Twice in a Lifetime

Season 1 Episode 15

Bird Of Paradise

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jan 12, 2000 on Ion Television
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Episode Summary

Bird Of Paradise
Barry Kirkbride, a music teacher not really celebrating his 50th birthday, dies while hindering his students from playing a piece he wrote in his youth.

In Othniel's court it turns out that Barry stopped writing music when his girlfriend Charlotte died of a drug overdose. Othniel tells that Barry that he didn't really care about her, that he only cared about fame and that he's been ridden with shame ever since her death.

Mr. Jones accompanies Barry to the three days prior to the band's big audition to stop Charlotte from dying, but the band doesn't want to hear about her drug addiction prior to the audition.

Then Barry makes the mistake of telling the band that he's dead and used to be Barry. The band members now think he's crazy and time is running out.moreless

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Tamara Gorski

Tamara Gorski

Young Louise

Guest Star

Tamara Levitt

Tamara Levitt

Charlotte McKnight

Guest Star

Trent McMullen

Trent McMullen

Young / Old Stan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Although no specific date is given as to when Barry Kirkbride is sent back, he says it was 25 years ago, which puts the time line at 1974.

    • The music class is playing in the Jarvis Collegiate Institute auditorium.

      The restaurant where Louise worked is called The Lakeview Lunch LLBO est. 1947.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Judge Othniel: He didn't spend the next 25 years of his life mourning the loss of his one great love. No, he did not. No. He spent them nearly paralyzed in shame for having put his own ambition in front of her desperate plea for help. Mr. Kirkbride, would you like a chance to change that?
      Barry Kirkbride: To save Charlotte's life?
      Judge Othniel: And your own soul.
      Barry Kirkbride: It's, it's what I've prayed to God for ever since it happened.
      Judge Othniel: He knows that.

    • (at George's audition right after he was sent back from heaven)
      Mark: Great, he doesn't even remember his own name. What kind of space cadet did you bring us, dude?
      Barry: I don't know, he answered the ad.
      George: Give him a break. He is a bass player.

    • Young Barry: You're a good musician for an old guy, you know that?
      George: Thanks.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The name of the show is also an original piece of music written by James Kramer and Marvin Dolgay. The lyrics were written by James Kramer. The song is sung at Barry's birthday parties at the beginning and end of the show and at his judgment.

      Bird of Paradise
      In the cold breeze of winter
      In the dark before the dawn
      There's no one here to hold me
      No one to hear my song.

      The days all run together now
      The nights go by so slow
      If I only had another chance
      I'd never let you go.

      Let me fly to the rainbow
      Let me join you in the skies
      On the wings of an angel
      Like a Bird of Paradise

      Let me fly up to heaven
      Let me look into your eyes
      Let me sing with you forever
      Like a Bird of Paradise

      Let me sing with you forever
      Like a Bird of Paradise