"The Man Upstairs"
A review by Jenni:
What I love about this episode:
The big clown!!! I've only been to Vegas once when I was
tiny. But I have this vague memory of the Circus Circus
clown. So I got excited seeing that big clown in the intro
Las Vegas shots. Andrew was somewhere I was... Okay,
it's Valentine's Day. So if you're reading this... just know
I might be needlessly and goofily sappy through out this
review. We'll see.
get any further, I just want to say that beyond any plot issues I
might have with this episode... it's special to me. It
really hadn't been but then one day a few years ago I found myself
in an upsetting situation. So, I felt like I really needed
to get myself outta it. So I called a cab and checked into
the Holiday Inn. I'd *never* spent a night alone before
that. So it was really comforting when I checked in, got
into my room, flipped on the TV and "Lost and Found" and this
episode were on. And, needing little reason to daydream
about Andrew but especially prone to do it in times of stress, I
thought about how cool it'd be if he were working in "my"
hotel. So between that and the actual episodes... what had
been a sucky, sucky day turned into a really fun, relaxing night!
Whoa... It's freaking cool that Tess is singing "My Funny
Valentine"! I totally didn't realize this had been a
I have my issues with Monica. They're well-documented
here. But her offering to dance with Gus was incredibly
Aww. I like how excited Tess was at Gus' wedding. And
just that she was at his wedding. I like it when it turns
out an assignment had a previous brush with one of the angels.
This is a really good, touching performance from Michael
Jeter. And hearing him talk about Heaven has even more of an
impact now that he's passed. Aww, him singing "This Little
Light" gets me.
What I didn't love about
I just think Monique is beneath the writers. Evil twins
belong on soap operas or in fanfic. It's nice that Roma
Downey got a chance to show off her acting in a different way
but... still years later I look back on this and just find it a
For some reason the idea of TBAA writers penning Roma Downey's
character declaring herself and her twin "fairest of them all"
kinda bugs me.
Am I the only one who thinks this card game is
suspicious... I mean even if a demon weren't involved? The
way Monique deals cards, she could totally be seeing what they
are. But I guess Gus is too out of it and intimidated to
lodge a complaint.
Is that freaky bust in Monique's office anyone in particular?
Parts that made me feel
Oooh... Andrew got called Andy but didn't even really
react. I'm glad cause Gus certainly doesn't need an
indignant Andrew to deal with but it still makes me feel bad for
Andrew. Just last week I got called Jen by someone 10
seconds after meeting them so... I feel his pain.
just occurred to me that as a hotel employee, Andrew is kinda
working for Monique in this... Grrrr. Considering what
she puts him through by extension in "Two Sides"... I think I'd
like to beat her up now. And hug him. Ooof. And
I guess Tess would kinda be working for her, too, in a
Andrew is awfully cute in his concerned, suspicious, compassionate
way when he confronts Gus over the security code.
Andrew *is* hope... This according to drunk Gus.
Considering I said Andrew is love in JABB today, I can go along
with that, too... but he's legitimately hope. Not just "get
me into a restricted area" hope.
Andrew and Tess are NOT a dreary crowd! I've moved on from
beating Monique up. Now I think I'll go all Catholic and
sling some holy water on her. Whilst playing those hymns
Andrew was listening to in "Feather on the Breath of God."
And burning incense. No reason for the latter, I just like
it. Oooh and reminding Monique that Andrew is way better
looking than any of her minions. Actually... if I was in
this episode... I wouldn't be wasting my time on Monique upstairs
with more pleasant company to be
found downstairs... even if his bell hop uniform is kinda dorky...
cutely dorky. ;-)
As misguided as it was, Andrew trying to teach Monica poker was
cute. As is his determination to help Gus *somehow.*
Music: Starts with Tess
singing "Taking a Chance on Love" which is reprised at the
end. You can hear piano music in the casino through
out. "My Funny Valentine," of course. Lame wedding
march on a keyboard at the Elvis chapel. Michael Jeter
touchingly sings "This Little Light of Mine."
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-In a scene, I think it's right before Andrew approaches Gus at
the bar to say he couldn't get him upstairs, Gus complains to
Monica about how too much changes. People move, get
divorced, and nothing's permanent is basically the gist of his
rant. He also bemoans that the chapel where he and Esther
married is now some goofy neon Elvis chapel.
-Yikes. I can't believe I didn't notice this when I watched
the Hallmark version 4 days ago... They cut the scene where
Monique tries to talk Gus into killing himself so his insurance
money can be used for Esther! With out that, Gus being
suicidal comes off completely different.
Further on down the road...
I'm working on a RAOK for the Pay It Forward site as I watch
this. So I may not have as many comments as I need my hands
to make chocolate roses. :-)
Still have a moment of shock when Gus calls Andrew "Andy."
No matter how many times I watch this, I still don't really get
what's being served by having Monique versus any old demon.
It just seems so needlessly soap opera-ish to go the "evil twin"
route. I suppose there's a psychological warfare argument to
be made. It probly screwed up Gus' mind more to have the
same face on one trustworthy person and one evil person. And
this sure isn't as irresponsible as I think "The Occupant" is nor
as annoying as the demonic lion in "The Invitation." So
there's that! I think I'll go to my grave annoyed for that
Waiting is sometimes the hardest thing God can ask anyone to
do. Not just angels.
Still surprised that Andrew was gonna go along with this playing
poker for a soul idea. I wonder if he can teach me to play a
fiddle so I can go on down to Georgia...
"In t'he beginning was the Word.' Words started
everything!" I really like that quote of Monica's cause I've
been thinking a lot lately about the power of words. No
greater example than creation!
"Words have meaning. You say them and you give them
life." Another good one from her.
"God wants you to know that no matter what you've done, He loves
you." Also Monica.
A Word from Travis:
I do agree with your assertions regarding “The Man Upstairs” that
the Monica/ Monique thing was lame and was probably a low point in
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