Once And Again

The WORST episodes of Once And Again

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

A divorced father and a soon-to-be divorced mother meet and begin a romantic courtship which is always complicated by their respective children and their own life problems.

Last Updated: 5/17/2022Network: ABC (US)
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The Ex-Files
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6.50
4 votes

#1 - The Ex-Files

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 1/16/2001

Being divorced means Karen and Rick must both go to Eli's weekend basketball tournament, creating some awkward moments for them.

Directors: Robert Black
Pictures
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6.67
6 votes

#2 - Pictures

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/3/2005

Amid complete chaos, a surprise Christmas Eve delivery of Tiffany and Jake's baby unites the Manning and Sammler families like never before. Meanwhile, Judy's first encounter with Sam's eleven-year-old son doesn't go very smoothly.

Directors: Dan Lerner
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Cat-In-Hat
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6.75
4 votes

#3 - Cat-In-Hat

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/23/2005

Karen pushes herself far beyond her comfort zone when her involvement with Leo becomes more serious. Eli plays his parents against each other in order to get into a bar to see his friends' band play. He gets in trouble when he sees his mother, and she sees him, there. Rick finds out that Karen said no and Eli didn't tell him that, getting Eli in trouble with Rick as well.

Directors: Claudia Weill
Feast or Famine
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6.75
4 votes

#4 - Feast or Famine

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/22/2005

It's Thanksgiving and that means both the Sammler's and Manning's get together for dinner, whether they want to be there or not. It turns out that the two mothers get along quite well. It's Rick and his mom that have issues. She questions whether Rick knows that his children aren't doing as well as he would like to think. Barbara sees her son Aaron for the first time since Phil's funeral.

Directors: Claudia Weill
Ozymandias 2.0
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6.75
4 votes

#5 - Ozymandias 2.0

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/25/2005

Changes in the design of Miles' building that Rick's firm are designing means a dinner meeting for Rick - and a reluctant Lily -- with Miles and important clients. When Lily puts her two cents worth in at the dinner, it makes for an awkward evening for Rick.

Directors: Michael Engler
Learner's Permit
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6.75
4 votes

#6 - Learner's Permit

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/27/2005

Grace gets her learner's permit. She has a crush on Pace, a boy from her driver's education class, who seems oblivious to her feelings. So she goes out with Paces' annoying friend, Spencer, in an attempt to maybe make Pace jealous enough and have him ask her out. The date is a disaster. Tiffany breaks up with Jake when it becomes clear to her that their relationship wasn't going to go beyond the physical attraction.

Directors: Dan Lerner
Mediation
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7.00
7 votes

#7 - Mediation

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/6/2001

Jake and Lily begin mediating their divorce, and the future of the house hangs in the balance. Meanwhile, Rick struggles with a demanding client, complicating his partnership with David. At Jennifer's insistence, Grace fills in as an English tutor for Eli, and the two discuss Lily and Rick's recent breakup. Rick arrives at a decision regarding his future with Lily.

Directors: Peter Horton
Daddy's Girl
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7.00
5 votes

#8 - Daddy's Girl

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 4/8/2005

Lily hires a divorce attorney. The last straw is after Jake reneges on his promise not to max out their credit card. She finds this out after it's rejected at a store. Grace meets a boy who seems to think like her.

Directors: Barnet Kellman
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Unfinished Business
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7.00
5 votes

#9 - Unfinished Business

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/11/2005

Lily and her family cope with a life-altering accident.

Directors: Edward Zwick
Strangers and Brothers
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7.00
3 votes

#10 - Strangers and Brothers

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/12/2005

Aaron proves to be a source of comfort and renewal for the Manning family; Lily gains ground in the divorce proceedings.

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My Brilliant Career
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7.00
5 votes

#11 - My Brilliant Career

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/14/2005

Lily's new job helps her put her priorities in order. While talking to Grace, Tiffany lets it slip that her relationship with Jake started BEFORE Lily and Jake split up, possibly altering her relationship with her father forever.

Directors: Dan Lerner
Life Out Of Balance
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7.00
4 votes

#12 - Life Out Of Balance

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/28/2005

Lily thinks she might be pregnant, and the reaction she gets from Rick wasn't what she was hoping for. She begins to think that he's not who she thought he was. Grace has an accident in Rick's vehicle after being distracted spotting Carla and Eli together. So Grace starts to rethink her opinion of Carla. The episode ends with Rick and Lily making up, and Eli and Carla in the back seat of a car...

Directors: Arvin Brown
Scribbling Rivalry
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7.00
3 votes

#13 - Scribbling Rivalry

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/29/2005

Layoffs at her workplace make Lily even uneasier there. But the new management consultant reverses those firings, putting Christie on edge and making Lily look foolish for speaking up at a staff meeting. Christie fires Lily for meeting with Graham behind her back. Judy accuses Lily of taking her BookLovers idea and using it for the magazine at work. Zoe feels abandoned because Grace doesn't want to baby-sit and stay home all of the time. In the end, the investors liked Graham's presentation, and Grace and Zoe (and Lily and Judy) make peace with each other.

Directors: James Eckhouse
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Love's Laborers' Lost
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7.00
2 votes

#14 - Love's Laborers' Lost

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/2/2005

Judy finds herself drawn between two men: the intellectually stimulating Paul, and the physically stimulating Will. Eli grows tired of Carla always wanting to get into trouble.

Directors: Michael Engler
A Dream Deferred
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7.14
7 votes

#15 - A Dream Deferred

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/9/2001

Lily faces the reality of being on her own and Judy begins to pull away from her Lily. This happens after Rick offers to remodel the bookstore and Judy feels like the ""odd man out"" because Lily and Rick's relationship, she feels, leaves her little time to spend with Lily.

Directors: Scott Winant
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Wake Up, Little Susie
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7.20
5 votes

#16 - Wake Up, Little Susie

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/19/2005

Lily and Rick try to blend their families together, but it doesn't go smoothly. Jesse has trouble adjusting to high school.

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The Past is Prologue
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7.33
6 votes

#17 - The Past is Prologue

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 1/23/2001

Lily and Rick deal with the ghosts of their failed marriages. Rick's becoming consumed with a project at work triggers Lily's memories of Jake doing the same thing in their marriage, causing its downfall. Meanwhile, Eli's frustration with his schoolwork reaches new depths.

Kind of Blue
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7.33
6 votes

#18 - Kind of Blue

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/25/2005

Sam returns to town, further complicating the lives of Judy, Lily, and Rick. Sam wants to hire Rick to be the architect for a project he has. Judy, however, wants to hire Rick to redo her bookstore. Colin is agitated over Sam's inability to produce any sketches. Jake grows increasingly worried with the impending arrival of his and Tiffany's baby. Fearing he's having an anxiety attack, Judy tells him to go see her doctor. Colin gives Rick an ultimatum: Sam better produce some sketches, or else Rick and Sam will be fired. So Rick lets Sam know how serious the situation is. Jake's test results are clean and Sam comes through. Sam and Judy agree that now isn't the right time for them to be together.

Directors: Peter Horton
A Door, About to Open
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7.40
5 votes

#19 - A Door, About to Open

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/18/2005

Lily says that the kids in the two families should meet. So they schedule a night for that. Zoe is concerned about the environment. Grace again has conflicting feelings about Eli. Jennifer reveals to Grace that Cassidy is cheating on Eli. Grace is hesitant about telling Eli this information. Two of Cassidy's friends, Rachel and Lisa, warn Grace not to tell Eli what's going on (or else!). Naomi starts a book group and invites Karen, instead of Lily to be in the group because she feels that she and Lily have been drifting apart. Miles lets it be known to Rick that he doesn't want David involved on his project. Work pressures threaten to unravel Lily's plans for the meeting and they leave Rick on edge. Judy and Karen have a heart-to-heart in the bookstore about their two families. Eli finds out for himself that Cassidy's been cheating on him. Pressure from Miles forces Rick to cancel the dinner. A passage from the book the group is reading makes everything clear to Lily and Rick and Karen

Directors: Dan Lerner
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Thanksgiving
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7.50
8 votes

#20 - Thanksgiving

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 2/6/2001

Lily's father decides to invite Jake to Thanksgiving at Lily's house against her wishes. Her father has difficulty in deciding whose side of the divorce to support.

Directors: Claudia Weill
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The Gingerbread House
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7.50
6 votes

#21 - The Gingerbread House

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/27/2001

Lily tells Jake she wants a divorce, and tells Rick about her one-night stand with Jake. Rick can't forgive her, putting their future in jeopardy.

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Letting Go
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7.50
6 votes

#22 - Letting Go

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/15/2005

When Judy's continuing affair with Sam is discovered, she takes steps to prevent any more pain from entering her life. Lily realizes just how much she's taken Rick for granted when he's sick in the hospital. Grace continues to have difficulty with accepting her father's past infidelity.

Directors: Peter Horton
Thieves Like Us
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7.60
5 votes

#23 - Thieves Like Us

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/3/2005

Jessie's glitter is missing, and Grace and Carla are the prime suspects. Rick discovers some unsettling news about both sides of his project with Miles. Evidence is discovered concerning Jessie's progress in therapy.

Directors: Claudia Weill
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Suspicion
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7.60
5 votes

#24 - Suspicion

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/4/2005

Jesse doesn't want to go to a dance by herself, which frustrates Karen because they bought a dress for it. Christie and Graham continue to clash at work. Karen's worried that her relationship with Leo isn't building towards something. Lily is uncomfortable with Graham's flirting and when she goes to establish that their relationship is purely a working one, he confesses his feelings for her. Rick interrupts him before anything else can happen. When she tells Christie, Christie basically tells her it's no big deal. Later, Graham kisses Lily unexpectedly. When Leo shows up late for a museum trip with Jesse, Karen is really upset with Leo because she knows that Leo means a lot to Jesse. She finally decides to break up with him. Lily angrily confronts Graham about it, with Christie present.

Directors: James Eckhouse
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Jake and the Women
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7.60
5 votes

#25 - Jake and the Women

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/30/2005

The women (and Grace and Zoe) want to hold a baby shower for Tiffany. This doesn't excite Jake. He doesn't want Grace - and especially Zoe - to have expectations about him and Tiffany. So Jake discourages the idea of having Zoe at the shower. So she calls Lily to cancel the shower, which upsets Zoe. Jake tells Tiffany that she shouldn't go home to have the baby just because of him and Zoe. Lily convinces Tiffany to have the baby in Chicago and to have the shower also. Jake wants Lily to butt out of ""his business"", but because the kids are involved, he relents. Judy goes to her doctor to see how many ""baby years"" she has left. She even tells Lily that she's considering in-vitro fertilization. Zoe is upset over Jake's seeming indifference about his upcoming baby. Jake goes ballistic in front of all the women and kids when he and Zoe get home and the ladies discover that he didn't get a gift. Lily reassures Jake that he is still a good father despite his outburst. Jake does g

Directors: Mark Piznarski
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