Twice in a Lifetime

Season 2 Episode 12

Grandma's Shoes

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 22, 2000 on Ion Television
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Grandma's Shoes
Ruth Harper, an unsuccessful writer, comes back after 50 years to the farm where she grew up in poverty, but she has barely time to see her brother Paul's grave before she dies.

Since Ruth had left the farm when Paul died, Othniel shows her how he died: Ruth had told him to bury the only shoes he had, his grandmother's shoes, to make a stand against poverty - which left him unprotected when a snake bit him. Othniel gives her a chance to make things right, and Ruth is determined to take Paul with her when she leaves this time...

But then, maybe there is something that she has refused to see in her poor family home.moreless

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    Fiona Reid

    Fiona Reid

    Mama Harper

    Guest Star

    Peter Donaldson

    Peter Donaldson

    Luke Harper

    Guest Star

    Nancy Beatty

    Nancy Beatty

    Marley Harper-Wheeler

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Ruth Harper: Oh dear. Please tell me you're not God.
        Judge Othniel: No, Madam, but I do represent Him.
        Mr. Smith: He's the Honorable Judge Othniel from the Old Testament Book of Judges.
        Ruth Harper: What happened to you?
        Judge Othniel: What do you mean?
        Ruth Harper: You were a warrior. What, what's this, this, all this frippery?
        Judge Othniel: Well, Madam, one does have to keep up with the times.
        Ruth Harper: Oh I agree, but, ah, you only made it up to the 17th, 18th century.

      • Judge Othniel: Ruth Harper, you have always judged others and found them wanting. Been your undoing.
        Ruth Harper: Sorry, I was never good with authority figures.
        Judge Othniel: What were you good at?
        Ruth Harper: I want to say I was a good writer, but I never made a name for myself the way I planned. I admit my life has been pretty much wasted.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • World War II
        This episode sees Ruth Harper get a second chance to save her brother who has enlisted in the armed forces. World War II began September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. The war ended on August 15, 1945 with Japan's surrender. The United States did not join the war effort until the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.