A review by Jenni:
Vanilla caramel cappuccino, lemon cake, and Andrew. Perfect
evening! I'm feeling much better about this episode than the
last one cause I clearly remember Andrew in it and he was in the
promo a lot. Also, it's not "Manhunt" which is up
next. I know I like that episode but am pretty sure it will
make me hysterical. And I don't need that tonight.
What I love about this episode:
I think they got grief down really well. I can totally
relate to feeling ambivalent about death. Even under the
worst and most tragic and unexpected of circumstances, I still
can't help but feel that the person who died is a whole lot
happier in Heaven. Even if they didn't seem to have enough
time here. Cause they're with God and surrounded by only
love and beauty. But it is devastating and heartbreaking to
be left behind.
I have my issues with Tess. But she was always really
wonderful with frightened kids.
I just really like this idea of a ride-along as part of Gloria's
training. It makes sense. I imagine you could learn an
awful lot spending the day with an AOD. Course, I'm totally
I love it when Tess tells lil Sarah that she's never been bad a
day in her life. She needed to hear that from an angel.
Really diggin' Andrew's history of the human view of death.
I have to be honest and say it's a lil hard to hear given the
circumstances. But cultural thanatology has long been an
interest of mine so... I'll take it where I find it.
And I think he's onto something about how we create afterlife
fantasies because we can control them. God knows I've been
spending a lot of time doing that lately... But I hope at
least some of mine aren't completely fantastical.
Ha! I totally forgot that Grams' "date" Alex was Alex
Also cute? Andrew calls her "Grams." Almost as amusing
as when someone calls him "son" despite his being epically old.
I love the moment when Grams realizes her arthritis is gone.
It is comforting to think of the moment when those we've lost
realize how limitless they are.
"You know that with God, all things are possible." Maybe not
the most original quote from Andrew but it never hurts to be
I love it when Monica assures Chuck that Grams knows he loves
her. I'm counting on the same.
While I agree that Chuck really shoulda taken some time off... I
do kinda agree with him. At times sticking to a routine and
trying to keep distracted has been the only way I could
cope. So I think that's a very natural reaction they
Tess role-playing to help Sarah is pretty great. I think
that can really do a lot for kids. And us adults.
Angel screen time-wise, this is a really well-balanced episode.
As much as Gloria sometimes gets on my nerves, she did provide a
good excuse for some great moments. Andrew and Monica
(mostly the former) correcting her after taking the gun is a
powerful moment. Even angels have to teach their younger set
really, really tough lessons.
"Every human being touches the life of someone else.
Sometimes without even knowing it. And before they leave
this world, they each have a chance to leave something behind to
say 'I was here. I mattered.' They leave children or
wisdom or love or sometimes a little turtle. And in a way,
it's like they never really left." I love that quote from
Gloria. And I think we all know who it makes me think
of. Not so sure about the turtle but he left a generation of
children who got to hear about God's love from him. And a
whole lotta love and wisdom.
What I didn't love about
It seems odd to me that Maureen was still in
her hospital robe and bald when she left with Andrew. Maybe
she actually liked being bald so that may make sense. But
who would choose to be in a hospital robe? It doesn't make
much sense compared to Ilena in "Hearts" who instantly had a nice
dress and looked radiantly healthy.
Do most humans really get born and die in hospitals as Monica
says? I'll buy that most people in industrialized nations
do. But the total majority? I dunno.
Sometimes I just really wish I could ask the angels some
questions. Maybe cause I need the answers for myself.
And one thing I'd definitely like to ask is how do you handle
seeing and hearing of so much child abuse when you can't have
children? Cause that is one of the hardest things for me to
grasp: that hateful, hurtful people get these bundles of joy and
love when others who would be awesome parents do not.
Andrew makes a couple vague references to Hell which brings back
the old question for me... If someone goes to Hell in
TBAAverse, does an AOD escort them? Cause I am really not
okay with Adam, Andrew, or Henry being in Hell.
Can you seriously order a gun via mail? Majorly
that made me feel swoony:
His smiley loveliness in his first scene is beautiful.
Oh... And he's reading Ecclesiastes. I forgot he did
that here. I've thought so often of his reading of it in
"Crisis of Faith" since John died. Sometimes I still really
can't believe his time to die came... But now he knows how
loved he was by so, so many.
This crazy person had to rewind when Andrew took Maureen's hands
in his cause I thought it was all sorts of adorable and kind and
I'd wanna be like the Eileen Andrew refers to during his
ride-along... holding Andrew's hand and watching my last
sunset. And I love how he laughs recalling Mr. Pontier
wanting to play Parcheesi. Not as nice as the sunset thing
but still... quality time with Andrew. :-) I like the
folks who like him.
I agree with Gloria... It's wonderful
that Andrew cares about his assignments so much.
"People really face death the same way that they faced life.
For some that means a lot of fear, a lot of anger. And
they'll curse God with their last, dying breath rather than just
accept His mercy. And for them their final journey is not so
good. But... for the ones who make peace, you know, to watch
their bravery and their strength, their faith... it humbles
me. And it inspires me, I think, to be a better
angel." I love that for two reasons:
1. Good advice. Be the second category, not the first.
2. It's so Andrew! So often he'll turn a negative
statement into something optimistic. And then to humbly
stress how it touches him... Very Andrew.
Glad he didn't mind it being written down. Cause I wrote it
I just wanna hug him when he's sitting on the
couch with Gary and clearly so disturbed. When he closes his
eyes... poor love.
Aww... When he's upset he runs his hand *over* his hair when
it's short... I never noticed.
In this episode we have a scene that I think really stresses why I
always thought Andrew was the best angel. Because even when
I wanted him to do something drastic... even when I was angry at
him that he didn't... he never turned from his Father's
will. I imagine that, like Gloria, he would have very much
liked to have taken Chuck's gun. But he knew that would be
denying divinely gifted free will. He obeyed God even when
Giggle. I love it when Andrew feigns pride as he does at the
end. Although I do happen to think Gloria really did learn
from the best!
All Andrew's outfits in this are great but that black shirt at the
end is awfully fetching. As is his smile as they watch the
Music: Poor Sarah sings
"London Bridge" while in the shelter. Tess hums "Rockabye
Baby" to Sarah in the shelter.
Weirdly, I was thinking about the chicken or
egg conundrum (which Gloria discusses in the opening scene) right
before I started this episode. Which makes me think I
definitely have these episodes tucked away somewhere in my brain
even though when I consciously strive to remember them, I can't.
Unlike Grams... I must admit I do like some frozen dinners a lot.
Grams' nickname for Robby is "Mr. Turtle." Might be good to
know at some point...
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- They cut a tiny bit off of the scene in the bunker when Robbie
is loading the gun. He ponders aloud how to load it.
Then they do a close-up for a few seconds of him inserting the
bullets. It then goes to him creeping into the house which
- There's another small cut after Robbie is hit. Monica
volunteers to take Chuck home which THC has. Then right
after that, we see that Robbie's father is leaning against a tree
in a stupor. As Robbie's body is loaded into the ambulance,
the cop approaches the father, extends his condolences, and says
that he knows it's a bad time but he has a few questions for
him. He asks if they can go inside. The dad doesn't
respond but turns towards the house and the cop follows.
Then it shoots to inside the house which is where THC resumes.
- Probly the most substantive cut comes when Tess is humming the
lullaby. As you hear that, you see Chuck staring at his
turtle necklace at his home. Then it goes to the father
sitting at his kitchen table. He picks up the phone and
calls 911. He tells them "I want to report a missing..."
then cuts off when he notices the smashed lamp. He says he
made a mistake and never mind, hangs up, says "Sarah, where the
hell are you?" and crashes on the couch. THC keeps that last
bit but cuts the phone call entirely.
Further on down the road...
Oh so Gloria got a lot of education apart from Monica.
That's good to know. Maybe a "Joshua" type helped her
then. Yeah, I'm really desperate to make sure Gloria had
some quality God time during her "infancy."
I keep meaning to fact-check if most humans die in
hospitals. That makes me sad. And it probably depends
on how accessible hospitals are.
"You are. You're here." I love that the nurse says
this to the woman in mourning. It was important she know how
much that meant... just to be present.
I so love this scene of Andrew talking in such detail about his
assignments. Sigh... I also love what he says about
how they inspire him to be a better angel. I like to think
the angel/human relationship has some reciprocity.
I miss the days when one could have
camaraderie with a postal worker. Now it seems like we have
a new one every day.
Ha. I just realized that Gloria calls
Grams "Mrs. Grams."
This depiction of the kids' father is really disturbing. It
would be easier if he was just awful all the time. But in
the better moments, like at their dinner, you can see one reason
why the kids might not have spoken up. Sometimes things were
good. And probably every time they thought maybe they'd
turned a corner. And remembering those good times would make
it so difficult to speak up. Which is all the more reason
why the rest of us need to speak up when we witness things.
Every time I watch this, I'm surprised that Robby gets hit.
I always remember it as he accidentally gets shot. I dunno
I really like how Andrew explains Chuck's behavior: he doesn't
want to die but living hurts too much at the time. I've
heard a number of people, over the years, say stuff like "Suicide
is so selfish." I hate that. Sure, we can probably
find some examples of truly selfish suicides. But, for the
most part, I think people are so mentally unwell and in too much
pain to realize the implications of their actions. To be
selfish implies understanding of what one is doing to other
people. And I just don't think that's always there.
I do feel for Gloria when she steals the gun... That would
be so difficult to understand when you're so young and new.
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