A review by Jenni:
I've decided to give writing the review as I watch at the computer
another try. But with closing out of Outlook and Firefox
lest I get distracted. I just hate handwriting notes which I
can later barely read! Also, I watched "Flesh and Blood" a
couple hours ago in preparation for this. Pried myself away
from Masterpiece Theatre's Jane Eyre for that, actually. Woulda
been worth it if Andrew were around in that episode. Sigh...
What I love about this
Awww... that lil neighbor girl is adorable! I love that she
tries to leave her teddy bear with Kate.
The neighbor lady makes a good point. If Tommy wanted to
find his mom, he would. Obviously she's getting publicity so
no doubt her move would be covered in the press beyond the usual
listings of sales/purchases. Kate needs a bit of a reality
check, too bad it didn't take. And neither is Monica's...
I think it's nice that despite his myriad
problems, Tommy still takes the time to thank Monica for
supporting his mother during the trial. Can't say I've ever
thanked my mom's friends...
Nice of Monica to offer to pack Kate up solo. Wish she'd
been around when I moved!
The idea of Andrew as "Dew," the "imaginary" friend, was pretty
inventive. I can't really think of a similar device being
used in another episode.
Dylan and Tommy bonding over "David and Goliath" is sweet.
If Andrew can't be Dylan's dad, it's good to see Tommy making an
effort. Too bad he shoots down his chance the next
"You've made bad decisions in your life but God is offering you
another chance." Nice, encouraging quote from Monica.
Ah, the power of coffee! I like that Tess employs it to
appeal to the cops to give Tommy a moment with his mom.
I'm glad Tommy tells his mom that his screw-ups weren't her fault
and that he chose wrong. While I think bad parents certainly
exist, blaming the parents can just as certainly be
over-used. Sometimes a person just behaves badly because of
their own reasons, no matter how excellently they were
parented. It's good that TBAA made that clear with this
What I didn't love about
Gah. I get so annoyed with people complaining/commenting
about how sad/ not fun/ pathetic cooking for one is. I live
alone. If I feel like cooking... I cook. There's no
big emotional element to it for me. Although I guess Kate's
situation is different given she used to cook for two but still... microwave
dinners are not code for "poor, depressed, lonely person."
Sometimes they just plain taste good. It's really a cliche
that writers should move on from, I think.
Maybe watching "Flesh" actually wasn't a good idea... the
flashbacks are boring me since I *just* saw them.
Thankfully, there only ended up being one set.
While I get Monica's point, "There is no peace for a man who takes
his own life" is NOT very gracefully put. Imagine if you
were watching this and knew someone who had killed
themselves? That's the last thing people in that situation
need to hear.
Why do we still use the word "co-ed"? Doesn't it seem super
I wonder why they chose to reprise "Flesh and Blood"? It's a
good enough episode but it's never one I hear cited as a big
favorite. Maybe it was simply liking that guest cast
that made me feel swoony:
I want Dew, too... And Dylan's right. He's NOT
trouble. Okay, how is that I can get swoony even over
invisible Andrew? I'm crushing on a disembodied person
Well, this is torturous... Dylan is unhappy and wants to go
with Dew. It's just sad on so many levels. Andrew
getting called to a child being abused. Andrew bonding with
the lil boy but not being able to stay even as Dylan pleads.
Geez... Again, I find myself wishing TBAA God would have
rewritten the rules on how one becomes a father. Dylan even
looks like he could be Andrew's....
Oh... he tells bedtime stories about God.
And, finally, we get to see Dew. The lil boy just clings to
him and he tries to protect him from seeing Kate wounded...
That white shirt is very nice. And when he crouches down to
talk to people, especially as affectionately as he does with Kate,
the fact that I'm still at this so many years later makes sense to
me. This is worth leaving Jane and Rochester for a bit.
Aww, Andrew's being all goofy and laughing and animated and cute
before they play softball! I love it when's he happy.
Music: I can hear some really familiar sounding cartoon
music playing in the background during the dinner prep scene as
the kid watches TV.
Every time I see Anthony Michael Hall these days I just
can't believe he's the same nerdy kid as was in 16 Candles! He
really matured well!
Kate is slicing peppers. Much like I do. When I cook
Honestly, this is kinda depressing me. It's making me
remember when I started to let my imaginary friends go. Even
then I must have had a mystical streak going cause I was convinced
some were real and that I'd meet them again. Maybe in
Heaven. Who knows. Maybe they were angels and
spirits. It could happen.
I've always thought it would be really hard to be an undercover
cop and have to play at roles that are the absolute counter to
what you do.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- The first cut scene I noticed is that the breakfast scene
between Kate and Tommy right before Mr. Cracker arrives seems
lengthier in the original version but it's not super significant.
-The CBS version has a brief shot, I think right after Tommy's and
Kate's heart to heart on the couch, in which Tommy looks in on
Dylan as he sleeps and then closes the door. Nothing is
spoken. I don't recall seeing that on Hallmark.
-And that's all I picked up on. It's possible that something
was cut out of the "Flesh and Blood" flashback. That's
something I would be unlikely to note.
Further on down the
Sometimes I still can't
believe how much Anthony Michael Hall changed in three years!
I was wrong above. Dew is totally trouble. He took
over my life for 17 years and counting. ;-) But he's
I wonder if it's sad for angels when they have to go away in a
situation like we have with "Dew" and Dylan here? I'm
thinking eventually Andrew would have had to leave Dylan, anyhow,
as an imaginary friend seems normal at 6 but not so much in later
"God won't let ya down." and "Have faith... but not blind
faith." Nice, short quotes from Monica. And we're now
at 25 minutes with no visual of Andrew. Sigh...
Finally! At 32 minutes... Lovely Andrew.
Sigh... white shirt and bearing cocoa and caring for a lil
one. *This* is trouble. And now he's stroking Kate's
hair. He's beautiful and worth the wait. Everything
about these 17 years has been an exercise in patience.
"God will give you another chance... and another and another and
another. He will never walk away from you!" Guess
who? I only caught part of it the first
"God the Father has faith in you!" Yep, Monica again.
A Word from Travis:
I’m glad we were able to see mother and son reunite in this
episode as the son ran away at the ending of the season 3 episode
“Flesh and Blood.” It’s good that the actors playing the mother
and son were available to reprise their roles.
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