A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I like how, in this intro and so often, TBAA reminded us that we
never know what life will bring or how much time we have. So
make the most of today!
I really love that Angela is able to express her wishes to Andrew
despite being brain dead. First, I always liked the idea of
AODs being able to finish our business for us. Second, I'd
like to believe those people have someone to talk to. Third,
I think it's important that her wishes were honored by some means
The episode did a great job of showing how dedicated many doctors
are. I was especially struck by the scene of Sandra sleeping
in a chair beside Ilena's bed.
I applaud the show for depicting, mostly via Dan's dialogue, that
there are real people on both sides of a transplant and that no
one has an easy decision to make. I had been annoyed that up
until Casey confronts him, all the dialogue had been
pro-donation. But Travis Tritt and whomever wrote his lines
did a great job of showing how much he was struggling, how
heartbroken he was, and how impossible it can seem to let someone
go. From the get-go, Ilena had the viewers' sympathies and
it would have been easy to stress solely the need to get her a
heart. But TBAA highlighted both sides and made good on
depicting them as real people and I appreciated that.
I was also annoyed that no one seemed to be acknowledging that
Casey had committed a major confidentiality breech that, had it
got out, could have undermined the efforts of transplant surgeons
and advisers. However, her mom later stressed the wrongness
of that so I was appeased on that front.
happen every day. And wonderful and beautiful and miraculous
things happen every day, too." Those lines, spoken by
Andrew, really put life into perspective.
Tess counsels Casey not to let the best in her die with
Ilena. I think that's some extremely good advice since grief
can overcome us.
While part of me thinks the whole car accident plot was a bit
cliched, I am glad that Sandra (who had previously described Dan
as selfish) comes to the point where she is forced to recognize
that deciding to donate a loved one's organs is not at all easy.
"The connection between a mother and daughter is one of the great
gifts of God. It's also one of the great mysteries of
life." That quote from Monica really speaks to me.
Although when TBAA has lines like that, I do wonder how they're
experienced by those who had bad or non-existent relationships
with their parents.
I love the wind chime as a symbol for Angela. We hear it
when Dan first approaches her purse. Then we see a close-up
of it when he again approaches. Finally, we hear it again
when he's about to pull the card out. Dan's recount of it
furthers the symbolism. Angela loved it, he didn't care for
it. Angela wanted to be a donor very much, he didn't care
for that idea. The only thing I would change is I would have
personally preferred it just chiming without being shown Tess
ringing it. I woulda liked to have thought it was either God
or Angela's spirit, instead.
Having that last glimpse of a radiant Ilena with Andrew was very
nice. And I really liked the guitar chords playing during
that part. It made it seem more... holy.
Finally, I'm glad Casey wrote to apologize to Dan. Even
though I believe he needed to consent to the donation, he didn't
deserve to be ambushed and I'm glad everyone realized that.
What I didn't love about
Probly not the greatest for me personally that this episode starts
with a fatal, snake-caused accident. I hate snakes and I'm
terrified of them and that doesn't help! But something else
did... more on that in Andrew's section.
It's very seldom that I come to Monica's defense but... I think
Tess' annoyance with her for watching Casey board the bus was a
lil unwarranted. First, it's not like Monica pushed
her. Free will does need to be left alone. Second, how
was Monica sposed to know that watching Casey wasn't meant to
include watching her get on the bus? What did Tess expect
Monica to do exactly?
Where is the balance in protecting your child from death and other
grim realities of life and being too sheltering? I think
Sandra definitely missed it when she tried to protect Casey by
keeping her from Ilena. But I think her concern is valid and
I can see that being a huge parenting decision and a very tough
I used to know the answer to this but have since forgot it: So
even if you have a donor card signed, can your family or POA or
whomever still override it? So that's why you're supposed to
make your wishes known to them, I think. Not positive.
I should look it up.
feel pain? It's one of the great theological questions and
one I've never settled my own opinion on. In this episode, Andrew
answers with a resounding yes. He tells Dan to imagine how
much pain God must be in. Dan married Angela, God created
her. I was stirred. I still don't know for sure if I
agree. But it's something to think about and there is a
comfort in knowing that God weeps with us... which, come to think
of it, I'm pretty sure TBAA has used those words even.
Parts that made me feel
Two minutes into this episode I had to pause and post to the JABB
YG and declare myself formally in love with Andrew. I don't
think I've done that before outside the guise of Lady
JenniAnn. But you have to understand I am deeply phobic of
snakes. So seeing him tell a snake "Away!" and having it
listen... yep, I pretty much fell in love. If someone can
find a decent, loving man that can do that... I might actually
want to get married. As it is, it simply made me rewind so I
could bask in Andrew's commanding awesomeness again. So wish
he was real and lived nearby... It's snake season...
Andrew as a crisis counselor is perfect. I would definitely
want him at my side during one.
I love how he assures Dan that "not for a minute" will he leave
Angela's side. He's so reassuring. Speaking of
being reassuring... this episode really shows how comforting
Andrew can be not just with words and demeanor but also
touch. I love how he took Angela's hand in both of his when
he asked her about being a donor. This is an aspect of him
I'm trying to incorporate more into how I write him. But I
have to say I miss seeing it as opposed to simply describing
it. There just aren't that many characters who are that
gentle on TV nowadays, it seems.
I love how passionate Andrew is when he talks to Dan about how God
didn't cause the accident and that He's in pain because of his
child, Angela, too.
He was very sweet affectionately escorting Ilena Home.
Kinda jealous that
Casey got Tess' number and directions to have her mom call her if
she has any trouble. I'd love to have Tess talk to people
who give me trouble! (And, yes, I'd probly use the number
myself to try to get her to connect me to Andrew.)
I think it's amazing that medical technology has brought us to a
point where organ transplantation is possible. I'm glad
shows like this highlight the importance of being a donor and the
heroes behind those donations.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
second scene of the girls chatting. Casey draws a butterfly
on Ilena's arm. Casey tells Ilena that her mom doesn't want
here there. Ilena jokes that she always wanted to be a bad
influence then shows Casey the photo of herself healthy.
Casey compliments her on her hair and assures her she still looks
like the girl in the photo. Then she tells Ilena how she
once shaved her head cause a classmate had cancer and she didnt
want her feeling weird. Casey discusses wanting to be a
doctor, Ilena suggests she be a writer. The scene is quite
lengthy so I think it's the only substantial scene Hallmark had to
cut. To bad, too, cause it made Casey's actions more
understandable. And it also explains how Casey obtained the
photo she shows Dan. And how Ilena got the marker tattoo
that's visible at the end of the episode.
originally ended the episode with a PSA about signing a donor
Further on down the road...
Sigh... chai, banana cake, and
TBAA. Life can't get much better!
"Away!" gives me chills... still! I love Andrew being all
commandeering against snakes.
I still need
to learn my blood type... then probably tattoo it somewhere as I
don't seem to do well remembering.
I think I've realized why it's become easier for me to watch
TBAA again. I've just gotten better about shutting trains
of thought down completely. There are so many
opportunities in this episode to get wrapped up in real life parallels but I just don't want
to. I want to stay focused on the plot.
Is it okay for Sandra to tell
Casey about Ilena's dire situation when the transplant falls
through? That seems like that shouldn't be shared.
Andrew's "God created her" part is a
scene one could lose themselves in. It just makes me think
of so many things. Does God always grieve our deaths or
only in certain circumstances? If we feel so much pain at
the loss of someone's physical presence, what does God feel
during our lifetimes when we're separated from Him?
I have developed my beliefs as far as God and pain now.
And, yes, I do believe God feels pain. But not pain like
we know it. Very real pain, yes. But with us pain
can often distract us from what we need to do and can even make
us selfish. God's experience of pain doesn't include
either of those aspects, I believe. He can feel pain and
yet still do His work.
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