A review by Jenni:
I'm gonna need to rewatch this... Andrew + baby= me day
dreaming for prolonged periods of time and probly missing some
finer points of the episode.
What I love about this episode:
Andrew + baby. Enough said.
I love that Andrew is God's answer to the father's prayer to bring
his family together. Or at least part of the answer.
I'm on a big "Andrew and family" thematic kick right now.
I think it's nice that Andrew was able to tell Natalie that her
father's last thoughts were of her. It'd be so healing if we
could all have someone tell us that kinda stuff instead of just
Monica and Andrew are dating. Andrew assures her they're
just friends. The shippers, apparently, have selective
hearing. Oh well. I'm still glad he said it.
The actress playing Natalie does a really great job of keeping
one's attention. And whomever did the editing also deserves
a star. The scene where she remembers the murder/suicide
attempt is riveting not just for her performance but also how the
scene jumps from the flashback with the father trying to get
inside as lil Natalie cries and Andrew trying to get in as adult
Natalie breaks down.
Poor Natalie. The episode doesn't dwell on it much but not
only does she lose her father and learn the truth about her mother
but she also learns she lost a baby brother. I think they
did a good job of revealing all these story elements,
though. Hitting Natalie and the viewer with them all at once
would have been way too much.
The breakdown scene is very painful to watch. You can feel
the awkwardness of the comedy club patrons. And, of course,
Natalie losing her grip. Again, well played, I think.
What I didn't love about
The TBAA writers wrote many beautiful things. However... I'm
not sure comedy routines are up their alley. I didn't find
any of Natalie's jokes funny. And I can remember being less
than amused by Salt and Pepper's stuff in "Cry and You Cry
Alone." And that even featured people who normally make me
laugh. So... I wish they'd given Natalie another
profession. In all fairness, though, there is some bad
comedy writing out there! Sometimes "Saturday Night Live"
really thuds. So even comedy writers can't always pull it
They should not have taunted us with the knowledge that Andrew set
up Lily's crib without showing us Andrew setting up the
crib... Maybe they were just looking out for the sanity of
the Andrew fans.
Who called 911 when Natalie's dad died? I got the
impression that only he and Andrew were in the house. Andrew
was with him. So did
some other angel call? Curious.
Here an odd one: Is it okay to put your hand on male
friends' chests? I'm just wondering cause Natalie puts hers
on Andrew's and he doesn't seem put off by it. Huh.
Did Andrew have a babyhood of sorts? I mean I realize he was
never 9 pounds and bald but kinda psychologically infantile?
I mean we all saw Gloria newborn but was she representative of a
new angel? Or would newborn Andrew be different? When
he was (so adorably) explaining to Natalie how Lily must feel
exploring such an interesting world, it made me wonder if he was
speaking from personal experience.
Is it just me or does Lily gain and lose hair through out this
Parts that made me feel
For some reason I was super happy with Andrew's paint-smudged,
sweats look in the opening scene. He just looked so earthy
and handy and productive and cute.
Andrew with baby Lily! He's such a natural! And I
don't know why that would surprise me. God only knows how
many babies he's cared for in his lengthy lifetime. More
specific swooniness to follow...
He does a baby voice! I love Andrew's baby voice...
There should have been a spin-off. Andrew somehow gets a
baby. Maybe an assignment passes away and leaves him with
guardianship? I would have watched that show way, way too
I really love Andrew's flannel shirts. I don't think the
ones in this are flannel. They look too light. But I
like em! So while my preference is flannel... I'm thinking
I'll take any plaid. :-)
Andrew consoling Lily when Natalie snaps at her for making
noise. Oh... He's lovely. When he kisses her
it's so sweet. I wonder if Lily remembered him even a lil as
she grew up? I hope so.
He reminds me of Captain Kirk when he goes in to see Natalie
following her break down. Wrong colors, I think, but that
shirt totally makes me think of Star
I love that black and white sweater he has at the end. Maybe
too much. I may or may not have one very much like it that I
just couldn't bear to give away following a "shop for charity"
binge... I gave everything else away, I promise!
Lily gripping Andrew's cheek... Lily knows a good thing when
she sees it. Don't let go, kid! Who doesn't need an
extra uncle around?
Music- Play off music
after Natalie's routines and whatever her mom kept playing on the
piano. I'm pretty sure it's a lullaby but heck if I can
place it right now. It's driving me nuts. Amanda sings
"Rock a Bye Baby" in the hospital at one point.
I really noticed the theme music being sped again in this
one. I didn't really in "The Anatomy Lesson" so I do think
it's only some episodes that
get it super-sped.
I totally creeped myself out. I was a super-bald baby.
And Lily looked to be pretty bald (in some shots). So I was
like "Aww! I bet it woulda looked like that if Andrew had
held me!" And then a second later I was like "Wait...
no. Weird..." I can't quite explain why but Andrew
caring for me as a baby and adult me swooning over Andrew just
don't work together.
Watching the CBS version, I noted that Gregory Harrison directed
this one. Groovy. Good job him.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-CBS version of Natalie's comedy routine begins with her talking
about babies wailing, sounding like fire engines. Later she
goes into talking about her dad. Hallmark starts with her
talking about her dad.
-In the CBS version there's a scene of Amanda in the
hospital. Tess approaches to ask if she's taken her
meds. Amanda opens her hand to reveal she's still holding
them. She seems to think taking them is pointless.
Tess asks her to take them for her and then gives Amanda a
puzzle. I don't remember this scene in the Hallmark version
at all. Coulda been me though.
-After Natalie's breakdown, there's a brief scene of Andrew,
Monica, and the manager walking through the club. The
manager tells the angels that he didn't want to get the paramedics
involved because Natalie seems like a nice lady. Andrew
thanks him for calling then they enter the room where Natalie is
crying. Hallmark begins with them entering the room.
Further on down the road...
I'm watching this after spending the weekend decorating.
And... after not having seen TBAA in 2 or 3 weeks. Well, not
any TBAA with Andrew. I did squeezed "An Unexpected Snow" in
on Thanksgiving. I've just been so busy. But now I'm
gonna sit and watch this with my salsa and chips! R&R
"Everyone has to face the truth head on eventually." All too
true quote from Monica.
Okay, the beginning was hard to watch but, honestly, I did really
well. In a weird way it helps that the father's death scene
has always been difficult for me because my grandpa was a handyman
who died of complications from a heart attack. So it always
made me think of that long before John Dye passed away. The
fact that I'm exhausted probly also tempers my emotions.
Aww. I just had Andrew use "little one" in a story and
wondered if it seemed like him. Well, he just used it for
Lily. Yay. And adorable.
Is it just me or do you hear John's accent more in this one than
normal? Love it.
Someone should just give Andrew a baby. I'd have been soooo
obsessed with *that* TV show.
Hard to say without actually living the life but... I think I'd be
angrier about not being told about having a baby brother who died
than I would the secret of why Natalie's mom went away.
Ya know, I just realized something. Natalie says she prayed
for the first time shortly before her nervous breakdown. And
yet Monica, Tess, and especially Andrew were with her for quite
some time before that. I like that. I know they were
there as the answer to her dad's prayer but I like it when they
make clear that God helps everyone... whether they believe in Him
or honor Him or not.
I still can't really get into any of these comedy
routines... Oh well. I found myself sorting email
during them so that's a good thing.
Oh... Lily touching Andrew's cheek... I don't know who
I'm more jealous of. It is a great feeling when a lil baby
reaches up for your face. So long as they don't claw at it!
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