"Labor of Love"
A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I admire Meg's commitment to her profession and the well being of all
patients. Delivering your husband's baby by another woman...
sheesh. But she does it and with such kindness to Olivia.
I like Andrew a lot in this. I feel quite swoony through out but
you can see the section below for elaboration. In short, I just
love that Andrew seems so astounded by Brian's disregard for Meg.
And he's pretty darn vocal about it! Which makes Andrew seem
chivalrous. And that's lovely!
Speaking of Andrew's irritation with Brian, I vastly prefer Sam's
reaction to it than the one Tess sometimes has when Andrew gets
riled. Andrew had every reason to be upset! Rather than
scold him, Tess-style, Sam just chuckles and acknowledges Andrew's
distaste for Brian and his behavior. Thank you, Sam! I
don't want any of the other angels to throw Andrew a parade or anything
but simple validation of his feelings would be nice. And I think
Sam gives that at least a lil bit. And he also acknowledges
Andrew's wrecked vacation which is nice.
I like the idea, which is repeated, that children are the evidence of
God's love. It's very sweet.
What I didn't love about this
feelings about this episode have been tempered a little. I now
see that Meg wanted her marriage saved. Based on her early
conversation with Andrew and later lines to Monica and Brian, it's
obvious. So whereas I used to be ticked by the angels' push to
save the marriage, I no longer am. Now I'm just ticked by the
rushed, contrived feel to it. This isn't one of my favorite
episodes for that reason.
The first red flag that goes up for me is when Sam (after kindly
acknowledging Andrew's feelings which I loved), says that bit about
humans making mistakes. But Brian's affair isn't just any
mistake. It's an affair!!! I think this episode shows
complete disregard for some of the potential after-effects of
adultery. What if Brian had exposed an unwitting Meg to a
STD? Is that just a mistake? Was Brian in any way using
finances shared with Meg to support his life with Olivia? If he'd
not been discovered, did Brian intend to just lead a double-life?
We don't know. And unless Sam did, I think he was a lil too blase
I just think Meg is being asked to consider too much, too soon.
I'm not saying her marriage shouldn't have been repaired. But I
don't believe setting out to repair it on the same day she learns
Brian's been cheating for months is fair or realistic. I believe
God can heal marriages wrecked by adultery. But in real life I
think God works along with human psychology. After all, He
created our psyches. And I don't think your average human can
process betrayal, commitment, and forgiveness to this degree in a
matter of hours. I would like this episode much better if it
didn't seem to rush Meg's and Brian's reunion. Instead of their
hand-holding at the end, I think dialogue demonstrating their intention
to work on their marriage but yet maintaining some distance for a while
would have been infinitely better.
I do find it a little troubling that while earlier Andrew said children
are the evidence of a good marriage, not meant to fix relationships...
this episode kinda gives me the idea that baby girl is going to fix
Meg's and Brian's marriage. After all, Meg first tells Brian she
wants the baby. Later she says she wants them to be a
family. That disturbed me. It made me wonder if Meg didn't
just want the baby and was accepting Brian back as a means to an
know if Andrew ever got to Paris! Something tells me no...
How come Celeste seems so
much more mature here than in "Angel of
Death"? Yet Gloria stayed pretty immature through out her 2
seasons on TBAA?
Do you think Celeste realized that the film "Death Takes a Holiday" is
about death going on vacation and romancing a woman? I'm thinking
no since she describes Andrew's vacation as "death takes a
Who is Andrew's supervisor? We know from "Beautiful Dreamer" that
it was Sam. Here Sam says he's Tess' supervisor. Is he
still Andrew's? Or is Tess Andrew's supervisor? She seems
to be but is that ever actually stated? If it is it just seems
odd that Sam would supervise Andrew and Tess and then suddenly Tess is
supervising Andrew. Like they were once equal and then Tess
surpassed Andrew. Or maybe has AOD Andrew gone past needing a
supervisor but Caseworker Andrew still does so whomever is handy
(generally Tess) becomes his supervisor? I'm confuzzled...
How did Andrew know the baby was going to be a girl?
Why does Andrew act like he's just now starting back with
caseworking? Seems like he was doing that pretty often in Season
3, prior to this episode.
Parts that made me feel
I love Andrew in this episode! It kinda makes me bemoan his
eternal bachelorhood. Although, intellectually, I know that's muy
importante. (If Andrew can throw in some French, I can throw in
some Spanish.) I mean the guy just can't believe a guy would
forget his wedding anniversary. Which seems to suggest if Andrew
had one, he wouldn't forget it. And then he seems shocked that
Meg's husband doesn't realize how amazing she is. Which makes you
think mortal Andrew would realize. Sigh...
And I *love* that Andrew gets pretty ticked with Brian. Maybe
"ticked" isn't often associated with angels but he was right!
Andrew comes off seeming like Meg's protective older brother (which he
is in a way, I suppose). And I just love anytime Andrew seems
chivalrous towards women.
And poor Andrew! His vacation gets ruined and Celeste pours water
on his pants! No Eiffel Tower and soggy pants. Some
vacation! And he hadn't gotten one in 100 years!??! So, in
other words, an AOD worked WWI, WWII, countless non-global wars, etc.
and didn't get a vacation afterwards?!?! I'm glad angels
apparently don't have a labor union cause that'd be strike-worthy for
When Andrew tells Brian "We believe in you"... I like the idea
that Andrew believes in us. A lot.
I don't think Andrew ever complains about getting his vacation
ruined. He's resistant at first, of course, but once the ball
starts rolling... Andrew's all angel. He's awesome.
This episode kinda seems like a meeting of the Annoying Fliers
Club. Andrew, as much as I love him, would have been totally
to have sat around. Who wants to hear some guy
learn French during their flight? Okay, so maybe we'd like to
hear Andrew learn French but your average person... probly not so
much. And Meg starts rattling off about her marriage to a
complete stranger. And then that older lady is just
terrible! She's gossipy, she steals her seat mate's blanket to
give to Celeste, and she won't let the poor guy sleep! Yikes.
This is completely stupid but, back when my brother would occasionally
watch this with me, when Andrew says "Quel surprise!" we both thought
it sounded like "Kill the priest" and were wondering what the heck that
was supposed to mean!
If I were having a baby, I think I'd like to have Andrew there. I
think he'd be calming. Or at least something nice to look
at. Of course, then he'd probly want to hold the baby and I'd
already be emotional and seeing that... well, assumedly I'd care about
the baby's father and not still be obsessing over Andrew but that would
still be hard.
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