A review by Jenni:
So I have been looking forward to getting to this episode for
ages. Solely because of the Andrew in the fields of gold
shots. I will totally sit through the ridiculousness of a
tripped out newbie angel just for that. Priorities! He
What I love about this episode:
I have my qualms about Gloria. But I like that she comes
right out with discussing the feeling of Homesickness that the
angels must feel but generally didn't outright discuss.
Makes ya recognize anew how unselfish and giving the angels are.
Aww. Tim cuddling Hedwig in his office is so sad and sweet.
Well... If I ever had thought a rave seemed like a good
idea, that thought died here. These people are
nauseating. So I guess that's a good thing.
The lil tidbit about Ecstasy heightening your senses also makes me
want to run screaming from it. Like I need to feel anything
to a greater degree now! But in all seriousness, I am glad
they did an episode like this cause while I totally believe
Ecstasy was bad, I couldn't actually say why until I saw
this. Hadn't a clue about the side effects.
Seriously, Hedwig is really pulling at my
heartstrings. Tim talking to him is just aww... Like
I've said before, TBAA sure knew how to use plush toys.
"What if God was depressed? What if He turned His back on
His children every time things didn't go the way He wanted them
to?" Wow. Tess' question to Tim makes ya think.
Obviously genuine depression needs to be paid attention to and
treated. But there probly is far too much of people not
facing their responsibilities cause they feel low. And
that's not the answer.
"God is right here, right now. Ready to trade your burden
for peace. Not just a little peace but because of His
amazing grace complete peace." Great Tess quote from her
revelation to Tim.
The crash room or whatever Andrew called it is also a big
anti-drug message for me. I can feel good and depressed on
my own for free without gulping down toxins, thank you very
"I believe in God. I believe that He sends angels in times
of trouble. Sometimes you don't even know they were
there." Cool to hear Monica speak like that. And I
love how she quietly lets Tim know that she knows about
Tess. Sometimes I really preferred these "quiet revelations"
to big, light-up ones.
"He wants you to know that He forgives you and that He loves you
more than you could ever imagine. He wants so much to be a
source of strength for you." Monica, this time to Nick.
"That's what being a family is all about: believing in each other
in the best of times and in the worst of times and knowing that
God will always help you through if you just open up your hands
and reach out to Him." That's a beautiful Monica
quote. Story-wise, this episode just seems too rushed to
me. But it does have some beautiful lines and visuals.
What I didn't love about
I want to think the opening scene's funny. The
reaction shots from the trio certainly are. And I really
think it would have been... in an empty lot or field or
something. But on a street with other cars present?
Not so much. Yet again Gloria manages to make God look like
a horrible parent. I suppose He could have done something so
that there was no way Gloria could hurt anyone else on the
road. But no doubt she caused some panic and that's just
As always, Monica talking about the importance of keeping the
lines of communication open just grates on me. But I realize
that's a personal issue... based on "The Journalist." ;-)
I get that they wanted to depict a young angel. But watching
a fortysomething woman act like a teenager is never
appealing. No offense to Ms. Bertinelli but if TPTB wanted
that angle, why didn't they hire a teenager? That bit with
Gloria whining about not being able to drive is grating.
Gloria's a dolt at the rave. Although, frankly, I think
someone in the trio really shoulda had the drug talk with her by
OMG. High Gloria is waaaay more annoying than normal
Gloria... who was already pretty annoying to me at times.
Worst. Babysitter. Ever.
How come Gloria could take the wheel from Nick? How
is that not a violation of free well? Andrew's been in cars
that were careening outta control and he wasn't allowed to do
that. Granted, I don't think he was in human form at the
time. But he was with, say, the Wittenbergs and he didn't
seem able to shove his hand through the window and shut the car
off. So why is this okay?
Jessica asks Monica "You really are an angel?" Doesn't she
says the exact same thing to Andrew as Kate in MDWA? Sounds
Parts that made
me feel swoony:
Giggle. I love his facial expressions when Gloria's about to
drive. And his response that he and Monica are
praying. Ha! And he totally braces himself when she
sets off. Of course, I wanna scream at Gloria for driving
like that when our Andrew is in the car! And Tess and
Monica, too, of course. If Tess can speak of Andrew as an
afterthought... I can talk about her and Monica just the
same. So there!
I just mighta been the only teenager at that rave cuddling
up to Mr. Random Grown-Up in Sweater. I love bright lights
and such but he's definitely the best looking thing there.
And the cuddliest.
Sometimes the dark stuff Andrew knows makes me sad for him.
He shouldn't have to know all this crud about Ecstasy. He
should live forever among daisies and sunshine and
butterflies. Gah. Now I sound tripped out. It's
I loved his long coats... Was there anything I didn't
love? Besides the loafers, I mean. ;-)
Here's a sign you're maybe too obsessed with Andrew... When
you see those shots of him on the side of the road looking fretful
as a car goes by... you're pretty sure you would have jumped outta
the moving car to join him.
Monica's right. "Angels can't die." And neither can
humans. Not really. They just go to an even greater
life. As John said as Andrew: "I want you to know there's
nothing... nothing to be afraid of. On one side, there's
life. And on the other...there's life, too." Even
though it's still difficult, there is something beautiful in being
helped to mourn by the person one's mourning.
Field shot! It's as beautiful as I remember and he's as
lovely in it as I remember. And it's so sweet that he lifts
Gloria down. And then when he brushes her hair from her
brow. Crikey... Gorgeous.
Oh... And then he said "Angels don't die." I
know. And thank you for being one of the people who helped
me believe it.
Music: Gloria plays
ridiculousness when first driving. All I could make out was
"take me to love." I agree with Tess. It's
"noise." It may be the same thing Nick plays in his car
after his parents' announcement. Trance kinda all sounds the
same to me. It pretty much plays non-stop in Nick's
room. One had words like "Take me to God, take me to
Heaven." Of course, there is tons of it at the rave
including one number that seems to riff on Genesis. But I
didn't really pay attention. I was looking for Andrew in the
I totally forgot this episode revolved around Thanksgiving.
I thought "The Homecoming" was the only Thanksgiving-set
TBAA. Thought wrong! ETA: And "An Unexpected
Snow." Duh. Musta been totally zonked when I wrote
this. Who needs drugs to become flake-like when sleep
deprivation works so well and is free?
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- They cut right into the middle of the scene where Nick meets
Gloria. Right after Jessica relays to Gloria that Nick is
grounded, Nick says "Babysitter... I can't believe it!" Then
Jessica says "You brought this on yourself" and Gloria follows
with "It is an odd word, though, isn't it? As if I would sit
on a baby. Which I wouldn't!" Jessica looks
startled. Methinks the THC editor may have already had
enough of Gloria's cluelessness by this point... Anyhow, it
then goes to Nick asserting that his dad wouldn't ground him which
- I'm kinda liking the THC editor this time around... They
also cut a sequence of Gloria jumping on the trampoline as the
techno voice says "On the second day God created..." and "On the
third day..." All the while Gloria giggles and comments
about how God's such a "creative Creator." At one point the
voice says God created the rave and this delights Gloria who
screeches something I can't even make out. Honestly, this
may be the only instance of me preferring the THC version.
Further on down the road...
Kinda surprised Andrew didn't do the "mom arm" to Monica when
Gloria sped off. He seems like the sort who would.
Then again, given the way the car was tilting, it probably made
more sense to grab something and keep himself from crushing
I really don't think I ever knew anyone who listened to
techno... Gangsta rap was far more common among my
peers. I was probably the closest to techno given I was
often listening to New Age music as a teenager. But techno
musta completely bypassed us. So... another thing I don't
relate to Gloria on.
Oops. Week late. I shoulda watched this on
Thanksgiving weekend. Oh well. I forgot (again) that
it was kinda Thanksgiving-y.
This is just making me miss the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
even more... I'm not even a huge Harry Potter fan
and I was way happy there.
Personally, I think Monica shoulda pointed out that Jessica trying
to find a job didn't automatically equate to not trusting
Tim. When the economy is sucky, sometimes the most
qualified, reliable people can't find a job. It's not about
trust. It's about facing
reality. She might very well have had an easier time finding
an entry level job than he would have finding one to go with his
I would have to be stoned first to ever spend time in a place like
this rave. I want to bash my head into a wall... Make
the creepy, too cheery, grabby people stop!
Finally, at 22 minutes, Andrew is back! Come back, Andrew,
come back... Need some sanity... Okay, Tess works,
too. At this point I won't be picky.
I just realized something... who was home with the two younger
sisters when Jessica and Monica went to the rave?
While I totally agree with Tess' message to Tim, adults can
totally have stuffed animals. They're not so much toys as
comfort objects. I have a plush lion on my bed but it's not
like I sit there playing with it. My mom gave him to me and
I like him. Nuf said.
Weirdly, I feel like the hyped up Ecstasy scenes now make me feel
less like taking drugs than the post-crash scenes. Not that
I felt like taking drugs! I just mean that the post-crash
scenes at least seem honest. The giddy scenes are so phony
and saccharine. Guess that's my Romantic streak
There's a shot with solar flare when Gloria and Nick are careening
towards the cliff that's absolutely lovely! And I probably
shouldn't have been fixating on the sky at that point...
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