A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
The whole deserted church plot made this episode seem really timely to
me, over 10 years later. I realize the church in this episode
wasn't closing for financial reasons but that's what's happened around
here so it made me think of that. Also, with people thinking of
leaving town because of the lack of financial stability... Yeah,
it definitely made this episode seem current which I think says a lot
like that Monica was assigned simply to read. Not only does it
stress that reading's important, but it really gave Tess a chance to
shine for once. I wish TBAA woulda given Tess and Andrew more
Tess commanding the ants was pretty amusing! I wish I had that
I thought the way they did the phone calls was good. I could
totally see why people fell for it. Even when the boy wasn't
offering answers, he was telling people that he knew their lives.
He saw their struggles. He knew what was in their hearts.
Sometimes I think that's what we want from God more than
anything. I guess that's probly what we want from anyone: just to
be understood and have someone empathize with us.
Good continuity with Andrew seeming to order orange juice at the bar
here and yet again in "Sign of the Dove."
I really like what Tess had to say to Andy about how God lets people
make their own decisions, even bad ones. And how He stands by
them even after those bad decisions. TBAA really made me think
about free will and what an amazing gift that is.
What I didn't love about this
Coulda used some more
I'm not bothered by anything in this episode. It's not
a personal favorite but it's fine. It's hard to see Tess fail and
struggle with that. I don't like seeing it for that reason but it
was really good for character development. So definitely not a
fault. I was worried they'd have Monica swoop in and fix
things. That I would have seriously disliked. But allowing
Tess to finish the assignment with Monica's inspiration (appropriate
for the Angel of Truth) was great.
Are there not doodlebugs in Nebraska? I don't think I've ever
heard of em til this episode. Huh.
Where did the names Pearhead and Vinegar come from?
Parts that made me feel
Three words: tool belt AND jeans! Andrew was simply adorable in a
very manly way in this episode! And his hair seemed different in
a good way. I liked it. And I thought it was so cute when
he was kinda paranoid and looking over his shoulder cause Pearhead kept
staring as he worked. And the beige shirt Andrew wore with the
tool belt and jeans reminded me of his beige shirt from "The
so, yeah, I was pretty sappy about him in that scene.
I was also a lil swoony and jealous after the fire scene when he
caressed some woman's face. Is that bad?
Tess is like my sister in this episode: an equal opportunity bug
hater. I could never understand how my sister could rank a
caterpillar the same as, say, a bee. But I'm thinking Tess is
like that, too!
Someone with TBAA clearly likes Plato's "Allegory of the Cave" since it
figures in here and C.S. Lewis' take on it made its way into "My Dinner
I wish people did revitalize old buildings more often. Too bad it
didn't work out here but definitely a good idea. We have so many
empty buildings where I live. I really wish someone would fill
those before continuing to build and build and build new stuff.
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