A review by Jenni:
Guess who's short on time again? Me. So I'm writing
another one as I watch. The computer chair is nice but I
miss my couch.
What I love about this episode:
Right off, I like the literary element of this title. Yay
for Arthurian legend! The only other TBAA episode that makes
me think of Camelot is "Fool for Love" cause Andrew reminds me of
Merlin the way he whisks the baby away. But enough
The scenery is very pretty. Apparently even dead lakes can
I like the diner even though Laurel's a bit intimidating! It
kinda reminds me of one my dad and I ended up in. I wish I'd
taken down its name. It was cute. No matter how
artfully designed, chain restaurants just don't have the same
Gotta say, Monica's got my respect in this one. Chaining
yourself to a tree in protest is pretty awesome. Sure, maybe
it wasn't part of her assignment but it's still groovy.
I like that TBAA doesn't go all judgmental about an out of wedlock
child. In fact, Monica assures Laurel she'd do no such
I remember when this first aired, some people thought Monica's
revelation was too showy. I love it! She looks like
the actual Lady of the Lake. That dress is gorgeous.
And the candles and the glow on the lake. Now, if only we'd
gotten to see Andrew fairy tale-style! Also, Monica as the
town's Lady works really well with the established time line that
would have her as Search and Rescue then.
I'm glad Monica didn't tell Blake that Jeremy is his son.
When the scene started, I was worried that's where she was going
and that would have bugged me. Laurel telling him would be
fine. God telling him was definitely fine. But it just
didn't seem like something an angel should announce. So yay
for them not going with that angle.
I like that Blake apologizes for running away and hurting
feelings. It may not seem like a big deal but as someone who
has known friends who have just disappeared then reappeared with
out explanation or apology... that jumped right out at me.
Aww. Jeremy found the ring! Thus proving Andrew's
thoughts on fishing to be right on!
Lovely lakeside montage at the end. And Andrew caught a
fish. Yay him.
What I didn't
love about this episode:
Nothing really jumped out at me. I thought this was
sweet. It's not a favorite but it's nice. The only bad
part is now I'm paranoid watching these cause I keep thinking
Hallmark will cut something important. But this time I
didn't notice anything.
Is it just me or does TBAA seem to do quite a number of
episodes about people reuniting or returning only to have at least
one member of the party prove to be a big
disappointment/problem? Here hometown boy returns to destroy
the community, there's TOTGA with horrid Susan, "What Are Friends
For?," "Smokescreen," "The Feather," and probly others I've
that made me feel swoony:
Andrew teaching Monica anything is always cute and skipping stones
is especially sweet. And I love his jacket... I just
know if I'd ever gotten control of this show it would have morphed
into something horrible like "An Angel of Death Moves into a Cabin
and Spends His Days Doing Rustic, Manly Things." Next week's
episode: Andrew chops wood then reads Tennyson before the fire...
and then talks about how the poet's words make him feel.
Next week he'll build an oak chest then fill it with mementos...
and talk about how each trinket makes him feel.
Andrew not wanting to use the word "croak" is cute.
Eeee! I love what his eyes do when he teases Monica about
My inner theology nerd got super excited when Andrew used the word
Sigh... Andrew fishing... and how he just wants to fish...
not catch fish. I wanna go fishing with Andrew... Cept
I'd probly start making lame jokes about St. Andrew the
Fisherman. No, I'd probly just be too lovestruck to manage
Andrew looks cute with his jeans rolled up. It makes me
imagine him in the 50s. Get that leather jacket and he'd
look like he came right outta Grease! Not that I'd ever want him to
appear in that musical... yuck.
I'm beginning to conclude I don't like Andrew's suits so
much. Cause I'm super happy with this episode largely
because of his casual wardrobe. That pale flannelesque shirt
with jeans is always very nice.
Red flannel shirt... Andrew seems so
untroubled in this episode that it actually distracted me from the
fact that over in the Dyeland universe,
I've rendered him homeless and very troubled. And I've been
obsessing about that all weekend. On the plus side for that
version of Andrew, I've also made him very (maybe even crazily)
"There's a brand new
morning about to break. God's gonna sing a new song to this
lake and it will shine." Those are the opening lyrics to the
song Tess is singing at the start. I have a feeling it's
made up but if anyone recognizes it, please lemme know so I can
Andrew talking about the circle of life when Monica's speaking
with the worms at the start makes me want to start doing Lion King chants.
TBAA sure does enjoy reusing guest stars... This one has at
least two repeats.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-In the CBS version, we see Monica walking through the jail with
the sheriff on the way to her cell. The Hallmark version
cuts right to her already in the cell. In addition, Tess
visits Monica while she's in the cell and I don't think that's in
the Hallmark version. Basically Tess gives her a hard time
about not being of much use in a jail cell. I had to laugh
cause it made me think of the whole murder trial thing for some
reason (I guess cause I could totally see Andrew serving a purpose
in jail. That purpose? Managing to make me even more
obsessive and probly others, too. But, seriously, he would
have a purpose.)
Further on down the road...:
"Sometimes it takes a fight to save a
life." I like that quote from Tess.
"It's the circle of life! And it moves us all..."
Andrew's line in the bait shop still makes me want to sing.
"Children have a wonderful way of bringing people together, don't
they?" A Monica quote. Now to find one for Andrew...
And done! "With a little faith and a lot of patience you can
catch something really special." :-) Love him looking
so lovely on that dock... Although I must say I do like how
his jeans evolved over the years. They're much less baggy
come S9. But I think everyone's were. The preferred
"There's a big difference between listening and hearing."
Ain't that the truth? Monica's quote, by the way.
Sigh... I want Monica's LotL dress. Although I do
think the embellished part would have looked better under the bust
line rather than over it. Long live the empire waist!
"God loves you and He wants you to be still so you can see the
glorious things that He has made, so you can enjoy the laughter of
a child, so you can hear the music of the universe, so you can
hold hands with someone you love... that's what beauty is
for." Monica again.
"God never stops thinking about you!" Another one from the
same scene. I am catching way more quotes with these
Maybe I'm a sucker but I love that the ring shows up just in time.
Oh and as for my Grease comment above... I would have had no problems seeing John in Grease.
John was a human, earth-bound man. Andrew the angel trying
to carry off some of the innuendos? Gross. No thank
you! That being said, I really don't care for that musical.
And apparently I tend to stick poor Andrew in bad situations
around the time of watching this episode... Last time he was
homeless. Now he's a POW in Afghanistan.
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