Twice in a Lifetime

Season 1 Episode 7

Blood Brothers

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 13, 1999 on Ion Television
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Blood Brothers
Flash Jericho, who never forgave himself for turning in his brother for a crime in which he was an accomplice, drinks his life away. When his brother is paroled 27 years later, he hunts Flash down and kills him. Judge Deborah is unsympathetic to his cause until she learns that he can throw a slider and she tells him she wants him pitching for God's team when the time comes. She sends him back as an old baseball coach so that he can save his soul. Unfortunately, both David and Mr. Jones can only watch helplessly as the events of the first two days again take the tragic path they did the first time. His final effort on Day 3 involves reaching out not to Flash, but to his brother Ray, who actaully committed the crime.moreless

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    Kevin Zegars

    Kevin Zegars

    Young Flash Jericho

    Guest Star

    Polly Bergen

    Polly Bergen

    Judge Deborah

    Guest Star

    Catherine Swung

    Catherine Swung

    Adult Katie

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Flash is sent back to earth in 1973. The exact time line can be pinned down by President Nixon's famous "I am not a crook" speech, which was on TV at the Jericho household. That speech was given on November 17, 1973.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Flash: Yeah, I'm good. What about you? School OK? Everything all right?
        Katie: I don't know if the kids are getting dumber or I'm just losing my patience with them. Today, I gave them a quiz, asked them to describe Watergate. One of my seniors tells me that it's a very bad movie with Kevin Costner. (Flash laughs heartily)

      • Flash: I get another chance to fix my life?
        Mr. Jones: Isn't that what you want?
        Flash: Not if it turns out the same way.
        Mr Jones: Work with me, I'm just your advocate. You're the only one who can make it better, but you won't get the chance unless you show the judge you deserve it.
        Flash: Maybe I don't.
        Mr Jones: Would you at least muster a little enthusiasm here. I need one more win to get my bonus this month and you're my last case. It's a ticket to the premiere of Beethoven's 23rd Symphony. You don't want me to miss that, do you?

      • Judge Deborah: He wasted his life.
        Mr. Jones: I'm not saying he's a candidate for sainthood, your Honor. He was a young man with a good heart who was put in a terrible situation. He didn't handle it well the first time around. But I believe that with my assistance and the mercy of this court, he has what it takes to make the most of a second chance. On top of which he can throw the slider, and Lord knows our team needs a pitcher who can throw the slider for strikes.
        Judge Deborah: You can throw the slider, son?
        Flash: Yes, I could.
        Judge Deborah: Well, why didn't you say so? When your time comes, we want you throwing it for us. Get back down there and save your soul. Life sentence!

      • (upon being sent back to earth)
        Flash: Good God!
        Mr. Jones: He's better than good, He's perfect.

      • (watching his younger self play baseball)
        Flash: Whoa, he's good.
        Mr. Jones: Of course he is, he's you.

      • Mr. Jones: Answers are rarely easy to find.
        Flash: How do people find them?
        Mr. Jones: Prayer has been known to work.

      • Mr. Jones: Guilt is a wasted emotion; it leaves nothing behind except despair.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Al Waxman does not appear in this episode. His place is taken by Judge Deborah, played by Polly Bergen. This is the second consecutive episode in which Polly replaces Al as judge.

    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Che Guevara
        Ray has a poster of Che Guevara in his apartment when David visits him. Che Guevara (1928–1967) was an Argentinan Marxist revolutionary who played a prominent role in installing the Castro regime in Cuba. Guevara, an atheist, traveled to Congo-Kinshasa in 1965 and later to Bolivia in unsuccessful attempts to incite revolutions. He was captured and executed in Bolivia.

      • Bible Reference: Ye of Little Faith
        In chastising Flash for his lack of faith, Mr. Jones, he is quoting Jesus' words "O ye of little faith." The phrase appears in numerous places in the Gospels.

      • Watergate: a very bad movie with Kevin Costner
        There never was such a movie. Kevin Costner starred in a 1995 film called Waterworld.

      • Watergate
        Two references are made to the Watergate scandal in this episode. The first is Katie's quiz to her students and the second is at the Jericho household, where President Nixon's famous "I am not a crook" speech is playing on TV.

      • Beethoven's 23rd Symphony
        Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a German born composer. He is considered to be one of the most influential and famous musicians of all time. He wrote nine symphonies, which are among his most popular works. Mr. Jones is saying that he has written 14 more in heaven since his passing!