A review by Jenni:
It's nearly 10:30 which I think makes this the latest I've started
an episode review in at least a long while if not ever. But
I have a cold and this beats trying to get comfortable enough to
sleep. Ya know I'm sick when my beloved caffeine has been
replaced with hot lemonade. Anyhow, I also just wanted to
What I love about this episode:
Well, I like Sam. He definitely handles Gloria's idiocy much
better than I would. I can't imagine having the grace to
hire someone who said such hateful stuff about my people even if
they just seemed misinformed.
While I question the content of some of Rachel's work, I do think
that in general finding at artsy outlet for our angst is very
Good to know that "you need to find someone,
settle down, have kids!" knows no religious boundaries.
Well, good in the misery loves company sense. ;-)
Gender disparity and religious roles also
knows no bounds... As a Catholic woman, I find myself really
relating to this episode and the tension between Rachel and her
"Even friends can disagree." Wise words from Monica.
The flashback to Rachel showing her dad her Torah is very
effective and heartbreaking. Legalism also works its way
into many religions, sadly. The scene is also not as jarring
as some other shows of Monica's new gift.
Wow. I really like Eva, too. I love what she says
about how Rachel's generation has the chance to have careers
because of women like Eva. Housewives deserve more credit
than they get. Also, I think Eva is right on about women's
liberation being about choosing the lives women want for
themselves. If a woman wants to be a housewife and is then
she's just as liberated as a high-powered attorney.
Yikes. Eva's uncomfortably truthful when she tells Rachel
that one day she's gonna be the lady who *was* a famous
cartoonist. Fame is fleeting... Wise woman.
I do love all these mountain shots even though
the angels kinda make it all look fake. Gorgeous scenery.
As unbelievable as I find Gloria not knowing about the Holocaust
(they really should have some sorta orientation program in
Heaven), I find her reaction after visiting the museum to be very
believable. Learning about such a terrible event is so
overwhelming and I know that I tend to personalize it. I think of the people I
know who, if we lived in Hitler's Germany, would likely be
lost. And it's a terrible, heart-wrenching realization.
"Once you know the truth, you become responsible for it."
Excellent quote from Monica.
I like that Gloria realizes just how classy and loving Sam was to
Aww. That's an adorable shot of the trio hugging outside the
museum after Gloria left. Andrew probly needed it...
Probly they all did.
Wow. I actually like Gloria's spastic revelation
scene. Of course, I also like that she gets some help.
Cause I like her helper...
I like the way that what Rachel says to her father about how he
didn't have to say her being female was a disappointment mirrors
what her mother said earlier about how Rachel didn't need to voice
her annoyance: her attitude spoke for her.
I like how Monica stresses that it was Sam's understanding of the
letter of the law that hurt Rachel. It's sad how often such
things happen and how many believing spirits are crushed by
I love the ending with the congregation and the angels happily
together with such joyful music being sung unto the Lord.
What I didn't love about
God kinda comes off as the sorta parent who
really bothers me. It's their responsibility to not let
their kids run around with crackpot ideas that may hurt someone
deeply. Sam shouldn't have had to hear that crap. I
get that Gloria is meant to learn things on Earth but it shouldn't
be at the expense of a human having to listen to anti-Semitic hate
I wonder who the other angel that will eventually visit the jailed
that made me feel swoony:
I love Andrew just hanging out behind Gloria wondering how the
heck this is gonna play out. When he bends down to be level
with her, it's one of my favorite photos of him.
I always love the lovely man and the lovely angel he played.
However... my sentiments become a bit more... pronounced... when
he's being handy. So yay for him at least looking like a
plumber even if he doesn't really do anything!
I sometimes wonder if it's difficult for Andrew to keep quiet when
people tell him about the Holocaust and other horrors. He
I love the way Andrew talks to the skinheads. Calm,
professional, but with a bite to it. Of course, him catching
the knife is all sorts of attractive and awesome. Don't mess
with Andrew! I don't think I'd noticed before, either, how
once he has the knife, he brushes his thumb over the blade.
Of course, he doesn't bleed. Like "Think you're gonna hurt
me or anyone else in this room, do ya? You don't have
anything on me!" He's awesome.
I also like to think it gave him some sense of taking a stand
against the same brand of hate that powered the death camps he had
Aww... it gets me how he kisses Monica's hair at the end.
Andrew needed way more affection than he sometimes got.
Music: At the end, the rabbi
sings a prayer. I think the Seven Blessings. Then the
entire congregation sings what I imagine is called "Mazel Tov."
Rachel works for the Portland Daily News. I have got to
start remembering to use these trivia bits.
The hateful call Rachel receives reminds me of how TBAA was the
first time I ever heard the K-word. "Elijah" specifically.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-Gloria and Tess have a lil chat after Tess gets the newbie into
her caddy and they drive away from Sam. Gloria tells Tess
that Sam was a nice man. Tess goes off saying that God
doesn't send angels to Earth to insult strangers on bus
benches. Further, she shouldn't give herself an
assignment. Gloria asks if this is her assignment.
Tess responds that it is now and hands her a real estate manual
before driving off.
And that's all I picked up on which seems odd...
Further on down the road...
So I'm watching this on Saturday afternoon because I didn't
sleep well and thus feel I will go to bed early. Don't wanna
miss my TBAA!
I've been trying to re-evaluate my feelings on Gloria. On
one hand, I think it's kinda sweet that angels would come here to
learn things. On the other hand, I feel like God would
surely better prepare them for life here. So I think I've
concluded this: personally, I feel God should prepare angels prior
to their appearances on earth in the following ways:
1. They should know the basics. For Gloria not to know
that she's not supposed to be freely telling people she's an angel
is ridiculous IMO. God shoulda filled her in there.
2. Their lack of knowledge shouldn't hurt people. So I
can fully get behind God letting the angels learn to, say, cook
while on Earth cause it might be nice for a human to instruct them
on that. Similarly, I have it in mind with my stories that a
couple of the Dyeland girls taught Violeta about puberty.
Awkward? Probably. But I bet it was also a good
bonding experience. So in both those cases the lack of
knowledge wasn't harming anyone AND it offered a good opportunity
for an angel-human bond to form or deepen. Thankfully, Sam
still uses Gloria's stupidity to bond with her but that just
speaks to his goodness as a person. He was still obviously
hurt by what she said. I think this scene would have worked
better for me had Gloria merely been confused. Like "I've
heard this about the Holocaust from my Father but then that boy
said this and he seemed sincere and I don't know!" Then have
Sam build on that. But the idea that God never said anything
to Gloria about the Holocaust let alone about not blindly trusting
humans??? What sort of Father does that? And then
there's the "Holy of Holies" continuity issue...
This episode kinda reminds me of "Jagged Edges" in that I love
both episodes but feel like the humor isn't remotely
believable. Rachel's cartoons are not only insensitive but
not even witty. Witch doctor? Seriously?
See, Gloria's rapid response to the question about things you can
rely on and Andrew having to explain rhetorical are examples of
good use of the "new angel" idea, I feel. It's just light
and goofy and endearing and we can all understand that there
aren't major repercussions to not being able to recognize a
But there it is again... Andrew explains the Ten
Commandments and Moses as if expecting that Gloria knows who Moses
is. And if she knew who Moses was, how could she get so
easily screwed up on her view of Jewish people? I suppose
it's possible she doesn't know to equate Israelites to Jewish
people but that seems iffy. I just really don't feel like
Gloria believing those skinheads without question makes any sense
in a wider context. Later on with Monica on the mountaintop,
it seems assumed again that Gloria is familiar with Moses.
I actually woulda liked to have heard more
excerpts from Monica's editorials. I think I woulda liked
Sam should be glad I'm not married to him during this
flashback. If I had been Rachel's mom, I woulda stomped
right into that office and went off. Dudes messing with
women's spirituality does NOT sit well with me.
I still absolutely love the conversation Rachel and her mother
have about women's liberation. Eva is so right.
Okay... How does Monica figure Gloria has only known three
Jewish people in her short life? Did Gloria seriously not
spend any time in Heaven? I can't imagine she hadn't met any
Jewish people there. But then maybe we're meant to assume
that everyone in Heaven is religionless and yet... You'd
think they'd have to still have some tie to their religion cause
it woulda made them who they are in part. Like they'd at
least be like "Back in my mortal life, I was Jewish and
thus..." I dunno... I just don't like the implication
that Gloria basically spent no time in Heaven which is essentially
what my hang-ups about this episode boil down to.
I do really love Gloria's "He's the Father of us all"
moment. That's something I would have liked for the show to
play up more. We're all family... angels AND humans.
All brothers and sisters.
Andrew catching that knife and then kinda playing with it so as to
show he has zero fear of it will never cease to be epic.
I really do love this episode. Its message of inclusiveness
and keeping a balance between tradition and innovation is amazing.
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