Once and Again

Season 3 Episode 14

The Gay-Straight Alliance

Aired Unknown Mar 11, 2002 on ABC

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  • In this episode, the extended Sammler/Manning family gossip behind step-sisters Jessie's and Gracie's backs as ever-involved Gracie becomes obsessed with the Gay/Straight Alliance, but not for the reasons the family members think. Also, Jessie's friendsh

    In one of a handful of the most poignant episodes in a series in which all but a few of the sixty-three episodes were extremely poignant, Grace (Julia Whelan) immerses herself in an advocacy group at the school, the Gay/Straight alliance, but not for the reasons that the writers of the show initially hint at. While Gracie is always preaching "That people should be able to LOVE whoever they want to LOVE...", her reason for interest in the club is her crush in its faculty advisor, Mr. August Dmitri (Eric Stoltz). Meanwhile, after telling Grace that her proclomation that Jess's best friend Katie is gay is ludicrous and being offended at the mere suggestion, it becomes clear throughout the episode that Katie DOES indeed have a crush on Jess, that the family could not be more wrong about the intentions of Grace, and that Jess is unsure of how she feels about Katie - but whatever she is feeling it is certainly much more intense than her feelings towards her 'boyfriend' Tad. Episode filled with some great acting and some as activist Grace and the more private Jess have a screaming match in the bathroom (after Grace hands a private note to Jess when it becomes evident to Katie that she is intentionally avoiding her and Jess accused Grace of having read the private correspondence) with each one calling the other out on what each is unwilling to admit to herself. Very cute but realistic symmetry the following day as both play ill but Rick allows daddy's girl Jess to stay home as Lily tells Grace to get herself to school. Episode ends with Grace happy as she gets a car ride home from Mr. Dmitri and despite his declarations she knows he shares feelings for her. So as Grace enters the house Lily asks a knowing Grace to bring cough drops up to Jess, who enters the attic to find Katie and Jess jumping up from what was clearly a compromising situation and she offers her the drops and shares a smile with Jess as they both mention that they feel better -- each dealing with their own forbidden love in very different ways as each is a very different circumstance. The episode ends with Grace walking down the stairs from the attic with an 'all is right in the world' grin worth a thousand words and with Jess retiring back to her bed overwhelmed and overjoyed at having just shared her heart and a kiss with Katie, and Jess seems okay with the fact that Grace knows as their relationship seems to be growing into a sisterly love and admiration for one another. The Best Hour Of Television I Have Ever Witnessed!
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