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317 - (EITT)     Experience Is The Teacher     04/01/02
Grace further pursues a relationship with her drama teacher, to the detriment of his teaching career.

WRITER: Winnie Holzman and Maggie Friedman     DIRECTOR: Matt Shakman
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 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Other Family Judy   
 Significant Regulars
Les Creswell - Paul Dooley

Mr. Dimitri - Eric Stoltz
Katie Singer - Mischa Barton
Alexa - Natasha Gaty
Mr. Brooker - Darius Dudley
Ms. Conway - Lee Garlington
The engineer - Josh Cooke

Lily's house
Booklovers Restaurant
Upton Sinclair
Mr. Dimitri's car -
Mr. Dimitri's House -
Radio Station -

On Love - Anton Chekhov
Here is a link to the story Grace read from in "Experience is the Teacher." The title has been translated from Russian as "About Love" rather than "On Love", as it was called EITT.

Beowulf - Unknown

Grendel - John Gardener

Rashomon - A film by Akira Kurosawa

Grace - "He wrote me an inscription ..."

Lily -
Lily - "I'm not sure how that happened ..."
Lily - "I knew her story"

W.G. Snuffy Walden and Joey Newman Production/incidental music




Not currently available


As Originally Scheduled
This episode was originally planned as #319.

The Fridge-cam
- the Sammlers in Mediation (along with the cupboard-cam over at the Mannings')
- Rick and Lily's nocturnal foraging in FFT
- Rick and Lily in AO
- Jessie and Katie's kiss in EITT


The envelope please.
Grace goes to open an envelope regarding her story (she's alone in her room).  The envelope was already torn at the top near the stamp, making it easier for Grace to open. -- OnceAndAgainNow

Original episode spoilers

Detroit Free Press Zap2It TV Guide Canada TeenMag ABC TV Guide TWoP Forums

From Detroit Free Press:

"Once and Again" (10 p.m., WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, ABC). Death watch. In case you missed the news, ABC announced the cancellation of this superlative family drama late last week. It will leave the air far too soon -- following an April 15 finale episode. On tonight's episode, Grace (Julia Whelan) foolishly continues to pursue a relationship with her English teacher (Eric Stolz) and his career is jeopardized.

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From TV Guide Canada:

Experience is the Teacher
Grace gets closer to her drama teacher, putting his career in jeopardy.
Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Julia Whelan, Meredith Deane

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From Teenmag:

More romance woes: "Once and Again's" Grace, doesn't want to give up on that serious crush she's got going on her teacher, but that leads to trouble - for him - in the April 1 episode (ABC, 10 p.m.). Grace continues to pursue him, leading lots of people, including school officials, to question what kind of relationship exists between the pair. Needless to say, Grace's torment over not being able to be with the one she loves is nothing compared to the guilt she's going to feel for putting her beloved Mr. Dimitri's career in jeopardy!

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From ABC:

"Experience is the Teacher" - Grace further pursues a relationship with her drama teacher, to the detriment of his teaching career, on "Once and Again," MONDAY, APRIL 1 (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 Creswell, Eric Stoltz as Mr. Dimitri, Mischa Barton as Katie Singer, Natasha Gaty as Alexa, Darius Dudley as Mr. Brooker, Lee Garlington as Ms. Conway and Josh Cooke as the engineer.

"Experience is the Teacher" was written by Winnie Holzman and Maggie Friedman and directed by Matt Shakman.

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

A TV parental guideline will be posted closer to airdate.

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From TV Guide:
Experience Is the Teacher
60 min.

The prospect that Grace may be romantically involved with her creative-writing teacher (Eric Stoltz) troubles Lily, infuriates Jake and imperils the career of the instructor. Les: Paul Dooley. Alexa: Natasha Gaty. Katie: Mischa Barton. Ms. Conway: Lee Garlington. Mr. Brooker: Darius Dudley.

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From sabrinahagain at TWoP Forums:

"experience is the teacher" (april 1st) will, indeed, deal with grace and mr. dimitri, specifically with how their relationship (whatever its incarnation is by then) is affecting his teaching career (negatively).

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