A review by Jenni:
What I love about this episode:
Even though this episode isn't about immigration, it made me think
about all that's happening with that in the U.S. today. It's
just another example of TBAA really NOT seeming ten years
old. They could air this next week and it wouldn't seem out
of place but actually pretty timely.
I thought it was really cool how they depicted Tino as hearing and
making music every where. He heard it in the birds, while
working, etc. I think all great passions must be like that:
they permeate all aspects of your life.
It was cute how Monica, Andrew, and Rafael all
got carried away with picking a conservatory for Tino and had to
be called back to reality by Tess. Monica does it often but
it was nice to see the boys get a lil dreamy, too, for once.
Kudos to the TBAA writers for remembering that Monica can tolerate
insanely spicy food really easily as established in "Show
Me"! See, sometimes they have really, really good
I thought it was great that when Roberto told Tino he wouldn't
exist without dancing, Tino calmly answered back by saying dancing
wouldn't exist without music. Way to go!
The post office guy's really nice. I know that's random but
he just seemed really friendly and like he cared.
Tess has some really great quotes in this. A couple are just
funny like her sarcastic "You hablo just fine when you want to" to
Roberto and "Mozart was always late!" to the conservatory
prof. But then there are also touching ones like "As strong
as God is and as powerful as He is, when He speaks it's with a
whisper. The children always listen better when you whisper,
Another good one from Tess to Roberto is "God never promised you
it would be easy but He did promise you it would be worth it."
And then Monica got some of her own great quotes when speaking to
Tino like "Nothing is impossible for God."
"You can be an instrument of God with your heart and with your
hands but first you must accept His gift and you must accept His
love which is also a gift," is another really great one.
"God's gift to you can be your gift back to Him," was touching to
hear. I like to think we all have gifts that we can use to
help others, even to help others find their faith, hope, love,
I'm not a very good Catholic but I thought it
was wonderful that they brought Mass to the people when they
couldn't go to Mass. It makes me feel like I shouldn't take
it for granted.
The young man playing Tino did an excellent job. He looked
so ecstatic as he played the piano. Beautiful.
I was always fond of how this episode ends. It almost
borders on sitcom "D'oh!" territory but it's cute. The look
on Roberto's face as he learns his lil girl will be a dancer is
amusing and sweet.
What I didn't love about
I just really woulda liked to have seen Andrew's dealings with his
human boss who wanted everyone to work through Sunday. Cause
I bet he got pretty indignant and forceful and sometimes that's a
nice change from calm, collected Andrew.
ETA: The more I thought about it, I'm irked by Andrew's comment to
Elisa at the end: asking where her faith is. Questioning
what will happen next is not a sign of a lack of faith. In
fact, I've met a few too many people who use "God will provide!"
to justify never planning for the future, never taking the
initiative, etc. Pondering what comes next is a good
thing. It's how we solve problems. Had she burst into
tears and started hyperventilating, the comment would be
good. But not otherwise, IMO. Plus, let's not be
naive. People of great faith find themselves in trying
positions all the time and God doesn't always swoop in immediately
with a solution. Just read the Bible for plenty of
examples. But I'll forgive Andrew and the writers.
I think because I was a theology student, I often think
about the situations the angels might have got themselves into
with religions. So I have to wonder: how did Monica fare as
a Catholic Sunday school teacher? It seemed natural enough
for her to talk about Genesis
(depicted) but eventually one would assume the curriculum would
call for specifically Christian and even specifically Catholic
teaching. How would they handle that? Even with
Dyeland I sometimes find myself wandering how that all impacts
Andrew's conversations with some human friends.
I sometimes also think about the issue of race with the
angels. Does that ever cause difficulties among them either
with guilt or anger or is it just us humans that develop complexes
about it? But like here where Rafael does hard labor while
Andrew is the on-location boss. Or in "Angel on the Roof"
they're in really different places, too. And then, of
course, there's "Black Like Monica."
Parts that made me feel
I love that Rafael assures the family that Andrew's promises will
be kept. Andrew is definitely very dependable. Sigh...
I think it's nice that Andrew's shown as more hands on and helpful
than others in his job. Personally, I woulda liked to have
seen more of him working alongside the people but I think that's
just as much about me wanting to show his good, giving nature as
it is me just plain being impressed by Andrew doing yard work,
mechanical stuff, or anything of that nature. I'm far gone.
Love Andrew's look as he's finishing putting in the stove.
Cute shirt, brown is a really good color for him.
I love that Andrew loves home cooking. And now it makes me
want to cook him something but I doubt he'd show up.
Sad... But he was very cute accepting Elisa's offer.
Although it did kinda seem to me like he doesn't get invitations
Elisa is most definitely not the first to notice that Andrew cares
very much about the people he works with. I love that he
arranges for Roberto to get a less taxing job. Very, very
Aww!!! When Andrew asks and then dances with that lil
girl... Seriously, it's either adorable or
heartbreaking. Probly both. As I've said before,
Andrew with small children is really, really getting to me lately.
I was always impressed by how Andrew never felt the need to use
the caddy door. Lovely.
Music: So much
music in this but all I can tell you for sure is that Bach's "Ode
to Joy" is heard through out either via radio or Tino's
playing. Tess plays it at one point, too. You also
hear Spanish music in Roberto's car, salsa coming from a radio at
the camp, organ music at the church, Tino's improvised piano piece
inspired by the birds, and unidentified Mozart at the
conservatory. Rafael and Co. also perform a song with
Spanish lyrics at the dance but no clue on what it is.
I thought it was interesting that during Communion the priest
seemed to be saying "Cuerpo de Dios" (body of God.) I've
never heard that. Just "Body of Christ."
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-Hallmark cuts a scene about halfway through the episode in which
Tino urges his exhausted mother to take a break from picking the
cabbages (she declines). He asks where his father is.
Rafael approaches and says Roberto took an early lunch and went to
town for the mail. Tino responds with "Yes!" (because he's
hoping to get a response from the conservatory) and his mom looks at
him, confused. Tino covers by saying he's just excited for
another of his grandma's recipes then walks away. It then
-Roberto actually went to a doctor who
has X-rayed his spine and tells him his back is "a disability
waiting to happen." He has a ruptured disk and the doc says
he needs to be off his feet for 3-6 months or may be crippled for
life. The doctor questions what Roberto's family would do if
that happened. It then cuts to Roberto at the post office,
tricking the employee into reading the conservatory letter. That scene is in the
-THC cuts into the party scene already in progress. In the
original version there's an overhead view of the crowd then you
see Monica, Andrew, Rafael, and the kids at a table.
Monica's loading up a tortilla with peppers. Andrew says
"Aren't those kinda hot?" She urges him to try some, saying
they're like candy. And as if to prove that blonde jokes are
sometimes true (I'm a blonde so I can say that), Andrew pops a few
in. He starts to sputter, grabs a pitcher, and flees the
table. The two remaining angels and kids laugh
hysterically. Fun scene. Monica then turns to Tino at
another table and asks if he'll play guitar for everyone.
With his parents at the table, Tino tells Monica that he plays
piano not guitar. Tess approaches him and tells him from
what she's seen, he can play anything he wants. Alberto is
ticked and shares his exasperation with his wife who reminds him
it's a party. Rafael asks for his guitar and starts up a
song with a few guys. And here's where THC comes back into
play cause then the lil boy asks Monica to dance. So this
all explains why, right before dancing, Andrew looks a bit piqued
and points at Monica. When I saw that yesterday, I figured
we'd missed something on THC's version.
Further on down the road...
And here I am ending my second snow day in a row! It's
been great and relaxing and now to veg even more with my chai,
pecan pie slice, and my favorite TV show. Also... apparently
people actually read these. Wow.
Tess needs to chill. Monica wasn't being negligent in this
opening scene. She was in a moving car that was apparently
below the level of the crops. Note that she needs to get out
of her seat to see the migrant workers. Did Tess want Monica
to unbuckle her seat belt... in a moving car... to scan crops
looking for... what exactly? I like Tess. I really
do. But sometimes she defies all reason.
I just had a thought. I know several people who do writing
at various levels. Some write professionally, some hope to
be professional, and some (like me) write just for fun.
There are definite frustrations attached to being a writer.
However, I think if I had any great artistic aspiration, I'd
prefer wanting to be a writer. Imagine having a desire to be
a pianist and not having access to a piano or to be an actor and
not have access to a stage. Barring some massive personal
financial meltdown, I will likely always be able to afford if not
a computer then at least some paper and a pencil. So next
time I'm complaining about writer's block... might be good to
remember that at least I have the tools I need and that not
And I just realized Andrew keeps his wallet in his back right
pocket... I swear I was just admiring the now seldom seen
light wash denim.
I have *loved* these snow days but seeing this scene of the four
angels in the caddy surrounded by green grass and trees... I want
the spring. Badly. Birdsong, too.
"Sometimes the only thing you can do is pray that things will work
out in the right way at the right time." A nice quote from
Monica that I apparently missed the first time around.
Ah! I so missed this scene where Andrew runs off with the
water pitcher after sampling the peppers. Ha! I was so
glad when this DVD set came out and the two biggest reasons were
that scene and the whole of TDDUP because my copy of that is bad.
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