At last divested of her insensitive husband, Jake (Jeffrey Nordling), Lily Manning (Sela Ward
) is certain that she can devote her full time to her budding romance with divorced architect Rick Sammler (Billy Campbell
) as Once and Again
enters its second season. Alas, Rick is suddenly socked with a major crisis of his own: his work on the lucrative Atlantor architectural project comes to a screeching halt thanks to the legal duplicity of developer Miles Drentell -- a scabrous character introduced on Once and Again
by creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick from their previous series thirtysomething
, with David Clennon repeating his role herein. When it turns out that the only way Rick can extricate himself from this dilemma -- and a possible prison term -- is to rely upon the largesse of his spiteful ex-wife, Karen (Susanna Thompson), Lily despairs, reasoning that she has now struck out twice in the love department. Happily, however, things manage to smooth out sufficiently for Lily and Rick to finally march down the aisle near the end of Season 2 -- and the couple's respective children, so resistant to their union in Season 1, have (temporary) smiles on their faces during the ceremony. Even so, the smile comes a bit hard for Rick's son, Eli (Shane West), whose best friend Carla (Audrey Anderson), a heap of neuroses throughout the season, is compelled to leave town.