A review by Jenni:
This has been a really emotional week. And yes... I'm
beginning to suspect they're just all going to be emotional.
Thus, I am very happy to now be sitting peacefully with my TBAA
episode, my chai, and my kolache.
What I love about this episode:
I like what Reggie says about how there's science people and
music people. He seems to think both are totally okay.
And I agree. We all have our strengths and I wish schools
could be more geared towards what a student is actually suited for
and not just everyone taking the same stuff.
"I believe that a person's character is more important than the
color of their skin whether you're giving them a loan or
interviewing them for a job." Go Monica!
I love the lil
discussion Tess and Charlotte have about kids and dreams. As
long as a child isn't dreaming of something harmful, I'm all about
encouraging their dreams even if they seem subpar to you.
So... if your child dreams of... I dunno... running a web site
devoted to swooning over an incredibly lovely actor from
Mississippi... go with it. Cause she's gonna do it, anyway.
I love that the MLK Jr. quote resurfaces here. It's an
awesome quote. The original: "If a man is called to be a
street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He
should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and
earth will pause to say, here lives a great street sweeper who did
his job well." The paraphrase in this episode: "There's no
shame in being a custodian. I believe the way Martin Luther
King did. That no matter what a man is called on to do, even
if it means cleaning toilets, he should do it so well that all the
angels in Heaven should rejoice." Well done, Martin.
Both of them.
While he may have had other motives, I'm really touched by how
Reggie is so willing to part with his piano in order to help his
Wow. I totally forgot about the Barry Gordy call that Martin
didn't relay to Reggie. Interesting twist.
I like the exchange Charlotte and Reggie have about how no one
ever told him he was no good at singing but also never told him
that he *was* good. It's a nice reminder that we should tell
people when what they do impresses and moves us and not just
assume they know.
I like how Andrew begins his revelation to Reggie. "You know
those stories about angels who show up just exactly when you need
em? And they lead ya right to what you're looking for?
That's what I am." I dunno. I just really like
that. Makes it seem more real somehow. I guess cause
it ties Andrew into a long, real tradition of angelic experiences.
I also really like how Tess shows up and tells Reggie she was with
his mother when the piano was purchased. I loved the
examples TBAA gave us of when the angels sometimes reappeared to the same family. I
guess it kinda makes our ancestors seem closer.
"Everybody's dream gets stepped on sometime or another. Why
didn't you fight for your dream?" Seems like that quote from
Tess ought to be remembered.
"All the success in the world will not make you happy if you don't
have your family to share it with." Another great Tess one.
"God gave you many gifts because He loves you. And He wants
to share beauty and joy and music with you." She's on a
"Thank God for your blessed gifts and give your family the best
that you have: your love, your music, and your forgiveness."
Even though it sounds kinda goofy, I like how Monica asks Martin
if he prayed about the crooked loan. I pray about a lot of
things but it's because of TBAA that I pause sometimes and pray
because of things at work, financial things, etc. Things
that don't automatically make a person think of prayer in the way
that a sick family member or a sudden loss does. Our work
matters to God, too.
I just really liked the reaction shots, especially from the
angels, as Reggie sang "Dream." I just love that song,
What I didn't love about this
I wish Andrew had gotten invited to Reggie's family's dinner
like Monica and Tess did...
I wonder if the person who wrote this had heard the Harry Chapin
song "Mr. Tanner." It reminds me of it in part.
Parts that made me feel swoony:
Best looking janitor ever! And sweet. I love
that he offers to cover for Reggie so he can see his brother
speak. Not surprising. But still nice to see.
He's quite good at cleaning that mirror there. And I admire
that. Window and mirror washing always makes my wrist cramp
up. So yay Andrew for not being a wimp like yours
Pocket watch! Also, I'm sure this show is gonna mess me up
somehow. I've gotten to the point where I get excited simply
by props. Like here "A mop!!! Andrew is gonna be in
this scene!" or
"An IV! Andrew is gonna be in this scene." Pavlov
would be pleased.
Aww... Ya know, I'd been thinking about how I couldn't think
of many instances in which Andrew referred to God in a possessive
manner. Usually it's "God" or "the Father." But here,
about his watch, he says "My
Father gave it to me." I love that. I sometimes wished
the writers had given us some more intense, emotional Andrew and
God scenes. Monica and Tess seemed to have really strong
ones. But Andrew's intense scenes were more often played
against other angels or humans. So while he may never have
gotten his own "Groundrush" or "In the Name of God," it's nice to
have this little glimpse of Andrew and his Father. ("The
Journalist" is probly the closest Andrew got... at least that I
recall. But it's much different in tone than the Monica and
Tess examples. But maybe that's just cause Andrew was a much
different angel... one who didn't bail.) The way he looks at
the watch and says "It means a lot to me." Very sweet.
Of course, it makes me think of what winds up happening with the
watch... But I'm sure God gave His son another one.
It's really sad watching the scenes between Andrew and Reggie
knowing both John and Mr. Vandross died so young of heart
problems. I feel the same way watching "Random Acts" with
John Ritter and John, too. Still... it's comforting,
too. They live forever not only in Heaven but also in the
work they left behind and the hearts of everyone they touched.
Oooh... He looks especially lovely in his scene at Reggie's
home. The outfit kinda brings me back to "The
Boy... Andrew talking about grief just has a whole new depth
to it. I really appreciate what he says to Reggie about how
his aunt and brother lost someone, too. Cause I think it's
so vital that we don't get so wrapped up in our own loss that we
fail to realize our loved ones are in pain, too. And I also
like that he tells Reggie no one was thinking clearly.
Because you just plain don't. Grief can turn your brain to
mush and your attention span into nothing.
Reggie plays on the piano a bit at the start. Not sure what
it is. The quartet of students in the hall sings what I'll
call "I Wanna Show You." Charlotte is teaching a choir of
girls a song in a scene but you only hear a couple bars and I
couldn't tell what it was but it sounded familiar. Della
Reese and Luther Vandross sing "I Believe" at the end during the
concert. Mr. Vandross then follows it up with "The
Impossible Dream." Made me cry. Beautiful rendition
but that song just makes me weepy, anyhow, cause of its context in
Man of La Mancha.
I always tear up when they do the reprise as Cervantes goes to
face the Inquisition. Also, it reminds me of a lot of
people. Namely John, my Grandpa, and Jesus.
This high school is called Northeastern High School. And
it's set in Detroit. Just something to keep in mind...
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- They cut a lil of the family's banter at the start. In
particular I noticed that when Martin comments about getting a big
check, his sister quips that he needs it the way his ex-wife goes
through his money.
- They chopped the top off of the fourth act, I think it is.
The one in which Andrew and Tess do their revelation. It
actually begins with Reggie hovering over the piano with a
flashlight, looking for the registration number. His sister
enters and says she's going to get pizza with the kids and invites
him along. Reggie turns her down. She asks if he's
just going to hang around the house fuming. He responds that
he's going to find the number, get his money, and start
living. She tells him that, though they shouldn't have lied,
they're still family. She adds that if they can't get
through the bad times, they won't be around for the good.
Reggie tells her he won't be around for any it. Eleanor
tells him that he knows where they'll be and leaves. That's
the door you hear closing right before Andrew appears. In
the THC version, it seems as if Andrew used the door. He
Further on down the road...
So... I need to wait 6 hours to find out if I have jury
duty tomorrow. Thus, I'm quite nervous. Hopefully this
will help. If not... I'll wander away to do something
else and finish this later, I guess!
If I was a teacher, I can see where it'd be preferable to teach an
elective as opposed to a core class. That's a good point
about knowing the student wants to be there. Although I
spose you'd still have a handful of "mom/dad made me take it"
I can't imagine a kid being rude and bold enough to make a comment
about someone's brother's occupation during a full school
While I love Andrew in his role as inspirational janitor, I wish
he was the lawyer instead of Gloria. Then I could daydream
about him being at the courthouse... Then again, we mighta
missed his "My father gave it to me" line and I love that...
Sigh... He's lovely...
Yay! His revelation scene! I love that ensemble,
too. White and tan always looked so good on him.
Sigh... What Andrew said is true. When people are
grieving, they aren't always thinking straight and may do things
they never woulda done otherwise. Sometimes I'm just not
sure, though, for how long one should be understanding of that
before being a lil less lenient about cruddy behavior...
I do love "The Impossible Dream"... It's such a gorgeous
And... now I know that I do not need to report for jury
duty. Yay. Not to be a downer on civic duty or
anything but... it is a lil scary to not know what one's doing on
any given day when one cannot drive and doesn't live in a big mass
transit city. Anyway, this episode worked well as
distraction. As did capping it which is how I spent the last
hour of waiting til I could call in.
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