25 August 1999
After falling to sleep drunk and smoking, a woman has a chance to change her life and curb her drinking.
1 September 1999
An IRS agent gets to change his younger self so he doesn't follow rules so closely and spends more time with his family.
8 September 1999
Sent back as a nurse a former doctor starts to attract her younger husband and wants to go out on a date with him.
15 September 1999
A woman must convince her younger self to stop smoking.
22 September 1999
Now a waitress one woman convinces her younger self to not give up on becoming a photographer.
29 September 1999
A man blames his mother for not going to college.
13 October 1999
A man goes back to take the blame for a crime his brother started.
27 October 1999
A teacher hardened by life is given a second chance to go back.
3 November 1999
A lawyer goes back to defend her younger self.
10 November 1999
Peter Hogan, a mall developer, sold out his architectural career and copped out on the true love of his life for a shot at some real money. When he runs himself to death, he gets a second chance, thanks to Judge Othniel and is sent back to earth as a priest on a mission!
17 November 1999
A prejudice lawyer is sent back as a Puerto Rican cop to learn a lesson.
24 November 1999
A singer is sent back to discover what she really wanted out of life.
1 December 1999
An ex-tennis player is sent back to convince her younger self to find love.
15 December 1999
As a doctor a woman tries to bring her father back into her life.
12 January 2000
A man is sent back to keep his former girlfriend from overdosing and to keep him writing his music.
Season 1, Episode 16: Take Two2 February 2000
An actress is sent back to an early audition that she thinks affected her whole life.
9 February 2000
Single mother Sophie Price has made a fortune on a cookie recipe and the resulting business. However she was only able to make this fortune because of the fortune she stole. In 1991, her adolescent son, Sean, witnessed a drug take-down and took the briefcase carrying the $200,000 drug money to his mother to turn in. Sophie instead decided to keep the money. Although that decision resulted in her being able to launch her cookie business, she started emotionally neglecting Sean as she was focused on the business and quest for more money. It made Sean depressed and sullen as a child and rebellious as a teenager. Further, Sgt. Selden Nichols, the police officer in charge of the drug take-down, was accused of stealing the money, that accusation which was a cloud over his pristine record. Othniel sends her back as Barbara Nash, Sean's new nanny. However, Othniel doesn't send her back to the time when Sean found the money, but six months afterward. This way, Othniel can see if Barbara/Sophie truly regrets stealing the money as she will now have to convince her younger self to return it after the fact.
Season 1, Episode 18: Old Flames16 February 2000
Married to Barry Lewis, Edwina Lewis was a philanthropist and faithful to her husband. But she always wondered if their friend, Dr. Hugh Janyk - a man she worked with in Doctors Without Borders - was the one she should have been with. Hugh had always felt the same, ever since the opportunity arose twenty years earlier at a dinner party, when Barry was not present, for the two to begin a romantic liaison. Although Mr. Jones cannot believe that Othniel would sanction adultery, Othniel does send Edwina back to that dinner party as the maid working the party to see if Hugh was indeed the one she should have been with. Othniel believes that Edwina needs to find her true love.
1 March 2000
Straight-laced Ron Taylor is feeling under-appreciated at work, despite his dedication and commitment. He hates his job in part because of the treatment he receives. But his hard work, and that of his wife Tammy, resulted in their daughter, Caitlin, being neglected as she was growing up. Seventeen year old Caitlin, who developed late as a child, is now pregnant, dating a loser named Meat and speaks with a stutter. Ron in part blames Tammy for Caitlin's poor upbringing, as Ron wanted Tammy to be a stay at home mom. But in death, Ron solely wishes that he could have given Caitlin a happier life. Judge Othniel gives Ron a second chance to at least try and carry out his wish. To when Caitlin was five and still not yet speaking, Othniel sends Ron back as Handy Randy, a grungy handyman. As Randy, Ron believes he can achieve his wish by convincing Tammy and his younger self to spend less resulting in Tammy not needing to work. As Randy spends time with Caitlin and sees Tammy at work, he comes to a different conclusion about what is best for Caitlin and the entire family.
8 March 2000
Blair Wilson is an unwed mother whose daughter Chloe has been taken away from her since she is seen as an unfit mother due to her partying ways and alcohol abuse. Maureen Wilson, Blair's mother, is also an alcoholic. Chloe's biological father, Kevin Pappas, was killed in a car accident ten years earlier, Blair's mother who was driving. Kevin's mother blames Blair for his death. Blair blames her mother as she is certain she was drunk at the time. As Blair decides to fight for her daughter despite not taking any responsibility for the way her life turned out, Othniel sends Blair back as a friend that Blair needed: as Polly Murtaugh, a social worker. However the year is 1990 - eight hours before Kevin's death - and the case Polly is working on is that of her mother as social services took Blair away when she was a teenager. As Polly does whatever she can for Maureen from making that fateful drive, Polly inadvertently causes another tragedy. It isn't until Blair as Polly admits that her alcohol abuse was the cause of many of her own problems that Blair can move to saving her own life.
10 May 2000
Moments before he accidentally dies, songwriter Tom Lasky comes home and as usual dismisses his crazy next door neighbor, Harry. Tom's mother Bess wants Tom to look after Harry as a brother outside of the institutional world. Tom instead calls the authorities to have Harry taken away to the psychiatric hospital, a move Harry begs him not to do as he knows he cannot survive in such places. Bess had always been a mother to "lost souls" which Tom resents. Tom also thinks his mother is unappreciated by those she helped. In part because of Bess' prayers for her son and the need to keep Harry out of the institutional system, Othniel decides to give Tom a second chance to save both his own life and that of Harry. Othniel sends Tom back as a homeless man who lives outside of Tom's apartment building just prior to Tom's telephone call to the authorities. As a homeless man, Tom is sent to the psychiatric institution with Harry. Tom is initially only concerned with saving his own life, but time, and getting to know Bess' motivations and Harry as a person may help Tom to change his attitude toward those around him.
8 April 2000
Seventeen year old Sam Ryder lives with his fourteen year old sister, Angel, and father. Sam's mother died twelve years earlier, or so his father told him. However, Sam sees a missing child photograph of himself and Angel, the names associated with the photographs being Jordan Curtis and Christina Curtis. Sam knows that his real name was Jordan Curtis and wonders if his mother is the one looking for him and his sister. Once he finds out about the missing child photographs, Sam's father wants the family to move again and change their names. This action makes Sam think that perhaps their father has not been truthful to them all these years, saying that their mother was a drug addict who had criminals after her and them. Sam makes an uncompleted call to the authorities to find out about the missing children. The call is uncompleted as Sam seems content with his father's stories that their mother was an unloving woman who abandoned them. Sam shields Angel from his own thoughts on what is reality, but he knows that Angel has not been happy her entire life. Othniel sends Sam back to a time following the uncompleted call to see if he will indeed make the decision to find out for sure the truth behind his mother. Sam, a clean cut teenager, is sent back as Kirk Ivers, a punk rocker transfer student. As Kirk, Sam learns the truth of his mother and that his father had indeed lied their entire lives about her, but regaining a relationship with her is not going to be as easy as convincing Sam that she is who she is.
20 August 2000
Paramedic and fireman Ray Patterson pulls a man out of a burning church, the body which was underneath a statue of a guardian angel. The man does not survive. In death, the man cannot remember who he is, and in life the body had no identification. Othniel dubs him "Mr. Smith". The fire chief recovers a lighter from the fire scene, Ray who knows to whom the lighter belongs: his father, taken by his delinquent sixteen year old son, Ritchie. Before Ray can approach Ritchie, Ritchie fires a gunshot through the closed door, on the other side being Ray. Ray dies from his gunshot wound. Although an accident, Ritchie and his mother, Lindsay, lie to the police about the nature of the gunshot. Mr. Smith is directed by Othniel to be Ray's guide in the afterlife, Mr. Smith's mission from God for his own possible redemption to a second life. Ray was a good man, but needs a second chance to change the course that Ritchie took into delinquency. Ray sees that turning point as being a fight in which Ritchie was involved four years earlier, one for which his parents covered up Ritchie's involvement and for which Ritchie never took any responsibility or thus learned the consequences of his actions. Ray is sent back to the day before the fight as Dr. Goode, Ritchie's substitute psychiatrist, Mr. Smith his nurse. As Dr. Goode, Ray learns that Ritchie had been feeling unloved by Ray for quite some time prior to the fight and had been overcoming his loneliness through illicit drug use. Ray also learns that although he was a good and brave man to the public, he was a non-existent husband and father, whereas Lindsay was Ritchie's enabler as a surrogate for Ray's non-presence. Ray not only has to try and stop Ritchie from getting into that fight, but also to change his and Lindsay's own attitudes about family and love. Meanwhile, Smith learns that his mission for God before his final judgment is extended, but he's not sure what he needs to accomplish before this judgment is made.
30 August 2000
Nancy Waldron is a stereotypical reclusive, crazy "cat lady". She blames the state of her life on her upbringing at the Pentwater Orphanage under the strict eye of Miss Hannah Steele, the Negro administrator of mostly Caucasian children. Nancy became attached to cats because besides Miss Hannah, there were no other constants in her life at the orphanage. To teach Nancy how to love her fellow man, Othniel sends her back thirty-seven years to the orphanage when she was a child. She is returned as Peggy McIntyre, the new matron of the orphanage under Miss Hannah's supervision. Nancy doesn't remember some of her childhood including the attentive friendship of Billy, the handyman's son. Although Nancy, as Peggy, learns the reasons behind Miss Hannah's action, she still tries to circumvent Miss Hannah's decision not to place Nancy in what Peggy sees as a fairy-tale adoption. But ultimately Nancy, as Peggy, coaxes out of Miss Hannah a woman who will change Nancy's life. Meanwhile, Smith thinks that Gabe, another one of the children at the orphanage, may have the answers as to his own identity.
6 September 2000
Rhonda Finkelstein has instilled in her daughter, Molly, a hatred for men because of her own failed marriage; Rhonda's husband, Ira, walked out on her when Molly was a child. Because of this hatred, Molly, now an adult, does not know how to love. Othniel will give Rhonda a second chance only if she can help Molly find a man who will love her and who will love her back. Othniel sends Rhonda back three years earlier as Sadie Arnstein, the manager of a video dating service. In her capacity as Sadie, Rhonda learns that Molly can only find true love if Rhonda herself first shows her what true love is.
Season 2, Episode 4: Curveball13 September 2000
With his father Ben and mother Julie watching, Max Bogart is practicing his batting in preparation for the Little League World Series. Max is not having fun because of the pressure Ben is placing on him - Ben's view is to win at all cost - and because of the arguments between Ben and Julie from this pressure. Ben is always telling his son of his winning hit during the big game when he was a child. Both Ben and Max are hit in the head by a baseball, Max the one who doesn't make it. Max proclaims that he wished he'd never been born or that in another life he didn't have to play baseball. Othniel decides Max has to make peace with his father. Max is sent back to 1976 when Ben himself was a Little Leaguer preparing for the World Series, Max the team bat boy. Max sees that his father is having as difficult a time with his own father as Max had with his dad. Ben's father had the exact same win at all cost attitude, which drove his wife away. Max has to try and break the cycle of abuse within the Bogart family.
23 September 2000
Officer Danny Payello is a second generation police officer, his father, Russ, who still is on active duty. Danny is a dirty cop who has been taking kickbacks and falsifying evidence among other bad deeds. Othniel decides that Danny can redeem himself if he goes back to that defining moment in his life and resultantly alter what was his misdirected path toward bad. Othniel sends him back ten years prior when he took his first bribe, but sends him back as Detective Phillip Barbosa with Internal Affairs. Although Barbosa is able to convince Danny not to take that initial bribe, the pressures facing Danny to be a crooked cop are more extreme than Danny originally knew. Taking the right path in life may place Danny in danger.
11 October 2000
Mark and Mindy Posey are married psychotherapists who own a joint practice, but who could use some marriage counseling of their own. They are on the brink of divorce. Othniel can see that despite their outward problems, they still have true love for each other in their hearts. He sends them back to the start of their troubles - their honeymoon. They are Ralph and Alice Bliss, the managers of Swept Away, the hotel where they had their honeymoon. Although Mark and Mindy knew that each became angry with the other during the honeymoon, it's not until they look on as Ralph and Alice that they learn that each was upset about a secret kept by the other. However when the older Mark and Mindy realize they really do love each other, it may be too late for the younger Mark and Mindy. But it's not over until the Fat Lady sings.
18 October 2000
Tony Tremaine spent sixteen years on death row and was ultimately executed for the murder of his sister, Vicki Tremaine, who was at the time his only living family. Tony, aka the Amazing Tremaine, was a magician who specialized in escape artistry. Tony was destined for professional greatness, despite languishing in his magic act at a local club which featured Vicki as his assistant. Vicki on the other hand, had a possessive attitude toward her brother and wanted to continue only working at the club without moving the act forward. Vicki is found stabbed to death on stage during one of their routines that used a dagger, the dagger being the murder weapon on which solely had Tony's fingerprints. While on death row, Tony shut out the rest of the world, including his girlfriend, Didi. Despite Tony professing to be an atheist, Othniel sends Tony back to the time just prior to Vicki's murder, Tony as the club's security guard, Phil Barlow. As Phil, Tony's task is to find Vicki's true murderer so as to be able to stop Vicki's murder altogether and thus save Tony's own life. Smith knows that the murder was an inside job. The suspects include Didi with whom Vicki had a longstanding feud regarding Vicki and Tony's relationship; Jacques, a fellow magician at the club; Wally Phipps, the club owner and emcee; and Carothers, the stage janitor. This assignment is equally difficult for Smith, who is attracted to Vicki, the woman with the dazzling smile.
Season 2, Episode 8: Expose25 October 2000
A once aspiring serious journalist, Kat Lopez is now a sleazy tabloid journalist, happy with the money she is making. Her reporting has ruined many a career, the first among that list being Dorothy Ireland, once a famous actress who Kat reported of having a lesbian relationship with her personal assistant, Anna. Othniel sends Kat back to the beginning of her tabloid life as Gloria Rodriguez, Dorothy's personal assistant following Anna's tenure. Kat as Gloria needs to protect Dorothy from a younger Kat. In doing so, Gloria learns the truth behind the story she reported as Kat. But Gloria's actions as Dorothy's assistant also make Dorothy's situation worse. It isn't until Gloria confronts the young Kat with the secret she's been keeping all these years that Kat realizes the consequences of her chosen path in life.
1 November 2000
Opera loving dentist Dr. Sandy Greiner is a womanizing cad who treats women merely as objects. He amuses himself not only with treating women like sexual toys, but also with the occasional hit of laughing gas. Othniel sends Sandy back to November 1986, the time when he first started using laughing gas, which is part of his sexual gratification process. Sandy is sent back as his receptionist, Mandy - he can only save himself if he understands what life is like from a woman's perspective. Because of male sexual stereotypical comments he makes, Smith is also sent back as a woman, Lorraine. The one woman that Sandy never treated as a plaything was Kristen, his faithful but plain Jane dental assistant. Kristen was never "his type". But Mandy and Lorraine have to make Kristen his type, and to make him see her not only as a beautiful woman but one full of love and compassion. And Sandy has to come to the understanding of the part his deceased mother played on his views of women.
8 November 2000
A dead spokesperson from a shady pesticide factory has the chance to go back to the Nineties and set the past right. He has to try to expose the factory's polluting practices, and form a stronger bond with his disabled son in the process.
15 November 2000
As with many people in her business, used cars sales-spokesperson Darcy Green was constantly lying about the products she sold. Her defense?: she was selling dreams. Smith and Othniel learn that Darcy naturally came about her lying ways in wanting the approval of her father, a con artist who sold jewelry door to door. Othniel sends her back to the time just prior to a car sale Darcy made to Harry Kincaid for his sixteen year old sister Rebecca, that car which had mechanical problems which resulted in Rebecca's death later that day, her sixteenth birthday. Darcy is Louise Lutrelle, a consumer watchdog reporter. As Louise, Darcy learns that that Harry and Rebecca's parents were victims of Darcy's father, the locket he sold them however now a treasured memory for their now orphaned children. As Louise, Darcy also learns more about her personal and professional partner, head mechanic Dwight White, especially his role in Rebecca's death.
22 November 2000
Writer Ruth Harper grew up in a family with strong Christian ideals, but one where poverty was primary since her father, Luke, was always away helping other families using his construction skills. Ruth ran off as a teenager to escape the poverty, wanting to live a fantasy life in far away lands. She wanted to take her brother Paul with her. Ruth's primary regret in life was advice given to Paul: instead of wearing their grandmother's shoes - the only shoes the family had for Paul - Paul should work out in the family farm's field barefoot, burying his grandmother's shoes as a symbol of not showing their poverty to the world. Because he was barefoot, Paul was bitten by a rattlesnake, the bite which killed him. Because of his death, Ruth alienated herself from the family for the rest of her life. So that Ruth can find the love of family, Othniel sends her back to her childhood as Miss Storey, collectively with Smith as door to door bible salespeople. Ruth feels her primary mission is to save Paul from the snake bite and take him away with her. But Ruth ends up learning more about her family in those three days then she ever did growing up with them.
9 December 2000
Reese and Ethan O'Malley are brothers. Reese, wealthy and the success, whereas younger brother Ethan has decided to run the family business, a bar, which is always in desperate need of money to operate. Reese has always grumbled about the handouts he gives his brother to run the bar. But Othniel sees the brotherly relationship a bit differently: Reese is jealous of Ethan. Othniel highlights one specific incident, where Reese, as fraternity pledge supervisor, causes Ethan, a pledge, to be injured during a fraternity hazing stunt resulting in Ethan losing his football scholarship, and thus his chance at higher education. Othniel gives Reese a chance to rediscover brotherly love. He sends Reese back to just prior to the fraternity hazing as Chip Stein, national adviser for the fraternity. Reese relives the nature of tradition in his family - both his biological family and his fraternity family - and finds out what is causing the underlying strain between himself and Ethan.
16 December 2000
Delia Harmony was once one half of a country music singing duo, the Harmony Sisters, the other half being her fraternal twin sister, Amanda. Delia was the showy sister in the act, Amanda its heart and soul standing in the background. Delia lost her zest for life, family, singing and Christmas when at Christmas 1981 Amanda accidentally died. Amanda was in love with the band's drummer, womanizer Jake Connor, who Amanda saw kissing Delia. Amanda ran off, stealing Delia's motorcycle, which Amanda didn't know how to drive. Othniel sends Delia back as Dana Rudolph, a country music magazine reporter, to the time just before Amanda's accident. Delia hopes to save Amanda's life. But Delia learns Amanda and Jake's true nature as well as her own real feelings toward Jake. Delia hopes she ultimately does not have to make the decision between Amanda and Jake.
31 January 2000
Therapist Dr. Steven Weaver is an angry man. Othniel sends him back to the day Steven believes is the primary source of his anger: when he was an overweight fourteen year old figure skating student, pushed down on the ice by Buzzy Walsh in front of the girl Steven liked, Misty Reynolds, just as Steven and Misty were about to kiss for the first time. The fall was not the most embarrassing aspect: the resulting fart was. Misty and Buzzy eventually became sweethearts and married as adults. Steven has wanted to get back at Buzzy and marry Misty himself ever since. Steven is sent back as Lance Kensington, the substitute figure skating coach, Smith as his assistant, Mr. Klutz. Steven as an adult feels his mother is partly to blame for his current angry state, as she was overbearing. But Steven, as Lance Kensington, learns why his mother is the way she is. He also may be able to see the other skating students, especially Laura Burnham, as a source of strength and comfort against his anger.
7 February 2001
Eighty-seven year old Charley Freeman was a gangster during the Great Depression, running a Harlem located speakeasy in which he dealt in moonshine. But he was also an aspiring jazz trumpeter in the club. His career came to a halt when he was arrested for his illegal activities, spending twenty years in prison. Since his release, he has spent his time primarily educating youth on the perils of the gangster life. Being shot by a street punk, Charley's dying word is "Rose". Not because of his atonement for his past gangster life, but because of Rose that Othniel sends Charley back to regain what was missing in his adult life, namely human love. During his speakeasy years, Charley, a Negro, was in love with Rose Hathaway, a young Caucasian woman, their love forbidden in a time when interracial romances were still taboo. Charley is sent back to his speakeasy days as Jack, a friend of the Freeman family and a moonshine runner. Smith learns that part of the issue about Charley's love for Rose was secrets she had kept from Charley about her family and the role she may or may not have played in his arrest. Charley needs to learn the truth behind Rose's love or lack of for Charley.
21 February 2001
Grifter card shark Bobby Kremsky decided early on in his life that he was not going to be a family man (that literally killed his father when he was fourteen). However at nineteen, Bobby did father a child, Renetta, who he never saw as he ran out on Renetta's mother, Colleen Moore, when she was pregnant. In order for Bobby to learn the meaning of 'unconditional love' especially for his daughter, Othniel sends Bobby back to the day of Colleen's funeral when Renetta was ten. She was about to be shipped off to Colleen's straight-laced sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Bill, with whom Colleen and Bobby never got along, and with whom Renetta would not be a good fit for their household. In his new role, Bobby impersonates an official from child protection services, a man who he calls Henry Jude. "Henry" is able to get Bobby and Renetta together, but bonding between the two will take longer as each is headstrong and stubborn. For time to bond, Othniel sends them on a road trip, a journey of discovery for both, but one not without obstacles.
Season 2, Episode 18: Knockout28 February 2001
Caucasian Jimmy O'Connor was abandoned by his parents at an early age and ended up growing up in his neighbor's home, Mabel Jamal, a black woman who eventually adopted Jimmy. Mabel treated Jimmy like a son. Jimmy and Mabel's biological son, Jimmy's "brother" Henry, both grew up as boxers. Henry was a champion, a natural boxer, whereas Jimmy was more of an up and comer - a boxer with less natural skill but with heart. However, in a championship bout between the two, Jimmy deals Henry a fatal blow. Although crowned champion, Jimmy could not handle what he did and descended into a life as a down and out alcoholic. Othniel sends Jimmy back to three days before that bout as Ray Tambor, a trainer. As Ray, Jimmy believes he can still win that bout and yet not deal a fatal blow to Henry. But Jimmy and Smith learn the truth behind the bout - why it happened and the circumstances that led to Henry's death.
26 March 2001
Roger Hamilton is a wealthy and self-absorbed entrepreneur who grew up in poverty and worked his way through his youth solely to make money. Now, he thinks he can buy his way through life. With a failing kidney, he even attempts illegally to buy a kidney. On Smith's urging, Othniel decides to send Roger back to see if he can regain his humanity and true love for his fellow humans. Othniel sends him back to a time just prior to his kidney failure diagnosis. Roger returns as Dr. Lenny Shalton, a liver transplant surgeon upon whom others rely to survive. Through this new role, Roger learns what can happen when someone like him tries to circumvent the transplant wait list.
Season 2, Episode 20: Mama Mia2 April 2001
Camilla Bianco was a good Italian mother to her daughter, Severina. She was a good surrogate mother to her granddaughter, Severina's daughter Lucy. Camilla took on this role while Severina focused on her career (being a single mother). Smith and Othniel believe that Camilla made it easy for Severina to give up on her marriage to Tony, although Camilla saw him as a good man, husband and father. As such, Severina and Lucy don't know how to survive without Camilla. To empower Severina with the skills to be a parent, Camilla is sent back to a time when Lucy was a baby and Severina was just starting her career in hotel management. Camilla is now Anna, a manicurist at her local beauty salon, where she frequented once a week mostly to socialize. As Anna, Camilla has to teach her younger self what it means to to have a well rounded life and that Severina has to make decisions in her life without Camilla's constant support. But Camilla may also have to convince someone else to do their fair share of the household duties.
9 April 2001
Commercial airline pilot Captain Luke Sellars has a successful career but an unfulfilled personal life. He is on his second marriage to an ex-flight attendant named Connie and does not have the respect of his eighteen year old son, Ricky. Othniel sends him back ten years earlier as Willie, a flight attendant on Luke's first transatlantic flight as a pilot - the flight when he first lost the respect of his son. Largely an absentee father and husband, Luke was escorting his then wife, Phoebe, a French woman with a zest for life, and Ricky to Paris. Luke and Phoebe are soon to be divorced, Paris to be Phoebe and Ricky's new home. Beyond their family problems, Luke lost Ricky's respect because he made the decision, as the pilot of the plane, not to turn around and quickly land when he learned that a dog was mistakenly placed in the unpressurized and unheated cargo hold of the plane - a decision he now regrets. As Willie, he has to convince his younger self to change that decision. As well, he needs to understand what happened to his marriage to Phoebe, a woman he admits he still loves.
Season 2, Episode 22: The Choice21 April 2001
In many respects, Smith sees the Storeys - parents David and Marcy, and children Ryan and Rachel - as the perfect example of a truly loving family. Ryan had thought about going to seminary school, but decided instead to go to medical school in an effort to save his father, himself a general practitioner. Dr. Storey underwent a simple heart valve replacement surgery, but complications from several surgeries later resulted in him suffering permanent brain damage. Ryan feels responsible as he both convinced his father to have the surgery, and now wishes that his father had died instead. Ryan wishes that he could go back and convince his father not to have the surgery, which would result in what Ryan considers two quality years instead of the eleven years David has lived with the mental faculties of a child. Ryan does get his wish as Othniel sends him back as Dr. Thomas, the heart surgeon on his father's case. Smith makes Ryan realize that it isn't only letting his father make his own decision on his fate, but also for Dr. Thomas, with Ryan's thoughts and feelings, to do what is truly in his heart.
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