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Afterthought is a TV series about Death…and Death’s friend Jake.

Death has a problem. There’s a leak in the system. Every person’s fate is pre-determined -
time, place, and method. But every now and then, for reasons unknown, some people get a
premonition. This premonition can be in the form of a dream, a vision or a nightmare.
Afterthought explores each person’s reaction to the certain knowledge of their impending
death.

Each episode begins with a new guest star’s vision of their own death. That character then
meets Jake, Death’s Assistant, and the first regular character of the series. Jake appears to
each episode’s guest star immediately following their vision of death. He assures them that
their premonition is true, and advises them to use their remaining time wisely. He counsels
them, offering direction and suggestions at various points throughout the episode.

Jake’s job is to maintain the natural balance - he makes sure events run their course despite
the chaos and confusion the premonitions cause. Some characters fight their fate, but find that
it becomes harder to change the outcome as their story accelerates towards its climax. Others
accept their vision as destiny, and surprisingly see it as an opportunity, living their remaining
days with a renewed sense of life and vigor. However they react, the guest stars of each
episode face deep and fundamental challenges.

Jake never directly kills anyone, but he can manipulate events in subtle ways that have far-reaching consequences. If a character does manage to escape fate, Jake uses collateral damage from another episode to get the job done. This connection between episodes creates a "six degrees of separation" effect.

A supporting character from one episode may reappear later as the guest star in another,
creating more and more connections as the series unfolds. In any given episode, Jake may
cross paths not only with past characters, but also future ones, creating built-in teasers for
upcoming episodes.

Most of each episode takes place in the real world, but we do get to look “behind the veil” and
see how death works. Death works in an office and she is the second regular character of the
series. She is a stern and dignified middle-aged woman who everybody addresses as “Sir.”
She runs a busy, efficient operation. It isn’t actually called DeathCorp but it might as well be. A
portion of each episode is devoted to Death giving Jake his new assignment and the
development of their working relationship.

The third regular character of the series is Dotty, Death’s secretary. As her name implies, she
appears flighty and eccentric and makes an odd match for her boss, but she is surprisingly
good at her job. She runs Death’s office, keeping track of each episode’s guest star. Her most
important function is processing new arrivals. At the beginning of each episode, she interviews
the guest star of the previous episode. It looks like a job interview with a not very attentive HR
rep, but what she’s really doing is stripping away the memories of their premonition, since they
died knowing more than any person was ever meant to know.

Each episode deals with death in a different manner, because each character is unique. They
respond to the full awareness of their certain death in a different way as influenced by their
personalities and cultural or religious upbringing. Everyone relates to Jake differently,
according to their beliefs and understanding of death. We see how they confront or avoid
unresolved issues in their lives and how small actions can have a great influence on the
course of events.

Each guest star either introduces or conceals Jake's existence from other supporting
characters. Some will try to explain the existence of Jake without revealing who he is. Others
will want to reveal Jake’s identity. Some supporting characters will be jealous or distrustful and
may misunderstand who Jake actually is.

Jake is more than just a metaphysical hit man. He keeps the karmic balance by trying to
convince people to make the most of their remaining time rather than fighting their destiny.
When a character does try to avoid it, Jake's role quickly turns into clean-up and damage
control. No one escapes their fate.

There is one exception: C.C., the fourth regular character of the series and the one assignment
Jake was never able to complete. She has consistently stayed one step ahead of him, and
Jake began to think of her as his nemesis. C.C. is a professor of Folklore and Mythology.
Her deep knowledge of mythology and symbolism allows her to see Jake’s influence where
nobody else could, and avoid his attempts to manipulate events to result in her death. Because
C.C. is so highly skilled at the reading of omens it's almost like she can read Jake's mind and
stalemate his attempts to trap her. Eventually, Jake had to take other assignments.

Over time, their mutual antagonism evolved into an almost affectionate truce. Jake knows that
someday he’ll get C.C., but he’s in no hurry, as her death would mean the end of a relationship
he’s starting to enjoy. When they meet, it is unlike any of Jake’s other encounters. What started
as a deadly game of cat-and-mouse has evolved into something deeper. C.C. understands
Jake like no other living person ever could, and Jake has come to depend on their contact.
She is his foil, the one person who not only understands him but can also even offer him
advice on occasion.

Death tolerates and even grudgingly admires C.C.'s defiance. She says it's because ultimately
C.C. is helping Jake do his job better. She's also amused at Jake’s frustration when C.C. foils
him. But her real reason for tolerating C.C. she keeps private: Death secretly considers C.C. a
viable candidate to replace Jake should the need ever arise.

There are 4 reappearing main characters in every episode:

Death
Death’s Assistant - Jake
Death’s Secretary - Dotty
Jake’s Nemesis - C.C.


Death is a beautiful but severe woman, with a well-polished, no-nonsense style, blended with
a sense of European sophistication. She has an element of pomposity, which Dotty is
constantly testing. The only time we see Death is in her office. She is always addressed as Sir,
and is always in, because Death never sleeps. Death took Jake under her wing 20 years
earlier, and they have developed a complex working relationship.

Death’s Assistant - Jake is a sophisticated-looking man with a morose, understated quality
and a dry wit. He usually appears well groomed and well dressed. He has the supernatural
ability to blend into any scene, appearing as a different character to fit his needs. He can be a
bartender in one scene, and then reappear as a TV newscaster or policeman in another scene.
Jake is not only a specific character, but also a mythological archetype, the Gatekeeper and
Ferryman who guides the souls of the soon-to-be or newly-deceased. Being Death’s Assistant
is a serious job which sometimes involves imparting some “wisdom of the ages,” but because
he is also human, idiosyncratic, and sometimes mischievous, this tension between the eternal
and the temporal is expressed in his character. Jake is strictly forbidden to save a character.
Death has also forbidden him to check up on people from his past. He is familiar with death
and its workings, but has little or no influence on Death herself.

Death’s Secretary - Dotty is perky, eccentric and always flamboyantly dressed. Besides
running Death's office, her most important function is processing new arrivals - interviewing
them, stripping away their memories, and ushering them into the Afterlife. Her relationship with
Jake is friendly and flirty, while her relationship with Death is full of badgering and bantering.
She is constantly redecorating her desk in elaborate themes that threaten to take over the
office. Each episode will feature a different theme based on the details of the guest star's
premonition.

Jake’s Nemesis – C.C. is a solitary and eccentric woman who has managed to elude Jake for
some time. She is a college professor in an extremely underfunded and unpopular Folklore
and Mythology department. She is well-travelled and has some knowledge of other languages,
but most of them are ancient or very rare, making her short on practical skills. However, her
unparalleled knowledge of omens and legends allowed her to instantly recognize her
premonition for what it was and to take careful steps to escape fate, avoiding all the traps
everyone else always falls into. There are two ironies in C.C.'s life: the first is that the one skill
she possesses, the one that everyone told her was useless her whole life, is the one thing that
is keeping her alive. The second is that the one person she can really relate to has the job of
making sure she dies.

Season 1 gradually reveals the inner workings of DeathCorp and Jake's personal history, as it
comes back to haunt him even here. He died 20 years earlier on the way to his wedding,
leaving his fiancé waiting at the altar. He was caught in circumstances that unfairly ended his
life. His body disappeared without a trace, leading Jake's fiancé to think he abandoned her.
She never got to tell him she was pregnant. Both Jake's fiancé and his daughter each appear
as guest stars in later episodes.

As Episodes unfold a conflict between Death and Jake begins to take shape when he realizes
Death has assigned him his fiancé, his daughter, and his mother. When he realizes Death not
only kept him from knowing about his daughter, but also made him a party to her death, he
takes revenge in the only way he can, breaking the rules and intervening to save his mother's
life. Furious and disappointed, Death determines to get rid of Jake, utterly destroying him.

In a surprising turn of events, Jake's fiancé returns in Season 2 as Jake’s Boss and prevails on
Death to keep Jake around, but answering to her, a consequence of him breaking the rules
when he tries to save his 80-year-old mother.

Also during the series Jake and C.C.'s relationship evolves and becomes much deeper. This
friendship becomes jeopardized when Jake's fiancé becomes his boss. She is instantly
suspicious and jealous of the special attention Jake gives C.C., and an odd love triangle
begins to form. The rivalry between Jake's fiancé and C.C. has Jake walking a delicate
balance between the two women in Season 2.

Afterthought Episode Structure

Each episode of Afterthought consists of several essential elements:

Jake gets his assignment from Death.

Dotty intakes and processes previous episode's guest star, interviewing them, stripping
away their memories, and ushering them into the Afterlife.

Current guest star sees their death through a dream, a vision, or a nightmare,
immediately followed by a meeting with Jake.

Guest star formulates a plan to deal with the premonition - possibly trying to escape,
possibly to make the best use of their remaining time.

The plan succeeds or fails, but not in the way the guest star expected, leading up to
the familiar scene itself.

Episode connections via supporting characters and collateral damage of events
crossing over from one episode to another as a result of Jake's subtle interventions to
get the assignment completed.

Afterthought Episode Listing - Season 1

1. The Office Guy – Pilot
2. The Elevator Slumlord
3. Gambler Horserace
4. Guido Marriage Proposal
5. Politix
6. Guru Meltdown
7. Rube Goldberg Suicide
8. Revenge
9. Dog Saves Owner
10.Big Box Store Trampling
11. Hollywood Couple
12.Nursing Home
13.Jake’s Girlfriend – Season Finale

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Afterthought Episode I – The Office Guy

Premonition:

The guest star takes a last walk down his office hallway a few minutes after being
fired, carrying a box of his belongings. He takes the elevator to the parking garage
where a van explodes, killing him. He wakes up from this nightmare in his bed. Jake is
in his bedroom and tries without success to convince him that his nightmare was a real
vision of his death.

Afterthought:

We follow the guest star through several days leading up to his vision. He is skeptical
that his vision is anything more than a dream until he starts to recognize details of it
coming true. The more familiar his vision becomes, the harder he tries to change his
fate. In the process, he is forced to confront the path his own life took. He struggles to
come to terms with the feelings he has for his assistant and her son. At the same time,
competition with a coworker highlights his insecurities.

Episode Connections:

The son of the guest star’s assistant is featured in his own episode The Troubled
Youth in Season 2. The competitive coworker returns as the guest star of Episode 6 -
Guru Meltdown.

Episode 1 - Office Guy

Afterthought Episode 2 – The Elevator Slumlord

Premonition:


A 68-year-old man sees his death as the result of a fatal malfunction on his decrepit
office elevator – a character in itself, with a grinding motor and elevator music playing
through a broken speaker. He wakes up from his dream and meets Jake. Convinced
he can change his death if he changes his surroundings, the guest star moves his
office to a building with no elevator.

Afterthought:

As the office relocation unfolds, we see growing concern from the guest star’s wife.
She notices a change in him and thinks it’s because he’s moving from his first and
favorite building. She decides to surprise him by remodeling his original top-floor office
for their 50th wedding anniversary. On the big day she playfully blindfolds him and
takes him to the newly-remodeled office. He happily goes along with the surprise until
they step into the elevator and he hears the all-too-familiar sounds. His mounting panic
escalates into a quarrel between the couple which ends with her leaving him alone in
the penthouse. Because of unfinished construction, the stairs are blocked, leaving the
man to face his last elevator ride.

Episode Connections:

The guest star employs Guido from Episode 4 as a thug to collect past due rent from
his tenants. A Gambler from Episode 3 is one of the guest star’s tenants. The
Gambler’s wife visits the guest star to try and get a break on their rent.

Episode 2 - Elevator Slumlord
Episode 3 - Politix

Afterthought Episode 3 – Gambler Horserace

Premonition:


A man sees his death at the racetrack when Guido, a loan shark, stalks him around
the grounds during the year’s biggest race. The man dies of gunshot wounds but sees
the winning numbers to the race.

Afterthought:

A poor man, his wife and two small children struggle to make ends meet. He’s a
gambler who would rather place a bet than pay a bill. Now, as a result of his vision of
death, he knows the outcome of the biggest horserace. He single-mindedly begs,
borrows, steals, pawns and swindles money in order to place a bet at that race. His
wife opposes his gambling and thinks he needs help, but she obediently goes to the
race with him and their two children. When the man sees a loan shark that he owes
money to, he hands the money to his wife and tells her how to bet the money. She
obeys, but sticks some of the money into her purse for bills. The loan shark continues
to stalk her husband as the race proceeds. The guest star's wife watches the big race,
clutching the soon-to-be winning tickets in her hand and looking around concernedly
for her missing husband. As the race ends, the wrong three horses have won and she
throws the tickets down and walks away hugging her kids. Suddenly there’s an
announcement that one of the winning horses has been disqualified, thus changing the
order of the winners and giving her the big win. She and the kids rush back to pick up
the winning tickets for their long-shot win.

Episode Connections:

The woman works as a nurse in Episode 12 - Nursing Home. The Elevator Slumlord
from Episode 2 is landlord in the building the family lives in. Guido from Episode 4 is
the Elevator Slumlord’s thug.

 

Episode 4 - Guido Marriage Proposal

Afterthought Episode 4 – Guido Marriage Proposal

Premonition:


Guido, a loan shark and thug, proposes to a woman in an Italian restaurant just as a
car careens through the front windows, killing him and leaving an engagement ring
spinning in front of the woman, who looks relieved. He wakes up, has a long talk with
Jake, and is convinced that his death is inescapable and is ordained by God.

Afterthought:

Guido is a single father of one son, and he knows he needs to find someone to care
for him after he’s gone. He turns his attention to an old childhood friend, herself a child
of the mob. She has cut her connections to the mob, and is surprised by Guido’s
sudden interest and affection. As he persists, so does her apprehension about reviving
their past relationship. Although Guido’s first priority is to find care for his son, his
dream causes him to re-evaluate his tough-guy way of life, and a genuine interest in
his friend begins to develop.

Episode Connections:

Guido is employed by The Elevator Slumlord from Episode 2 as a thug to collect past
due rent from his tenants. He also tracks down The Gambler from Episode 3 and an
employee in Episode 10 – Big Box Store Trampling.

 

Episode 5 - Gambler
Afterthought Episode 5 - Politix

Premonition:


The husband of a matriarch of a prominent political family sees his death in an
exploding limousine during his brother-in-law’s presidential campaign. In his meeting
with Jake, he reveals that his own political career is over, and expresses the belief that
his own death might result in a victory for his brother-in-law.

Afterthought:

The guest star is a once-idealistic, failed politician who married into a very powerful
political family. During his brother-in-law’s election campaign he must come to terms
with his own failed political career. His domineering wife constantly reminds him of his
shortcomings. To add to his problems, their twenty-something year old son is a rising
star in Hollywood whose rebellious behavior makes him a constant source of
embarrassment to the family. Knowledge of his impending death is comforting to him
because he knows his problems will soon be over. On the night of the acceptance
speech the candidate realizes he left his lucky cufflinks at home. The guest star offers
to go back to the house to retrieve the item, and steps into the familiar limousine from
his dream. The brother-in-law wins the election by a landslide. The guest star is
memorialized as a campaign casualty. The wife uses the death of her husband to
further her standing in the public life she leads.

Episode Connections:

The guest star’s son is the Husband in Episode 11 - Hollywood Couple. He also
appears with his wife at a retail grand opening in Episode 10 - Big Box Store
Trampling.
Episode 6 - Guru Meltdown

Afterthought Episode 6 – Guru Meltdown

Premonition:

Haji the competitive coworker from Episode 1 – The Office Guy returns in his own
episode, in which he is the leading speaker of a self-help seminar cult. He dies when a
former member returns dissatisfied with her results, confronting and shooting him in
the middle of a seminar. He wakes up nervous. He tells Jake all about this troubled
woman, whom he vividly remembers from previous seminars.

Afterthought:

Haji knows that his death is imminent, but his popularity as a self-help guru continues
to grow. His growing fear of death plays on his nerves and he begins to have
breakdowns. He decides he’ll escape death by retiring, but succumbs to temptation
when he is offered a huge bonus to do one final seminar which will be filmed and aired
live. We learn that a woman who spent all her savings on Haji’s seminars without
results has developed quite a hatred of him and we see her grow more unbalanced as
the episode progresses. Haji is constantly in the media and the continual reminders of
his existence send her over the top. The Main Character from Episode 8 – Revenge is
also at the seminar where the shooting occurs. His wife and best friend are there with
him, intending to tell him they are leaving him for each other. The wife gets shot in the
crossfire, setting up the later Revenge episode. Jake and Haji watch as the police
shoot his killer. They stand over her as she is dying. Because she is dying, she can
see and speak to them. Haji confesses his disbelief in the rhetoric he’s been teaching.

Episode Connections:

The competitive co-worker from Episode 1 – Office Guy returns as the guest star of
this episode. The guest star from Episode 8 – Revenge appears with his wife and Best
Friend from the same episode.

 

Episode 7 - Rube Goldberg Suicide

Afterthought Episode 7 – Rube Goldberg Suicide

Premonition:


A middle-aged widower wakes up from a dream about how he would build the perfect
Rube Goldberg-style contraption to kill himself. As he thinks about it, he becomes
more excited and more engaged in the idea of building the contraption. Jake is
amazed at the man’s enthusiasm.

Afterthought:


We learn that the guest star’s wife and children died when the car he was driving
malfunctioned. He never forgave himself for not being able to foresee the danger and
prevent his family’s death. He lives in a small town in the remote northwest, continually
tinkering with ingenious but ultimately unsuccessful inventions. The Rube Goldbergstyle
contraption soon takes over his house, his life, and his every thought, causing
consternation amongst his neighbors. Obsessed with ordering obscure parts, he takes
to perusing catalogs at the local hardware store. A friendship develops with the female
owner of the store, who is Jake's fiancé, and guest star in Episode 13 Season Finale –
Jake’s Girlfriend.

Episode Connections:

The owner of the hardware store comes back as the guest star in Episode 13 – Jake’s
Girlfriend. She returns in Season 2 as Jake’s newly appointed boss.

Episode 8 - Revenge

Afterthought Episode 8 – Revenge

Premonition:


The guest star sees his death in an airplane crash when an improperly secured plate
begins to break loose mid-flight. Upon awakening, he decides to take revenge on his
best friend, whom he blames for his wife’s death. He is confronted by Jake, who warns
that revenge is never the right solution and that there could be serious consequences.

Afterthought:

In Episode 6 - Guru Meltdown, the guest star's best friend and wife took him to a selfhelp
seminar to tell him they were having an affair and that she was leaving him. When
an assassin shot the guru, his wife was killed in the crossfire and he has never
forgiven his best friend. Now that he knows he’s going to die, taking his friend down
with him seems like the perfect way to take revenge. The guest star proposes a
vacation with his friend as a way to mend fences. Once confined to the airplane cabin,
he reveals his true intention. Throughout the scene on the plane, we see a piece of the
airplane start to slowly rip away from the fuselage.

Episode Connections:


The guest star and his best friend return from Episode 6 – Guru Meltdown. The Plane
and Pilot return in Season 2 in Airplane Malfunction.

 

Episode 9 - Dog Saves Owner

Afterthought Episode 9 – Dog saves owner

Premonition:


A middle-aged woman and her dog awaken at 4 am. She gets up, showers and
dresses and takes the dog out jogging with her, running through an affluent
neighborhood and stopping only for the dog to relieve itself. As they cross the street a
car runs a red light, running over them both. The dog wakes up in his bed and looks
around to see Jake speaking to him. He looks over at his owner who is now getting
ready to take him on their morning run.

Afterthought:

The dog goes along hesitantly on his run, slowing the woman’s pace. They both watch
as a car runs through a red light at the same intersection of the dog’s vision. We then
follow the dog through his routine with the woman. He goes to work with her at the
Nursing Home from Episode 12. He starts to act differently about going on walks and
runs with the woman and chews up one of her running shoes. When the woman buys
a replacement pair, the dog buries them in the backyard. When she finds the shoes
and puts them on, the dog is reluctant to go on their last run. As they approach the
familiar intersection the dog cuts in front of the woman, tripping her and saving her
from death, but her momentum throws the dog into the path of an oncoming car.

Episode Connections:

The dog reappears in Episode 11 – Hollywood Couple. The Hollywood Couple appear
in Episode 5 – Politix, Episode 10 – Big Box Store Trampling, and Episode 12 –
Nursing Home.

Episode 10 - Big Box Store Trampling

Afterthought Episode 10 – Big Box Store Trampling

Premonition:


We see an immigrant lined up with a dozen other employees of a big box retail store.
The store manager is yelling at everyone not to mess up on the biggest shopping day
of the year. The manager tells a man to unlock the front doors. As he unlocks the door
the crowds push through, trampling the man to death. He wakes up in his bed with his
wife. Because he is a Hindu, he sees Jake as Shiva the Destroyer and is convinced of
the truth of his vision.

Afterthought:


We follow the man and his family from a plane through customs and then to a special
immigration job placement office where he and his family are assigned jobs at the big
box store in his vision. The whole family works under an abusive store manager who
gets his way by threatening to fire and deport anyone who opposes him. Everyone
working for him fears for their jobs and immigration status. The guest star has no idea
what Black Friday is or what to expect. On the shift leading up to Thanksgiving, he is
forced to work 16 hours when his boss locks the employees in the store after-hours
until their jobs are done. The store is scheduled to open at 4 am for The Black Friday
Sale. When he is assigned to the front door and sees the crowd of people in front of
the store, he begins to panic.

Episode Connections:

Guido from Episode 4 – Guido Marriage Proposal stops in the store to shake down
one of the employees. The Hollywood Couple from Episode 11 make a guest
appearance at the store for a promotional event.

 

Episode 11 - Hollywood Couple

Afterthought Episode 11 – Hollywood Couple

Premonition:


A couple is quarreling while driving a car around the Hollywood hills. The car skids
over the edge of the road, rolling over and bursting into flames. The couple wake up
simultaneously and look at each other in horror. They realize they both had the same
dream of the car crash. They both see and talk with Jake and refuse to see their
deaths as inevitable, thinking they can escape death by changing their ways.

Afterthought:

We follow the everyday life of one of the top celebrity couples of Hollywood. An
example of opposites attracting, the husband flaunts a bad-boy image while the wife is
idolized as a good girl. Both of their careers are at their peak. In response to their
dream, he tries to straighten out and clean up, while she does the opposite, trying to
shed her good-girl image. She hires a private investigator, who unsuccessfully
attempts to find her father, instead discovering her grandmother living in the nursing
home featured in Episode 12 – Nursing Home. The husband is the son of the guest
star in Episode 3 – Politix. The couple constantly bickers, blaming each other for the
car accident as if it had already happened. They do not seem to get along, but stay
together for the sake of appearances and their careers.

Episode Connections:

The husband is the son of the Main Character in Episode 5 – Politix. He and his wife
are also in Episode 10 – Big Box Store Trampling and Episode 12 – Nursing Home
where we find out she is Jake’s daughter.

 

Episode 12 - Nursing Home

Afterthought Episode 12 – Nursing Home

Premonition:


The guest star turns out to be Jake’s 80-year-old mother, alive and living in a nursing
home. She watches as a nurse’s jealous husband comes in to the nursing home to
confront his cheating wife. He has firearms and is intoxicated. Suddenly all sounds
fade away and Jake’s mother hears her son’s voice telling her to “Get out!” She gets
up, goes into her room, and hides in the closet and watches as the husband goes on a
shooting spree, hitting some of the patients. When the shooting is over, she looks
around to see who survived. When her premonition ends, Jake’s mother wakes up in
her bed at the nursing home. Before she even sees her son appear as Jake, she talks
to him as if she knows he guided her to safety.

Afterthought:

In the days leading up to the shooting, Jake‘s mother starts telling others about what
she saw in her dream. Her friends and the staff think she’s delusional and try to pay no
attention to her warnings. She confronts the nurse about her abusive husband, and the
nurse breaks down in tears. She spends her final days worrying the other patients by
telling them who is going to die and who is going to live.

Episode Connections:

The wife in Episode 3 – Gambler Horserace is a nurse in the nursing home. The
woman from Episode 9 – Dog Saves Owner works at the nursing home. Jake’s
daughter is in Episodes 10 - Big Box Store Trampling and Episode 11 – Hollywood
Couple.

 

Episode 13 - Death's Friend's Girlfriend

Afterthought Episode 13 – Jake’s Girlfriend

Premonition:


Jake is already in trouble with Death. The guest star is Jake’s girlfriend, whom he left
at the altar pregnant, because he died on his way to the wedding. We see the guest
star with her eyes closed, daydreaming in the sunlight coming through the window of
the hardware store from Episode 7 – Rube Goldberg Suicide. The beep of her register
scanner wakes her up. She starts to smile, then quickly angers when she sees Jake
and recognizes him as her fiancé of 20 years ago.

Afterthought:

The woman confronts Jake about leaving her at the altar, pregnant. She explains their
daughter grew up to become a huge Hollywood star. Jake explains how he died on the
way to the wedding, but she isn’t letting him use that as an excuse; it’s been 20 years
and she can’t change overnight. We learn about both the woman and Jake as they
reconnect. The episode ends with Jake having to meet his boss, Death, who is highly
displeased with his bending of the rules when he saved his Mother in Episode 12 –
Nursing Home. She condemns Jake to complete annihilation, then changes her mind
and makes Jake’s girlfriend his boss and tells Jake to teach her the ropes. This sets
the stage for Season 2 with Jake fighting to get his job back, while having to answer
and kiss up to his eternal fiancée and new boss.

Episode Connections:


Jake’s Girlfriend returns in Season 2 as Jake’s newly appointed boss.

 

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