A review by Jenni:
So I haven't reviewed an episode featuring Andrew since... June
28th. Therefore, even though this is a pretty busy day for me,
I'm making time. I missed him...
What I love about this
I just like seeing William Daniels, best known to me as Mr.
Feeney from Boy Meets World.
Makes me nostalgic. I miss the TV of my childhood and
teenagehood. And I miss Corey, Topanga, and Co. and that whole
I wish I had Monica's talent of controlling dogs. Then again,
that would probly be boring in the long term. Still, it's a cute
scene when she shows her training skills off.
I just love the setting for this one. It's so beautiful and
I like what Tess says about
how some people think the imperfections
make something beautiful. I totally feel that way about some
things, even to the point of sometimes deliberately choosing a flawed
item over a "perfect" one. More character.
I know hospitals are important but I can totally relate to Whit's
distrust of them and blaming his wife's death on being in one. I
feel that way about one of my grandpas. But I also know they've
saved the lives of my family members. So I guess I just like that
view on them is so sympathetically portrayed even if other aspects of
his character aren't cast in such a sympathetic light (rightly so).
I like that the writers don't condemn IVF and surrogacy. Whatever
people feel about it, ridicule and judgment aren't what anyone who has
struggled to have a child needs.
Monica's living metaphor with the kiln is genius!
"Frightened people often hide behind anger." What Tess says seems
to true. I wish knowing that helped more than it sometimes does,
I love that when Whit is dismayed that angels would bless the way the
child is carried, Andrew counters by saying they're there simply to
bless the child. That's awesome. Because I believe all
children are blessed, no matter how they're conceived.
I also like that Andrew says "Angels don't tell you what you should
have done, we're here to tell you that God loves you." Very nice.
Unfortunately, I can relate to what Monica says about how sometimes we
pray for the tiniest things but not the biggest. I'm trying to
get better about that, though.
The scene of Whit and Michael talking beneath the stars, the latter
telling his dad how to raise his grandson in his stead, is so touching.
The way they juxtapose Michael's death and his son's birth is
awesome. Very effective emotionally plus it really highlights how death is really birth into
I love how Monica assures Whit and Penny that the baby had an eternity
with his father before his birth. For one, it's such a comforting
thought. For another, I believe in life before birth (meaning
we're in Heaven, then we're born, then we return to Heaven) so it was
cool to hear that in TBAA.
What I didn't love about this
This can't be helped but this episode, unlike others, does seem pretty
dated. Having to explain IVF to an adult probly isn't too common
these day between the shocking cases like "Octomom" and the far more
common cases. I definitely don't think Whit being angry about it
is dated. Just the newness and lack of knowledge about it.
must have missed something. How did Whit know where Jolene
was? Or was it just a good guess based on their earlier
Parts that made me feel
It took 28 minutes but there he is!!! And he's playing with a
reed or something. Does anyone else think Andrew seems fidgety or
something sometimes? Like in TOTGA when he's twirling that straw
around. His hands just move a lot. It's endearing.
But then I find most about him is.
Aww, that's such a cute lil
smile during the RAM discussion.
Aww. I wish Andrew really was always cheerful as Whit says.
But then he probly wouldn't be so relatable or even so
comforting. But it certainly is nice when he's cheerful.
That corduroy shirt looks cuddly... And blue and gold together on
him is really flattering.
So jealous of Monica when Andrew kinda head bumps her or whatever you'd
call that. He's so affectionate. And a year later she'd
believe some newscaster she barely met over him. No fair...
"It is more beautiful than you can ever imagine." Just something
about the way Andrew says that about Heaven makes me melt. The
conviction or something.
Whit tells his son that the computer will ruin his eyes.
Coincidentally, yesterday on The
Today Show there was an eye doctor that said computer use
doesn't cause damage to your eyes. It just tires em. Good
It's pretty amusing to see that old computer. Wow. It seems
so huge even though it's really not.
People standing at a grave is terribly sad. A dog lying at a
grave? That's just depressing.
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