Twice in a Lifetime

Season 2 Episode 1

Fallen Angel

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Aug 20, 2000 on Ion Television
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Fallen Angel
In the second season opener Ray Patterson, a firefighter with an outstanding record dies at the hand of his son Richie when the boy accidentally shoots him through a closed door. When Ray appears before Judge Othniel, he sees that his problems with Richie began four years ago when Richie beat up another boy and Ray and his wife covered it up, thus preventing Richie from learning that his actions have consequences. The Judge sends him back as Richie's psychiatrist and he is faced with the very difficult task of getting himself to face the fact that his son is a drug addict. The Judge sends a bewildered Mr. Smith, who died in a fire despite Ray risking his life to save him, along as his newly appointed guide - and not a very willing one at that.moreless

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    Nancy Harewood

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    Lindsay Patterson

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    Phillip Jarrett


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    Aaron Poole

    Aaron Poole

    Ritchie Patterson

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Ray is sent back to August 1996, which is about four years before his son shot him to death. The calendar on the Patterson household wall says the shooting took place in June, 2000.

      • Starting with this episode, we no longer see Judge Othniel´s courtroom just outside of heaven. Instead, Othniel visits the newly deceased, each of who we see go through a plastic type wall which separates the living from the dead.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Mr. Smith: I can't believe it. I'm, I'm dead? (Judge Othniel nods) Are you sure?
        Judge Othniel: Oh yes!

      • (at the Patterson home)
        Mr. Smith: Why am I here?
        Judge Othniel: You've been chosen, Mr. Smith, for a mission.
        Mr. Smith: What kind of mission?
        Judge Othniel: A mission from God.

      • Mr. Smith: So, so let me get this straight, the way, they way this works is I get a second chance to live my life again, or whatever life that was, by helping Ray sort out his life which is obviously seriously bungled. That's pretty much the story?
        Judge Othniel: More or less.

      • Mr. Smith: Are angels for real?
        Judge Othniel: Oh, as real as you and me, only different, separate.

      • (closing soliloquy)
        Mr. Smith: OK, so I may not have all the answers, but someone up there does, and they seem to believe that I can help people. One thing's for sure: there's a world of regret out there and for whatever reason, I've been chosen to change it, to help people, to guide them to a second chance at life. I may not be an angel, but an angel in training? I can do that.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Although the title of this episode suggests that a Fallen Angel is an angel who is ready to get his wings and needs to earn them by doing good deeds, the more standard theological definition is of an angel who has fallen from grace through rebellion against Almighty God. The story of the fall of Lucifer is told in Isaiah 14 and the war in heaven is told in Revelation 12.