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310 - (P)     Pictures     12/14/01
Amid complete chaos, the early arrival of Tiffany and Jake's baby brings the entire family together on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Judy's first encounter with Sam's eleven-year-old son doesn't go very smoothly.

WRITER: Alexa Junge     DIRECTOR: Dan Lerner
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 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Ex's Jake    > Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Significant Regulars - Tiffany    Sam   
Les Cresswell - Paul Dooley
Edith - Danielle Wolf
Jamie - Jacob Smith
Tami Seitz - Rosalind Chao

Lily's house
Karen's house
Rick's car
Jake's car
Radio Station


Rick - "Ahhhhhh ..."
Lily - " "
Lily - "If he really wanted one ..."
Rick - "I guess if she really wanted one ..."

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music





This was a labor intensive timeline, and I'd love comments/help from any of the troops out there. While I was hoping for a good clue from Lily's bedside clock to give us a close time to the birth, this wasn't available.

I do believe the newest Miss Manning made her appearance before Xmas Eve turned into Xmas Day.

Day # 1 -- Rick and the kids work on the tree, as Lily arrives home and approves. The kids suggest they (L&R) have a baby. At 8:10 that night, L&R are rapping and wrapping when the girls invade. Later, at 10:45, Lily tells Rick she hasn't taken the Pill in "three days."

Day # 2 -- Christmas Eve. It's a snowy afternoon as Jake writes Tiffany a check for the midwife. He has a date (hmm, early). The scene shifts between Sam and Rick at Sammler Assoc, and Judy and Lily wrapping at the radio station (rewind to lunchtime?). What an awesome wreath. As they work, they hear blizzard warnings on the radio -- 2-3 feet expected by midnight.

It's still light when Tiffany arrives at Manning Manor. A short time later, following the melted cup ornament project, Judy arrives to take Eli and Jess to Karen's. At the radio station, Lily lobbies for "early" dismissal, telling Les the blizzard alerts have gone on for the "last four hours." I'm guessing this must be around 4PM, if Judy was visiting around noon (lunch).

Back at MM, it's getting dark as Tiffany's water breaks. The girls phone Jake, already on his date at a bar/restaurant. The snow's a-fallin' and we all know the events with darkness and the storm. By the time Rick fetches Lily and Les from the accident and they arrive home, it must be pushing 6PMish. Meanwhile, Jess and Eli and Judy arrive safely at Karen's, followed some time later by Sam and Jamie. At MM, Tami tells Tiffany via cell phone that she (Tiff) has probably been laboring and didn't even know it. As Lily examines her, Tiff utters the words we've all been waiting for : "So it looks like I'm really having this baby, huh?"

Some time later, Lily times the contractions at 2 1/2 minutes. Rick sees that she's harried as she checks her watch and calls Jake, who is stuck in traffic. A lovely ham dinner is enjoyed at Karen's -- this could be in the 7:30-8PM range. Grace has some quiet time with Les, who says he'll have his assistant deal with a tow truck "tomorrow." Christmas? Anyway, at 8:10PM, Rick assists Tiffany in squatting through a contraction.

Fetching ice from the kitchen, Lily shows Rick her disappointed LOOB face. Tiffany would like to take a bath. Back at Karen's, Sam strums the guitar and dessert is served in the living room. Back in snowy traffic, Jake commandeers a large snowplow while back at MM Tiffany bemoans not being at home. Lights out.

Once candles are lit, Rick delegates jobs as Tiffany enters full-blown transition. A rough patch follows back at Karen's, as Jamie pushes too hard on the g'bread house. At MM, Lily tells Tiff not to push, it won't be much longer. Sure enough, Jake and Tami arrive to take over. At Karen's, monopoly by candlelight and Eli&Jessie begin a warm sing-a-long for Jamie.

The baby is born, and later, Rick and Lily share a moment of Peace on the front step.

My best guess -- judging from how quickly Tiffany was laboring -- is that the baby was born in the 10-11PM range Xmas Eve. If anyone has zoom vision and can find/see the clock on Lily's bedside table as she rocks the baby, that would be amazing!



Goddess Circle strings As Lily held the baby, Tiffany, Grace and Zoe all removed their strings from their wrists.
-- Divorced_Again

Rick and Lily's clock This year's edition is a smaller round alarm clock, not the digital one from season two, nor a plug-in variety, I don't believe. It's first viewable during L&R's birth control conversation the evening of Day # 1.
-- LaChefski

What's in a name? Les' estranged daughter is named Leslie. That's also the name of Mikey's wife.
-- Westscot1212



Original episode spoilers

TV Gal David Bianculli Tim Cuprisin Marc's paper Gist TV TV Guide ABC (Pictures) ABC TV Gal ABC Luthien87

From TV Gal:

Judy meets Sam's son and Tiffany delivers her baby in Rick and Lily's home. "Once and Again" shines when it stays grounded in reality.

Let's hope this episode doesn't go too far over the top.

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From David Bianculli in the NY Daily News:

10:00 (ABC) "Once and Again." It's Christmas Eve on this show, and a baby is about to be born. Tiffany's baby isn't biblical, but its cord is umbilical - and Lily and company have to try cutting it at home, because there's no way to get to a hospital in time.

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From Tim Cuprisin at JSonline:

It's the usual whiny, argumentative and sometimes sullen holiday season, until Tiffany goes into labor and upsets the family's Wassail Bowl of psychodrama.

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From TV Guide in Marc's humble paper:

It's destined to be a memorable Christmas for the newly blended family. Everyone is together for the holiday, generating tension in certain corners. That only increases when Tiffany goes into labor. Meanwhile, Judy fears she isn't making a good first impression on Sam's son.

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From Gist TV Picks:

Once and Again: "Pictures"
Friday, Dec. 14
ABC, 10 to 11 p.m. ET
TV babies are always born at the most inappropriate time, so it should not surprise anyone that Tiffany (Ever Carradine) and Jake's (Jeffrey Nordling) baby decides to make its debut on Christmas Eve — during a blizzard. As a result, everybody ends up at Lily's (Sela Ward) house in the midst of the chaos. In other parts of town, Judy (Marin Hinkle) doesn't exactly click with Sam's (Steven Weber) 11-year-old son (Jacob Smith) during their first encounter.

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From TV Guide:

60 min.

'Twas the night before Christmas, and at the Sammler house the one that's stirring the most is the unborn child of Tiffany (Ever Carradine), who goes into labor while a blizzard rages. Tami: Rosalind Chao. Les Cresswell: Paul Dooley. Jamie: Jacob Smith. Sam Blue: Steven Weber. Edith: Danielle Wolf. Jake: Jeffrey Nordling. Grace: Julia Whelan.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Jeffrey Nordling, Marin Hinkle, Ever Carradine, Steven Weber, Rosalind Chao, Paul Dooley, Jacob Smith, Danielle Wolf

Rating: TV-PG
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From Pictures:
Pictures courtesy of ABC
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From ABC:


"Pictures" – Amid complete chaos, the early arrival of Tiffany and Jake's baby brings the entire family together on Christmas Eve. Meanwhile, Judy's first encounter with Sam's eleven-year-old son doesn't go very smoothly, on "Once and Again," FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 (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 Paul Dooley as Les Cresswell, Danielle Wolf as Edith, Jacob Smith as Jamie and Rosalind Chao as Tami Seitz.

"Pictures" was written by Alexa Junge and directed by Dan Lerner.

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

This program carries a TV-PG,D,L parental guideline.

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From TV Gal:

Look for Tiffany to go into labor on Dec. 14.

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"Christmas on the tube"

Once and Again: The whole Brady Bunch-like clan is gathered at Lily and Rick's house on Christmas Eve when Tiffany (Ever Carradine) goes into labor early and unleashes the newest Manning kid on the world. Judy (Marin Hinkle), meanwhile, isn't having such a great experience with the nonadults, as her first meeting with Sam's son doesn't go off very well. ABC, Dec. 14, 10 p.m.

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From ABC:
ONCE AND AGAIN -- "PICTURES" - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m.) -

When the entire family is gathered together for Christmas at Rick and Lily's house, Tiffany goes into labor.

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From Luthien87 at the ABC Board:
The titles and clues are good. I disagree with the idea that "Pictures" is a Rick and Lily episode, however. Although the ending is ...perfect.
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