A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I can really relate to Tess' bit about how we don't all have time to
meet ourselves any more with the downloading and messaging and faxing
and whatnot. Cause technology does eat up a whole heckuva lot of
my time. On the other hand, I do think it has helped me to
express myself more. But it was a good point to make.
I've never been pregnant so I have no clue if this would actually be
effective but Monica having Cassie visualize the orchestra was sweet
and really made for a beautiful scene. Although... what's the
equivalent of "visualize" for hearing? Because she was trying to
get Cassie to hear the music in her mind, not see it. Hmm.
Again, I've never been in Cassie's position so can't speak to the
accuracy of this episode but it *seemed* to give a really good,
balanced view of how difficult it is to give up a child yet also how
difficult it is to care for one when you're only a child
yourself. I really felt for Cassie. When she talks about
never seeing a part of herself it was really gut-wrenching. I
also get a lil emotional when Cassie talks about waking up with her
hands on her stomach but the baby no longer being there. Great
acting by Alyson
Cassie pawning her flute makes me sad yet really impressed by
her. Although I was pretty horrified to learn a flute woulda cost
around $1,000 in the 90s. Don't wanna imagine that figure these
For a small part, Adam's scene is just jam-packed with some great
character-building moments. More on that in other sections.
His hovering in the tree always reminds me of On Borrowed Time which I'd
really like to see some day. If only it weren't out of print...
Tess calling Adam "son" makes me happy.
The wind chime sound when Adam disappears is nice. I like
it. Can't recall it being used very often. Makes him seem
special which he is!
I love the use of trees in the revelation scene. First, I'm a big
fan of people running through trees. I don't know why but I like
it. Second, the way the trees frame Monica's and Cassie's hug is
gorgeous. Come to think of it, the way they framed Monica when
she first appeared was very nice, too.
Cassie's reunion with her mother highlights something I've been
thinking about a lot: the need to have our feelings validated.
When Joanne tells Cassie she'll never blame her for wanting to keep the
baby, I think that was the exact right thing to say. She wasn't
offering a solution. She wasn't agreeing or disagreeing.
She was simply telling her child that she was understood. And I
think that's what we all want: understanding.
What I didn't love about this
I'm not crazy about the car seat gag just because it's too
obvious for me. Cassie saw inside the caddy's trunk. She
knew there was no car seat there. Then there it is! Too
weird and cartoon-y for my tastes.
It's not something I
dislike about this episode, more a reflection of
something I dislike in a later episode, but Tess' comments to Adam seem
disingenuous in light of "An Unexpected Snow." She's all
concerned about burn-out yet she's really harsh and not very
compassionate to him in "Snow." Grrr. That scene would be
much sweeter here if I didn't have the turkey debacle in mind.
I'm ambivalent about Monica telling Cassie her baby's future. It
makes for a nice, heart-warming scene. However, this episode is
about (and named for) Cassie's choice. I think the episode might
have been stronger if it had followed Cassie's choice in a way similar
to what most birth mothers face. And I'm gonna guess that most
birth mothers don't have angels telling them their babies' futures.
I don't drive but among drivers I know, most get majorly ticked when a
driver takes up two parking spaces. Do they think they're better
than everyone else? What if the lot fills and someone really
needs that one spot? What if it's an elderly person that
otherwise may have to park several yards away? So I was pretty
irritated by the lack of consideration from both Monica and Tess on
Finally, I don't really care for Monica curing the pawn broker to get
the flute back. That, like the car seat gag, was cute. But
some of these early episodes do tend to make the angels seem more
magical than spiritual. I guess it's a matter of taste.
it just me or does it seem like the angels perched on stuff (like
rooftops) a lot less as the series went on?
I wonder how long it takes for someone to stop waking up, thinking
they're pregnant, after they have been?
Why doesn't Adam handle babies? This according to Monica and Adam
How common is this mother/baby different blood type issue? It's
scary! Why does it happen?
Parts that made me feel
Okay, Monica herself does not make me swoony. However... when she
talks about wondering what it would be like to have kids, I'm sure
anyone who knows me can guess where my mind went. So then I
started thinking about how wonderful a father Andrew would be (it being
Father's Day probly did not help limit this fantasizing). And
then I took it even further and got all angsty
thinking about how
difficult it would be for all the angels to see something like child
abuse by a parent and yet know they're denied something this person is
taking for granted and using as a means of causing pain.
Gah. Not to mention how horrible it is simply to see a child in
any type of pain.
I wanna climb the tree and hug Adam in this. Then Henry although
that might be a lil more awkward since I don't feel as comfortable with
Mr. Two Hit Wonder. Then Andrew... And that hug could be
epic. When Tess says the AOD thing "can wear a soul down
especially if you feel misunderstood," I feel terrible for them and
probly overly protective. I deliberately skipped "Fallen Angela"
cause I know it makes me sad and I'd totally forgot about this dialogue
which gets to me. Though not as much as "Fallen" so it was still
a wiser choice.
But then Adam makes me all proud of him and I feel slightly less
worried when he says he was "made for this work."
find it a lil hard to believe that in her stated 5,000 years on earth,
Monica had never seen a birth from the Earth side before Cassie's
delivery. But then what do I know about being an angel? ;-)
"Working upstairs" is used by Monica here as an euphemism for
Heaven. Just thought it'd be fun to note those.
I really love Monica's black dress in this. I used to have one a
lot like it but it's all faded. I wish I could find another
one. So if anyone sees one... ;-)
Tess mentions going back to "Revelations and
Annunciations." In later episodes I think this department is
referred to simply as "Annunciations." Just some more trivia I'm
trying to note.
I can't imagine facing my baby's major illness alone. Poor Cassie.
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