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312 - (G)     Gardenia     01/11/02
A tragic accident shakes Karen from her deep depression and sets her up for the toughest battle of her life.

WRITER: Richard Kramer      DIRECTOR: Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick
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 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Ex's Karen
 Other Family Judy   
 Significant Regulars
Adam Breslow - Steven Mayhew
Amanda - Leighton Meester
Dr. Solomon - Richard Kramer
Katie Singer - Mischa Barton
The nurse - Desiree Walter
The saleswoman - Judi Beecher
The surgeon - Lance Gentile
The man - Paul Hayes
The teenager - Dempsey Pappion
The woman - Bonnie Perlman

Lily's house
Karen's house
Booklovers Restaurant
Karen's office
Karen's car Upton Sinclair
Therapist's Office
Coffee Shop
Street - Karen gets hit by a car (silver Ford Taurus, pre-1997 model)

- Charles M. Schulz

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
- Lewis Carroll


White Rabbit
- Jefferson Airplane

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook
- Ella Fitzgerald

- Carole King

A Christmas Album
- Barbra Streisand
  - " "

W.G. Snuffy Walden Production/incidental music

Billie Holliday / Arthur Herzog Jr.

Them that's got shall get
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own

Yes, the strong gets more
While the weak ones fade
Empty pockets don't ever make the grade
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own

Money, you've got lots of friends
Crowding round the door
When you're gone, spending ends
They don't come no more
Rich relations give
Crust of bread and such
You can help yourself
But don't take too much
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own

Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own
He just worry 'bout nothin'
Cause he's got his own




I've delayed typing this one because initially it's pretty frightening -- the days-of-week talk started fast and furious, and it's hard to make the call on what day is when. So we do the best we can!

There ARE four days involved.

Day # 1 -- I'll call this Tuesday and try to explain later. In bed, Karen dreads having to get up. She makes an effort, and greets Eli and Jessie in the kitchen. The larder is awfully bare, and Karen reminds them about "pizza night tonight?" She then remembers E has to work -- 4-11PM, s ays he. Rick arrives and asks K if Jessie can come to his house Thursday instead of Friday, as he and Lily were thinking of going somewhere. He adds that Jake is taking the girls (I take this to mean Friday). Karen had hoped to take Jessie shopping, but Jess recommends going Thursday, then she can stay "both nights and we can have pizza night Friday." Got that?

At her doctor's, Karen discusses her meds and the side effects. She wants to remember what it felt like when things matte


Probably around midday, Rick stops by the house and surprises Eli, who is home because he got fired "3 weeks ago...and two days." Well, I'm pretty sure it was more than 3 weeks, more like six weeks, but nevermind. At school, foxy Jessie agrees to have sex with a young gent, "but it has to be today," she adds. This does not fit his schedule. Katie gives Jess a Billie Holiday CD. Eli goes by his mom's, and Karen confronts him, losing control, and tells him to get out of the house.

Sometime later, Karen is lost in thought as Judy taps on her car window. She has tried to reach Karen "three times since yesterday," and invites her friend over for dinner Friday night. Karen says "Great," and says she has to go get Jessie.

It's dark (gets dark early in Chicago) as Karen drives the girls, dropping Katie at her (Katie's) house. Jess is not happy to hear that her mom may have kicked her brother out. A little later, she overhears her mom crying in her room, then asks if she, Jessie, can go to Starbucks to work on a report. Her mom says, "Be back by 9PM!"

Day # 2, Wednesday --- As Rick and Lily leave the house for work, he wonders how he should be handling his ex-wife's depression. Lily advises, "Give her *time,* Rick." At school later that day, Jess tells Katie she has to go shopping with her mom, who is depressed. Eli arrives at Lily's, and she says "Hello" instead of "Hi," and puts him to work slicing a zucchini. When he understands her caution, she tells him he's "very wise this afternoon."

Karen and Jessie shop. [ I know, it's Wednesday, but see below ] Karen urges a blouse on Jessie, and almost faints with dizziness. That night, Eli comes to pick up Jess because Karen has dinner with a client. He expresses that his mom should go to hell, even more of a dagger to Karen's heart. A little while later, dinner finishes at Lily's, and Rick has a talk with his daughter. He tells her he won't let anything bad happen to her mom.

Day # 3, Thursday --- Rick visits Karen at her office to let her know Jessie's worried about her. Some time later, Karen has a beneficial, animated session with her doctor, who gives her some homework. Back in the attic, Katie and Jess listen to Billie Holiday. Katie sets the stage -- "It's 2AM, the lights are low.." and Jess joins in the singing. Walking down the street, Karen happily, thoughtfully applies herself to her homework. She is involved in this when she steps into the street and is hit by a car.

Rick phones Lily, who calls Jessie, who screams for Eli.

Later, Karen is in the ER, and soon the doctor gives Rick&Co the grim report of her injuries -- "but at least you have her." He informs them that she will be in the hospital for a while. Rick and Lily plan, Lily saying that she'll call Jake to take the girls for the night.

At dinner later, Rick says it's nice of Jake to take the girls. Lily offers to check on his kids -- E's gone to Coop's, so Lily coaxes Jess into having some eggplant-less vege casserole.

Day # 4 --- Jess hurries through the store looking for that blouse -- ("It was here the other day" ), which Katie locates. Rick sits with Karen, they talk, and he later drops Jessie off for a visit. She wants to do her homework there, so she takes off her coat to reveal the blouse to her mom. Karen thinks of the three things she most loves.

One thing that threw me -- Jessie recommending they go shopping on Thursday. If they really shopped on Thursday, then the accident was Friday. Lily's daughters were already scheduled to go to Jake's then, so she wouldn't have had to call him for this favor, and Rick wouldn't have said it was nice of Jake to take them


This way, the night of the accident is a Thursday, a time when Lily WOULD have to ask Jake for a favor.

Just my observations,



Order. Order
This episode was originally planned as 313.

What's in a name?
Gardenia (previously called Gardenias II) was originally called "Pictures."
-- Divorced_Again


~when Jessie finds out about her mom she slips down the wall and drops the phone very much like Karen did when Jessie couldn't go ice skating with her in Taking Sides -- ladypink244

~ when Karen has her accident she asks if she can rest now and says it feels so good to rest, to me this seemed like a connection with her black and white in Taking Sides when before she drowned she felt a moment of bliss -- ladypink244



Original episode spoilers

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From Robert Bianco at USA Today:

A tragedy forces Karen to confront her growing depression in a Once and Again outing (ABC, Friday, 9 p.m. ET/PT) that should provide a welcome showcase for the wonderful Susanna Thompson and may help garner some of the awards attention that she so richly deserves. The episode also features another singing turn by the remarkable Evan Rachel Wood, who tackles Billie Holiday's God Bless the Child

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From Zap2It Best Bets:
9:00 P.M. -ABC-

Karen (Susanna Thompson) is shaken from her depression in tonight's episode.

Unfortunately, it takes a horrible accident to bring her out of her funk, and its aftermath will force her to face up to one of the toughest challenges of her life.

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From Cheryl Everette at GIST Picks:
Once and Again: "Gardenia"
Friday, Jan. 11
ABC, 9 to 10 p.m. ET

Rick's (Billy Campbell) ex, Karen (Susanna Thompson), is often just a footnote on this show, but this week she takes center stage. Jessie (Evan Rachel Wood) and Eli (Shane West) become alarmed as their usually emotionally contained and efficient mother becomes depressed and moody. But a tragic accident forces Karen to snap out of it.

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From TV Gal:

Karen's descent into depression continues.

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From ABC:


"Gardenia" - A tragic accident shakes Karen from her deep depression and sets her up for the toughest battle of her life, on "Once and Again," FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 (9:00-10:00 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 Steven Mayhew as Adam Breslow, Leighton Meester as Amanda, Richard Kramer as Dr. Solomon, Mischa Barton as Katie Singer, Desiree Walter as the nurse, Judi Beecher as the saleswoman, Lance Gentile as the surgeon, Paul Hayes as the man, Dempsey Pappion as the teenager and Bonnie Perlman as the woman.

"Gardenia" was written by Richard Kramer and directed by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick.

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From Pictures:
Pictures courtesy of ABC
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Depression overwhelms Karen (Susanna Thompson), whose anxieties, mood swings and erratic behavior disquiet Jessie and Eli---and foreshadow calamity. Katie: Mischa Barton. Dr. Solomon: Richard Kramer, who wrote the script. Adam: Steven Mayhew. Jessie: Evan Rachel Wood. Eli: Shane West.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Susanna Thompson, Marin Hinkle, Mischa Barton, Richard Kramer, Steven Mayhew

Rating: TV-PG
Content: Violence
Category: Drama
Release Year: 2002 Back to top
From IMDb:
Guest Appearances for "Once and Again"
"Gardenia" (ep. #3.12Y3)
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