Twice in a Lifetime

Season 1 Episode 1

Sixteen Candles

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Aug 25, 1999 on Ion Television
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Sixteen Candles
A woman falls asleep after drinking and dies from smoke inhalation. She gets a second chance to change her life of alcohol, help her marriage and become closer to her son.

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  • In this inaugural episode, adoption and the choices a responsible teenager must make are highlighted. Madeline returns to 1960 and age 16 to right the mistake she feels she made in adopting out her newborn son.moreless

    Older Madeline suggests that adoption was the wrong choice for herslef, and is the root cause of her misery in later years. In reality, the fundamantal relationship of mother and daughter is highlighted, each learning to listen and support each other. Unlike the orginal version, 16 year old Madeline and her mother meet the infant, meet the potential adoptive parents, and make the most loving decision in the circumstnaces. Madeline returns to the present having forgiven herself and her mother for adopting out her infant son. This empowered teenager making the best decision for the baby is worth watching.moreless
Gwynyth Walsh

Gwynyth Walsh

Madeline Strong

Guest Star

Elisabeth Rosen

Elisabeth Rosen

Young Madeline Flynn

Guest Star

Brenda Devine

Brenda Devine


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mr Jones: Every prayer is heard.

    • Mr Jones: ... you can go back and change anything you want, right any wrong.
      Judge Othniel: Jones, do you know what I like about you young souls? Your never-ending faith that people deserve a second chance!

    • Judge Othniel: (gesturing for her to approach) Mrs. Strong, come. We deal in feelings here, feelings are weighted as much as - no, perhaps more, in fact, because feelings carry with them the weight of emotional truth, and that's what we're interested in here.

    • Judge Othniel: Jones, (laughing) you know that the rules of divine law are different than those of corporeal law.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie (when Madeline returns to earth).

    • Additional Series Credits
      Visual Effects By Gajdecki Visual Effects; The Post Group Inc., Canada; GVFX
      Online Facilities Provided By The Post Group Inc., Canada (Season 2)
      Filmed with: Panavision Cameras & Lenses
      Completion Guarantor: Film Finances Canada (1998) Ltd.
      Historical Sound Clips Courtesy of CBC
      Stock footage courtesy of: The Image Bank
      The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and with the participation of
      The Government of Ontario
      The Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit
      © 1999/2000 Pebblehut Lifetime Inc.
      Pebblehut Production Inc., A MUSE Company

      Online Facilities Provided By

      The Post Group Inc., Canada