"As It Is In Heaven"
A review by Jenni:
I've been waiting quite a while to get to this episode.
Kelly always intrigued me. As did Andrew's facial
hair. So big episode for me! But my family went out to
dinner tonight so I'm starting this fairly late. 9:50.
Hope I can stay up. I have my trusty chai. :-)
What I love about this episode:
I like that Tess tells Monica all
assignments are special. Darn right! :-)
Somehow I'm not surprised Jesse's initials are JC. I like
"Well, at least I'm getting a present." Ha. I love the
way Tess dead pans that after Monica gets pulled over.
Jesse liking rocks is pretty cool. He's the son of an angel
with an interest in one of the most earthy of objects.
Ironic. But not in any forced way. I used to collect
rocks myself. So it's not at all odd for him to be taken
One thing I liked about TBAA was that the angels didn't
necessarily recognize each other. It added some really
interesting angles to some of the episodes. This and "An
Angel by Any Other Name" being my favorite examples.
"Deep cover angels" are a fascinating concept. Makes ya
wonder if there are a bunch running around. Ya'd never
Well, I'm glad that despite her own issues with the Father, Kelly
taught Jesse about being God's child.
Interesting that Kelly wears cloud-themed pajamas... You can
take the girl outta Heaven but ya can't take Heaven outta the
"The only problem with getting out is thinking about the ones you
leave behind." Jesse's line about leaving the city actually
pretty well encapsulates how I feel about dying. It doesn't
trouble me except for wondering what would happen to some of the
people who stayed behind. Cause that's the side I'm on now
and it's tough.
"No matter how horrible it gets here sometimes, people still
expect miracles. And for the angels who deliver them to be
less than the best God has to offer is wrong." Monica says
this to Kelly. I especially like the first part. I
think it says something about the undying hope we have as
humans. The second part just makes me think of Andrew... he
was the best.
Gah. Kelly's speech about what's wrong is really
hard-hitting. I think Monica needed that reality check.
The shooting is so powerfully filmed that I had to shut it off and
leave the room for a while. Had to get a Kleenex, for
one. But mostly just needed to walk around for a bit.
Made me cry the second time, too.
"We can accept evil or we can fight it." Another quote from
Monica. Fighting is good.
It is healing to hear Monica talk about how, even though his life
was so short, Jesse did so much living and helped so many
"There's a little corner of Heaven: a place where the mountains
and the lake and the sky all come together just like glass and
there on that mountaintop someone is waitin' for you."
Monica quote to Kelly. I'm now wondering if that's why
sometimes I imagine meeting people in Heaven on a
mountaintop. Maybe it started with this episode. Of
course, sometimes I imagine it happening in a beautiful field,
Aww. That's so cute that Kelly brings the rock. The
expression on her face is priceless.
What I didn't love about this episode:
Technically, this can't be Monica's 200th
assignment cause some episodes alluded to assignments we did not
see. Plus Tess did not work with her on all those
assignments. Oh well. Minor issue.
Monica and Tess just don't have very good
reactions to Jesse's death IMO. Monica finally develops a
tear but before that they just look rather dispassionate to
me. And there I am sobbing and it's
not even my reality!
So I take it Kelly and Andrew musta worked together at some
point? Else how would she have known he was an AOD which,
based on her reaction, she did?
I wonder who Larry Andersen is? God bless his family and
Parts that made
me feel swoony:
"Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his
grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" That Robert Browning quote
reminds me of John.
Don't like seeing our lovely boy behind bars but... ah,
loveliness. He's soooo attractive with that beard.
It's funny that Kelly seems to think poor driving is common among
angels. I always thought Andrew was quite good.
I wish he would say something... I miss
his voice... He looks great but I wanna hear him...
And now he speaks and makes me cry. I miss the days when
these episodes about sons who go away too soon didn't just
automatically make me think of him.
When he caresses Jesse's head... He was so lovely.
And he looks awesome at the end! Gorgeousness.
Music: There's jazz music in
Jesse's room as he shines up the obsidian. There's a
beautiful vocalist when Jesse is shot. Sounds like maybe the
same lady who can be heard in "Famous Last Words" but I
Whoa. Lionel is 27. Two years younger than me and I
think he looks way older.
I wish I could remember how shocked I was when it was revealed
Kelly is an angel. But I just don't remember. I recall
watching the episode. But not my reactions.
I imagine Kelly was an amazing angel when she got back to
work. She'd know better than most what humans go through.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- Kinda glad they cut this... There's a scene of Kelly
showing the class a video about drunk driving and it talks about
metal and ripped flesh. Probly great for reckless drivers to
see. Not so great for those who have lost people to car
crashes. Granted, you never see the video. Just hear
the narrator and see the classmates' reactions. Kelly just
sits casually eating. I guess the emotional effect would
Further on down the road...
Gonna pay particular attention cause one day I want to write a
story about how Joshua and Kelly mended fences after Jesse died.
Ha. The way my dog is laying, it looks like she's staring
right at TBAA and engrossed!
Kelly really did well for them. That house looks about the
size of mine and I don't have a kid to support.
Monica's sweater is really pretty. I love variegated
yarn. Have way too much. Need to start using it again.
Gloria's "you don't wanna mess with me" makes me wonder what sort
of rein the angels have on protecting themselves. Stopping
bullets and knives, I guess. That much we've seen. And
then just maybe the psychological trip they can send people on.
I still want to know how the aging thing worked. To be
honest, Leslie Ann Warren has looked the same to me for years so
Kelly coulda gotten away with not aging. Change hairstyles
and clothing choices and people likely wouldn't think anything of
it except good genes. But maybe she looked way younger when
So it seems like God didn't really mind Kelly staying for so long,
it's just that she didn't continue to work on their
relationship. Good to know. I've been writing Kelly
into stories for a while but honestly didn't recall this episode
very well. But that makes sense. I remembered the
"deep cover angel" phrase. It makes it sound like a division
like Caseworking and Search and Rescue. So it's not like
Kelly went off and adopted Jesse all by her own will which is how
I remembered it.
I forgot that Jesse's birth mother, Kelly's friend, was killed by
a drunk driver. Explains her career choice. But it
also makes it worse that she took bribes.
Some day I need to explain Andrew's reappearing/disappearing beard
in a story. Unless I have... I can't remember.
I do think it's ridiculous that God would have Kelly adopt Jesse
and not provide any beginning funds. Especially when you
consider that they all make money during many assignments.
So maybe she did adopt him of her own will. I dunno...
Now I'm confused.
I forgot Andrew actually told Kelly that Jesse would die.
That makes her first scene in "Shadowlands" more
appropriate. Yay my unconscious mind! That was likely
why I put her there. On some level, I remembered maybe.
I wonder if there was a purpose behind dressing Jesse like Charlie
Brown? Or that Kelly prays Jesus' prayer and not a
psalm? The ideas of innocence and sacrifice, maybe.
The music they played during really sad scenes is so hauntingly
beautiful. Trying not to cry. Just cleaned my
Grief and emotions are, of course, very personal but with all
Monica cried over in past episodes, it's still odd to me that both
she and Tess are dry eyed there...
I wanna say that's the same shot as when Claire transforms.
Hands and then pan out. Need to check that sometime.
Cool if so.
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