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25 August 1999 (USA) See more »
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The inspiring and provocative series is back for a second season tapping into the universal fantasy:... See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 51)
Al Waxman ... Judge Othniel / ... (42 episodes, 1999-2001)
Gordie Brown ... Mr. Jones / ... (22 episodes, 1999-2000)

Paul Popowich ... Mr. Smith / ... (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
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Series Directed by
David Winning (11 episodes, 1999-2001)
Holly Dale (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
Allan King (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Manfred Guthe (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Graeme Campbell (3 episodes, 1999)
Eleanor Lindo (3 episodes, 1999)
Steve DiMarco (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Graeme Lynch (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Alan Goluboff (2 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Writing credits
Steve Sohmer (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Pamela K. Long (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Marcy Vosburgh (4 episodes, 1999-2001)
Neil Landau (3 episodes, 2000-2001)
Star Frohman (3 episodes, 2000)
James Kramer (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brenda Lilly (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Liz Coe (2 episodes, 1999)
Randy Brown (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Michael Quill (2 episodes, 2000)
Mike Scott (2 episodes, 2000)
Robert Wolterstorff (2 episodes, 2000)
Suzanne Marcus Levine (1 episode, 2000-2001)

Series Produced by
Michael Prupas .... executive producer (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Marilyn Stonehouse .... producer (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Stephen Brackley .... executive producer / producer (32 episodes, 1999-2001)
Barney Rosenzweig .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Pamela K. Long .... executive producer (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Michael J. Maschio .... producer (21 episodes, 1999-2000)
Deborah Nathan .... producer (11 episodes, 2000)
Paul Leishman .... producer (9 episodes, 2000-2001)
Paula Smith .... producer (4 episodes, 1999)

James Kramer .... consulting producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Marvin Dolgay (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Glenn Morley (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Cinematography by
Maris H. Jansons (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Manfred Guthe (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Harald Ortenburger (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Film Editing by
Jean Coulombe (23 episodes, 1999-2001)
Eric Goddard (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
Brett Sullivan (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Rob MacKinnon (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
 
Series Casting by
Clare Walker (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mark Tillman (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mary Jo Slater (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Greer (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Eve Brandstein (2 episodes, 1999)
Paul Weber (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Production Design by
David M. Davis (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Rolf Harvey (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
 
Series Art Direction by
Stephen Stanley (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Mike Harris (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Zeljka Alosinac (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
 
Series Costume Design by
Lynne MacKay (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Makeup Department
Marilyn Terry .... makeup artist (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jeanette Stawiarski .... assistant hair stylist (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Carol Marinoff .... hair stylist (20 episodes, 2000-2001)
Burton J. LeBlanc .... assistant makeup artist (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Reeve .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kelly Baker .... hair stylist (9 episodes, 1999-2000)
Divyo Rae Putney .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 2000)

Amanda Terry .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Joanne Jackson .... production manager (38 episodes, 1999-2001)
Gaby Harper .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Avi Federgreen .... assistant production manager / production manager (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Nancy E. Mullins .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 2000-2001)

Timothy O. Johnson .... executive in charge of production (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robyn Basian .... first assistant director (22 episodes, 1999-2001)
Melinda Ramsay .... second assistant director (14 episodes, 2000-2001)
Aline Robichaud .... second assistant director (11 episodes, 2000-2001)
Joanne Tickle .... second assistant director (7 episodes, 1999)
Marek Posival .... first assistant director (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Penny Stiles .... first assistant director / second assistant director (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Ani Baravyan .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael J. Bowman .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2000)
Avrel Fisher .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1999)
Andrea McCabe .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1999)
Patrick Murphy .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Yolanda Graci .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Scott Clevely .... trainee assistant director: daily (2 episodes, 2000-2001)

G. Michael Currie .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Marina Giokas .... daily trainee assistant director (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Haufler .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Michal Page .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
Garfield Russell .... third assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Rossana DeCampo .... key scenic artist (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mark Harman .... property master (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mark Thomson .... construction coordinator (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Alan Tremaine .... head carpenter (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jean-Pierre Charbonneau .... construction coordinator (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Richard McStay .... head carpenter (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Jak Oliver .... key scenic artist (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Laura Moneta .... scenic artist (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Theresa Buckley .... property master (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Robert Hicks .... property master (10 episodes, 2000-2001)
Peter King .... scenic artist (4 episodes, 1999)

Sean McLoughlin .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Joe Bracciale .... dialogue editor (39 episodes, 1999-2001)
Allen Ormerod .... sound re-recording mixer (31 episodes, 1999-2001)
Andrew Bray .... sound effects editor (30 episodes, 1999-2001)
Scott Shepherd .... sound re-recording mixer (30 episodes, 1999-2001)
Tom Mather .... sound mixer (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Steve Baine .... foley artist (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Henry Embry .... sound mixer (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Nelson Ferreira .... dialogue editor (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Pat Cassin .... boom operator (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Gary Daprato .... foley artist (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Gabriel .... adr recordist (11 episodes, 1999-2000)
Steve Switzer .... boom operator (11 episodes, 2000)
Colin Jones .... boom operator (10 episodes, 1999-2001)
Dave Moffat .... sound effects editor (8 episodes, 1999-2000)
Moshe Saadon .... boom operator (8 episodes, 2000-2001)
Todd Warren .... sound re-recording mixer (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Andrew Tay .... sound re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Marvyn Dennis .... dialogue editor (5 episodes, 1999)
Bruce Fleming .... sound re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 1999)
Steve Foster .... sound re-recording mixer (5 episodes, 1999)
Elius Caruso .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 2000)

Mike Welker .... trainee assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
Laird McMurray .... special effects coordinator (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mark Lawton .... special effects (10 episodes, 2000)
David Moffat .... special effects editor (3 episodes, 1999)

Jon Davis .... special effects technician (unknown episodes)
Stani Veselinovic .... on set key (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Mark Savela .... visual effects supervisor (23 episodes, 1999-2000)
Tavia Charlton .... visual effects coordinator (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mario Antognetti .... visual effects supervisor (16 episodes, 2000-2001)
Ray McMillan .... visual effects supervisor (5 episodes, 2000-2001)

Rick Smith .... digital compositor (unknown episodes)
Rainy Venne .... compositor (unknown episodes)
George L. Wright .... compositor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Regan Moore .... stunt rigger / stunt double / ... (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Shelley Cook .... stunt coordinator (42 episodes, 1999-2001)
Billy Oliver .... stunt double / stunt rigger (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Sue Parker .... stunt double / stunt double: Camilla (9 episodes, 1999-2001)
Paul Rutledge .... stunt double / stunt actor (8 episodes, 2000-2001)
John Stoneham Sr. .... stunt coordinator / stunt double / ... (7 episodes, 1999-2001)
Bryan Thomas .... stunt double (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Edward A. Queffelec .... stunt double / stunt driver (4 episodes, 1999-2001)
Alison Reid .... stunt double (4 episodes, 1999-2001)
Dwayne McLean .... stunt double / stunt coordinator / ... (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Len Wagner .... stunt double (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Nick Nolan .... stunt double / stunt driver (3 episodes, 2000)
Ron Bell .... stunt double / stunt driver (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mike Gow .... stunt double (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Patrick Mark .... stunt double / stunt performer (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
John Stoneham Jr. .... stunt double (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jamie Jones .... stunt double (2 episodes, 1999)
C.J. Fidler .... stunt double / stunt double: Rachel (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Rick Parker .... stunt double / stunt performer (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Curtis Parker .... stunt double (2 episodes, 2000)

Scott Alan Cook .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Layton Morrison .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Marc Lougheed .... electrician (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
J.P. Locherer .... camera operator (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Monty Montgomerie .... key grip (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Geoff Preston .... electrician (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mark Dufour .... key grip (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
David Kellner .... gaffer (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kevin Barnes .... best boy electric (20 episodes, 2000-2001)
William Engel .... grip (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Harald Ortenburger .... camera operator (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Roddy Kosub .... gaffer (13 episodes, 2000-2001)
Kevin Alanthwaite .... gaffer (9 episodes, 2000)
John Irwin .... generator operator (9 episodes, 2000)
Andy Chmura .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bernie Branston .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1999)
Kevin Jewison .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1999)
Richard Teodorczyk .... key grip (2 episodes, 1999)
Jeremy Benning .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2000)

Rocky Brown .... crane grip (unknown episodes)
Michael Fylyshtan .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Steve Kolodziej .... 24 frame video operator (unknown episodes)
Ari Magder .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Marcus Paletta .... grip (unknown episodes)
Richard Wilmot .... Steadicam operator / camera operator: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Maxine Guess .... casting assistant (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Rita Bertucci .... extras casting director (39 episodes, 1999-2001)
Krisztina M. Neglia .... extras casting (5 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stacia Bon .... assistant set supervisor / wardrobe supervisor (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Vickey Saito .... assistant costume designer (41 episodes, 1999-2001)
Gail Filman .... wardrobe supervisor (33 episodes, 1999-2001)
Stacey Coker .... wardrobe supervisor (10 episodes, 1999-2000)
Richard Krough .... wardrobe supervisor (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Patricia Hanley Cumming .... wardrobe supervisor (4 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Editorial Department
Colin Kish .... assistant editor (32 episodes, 1999-2001)
Roby Kid .... colorist (14 episodes, 2000-2001)
Daria Korolus .... post-production coordinator (8 episodes, 2000)
Jean Coulombe .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
 
Series Music Department
Guido Basso .... musician: trumpet solo (1 episode, 2001)
Vern Dorg .... musician: saxophone solo (1 episode, 2001)
Mark Skazinetsky .... musician: violin solo (1 episode, 2001)
 
Series Transportation Department
Tim Hilts .... transportation coordinator (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Michael Corazza .... transportation co-captain (22 episodes, 2000-2001)

Wayne Ireland .... head driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Saverina Allevato .... script supervisor (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Arthur Evrensel .... legal counsel (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Anna Beben .... production coordinator (35 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jane Douglas .... production accountant (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Avi Federgreen .... location manager (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Pamela K. Long .... creative consultant (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Andrea H. Greaney .... production accountant (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Neil Landau .... executive script editor (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Christopher Rose .... key location production assistant (20 episodes, 2000-2001)
Keith Park .... assistant location manager (19 episodes, 2000-2001)
James Kramer .... executive script editor (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Alex McNaughton .... location manager (11 episodes, 2000-2001)
Daria Korolus .... assistant to producer (10 episodes, 1999)
Barbara Pullan .... location manager (10 episodes, 2000-2001)
Adrian Sheepers .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 1999)
Brett Miller .... assistant location manager (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Wayne Pells .... script supervisor: second unit (3 episodes, 1999)

Gordon Farr .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Pamela Hackwell .... contact lens technician (unknown episodes)
Lisa Levy .... assistant story editor (unknown episodes)
David Smukler .... dialect coach (unknown episodes)
Phil Stephens .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Warner Strauss .... assistant location manager (unknown episodes)
Douglas Thompson .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
David Winning .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Al Waxman .... in memory of (1 episode, 2001)
 

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Choice (episode #44) and Al Waxman (1935-2001), 3 October 2002
Author: Liron Dorfman from Kiryat Motzkin, Israel

I've just finished watching what I believe was the last episode of "Twice in a Lifetime". At the end of what seems to be a regular episode (though "regular" may not be the right word, since each episode in this series is different than the other and unique), Judge Othneil's reflection appears in the dark skies. Othneil, played by Albert Waxman, repeats few sentences he had said during the episode: "Why do the good die young? That should have been asked countless times." Another quote from the episode follows immediately: Othneil is told "You were quite a warier" and he answers "I had my days". Then few words appear: "In loving memory ; Al Waxman ; 1935-2001". Well, 66 is considered young nowaday.

I must tell you that I was quite astonished. I ran to the computer and entered IMDB where in Al Waxman's page I found out that he passed away during heart surgery. Now I was totally surprised - The episode was dealing with a person who has heart problems. The question is whether he should or should not pass ("again") a difficult open-heart surgery, when we know that the previous one did not succeed and left him with a permanent brain damage. At the end, during the actual surgery, it is seemed at first that the person who has undergone the operation has died. If it is true that stage actors' eternal wish is to die on stage during a play, this was quite an impressive way to say goodbye to an actor in a TV series, especially in one where he plays God's representative, dealing with life and death issues.

Without Judge Othneil, there can be no "Twice in a Lifetime", so this is clearly the end of the show (even though the writers managed to switch Mr. Jones with Mr. Smith between the first and the second season, so they can always bring in another figure instead, using any lame excuse, the way they did it in two episodes in the first season). While writing, it was now reminded to me that this was the only episode when a person on the "second-life" believes Smith is actually an angel, and at the end, Mr. Smith almost admits he is (when we, the audience, know that becoming an angel is actually his true wish since episode 1 and Othinel has been telling Smith few times in the last episodes that he is improving). I guess things get new meanings in perspective.

Now I have a question and if someone can answer it I would be really grateful: How could the screenwriters create such a great final episode? Had they first shoot one episode and then, when Waxman died, re-edited it? The editing of the repeating last sentences by Othneil was great, but for taking these two parts from the episode, they should have filmed him saying them at first; Have the producers planned to finish the show then, knowing that he may die soon?

One last thing: this whole issue reminds me the way the Drama teacher from "Fame" left that series during the eighties. Since the actor knew he was going to die, it was arranged in one of the episodes that the class would say good-bye to their teacher who had retired. At the last scene, when all the students hugged him, they cried. The actors have said later on, that these were real tears, knowing their partners condition.

Liron Dorfman, ISRAEL

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