A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
The first thing
about this episode that got my attention was Monica trying to fix one
of the lights in Club Indigo. But instead she ends up making it
slip more. Then later Sam's spirit fixes it. So we don't
need to be freaked out by objects mysteriously moving! It's not
necessarily ghosts! It could be angels or friendly familial
interaction between Andrew and Monica while they're trying to solve
the Countess mystery is quite cute. Here they look like perfectly
good, equal friends. Yay! Monica even tries to get Andrew
to calm down when he starts getting worked up over being foiled in his
attempts to find the Countess. Where was this Monica during "The
I love how nuanced Isaac is. He's not just some jerk kid out to
get Grandpa's money. He has legitimate reasons to want Sam to
close the club. And he outright says he wants Sam to live nearer
to him. Yet, Isaac is very stubborn, not a good listener, and a
little too sure his way is the best way. This complexity makes
character, and the plot, way more interesting to me.
I think it's funny how Andrew tells Monica no one says funk any more
and then Mr. Jarreau echoes it. Andrew knows best.
The music in this is just really awesome! I'm obviously gonna be
partial to Della Reese's songs but I enjoyed hearing all the different
blues music, too. The overall theme of this episode, "music is
life" as Sam puts it, is very powerful. Just try to imagine this
episode without music. Pretty uncool.
The shot of the coin in Sam's hand gets me every time.
I love how at the very end the sign changes. "Home of the Sam
Brown Blues Museum" appears under the original Club Indigo sign.
Very cool. I guess that means Isaac stayed to honor his Grandpa's
memory, legacy, and love. Nifty way to end!
What I didn't love about this
Geez. I didn't come up with anything for this section this time!
Is Andrew chewing gum when he walks on stage to give Al Hirt his
bugle? For a second it looks like he is and then it
Parts that made me feel
First, Andrew is not in this episode nor shall he ever be a "loser
living in the cellar" as Isaac refers to him. Humph!
My first giggly Andrew moment comes when he does that lil
tap dance on stage. And then the jazz hands. Eee!
Love the cute, uber-deep voice when Andrew is talking about Club
Indigo's schedule and mentions "blues days." He's also way cute
when he laughs after Tess criticizes Monica's jokes. But lest he
seem jerky he soon after tells Monica "And I think you're gonna be
great!" We should all have Andrew around to encourage us!
"The angel of death is on hold!" I love his dismay when whomever
he's chatting with on the phone fails to recognize his greatness and
puts him on hold. I definitely woulda stayed on the line with
him! Heck, I woulda arranged an in person consultation but then
ya'll probly guessed that.
Cute face when he tells the person on the phone that he has no last
name. I wonder, though, why sometimes they make one up and other
Andrew looks very distinguished when he enters with All Jarreau.
The slicked back hair in a ponytail, the long coat... Very
nice. It's not a look I'd want him wearing all the time but...
nice! And then that black and brown ensemble later in the
scene... very nice. I'm dubbing him the Man in Black... and
nice look. And with a leather vest.
After the group finds out Tess is the Countess and Monica tears up,
Andrew reaches for her hand. He's so caring and adorable and it's
obvious once again that he's a very touch-oriented person. Which
just makes me wish someone would reach for his hand more often...
Also, right after that Andrew pretty much defends Monica. Isaac,
seeing Monica crying, says that everyone's "soft in the head, "Andrew
counters that they're "soft in the heart." He is an awesome older
brother type. Monica's sooo lucky and I don't think she realizes
I just realized this entire episode takes place in a single building:
Club Indigo. Other than the closing shot of the exterior, I don't
think a single other shot is outside the club.
It must be difficult to be the proprietor of a club or shop that falls
out of fashion. Looking back I can think of so many stores
that, once upon a time, were packed. I can remember bunches of
angel stores. Now I think they're all gone. And does anyone
remember pogs? We had shops for those that were hopping
places. Then... nothing. Obviously pogs are no where near
as important as blues music, but it just makes me realize how changing
fads and fashions impact people greatly.
"Candy stuff" is what Sam calls Monica's preferred mocha latte. I
wonder what he'd call the coffee I drink with all it's additives?
I get a giggle outta Monica thinking the Countess story
Andrew is apparently not fond of mice. Or at least not
cohabitating with them which I guess I understand. ;-)
Were vests a big fashion staple in the mid-90s? Cause Andrew
seems to wear em a lot more often in this season than others. Or
am I just imagining things? I
do remember Chandler on "Friends" wearing a lotta sweater vests but
can't recall if that was around the same time. In any case, I
can't say I've seen any guys wear em of late. Another S2 Andrew
clothing fad that seemed to have died off by S3... those goofy priest
shirts. I remember those and never thought they were very
It would be weird to be like Isaac and find out you spent your babyhood
surrounded by celebrities.
Indigo is apparently Tess' favorite color. Good to know.
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