A review by Jenni:
I should preface this by saying I find this episode entirely
unrelatable. I went to an all-girls school so I had no "Greg," my
parents weren't very conservative so that's out, and I never had a
crush on a teacher so... Not much for me here. Except
What I love about this
though I don't personally relate, this episode does make me a lil
nostalgic. Mostly Katie does. She reminds me of some of my
classmates who did have crushes on teachers and how goofy they
were. As for me... I already had Andrew pics up in my
locker. I do kinda get a kick outta Katie thinking Rafael's only
a lil bit older. She has no idea!
I think it's fun to watch Monica teasing Rafael about Katie. In a
way. Cause it's a light-hearted, fun moment between angels which
is nice. But I woulda been more comfortable with it occurring in
a private place. Imagine if a student heard that.
I *love* what Andrew says about high school definitely NOT being the
best years of one's life. Cause if those were my best
I like that this episode kinda makes the case for not being super
strict as a parent. Cause I do think that can lead to
rebellion. In school people always assumed my parents were way
strict cause I was well-behaved. But really they weren't and I
think that's a lot why I was well-behaved. There was never a
I like that this episode stresses the need to respect one's self,
demand that respect from others, and show respect to others. I'm
not sure I would automatically
link respect to waiting for marriage as
the episode kinda does. But as a whole, I agree.
"Get over it!" Sometimes Tess' tough love hits me the wrong way
but when she says that to the mothers it's awesome and I want to clap
for her. Cause through out this episode I found myself thinking
how selfish and even egocentric those two women were. Their
actions were negatively impacting their children in a big way.
Cracking down on your daughter cause you slept around is
demeaning. She's not you! Separating your son from his
girlfriend cause you have a problem with the mother: selfish. I
think those two ladies needed to take the time to get themselves help
instead of just pushing their issues onto their kids. So, yeah,
get over it! I also like that Tess pointed out that if Liz had
stayed with her high school boyfriend then there would be no
Greg. How she hadn't already considered that herself is beyond
me. So I'm glad Tess pointed it out.
What I didn't love about this
gosh. Why do they repeatedly have the angels hiding in backseats
and such watching people make out?!?!
The stupid musack makes it seem like Andrew the DJ has really bad taste
in music. I'm sure it was just cause they didn't wanna pay
royalties for a bunch songs but still... I'm sure Andrew has
great taste. At least "When I See You Smile" is a legitimate song.
I'm irked by a lot of things the angels say in this episode. Like
when Monica tells Tess about God being love and Tess responds "Not to
teenagers. To them love is love." Gee, thanks for the vote
of no confidence. As a teenager I very much believed that God was
there in all love.
It strikes me as a lil naive when Monica says love is "not a secret to
be hidden away." Unfortunately, sometimes that's necessary.
I'm sure there are still a lot of people that fall for people that
their families wouldn't approve of and I can see why they'd be
secretive. At least for a while.
try to like Rafael. I really do. But then there's stuff
like this... Rafael's scene with Katie at the prom drives me up
the freaking wall. First, how dare he tell her she's not really
in love with him! He doesn't know!!! For one, he's not
her. For another, he's freaking asexual. Which is
fine. I'm all for that. I wouldn't want angels to be
otherwise. But that doesn't really scream "So I totally get
romantic feelings and when they're real and when they're not." I
mean what sorta way is that to build up someone's self-esteem by
basically telling them they don't know what they're saying? I
suppose, too, it's kinda a gender thing for me. It probly
wouldn't bug me quite so much if Monica said it. But a guy
telling a girl she doesn't really know her own feelings just screams
throwback to Dr. Freud and female hysteria to me. Plus, the fact
that Liz is still soooo upset about a high school relationship pretty
much demonstrates that teenage love affairs shouldn't all be
downplayed. And then he just keeps going...
up we have this Rafael gem: "When you're 16 everything seems
bigger... All the small, real moments get lost." This is
like Tess' remark to me. They're teenagers. Not insipid
idiots. I definitely took note of some very real moments as a
teenager. Sometimes I seriously think these lines were written by
people who were born adults. They show absolutely no respect for
teenagers and just lump them all together. It's beneath what TBAA
is usually about. Believe me, those of us that felt more serious
and more sensitive and spiritual than many of our peers really don't
need a show about angels to make us feel more like freaks.
sorry but I burst out laughing when Greg said "This way a part of me
will always be touching you" when he gave Jill the necklace. So
corny!!! But maybe that says more about me than the
I am totally bothered by Greg getting into his car before verifying
that Jill was all the way up to her room. I get that they were
sneaking around but that's just common sense!
It was really insensitive of Liz to blurt out "She could be pregnant!"
with Candace and her own son right there worrying about whether Jill
would even survive.
I'm left unsure about whether commitment should be encouraged or
discouraged with young people. On one hand, I'm a big fan of
monogamy so the idea of telling my child not to spend so much time with
one person but to spend time with lotsa potential mates seems
odd. But I guess I do see a point in not wanting your child to
make a commitment they'll later regret. I dunno. So that's
a question I need to settle for myself sometime.
Maybe I'm a prude myself but did anyone else think some of Jill's
skirts were really short? Yet her mom was apparently a prude?
As always, I wanna know do the angels know it for absolutely sure that
there is someone out there for their assignment? Cause Andrew
says it to Erin in "The Pact" and Rafael says it to Katie here.
So do they know that or are they, like many humans, saying it in an
attempt to be comforting but without any actual knowledge to back it up?
Where are Greg's and Jill's fathers? I'm all for single moms but
I just think it's odd fathers aren't mentioned at all.
Parts that made me feel
I wanna hug Andrew when he talks about listening to sad songs and then
just letting it all our when he needs to cry. I wanna be there
and help him through that...
I am highly amused by the idea that of all the songs from the 70s, our
lovely, chaste Andrew chose to play "Hot Stuff." Ha! Not
that I'm complaining cause he
looked so adorable bopping his head to
that. And I love that 70s ensemble! Swoon!
I wanted to see more of Andrew in his 70s outfit... I seriously
watch this episode just for those brief moments. I love
him. And if he were real I probly would be in love with
him. And I probly woulda been in love with him at 16. So
Rafael can just mouth off cluelessly as much as he wants. Andrew
is way cooler and nicer and more understanding.
Anyhow... Andrew's really sweet in the scene after Jill's
fall. Monica says "I tried, Andrew," and then he smiles at her
and answers "I know." See, he's just so affirming and
consoling. Yet, he doesn't always get that back and I hate
that. And I hate that I can't go through the TV and be the person
to do that. Well, to be more accurate, I don't want to go into
the TV. I want him to be outta it.
Yeah... I don't think I share Jill's views on romance. First, I
dunno what's particularly romantic about making out in a car. I
thought it was more of a convenience thing. Second, I've never
really got the wedding night in a hotel dream that seems to run
rampant. It's always seemed much more romantic to me to begin
one's marriage in the home one intends to spend that marriage (or at
least part of it) in. So unless the hotel had some previous
significance, that seems more like a convenience thing to me, too.
am jealous of TV high schoolers!!! They always get to listen to
the radio over speakers during the school day! No fair!
Had to laugh at Candace's journal. Good for her not even
bothering to lock it. Those locks were a joke! I was
crushed when I found out the same key could unlock em all!
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