Once and Again

Season 2 Episode 22

The Second Time Around

Aired Unknown May 02, 2001 on ABC

Episode Fan Reviews (1)

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  • All Coming Together

    I have seen many wedding episodes but this one has to be one of those rare ones that are actually done right. The whole episode is basically a struggle to get married in the first place. As a couple of sayings go, everything happens for a reason and when things go wrong sometimes their actually going right (or something like that). One of the things I like about the episode was how Phil, Lily's father played a spiritual presence toward her and the family, much similar to how the father character in Igmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander" was a spiritual presence, which is heartwarming and a little sad as well. Obviously he know's both Lily and Rick are ment to be married and for both families to be together, he is just helping to steer them the right direction. From giving his daughter Lily certain messages in which only she is able to see and hear him. For the rest he is simply a warm presence that watches over them without interfering, they don't really see him but at times they feel him somehow. It's all the little things that really bring everything together. From a lost little mirror that Phil of course sets somewhere for Rick to find, the mirror is a device of course for Rick to be even closer to Zoe, the interaction between them is sweet. Eli and Grace's friendship starting to become more once Eli discovers the letter Grace has keep just to help spare him more heartbreak and of course he discovers the truth but doesn't break down he accepts that Carla is gone and just wasn't right for him and of course in this scene the story teases us with both of them about to kiss only to have it interupted, damn. One brief scene where Karen hears news the wedding is still on, we see her shed a tear where she has a slightly sad look on her face but then there is a slight smile forming. Obviously one part of Karen still loved Rick and wanted to hold on to him, but the other one though knew the truth and the news has given her a slight sense of closure knowing that the ties between them are finally gone and it's time to move on.
    Knowledge that the restaurant will be lost but in a strange way it's also symbolizes what Rick and Lily's marrage is about letting go of the past and starting a new future. And that where that last little thing comes in, once Lily and Rick temporarily cancel the typical giant wedding they had in mind, and it seems like it's not going to happen, all it takes is just one visitation to the wedding tent to change their minds. And even though their wedding was small it was big and special enough for all of them, in fact it was just right (and kudos to Even Rachael Wood and her singing at the end was just beautiful.).

    Bondings of two people come in different forms, whether it's a big wedding or small it's really the feelings within the union that make it special. And in the times of darkness for all of them there is always a light, the light of change and many good things to come.
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