A review by Jenni:
I chose to watch this episode today for a few reasons: 1. It
next in line chronologically, 2. I'm just trying to get
all the S1-4 episodes before Hallmark starts up with S5, and
I'm working on my part of the annual CABB in celebration of
Rocket's life so this seemed important to watch. As
was touching, amusing, and hard.
What I love about
I like that despite their sometimes faulty memory, the writers
remembered Monica's water phobia. It's brought up again
later in "Two Sides to Every Angel." So yay for continuity.
Monica explaining her water phobia as caused by bad memories of
Flood amuses me.
One thing I really like about some of these earlier episodes is
organic the home-set scenes are. Like the scene where Angela
getting dressed as she talks to Carter. It was so
realistic. It wasn't sanitized. It reminded me a lot
household realism of Friday
Lights and Medium.
think the scene of the husband and wife at the start of "Rock n
Dad" has a similar feel. It seems TBAA lost some of that in
years. Possibly in becoming a show for the whole family,
that had to go away. I believe it was a worthwhile sacrifice
these early episodes do make me miss that aspect.
very sweet as a teacher. I'm glad she was an angel since
that aspect is what got me into the show. But she woulda
great pre-school or Kindergarten teacher had she been human.
talk about Oscar the bean is adorable.
The Adam scenes begin shortly after that but you can read about
my swoony section!
Monica's fake voice and overall indignant frumpiness when she
Angela from that loser cracks me up.
Sometimes I'm wary about the angel miracles. But, for
reason, Monica fixing Angela's face after Marshall beats her
touches me. I don't find myself annoyed by the
otherworldliness of it.
Angela encouraging Lundy in his quest to make things right with
daughter really touches me, too. It helps highlight Angela's
real, decent, loving character.
I also really like the scene of Angela and Monica splashing
around. It's great to see examples of humans helping
angels. That's a theme I really like. And that's
surprise to any of the Dyeland readers!
This episode really gets angels and politics down well. I
how Monica tells a caller she's apolitical but thinks they should
really give some consideration to the candidate. It's just
right tone for the angels: disinterested in making those kinds of
decisions but very
much promoting our responsibility to consider our decisions.
I think I used to think Carter was too hard on Angela. But
think I understand his character more. Yes, he gets short
her and I feel badly for Angela. But now I can appreciate
feels to be so passionate about something in your life but feel
someone you love just doesn't support you in it. That being
I really do sympathize with Angela. How terrible to feel you
to keep such a huge secret from the person you love best!
When Angela mentions that she can't forgive herself so how can
forgive her, that's such a relatable moment for me. How
we too hard and unforgiving of ourselves when the person we feel
wronged is so much more compassionate?
I like that Tess tells
"stay close to your friend." Not
"her" or "your assignment" but "your friend." I like
that our species and theirs were created to ultimately be
friends. This is highlighted even more when Monica expresses
the more she learns about humans, the more she learns about
herself. It's that sort of bond that keeps me so interested
I find the scenes where Angela is shown her life without her to be
stirring. It kinda reminds me of It's a Wonderful Life.
just really love that device.
I love this quote Monica tells Angela: "But all you need to know
the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked
together to bring you to this very moment. And it is this moment,
now, when you can choose to make everything new."
I'm grateful that TBAA gave their angels idiosyncrasies.
mentions Monica's fear of water and her own impatience.
like that made the characters more relatable and the show more
I used to think Carter was too easily accepting of Angela's
revelation. Now I think I get it a lil more. If you're
afraid that the person you love so much doesn't love you and is
drifting from you, once you find that not to be the case I imagine
other problems do pale. And it's very much an "Awww!" moment
me when he tells Angela he loves "who you are, who you were, who
wanna be." I think, whether it's a romantic relationship or
that's the kind of love we all want.
What I didn't love about
fault with this episode, personally. But I also can't do
write-up without mentioning how painful it is to watch at
I think this episode is very well done but I don't love some of
feelings it gives me.
It used to be that I'd watch this and when Adam says "Damn, I hate
suicides!" I would be struck by his passion and concern. I
that he cared enough about us to be upset and even angered about
taking our own
lives. Now I hear it and I wish I could time travel and pop
and whisper "Remember this." And it's somehow fitting that
shortly thereafter Adam says "You can't interfere." Because
true. But we can pray that when people do make that choice,
they find peace and that their
loves ones do,
too. So that's what
I find myself doing with this episode and at this time of
This episode will always make me sad now and yet there are so many
beautiful moments. I doubt I'll ever avoid it entirely.
I gotta wonder how many times Tess regretted wishing that Monica
make a good cup of coffee!
Parts that made
Call me crazy but I've always been fond of Adam's concerns about
Monica's strapless dress. Part of me thinks I should be
about it. Grown men shouldn't be second-guessing grown
clothing. But... as someone who doesn't like strapless stuff
has been told she should wear more of it... I like it! Adam
He's just adorable. At one point the way he looks at Monica
makes me melt. He looks so sweet and older brother like:
protective, yes, but just plain proud, too.
Watching this I always wish I had an Adam that I could phone up
invite whenever I needed a guy to go to something. That'd be
awesome. So, if there are any AODs reading this, call
Adam's even endearing when he looks super bored as during Carter's
speech. Gotta love a guy who'll sit through a political
Adam carries Angela to shore I definitely don't envy Angela.
But the gentleness of Adam there affects me.
He really looks amazing with the mountains and sky behind him in
final scene of this episode. Seeing him walk away makes me a
sad but it's also a very beautiful shot.
The episode is... I don't know if ironic is the right word but
something striking about it. It seems like real often lately
we've been "treated" to a parade of scandal-prone politicians and
wronged spouses. In fact, it's become so commonplace to have
politician talk about what errant thing they did that it's almost
shocking to watch this and imagine the non-political spouse being
one with the secret. I just couldn't stop drawing parallels
Photos as evidence of a scandal is really, really timely. Of
course, now it's often video. And how often have we heard "I
didn't know there was a camera!"? I guess it just makes one
realize that blackmail and secret recording isn't anything
So many, many times I've thought of this episode and envied
super speed envelope stuffing when I was working on mailings for
A Word from Travis:
(my favorite Season1 episode) While I enjoyed this episode, I
wish the audience were shown what happened to Marshall, who
blackmailed Angela. I felt Angelaís pain as she desperately wanted
to support her husbandís political campaign but was torn as she
didnít want her past to her him. I felt for her when she was
constantly harassed by Marshall. Iím glad Angelaís husband stayed
with her after she revealed that, not only was she a prostitute,
but she was being blackmailed.
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