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305 - (DTOTR)     Destiny Turns On The Radio     11/02/01
Lily's job at a local radio station leads to a thrilling, and very public, new career opportunity.

WRITER: Winnie Holzman     DIRECTOR: Ken Collins
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 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Ex's Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Significant Regulars
Eric Stoltz - Mr. Dimitri
Paul Dooley - Les Cresswell
Meagen Fay - Dr. Sherri
Regan Burns - The engineer
James Lafferty - Tad
Ira David Wood - Ajay Lieberman
Natasha Gaty - Alexa Yagoda
Edward Zwick - Dr. Rosenfeld
Miriam Flynn - Gayle Stephenson
Dominick LaRae - Michael the deejay

Lily's house
Karen's house
Judy's house
Sammler Associates
Phil's Restaurant
Karen's office
Karen's car
Upton Sinclair
Outdoor Bistro - Karen and Judy meet, thinks she sees Leo
Gayle's Office - Karen thinks about legal action
Dr. Rosenfeld's Office - Jessie talks about dating
Parkway Lanes - Bowling alley, site of Jessie's first date
WIXP - Lily's new place of work.

As You Like It - William Shakespere

Lily - "I can't even remember my first date ..."

Karen - "Matt Janowski!"

Lily - "... boys calling."
Lily - "... like they've been given some kind of signal ..."

Karen - "He had the highest SATs ..."

Lily - "... but it was kind of frightening ..."

Karen - "We stood on line in the rain ..."
Karen - "The highest SATs ..."
Karen - "I never had the right clothes ..."

Lily - "I was popular ..."

Karen - "It was so hard."

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music

Heart Like A Wheel - sung by Linda Rondstadt

Episode Timeline

My Associate has an opinion
After Dr Sherri goes overboard berating a caller (not the first such incident), Les gets rid of her in mid-show. He attempts to take over, but is unable to. In desperation, he turns to Lily who is only trying to get him his lunch.

Is Jessie home?
Dreamy Tad calls the Sammler house and Grace picks up. She thinks he's calling for her until he asks for Jessie. Apparently, he called Karen first who gave him Lily's number. Tad then, very awkwardly, asks Jessie out on her first date. This news is poorly received by Grace.

The Pearl Necklace
At one time, Grace asked to borrow Lily's Pearl Necklace (given to her by Phil), but was turned down because "what if you lost it?". Later, Grace sees the necklace out and after being questioned, Lily admits having offered it to Jessie because Grace forgot about having offered her seashell necklace and was nowhere to be found.

It's the shiny kind
When Rick drops Jessie off on her date, he gives her a new necklace he got for the occassion. This is the very same "shiny kind" that Jessie had said earlier (to Lily) that she hates.



This Mon-Fri timeline is as "pregnant" with days as Tiffany is with her baby.

Day # 1 (Monday, has to be) -- Lunchtime, 12:37, and Eli is listening to the Dr. Sherri show from the kitchen HQ's. From WIXP, Lily tries to give Les his gumbo but Sherri drowns them all out. At play rehearsal, Grace giggles (which is permitted) and Dimitri reminds the cast that the Parent Info Meeting is moved to "this Friday night." At home, Lily and Rick are both concerned about the time commitment (Rick -- "There are only so many hours in the day.") Judy arrives for her nightly meal and Tad phones for Jessie, whom he wants to meet at the party Friday night. Lily announces a "turning point" in Jessie's life.

Day # 2, Tuesday -- The next day, Judy meets Karen, who is spying on a Leo-like figure, for lunch. Judy says she saw Jessie "yesterday," then places her foot in her mouth. At WIXP, Lily is disappointed to hear Jake can't keep his date with Zoe. Karen storms into Rick's office, wondering why she's kept out of the loop. That night in their bedroom, Lily's suffers squeaky eye and thinks R&K feel threatened because Jessie's growing up. Rick offers to cure L's condition.

Sorry to say that a logjam of events follow, which it's very hard to believe ALL happened on Wednesday. Suffice to say, Jessie gets lots of phone calls but I don't think we're supposed to be counting (calls or days).

Day # ??, Thursday -- Jessie hangs up the phone, informing Lily and Grace she's going on the date. It's 7:35AM, so "J" says they should go. Lily and Grace scuffle, then Grace graciously offers Jessie her assistance "on Friday." Grace is not happy at rehearsal that afternoon. Rewinding a bit to lunch at WIXP, Sherri loses it (temper, not lunch) AND her job. Lily makes her On-Ai go, she's been talking on the phone about it "all week."

FRIDAY --- The school marquee advertises "As You Like It" on November 30. Rick drops the girls off and meets Tad. At the radio station, Les tells Lily he wants her to strike a chord "once a week," and tells her about a segment with Michael "tonight." Jessie is in-session with Dr. Zwick, and Karen picks her up after. She wants to take her daughter shopping, but Jessie says Grace offered to help and wants to dropped off "there." Cutting it close in the auditorium, Grace tells DD she wants to quit, but he plays her some music instead. Karen talks to lawyer Gayle and leaves for the Parent Meeting.

Where does the time go, Grace is late home and Jessie's already left. She waited "for an hour," displeased Lily states. Grace erupts. Soon, Lily leaves for the meeting, where she tries to speak to Karen. Karen answers her phone, though, and tells Gayle she will stop by "tonight." Rick drops Jessie off at the bowling party and, soon, hears Lily's voice over the radio. Grace and Karen also hear Lily, on the air once again.



You're listening to ...
The radio station is WIPX in Chicago, 108.3

When is it?
Opening night of "As You Like It" is November 30

Who's on first?
Karen's first date was with Matt Janowski


Super Speed
At the end of the first rehearsal scene, when Mr. Dimitri is reminding everyone to remember to take their new schedules with them, we see Jessie turning back while seated to look for her schedule. This cuts to her standing up and looking at her schedule without a pause or break in Mr. Dimitri's dialog.

Original episode spoilers

NY Daily News TV Guide ABC (Pictures) ABC

From New York Daily News:

10:00 (ABC) "Once and Again." So Lily, like Sabrina and Frasier, finds sudden fame behind the microphone, hosting an individualistic radio show. Nice work if you can get it and apparently they can. Paul Dooley, as Lily's eccentric boss, is, as always, a delight.

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From TV Guide:
Once and Again
Destiny Turns On the Radio
60 min.

An unexpected, on-air role at the radio station exhilarates Lily and disquiets her family; the prospect of a first date flusters Jessie and worries her mom and dad. Les: Paul Dooley. Mr. Dimitri: Eric Stoltz. Dr. Sherri Snyderman: Meagen Fay. Tad: James Lafferty. Dr. Rosenfeld: Edward Zwick. Gayle: Miriam Flynn. Jessie: Evan Rachel Wood.

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From ABC:
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From ABC:
Dr. Zwick returns!


"Destiny Turns on the Radio" When Lily interviews for a new job at a local radio station, a twist of fate delivers a thrilling -- and very public -- career opportunity, on "Once and Again," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

"Once and Again" stars Sela Ward as Lily Sammler, 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, Marin Hinkle as Judy Brooks, Steven Weber as Samuel Blue and Ever Carradine as Tiffany Porter.

Guest starring are Eric Stoltz as Mr. Dimitri, Paul Dooley as Les Cresswell, Meagen Fay as Dr. Sherri, Regan Burns as the engineer, James Lafferty as Tad, Ira David Wood as Ajay Lieberman, Natasha Gaty as Alexa Yagoda, Edward Zwick as Dr. Rosenfeld, Miriam Flynn as Gayle Stephenson and Dominick LaRae as Michael the deejay.

"Destiny Turns On the Radio" was written by Winnie Holzman and directed by Ken Collins.

"Once and Again" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

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