A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I like this episode cause it gives me a good excuse to bring out a term
from my Theatre Appreciation class: in medias res. This episode
starts in medias res, which basically means it starts in the middle of
the plot. Nice technique in general, I think, and TBAA's
is no exception. You want to know who is in the hospital bed and
why. And I think it's sweet that Monica at first worries that the
accident was her fault. See, I do feel for her and genuinely like
her at times!
Moving on, I'm impressed with anyone who wants to bless Andrew's mind
and heart. So, yeah, I like the pastor for that.
Surprised? Then you must not know me. :-)
I have a couple things I really appreciated as far as the guest
characters. First, I love the part where Gloria, the pastor's
wife, tells Tess how if she'd only gotten the aspirin or only done this
or only... her son wouldn't have died. It's very sad but very
relatable. Who among us hasn't played a cruel "what if..." game
that with ourselves? And Tess addresses these concerns very well.
Second, I like that instead of having the pastor go completely athiest
he becomes a man angry at and distanced from God. I suppose it
all has to do with one's own experience but being angry at God under
those circumstances is much more realistic and relatable to me.
What I didn't love about this
My one and only gripe is Karen's father. That guy sent up some
serious red flags with me and I think the pastor or someone shoulda
spoken to him. I mean he's speaking for his wife, cutting his
daughter off, bossing Karen around, practically pulls his wife after
him at one point, etc. When Karen confesses she's afraid to tell
her dad about everything I'm thinking "I would be, too!" I think
the writers let that guy off a lil too easy.
This is by no means a gripe but not a particularly enjoyable moment for
me so I'm putting it here. Seeing Andrew in Karen's mirror creeps
me out. I have no idea why. I do know I had a couple dreams
about 4 years back in which I looked into a mirror and saw Andrew
behind my shoulder. But I can't recall if my aversion to this
scene predated or postdated those dreams. Just an odd moment for
Oh and I'm also a lil iffy on the stopping time thing as when Monica
speaks to the pastor on the basketball court.. I just can't make
up my mind on whether I think that's all fine and dandy or a little
whatever happened to Tess' dog? And what was it, anyhow? I
don't think it was mortal cause it disappeared at the end like the
angels. So is God making angels in dog form or was it a spirit
dog (lived on earth and then died)?
Did someone with TBAA have an issue with reporters? I mean this
one was just plain slimy! And then not too long before this
episode there was "The Journalist" with an over-zealous Rocky and that
jerky guy she did the news with. What's that about?
Parts that made me feel
Andrew has me pretty much right off the bat with handling the Algebra
homework. That boy should be glad he doesn't live in the real
world and I don't have his number. Cause I'd still be calling for
Algebra help even though I've not taken a Math class since 2000.
In another moment that makes me wish I was Monica, when Andrew tells
Monica she can't blame herself for Luke's death... Just something
about him comforting her makes me jealous. And it makes me want
to hug him since she doesn't always reciprocate. We should all
I also loved when Andrew confronted Karen and asked her if she needed
to talk. She turns him down but he doesn't leave it there and
asks if she needs to cry. Gah, he's just so caring. Course,
then my inner voice says "Do *you* need to cry?" Sometimes I
think S3 Andrew video should be played to S9 Andrew. It may help
him out, poor love.
Andrew quoting Ecclesiastes is very nice. I wish we'd gotten to
hear more. Andrew shoulda read and recited stuff more often cause
it's lovely when he does.
Finally, his sigh of relief when Karen walks off the roof with the
pastor... I wanna hug him. He's so lovely.
I wanted to hear Andrew's sermon!!! At one part, right before
Andrew confronts Karen, some guy says Andrew gave a good sermon for a
non-preacher and I wanted to hear it!!!
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