A review by Jenni:
And I'm once again typing as I watch due to being swamped.
And drinking coffee. Yum.
What I love about this episode:
Always fun to see someone from a sitcom dating to your childhood
looking like a scumbag! Seriously. I was impressed
with Joey Lawrence in this. So not what I expected.
And he's still acting. Good for him!
Jean jackets and big bangs! Nostalgia trip time!
I'm also impressed with how natural the actress playing Sara looks
at both ages. I'd believe she was 17.
I feel so sad for the mom... Jesse trashes the birthday
plans she has for her daughter and then she doesn't get to spend
any time with her on the day. It really sets up the plot in
a way that got me hooked right off.
The doll totally gets me. First, I remember Raggedy Ann from
my childhood. Second, my favorite doll is a clown
doll. Finally, just the idea of always being someone's lil
girl is really touching. The "forever" added on the back is
also very sweet. I'm a sucker for those kinds of little
messages. Hence, Dyelander stories often feature lil notes
scrawled on things. And I love how the doll keeps appearing.
I like how Sara starts to see the value in her mom's way of doing
things. Like in the cafe when she talks to Jesse about her
money concerns and tells him how her mom was always careful with
money and made sure they had what they needed.
Having once known someone who opted not to go to a hospital to
have a baby cause she didn't want people to know, I'm glad TBAA
pointed out how potentially disastrous that could be when you
don't know what you're doing.
I love Sam! He's so upbeat and friendly and helpful!
And he cooks and is hospitable! I want a Sam. He could
move in with Andrew, too, and be the voice of reason. Yeah,
as much as I daydream about Andrew moving in, I know that would be
pretty darn operatic so a calming presence would be good.
This is random but I really like the name Abby. Although in
this case... weird name. It means "joy of the father" or
similar. Doesn't fit with Jesse... However, it does
fit excellently with the Father. So it does work very well.
"Her name is Abby and I loved her."
Whoever wrote that knows how to pull on people's heart strings.
awesome that Tess gets the antiques dealer out of the room so
Monica can do her revelation. Cause it's just not realistic
that every assignment would be alone when the revelation is
needed. I like that they show someone actually having to
finesse the situation to make it happen.
It's great to see Sara smile and simply walk away from
Jesse. It's about time someone walked away from him.
I got goosebumps when Sara realized her mom had Abby. I
don't remember getting this emotional. Although I do recall
liking this episode quite a lot for a non-Andrewcentric episode.
What I didn't love about
I definitely don't agree with Sara that it's not possible for
Monica to have never been in love. Even pretending Monica
was human, I think it's possible to hit your 30s having gone
through infatuations, crushes, and dysfunction but never actually
being in love. That would be sad if they wanted to be in
love but, unfortunately, it seems plausible. And that's to
say nothing about asexuals and aromantics.
I'd be pretty livid if I told someone I was pregnant and their
first response was "Oh no." Yeah, I think Sara gets that
it's not good timing. She probly "Oh no-ed" herself.
So Jesse's reaction is idiotic and hurtful. Stupid Jesse.
Stupid Jesse is way rude to Sam. Stupid Jesse.
What sort of idiot just assumes his girlfriend will be okay with
*selling* their baby! He's so freaking nonchalant about
it! I'm trying not to be judgmental but how do you not write
someone off right at that moment? I get that Sara loves
Jesse but I can't imagine continuing to give even a little bit of
love to someone who sold my kid. Course, she does say it's
NOT love so maybe I just don't get the whole thing.
How would Monica know Jesse was a male? I mean
assuming she wasn't an angel. And as far as Sara knows,
she's not. Yet Monica approaches Sara using "him" for
Jesse. It could have easily been Jessie.
I can't imagine not having nooks and crannies as Tess says she
doesn't when talking to the antiques dealer. I always
thought maybe the angels had houses in Heaven. I guess cause
of Jesus' "many rooms" comment. I wonder if they do?
That kinda makes it seem not but maybe it just meant they don't
load a bunch of earth stuff up there.
How long was Sam on Sara's case? I assume his "business
trips" were other assignments so he might very well have been
there for quite some time.
Is that Andrew in the back seat of the car with Sara? Or
Sam? Or were there 5 people crammed in there?
that made me feel swoony:
Layered clothing... beige sweater... Andrew
getting a lil tough talking... Those few seconds were well
worth the wait of 19 minutes to see Andrew.
He looks all cute and concerned when he's pacing outside the room
as Sara's in labor. Gah. I just took that to a bad
mental place. Well, not bad. Just me being
ridiculously swoony and imagining Andrew pacing around waiting for
a baby to be born and then holding the baby and being around to
raise the baby and... Sometimes I seriously wish I hadn't
gotten the birds and the bees talk. Then I could just tell
myself Andrew could have the stork bring him a baby.
Aww. That little wince as he puts his hand on the door
knob... Hugs to Andrew. I hate the idea of him having
to take a baby Home. The idea is so sad without adding in an
emotional AOD. And then the exhale...
And then my DVD player froze. Apparently it was really hung
up on that scene, too.
Andrew reminds me of Merlin in this episode. Ya know, minus
the getting seduced by a witch thing. Just how he takes the
baby away to somewhere safe as Merlin did with Arthur. Or
he's like Obi Wan and Jimmy Smits in the last Star Wars
prequel. Yeah, I totally forgot that guy's name other than
that it reminds me of oregano.
I heart the "stranger at the market."
Aww! The way he sets his head on the back of the car seat...
The intro made me want
chocolate cake... even though I just had a slice on Friday.
I would feel pretty sad sitting alone in a pub with a lit birthday
cake... Or maybe just self-conscious. Cause
envisioning the same at my house just seems goofy, not sad.
Course, then I'd have my dog around to celebrate with.
Jesse's an idiot but I do like his idea of taking back roads
during a trip. I always thought a road trip like that it'd
be fun. Whether or not I'd think that once I was actually on
the road... who knows?
Music: "Walkaway Joe"by Trisha Yearwood.
Unknown song as Jessie drives away after dropping Sara off on her
Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire" in the car as Jesse and Sara
Country song on the radio when Jesse and Sara stop for breakfast.
Classical piece at the end in Tess' car. Maybe "Ode to Joy"
from Beethoven's Symphony #9? Or do I just think that cause
I just heard it in another episode?
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-In the CBS version, the flashback shows Jesse and Sara in the car
when she discovers his gun. It then goes to a scene between
Tess and the antiques dealer in which he complains about the
martini she made being weak... cause she didn't approve of him
drinking so much so early. Hallmark cuts the entire Tess
scene and starts back where Sara is telling Monica she should have
left as soon as she saw the gun.
-Sara and Jesse are in a cafe and she tells him she's
pregnant. The CBS version then shows them in the car.
Jesse seems to be lamenting that it's too late for an abortion and
they pass Andrew who is hitch-hiking. As they pass, Andrew
looks troubled. Then their car breaks down. Hallmark
jumps right from the cafe to the car breaking down. At least
it's not a very substantial Andrew scene that gets cut, he doesn't
-Before the birth scene, the original version had a scene of
Monica bringing Sara chamomile tea. Sara tells her it
reminds her of Peter Rabbit when he ran away from home and his
mother tucked him into bed with chamomile afterwards.
Hallmark axes Peter Rabbit entirely there.
And further on down the road...
Could just be me but this episode seems to take longer than
usual to show an angel. Over 2 minutes. For a bit it
seems like a different show!
Glad they didn't have to cut "Walkaway Joe" for the DVD. It
was just too perfect a fit to get left out.
I would sometimes like to stick my brain in a dishwasher like Sara
suggests. But then I remember this quote from Grumpy the
dwarf on Once Upon a Time: "I don't want my pain erased.
As wretched as it is, I need my pain. It makes me who I am."
Dwarves are wise, man!
It's possible to be Monica's apparent age and never to have been
in love... Just sayin'.
This is one way in which I don't envy boys. If a teenage (or
even older) girl has a doll, it may cause some eye rolls and "That
old thing..." but no one thinks much of it. If a guy the
same age was hauling a plush toy around, it probably would draw
more than eye rolls.
Ah, they did swap Bruce out, though, with the music. I bet
that's a hefty fee to get rights to.
Sigh... So woulda picked that
hitchhiker up and left Jesse. Of course, it was Jesse's car
so I guess that'd be wrong...
And then his sigh... Still gets me. Andrew's, I mean.
"Family's very important." Short and sweet from Sam.
"His mercy is brand new every morning... It's good to wake up and
remember things like that, ya know? Every morning a new
start." Sam again.
"All you have to do is believe and the sun'll come up." He's
on a roll!
I really wish we knew exactly how long Sam was on this
assignment. His "business trips" were other assignments, I
assume. So maybe it was years.
Shows how different people are. Sara can't believe she's 27
and living alone. I'm 30 and can't really wrap my mind
around living with someone.
Limerance. I think that's the "bond I can't break" that Sara
is talking about.
"God is waiting for you." From Monica to Sara. One
could contemplate that one for a while.
"God doesn't waste any time." Another from Monica.
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