A review by Jenni:
I just needed to do one of these reviews tonight to prove I still
can. I find myself thinking about how last week I merrily
reported on the cut scene of Andrew's and Tess' outside the jury
room. Now it seems like forever ago. Last week I did
an episode review with the ever-present hope that some day I'd be
doing these for episodes of a new show Mr. Dye would find himself
in. Now I know he'll spend the rest of eternity in a place
far better than any show set. I'm happy for him. But,
boy, I'm crushed for the rest of us. He is so utterly missed
by so many.
So... this is me trying to cope. By doing an episode
review. We all have our different means. So just some
fair warning. I will probly get sappy about things there is
no reason to get sappy about. My attention won't be very
good. And, frankly, I just don't care to nitpick. I am
worried that, seeing as how it's been years and years since I've
seen this episode and so don't recall much, at some point someone
will say or do something mean to Andrew and I'll go
hysterical. If that happens... be glad you're reading this
from a safe distance.
But here goes... I'm going to sit here and watch this and
sip my chai and be darn grateful for the nearly 48 years John Dye
walked this earth. Even though we never met, I'm glad he was
around for 28 of mine.
I love about this episode:
I am continually amused when Tess fusses over her car. And,
yes, sometimes Tess is testy. Monica's grabs for the car
were always fun, too.
I love Tess' scarf in this opening scene. Beautiful
colors. And Monica looks very vintage TBAA, clothing-wise.
We need more judges like Andrew... Kicking out stupid cases
is a good thing.
"Children grow and change. But love doesn't go away."
Nice one from Tess to the pastor.
I know it's wrong... but I kinda love the critical notes going
into the collection box. Believe me, I've heard some sermons
that cried out for critical notes.
"He uses all kinds of people to do His work. He makes the
weak strong and the fearful bold. So He would give you
whatever you needed, if you wanted it." Another one from
Tess to the minister. I especially like that second
I actually really like the episodes where the angels return to a
place. I think because I could never really understand how
their assignments could let them go. I really don't
understand it now. So it's nice to think that at least
sometimes they returned.
Aww. The lil kids morphing into the teenagers in the same
tree is touching. And that rose in place of a ring is
adorable. The TBAA writers did often know how to sucker
punch us with romantic gestures. That pocket watch in
"Restoration" still gets to me, too.
I appreciate this episode cause I think for many people under a
certain age, we completely don't get how traumatic the polio
epidemic was. It's just a non-issue for us. It makes
one realize what a blessing modern medicine can be.
"Anyone can pray for a miracle." From Monica to Lucy.
I forgot about the Pollyanna
reference! I used to love that movie. Perfect
"There's always a light at the end of the tunnel... you just have
to look for it." Monica again. Trust me, we've been
looking and I know it's there.
"God didn't give people free will so angels can come down in a
crisis and take their choice away... You can show them the
way, but you can't drag em down the road." Andrew to
Tess. He seems so exceptionally mature in this
episode. I really like that quote, though. A lot of
what I believe is hinted at in there.
Monica's and Tess' reverse psychology on Lucy is fun to watch.
I think it would be incredibly hard to be a pastor. Robert's
talk about hospital bed prayers really makes one appreciate the
sacrifice and dedication required.
Tess asking for the time before outing herself as an angel is
cute. Of course, she wouldn't have needed to ask if she was
an AOD. :-)
"It's hard to believe in anything when your heart has been so
deeply damaged. God understands that." Monica to the
ex-lovers. I really did appreciate that most times TBAA did
seem to understand our more negative, difficult emotions and
didn't play them as a lack of faith.
And the rose/ring resurfaces... That's such a sweet scene
when Robert kisses Lucy's hand.
What I didn't love about
I don't really mind the whole Mailman Dad confiscating letters
plot. But it does make me think how often conniving parents
get blamed in romances... I suspect the issue is
over-represented in TV and movies. Oh well.
I just wish we coulda seen some of the
Is this experimental drug for real? I would assume so cause
it seems a bit cruel to make a miracle treatment up. I just
haven't heard of anything like it. Then again... I don't
exactly read up on paralysis.
that made me feel swoony:
I do so love it when he's powerful and no-nonsense.
And utterly beautiful. This is going to get really, really
Oooh... Judge Andrew only allows laughter "at something I
think is funny." He's all sorts of awesome.
The eye brow... When he says "You do this a lot, don't
you?" Gah. Everything about him is so
expressive. I suspect the man had more than the usual
musculature or whatever in his brows.
I love the way his eyes light up when Monica and Tess approach the
bench and he says "Well, what do we have here?" I love
Ha! That's hysterical that he tells Tess not to address the
court. Somehow I suspect this was Andrew claiming some
payback for all the times he was put on mute. I love his
innocence but I'd like to think that *sometimes* he had a bit of a
bratty, self-serving streak... in a good way.
He's in the scenes he's not even in... When Monica was
talking about how furniture tells a life story, it reminded me of
Tuesday. After I heard about Mr. Dye, I went around my house
and took note of everything that I have that's owing to him
somehow. It was startling and humbling because it was a lot
of stuff I love.
You know, when I finally was able to start watching TBAA again
yesterday, I thought it might be difficult to see Andrew
glow. Not quite sure why. But it wasn't. He's
especially lovely and tender-looking after the lil boy is
hit. I could never relate to the people who didn't like to
see him show up. If something is going to happen, I'd want
I think this episode pretty much proves Andrew
was the most unfailingly obedient to God of the main angels.
And, honestly, sometimes that's difficult. Personally, I
would have wanted to give the meds a shot. But I admire
people who stick to what's right even when, emotionally, they'd
like to do something else which I think is a position Andrew found
himself in a lot. Ya know, I think him and Doc coulda had a
Okay... totally burst into tears when Tess smiled at him and said
"You're right... your Honor." I was so worried he'd get
bullied in this episode because I was afraid... well, I'm not
really sure of what. But here Tess uplifts and respects
Andrew and sees him as he is. I am so, so glad that it
happened in the first episode I'm reviewing after John Dye's
death. It makes me hope that in real life, people saw him
for who he was.
I love his lil smile when Tess does the reverse psych.
That blue shirt and tie at the end really popped. And...
it's over. And I did okay. I feel better.
Music: Didn't notice
any. But, like I said, my concentration is shot so maybe
I'll catch some on the CBS version. Forgot about the organ
music whilst the collection plate is passed.
This is set in North Carolina.
The doctor who treats Brian has been in several episodes, I
think. Like maybe "The Feather"?
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-They cut a sequence at the beginning of the third, I think,
act. Whatever act directly follows Lucy speaking with the
kid in her garage. Monica is working and hears Tess on the
other side of the fence. She climbs so that her head is
poking over the fence. She asks Tess to tell her Robert's
and Lucy's story since she figures Robert must have done something
terrible to make Lucy want to use the boy for revenge. Tess
says it's not that simple. Lucy calls for Monica and that
scene ends. It goes directly into Lucy approaching Brian
with lemonade. He's mowing his uncle's yard with an old
timey mower. She impressed him by saying he seems
dehydrated... a medical term for thirsty. She goes onto say
she's going to sort "parts"... meaning body parts. This
intrigues Brian further and he ditches the mower to help
Lucy. Robert comes out and calls for him. Tess
explains that he went with Lucy. Robert looked
crestfallen. Then it goes to Brian talking to Monica about
puter uses which is where THC starts the segment.
-I'm gonna have to say I'm very grateful THC made this cut cause I
could not have handled it the night I wrote this review... I
debated even mentioning it here but figured I better. I'm
trying to keep record of TBAA as it originally was. So... in
the segment after Brian is hit, THC cut a lil of the two angels,
Lucy, and Robert in the waiting room of the hospital. Monica
approaches Tess and asks her were Andrew is. Tess says "I
don't know but the good news is he's not here." And that
line probly woulda sent me over the edge. I want him
here. Even now it made my stomach churn. Monica
responds "Waiting is the hardest part." Tess follows with
"Times like these, baby, there are a lot of hard parts."
Yep... (ETA: So much for the first day without crying...)
Further on down the road:
I guess I felt like starting next weekend... a long one for
me... without the "last time I did this..." semi-gloom. So
I'm viewing this on a Sunday afternoon, less than 24 hours after
watching "Reasonable Doubt." Just seems right to watch the
two in one weekend. I'm not at all nervous about rewatching
this episode but I am none too crazy about re-reading my initial
review. So maybe I won't. Thus, if I get redundant and
seem to be quoting myself from above... my apologies. But
maybe I should re-read. See, my habit is to rewatch the
episode, typing comments as I go. I then re-read the initial
review and remove any of my new bits that are just
restatements. So we'll see. One thing's for sure: I'm
watching this from my couch cause I've had about enough of this
ratty computer chair. :-)
Sigh. Gorgeous image of John on the episode list menu of the
I do remember being so glad that when we first saw Andrew, he was
a tough, visibly strong Andrew. I just couldn't have dealt
with, say, "Two Sides" Andrew the last time I watched this.
So that was good. And that lil annoyed smile at the end of
the opening segment is so cute.
OMG. I so love "Please do not address the court..." I
do feel like a lil bit of this is Andrew finally taking advantage
of the chance to say his peace (like "I talk now. You
listen!") even if he has to do it by proxy.
Why is Tess so surprised that both she and
Brian are in Tulipville for a reason? Hasn't the premise up
to this point been that angels are brought to a particular place
for a reason? And as for Brian, I would think that his
reason for being there would be larger than just a vacation
regardless. If nothing else, it was bonding time and a
chance to prepare for his possible future career. I wouldn't
be surprised at all that God was gonna use him somehow.
I like Tess' emboldening talk to the minister when he said he's
not a fighter. I would think ministers, good ones at least,
would need a lot of fight in em.
Did it not occur to Robert's dad that it was a lil late in the
game to worry about his son catching polio from Lucy? If he
hadn't caught it over the preceding several years... including
once they started kissing... why bother to make a case out of
I just realized that I don't think I ever even opened the envelope
with my TBAA S8 DVDs from Amazon. Geez! I know I was
busy but not THAT busy. Need to do that...
Pollyanna was an extremely well placed cultural
reference. Yay for the writers!
Glad I didn't watch this episode while my family was on our
cruise. As it turned out, we did miss a family medical
emergency. Thankfully, it was minor.
I really and truly believe that Andrew was the most faithful of
the three main angels. If God said something then that was
how it was. I can't remember him pushing for anything
else. I still love that the first episode that I reviewed
following John's death showed Tess seeming to recognize his worth
and his obedience to the Father. "Your honor" indeed!
I could not have handled bullying from Tess that week.
I think that's so important to remember: all prayers are answered
but sometimes we don't like the answers. They were still
Okay, just Googled "ought against any." I could never make
the connection. Turns out it's because that comes from a
version of the Bible I never use. I know it as "if you have
anything against anyone."
Ha. That takes a lot of guts to say "I don't believe in
angels" when two glowing people with unusual knowledge about your
past are standing in front of you in a church.
Sigh... Robert and Lucy in the church with the ring makes me tear
I did end up rereading my initial review. It went just
fine. I'd actually seemed to hold up better than I
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