A review by Jenni:
Espresso. Fair trade. Vanilla creamer and shots of
banana and chocolate syrup. Last week I started with a
description of my caffeinated beverage so I'm keeping it up.
Getting a later start than usual on this one for a couple reasons:
1. I debated whether to wait til Sunday. I'm off for a
week so thought it might be fun to watch my weekly TBAA on Sunday
night at 7 PM Central just like I used to when it was new.
But I wasn't sure I could wait that long without my "fix."
2. I think I'm terrified of this episode. I know it
will make me sob. So I procrastinated. And, yes, it
did make me sob. And took me around 90 minutes to watch
cause I had to keep pausing to go run.
What I love about this episode:
So help me, the near-kiss is cute and funny. Like I've said
before, I don't absolutely love Gloria. But she made for
some fun moments.
I always like it when the angels return to a place as Tess does
here. It makes me feel much better than when they tell
people they won't see them again or at least not for a long
time. Leave the door open.
I like all the music we get to hear! Well, most of it.
I was thinking at first that this episode really isn't relatable
for me. Going to happy hour does not appeal. If
someone tried to take away my glasses and make me wear ridiculous
shoes I'd be more likely to screech at them and walk away than
want to sit around a table and act all sisterly. And yet...
there is a kernel of something I recognize in these women. I
don't agonize over my one and only getting hit by a bus or the
like. But it can be scary to think that, even in a
non-romantic sense, there might be someone out there that would
get you completely and you might never meet them due to some fluke
or bad choice.
Aww... Billy's lil speech about not being able to afford
fancy things like Zoe's ex could is adorable.
I have my issues with Monica... even in this episode. But
that sweetly sad smile after Gloria asks if they should say
something about Billy's absence reminds me of why I once looked up
to her so much. She was very caring. And it made me
cry. Because sometimes it would be nice to just be able to
hold back the bad news for a little while.
Unfortunately, the way Zoe's grief is
portrayed is far too realistic. What is it about grief that
brings out our self-destructive tendencies? Are we
unconsciously trying to follow the person who died? Just
trying to dull the pain? Thinking maybe physical pain would
be easier to handle than the emotional pain? Escape into
someone or something else? I don't know.
"I am an angel... A messenger from God: the one true God who is
love, who created love and who loves you and Billy so much that
even in the midst of tragedy, He's near you and He wants to
comfort you." That's a quote from Monica to hold onto and
insert your own "Billy."
Zoe asking why God didn't save Billy is one super realistic
"There are angels everywhere... whispering guidance, offering
direction." Another good one from Monica.
I also like what Monica has to say about how an angel *did*
whisper to Billy's killer not to drink and drive... but was
ignored. I think it's normal and understandable that we get
angry at God during times of tragedy. I think He has the
utmost compassion for us when we do that. And love.
But... I do think we will one day see how much of what we railed
against He did try to stop. But He wouldn't take away free
will. And, yes, I do think it breaks His heart as Monica
"Love is not about waiting for 'the one' who is destined to love
you. Stop shopping for love. You're not going to find
it searching the singles' bars and the happy hours looking for the
right man." Could Monica please come deliver that line to
some of my family members? Thank you!
"God's timing is not your timing. Only He knows what and who
is ahead for you. He's asking you to trust Him."
That's good, too.
"When you learn to love anyone who comes your way: a hungry child,
a homeless stranger, a friendless neighbor... then you can't help
but draw love back to yourself." I do really like that quote
and I think it's true. But I just think it needs to be said
that for one reason or another sometimes even the people who live
that way and want to find someone don't and it doesn't mean they
didn't become the person they were meant to be.
I like that in spite of what happened to Billy, Zoe is still glad
that they bonded that night before. But that she'll grieve
what might have been. That pretty much says it all.
The final scene makes me tear up with Zoe and Lola spending time
together. It's like Billy lives on in that friendship that
wouldn't exist without him.
What I didn't love about
Honestly, Monica's musical number just freaks
me out. She appears to be possessed and it's just weird to
see Monica utter "I want a lover" even as a performance.
Peter is gross.
I think it's odd and kinda depressing that Tess tells Gloria
"happily ever after" only happens in fairy tales. I was
expecting that quote to go along the lines of "Happily ever after
happens all the time where we come from but here, baby, it's
another story." What is Heaven if not one momentous "happily
This may be an obvious question but I'm gonna go ahead and ask...
Why would Gloria specifically go after Andrew for a kiss?
Don't get me wrong, Andrew is definitely the one I would target,
too! But I'm also the proud owner of an "I Heart Andrew" mug
so... consider the source. From a non-sexual and
non-romantic standpoint... if you were simply told that a kiss was
"an expression of love" and you were Gloria, wouldn't you have
tried to kiss Monica given she was nearest? Or maybe, seeing
the couple kissing, Gloria just assumed that it's a male-female
thing since they were a man and a woman?
Along those same lines, is it sad that I kinda wish Gloria had
kissed Andrew cause it just would have been nice for someone to
have treated him specially for a change? Yes... yes, that is
sad. Gah. But maybe it still is true! Maybe
Gloria just really did love Andrew. In a totally
non-romantic way, of course. But maybe she did feel
something more for him than Monica or Tess. I'm projecting,
aren't I? Gah, this episode is going to be a Freudian mess
for me. But that thought makes me really like Gloria for
So is this what it's really like for people who work with people
mostly their own age? Huh.
that made me feel swoony:
I can understand why Gloria tried to kiss him... He is so
Yay! Andrew loves the retro thing! That's good cause
he's getting a lot of it in Dyeland.
Giggle. I love Andrew's expression and the way he sits up
when Monica and Gloria enter the bar. "Whoa!" is right.
I love how Andrew asks Gloria to dance right after Penny is
berating her. Although I have to say while I, knowing
Andrew, thought his "I'll teach you" was cute... if I was one of
the three women I might be like "Okay, he's a lil
intense..." Although, to be honest, if I was in that group I
probly woulda run and hid behind Andrew the second they came after
Andrew encouraging Billy is so sweet.
And here's where I start crying.
"Ya never know." Perfect answer to Billy's asking if he's an
angel. And it's very cute how his eyes go wide.
"Nobody's promised tomorrow. So don't pass up the
opportunity to tell somebody how you feel about em." It's a
really great quote from Andrew. But it really hurts.
Because sometimes you don't get to tell people.
He's so lovely in that lilac shirt. Sometimes I just still
can't believe this situation. And this episode makes me feel
like a real angel should show up and do something, say
something. Maybe they have but were just more low key.
He looks all sorts of awesome when he steps up behind Peter and
scares him away from Zoe.
Music: Lou plays piano music
through out the scenes in the Monte Carlo. Debbie Reynolds
performs "Make Someone Happy." Della Reese reprises it at
the end. "Heartache Tonight" by the Eagles plays as the
ladies get ready for Happy Hour. A couple sings "You Made Me
Love You" at karaoke. "For Me and My Gal" is being sung when
Andrew asks Gloria to dance. Monica "sings" something I'll
dub "I Want to Be Your Friend" with some guy. Debbie
Reynolds sings "The Man That Got Away" when Zoe's ex leaves and
Della Reese joins in. A buncha people sing "Give My Regards
It would have been nice if this episode had
ended with Valerie Bertinelli doing a PSA about why women should
stop wearing ridiculous shoes. Someone should...
I forgot that Billy was killed by a drunk driver. I mean I
remembered that he died but couldn't remember the
circumstances. And it just made me think again about someone
I knew who was killed by a drunk driver back in October. And
how much Andrew helped me cope with that. And then not a
full 4 months later, it was John I was grieving. (ETA: Last
night I dreamed about that person's widower. I don't think
it was a vision at all but it was the future and he was happy and
at peace. It gave me hope for this fellow and for all of us
who grieve. So maybe it's good I watched this when I did.)
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-They cut a bit from Gloria's first scene in the office.
After she sits down at the computer and Penny answers the phone
then hangs up, Gloria notices her magazine. She asks if
she's getting married. Penny responds "some day" and then
tells Gloria that she has a blind date that night. Gloria
takes her literally and responds with "I once met a man with a
wooden leg." Monica looks over, a bit embarrassed.
That's when Zoe approaches with the baklava which THC keeps.
-Aww. I had a feeling Andrew was funnier in this episode
than THC lets on. And he is. The segment after the
girls arrive at the Monte Carlo begins with the two people singing
"You Made Me Love You." It then goes to Andrew, Tess, and
Betty. Andrew is looking across the room and says "You know,
when you think of angels your mind just doesn't automatically go
to spike heels and lip gloss." Ha! And I'm surprised
he even knows what spike heels are. Go Andrew! Tess
then turns to Betty and says "It's the new millennium, Betty. We've got to get in
the trenches." Betty sees the girls motion for a waiter and
comments that they order the same thing every time: a pitcher of
margaritas. Then it goes back to the ladies' table where THC
resumes with them keeping an eye on the front door for Penny's
-Right before the scene of Zoe and Billy in the booth with her
listing off his noble qualities, there's a scene of Monica,
Gloria, and Maggie back in the booth. The latter is bummed
out being the only one in her group not with a guy at the
moment. Maggie says "I'm happy" while looking at Zoe and
Billy. "And sad," considering herself. Then again "and
happy" for Zoe. She then calls it a night and leaves Monica
-They cut some off the top of the final act. That segment
resumes still in the office NOT at the Monte Carlo. Maggie
presses the RDS driver, asking if he's really sure about Billy's
death because it's very important. He assures her he is and
apologizes. Zoe leaves the room. Monica tells Gloria
she'll go after Zoe. Gloria assumes she will go, too.
However, Monica tells her to remain and fix the computer.
Gloria stresses that she wants to go with Monica and be an
angel. Monica replies that "You need to be an angel fixing a
computer. You'll be fine." Monica leaves a
disappointed Gloria then it goes to the Monte Carlo scene.
Further on down the road...
For starters, I'm just glad that this episode is on the same
DVD as I already had in my puter cause I am exhausted from
Christmas decorating and didn't wanna get up again.
I am single and never once have I felt compelled to sit in a park
and wistfully look at couples. Too much to do.
Okay, see, I'm not as bothered by Gloria trying to kiss Andrew as
some other Gloria incidents. Cause no one was hurt. It
was funny. Worst case scenario, Andrew woulda gotten a
hilarious kiss. But what comes up in "Chutzpah" is not
hilarious and just really does make God look like a sucky parent
to me. Which, of course, He is not. Plus, it doesn't
even make sense continuity-wise coming after "Holy of
Holies." Oh well. But the almost kiss is fun.
Although maybe someone shoulda told her it's okay to do cheek
kisses if one's an angel. Or hair kisses. Hand
kisses. Andrew kissed a lot of people in those ways.
I realize creeps can be found anywhere but everyone's talking like
this place is a dive and Zoe is better off elsewhere. It's a
nice place! And she's with friends. It's not exactly a
toxic situation until she chooses poorly. And that could
happen in a church.
Aww. Getting ready montage just is NOT the same without
"Heartache Tonight." This filler music is awful. If
this were my office, though, the episode woulda gone this way:
"Any plans tonight?"
"No... I'm zonked. I just wanna go home and pass out
on my couch."
"Yes... With a bowl of cereal."
The End. Work exhausts me. I just wanna go home and
crash. I can't imagine going out after work so often.
Monica's "song" still creeps me out.
Kinda don't wanna hear angels talking about having a lover or
getting pregnant. Even while acting. But ya gotta do
what ya gotta do to get a point across, I guess!
Sometimes this episode makes me wonder if I should be angstier
than I am. I do not really relate to these ladies.
Zoe just needs to try the Bend and Snap. ;-) Sorry,
couldn't resist. Billy made me think of the UPS driver from
that. Worked on him...
If we had a place like this, maybe I'd actually go there.
Looks kinda fun. Our karaoke places just look rowdier and
darker. More bar-like. This is like a nice bistro type
With all due respect to Tess, really hoping "happily ever after"
happens in Heaven, too. I mean it can't be badly ever
after! Ah and I see I wrote something very similar before so
I must feel pretty strongly about it!
Glad to be watching this and not sobbing.
Sigh. I love when Andrew walks in and gives creepy Peter the
stare down. I want to non-marry him and adopt his
babies. Yeah... Still looking for a solid Andrew
equivalent to "I want to marry him and have his babies!"
I love that Zoe ended up volunteering with the same lady who Billy
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