"It Came Upon A Midnight
A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I do enjoy seeing Wayne and Joey again. To be honest, I wish
their story had been left at this.
Just a lil thing but I really like how Mark Twain's book falling
the shelf prompts Monica to tell Joey her story. For some
God working through a book falling makes me happy.
I thought it was cool Edna stops by. Especially cause
Joey's house looks different to me than the previous house.
was kinda thinking they'd moved to a different town. But
Edna being there it drove home that this was the same place.
with Monica seeing Andrew in Mark Twain's house after Jean
dies. People sometimes bring that up as a continuity error
Monica seems not to recognize him in "The One That Got
I can believe that someone would see someone briefly and have
completely forgotten their face 90 odd years later.
The dog kills me. Seriously, I think his reaction to Jean's
upsets me more than Mark Twain's. Maybe it was just cause I
sitting there watching the episode with my German Shepherd
But that was a truly pitiful looking puppy.
I think this is a tremendously relatable portrayal of grief.
paternal grandpa passed away a week ago tomorrow. And my
grandpa, who died years ago, was a fan of Mark Twain. So I
myself thinking about
both while watching this episode and so much of what Mr. Twain was
saying made sense to me. This line, spoken by Twain as he
his daughter, in particular seemed so much like my own thoughts:
had this experience before but it would still be incredible if I'd
it 10,000 times." And his dismay at how one moment someone
alive and well and the next... gone. His desire to hide away
the holiday... I could relate to it all.
Another part that really hit close to home for me was when Twain
grieving the fact that as a young girl Jean used to be afraid of
cause of his temper. He refers to that period as "lost
years." My grandpa was a very strong, powerful, booming sort
person and I used to be intimidated by him. It makes me sad
now. So I can relate to that from the flip side.
I don't know why but I
like how they show Sam disappearing
through the glass door. I just really like Sam, period, in
episode. He's totally unfazed by Twain's railing at
Love this quote actually from Mark Twain: "I am a great and
fool but yet I am God's fool and all His works must be
What I didn't love about
Pretty sure I
continuity error right near the beginning. Monica says to
"It's been two years since we were last here." Except I'm
thinking it should been written as three years. Cause "The
Feather" is set the day after "Fear Not!" So "Fear Not!"
have been set on Dec. 25th, 1994 and the days leading up to it and
Feather" on Dec. 26th, 1994 and the days that followed. What
angels were doing on Dec. 25th, 1995, we dunno. In 1996 they
with the DuBois family. So either Monica, in 1997, shoulda
"three years" or else she and Tess were with Wayne, Joey, and Co.
1995 but the show never showed it.
I'm not sure I buy Monica's comment that "I don't worry but I
care." She's looked pretty darn worried at times, even in
episode. I think it's okay for angels to worry as long as it
doesn't become some sorta obsessive thing.
While I enjoy this episode as a work of fiction, I think it maybe
too great a liberty with simplifying Mark Twain's religious
beliefs. I can remember shortly after this aired someone
wrote into our newspaper complaining about the atheist Twain being
portrayed as a theist talking (however angrily) with angels.
had a point though it would seem the author of the letter was also
simplifying Twain's beliefs or lack thereof himself. I
suppose only God and Mr. Twain know the truth about his beliefs.
I'm not fully satisfied with Monica's answer to Twain's question
why God created humans. She said it was because God needed
someone to share His love with. But can't He do that with
angels? I've no doubt that's part of it but there must be
anyone else find it weird that of all the carols you hear in this
episode "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" is not one of
I wonder why they used it for the title and not something from "I
the Bells on Christmas Morn"?
Parts that made me feel
Kinda sad you
early 1900s Andrew very briefly. That's a
good look for him.
Really I just got thrilled when Andrew showed up in the present
scenes cause this is my third episode of the day and no Andrew in
previous two. In my notebook I simply wrote "Andrew!"
that shirt he was wearing is a lovely color for him.
Andrew's initial dialogue reminds me of Adam in "An Unexpected
Snow." He makes it sound like he chose to show up there
wanted to hear Monica's story. Like Adam wanted to spend
Thanksgiving with her and Tess. Monica's so lucky.
got two incredible AODs wanting to spend time with her and she
get how awesome that is.
Andrew looks so distressed after Joey crashes the Christmas tree
starts raging at God. I wanna hug him.
I *love* that Andrew crouches down by Joey when he tries to leave
find Wayne. That scene just crystallizes for me why I would
vastly prefer to have Andrew with me during a difficult time than
Monica. He's just more... cuddly. I honestly can't
a better way to say it. He's warmer and cuddlier.
just stands there watching, Andrew gets down to Joey's level and
him out of his coat, puts a hand on his shoulder, and talks gently
him. I want that guy around.
Wayne aka Randy Travis looks good with a beard.
This episode kinda freaks me out cause I was diagnosed with a form
epilepsy. Thankfully a minor form. Poor Jean.
I kept thinking how lame this episode would be if it was about my
family. "Uh oh, the angel broke." "Huh, well, get the
or clay. We'll make another one." End of
Learn arts and crafts: it could save you from getting knocked
unconscious while driving in a storm. :-) The tree
also wouldn't be very effective at my house. My Christmas
are wired to the walls.
I need to lay off Monica a lil bit, I think. When Mark Twain
her "Is there eloquence up there or are you the best they got?" I
giggle. And that's really mean!
A Word from Travis:
I wasn’t fond of this episode. I‘m not familiar with who Mark
Twain is. I read in the “Commentary” by Martha Williamson, where
she mentions that this episode came about as a result of Randy
Travis not being available to shoot the entire episode due to him
having other engagements. Mr. Travis was only available for one
day so the writer(s) decided to surround the story around Joey
being all alone and Monica comforting him with the story of Mark
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