"An Angel By Any Other Name"
A review by Jenni:
I just needed to see a
nurturing, loving Andrew today. So I
watched this episode after "An Unexpected Snow." I jumped from
Adam to Andrew, Thanksgiving to Spring.
What I love about this
I think it's sweet that Tess
named her newly created rose after
Monica. I can tell Tess loves her angel babies very, very
much. But I do wish she'd also created an Andrew
I love how it ends up being the
people Carolyn despises that are her
greatest gift and help. It makes me wonder how often in life
people talk down to or mistreat the very people without whom their own
life would be diminished... if not destroyed. Earlier today, in
the wake of a loss, I found myself imagining God saying to someone who
harbored prejudices "Like it or lump it you're all equal, I love you
all, and you're all gonna get through this life and into the next
together." I think that idea is depicted in a huge way here.
I love Taylor's revelation
scene. I think it's great to see
Monica and Tess display the awe and surprise usually reserved for
humans. And I love that he calls them on not recognizing who he
I'm very fond of this quote
from Taylor: "We are all hybrids made up of
the best parts of each other. Like a flower, we have to grow
where we are planted." I should start a JABB newsletter with that
I didn't love about this
I think this is a solid
episode but some of these people...
AAAH! Carolyn reminds me a lil too much of one of my
neighbors. The way she claims to be out for the greater good but
can speak in such a demeaning way about "those people." It's
And that other neighbor lady is
just plain embarrassing the way she
screams and talks so slowly after Carolyn's stroke. I think it's
great that the writers had her echo Carolyn's "You don't know what
they're thinking... or if they're thinking" line. But it makes me
wonder what lame school this chick went to that she doesn't seem to
know jack about strokes.
I seriously almost choked on my
dinner when Monica tells Taylor "Angels
are always patient and they don't judge." I've seen Monica get
pretty darn judgmental and impatient...
What is that music that plays when Carolyn arrives home and is
preparing dinner? It drives me crazy every time I hear it cause
it sounds so familiar yet I can never place it. Is it an actual,
published piece of music or just reminscient of other TBAA score?
ETA: Oh my gosh... is it an instrumental version of "Eleanor
Rigby"? I was watching it again and all of a sudden "all the
lonely people" started running through my head.
Parts that made me feel
I love him. I'll just come right out and admit I'm completely
hormonal today so, really, it's taking a lot of self-control to just
not write a very sappy and very
poor sonnet right now. But I will
say Andrew is wonderful here. I just want to hug him when he
tells Monica he volunteered for this assignment with the group home and
does so whenever he can. He even helps us humans out when he
doesn't have to!!!
I just think it's adorable how Andrew, Jeannie, David, and Taylor all
walk away with their arms around each other after Carolyn snaps at
them. I wish I was that comfortable being affectionate.
Andrew really shows off some attitude in this episode and the people
totally deserve it. His bit about "Hi, my name is Andrew" not
being the proper response to Carolyn's rant is awesome. He shows
her how rude she's being without being rude himself. Just
protective and completely non-pushover.
Okay, so my stomach knots a little when Tess refers to Jeannie, David
and Taylor as "your kids" to Andrew. Cause he'd be a wonderful
person to raise kids with but... alas, no.
Andrew's attitude pops up again when he not-so-sweetly assures the
clueless neighbor that post-stroke Carolyn understood her thoughtless
remark very well. That biting tone to his voice is very effective
when used in those cases.
God love the boy, he's just so nice to Monica. He gives her a
rose. Lucky her. And the look on his face as he says
"you're welcome"... so adorable.
Andrew said "progrum" again. I love that.
I feel a lil bit crushed when Andrew tells Stevie "Friends are a very,
very important part of life." Cause I'm just not sure his friends
are there for him like they should be...
While I think Carolyn's behavior is appalling through most of this
episode, I do have a new understanding of her freak out after catching
Taylor and Co. staring into her window. Having once walked into
my living room and found my neighbor peering into my window... that is
a darn freaking feeling. Nonetheless, it's the *only*
understandable part of her behavior for me. I wish Andrew had
been there to tell my neighbor to "Think about it and think about it
again" before she went all Peeping Tom on me...
Andrew's and Tess' shirts in the final scenes are very reminscient of
each other. It makes me think they're waiting to have a
mother/son photo taken.
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