Any Day Now

Unfinished Symphony

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 8/18/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Present: Mary Elizabeth Sims, a Birmingham wife, mother, and aspiring writer, reaches out to her estranged childhood friend Rene Jackson, a prominent Washington attorney, when she returns home upon the death of her father. The friends reconcile, and Rene decides to remain in Birmingtham and take over her father's law practice. Past: It's 1962, and Mary Elizabeth and Rene strike up a friendship over a shoplifted pack of cigarettes. Rene, a recent transplant from Detroit, has difficulty adjusting to the segregated South.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Annie Potts

    Mary Elizabeth "M.E." O'Brien Sims

  • Lorraine Toussaint

    Rene Jackson

  • Mae Middleton

    Young Mary Elizabeth (Episodes 1-66)

  • Shari Dyon Perry

    Young Rene Jackson (Episodes 1-66)

  • Maya Elise Goodwin

    Young Rene Jackson (Episodes 67-88)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Young M.E.: Let's go to the movies. Young Rene: I hate it there, they always make me sit in the balcony. Young M.E.: So what? I'll sit in the balcony with you.

    • Young M.E.: My daddy says there wouldn't be any trouble if y'all would go back to Africa where you came from. Young Rene: I've never been to Africa, I don't even know anyone from there.

    • M.E.: You said I should get an abortion. Rene: You called me a nigger.

    Notes (1)

    • This episode, the pilot filmed for the network pitch, begins with the opening titles instead of a teaser sequence and features different actors in the roles of Rene's parents.

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