Twice in a Lifetime

Season 1 Episode 5

Double Exposure

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 22, 1999 on Ion Television
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Double Exposure
Julie Smith listened too ardently to her embittered single mother who told her to forget her dreams of becoming a photographer. In the process, she lost her will to live and went through the motions of a living death until actaully dying in a park where homeless people sleep.

Despite Mr. Jones making a good case for her, she is charged with sloth and headed for condemnation until she personally asks Jepthat for a second chance. She is granted another opportunity as a waitress in a restaurant which her younger self frequents. She begins by confronting her mom and ends up being thrown out of the house. Her last chance is to hire her younger self to photograph a birthday party in the hopes that she will see how much she loves photography and will stand up to her mother and go to art school over her objections.moreless

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  • Embracing your life's calling and standing up for yourself

    This isn't as much a review as it is a note about how the story impacted me. Julie died and was charged with sloth: the aimless indifference to your responsibilities before God and man. That's the exact quote from the trial.

    I had someone very close to me who behaved much like Julie did. I was impressed with how hard she had to work when she came back. In addition to having to find a way to strengthen her younger self to stand up to her mother, she has to waitress, wash dishes and help her single mom co-worker look after her son in exchange for a place to stay.

    All my life I have had to stand up and fight for what's important to me, beginning with my first job as a teenager. Like Julie, I had to follow what was right for me, personally, academically and professionally, despite intense pressure to give into others' wishes. I could have easily lost my way like Julie did.

    I love to watch shows that have personal meaning and that I can relate to me life experiences. Terrific! :)moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mr. Jones: Sometimes you have to be lost before you can be found.

    • Jephthat: How does the defendant plead?
      Mr. Jones: Not guilty, your Honor.
      Julie: I haven't done anything.
      Jael: That is precisely the charge, your Honor, not doing anything.

    • (referring to the name she is sent back under: Mildred)
      Julie: I mean out of all the names, you couldn't come up with anything better than that?
      Mr. Jones: Yeah, I flipped a coin, Mildred won. Beat Gertrude three out of five!

    • Julie: Why did Jephthah give me a life sentence? Why did he allow me to come back?
      Mr. Jones: Remember the day in court you stepped forward and spoke up for yourself loud and clear "I want to go back" and, in that moment, you did something. You took a firm stand.
      Julie: That did it?
      Mr. Jones: Everyone is different, every situation unique. If Jane Doe said the same thing, it might be meaningless. But for the Julie of that time and place, it was a very significant act. Jephthah and God recognized that.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Additional Credit: Newspaper and Headlines courtesy of The Plane Dealer.

      The name that appears on the newspaper announcing Nixon's resignation is The Cleveland Chronicle. The correct name of Cleveland's daily newspaper is The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

    • Al Waxman appears not as Judge Othniel in this episode, but as Jephthah, whose story is told in the Old Testament Book Judges chapters 11 and 12. This is first of two episodes in which Waxman stars as Jephthah, the other being O'er the Ramparts We Watched.

    • Diahann Carroll received Special Appearance by billing.


    • Bible Reference: 1 Timothy 5:8
      Jael quotes this verse in support of her case against Julie. The verse reads But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (KJV).