"Bring On the Rain"
A review by Jenni:
So happy to be sitting down with this. Yesterday was a
wonderful Thanksgiving but today was just plain nutty. And
the long weekend made me feel like Wednesday was Friday and, thus,
it seems like forever since I watched "Jump!" I finished
Christmas decorating, though! Which involved lotsa
dusting... Another reason I'm very glad to be simply sitting
here watching my favorite show starring my favorite actor playing
my favorite fictional character.
What I love about this episode:
Some day I would really like to
visit SLC. Some of these opening shots are just so
I'm kinda like Monica here. Sometimes I look at kids and
wonder what they'll be like in 50 or 60 years. So that's
kinda sweet. Although I typically think more about what
they're gonna think about those grunge/goth/preppy clothes than
romances. I'm confident I'll still be cool with my boho
I'm going to confess to being totally wrong about something in
this episode. When I first watched, I was totally put off by
Monica's "it seems they have to go through this in order to find
out who they are" line. I thought she was saying everyone
had to go through the teenaged love thing. And I was 20 when
this aired and had never been in love so was all like "That's easy
for you to say! Everyone expects you to be single!
Last thing I need is some dippy angel telling me that I have to go
through *that.*" But now... I think she's just replying to
Andrew's comments about teenage drama. And I had my fair
share of that. And it *does* help a person find out who they
are so... Monica is right.
I love that Annie feels strongly about setting a good example for
Natalie with men. Now, I think going on a date when your kid
is in high school is totally acceptable. But it's just cool
to have a parent depicted who thinks about the implications of
their romantic lives. Don't see that too much on TV...
And, sadly, sometimes not in life.
Aww!!! This is set around Thanksgiving! Perfect!
I'd forgotten that!
That coat Annie has on when going door-to-door is adorable!
I did love a lot of the costuming on this show...
Eeek. Totally forgot Howard was Ben's dad. Good
twist. But that couple... horrible people. I love it
when Ben tells his mom he lied to Natalie when he told her his mom
was a nice person. Slam!
"Yes, you've made mistakes, Annie. But you've always taken
responsibility for them and worked hard to overcome them.
And God wants you to know
He's very proud of you." Lovely that Monica said that to
Annie. She needed to hear it as well as...
"God loves you, Annie. Mistakes and all!"
From Andrew to Natalie: "Your mom is more than just your
mom. She's a real person who can get her heart broken,
Pretty awesome of Annie to have responded to Howard's wife with
"You're going to be in my prayers." Classy.
Yay, Shakespeare! I agree. He was inspired.
What I didn't love
about this episode:
Kinda sad that Monica wouldn't have
considered having Thanksgiving with Andrew and Gloria... but maybe
she knew they'd be busy. I woulda... Tess or no Tess.
It's just awful to watch when Natalie doesn't acknowledge her
mother. I think I must subconsciously remember more of this
episode than I realized cause earlier in the week I kept thinking
of the movie Stella.
Now I know why...
Wow... people would actually use Salisbury steak as a bribe?
Yuck. Maybe I've just never had good Salisbury steak...
Is this for real!?! Alums meet potential students for a few
minutes and then write recommendations based on that!? How
does that make sense??? It's nice that Mr. Stowe turns out
to be so supportive of the real Tates but... still ridiculous in
made me feel swoony:
I love how Andrew kinda
teasingly asks Monica if there's something on her mind. And
just the way he tilts his head. For a moment, he seems like
younger Andrew. And, don't get me wrong, I
actually prefer older John's looks (although he was never
unattractive to me!). But younger Andrew seemed more
carefree and happy. So I like it when that guy comes back
sometimes. Even though I feel a bit more kinship with older
Andrew... Now I just sound crazy so will stop.
Poor love probly wanted to finally go to Paris...
I think I woulda retaken my ACT (didn't do SAT) if Andrew had been
involved... Actually, probly woulda taken the SAT even
though my college didn't want it. I'm all for filling in
tiny circles if it means having Andrew around. :-)
Gah, he's finally back. His hair does look phenomenal in
I couldn't help but think of John when Monica is telling Annie
that God will ask her if she taught her daughter to find Him and
to be who He created her to be. John taught countless people
Aww... that sigh when Natalie incorrectly thinks Howard broke
Annie's heart. He strikes just the right balance in this
scene. Sympathetic but very persistent that Natalie do the
right thing by her mom.
Hee! I like how he tells Natalie that one day she'll
recognize she had a conversation with an angel. And, poof!,
he's gone! I think I liked those best of all cause real
angel stories you hear often end that way.
During the cell phone conversation with Annie and her buddy,
there's a male country artist singing. Actually, I think
it's that same "Every time I lose my heart" song as is heard in
"Two Sides to Every Angel." When nitwit gives Annie the key
chain, there's a female country artist singing. Again, no
clue. Naturally, "Bring on the Rain" by Jo Dee Messina is
heard during the make-over montage. At the Yale luncheon
thingy a quartet is singing something with the lyrics "and we'll
shout the good old chorus." Sounds like a school song of
some sort. They've also got some piano music going.
Good sales on toilet paper are something you only understand when
you're a grown-up, I think...
Always kinda feel bad for realtors/landowners who probly think
"Yay! I've finally unloaded that house/trailer/apartment!"
and then have the angels bail mere weeks later.
It would be so nice to have a neighbor who could come over and
have coffee and chat... I'm kinda not super lucky in the
neighbor department. Some day!
My company once gave me a flashlight key chain. I wonder if
it was flirting with me... ;-) (ETA: Still use
it! Handy lil thing.)
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- They cut a scene of Monica tutoring Natalie. Natalie asks
Monica if she's coming over for Thanksgiving. Monica says
yes and she's looking forward to it. Natalie says she's not
as she doesn't want her boyfriend to see the "dump" where she
lives. Monica stresses that where she lives has a lot of
love and if the boy is decent that is what he'll focus on and not
think less of her.
Further on down the road...
Well, this is fun... Watching this while in a tech
support chat with my TV, internet, phone provider. No
phone... They are typing a message... and apparently type
slowly cause it has said that for a while... Okay,
apparently my area is having phone issues. Better that than
"Yeah, your connection is screwed up. We'll have to send
someone on Monday."
The scoring is weird when Annie and Monica first visit over
coffee. I actually paused the video cause I thought an ad
was playing on the Internet. Just didn't mesh well IMO.
Weirdly, just as Natalie was begging for a cell phone, I sent an
email to my friend about why I keep my landline. I have a
cell phone but I have a love/hate relationship with it.
I hope Andrew was in Dyeland for that Thanksgiving since Monica
didn't seem to care about including him. Or Gloria for that
I do think it's weird that Annie insisted on the boyfriend making
a Thanksgiving appearance. Even pie seems a bit excessive
for just a boyfriend. Not like they're engaged. My
family has always welcomed boyfriends and girlfriends but
certainly never expected them to leave their own families on
holidays even for a bit. Black Friday dinner shoulda been
Made it to the
halfway mark without imbibing but I think I need chai...
Natalie needs to spend more time watching CNN where she'd see a
parade of politicians with loads more resources who still can't
manage to keep their secrets secret. How did she ever think
her double life was gonna work out? Maybe if she was
at a boarding school but I don't get the idea this is some massive
city. Someone running into someone was bound to
happen. And, of course, it did!
You know... I'm wondering if my puter speakers are just not what
I'm used to. The scoring seemed intrusive at the big private
school shindig scene, too.
I hope Andrew remembers that speech about a mother being a real
person. He may need it in a decade and a half or so over in
I gotta be honest and say that if I had to look through
applications representing tons of kids with big dreams and
impressive transcripts and knew I had to nix most, I'm not sure I
could go with the one who was a compulsive liar even if reformed.
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