All Things… (101.6)

101.6 SYNOPSIS:  Michaela has no apartment to return to, nor any belongings. Therefore, her brother Ben and sister-in-law Grace et up a room in their basement. Grace tries to console Michaela, but she is more concerned with calling her fiance Jared. Grace calls what happened “a second chance.”

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Michaela moves in

WOMAN REPORTER:  …as the entire world focuses on Flight 828.

MAN:   Where was Flight 828 for five years?

WOMAN REPORTER: As a multitude of government agencies, including NASA, Homeland Security, and the NSA, descend upon New York, the story of the century now touches this middle-class neighborhood here in suburban Queens.

🔵 TWEETS by Jeff Rake

Michaela remembers

Scene shifts to the basement where Ben and Grace prepared a room for Michaela.

GRACE: Your mom made it after…

MICHAELA: That cheesy verse was her mantra. Actually, I’m pretty sure it’s the last thing she said to me.

GRACE: I’m sorry to stick you down here. We hung onto your apartment as long as we could, but eventually, we had to let it go.

Trusting in a Higher Purpose

Michaela’s Mom embroidered a pillow with a biblical verse which reiterates exactly that. The King James version Romans 8:28 reads “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It is widely thought this verse applies to suffering and perseverance. The belief that even in times of great sorrow good will prevail if given the chance. It is not a “pie in the sky” view of the world where everything is honky dory, rather a view that if you trust in the higher purpose things will work out.

SOURCE: Tracy Palmer (Signal Horizon)

Michaela tries to connect

MICHAELA: Hey, can I use the phone?

GRACE: Yeah, of course.


GRACE: We gave up the landline.

As the phone is ringing on the other end, Michaela waits for it to be answered.

JARED: Hey, it’s Jared Vasquez. Please leave a mess…

Michaela is given a do over

GRACE: All set.

MICHAELA: Thank you. Hey, Grace? Look, I know you probably don’t want, uh, “Miss Bad Influence” hanging around the kids. I would get…

GRACE: Michaela, no. M-Michaela this is your home. For as long as you’d like. That’s ancient history.

MICHAELA: It was two days ago for me. I am still the same screw-up that you said goodbye to in Jamaica.

GRACE: The universe just gave all of us a do-over. Everything that happened before goes out the window.


GRACE: Are you okay?

MICHAELA: Yeah. Yeah, I’m okay. Sorry.

GRACE: [CHUCKLES] Okay. Anything you need, please. I’m just upstairs. Okay.Thanks.


Balancing One’s Own Needs

The way toward mental health lies in balancing your own needs with those of the larger world, and the characters in Manifest are forced to do that. Their personal struggles are compelling because they’re so human, and because the characters are played by actors who are charismatic and likable.


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