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