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212 - (S)     Suspicion     02/07/01
Graham, the management consultant at Lily's office, flirts with her, and she responds in kind. Before she knows it, Lily is caught in an awkward predicament that threatens her dignity, as well as her job.

WRITER: Liberty Godshall     DIRECTOR: James Eckhouse
 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Jessie
 Ex's Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Business David    Christy
 Significant Regulars Leo   
Graham Rympalski - D. B. Sweeney
Gwen - Victoria Fang
Simon - Sean Sweeney

Lily's house
Karen's house
Sammler Cassilli

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  - Charlotte Bronte

  - Books about Pyramids

Lily - You just want them to be strong ...

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music


Inappropriate Behavior - Part 1
In an apparent impulsive display happiness for Lily's good idea, Graham suddenly kisses her on the forehead. It clearly shakes Lily up. Later, she confronts him about it and he confesses that it was inappropriate but attributes it to his recent break-up with his fiance. Lily accepts this and moves on.

Inappropriate Behavior - Part 2
While trying to confess his "inappropriate" feelings for Lily, Graham suddenly kisses her on the lips. This is the point at which Graham clearly crosses the line. It causes Lily to rethink workplace ethics.

The Love Counselor - Session 1
Judy as love consultant. Lily bouncing workplace ethics questions off of her sister, and receiving relationship advice in return.

The Lover Counselor - Session 2
Karen comes to the store. She and Judy casually discuss her relationship with Leo. Later, Leo comes to pick up Karen and meets Judy. As they leave, Judy whispers (very like a sister-to-sister conversation), "he's nice."

Jessie and Leo - Take 1
All is happiness as Leo and Jessie return from a trip to the library. He's doing Karen a favor by taking Jessie, but clearly doesn't understand the "rules" and brings her back late, wired on coffee and cookies, and never called Karen to let her know. It is clear in this sequence that Jessie really likes Leo (counter to her earlier resentment).

Jessie and Leo - Take 2
Leo fails to show up or even call when he is supposed to take Jessie to the Museum. When Karen returns, she finds Jessie sitting alone in the dark - acting out the abandonment issues she already clearly feels from her parents.

You don't need to be afraid
While Lily is trying to explain to Graham that his behavior is making her uncomfortable, he begins to tell her that he "really cares" for her and starts to really confuse things with his emotions. He also tells her that he's willing to wait and see how things will turn out. In doing this, he takes her hand (which for some reason, she doesn't resist), and just at that moment, Rick walks in. Uncomfortable moment ensues while Rick and Graham get introduced and then Rick quickly extricates himself to wait outside.

Pardon me while I take this shoe out of my mouth
Lily, following Judy's advice, tries to tell Christy about her issues with Graham. Unfortunately, Christy is too tied up in the business consequences to see that this is a legal problem, and give Lily the worst advice possible - ignore it and it'll go away, don't cause a problem. Lily walks out in frustration.

I just need to know you love me
Before going to work to resolve her issues with Graham (and Christy), Lily first visits Rick at Sammler-Cassilli. She interrupts his meeting and tells him there there are issues with Graham, but never really tells him what they are. Rick (the caveman) offers to go over while she's thinking about what to do, and beat him up for her. Lily, uncharacteristically decisive, tells him to trust her. She just wants his support. "I just need to know you love me."

Where is this going?
Karen breaks up with Leo although it is clear it really hurts her to do it. It brings Leo almost to tears. She never really says the words "break-up" or "end the relationship" but it's clear what she means. The conversation begins with a simple "where is this going?"

The confrontation
Lily drags Christy into Graham's office and confronts him about inappropriate behavior. In this sequence, Lily (courtesy of the writers), delivers absolutely the correct language to Graham about harassment - laying out in no uncertain terms what behavior is unacceptable, and the consequences of continuing it. She also (correctly) did not accept any of the responsibility or the blame. Finally, she made it clear to Christy, her boss, that is a clear legal matter and has no bearing on business relationships.


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Breaking up is hard to do
Graham's fiance broke up with him almost two months before this episode

Namaste again
Judy's wearing that T-shirt again

The game in Suspicion was Chicago vs Edmonton. The Blackhawks were wearing their away jerseys. Checking the schedule, we see that the last away game Chicago had at Edmonton was January 31st where they lost 3-2. That places the event 1 week before it aired. -- 4Puck



Original episode spoilers

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From Robert Bianco at USA Today:

After spending a bit too much time last week on the kids, Once and Again (ABC, 10 p.m. ET/PT) returns to the adults. A man at work (D.B. Sweeney) makes a play for Lily, while Karen worries about her future with Leo.

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From Art Smith at Yahoo.Com:
Once and Again: "Suspicion"
Wednesday, Feb. 7
ABC, 10 to 11 p.m. ET

Lily (Sela Ward) finds herself in the center of some complicated office politics when Graham (D.B. Sweeney) makes his feelings for her known by coming on to her at work which Christy (Jennifer Crystal) hopes to use to her own advantage. Meanwhile, Karen's (Susanna Thompson) relationship with Leo (Mark Feuerstein) hits a snag over the issue of commitment.

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From David Bianculli at The New York Daily News:

10:00 (ABC) "Once and Again." D.B. Sweeney continues his guest-starring role as Graham, whose overtures to Lily (Sela Ward) no longer are welcome or even tolerable.

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From Westscott1212 at the ABC Message Board:
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'Suspicion' Teasers

A Lily heavy episode with appearances by most of the cast. It seems that Rick is a BIG hockey fan and is also Lily's little caveman. <g>

Someone gets mixed signals.
Someone gets the kiss off.
Someone gets an earful.
Someone gets the shaft.
Someone gets duped.
Someone gets possessive.
Someone gets the brush off.
Someone gets an eye opener.
Someone gets let down.
Someone gets even.
Someone's disappointed.
Someone's ticked off.
Someone's really annoyed.
Someone's hopes are crushed.
Someone's prayers go unanswered.

I really get a kick out of David and enjoy the banter between him and Rick, (especially David's warped dating advice). I'll hate to see him leave the show.

. . . I think we can safely add a loin cloth to Rick's wardrobe along with his cape, sarong and kilt.

The show starts off with some 'couch shenanigans' but......oh yeah, I'd better not say anything more. But I can tell you that when Rick walks in on Lily and Graham, he really gets....., oops, I can't say that either. I can tell you that Rick's imagination runs amok and Lily actually tells him that he's not insane! <vbg>

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From TV Week:

Graham's inappropriate behavior brings Lily down.

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Rick gets jealous when he sees Lily spending a little too much quality time with Graham on "Once & Again" (Wednesday, ABC, 10 p.m.). Billy Campbell vs. D.B. Sweeney? Anyone who has seen "The Cutting Edge" knows that's a tough call. Don't you think that Grace's friend Carla is inspired by Rayanne from "My So-Called Life?" That series wasn't successful, but Angela and Rayanne live on.

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From Gist:

Once and Again: Lily (Sela Ward) contends with unwanted romantic attention from Graham (D.B. Sweeney) at work, which lands her in the middle of some complicated office politics, on Feb. 7.

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From TV Guide via Hubba at the ABC Message Board:

There is a full page ad for the show, showing Lily and Graham holding hands. [They are] facing each other and Graham is holding both of Lily's hands. And there is a shadow through the window of Rick seeing them.

The caption reads: Rick visits Lily at the office and gets the surprise of lifeti


Also, the article on the page says: A come-on from Graham startles and discomforts Lily. Then it adds, Karen has commitment concerns with Leo.

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60 min.

A come-on from Graham (D.B. Sweeney) at the workplace startles and discomforts Lily; commitment concerns affect the relationship between Karen and her younger lover, Leo (Mark Feuerstein). Karen: Susanna Thompson. Jessie: Evan Rachel Wood. Rick: Billy Campbell. Lily: Sela Ward. Judy: Marin Hinkle. Grace: Julia Whelan. David: Todd Field. Zoe: Meredith Deane.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Marin Hinkle, D.B. Sweeney, Mark Feuerstein, Jennifer Crystal Foley, Todd Field

Rating: TV-14
Content: Explicit Sexual Situations
Category: Drama
Release Year: 2001 Back to top
From ABC:

Could Rick's Suspicions About Lily's Relationship With Graham Be True?, On ABC's "Once And Again"

"Suspicion" - Lily must risk her job and her dignity when Graham's behavior becomes inappropriate, on "Once and Again," WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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

Guest starring are Mark Feuerstein as Leo, D.B. Sweeney as Graham Rympalski, Victoria Fang as Gwen and Sean Sweeney as Simon.

"Suspicion" was written by Liberty Godshall and directed by James Eckhouse.

This program carries a TV-14, S parental guideline.

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From Tooncer at the ABC Message Board:

DB Sweeney will return on a future episode in the coming weeks and will not be such a nice guy this time. ;)

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From Judy at the ABC Message Board:
Feb. 7th "Suspicion"

Lily must risk her job and her dignity when Graham's (D.B. Sweeney) behavior becomes inappropriate.

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