Piggybacking on From The Heart, One In A Million is, above all, a story about experiences, lessons learned and how to move forward, playing out against the backdrop of mail-napping, letter writer's regret, old-flame revelations and ShOliver drama.
But even personal issues can't keep Oliver, Shane, Rita and Norman from completing their sacred duty, which this time finds the POstables tracking down a mail thief targeting O'Toole's, who also happens to be holding hostage a very valuable letter the writer is desperate to get back.
We are introduced to the writer, Nikki, first thing as she mails the letter to her boyfriend, Graham, declaring her feelings of "forever kind of love" and enclosing a winning lottery ticket whose numbers were derived from the day and time they met. The pair sings duets at Montaldo's and cross paths with Shane and Oliver during their dinner, but that same evening they break up, only six hours after Nikki sent her letter, causing her to seek out Shane two days later to retrieve it.
Meanwhile, Monday morning has arrived and Shane and Oliver's dinner did not end well, as we soon learn from Shane as she recounts events for Rita. As Nikki and Graham observed of Shane and Oliver, "they know the steps, but they can't find the rhythm," and it's because the next step is to declare their feelings, which each fails to do during this particular outing. As we come to find out the result is rather devastating, with Shane in tears.
Matters seem only exasperated as their search for the serial mail plunderer requires enlisting the help of Dale, creating more tension for Shane.
Rita and Norman experience a bump in their relationship born of the revelation that Norman isn't the first man Rita ever dated. The fact she sends money to support her ex, Bob, in his endeavors to save an endangered---and apparently non-existent---species of owl only sours the situation even more.
In the end, Nikki gets her letter---and her man---back, only to find out their perceived breakup was a miscommunication to begin with; Rita has an extra $50 that takes she and Norman to dinner; Dudley gets a retirement party; Lester remains single; and Oliver gathers the courage to ask for a second chance from Shane---and this time it really is a date!
Of course one of the outright highlights of this film was the return of fan favorites Papa O'Toole & Ramon Rodriguez.
Gregory Harrison absolutely delivered once again as the calm, cool, collected, matter-of-fact,Fedex-defecting Papa O'Toole. Not only did we learn more about Joe, we got to see him cheer on ShOliver, which is why he's a real MVP at all times.
Though brief, Zak's cameo as Ramon the weatherman/lottery guy was spot on with his cryptic advice and suave style. Hope he and that meteorologist work out!
Peter Hanlon played a great disgruntled mail employee. I knew you couldn't be an O'Toole at the Postal Service without making a few enemies, and Dudley Curly played a sassy one. Loved his interactions with Edwards' Kimsicle!
Our incredible main cast and "returning returners" were joined by an equally incredible supporting squad, starting with that group at Montaldo's. Nolan Gerard Funk and Emma Pedersen were phenomenal. Perhaps they should both think about taking their talents to New York for real?! The touch of Broadway brought a unique element to this film that their excellence only complimented further.
Nikolay Voronovich and Maria Nikolishina, who played Michael and Sophia, should seriously consider taking their talents to Dancing With The Stars or something because they are fantastic!
Lane Edwards and Emilie Ullerup, who are breaking the SSD space/time continuum with their assumption of new characters in the canon (Edwards played Michael in Dark of Night, Ullerup played Marie in Soulmates), brought their A-game.
Edwards' Lester Kimsicle provided some much-needed and altogether unexpected comic relief. Who knew someone could make Oliver seem chill in comparison?! And that squad with glasses he rolls with---surprised Norman doesn't want in on that!
Ullerup's Dale Travers brought a little drama along with her, but through Shane's perceptions of her and no real action of Dale's own, as predicted. That said, I'm looking forward to a lot more from Dale in the film dropping September 25---there's just still so much I want to know about her!
Deceptively funny for a majority, this installment had a lot to offer in terms of depth, and---as my pages of notes will prove--- material for at least two full weeks of things to discuss. Brace yourselves for the revelations and some serious time spent with that one, heart-stopping scene---you know the one!
Can you believe we still have another one to go in 2016? You can look for the next Signed, Sealed, Delivered masterpiece on September 25th. Stay tuned to A&D for more details as they become available!
Ready For The Next Gamble,