Cantankerous 102 year-old film director Chandler Crowne wants to die, but Andrew tells him he's got unfinished business. Enter Stevie Noonan, twenty-something student filmmaker who's making a documentary about the famous director who built his reputation on dark, depressing subject matter. Stevie's task is to persuade the reclusive genius for the dark films which became his trademark. In flashback, we find a young Chandler directing his leading lady, Ruby, in an ambitious and inspirational film called "Redemption." Besides dealing with a temperamental leading lady, Chandler had to contend with Sid Lumsky, the head of the studio, who fires one of his actresses for having an affair with a member of the crew. Forced to choose from a bevy of young unknowns, Chandler chooses Monica. Chandler then breaks off prematurely, leaving Stevie with unanswered questions. On her way out, Stevie lifts Chandler's pocket watch, only to return later with the pawn ticket as a bargaining tool to get him to give her the exclusive she needs. Chandler resumes his story as we flash back in time to the day Chandler filmed the fateful scene which changed his career.... and his life. With Lumsky breathing down his neck to finish shooting Chandler films a stunt involving Ruby crashing into a tree. The stunt goes awry and Ruby is killed. But Stevie, aware deaths during the making of movies were not uncommon in those days, doesn't understand how that changed his whole cinematic vision. With her deadline approaching, Stevie returns the next day with Chandler's watch, hoping to get the missing piece of the puzzle. Chandler explains how her argued with Lumsky over the ending of the movie and how he snuck into the projection booth the night of the premiere and cut the happy ending. Lumsky was furious until he heard the enthusiastic audience reaction. Chandler explains he cut the ending because he was mad at Lumsky. But Stevie is still unsatisfied, having expected some sort epiphany. Stevie lashes out at Chandler for belittling her search for answers, hoping to find answers for her own personal pain. Monica then reveals herself an an angel to Chandler. She explains how God gave him a gift, which he could have used to encourage and uplift millions. But instead, he only used it to perpetuate his private pain. Monica tells him it's not too late to encourage one person, Stevie. Chandler finally confides in Stevie that he changed the ending to his movie, not because he was mad at Lumsky, but because he was mad at God. Not only were Ruby and Chandler married, but she had told him that she was carrying his child. Chandler then screens the original unedited version of the film for Stevie, with the restored happy ending. Stevie is moved, but remains dubious about the real world, which doesn't always deliver happy endings. Chandler encourages her to look again, that life is what you make it, and gives her the original restored version of the film, before Andrew escorts him to the hereafter.moreless
This episode shows how God works with his angels to bring the good out of people.I don't know if it's wrong but I seem to find it funny every time Crowne lied and either Tess or (mainly) Andrew called him out on it. When Stevie pawned his pocket watch and he starts pitching a fit I was wondering why he was doing so. When he revealed that his wife Ruby had given that to him two days before her death in filming, it was heart wrenching. I had a felling something was going on between the two from the way he acted when the car exploded. I felt even more for him when he revealed that it was his anger that gave birth to "Damnation" out of "Redemption". When he finally revealed the real version of the film...the REAL "Redemption", it had a lot of Bible scripture. The way he handed off the restored film to Stevie almost took the cake for the episode. Earlier in the episode, Stevie bashed him and "hated" on him for the truth that see wanted revealed (the fact that "Damnation" came out of anger and not a stroke-of-genius as was thought) and ruined her project. I guess that was him trying to make up for it. The following series of events is what took the cake for the episode: When he was clutching his watch after sending Stevie of with "Redemption" and talking to Andrew saying I'm reading to go Home. His body goes limp as he leaves this world and goes home to be with Jesus and his wife Ruby as his watch hit the ground. When Stevie was about four fifths up the aisle she stops turns around and walks back down to Crowne and takes that watch places it back in his body's grasp, takes a hankie and wipes off all the black/goth make-up and kiss Crowne on the cheek. The next thing we see is a Silent Movie Theater where on the marquee it announces the never before seen movie. As a White Dove flies by, the frame freezes and credits start. I thought this episode was very well executed. I was almost in tears. It made me think of my Grandfather who is in his last days.moreless
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