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306 - (JATW)     Jake and the Women     11/09/01
When Lily offers to throw Tiffany a baby shower, Jake sincerely questions whether or not he will have a role in his new baby's life.

WRITER: Sue Paige and Daniel Paige     DIRECTOR: Mark Piznarski
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 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick   
 Ex's Jake   
 Other Family Judy   
 Significant Regulars Tiffany    Sam   
Brandy Mariah O'Brien
the Lamaze teacher Amy E. Wieczorek
Vic Gunther Jensen
Kate Slate Jodi Harris
Dr. Marjorie Susie Park
The attractive saleswoman Martha Small
Jake's son Daniel Henson
Jake's son Michael Piznarski
The young woman Heidi Marnhout

Lily's house
Phil's Restaurant
Jake's car
Judy's car
Tiffany's apartment -
Lamaze class -
Doctor's office - Judy has an examination
Department Store - Jake and Zoe shop for a gift
WIXP - Lily's new place of work.

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging : Confessions of Georgia Nicolson - Louise Rennison

The Best Baby Shower Book : A Complete Guide for Party Planners - Courtney Cooke

Jake - "Let me tall you about the women in my life ..."
Jake - "When Grace was a baby ..."
Jake - "Daughters have a way ..."
Jake - "... bewitching ..."

Judy - "I always give the same thing ..."
Judy - <the look>

Jake - "I am beset ..."

Judy - "I don't see how that would happen ..."

Jake - "(Tiffany) - Can you hear me?"
Jake - "She does, I swear ..."
Jake - "(Judy and Tiffany) - Do you hear what I'm saying?"
Jake - "(Lily, Judy, and Tiffany) - Are you confused?"
Jake - (Grace, Zoe, Lily, Judy, and Tiffany) - barrage of words

Judy - "How's it going?"

Jake - "... I don't even agree with ..."
Jake - "No freaking idea!"
Jake - (off screen) It's a boy!
Jake - and the women.

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music

Episode Timeline

Tiffany's Shower
The on-again, off-again shower eventually takes place. Judy, Lily, Grace, and Zoe are there, and Jake makes an appearance. The highlight of the event is the Goddess Circle orchestrated by Zoe.

Fall down, go boom
Jakes finally explodes when he feels barraged by unreasonable requests of him by all the women in his life. Unfortunately, he does this when Grace and Zoe are present and this affects him the most.

It has nothing to do with you as a father
Lily actually apologizes to Jake in private about her recent treatment of him. The heart of the exchange is that his behavior as Jake the husband has nothing to do with his behavior as Jake the father.



This one is a little fuzzy. I'm running on deductions, but it looks like JATW may spread over 10 or so days.

Night # 1 -- Jake rubbing Tiffany's feet at Lamaze class. A weeknight, though not sure which. We'll see later that one of their classes is a Friday night.

Day # 2 -- Jake drives Grace to school and asks how the play's coming. Possibly the same day/night, though maybe not, Zoe and Grace are at Jake's (!!) watching a movie. Could be a Thursday, or a Friday, or a Saturday.

Day # 3 -- Ah-ha, this HAS to be a weekend day. Lily, Grace, and Zoe are helping Judy set up shop at the new BL. Jake wants Vic to fix the transitions before they open "next week." Tiffany, fully dressed in red, arrives and a baby shower is mentioned. Also mentioned, the hospital tour that night at 8PM. [On a Saturday? A Sunday?] Later, back in the kitchen, Lily writes, Zoe plans, and Grace doesn't get the "whole baby culture." That night, following the tour, Jake tells Tiff the shower isn't a good idea. Tiffany phones Lily with regrets.

Day # 4 --- Jake assembling at Tiffany's. Later, Lily visits with a baby snowsuit and has some sage tea.

Day # 5 --- A workday, Rick and Sam drop off BookLovers sign before returning to the Dreiser (sp?). Kate from the Trib arrives to interview Judy. Perhaps that night, Zoe and Grace talk about pictures, doing a collage for the shower.

Day # 6 --- This would be Friday. Rick has to run, but kisses Lily first....then greets Jake, who has come to pick up the girls for school. Lily tells him he can come to the shower. Grace and Zoe beset him to bring a cake, food. Poor Jake, lots to do in one day. Said food is delivered to BL later that day, and Lily calls (from work) to see if Jake can take Zoe to get a present that night. No can do, as Jake has Lamaze class. But he'll do it first thing in the AM before the shower. Judy leaves BL for an OB/Gyn appt -- she asks her doctor how much "time" she has to have a baby.

Day # 7 --- Saturday, the day of Tiffany's Baby Shower! :o) Jake takes Zoe "shopping," as he said he would, and picks up food. I won't review the rest, but we all know that it's a FULL day for everyone. Tiffany really does have "the best time."



Where's home?
Tiffany's home is in Madison

Half a family
Tiffany's half sister's name is Brandi

How old is Jamie
Jamie is 11

How old is Judy?
Judy is late 36 in this episode

Feng Shui
Tiffany took a Feng Shui course

Brandy was a roadie for Aerosmith

Earthy Crunchy
At the baby shower, Zoe performs an Earth Mother Ritual called the Goddess Circle

The Opening
Booklovers Cafe is scheduled to open "next week"



Original episode spoilers

Gist Picks FrankNero TV Guide ABC ABC (Pictures) ABC

From Mike Everleth at Gist Picks:
Once and Again: "Jake and the Women"
Friday, Nov. 9
ABC, 10 to 11 p.m. ET

When Lily (Sela Ward) notices that Tiffany (Ever Carradine) is acting depressed about her pregnancy, she decides to throw her friend a baby shower in order to cheer her up. The festivities, however, backfire on Jake (Jeffrey Nordling), who now panics that he may not have any role to play in the upbringing of his child.

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From FrankNero at the ABC Board::

"Jake and the Women:" a truly great episode. As the title suggests, Jake is heavy in this one, along with Tiffany and Zoe. I don't even think Eli shows up at all. The plot is about how Jake is overwhelmed by all the demands made on him by the women in his life. Tiffany's baby shower is a big event in this episode.

The b/w moments in this one are particularly well-done.

There's a funny photo of a "young" Jake holding up one of the girl's as an infant. They put a baseball cap on Jeffrey Nordling to make him look younger. You can decided for yourself if it works.

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From TV Guide:
Once and Again
Jake and the Women
60 min.

Tiffany's pregnancy vexes Jake, who's beset by Zoe to participate in a baby shower that's being organized by Lily to cheer up the dispirited mother-to-be (Ever Carradine). Brandy: Mariah O'Brien. Lamaze Teacher: Amy E. Wieczorek. Vic: Gunther Jensen. Dr. Lu: Susie Park. Jake: Jeffrey Nordling. Zoe: Meredith Deane.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Jeffrey Nordling, Marin Hinkle, Ever Carradine, Steven Weber, Mariah O'Brien, Amy E. Wieczorek, Gunther Jensen, Susie Park

Rating: TV-PG
Category: Drama
Release Year: 2001 Back to top
From ABC:

"Jake and the Women" - When Lily offers to throw Tiffany a baby shower, Jake sincerely questions whether or not he will have a role in his new baby's life, on "Once and Again," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (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 Mariah O'Brien as Brandy, Amy E. Wieczorek as the Lamaze teacher, Gunther Jensen as Vic, Jodi Harris as Kate Slate, Susie Park as Dr. Marjorie, Martha Small as the attractive saleswoman, Daniel Henson as Jake's son, Michael Piznarski as Jake's son and Heidi Marnhout as the young woman.

"Jake and the Women" was written by Sue and Daniel Paige and directed by Mark Piznarski.

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From ABC (Pictures):
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From ABC:

ONCE AND AGAIN - "Jake and the Women" - When Lily offers to throw Tiffany a baby shower, Jake sincerely questions whether or not he will have a role in his new baby's life, on "Once and Again," FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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