Twice in a Lifetime

Season 1 Episode 16

Take Two

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2000 on Ion Television
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Episode Summary

Take Two
Rex Stanford is the most successful commercial producer in the business. Unfortunately, his success has come at the cost of all his friendships and, more importantly, his one true love Sarah and a son he never knew he had.

After dropping dead at a shoot he appears before Judge Othniel, who is so unimpressed with him that he asks him for one reason why his soul should not condemned. When Rex shows true love for his son, the judge sends him back so that he can repair the damage he caused to his soul and to those of Sarah and his son. Much to his chagrin, he is send back as a gay dresser to the theatrical troupe he left behind to pursue success.moreless

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  • The Definition of Success and Security

    I enjoyed this show because it was a great example of how easy it is in today's society to define success in outer accomplishments and to look to lots of possessions and large bank accounts for security.

    It reminds of the line in the Bible (Mark 8:36) that says For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? I do think it's important to study hard to do our best and fulfill our life's calling, but it's more important to follow our heart's calling and to stay true to our moral compass. It seems so easy to compromise in today's world.

    Rex's example was rather dramatic because he basically threw every thing away with one decision, but he would have had many chances to reverse course, but didn't. It was lovely to see the mercy of the judge to grant him a second chance and to see how he had to overcome his own momentums before he could help his younger self.moreless
Josh Peace

Josh Peace

Young Rex Stanford

Guest Star

Gema Zamprogna

Gema Zamprogna

Young Sarah Carlyle

Guest Star

William Hutt

William Hutt


Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mr. Jones: Now, tell him a little bit about yourself, anything, family, friends, interests.
      Rex cannot come up with anything
      Judge Othniel: Dreams, aspirations, what you do for fun, what makes your heart race and your spirit fly.
      Rex Stanford: I make commercials. In fact, my after sales increases were the best in the business.
      Mr. Jones: Oh dear.

    • Judge Othniel: Can you tell me one good reason not to condemn your soul for all eternity?
      Rex Stanford: I won a Cleo - three years in a row.
      Judge Othniel: Wrong answer.

    • Sarah: I'm an actress, Charles. I love what I do. I'm alive when I'm on stage. To reach people, make them laugh, touch their hearts. When I'm acting, it's like I understand what God had in mind for me.

  • NOTES (1)


    • My Dear Watson
      Is a reference to how Sherlock Holmes addressed his good friend and chronicler Dr. Watson in Arthur Conan Doyle's novels.

    • Biff Loman in Death of a Salesman
      Refers to the 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. The production won both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

      Biff Loman is the older son of Willy and Linda and the the star athlete of the family. When he finds out that his father had an affair, he abandons all his dreams and sets out to make his own way, only to find that he cannot escape his past.

    • Saint Genesius
      Saint Genesius of Rome was an actor hired for a play that ridiculed Christian baptism. During a performance of the play, Genesius declared that he had seen a vision of angels bearing a book with all his sins inscribed and had a change of heart. He was converted and proclaimed his new found allegiance to Christ. Enraged by his actions, Emperor Diocletian tortured Genesius in an effort to force him to sacrifice to the pagan gods. When Genesius persisted in his faith, he was beheaded.

      He is known as the patron saint of actors, comedians, clowns, dancers, theatrical performers, musicians, attorneys, barristers, lawyers, printers and stenographers, and is invoked against epilepsy.