A review by Jenni:
I set out with the intention of watching "Redeeming Love" but my
player started playing this. And it doesn't take much
to get me to watch Andrew in uniform.
What I love about this
The police uniform. And the guy wearing it.
I got a giggle out of this episode right away. Not because
actual show but because I'd just got back from Mass and the gospel
the account of the Pharisees confronting Jesus about taxes and Him
answering with "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is
God's." Then Tess quotes that right at the start.
I like that on occasion TBAA had the angels having to do the usual
human stuff like renewing driver's licenses, giving blood, and
on a jury. It just makes them so much more approachable and
they're more bonded to us and what we do in our daily lives.
Monica is stranded, left waiting for hours and she keeps
I'm impressed. Cause sometimes I think Monica gets too
but here's a case when, in her place, I'd have totally bugged
out. Yet she doesn't. Yay. See, I really do like
Monica... most of the time.
I'm amused by the scene wherein Monica plays Captain Obvious with
about the two women's identities and how Harry's ashes don't
Doris. And Tess is all "duh!" There are a few scenes I
think are just cute and fun. I like how the two women do a
take when they see Monica for the second time. And I love
Andrew's scowl after Monica calls him a terrible mechanic.
I like that Tess and Andrew both point out that they are NOT there
judge either Doris or Stella. Rather, they're against
actions and thought processes. It's an important distinction
I appreciate that Tess jumps all over Harry's dislike of Doris'
and how Doris shoulda told him to shove it. Okay, maybe Tess
didn't put it that way. She clearly wasn't impressed by
though, and particularly not that aspect of his character.
makes Doris see that Harry had no business taking something she
away from her. Doris adores singing and I think Tess got
joy back for her.
I appreciate how this episode handles adultery for the following
reasons: the angels stress how it means taking part in something
is less than what the Father wants for us. They also make
how it doesn't demonstrate the inherent dignity we have as
God. Tess brings this home when she tells Doris that the
wants her at the table, not scrounging for crumbs. They
make it into a "you broke a commandment, terrible you!"
Rather, it's a "you've betrayed yourself and others and turned
back on what
you deserve: a truly loving relationship" thing with them.
Commandments are important, until people recognize their own
beauty and God's will for them, following those are impossible.
I really like Victoria Jackson's role in this. Lydia's
very cute and brings everything together nicely. You get the
she's the one that saw the real Harry. Well, Andrew seems to
have, too. The only moment in this episode when I sometimes
like crying is when Lydia tearfully says that Harry was her
That song, "Borrowed Time," is quite lovely.
Love the DMV photo showing Tess and her best sides. :-)
What I didn't love about
I'm afraid I'm gonna have to say it... Andrew was pretty
about his car keys. Seriously, what was he thinking leaving
keys in the squad car? He would have been in HUGE trouble if
were really a cop and Stella woulda shot Doris. All because
left her with his keys which she used to get his gun. I just
don't even know how to explain that. Very bad thing for him
overlook. But I love him, anyway.
I'm more than a little bothered by Stella's dismay over the
going Harry getting an angel. As if that's something that's
earned. But I know some people think like that,
I didn't like this episode's handling of adultery for the
reason: it's assumed that Stella shoulda fought for Harry.
maybe Andrew said that cause by then he'd heard about how much she
loved him. But to me it gives the impression that an
angel thinks fighting for a marriage after adultery is a good
idea, period. It may not be, IMO. If I was married and
cheated, I think I'm completely within my rights to put the kibosh
things right there. It would not be right for me to berate
front of any children that may exist. I would not have the
to harm him. But I darn well have the right to say I'm not
fighting, he ruined the marriage, and I'm out. I think the
writers tend to gloss over adultery too much. And maybe I
different take given that my entire life has coincided with the
crisis. Which means I learned about STDs right along with
sex. So I don't see adultery as just disrespecting one's
vows and betraying the heart and soul of your partner. I see
as also putting your partner at risk for STDs. So I'm afraid
see, and will likely never see, people jumping right to "fight for
marriage!" after learning someone's been cheated on. I'm not
saying I don't think reconciliation is possible. It
and if couples can work together to save their marriage then I
that's something to be proud of and admired. But telling
they should have fought... I can't support that. I can
someone fighting for their marriage after making the decision
themselves. But I don't think I should be the one to bring
to them and I really don't think Andrew or any of the angels should
Finally, I'm not really crazy about Harry's ashes going
Heavenward. It was a nice image but why would he get such
treatment? He wasn't exactly Elijah or Jesus
Maybe we were just supposed to assume that the ashes were blown
not that they went to Heaven.
Do you really have to take a road test when you're renewing your
license? I've never heard of that.
Why does Andrew have to explain his continued presence at Harry's
funeral to Tess? Has she not been paying attention the
other times before he's hung around after someone's died?
forget about talking to him about doing more case working
Sometimes I do worry about their memories...
Is Andrew ever comfortable wearing a gun? He talks about how
not comfy wearing one at a funeral but I'd be surprised if he's
truly comfortable wearing one.
Parts that made me feel
Andrew sounds so Southern during parts of this episode! I
it. I wish his accent came through more often. So
I love that Andrew's so stunned by the idea of someone having an
for fifteen years. And that someone else would put up with
that. Given all he's probly seen, his naivete at times is
a miracle. If not a miracle it's at least endearing.
way he keeps shaking his head is especially so. I get the
that if Andrew were human he'd likely be radically
Just the same, I'm glad he's not human!
Doris curses Andrew (I think that's what that spitting thing is
and he just smiles. And so adorably and good
Class act. I just find it unfortunate that he makes the
saying he's not there to judge yet Doris pretty much judges
Sad. So I'll
over him to make up for the curse.
But really it was all about the uniform for me. :-) He
looked so officially handsome.
Angels can sorta lie. I know it's in the rules that they
but Andrew totally does in this. He makes up that clanking
in the squad car. This is welcome news to me cause sometimes
given up on what coulda been amusing scenes in JABB stories just
it woulda involved an angel fudging something a bit. This
gives me permission to do that!
Poor Tess! She just can't trust those Angel Babies!
steals her car in "Sins of the Father" and then Monica does
Sheesh! I did feel bad for Monica who seemed really worried
that. Andrew was much more calm as a car thief.
A Word from Travis:
I remember not being fond of this episode about two women
fighting over the ashes of a man (one woman was his wife and the
other was his lover).
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