"The Homecoming, Part I"
A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
First of all, I gotta hand it to Monica. Whatever my other
about her, she's a pretty good sport. By and large I think Andrew
has it harder but he's never had to dress as either a prostitute
exotic dancer so... Yay for Monica cause I think I'd have
a fit over that. That being said, Andrew's also a pretty
sport about being mistaken for a john.
Tess is great in this. She's so warm from the start when she
enters the jail and declares "I love you, God loves you."
she's completely nonjudgmental which is awesome.
This is just a lil thing but I get a kick out of Julia reading
magazine which is a blatant fill-in for Time with the red border
Andrew demonstrates a good example of the angels' "creative truth"
he identifies himself as Julia's career counselor to Chuck.
know that they're supposed to tell the truth but I like that the
writers left room for some leeway.
This episode sets up a few of the angel rules. My favorite
rule-related moment is when Tess reminds Monica that the angels
force people to make the right choices. Without that respect
free will, TBAA would so not work for me.
I like that this episode, both parts, is about the lasting effects
Vietnam. Among other things, of course. It really
highlights the necessity of caring for our veterans.
love to know what Tess said to Jimmy the Pimp. I think it's
hysterical that she tells him to "Fear not" and then revs the
engine and drives off. Like that's not scary! And
normally am bothered by obvious and unexplainable usage of "angel
magic," it's good to see the guy get laughed at for losing his
I just really enjoy the overall optimism of this episode.
never an episode I think of as a favorite but when I watch it I
really pulling for these characters and getting pretty
I took far fewer notes on this episode than usual and I think
What I didn't love about
does Tess ask Monica to confess something? It's just plain
embarrassing that these other women are bearing their souls and
admits to drinking 6 espressos and carrying guilt about
know it's supposed to be a light moment but it just strikes a
note for me.
What did Andrew and Chuck do or talk about for the at least 12 or
hours Andrew was assumedly stuck at the bar? I hope they had
Who is Aunt Georgia?!?! I always, always hoped TBAA would
back to that photo of Erasmus' and explain. Why does she
much like Tess? Is she Tess? If she's not Tess then
does her photo get that angelic "ding!" noise?
Parts that made
I think Andrew's
cute when a prostitute thinks he's a john
and his response is to mutter "Great..." Poor Andrew.
Andrew is an absolutely delightful parole officer! I love
sarcastic he is at his first meeting with Julia and his eye brows
do a show all by themselves they're so active in that scene!
ever commit a major crime... I want a parole officer like
He says "progrum"! It's so cute!!! I wish I said
"progrum." It's so much cuter than "program."
While I do not otherwise envy Julia's life, it would be nice to be
when Andrew leans over and tells her "I'm very proud of
I love the way Andrew says "Whoa" to Chuck while at the bar.
whole scene just pops with lil, adorable Andrew moments.
The magic eye brow!!! Andrew has a "Bewitched" sorta moment
he simply raises his eye brow and Chuck's phone dies. I'm a
iffy on "angel magic" but since a dead phone line isn't very
suspicious, this works for me. And it's just so darn cute.
Lemme just say that I would never leave Andrew in a bar as
collateral. Even if he offered. That being said, he's
smoldering when he has that stare down with Chuck and moves in to
even more intimidating. The steeliness is killed a lil when
Andrew then orders orange juice but I'm cool with Andrew going
smoldering to adorable in a flash.
Andrew looks boyishly cute in the backseat at the end of the
episode. To this day I still think of the middle, back seat
car as "Andrew's seat." That's why, after shotgun, it's my
I actually think Monica's coffee biscuits might taste pretty
good. I mean there's coffee ice cream so why not?
Angels need/want sleep. That's established when Tess first
that she wants to "hit the sack" but can't cause she needs to do
work. Upon returning from her meeting with Jimmy the Pimp,
goes to bed. Whether angels sleep when on earth was a
for me. Here's the answer! Although I'd still like to
how much sleep they need. Normal human amount?
A Word from Travis:
This is my third favorite episode of Season 3. The storyline
was good and I enjoyed the interactions with the prostitutes when
they stayed at the house that Tess headed. Delta Burke was
excellent in this role. Julia breaks my heart when admits to
Monica that she sold her baby boy for $50. I’ve only seen the
actress in a movie that aired on lifetime called “Dangerous
Child.” I like the ending of this episode where Andrew asks Tess
if Julia is going to be alright and Tess assert that there’s a
long road ahead. A different (and mysterious) ending to an
episode. I do agree that the writes should’ve shown more regarding
Tess and Jimmy in regards to where she brought him.
I love this line:
Jimmy: Who sent you, the Godfather?
Tess: No God the Father!
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