A review by Jenni:
Honestly, I still can't get over the supreme and terrible
weirdness of going to someone for comfort and a sense of normalcy
when their death is the reason I feel sad and out of sorts.
But there it is. Sitting down with my coffee/tea/cocoa and
my weekly TBAA episode to review is one of the highlights of my
week. Although sometimes I hate to start it cause then it'll
be over and I'll have another week to wait. I hate the idea
of coming to the end of Season 9. At this point, these
almost seem new given I'm seeing some for only the second
time. But soon it'll be over... I'm maudlin, in case
ya can't tell.
What I love about this episode:
Generally speaking, I like flashbacks as a storytelling
device. Alex remembering Henry whilst awaiting the verdict
Can I take Monica dumping hot sauce into Tess' cooking towards the
beginning as a reference to her fondness for it in "Show Me..." or
do you think it's just coincidence? If I can count it, it's
Yay, Ronald! Monica can think what she likes, I like him!
I'm a big believer in writing things down in journals.
Although I'm not sure keeping it clean is the best idea.
Maybe what they have to work out isn't clean. Still... good
I love that Ronald helps Monica arrive at her common goal
solution. He's no idiot.
The healing power of music is a great
theme. And one I especially see value in these days.
The last two deaths I've faced, I've turned to music for
healing. Last three, I guess.
The shout out to the Von Trapp family is fun. Their
survival is pretty darn inspiring.
"Miracles can happen with the right kind of encouragement."
A good Monica quote.
I think part of why I like Ronald is his faith in research.
This coming from someone who reads parenting blogs already... with
no children in sight. But it is always good to remember that
individuals are not statistics. Some things ya just can't
I just love how impressed Ronald is by his own glow. It's
"God loves you. And if you ask Him, He'll forgive you for
everything that brought you to this place."
"You see, God is really good at shining light in dark places."
"He wants you to share His love with the world."
I really like those three quotes from Ronald to the Plus One
guys. Especially the last one. Or maybe the second one
best... They're all great.
Augh. I forgot about how Henry was gonna give Alex the
guitar. Punch to the gut... Especially with the loving
Alex breaking down is really getting to me. Something about
the mixture of anger and grief and guilt seems so real.
I love that Monica is the answer to Henry's prayer. I love
to think that our loved ones Above still have some sway. And
I like to think that maybe angels can sometimes tie up our loose
ends for us.
"He loves you so much. You're still His
child, in spite of everything." Monica to Alex on God's
This may sound bad but... I'm glad the last we see of Alex is his
going to jail. Absolutely no other ending would have been
remotely realistic. But I also love that, assumedly, word
gets back to him about Henry's House.
What I didn't love about
Monica's a freaking snob. Her reaction to learning Ronald is
gonna be on the case is just plain jerky. She comes off so
I'm just not a real big fan of stunt casting.
Are Plus One still around? Never really knew em
that made me feel swoony:
Dearest One wincing at the gun shot makes me sad and I want to
yank him out of there and take him where he'll never see anything
bad or scary again.
I have the photo of Andrew kneeling beside Henry somewhere and
could not remember what it was from. Now I know. And
then he rests his head on his folded hands... I loved so
many of his mannerisms. Still do.
Andrew having another assignment concerns me...
When Monica turns it looks like she has JD on her shirt.
It's really JDC but, naturally, the JD jumps out at me and makes
me think of him.
Thank TV God and real God. Andrew's Alex's lawyer so we'll
see him!!! I musta kinda remembered cause my heart leapt
just as Alex pushes the door open.
He's playing with a pen again... And he looks all kinds of
adorable in that suit with the kerchief. Excellent color
scheme. JD looked great in so many colors.
I seem oddly attracted to Andrew even more than usual when he's a
defense attorney. Should I be concerned?
Andrew twiddles his thumbs while Henry's daughter testifies.
Why do all these lil things endear me to him further? And
then he squeezes Alex's shoulder. Lovely man.
Music: Tess sings "Kum-ba-ya"
at the start. She then seems to pass it along to
Henry. She reprises it after Henry is shot. During the
first flashback, you can hear blues music at Henry's. Well,
Plus One, Tess, Ronald, and Monica sing "Happy Birthday" 2.5 times
or something like that. Alex plunks away at the piano while
Henry reads his lyrics during a flashback. Henry's daughter
plays a recording of her father singing what I'll call "Feeling
Guilty." Plus One practices and later performs "When Your
Spirit Gets Weak." Someone's playing harmonica when they
first go into the club. Later Plus One sings "The Promise."
So a while back I had read that Burt Pearl, one of the
writers/producers, had died. So every time I see his name in
the opening credits, I pray for his family. In the past
weeks, it has occurred to me I should do that now whenever I see
John Dye's name. But I haven't. Don't get me wrong, I
pray for his family daily. But not during the credits.
When he's right there, looking so lovely in that blue shirt
against the field, I can't accept that he's not here. So, of
course, I don't pray for healing following a death I can't
recognize. But tonight I did pray when I saw him and his
name. I hope that means that things are sinking in a bit
more. And I so hope his loved ones know many of us are still
Pretty sure the jury foreman was in other episodes. Also the
emcee. Was he the emcee in "Jagged Edges"?
Those cafeteria tables look exactly like my grade school's.
The guys perform at a venue called Blue Steel Club.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-After the scene of Monica comforting Alex while he's laying
in his bunk following the sentencing, there's a scene of Ronald in
the kitchen preparing something. Monica enters and says it
smells wonderful. Ronald comments that he's so happy Tess
asked him to make something for the boys. Monica asks what
he's making. He's cooking beef tenderloin pot roast with
mango catawba grape chutney. ;-) Monica samples and is
very impressed. Then she tries some sort of rice with
mushroom and catawba dish that didn't make sense to me. Then
to "cleanse the palette," Ronald shows off a sorbet of... Monica
guesses catawba grapes. And she is right. Ronald then
sings their praises. Apparently they are difficult to
find. Monica muses that despite that Ronald found em.
Ronald then says it's his gift: finding stuff. At that point
it occurs to Monica that they still need to find a place for
Alex's song to be performed. She suggests that Ronald may be
the one to find it. End scene.
Further on down the road...
So I didn't watch a second episode last night cause I ended up
going to bed really early. I don't know if it was sympathy
with Danika or all the walking I did earlier but I was
exhausted! So now it's Saturday night and I have some mocha
cake and coffee. Yay. It's actually been a while since
I watched an episode with coffee, I think. I've switched
over to tea except in the mornings but tonight it just sounded
And now I'll have "Kumbaya" stuck in my head for a good, long
Sigh... Poor wincing Andrew. He already said this
season that he hates the sound of gunfire and here it is. So
Way to be a lil snot, Monica. And two-faced. She was
all encouraging of Ronald before and here gets all phony and
jerky. Round about this point in the series is when I wonder
if the writers actually decided they didn't want us to like
Monica. No offense to Ms. Downey. I don't think any
actress could spin some of this stuff well. And then a bit
later, Ronald solves a problem for Monica (the common goal) and
she rushes off, leaving him, and doesn't even bother to prop the
door to let him in with her.
Right before the 16th minute (ha) is when Andrew comes back...
looking crazy handsome as a lawyer. So coordinated.
And glad to know Andrew equates having a key with trust. Not
that this means anything... I'm working on a story.
It is moving how Alex keeps flashing back to Henry. How
awful to know you killed the only (non-God) person who loved you.
Yeah... I just never could get the whole boy band
thing. I think maybe it's because I respond more to gravelly
voices. And teen boys don't typically have those.
Sigh... This episode needed more Andrew.
Did I miss something? Why doesn't Alex sing with them?
I think that would have been more moving. I realize he's not
part of the actual band playing this fictional band but
still... They could have even carried the Von Trapp allusion
further by having him step off-stage seemingly because it was
scripted that way and then sneaking off.
Maybe I'm just in a weird mood but the editing in this episode
seems off. Like they hold close-ups and single shots just a
moment too long to be comfortable. Yes, I'm probably just in
a weird mood. Maybe that coffee wasn't the best idea...
I forgot about the guitar being meant for Alex and then the
birthday card, too... Ouch.
Monica playing devil's advocate about Henry being stupid is quite
And I do really like the realistic ending. And that we can
glimpse Andrew... however briefly. Sigh...
A Word from Travis:
While viewing the screen caps, I realize that Robert Ri'chard
who was in the season 3 episode “Sins of the Father” as Dre, was
also featured in this episode. I wished this was another episode
featuring the characters from “Sins of the Fathers”.
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