Twice in a Lifetime

Season 1 Episode 4

Ashes to Ashes

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 15, 1999 on Ion Television
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Ashes to Ashes
Dana Hancock, a chain smoking wife and mother with terminal cancer, is killed when run over by a tobacco truck. She didn't see the truck coming because she was busy lighting a cigarette. She fails to see the big deal about her smoking until Judge Othniel shows her the full ramifications of her actions, at which point her sincerity impresses the Judge and he grants her a second chance to return and convince herself to not begin smoking in the first place. She is sent back as her own Guidance Counselor, Ann Rutherford. Her younger self, already smoking, is skeptical of Ann's warnings and doesn't see the big deal. She blames much of her difficulties on her absent parents, who are often away traveling for extended periods of time and do not even leave a contact phone number. As Ann, who is running out of time, digs deeper into the family situation, she discovers a shocking truth.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • As Mr. Jones watches Dana get killed he is sitting on an advertising pillar with two ads, which read as follows:
        It's matter of Life and Breath!
        American Lung Association
        The truth about smoking will just kill you.

      • Dana Hancock is sent back to earth as Guidance Counselor Ann Rutherford in 1969, at which time cigarettes were considered expensive at 30 cents per pack.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • (to Dana)
        Judge Othniel: To deny your husband a wife, your offspring a mother, your assistant a mentor; Ms. Hancock, that is a kind of self-centered behavior that doesn't play very well around here.

      • (watching her own funeral)
        Dana: Steve Girsch has no business carrying my casket, he hates me.
        Mr. Jones: Yeah, we thought your boss seemed a bit too happy when he heard you had died, which did not please us at all.
        Dana: So now what happens?
        Mr. Jones
        : We make his new Lexus a lemon.

      • Dana: Do you mean I'm, I'm dead?
        Mr. Jones: As a doornail, for the moment anyway.

      • (to Dana)
        Mr. Jones: You had brains and beauty, inside and out. You had a family that cherished you, a husband who adored you, children who worshipepd you and you threw it all away because of an addiction.

      • Steve: So, how'd you do it, Tae Bo, Spinning? What's your secret?
        Dana: Actually, Steve, it was quite easy.
        Steve: Oh yeah, tell me an easy way to lose 20 pounds.
        Dana: Chemotherapy.

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Tae Bo
        Tae Bo is an aerobic exercise routine developed by American taekwondo practitioner Billy Blanks. It was one of the first cardio-boxing programs to enjoy commercial success. The name Tae Bo is a blend of tae kwon do and boxing.
        Spinning is a form of exercise in which participants take part in a group workout on exercise bikes. Sessions typically last anywhere from 30-75 minutes and are lead by instructors who normally guide participants through a series of phases which include a warm-up, more challenging phases, a period of peak effort and a cool down.

      • Nancy Drew
        Refers to the fictional young amateur detective who appears in various mystery series for children and teens. Around since the 1930's, Nancy has, over the decades, become a cultural icon. She has been cited as a formative influence by a number of prominent women including U.S. Supreme Court Justices, Cabinet Ministers and even First Lady Laura Bush. Her books have sold over 80 million copies world wide and have been translated into over 20 languages. Nancy Drew has also been featured in five films, two television shows, a number of popular computer games and a variety of merchandise.

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