A review by Jenni:
Well, I finally got desperate and subscribed to the Hallmark
Channel. So now I'm not so panicked about "OMG! I only
12 episodes left to review!" My plan now is to, hopefully,
caught up on Seasons 1-4 here by the 1st of October since the S5
episodes will likely restart on Hallmark around then. Here's
hoping they keep playing em, else you'll hear me scream!
Once again, I'm typing this as I go instead of taking
notes. Bonus: I can see Andrew in my Desktop background even
though he's not in this episode. :-)
What I love about this
this episode makes me wish I hadn't already had my morning
coffee. I think Monica would approve of mine: Dean's Beans
Trade French Vanilla Kiss... with the fixings. Nothing
The whole political news coverage thing is pretty darn
"What ya gonna do next???" "You running again?!?!"
Monica is wearing Converse All-Stars!!! (In the scene where
and Tess are in tree.) My favorite non-dressy shoes!
I'm actually happy about Monica!
A tape player in a car. Makes me nostalgic. As do the
honking cell phones.
The interview with Bobby talking about buying his mom a house is
poignant. Actually, I just like how the whole episode plays
of the two mother-child relationships (Debra and her overbearing
mother, Bobby and his loving mother with her respect for a false
of Debra's mother.)
I like that George's reaction to Debra saying she's not the one he
should spend his life with is "I think have some say in
Cause it always kinda annoys me in movies and TV shows when one
up and decides to leave cause the other one could do much better
like. It always seems to carry a hint of condescension to
me. Like "I know better about what you need than you
If you want out, say you want out. Don't try to pass it off
something noble. So yay George for not taking that.
Something about Debra resorting to "Mommy" as she breaks down
really appropriate given the background of the characters.
in with the mother's infantilizing her. Then it ends up
reflecting back on Debra in the hospital after her suicide
attempt. Good writing.
I like the distinction Tess makes between Monica making a choice
Debra (bad) and Monica simply giving Debra the choice of life or
she's unable to recognize for herself that she has a choice
"You have the right to be less than perfect." That's a great
quote that Monica tells Debra.
I like how Leo ends up being more of a real parent to Debra than
mother. I guess I just like thinking God fills the holes in
lives when the originals don't pan out.
What I didn't love about
I like Debra's boyfriend but I think my reaction to being
shushed would be a whole lot angrier. Sure, he had a
gripe about her forgetting their anniversary but that's just a
with me. Verbally shushing... fine in some cases. But
your finger to
My feeling about
episode has changed since my family's and another
family's cars were hit by a hit-and-run driver a couple years
ago. Thankfully, no one was critically injured (although
permanent injury of a non-critical nature did result) but it was
and the driver didn't even bother to see what damage he'd
So I'm just not feeling much sympathy for Debra, whether the
Debra or not. John Spencer's Leo kinda balances out the
Debra" aspect by simply stating that fleeing the scene made it a
and one he's darn angry about. Nonetheless, the way Bobby's
is so supportive is just difficult for me. It seems too
neat. I'm not saying there aren't amazing examples of people
being forgiving. I'm just saying that it's a little hard for
personally, to accept that she forgave Debra so soon after
son might die.
Sheesh. Debra's mom is an ice queen if ever I saw one!
gravy. Her phone conversation with the lawyer or whomever
was is just plain inhuman. Whomever wrote her could have a
writing evil mother figures in fairy tale renditions.
How weird would it be to have a photo of yourself on a bus or
billboard? I spose you'd get used to it. Debra doesn't
Okay... this episode always makes me wonder about the angels'
blood. Yeah, that sounds weird and creepy. But think
it: Monica donates blood. But what DNA is in that
spose it doesn't matter since she's donating blood, not taking
any sorta DNA test. Still... makes me wonder.
Henry saying people see him only "right near the end" doesn't
jive with later episodes. But maybe that's true of Henry
seems to be solely an AOD with NO caseworking? And he's also
just enjoying some free time like Adam in "An Unexpected
So maybe that is true for Henry.
Parts that made me feel
They shouldn't be allowed to use the name Andrew in pre-Andrew
episodes... I heard it on one of the news snippets and it
Pavlovian. "Andrew?!?! Where?!?!"
I don't have a crush on Henry but he's cute. And while
seems a bit disgusted, I approve of his use of gallows
Whatever gets ya by.
I like his lil wave to Monica outside the hospital. And he
Adam's tendency to perch at times. Cute and funny. How
perched? Come to think of it, I can't remember any of the
perching much post S2.
Oooh. Well, this is nice!
Henry: You're really very good
this, you know?
Monica: I'm working on it.
Henry: That was an unconditional
compliment. Can't you just take it?
Monica: Thank you,
We should all have Henrys around to help us just accept
compliments! Cause sometimes it is all too easy to go right
self-deprecation. And then he takes her out for
Funny... Monica sometimes wants to shake us humans. I
sometimes wanna shake Monica. Can we orchestrate a deal?
Oooh... that's a really pretty garden where Monica and Tess are
in the tree.
Yuck. I don't think I could eat straight onions.
really strong taste buds. See: Tabasco drinking in "Show Me
A Word from Travis:
Diahann Carrol and Vanessa Bell Halloway were excellent in
their roles. Ms. Carrol’s character Grace Willis (ice queen) may
have only shown up, in the present, towards the ending of the
episode, Grace was quite a character; no wonder Debra was so
wounded and hurt on the inside, despite what she projected on the
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