A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
For starters, it's just plain fun to see Anthony Michael
Hall! This is a total 180 from the John Hughes films I first
him from, though! Here I can still physically see a
to that nerdy guy. Nowadays, I totally can't.
This, like "Fallen Angela" which I watched only a couple hours
very much casts Monica as the angel AND friend. Tess uses
word explicitly once again. As I said on the previous
really like that. And Monica's a very good friend to Kate.
I think it was a good storytelling technique to play Kate's
voice, defending Thomas on the news, over the footage of him
he stole. Very effective.
I like how Tess, when she first appears to Leonard, stresses that
is a difference between justice and revenge. I wish it could
been explored more.
Valerie Harper does a great job in the scene where Kate finds the
stolen jewelry. It seems so much like a genuine
Devastated, horrified, betrayed, stunned.
It's really, really hard for me to hear Tess tell Leonard he needs
forgive the actual killer. Part of it's because I think
given reason to believe the guy's a sociopath with no
Nonetheless... I do believe forgiveness is important and what God
wants. So I'm glad it's stressed here even if I can't quite
"We angels don't talk about never." That's such a lovely
Tess says when Leonard grieves that he'll never see his daughter
again. Then when she tells him that Megan is a part of him
that a part of him is with her at that very moment... beautiful.
I am touched when the two parents hug. They've each lost a
in one way or another so I like to think that the hug brought them
What I didn't love about
Good writing and acting but it's really hard to watch Leonard's
testimony about his daughter. That's the kinda stuff that
me glad I now believe in AODs.
I can sympathize with Kate and I do find it interesting to
comment about how juvenile hall affected Thomas given a recent
articles I've read saying juvie has the exact opposite effect of
one would hope. However, I do wish one of the angels would
called her on making excuses for him too much. Maybe they do
"Full Circle." I don't recall.
This is soooo nitpicky but it totally bug me that Kate doesn't
the front of the card Thomas gives to her! She glances so
at it, even though I can tell there's a fair amount of writing on
and then skips to the inside!
I really hate the part where we learn that the murderer laughed as
Megan pleaded for her life. Even creepier, for them to know
he would have had to tell them after his arrest. The guy had
have been a
sociopath to relate that to the cops, knowing it made him look way
worse. I seriously wish there'd been an AOD in this.
AOD at all.
It does bug me that the angels really never say too much about how
despicable what Thomas did really was. Great, he's not a
murderer. But that's still pretty low to steal from the home
who was murdered. As if the survivors won't have enough to
Jurors aren't supposed to discuss the case amongst
this the judge tells them not to. But isn't that what juries
do? Maybe it means they're only supposed to discuss the case
all members are together, not chit-chat among a few of them.
I'll never get the mindset of people who shoot up houses (as
here) or blow up buildings to protest what they consider an
act. Because two wrongs make a right? Are they just
stupid to consider that they, too, might take out an
don't get those people.
I wonder if Megan's actual murderer was a wanderer?
seems awfully stupid to keep ALL of that evidence of his crime in his
trunk. I mean it's good he did cause it led to him being
caught. But it definitely seems like a stupid criminal
thing. Or just the sociopath thing.
Mrs. Angeli confuses me. Love the character but why *Mrs.*
Angeli? She's an angel so obviously not married. Maybe
Mrs. was just supposed to give her a more motherly feel. I
dunno. It also makes me wonder if every assignment has both
advance angel and a caseworker.
Parts that made me feel
Nothing... Luckily, after this I only have one more AODless
episode, I think!
In response to Monica's query: I'm a tea AND coffee person!
Monica should totally try some chai before she aligns herself
with coffee. I do love my coffee but chai is awfully great.
I feel behind the times. Monica and Kate are carrying
grocery bags in this. We've only gotten into that within the
year or two here. But at least it is catching on.
I can't imagine what it must feel like to go to the news and tell
that you found proof your son's a murderer. That's just got
an awful, awful feeling. I don't think I could do it.
This episode does make me question double jeopardy.
in this case, Thomas is innocent. But I just find it
that you can get found innocent then, say, a week later all sorts
evidence tying you to a crime could be found and nothing can be
This part is so not funny, nonetheless... I gotta smile when
find Megan's credit cards in that guy's trunk. I almost
rewind cause I saw a "Vista" card and so I'm thinking there were
made up names in there. Maybe "Mistercard" or the
love fictionalized products on TV shows.
Here we learn of the existence of advance angels who apparently
before caseworkers to set things up. Interesting.
A Word from Travis:
I love this episode as it has so many twist and turns. All the
actors were wonderful in their respective roles. I saw this
episode several years ago, but after watching again, I realize I
had forgotten (maybe didnít pay attention) about the overall plot.
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