SSD Pop-Up Blog Post #5: One in a Million
In it, a singing waitress mails a proposal and a lottery ticket to her boyfriend, a singing waiter. Unfortunately, he breaks up with her just before she learns that the ticket was a winning one. Desperate to get it back, she enlists the help of the Postables, but her letter was one of many that were seized by Dudley, a disgruntled postal worker preparing to retire. Dudley never received the recognition that Oliver, Oliver’s dad and Oliver’s grandfather received, so he holds the mail until his demands are met.
This feel-good film also features what should be Oliver and Shane’s first date at the restaurant where the singing waitress and waiter work. But due to a comment he makes to the waitress, Shane doesn’t believe it’s a date, and the night is awkward. Ramon, a recurring character who’s a local television personality, is there, and he gives Oliver advice. This is the first film in the series where it seems to hint that Ramon is an angel. He mysteriously shows up when the characters need advice.
The theme focuses on the importance of second chances, when someone’s true intentions aren’t really known. The twist at the end between the waitress and waiter reflects this in a sweet, wonderful way. Dudley learns that his hard work and dedication really mattered to people. Shane realizes that Oliver does want their relationship to move forward; he’s just still hesitant due to his past. And when she gives Oliver a second chance at a first date, she does so with a rose – from a rose bush that Oliver planted -- in her hair that finally bloomed after she had almost given up hope. Great metaphor!
Mission #5: If there’s a positive dream you’ve had, but you think you’ve made too many mistakes, give yourself a second chance. It’s not too late to do good things in a world that needs your goodness.