"Two Sides to Every Angel"
A review by Jenni:
If Andrew were the only angel in this
episode, it would be one of my favorite episodes. He is
beyond beautiful in this episode. The reason it's not a
favorite is because Monique has long been one of my least favorite
aspects of TBAA. I wish I could export Andrew to his own
episode for this one... The whole "evil twin" concept just
seems below TBAA's usual standards. Nonetheless... there are
parts of this episode of which I am very fond. And, seeing
as Halloween is only a weekend away, there are worse ways to count
down to it than with watching a demonic vamp whilst enjoying
pumpkin cake, chai, and (best of all) John Dye as Andrew.
What I love about this episode:
Ha. Okay. So I do like
the Thelma and Louise
reference. Especially funny since Gloria has already had her
driving off the cliff moment by this time...
Yay, Monica!!! She actually wanted to wait for Andrew to see
if he wanted to go along and have fun with her and Gloria.
Of course, he couldn't. But it's the thought that counts.
"Wisdom is only intelligence plus experience." I like that
quote from Monica to Gloria. Makes a lot of sense.
Cause there are definitely intelligent people that I wouldn't
necessarily deem wise.
I like that they remembered "Fallen Angela" and Monica's
"God knows that you're not perfect... He made you that way.
But He will always forgive us if we ask for it."
Another good line from Monica in the same scene. And I
definitely agree with her assertion right after it that some fear
is a good thing. For us humans, it can keep us safe.
(Think about it... if you feared nothing would you lock your
doors? Would you extinguish candles before leaving a
room? Would you have a smoke alarm? Probly not.)
But I can also see where it would help angels empathize with us.
Like Monica, I can remember the day I had my first coffee.
It was a raspberry latte at a now defunct Borders. Anyhow, I
like that no matter what my feelings were otherwise towards
Monica... I can always blame/thank her for my caffeine addiction.
"God loves you and He wants your life to be filled with all kinds
of wonderful things." Even in her distress, Gloria manages a
pretty good quote during her "failed" revelation scene.
Well, I love all the affection between the actual angels in this
episode. If they had to have a demon like Monique, at least
they balanced it out with sweet moments among the trio.
Hallelujah! I'm very glad when we reach the point in the
episode when Gloria starts poking holes in Monique's lines.
Yep, God is perfect.
"Listen to God. Be still and know that He is near. Let
God tell you what to do." Good advice from the angel that is
very obviously Monica. I so woulda had Monique pegged in
"Fighting hate with more hate is never the answer. But when
we resist evil it loses power." Monica again. What
gets me about some of these episodes is that they still have some
awesome lines. One of my very favorite TBAA quotes, for
example, is in "The Invitation"... an episode I otherwise strongly
dislike. So it's like the writers almost always had a good
grasp on language. It's just story production was sometimes
a lil shaky.
Gloria's pretty darn cool when she tells the Animal to let Kristie
go. At first I felt kinda bad that Andrew didn't get that
role since he was so upset earlier. But he got to deal with the Animal so that's
more than fine.
"God is here and He loves us in spite of all the mistakes.
And He has a plan for us all." Yay Gloria!
What I didn't love about this episode:
Monique. I'm glad Ms. Downey
got to have fun and stretch her acting skills and all. After
9 years in a role, she deserved that. I just will never
agree that "Monique" was a good way to do that. In my mind
it just reeks of soap opera cheesiness. I actually am really
impressed with how Ms. Downey can express two different characters
with just subtle changes in body language. But I just can't
get behind this plot device and some of its implications.
Sometimes I don't think TPTB with TBAA necessarily understood that
even though Gloria is very young... it doesn't change the fact
that watching a forty-something woman act like a 14 year old is
Yeah... Monique's red eyes and making the waitress sick is super
lame IMO. It's not germs, folks! It's demons!
Welcome back to the Middles Ages! The mind control is just
stupid, too. And her voice when she's doing the waitress
thing is super annoying.
Kinda seems like some sorta blasphemy and/or betrayal that Monique
would use Randy Travis music to wreak havoc...
So the whole Gloria not glowing thing... so did Satan prevent the
glow? Cause that's disturbing and, IMO, impossible.
Satan can hold back God's love and light? Don't think
so! Way to sacrifice theology for a screwy plot. "The
light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome
it." (John 1:5)
Same old question... do they really have genders? Cause
Monica doesn't say she and Gloria are both female. She says
they're "both in female form." So maybe not? But then
could I just as easily say I was "in female form"? It may
seem an odd turn of phrase but I imagine people would agree with
I wonder if I would like this episode better if somehow they'd
kept the audience in the dark about Monique? Cause as it
is... I feel like Gloria shoulda clued in earlier. Of
course, Monique isn't using the phony voice around Gloria.
But she still seems off...
So when the Animal has Kristie in his truck it definitely seems
like he's a rapist. But with the previous woman, Andrew only
says that she'd been beaten. So did they just not feel like
it would be acceptable for Andrew to say the word rape? I
know it's heard often in "Full Moon" but I did sometimes have the
sense that the TBAA folks were urged to be more family-friendly as
time wore on. Certain early episodes definitely do seem more
raw. Maybe she was just beaten, though. Because Andrew
did seem to think the Animal's crimes were escalating. I'm
only pondering this because I do sometimes get concerned that
there is a certain type of censorship that happens that prevents
unpleasant realities from being acknowledged when doing so may
combat those realities. If that was the case, I have no idea
how to determine if it's still happening cause I'd be hard pressed
to name a current family show... That's sad. Anyhow,
this episode is pretty creepy. So I think probly the crimes
did escalate. Andrew was totally forthcoming about the
previous case. But I do think there was a certain desire for
TBAA to be tamed a bit. But this may not be an example of
Umm. Creepy. I didn't zero in on this til my second
viewing but Monica asks Monique if the Cowboy is one of
hers. Monique says no but that she admires his work.
What did Monica mean? Was she asking if the Cowboy was a
demon or a possessed human? In context, I thought the
former. But I'm not personally comfortable thinking demons
can go around beating and potentially raping people. As if
it's not scary enough that our own kind can behave so badly!
So maybe Monica did mean a human under the control of evil.
Cause Andrew seemed quite sure the
Animal was human.
made me feel swoony:
Poor love. I always wanted to
be the one (or one of the ones) to comfort him after the events of
this episode wrapped. He needed someone to hold him...
Back in reality, those opening moments are a fine example of how
John could express so much without actual words. I don't
actually know what he could have said that would have been as
evocative as that "Oh..." and shake of his head then the
dart. I think this is the episode that most made me
appreciate what an AOD does.
He's back. Thank God. Was getting really sick of
Monique. About time for a much needed ray of goodness and
compassion and beauty.
Others may not think this very good since the attacker is still a
human and child of God but... I like that Andrew calls him an
animal. It's nicer than I would have been but still angry
and critical. Righteous anger. It's somehow satisfying
to hear our usually calm and loving Andrew say something like
I love that they have Andrew tell us that he was in the park...
and the ambulance... and the hospital. He didn't leave the
woman until she was safe. And then when he says "Ya know, I
could spend a million years on Earth and never understand the
things that some people do to one another"... I started to
cry. Cause I've thought that a lot. And I never
understood. But thinking about someone like Andrew being
there in those darkest moments... it kept me from total
despair. Yes, I knew already that God was there. But
it still meant something to think of a fellow created being
choosing to be there, too. To bring comfort amid chaos and
kindness amid cruelty. It's comforting to think that, probly
until the day I see an actual AOD, it will be John's image that
pulls me through when such tragic situations can't be
avoided. Some things don't change. "And death shall
have no dominion..." (Dylan Thomas)
It's so Andrew that he asks about Gloria's whereabouts. Ever
the big brother!
Gah... I hate to see Andrew struggling with the horrible
parts of being an AOD. And yet... that's what made me love
him so much in this episode. Because it's not easy and
pleasant all the time. But he never bailed.
I'm so glad Monica assures Andrew that he did all he could.
But when he asks "Why is it I only get to help afterwards?
Why can't I do my job beforehand?"... I just wanna hug him
and never let go. And apologize on behalf of humanity...
Not gonna lie... seeing Andrew pull the Animal up by the collar is
a pretty... stirring experience. Andrew is awesome. I
hope he got to say a few words before turning the monster over to
Andrew looks so proud when he remarks on Gloria coming a long
There's a country song playing at Louie's. The first song we
hear at the Black Boot has lyrics like "she can drive you wild
with that sexy smile" but Googling those lyrics didn't turn
anything up. There's a slower country ballad in the next
scene there. I think I heard "She must have stood in the
light" or similar. Speaking of that scene, it's kinda weird
to have them acknowledge the existence of Randy Travis. It'd
kinda be like a character referencing seeing Della Reese
perform. The next song begins with "Let's make a little
thunder." I'm really thinking this was all studio
music. Then Monique gets Mr. Travis' "Forever and Ever,
Amen" playing. That's just demoralizing... I feel bad
for him even though, obviously, he gave permission.
Following that there's another studio piece that begins "Every
time I lose my heart, you know where to find it." When they
go to the Animal (if Andrew used it, so can I) consoling Kristie,
there's a woman singing. I couldn't make anything out.
The Animal has some country thing seemingly without lyrics playing
in his car.
- I didn't pick up on anything other than the possibility that THC
trimmed some of the driving scenes. The part in the forest
where Kristie is fleeing the Cowboy seemed lengthier in the CBS
version so it may also have been trimmed. It's just too
redundant visually for me to be able to tell.
Further on down the road...
Well, I've been procrastinating watching this cause it kinda bums
me out. Yesterday Robin Williams died so that really bummed
me out. And somehow that made watching this seem like a good
idea. I hope it is...
Ya know, when you think about it, it doesn't really send the best
message that the angels sometimes seemed to be desperately in need
of a day off. Given God can create countless angels, you'd
think He could spring some quality time for em...
Sigh... Poor Andrew. And that poor lady. For me,
part of what makes this episode so upsetting is you don't see her
so every crime novel and SVU episode and Lifetime movie
conflates for me and I just imagine something terribly awful.
I am glad that here Monica says a certain amount of fear is
healthy. Very, very true. Caution can be
lifesaving. I also like the linkage between humans and
angels and learning lessons together. I
think TBAA was at its best when humans and angels were presented
more as "us" and not so much "us and them."
I still think Monique is cheesy... Another reason I put this
Are those Buddhas on Gloria's shirt? Interesting...
Ya know, I really don't know why Monique bothers me so much.
It makes sense that Satan would counterfeit an angel. Look
how effective it nearly is. But it just always seemed so...
Right. The mind control. That's why she bothers
me. I'm not saying demons don't have any influence but I
don't think it's like that. I don't think they can override
free will just like that. And that accent bothers
me... It's like someone who is making fun of Southern
people. Just sounds phony. Like an accent you'd hear
in a SNL skit.
I really am glad that Monica's attentive to Andrew in this.
He seems so defeated and sad...
I still don't get why Gloria's glow didn't happen. Demons
can't control God... I guess He was trying to help Gloria to
be able to recognize demons... and she did catch on fairly
quickly. And, like she said, it gave her wisdom.
Wow... I need to go to sleep. I saw the sign outside
the cafe reading "Cafe/Motel" and I thought that was the cafe's
name: Cafe Motel. I thought that was strange... Then
it hit me it was advertising a cafe AND a motel.
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