"With God as My
A review by Jenni:
love about this episode:
Yet again we have an all
too current seeming TBAA episode featuring unemployment.
While I know that our current unemployment rates are much higher
than usual, sometimes watching TBAA you get the feeling it's
always been this way.
I thought Tess made a good
point when she helped Monica to see how humans so closely
identify with our jobs. That being said, if someone asked
"Who are you?" my job title would not be my first answer.
I'd probly say my name as Monica does. Or just stare
strangely at them depending on who they were. :-)
I'm writing a story which
is making me soften a bit towards Monica. Which is maybe
why I was so impressed by the way she shot down that flirty limo
driver. Yuck. What a loser. Go Monica!
Monica as a federal marshal
is fun just cause of the layers of masquerading. She's an
angel pretending to be a federal marshal pretending to be a limo
I just can't imagine the
pain of having to leave everyone I loved behind. I think
the writers and actors did a good job of portraying how awful on
so many levels that would be. And how surreal and scary
would it be to have your new identity simply handed to you in an
envelope as if it was as simple as opening a letter?
Tess was very sweet using
the geese analogy to help the youngest girl cope with the
upheaval of her family.
I felt awful for
Carl. There he was already pretty confused and his
granddaughter is greeting him with a completely different
name. Again, great job showing how disturbing this
scenario would be.
It's so Tess when she tells
Shawn they'll have a "discussion where I do all the
talking." Love it. I should use it.
And speaking of Tess, I
actually liked her marriage talk. Sometimes I'm bothered
when the angels go on about marriage. Like they'd
know. But this one worked for me.
I liked that Monica assured
Jim that there's strength in asking for advice. Even
though I don't always follow that guideline when I should, I do
really, really love how the revelation scene revolved around
Psalm 23. I was just posting to the YG about how I wish
TBAA more often reflected the beliefs of the assignments in
their revelation scenes. Like how in "Elijah," the
Passover becomes an integral part of what the angels do.
Here we have Jim reciting Psalm 23 repeatedly and Monica uses
his love of it to get through to him in much the same way.
This is maybe my favorite line from it "That's the best thing
about a good Shepherd. He doesn't ask if you deserve His
love. He only asks that you'll accept it."
Total warm fuzzies when
Andrew appears at the end and then ya see Carl's heart on the
didn't love about this episode:
Maybe I've just
completely forgotten what money looked like before the big face
makeovers but... I thought the money the gangster gives Jim
looked really, really fake.
Otherwise, this episode
didn't really excite me enough to draw a strong dislike reaction
at any point. Actually, with the exception of Carl and his
heart, I never had a very strong reaction of any type to this
episode. It just is what it is.
Not enough Andrew... never is.
Would the government
make an arrangement for Carl like this? I hate to think
that in the event where one lone family member would be left
behind, they wouldn't have the option of taking them.
Especially someone infirm.
Has TBAA ever done an
episode where a woman lost her job and had to worry about
supporting her family? I'm trying to think.
made me feel swoony:
Andrew has spiky
hair. I kinda forgot about it. I mean I remembered
it being short, just not spiky as it has been these last couple
eps. It's cute.
Here I go on an angsty
tangent... I've always rather liked this photo of Andrew
through the fence following the shooting. Watching just
now, it kinda hit me why. It's very symbolic of what
Andrew does. He sees so much, he's saddened by what he
sees, but he's kept at a distance that forbids
interference. Free will is the fence that keeps him from
Andrew's very cute at the
retirement home, talking about fishing. If he had to
choose a permanent human job, he'd be really good at that.
He's also very adorable
when he seems so shocked by Carl's ability to beat him at
Checkers. I wanna play Checkers with Andrew... I'd
let him win. He probly just plain would since I haven't
played in years and years.
It's really touching when
Andrew assures Shawn that he will be there with Carl no matter
what. Although it made me a lil sad, too, cause Andrew
wouldn't always be there in the flesh.
Music: I thought I heard
something soft and instrumental in the limo office but am
unsure. Monica and Jim played "Hearts and Souls" on piano.
Watching how excited Jim
and Shawn were about their daughter's homecoming, I felt kinda
bad. I could have cared less about boys in HS. I
went to an all-girls one so there was no reason to. Now I
wonder if my parents felt a lil cheated. I doubt my dad
cared. But maybe my mom did.
TBAA really likes that
"Evil thrives when good men do nothing" quote.
-In the CBS version, after
Jim leaves the gangster, he returns to the office where Monica
greets him. He asks if Marco is around and Monica tells
him he's on a date. She asks how the evening went.
Jim says he just drove the guy around and never even spoke to
him. Monica picks up on his being rattled and Jim
dismisses her concern, saying he's just tired. It then
-Jim counts money for her dress into his daughter's hand as she
beams and hugs and thanks him. Shawn is suspicious but Jim
explains his windfall by saying he got a big tip. Then it
goes to them sleeping which THC shows.
-A segment begins with Shawn walking around outside the nursing
home, pushing her father. She's talking about her girls
and he asks if the eldest has started Kindergarten.
Saddened, Shawn explains that she's 15. Then it goes to
the scene with Andrew that THC starts with.
-There's a scene where Monica enters the family's hotel
room. The adults are zoned out but she quizzes the girls
about their new names, birth dates, where they're from,
etc. When she asks why they moved, the little one answers
"Cause we're gooses" which causes Monica to laugh. Very
sweet. But sad. Meanwhile, the mom draws a heart on
the window which moves into the scene of them visiting their
grandpa/father for the "final" time.
Further on down the road...
Well, it's Good Friday and I want to finish watching Jesus
so getting an early start with this.
While I like the point being made, Tess' thing about when you
ask humans who they are they say their job and not their name is
ridiculous. I've never met anyone who if I asked "And you
are???" said "A dentist." Pretty sure most people say some
variation on "I'm John Smith and I'm a..." and at that point
they say their job. But I've never met anyone who gave
their job title and not their name.
That other driver is such a sleaze. Yuck.
I've just realized I totally cheated my parents out of the
experience of eavesdropping on my phone calls with boys.
Sad for them.
Right around the 13:45 mark is when Andrew finally makes an
appearance. Sigh... Loveliness.
as a federal marshal... Assignments like this make me
wonder exactly how much finagling happens behind the scenes when
an angel works an assignment. I imagine
background checks for federal marshals are pretty
extensive. So are we talking fake birth certificates and
fake educational backgrounds and fake tax returns, etc. and
etc.? I really don't care. It's just fun to think
Andrew comes back briefly looking adorably casual at the 22:00
mark. I'm not trying to be a nerd. It's just easier
to screen cap Andrew-scarce episodes when I know when I need to
clickety-click. 29:10 is the next bit.
Okay, really what is the regional breakdown on "program" v.
"progrum" usage? And am I just hearing things or does Tess
use both pronunciations?
Now I want to find out more about the Witness Protection
Program. Like who were the first protected
witnesses? What would initially prompt the creation of
such a program?
"A discussion where I do all the talking." Ha. I
still love Tess' attempt to nice-ify "lecture."
Maybe this is proof I should never get married. I'm sure I
would have totally meant "til death do us part" (although,
actually, I don't like that line) and "for better or for worse"
but if he screwed up so badly that I could never see my
parents... I really think it'd be morally permissible for
me to not want to have anything to do with him.
And then there's our awesome AOD again at the very end.
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