Twice in a Lifetime

Season 1 Episode 6

The Blame Game

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 1999 on Ion Television
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The Blame Game
Charlie Winters, a Vietnam veteran, has blamed his mother for 30 years for being chained to the family business and not being able to go to college. While visiting his mother at the nursing home, she asks him for a hug which he refuses. Shortly thereafter, his mom slips into a coma and Charlie himself is killed while chasing skateboarders away from his store. Charlie is given a second chance to go back as a traveling salesman with the goal of convincing his younger self to pursue his dreams and go to college.moreless

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    Sandi Ross

    Sandi Ross

    Mrs. Kate Winters

    Guest Star

    Merwin Mondesir

    Merwin Mondesir

    Young Charlie Winters

    Guest Star

    Polly Bergen

    Polly Bergen

    Judge Deborah

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Charlie Winters: Hey, I know you. You're the new nurse who came into my mother's room to take her blood pressure.
        Mr. Smith: That's right.
        Charlie Winters: She said death was in the room and then she pointed at you. It's all perfectly clear. You made a simple mistake. You were supposed to take my mother but you took me instead. I'm sure it happens to the best of angels. So why don't we just turn around and go back? I mean, who's to know, right? No harm, no foul. What do you say?
        Mr. Smith: I'm not an angel and I didn't make a mistake.

      • Charlie Summers: It's not enough that I have 72 hours to turn my destiny around, I've got to be a skateboard salesman?
        Mr. Jones: That was His idea.
        Charlie Summers: His? He's got a great sense of humor.

      • Charlie Summers: (to his younger self) The Army makes decisions for you. It's time for you to start making some decisions for yourself.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Al Waxman does not appear in this episode. His place is taken by Judge Deborah, played by Polly Bergen. Polly would again play Judge Deborah in the episode Blood Brothers, which aired right after this one.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Deborah
        As Charlie knows, Deborah is an Old Testament prophet and judge who leads the Israelites into battle against the Canaanites. Her story is told in Chapters 4 and 5 of the Book of Judges.

      • No harm, no foul
        This term originates from basketball and means that if a player commits a foul that has no impact on the play, it should not be called a foul.