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318 - (LY)     Losing You     04/08/02
Just when Lily thinks life can't get any more complicated, her mother begins to show early signs of Alzheimer's disease.

WRITER: Liberty Godshall     DIRECTOR: Jim Kramer
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 Brooks-Manning Lily    Grace    Zoe
 Sammler Rick    Eli    Jessie
 Ex's Jake   
 Other Family Judy    Phil    Barbara   
 Significant Regulars Tiffany   
Katie Singer - Mischa Barton
The Waiter - Jessica Franks
The Employee - Erica Yoder

Lily's house
Judy's house
Booklovers Restaurant
Lily's car
Judy's car
Upton Sinclair
Zoe's School
The Mall - Barbara gets lost
A Tea Room - Lily and Judy try to talk to Barbara about her "senior moments".


Barbara - "When I was pregnant ..."
Barbara - "... on a hope and a prayer ..."

Lily - "I believe you mom ..."
Lily - "Just watch your mother with your own children ..."

Barbara - "Oh. I had big plans."
Barbara - "I was going to live in Paris."
Barbara - "It didn't matter what I wanted ..."
Barbara - "... but then I met Phil ..."

Lily - "What are Zoe and Grace going to say about me ..."

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




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Original Scheduling
This episode was originally planned as #320.


Dealing with Bea Lily asks her mother, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, to live with her and her family. Two big nitpicks here:
1. Where will she find the room to put up Bea? The Manning/Sammler house seems overcrowded now, and there was a lot of trading off to arrive at Rick and Lily's current arrangement. Grace gave up her room so Bea could stay there. When she arrives permanently, there will be no room to breathe.
2. Shouldn't having Bea move in be decided on as a family? After all, everyone in the house, not just Lily, will be involved in her care. Lily should not have made that decision alone, as Bea will need more care as time passes. -- AdamBomb1701

Original episode spoilers

Robert Bianco David Bianculli Gist TV TV Guide Canada
ABC TV Guide allgirlprez  

From Robert Bianco at USA Today:

TV's finest family drama, Once and Again (ABC, 10 p.m. ET/PT), takes one last step toward next week's series finale. Bonnie Bartlett guests as Lily's failing mother.

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From David Bianculli:

Once And Again - This is the penultimate episode of this excellent three season drama series. Treasure it, and watch it, while you can. After next week, the series will be shelved again - this time for good.

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From Cheryl Everette at Gist Picks:
Once and Again: "Losing You"
Monday, April 8
ABC, 10 to 11 p.m. ET

Another week, another crisis for the Lily/Rick (Sela Ward/Billy Campbell) family, who just can't seem to get a break. Now, in addition to troubles with their kids, exes and siblings, they've got parent trouble. When Lily's mother (Bonnie Bartlett, Tuesdays With Morrie) comes to visit, it's clear that her memory is failing. Lily suspects it may be the onset of Alzheimer's, but her mother refuses to acknowledge that anything is wrong. Paul Mazursky appears as Lily's late father in dream sequences.

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From TV Guide Canada:

Lily's mother begins to exhibit early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.


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From ABC:

"Losing You" - Just when Lily thinks life can't get any more complicated, her mother begins to show early signs of Alzheimer's disease, on "Once and Again," MONDAY, APRIL 8 (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 Bonnie Bartlett as Barbara, Paul Mazursky as Phil Brooks, Mischa Barton as Katie, Jessica Franks as the waiter and Erica Yoder as the employee

"Losing You" was written by Liberty Godshall and directed by Jim Kramer.

"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-14 parental guideline.

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From TV Guide:
Once and Again
Losing You
60 min.

Bonnie Bartlett returns as the Brooks family matriarch, a proud yet failing woman who reawakens memories that Lily shares in dreamlike sequences with her late father (Paul Mazursky). Tiffany: Ever Carradine. Zoe: Meredith Deane. Jake: Jeffrey Nordling. Judy: Marin Hinkle.

Cast: Billy Campbell, Sela Ward, Shane West, Evan Rachel Wood, Meredith Deane, Julia Whelan, Jeffrey Nordling, Marin Hinkle, Ever Carradine, Bonnie Bartlett, Paul Mazursky, Mischa Barton

Rating: TV-14
Category: Drama
Release Year: 2002 Back to top
From allgirlprez at the ABC Message Board:

Lily's mother is going to have Alzheimer's disease. In this particular episode Lily, Zoe and her mom go to the mall and the mom gets lost.

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