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215 - (SRO)     Standing Room Only     03/14/01
Rick and Lily announce their engagement to the kids, and discuss moving everyone into Lily's house.

WRITER: Jan Oxenberg     DIRECTOR: Arlene Sanford
 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Ex's Jake    Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Significant Regulars Tiffany    Spencer   
Ellie - Pamela Rowan
Al - Murray Rubin
Saj - Dennison Samaroo
The doctor - Vanessa Paul
The choreographer - Joseph Malone

Lily's house
Rick's house
Phil's Restaurant
Karen's office
Rick's car

  - Jean-Paul Sartre

  - Simone De Beauvoir

Lily -  
Lily - Why did I make yams?
Rick - I hate yams
Grace -  
Zoe - I might get bunk beds
Jessie -  
Eli - ... smells like - women ...

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music


Let's all move in
Rick and Lily plan on moving in together to Lily's house, because "Rick's lease is almost up, and we have lots of space". Rick goes as far as officially spending the night there.

Family Meeting
The first official family (extended family) meeting apparently goes wrong when the kids decide to vote the meeting over. This, however, appears to be the actual plan as we see Rick and Lily give each other "low" fives after the kids leave the room together.

I can't do this
Jake, in a clear attempt to be honest and up front, tells Tiffany that he will definitely be the father to their unborn child - including money and support and feedings - but he can't be with her. In typical Tiffany fashion, she tells him that he's not a psychic and can't tell the future, implying that she'll hang around anyway.

How about a bay window here?
Jake and Rick bond while at Lily's house waiting for her to bring the girls home. When she returns, we see Rick and Jake banging holes in the wall looking for an oversized header. This turns out to be the final straw that finally wakes both Rick and Lily up from their glazed state and eventually really discuss the impact of moving in together.

Lily and I, we're getting married
Rick tells Karen (at her office) that he and Lily are going to get married. When Karen asks when, he replies that he doesn't know. There is a brief discussion about he and the kids moving in to Lily's house, which is the only time (surprisingly) that Karen shows she is upset, but even then, her reaction is subdued.

I didn't want to make this a big deal
Lily tells the Grace and Zoe that she and Rick will be getting married. Unfortunately, their reaction is less than euphoric. When she asks if this is a surprise, Zoe speaks for everyone in replying, "Duh."

Can my band play at the wedding?
Rick tells Jessie and Eli of the engagement, and here too the reaction is unsurprised. Jessie appears upset when she hears that they will be moving in to Lily's place and not getting a new house. Eli's only contribution is asking if his band can play the wedding because "we need the gig."

What are you talking about?
Tiffany tells Grace she's pregnant after giving more than enough clues for a smart girl to figure out. Tiffany and Lily unwittingly tell each other their news.

Poor Me
After hearing about Lily and Rick's engagement and Jake and Tiffany's baby, Judy wonders why these things haven't happened to her yet.


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Original sequence
This episode was filmed as #216

Cost of Living
Rick and Lily can't afford a new house.

Size matters
Zoe's room is larger than Grace's.

Judy says she feels like she's living in an Ashram, a religious retreat, especially of a Hindu sage. -- TLilyW


World's Fastest Reboot
When Karen is yelling at Saj that her computer is frozen again, his advice is "just reboot it." We can judge time by Rick's dialogue. We also get to see the computer screen a couple of times during this. It is clearly a Windows based system. We see it go into reboot, and then back to the application. 4 seconds. Fastest reboot in the world?

Taking Sides
At Rick's apartment, he sleeps on the left side of the bed. At Lily's house, he sleeps on the right side of the bed. Does this man always have to be the closest to the bathroom? -- Janarlen

When is a desk not a desk?
Okay, when Lily's "desk" was in the living room, it had drawers -- well, at least one. Remember, she retrieved the soccer book that Rick had given Grace? Well, now that it is up in her bedroom, it is just a table. Rick suggests getting rid of the desk and getting a table. Color me confused! -- Janarlen

Original episode spoilers

Zap2it Wanda Joyce Millman Robert Bianco Mike Duffy Dallas Morning News TV Times
Tooncer Wanda Judy Zap2It ABC

From Zap2it:

The central couple has come a long way since Rick's initial rushed proposal. Announcing their engagement to the kids, they discuss moving everyone into Lily's house. Tip: Watch out for rogue footballs in the backyard, be fair when the oldest kids fight over the attic room, and don't make six kids share a bathroom.

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From Mike Duffy at The Detroit Free Press:
"Once and Again"

Into the marital planning whirlwind. Rick and Lily (Billy Campbell, Sela Ward) announce their engagement to the children and discuss everyone moving into Lily's house. Anyone for "Family Feud"?

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From Robert Bianco at USA Today:

Suddenly, big things are happening at Once and Again (ABC, 10 p.m. ET/PT). Rick and his kids are moving in with Lily whose own children get some family news from their father.

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From Joyce Millman at Glow:

On Once & Again (10 p.m., ABC), Rick and his kids move in with Lily, Grace and Zoe, but they fail to find "Brady Bunch" harmony

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From Wanda:

From Debbie: Any news on Once and Again?

In the next new episode, Jake tells everyone about Tiffany's pregnancy, and they are very much a couple again.

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From Sunday TV supplement in the Dallas Morning News:

Life-changing considerations are in store for virtually all of the show's main characters in this new episode. Lily and Rick decide to announce their engagement and the news generates mixed reactions from those close to them, including Lily's sister, Judy. Meanwhile, Lily's ex-husband Jake, comes forth with some surprising news of his own.

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From TV Times:

Rick and Lily announce to the children their engagement and discuss moving into Lily's house. (PG)

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From Tooncer at the ABC Message Board:

Standing Room Only on the other hand, is a FABULOUS episode probably one of the best of the season. An episode which takes a gigantic leap forward in terms of progress in Lily and Rick's situation, i.e., they move in together. Leapin' lizards! Finally some progress!!! Now, if they're moving in together in Standing Room Only maybe that's a huge hint of the "surprise" ending in Telescope!

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Standing Room Only

Disruptions spark tensions between families when Rick and his two kids move into Lily's house; expectant Tiffany (Ever Carradine) ruffles Jake, the father of her unborn child. Rick: Billy Campbell. Lily: Sela Ward. Jake: Jeffrey Nordling. Grace: Julia Whelan. Eli: Shane West. Zoe: Meredith Deane. Jessie: Evan Rachel Wood. Karen: Susanna Thompson. Judy: Marin Hinkle.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Jeffrey Nordling, Marin Hinkle, Ever Carradine, Marco Gould

Rating: TV-PG

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Standing Room Only

Rick and Lily (Bill Campbell, Sela Ward) tell the kids they are engaged and make plans to move in together; Jake (Jeffrey Nordling) tells the girls that there might be a new addition to the family.

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From Wanda:
Marriage Proposals Come Once and Again; . . . This week, Lily and Rick hear wedding bells.

From joanna: Is that the end of any hope for a Lily and Rick matrimony? Absolutely not. In a couple of weeks, the happy couple announces a very real engagement to both their families. They struggle with deciding on living arrangements, but from what I've seen, all signs point to wedding bells ringing--perhaps even by the end of the season.

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From Judy at the ABC Message Board:

Rick, Lily And Jake's Families Are Growing In Unexpected Ways, On ABC's "Once And Again"

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From Zap2it:
Rick And Lily Announce Their Engagement On "ONCE AND AGAIN" (3/14/01)

"Standing Room Only" - Rick and Lily break the news of their engagement to the kids and discuss moving into Lily's house. Meanwhile, Jake tells the girls that his family may be growing as well, on "Once and Again," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 (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 Marco Gould as Spencer, Pamela Rowan as Ellie, Murray Rubin as Al, Dennison Samaroo as Saj, Vanessa Paul as the doctor and Joseph Malone as the choreographer.

"Standing Room Only" was written by Jan Oxenberg and directed by Arlene Sanford.

This program carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

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From ABC:

ONCE AND AGAIN -- "Standing Room Only" - Rick and Lily break the news of their engagement to the kids and discuss moving into Lily's house. Meanwhile, Jake tells the girls that his family may be growing as well, on "Once and Again," WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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