A review by Jenni:
This is one of those episodes that I'm kinda nervous to
watch. For one, I remember nothing. For another, I did
see the promo when I watched the VHS version of "Sunny" and so was
reminded it was about a teacher. And emotional things about
teachers are a lil iffy with me right now since I definitely
consider John Dye to have been a teacher in my life. So here
What I love about this episode:
Well, right off here's a nice Tess quote: "Just because we don't
always know what He's doing does *not* mean that *He* doesn't know
what He's doing."
I do like it when people never have any idea that angels were
involved. I just think it's more realistic. So... I'm
excited to see if they stick with that for this episode.
Ha. I do love Tess praying for the jerk face who is married
Ya know... I think I woulda taken to Rafael more had we gotten to
see this bemused sarcasm that he's showing off when he gives the
litany of Bubba's false claims. Nifty ketchup bottle trick,
I like that Monica sabotaged Karen's car. I think that means
we're 3 for 3 on the main angels messing with other people's cars.
Dave talking about Kevin made me flash to the scene in Mr. Holland's Opus
where they're standing by the grave of their fallen student and
the coach reads "In Flanders Fields." It also reminds me of
being at a funeral during which a teacher stood up to eulogize her
student who was, like Kevin, killed by a drunk driver. I
don't know where she found the strength. It takes a really
strong person to be a teacher. It's an occupation of
perpetual good byes. Like Dave says "Why start a year when
you know it's going to end?" But they do start the
year. I couldn't do it. So I have a lot of admiration
for those who can and I appreciate the episode highlighting that
aspect of teaching.
As much as I dislike that the "anonymous" nature of this left
Gloria with more of a presence than the other four, this scene of
whisperings around the table is pretty moving. Because, as I
said, I think it's so much closer to real life. I don't
think many of us witness the glowing revelation scenes. But
a still, small voice and the feeling of something... someone...
being there... that's real to me.
Each of the students having their moment to tell how Mr. Price
changed their lives is beautiful and touching to watch. But
it also cuts. It's a moment some of us never get.
Sometimes when you think someone's dead, they're really
dead. And then you just have to wait to tell them what they
meant to you. I honestly don't know how people who don't
believe in Heaven manage.
Without that, I think I'd go insane and collapse under all the
indebtedness I never got to express. I really like the song
"Imagine" for its melody and message about living for today but to
"imagine there's no Heaven" is not the least bit alluring.
Without that future, the past is too crushing. While I
believed in Heaven long before TBAA, I am grateful for all the
times it reminded me of the hope and peace Heaven holds.
I love what Michael says about how the man he saved lives because
of Mr. Price, too. I firmly believe some people leave behind
legacies so huge that it's only in Heaven they can fully
understand how many lives they saved through a ripple effect.
I also love that Leigh finally puts her foot down and makes her
husband be a father. Tess didn't even need her five minutes!
"He has blessed you with gifts that some may call coincidence,
some simply take for granted: the smiles of old friends, the warm
embrace of love, the healing power of truth. Angels have
passed this way today and though you cannot see us, your hearts
know that we were here. And it is to your hearts that we
speak and say 'God loves you so very, very much.'" Lovely
and, I believe, very true quote from Monica.
What I didn't love about
Again... we shouldn't have to pay for Gloria's
stupidity. Thanks to her, that lil girl at the start may
develop doubts about Santa long before she's supposed to! I
just don't think I have the same sense of humor as whomever
Suddenly realized I am halfway through Season 8... Not
Am I the only one who would feel totally creeped out by
some random guy asking me to try on a sweater? Do people
actually do this? Eeek.
Why did they think we'd
want to see so much of the new angel? Really, I want to
know. I've realized it's not so much that I mind
Gloria. What I do mind is that in some episodes she gets way
more to do than the other three. And we didn't have a
history with her. Why did they think we'd care to see her
more than the characters we knew for 5.5 to 7 years?
that made me feel swoony:
Giggle. "It is... two pineapples past 11:00. That is a
clock, isn't it?" I love this man. And I also love it
when his hair is all windblown!
Andrew as a marriage counselor... I'm sure he'd be great at
it. Just gotta say that if I was having marital problems and
that guy was my counselor... it would not help. ;-)
Yes, yes... I know. If I was in love with the man I went
into the counseling session with, I wouldn't feel that way.
But as this is all hypothetical... I'd want to ditch and spend my
life living in blissful, platonic awesomeness with Andrew.
I really like that light blue shirt Andrew's wearing on the
balcony with the other three angels. And that he sets his
hands on Monica's and Tess' shoulders... He's so
cuddly... And ellipsis inducing...
I love the look of dread in his eyes when it dawns on Tess that
Gloria has her car. ;-)
Andrew whispering to Peter to remember his first job interview
made me flashback to Andrew whispering to the son in "Til We Meet
Again" about it being the last time he had with his father.
That TWMA scene has been on my mind a lot since John's
death. I feel like an angel was whispering to us all in the
months and weeks before his death, urging us to say what needed to
be said and pray the prayers that needed to be prayed.
"Any man's death diminishes me, for I am involved in
mankind." Wow... I totally forgot they quote John Donne in
this episode. That quote always makes me think of Doc Hock
and, in one of those bittersweet ironies of which there are so
many, I thought of it again after John passed away. It's a
lil surreal to hear it spoken here. It's one of those lines
that you learn in high school and only later on down the road do
you really understand and feel in your heart.
Music: Some random
instrumental muzak at the start in the pub. At the mall you
can hear "Deck the Halls" over the loud speakers.
Instrumental only. Elevator music version of "Jingle Bells"
can be heard in the, well, elevator. As the people start
arriving at the restaurant, there's a Hawaiian-style song playing
but I can't make out any lyrics. There's another islandy
tune after it but I don't think it had words. "Away in the
Manger" is being piped in while Gloria and Dave shop.
There's another tropical song playing when things start to get
tense at the "reunion" table. I think I heard "under the
stars." It's probly all studio music.
This is set in Bubba's Polynesian Paradise. Just in case
that trivia ever comes in handy...
Wow. Two Christmasy episodes in one season. Nifty.
- I didn't notice anything at all which is strange. But the
fact that I was weepy the first time and making earrings the
second time maybe means this is due for a recheck sometime.
Further on down the road...
Aww. Monica's wearing a Y necklace. I miss
Sigh... Hi, Gloria.
Yep. I would still be so creeped out if some guy in a store
asked me to try something on.
I wonder if it's hard for Andrew to listen to
two people debate whether or not to have a kid. Cause I find
I sometimes have very little patience for that kinda stuff and I
technically could have a kid. Odds aren't good but they
exist. Andrew can't.
So after the students bring up the "I do not care" thing, Andrew
exchanges a meaningful look with Monica. He wasn't present
when Dave said that and I don't believe she was either. So
how'd they know? I guess God told em. How would that
have gone? "Hey kids, when someone says 'I do not care,'
Yet again I forgot about the drunk driving accident
element... Perversely, it feels good to be back at tearing
up on TBAA just because it hits close to home at times. The
birthday of my co-worker who was killed by a drunk driver was just
a week go so she's been on our minds more than usual.
OMG. Someone needs to slap Leah's husband. If he
brings up his bloody surname one more time...
This episode kinda reminds me of the movie Indian Summer,
especially the Michael element. Cause in that the
dysfunctional kid ends up being the one that really pulled it all
I love that smile from Hal Linden at the end. Proud!
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