 5 dates during which she really likes him to discovering that she needs more attention and intimacy from him, to sleeping with him before breaking off the relationship.

Judy and Will
A total of no dates during which she is really attracted to him but resists, to intentionally running into him at Lily's place to sleep with him before breaking off the relationship.

Eli and Carla - Interruption part 1
Carla tempts Eli into making out in his room with Rick in the house. They almost get caught when Rick comes upstairs to check on Eli. Carla hides behind the door while Eli and Rick talk. We see a glimpse of Eli's quick thinking to talk his way out a situation.

Eli and Carla - Interruption part 2
Carla tempts Eli into making out in the faculty restroom, to which she has mysteriously acquired a key. The get caught when a teacher comes in and again, we see Eli's ability to make up an excuse on demand. They escape without punishment.

Payback is divine
Judy and Will make love in Lily's room on her bed. Judy reports this as "very good". Their post-event cuddling is interrupted by Lily's return. Judy and Lily have a discussion about the difference between this event and Lily and Rick's rendevous at Judy's.

Relationship counseling
Karen comes to Booklovers to pick up books for her book club. The apparent friendship between Judy and Karen continues when they talk about relationships, especially Judy's "I have two men" problem. Interesting note: when Judy thanks Karen for helping her make decisions about her relationship, Karen off-handedly comments that she only wishes she could do the same for her own relationship.

The long reflective moment
Just after breaking up with Will, Judy looks back at Lily and the kids and there is this long, painful moment where she realizes she's not going to have what she sees Lily having - a family.


EPISODE TIMELINE:

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TRIVIA:

Paul's profession
From what little we know, he's a successful commodities broker. He also had a business of his own for two years that he started fresh out of college.

It's gotta get done
Lily has to get Barbara's birthday gift in the mail right away.


NIT PICKERS:

Redecoratin'
Judy's kitchen has completely changed since the first season.

Where's the hair?
When Carla and Eli are talking/arguing at Rick's apartment, Carla's hair keeps changing. Sometimes it's in front of her shoulder, sometimes behind and sometimes it's half and half.



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From the Star from the Star Telegram:

Often lamenting about love, Judy finds herself with two romantic prospects. Deciding between them isn't easy for her, though one clearly seems to be the healthier choice. Meanwhile, the bloom is off the rose for Eli, as he starts wondering whether getting involved with Carla was a smart thing.

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From Robert Bianco at USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/life/columns/lrous.htm

Eli rethinks his romantic choices on Once and Again (ABC, 10 p.m. ET/PT), while Judy tries to choose between two very different men. Judy, it's so obvious: Pick the guy who fixed up your bookstore.

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From Art Smith at Yahoo.com:
http://tv.yahoo.com/picks/242.html

The perpetually lovelorn Judy (Marin Hinkle) finds herself in a fairly unusual situation when she is faced with choosing between two potential suitors. The problem is that one (Michael B. Silver) captivates her with his intellect and charm, but the other (Mark Valley) a handyman who recently renovated her bookshop arouses her sexually. Elsewhere, Eli's (Shane West) new relationship with Carla (Audrey Anderson) gets complicated.

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From David Bianculli at The New York Daily News:
http://www.nydailynews.com/2001-01-24/New_York_Now/Television/a-97025.asp

There are a few places to visit tonight if you're in search of absolute TV excellence. One stop is PBS, with the latest Installment of "Jazz"; alternatively, and unfortunately at the same time, there are fresh episodes of "The West Wing" on NBC and "Once and Again" on ABC.

I'm still reeling from how fabulous executive producer Ed Zwick's performance has been as the psychiatrist treating Jesse (Evan Rachel Wood) for her eating disorder. Any other show might ride that momentum as a primary plot, but this series has so many directions in which it can go that it can sideline or showcase stories and characters at will. Tonight it turns the spotlight on Lily's (Sela Ward) sister (Marin Hinkle) and her shifting love life.

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From Joyce Millman at Salon:
http://www.salon.com/ent/tv/glow/2001/01/24/glow/index.html

Judy has a cool new guy in her life, but she's still thinking about that hunky handyman on Once & Again (10 p.m., ABC).

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From TV Guide:
Loves Laborer's Lost

At the outset of this telling episode about romantic liaisons, Lily's sister Judy (Marin Hinkle) reflects that I've judged people who couldn't be alone. [But] I'm not sure [being] alone is such a great thing. The older you get, the harder it is to bring people into your life. They feel like they don't fit.

Ironically, Judy soon finds herself drawn very closely to two people: an articulate charmer (Michael B. Silver) who attracts her intellectually; and the intriguing handyman (Mark Valley), previously introduced, who arouses her physically. A subplot concerns tense times in the relationship between teenagers Eli and Carla.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Jeffrey Nordling, Marin Hinkle, Michael B. Silver, Mark Valley, Audrey Anderson

Rating: TV-PG

Content: Explicit Sexual Situations

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From the Detroit Free Press:
http://www.freep.com/index/tv.htm

"Once and Again" (10 p.m., WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, ABC). If you play with her, you play with fire. Eli (Shane West) starts having doubts about his recent involvement with rebellious Carla (Audrey Anderson) on another fine episode of TV's smartest, most emotionally nuanced family drama. But the main storytelling spotlight is on Judy (Marin Hinkle) as she finds herself torn between two potential lovers.

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From Judy at the ABC Message Board:
http://boards.go.com/cgi/abc/request.dll?MESSAGE&room=a_Once_and_Again&id=57864
Love's Laborers' Lost

Judy Makes Some Tough Choices With Respect To Her Relationships. When two men enter Judy's life at the same time, she must choose between taking a real chance on love or self sabotage. Meanwhile, Eli has some second thoughts about his involvement with a very rebellious girl.

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, David Clennon as Miles Drentell and Jennifer Crystal as Christie Parker.

Guest starring are Audrey Anderson as Carla, Mark Valley as Will Gluck, Mark B. Silver as Paul, Coleen Maloney as the teacher and Steve Tyrell as Steve Tyrell.

"Love Laborer's Lost" was written by Emily Whitesell and directed by Michael Engler.

This program carries a TV-PG, S parental guideline.

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From clickTV:
Click Here Once and Again - Love's Laborer's Lost

Description: Judy's left to choose when two men enter her life; Eli questions his involvement with a rebellious girl. With Sela Ward and Bill Campbell.

Performers: Billy Campbell, Meredith Deane, Marin Hinkle, Jeffrey Nordling, Susanna Thompson, Sela Ward, Shane West, Julia Whelan, Evan Rachel Wood Parental Rating: TV-PG Airing:Wed 1/24/01

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From TVGuide.com:
Love's Laborers' Lost

At the outset of this telling episode about romantic liaisons, Lily's sister Judy (Marin Hinkle) reflects that "I've judged people who couldn't be alone. [But] I'm not sure [being] alone is such a great thing. The older you get, the harder it is to bring people into your life. They feel like they don't fit."

Ironically, Judy soon finds herself drawn very closely to two people: an articulate charmer (Michael B. Silver) who attracts her intellectually; and the intriguing handyman (Mark Valley), previously introduced, who arouses her physically. A subplot concerns tense times in the relationship between teenagers Eli and Carla.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Jeffrey Nordling, Marin Hinkle, Michael B. Silver, Mark Valley, Audrey Anderson

Rating: TV-PG
Content: Explicit Sexual Situations
Category: Drama
Release Year: 2001

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From TV-Now.com:
Love's Laborer's Lost
starring Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Julia Whelan, Shane West, Meredith Deane, Evan Rachel Wood

Judy's left to choose when two men enter her life; Eli questions his involvement with a rebellious girl.

With Sela Ward and Bill Campbell.
Wed Jan 24 10:00P ABC- ABC
Sat Jan 27 11:00P LIFE- Lifetime

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From Shakespeare

Summary of Love's Labour's Lost from William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Compiled and Edited by Sir Paul Harvey:
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, a comedy by Shakespeare.

The king of Navarre and three of his lords have sworn for three years to keep from the sight of women and to live studying and fasting. The arrival of the princess of France on an embassy, with her attendant ladies, obliges them 'of mere necessity' to disregard their vows. The king is soon in love with the princess, his lords with her ladies, and the courting proceeds amidst disguises and merriment, to which the other characters contribute, viz. Don Adriano de Armado, the Spaniard, a master of extravagant language, Holofernes the schoolmaster, Dull the constable, Sir Nathaniel the curate, and Costard the clown. News of the death of the princess's father interrupts the wooing, and the ladies impose a year's ordeal on their lovers. The play ends with the beautiful owl and cuckoo-song, 'When icicles hang by the wall.'

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