A review by Jenni:
This is becoming addictive...
What I love about this
As with tackling the death penalty in "Seek and Ye Shall Find,"
takes on another emotionally charged Big Issue. This time
abortion. And again I was impressed with their ability to be
touching and thought-provoking all without coming down hard on
side of the issue and potentially driving people away. Some
people might see that as weak-minded but the older I get the more
think it's the people who see things in shades of gray that
give things the most thought. Along those lines, I really
that they made Joann pro-choice and vocally so. So often
some people use the word pro-choice they translate it to mean
pro-abortion. Joann is a perfect example of how that's not
One more thing I liked about Joann: she unwittingly foreshadows a
future TBAA episode. When Bill is trying to convince her
they can have another child she says something about there would
be an empty chair at their table. I wonder if the TBAA writers
thought back to writing that line when they came up with the
"The Empty Chair"?
Chris Burke is really great as Taylor here. One of my
moments is after the dishes get broken and Bill seems about to say
the young boy is acting funny because he's not used to mentally
retarded people. But Taylor covers for him and instead
that the boy isn't used to bus boys. Class act!
I also love that Taylor gets the first big revelation. I
recall that happening often with the guest angels. And it's
a well done revelation scene. There are a couple lines that
out for me. First, when Taylor reminds Bill that he (and
everyone) are created in love. It's such a beautiful way of
thinking. Then he later adds "What we do in love is never
lost." That quote gives me chills. The good
It's so hopeful and consoling. The idea that no matter what
tragedies befall us or what sort of cruelty may exist, knowing
what we did for love is never truly lost is inspiring.
Another lil moment I love is when Joann tells Monica and Tess that
baby has Down's. Tess is completely unfazed and tells Monica
"See, I told you he was special!" with such a great smile.
can just see how much that moment meant to Joann.
This episode does raise some good questions about parenting in
for me. Why do parents seem to always want more for their
than they had? Maybe the kid's gonna be perfectly fine with
same. Then there's the lady at the shower bringing up how
lessons are so important because they help with math grades.
if your kid just plain doesn't like math? While the main
here was Bill's and Joann's decision, these tidbits could also
some great discussion.
Finally, I have some favorite Andrew moments but those will be in
favorite section of these. ;-)
What I didn't love about
I'm left troubled by the dynamics in Bill and Joann's
relationship. There's no question that Joann is
Which is why I don't get why she so nearly goes along with Bill's
to abort the baby.
I actually have a really hard time with Bill, period. It's
the fault of the writing, I don't think. No doubt there are
people like him. I just cannot understand his failure to
understand why it's not so easy for his wife to accept the idea of
abortion as it is for himself. Bill hasn't been feeling his
change. Bill hasn't felt the baby kick inside him.
hasn't been preparing himself to give birth. Bill likely
stick a pillow under his shirt when he was a lil girl just to
he was pregnant. To be honest, I think were I in Joann's
and my husband broached the subject of abortion, I'd go
in "collect your ties and pants from the front lawn" nutso.
the appropriate response from him to the doctor's news should have
to ask what Joann wanted. But from the first he makes only
wishes clear and it annoys the heck outta me. I mean
not exactly a painless procedure, I've heard. So for that
alone, Bill shoulda shown more interest in Joann's thoughts about
And I *hate* when he and Joann are in the car and Bill is going on
about how Olivia's mom is emotionally drained, wants another life,
yada, yada, yada. Who died and made him her
I'm a lil concerned about Bill's propensity to think he knows how
feel. I would have liked to have seen one of the angels
get onto him about that.
This is just lame but I don't like seeing Andrew handle baby
paraphernalia. It makes me sad. And I know that says
about me than about this episode...
Oh and, like Andrew, I'm a lil skeptical about Monica's role as a
Lamaze coach. Is it common for people who have never given
to coach Lamaze? I just think I'd rather be taught by
who's been there, done that.
How often is it that angels show up some place and have no idea
they are? Tess is confused, Monica thinks they're in
and only Andrew seems to get it right. Interesting.
I've wondered about this before and do sometimes during this
episode. Do you think people with disabilities no longer
them in Heaven? Or do they have them but it no longer
because we all see each other with only love in our hearts?
there a choice involved?
Anyone else find it ironic that during her class Monica stresses
importance of communication between the mommies and daddies?
She's a fine one to talk about the value of communication...
own lil group could do with some communication lessons.
What's Joann drinking at the cafe? I heard pregnant women
shouldn't have caffeine so is she drinking decaf coffee or tea or
this a recent finding she wouldn't have been aware of?
I wonder if Bill Smitrovitch was cast as Bill because of his
work as Corky's (Chris Burke again) dad on Life Goes On? I'm
was likely a factor.
Tess has a line to Joann that goes "You take it from me.
can be a rocky road." Who do you think knows more about
a person who has been in one or a person who has never been
has witnessed potentially millions of marriages? Just
curious. It's be a fun debate topic.
We've talked about this on the JABB YG but I still wonder in
what circumstances Andrew can call 911 and when he can't?
consensus there was that he can call the police if his role during
assignment would usually require that. So, in this case, you
would expect the manager of a cafe to call the police if a
Finally, is there some sort of legal document one can get made up
says in the event of an emergency the doctors should strive to
your unborn child's life over your own if it comes down to
Parts that made me feel
First, Andrew's so cute when he gets flustered when Monica asks
her chilled coffee. And he says the machine is warming up
then counters by saying it's cooling down when he realizes that
no sense... So adorable!
I feel a lil sappy-swoony when Bill's complaining to Andrew about
and the baby. Cause then I start to wonder if Andrew ever
he could have kids. Ya know, like Monica seems to. And
he does, that just makes me angry at Bill cause he's
something Andrew can never have. And then I just want to hug
Andrew and get him a puppy at least.
Just look at this photo. It is one of my favorite shots of
him. His eyes...
I especially noticed Andrew's propensity to touch people in this
episode. Like when he pats Taylor's shoulder after the
shooting. And I think he does the same with Monica in the
operating room. Seriously, can someone just hug this guy a
more often!?!?! I would if there weren't a screen in the
Andrew. Babies. Messes with my psyche. Maybe
DVD set should take it's time. I'm not sure I can handle
Edges" any more.
A Word from Travis:
I remember seeing this episode (maybe when it originally
aired) and it’s my favorite episode of the season. A man goes from
dismay to loving his newborn son, who’s born with Down’s Syndrome.
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