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309 - (TL)     Tough Love     12/07/01
When Eli loses his job and Grace's teacher questions her acting, they both learn the hard way that real self-confidence can be one of life's toughest accomplishments.

WRITER: Maggie Friedman     DIRECTOR: Jim Kramer
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 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Ex's Jake    Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Business  
 Significant Regulars
Others
Eric Stoltz - Mr. Dimitri
James Lafferty - Tad
Mischa Barton - Katie
Natasha Gaty - Alexa Yagoda
Lizzy Caplan - Sarah
Ashlee Turner - Celia/Cynthia
Kristin Richardson - Delancey
Peter Schindler - Darryl
Josh Breslow - Silvius
Brenda Kramer - the young audience member
Chris Babers - Russell
Ira David Wood - Ajay

PLACES:
Lily's house
Upton Sinclair
OTHER LOCATIONS:
Recording Studio - Eli's (former) place of work

LITERARY REFERENCES:
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INTERVIEWS:
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MUSIC:
W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music

EVENTS:

 
 


EPISODE TIMELINE:

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TRIVIA:

Who's he?
Producer Peter Schindler played the guy who fired Eli. Peter also appeared as one of the parents outside the house of the wild party in "Outside Hearts" in Season 1 and as the owner of the guitar store where Eli and Coop are playing around with guitars instead of Eli being at basketball practice. -- Westscot1212 and Meegram


ECHOS

Thank God
- Rick to Lily, in LSTNT
- Rick to Lily, in TSLJ
- Lily to Rick, in Mediation
- Judy to Lily in TSTA
- Grace to Eli in TL
--Jeanne, Meegram & GraceManning1


NIT PICKERS:

Attic! Attic!
A few episodes ago, Jessie was hoping to move up in to the attic, but Eli said she'd have to wait fro him to move in to the garage after the paint had dried. In 'TL,' the walls of his 'bachelor pad' were still in the sheet rock/mudding phase. -- Westscot1212

Magic Drink
Mr. Dimitri (Eric Stoltz) was seen lowering a cup of champagne from his mouth. In the prior shot, he was not drinking anything. -- AdamBomb1701


Original episode spoilers
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From Jeanne at the ABC Message Board:
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Eli and Grace (Shane West, Julia Whelan) each face personal trials in "Tough Love." He suddenly joins the ranks of the unemployed, while she develops doubts about her work in the school play when her teacher (Eric Stoltz) challenges her. Each of the teens then takes a different path to discovering the importance of having faith in one's abilities.

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From TV Guide:

Scenes from a high-school production of Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' frame off-stage anxieties perplexing Grace, Jessie and Eli, who loses his job and drifts into melancholy. Mr. Dimitri: Eric Stoltz. Katie: Mischa Barton. Sarah: Lizzy Caplan. Tad: James Lafferty. Alexa: Natasha Gaty.

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From ABC:
ELI AND GRACE BOTH LEARN THAT TOUGH LOVE CAN BE A POWERFUL MOTIVATOR, ON ABC'S "ONCE AND AGAIN"

"Tough Love" When Eli loses his job and Grace's teacher questions her acting, they both learn the hard way that real self-confidence can be one of life's toughest accomplishments, on "Once and Again," FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 (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, James Lafferty as Tad, Mischa Barton as Katie, Natasha Gaty as Alexa Yagoda, Lizzy Caplan as Sarah, Ashlee Turner as Celia/Cynthia, Kristin Richardson as Delancey, Peter Schindler as Darryl, Josh Breslow as Silvius, Brenda Kramer as the young audience member, Chris Babers as Russell and Ira David Wood as Ajay.

"Tough Love" was written by Maggie Friedman and directed by Jim Kramer.

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From OA_SetSnoop at the ABC Board:
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The press release photo of Lily cutting the cake is from the scene of the wrap up party on the night of the school pla

y.

That is the outfit that Sela was wearing when she was filming her scene in the audience at the school theatre.

Jessie might be looking glum because Grace is spending time with Tad.

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From Pictures:
Pictures courtesy of TOUCHSTONE TELEVISION/CARIN BAER
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From ABC:

ONCE AND AGAIN - "Tough Love" - When Eli loses his job and Grace's teacher questions her acting, they both learn the hard way that real self-confidence can be one of life's toughest accomplishments, on "Once and Again," FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

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From ABC Insider:
Also, the Nov 30 (or Dec 7) episode is called "Tough Love." Two guest stars in that one is Mischa Barton as Katie Singer and James Lafferty as Tad. Back to top
From Bitslizer at the ABC Board:
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unfortunately... I was listening to a morning radio show and the host were interviewing the actor who play Mr. Dimitri and he said that Mr. Dimitri and Grace will indeed have feeling for each other, although he did not say how far things will go the actor is schedule to be in 7 episode this season so we can expect the climax of this little side story to be reach then.

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