A review by Jenni:
This has been one of those days I wish I could do over. I
totally drank too much caffeine yesterday cause I knew I had to
get John's memorial/birthday JABB together last night. But I
way over-estimated the caffeine necessary and was up til about
3. Woke up at 6 something and have basically been a
laundry-doing zombie all day. I tell you this in case parts
of this review sound nonsensical. I probably should have
waited except all day I've been looking forward to watching my
show, drinking my tea, and having some biscotti. So that is
what I am doing!
What I love about
Oh yay! I'll get to try out my newfound affection for
Rafael! Normally I start to like an actor because their
character appeals to me. Very seldom do I start to like a
character because of the behavior of the actor. So this'll
be a new experience for me. To reiterate: I've absolutely
never had anything against Mr. Cruz who seems delightful.
But Rafael lost me with one line in "Children of the Night."
But since Mr. Cruz posted a very nice message about Mr. Dye, I
feel like forgiving Rafael for that lapse.
Poor Rafael stalling is amusing. Ceramics class. :-)
I appreciate that TBAA made it clear that "You have a baby, you
must get married now!" isn't always the ideal solution.
I very much like Andrew telling Miguel he needs to know how to
care for his baby and not just leave it up to Anna.
Henry is super adorable. All that hair! I was a
totally bald baby so appreciate the hair. :-)
This is a pretty well-balanced episode screentime-wise, especially
considering they had a fourth angel to figure in. I wish it
could have been like that in all the episodes. I mean I
coulda done with more Andrew, of course. But it's better
than many other episodes.
This episode just makes me want to send Andrew around to schools
and churches and whatnot. Door-to-door even... I like
that he tells the guys that it's their responsibility to teach
their kids right and wrong. It sounds simple but sometimes I
get the impression a lot of parents just didn't get that memo...
I love that Tess stops to pray when the ambulance goes by. I
do that, too. As I was taught. I just think it's a
nice thing to do. I really like that she calls Tommy out for
I love when, after Miguel flees the hospital, Tess yells at Tommy
"This is NOT about what you want!" Sometimes we are far too
prone to see everything only from our perspectives and our wants.
I was moved by the part where Rafael points out to Miguel that
despite what's going on in his life, he always runs back to the
church because he let its teachings into his heart when he was a
lil boy. I can relate to that in a way. I no longer
run to physical churches. Something is deeply broken between
aspects of the Catholic Church and me and sometimes being in a
church has the opposite effect on me than it should. Yet its
teachings and rituals are clearly in my heart. I notice it
especially when I'm grieving. There is comfort and warmth in
what the Church taught me to believe, even if now I have some
issues with it. I like that someone with TBAA realized that
a person can firmly believe something even if, outwardly, they
don't seem to be towing the party line.
"He loves you. Because you are *His* child. Cause even
though there's rules, there's also grace." I love that quote
from Rafael. Grace is never really something I've thought a
whole lot about but have here in the last few months. And
I've thought about it a lot in the past couple weeks. So
it's a great time for me to hear that quote.
"He'll go wherever He's needed. And wait as long it
takes. That's what a loving Father does." Monica to
What I didn't love about
It makes me realize how car stupid I am. I totally got
concerned cause I thought Miguel's car rear-ended Tess'
caddy. It wasn't her caddy at all.
Sheesh. And then when Monica pulls up while Miguel is
walking in the snow, I thought it was the thugs!
After saying Miguel fears his child, Tess uses "it" in reference
to the baby. Why? We know Henry is male. Babies
Why do some people kiss their fingers after the sign of the
cross? No one I know around here does but I see it a lot on
TV and movies.
I've always kinda wondered... if I saw an angel would I, like
Miguel, kneel? I don't think it'd necessarily have anything
to do with worship for me. Just plain shock and going
Parts that made me feel
Normally unmarried people spouting off about marriage gives
me pause. But I would like to hear more of Andrew's thoughts
on marriage. Cause, really, I just want to hear more of
Andrew's thoughts. He would definitely know about
commitment, of course.
This is one of the perfect examples of when you can totally tell
Andrew has a lot going on in his head. Watch JD in the
background as Tess is talking after the not-quite-bride-and-groom
go their separate ways at the start, right before the
credits. He looks troubled and like he's envisioning
possible fall-out. That's one of the things I really loved
about the portrayal of Andrew. He thought a lot and deeply.
Andrew teaching parenting class... this is a dangerous
thing. For me. OMG. He asks if baby Henry is on
solids or bottle-feeding. Something about that is insanely
I love what Andrew says about how having a kid doesn't make you a
man but raising one does. Of course, there are definitely
other ways of becoming a man. Cause Andrew clearly is
one. An incredibly awesome one.
Here's something that always disturbed me about all the angels but
especially Andrew since, well, I like him best. And it came
back to me watching him talk about what makes a man. As a
single human, I sometimes find myself really angered by bad
parents. Because I know there's a possibility I might have a
hard time becoming a mother when the time comes. So they
have something I would love
to have and they don't appreciate the blessing at all and, worse,
sometimes are out right abusive or negligent. I, however,
have a chance. Andrew and Co. do not. Andrew can't
father a child. And yet we know he sees terrible child
abuse. And I just wonder if that's hard for him to think
that he, who loves children and would be an excellent father,
cannot be a dad when some monstrously behaving human can.
This is why, in Dyeland, Andrew will have lots and lots of nieces
and nephews. So that I can feel better about this!
On a less serious note, I love the jeans and green sweater.
He always looked especially fantastic in green.
He looks strangely and exceptionally alluring appearing amidst the
smoke after the car crash. Or that could just be the sleep
All right... Andrew is sitting on church steps, wearing a flannel
shirt, and talking about holding a child. What are they
trying to do to me!?
Andrew smiling about Henry smiling makes me smile.
Andrew's walking through the hospital halls in his tan suit.
The man could say so much without even speaking...
Andrew leaning down to caress Henry made my eyes well up.
And then I had to go run when he walked away.
Music: Well, the thugs have
something playing in their car after the failed wedding. All
I made out was "I got no..." It won't be one I'll be
searching for! There's something playing at Anna's dad's
The church in this is "Our Lady of Lourdes." Just FYI.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-The segment after Miguel fails to shoot the other guy (the one
that closes with Andrew and Rafael looking concerned), begins with
the three guys in the car. The one in the back seat (Alex,
apparently) is freaking out because he knows they were IDed.
Miguel apologizes and the driver kicks him out of the car.
Miguel cries "Gonzo! Please!" but the car speeds off.
Miguel begins walking home. He ducks behind a car when he
sees another coming. There's a cut and then that's when he
enters the house which is where THC starts the act.
-THC cut a lil off the top of the scene that starts with Miguel
walking in the snow. There's probably nearly a minute of him
walking, a car honks at him at one point, before Monica pulls up
which is where THC started it. I almost missed it so I'm
thinking there may have been other lil cuts like that.
Further on down the road...
Since tomorrow is Labor Day, I'm watching extra TBAA!
And having pina colada cake. :-) Super yummy.
I don't think this wedding is legit... For the couple to get
married, I think more than a signed permission slip would be
required. What happened to the Pre-Cana stuff? I
thought that was required. And if they had gone through with
it, you'd think the priest woulda been more knowledgeable about
the situation and he seems not to be.
Andrew teaching parenting class makes me kinda sad... "Here,
please tell people how to be something you can never, ever
be!" Although I spose that's not entirely true. He
could pull a Kelly.
Sigh... I just wanna hug him when the car drives off and he
knows something bad is going to happen and he's dressed in such a
There is a lot of plaid in this episode. Andrew's shirt,
Tess' jacket, the mom's shirt, Monica's skirt, the walls of the
room Monica's staying in.
I totally forgot that you find out that Miguel's dad's death was
totally not what he'd grown up believing. Geez.
Snow... I miss snow. I don't want to be buried in
it. But it is pretty.
I like Monica's pep talk about taking responsibility and at least
trying to do good. Sigh... I really like her in this
episode but then they had to go and ruin her with "Netherlands"
which I never got over.
While I like Rafael's talk with Miguel I'm not sure I totally
follow the logic. Seeking solace in a church is not the same
as still holding to the church's rules and not even necessarily
what they told you were God's rules. I still feel something
in my old church that I now disagree with in some fairly
significant ways. And I feel something in places of worship
with teachings I'm not even real clear on. Anyhow, maybe God
told Rafael that Miguel came back because of attachment to the
rules and it wasn't simply conjecture.
Sigh... Andrew leaning over the bassinet. I wish we'd
seen more of Andrew with babies... in the caseworking capacity, of
course. Of course, that probably wouldn't have been good
insofar as me actually accomplishing things and not just watching
that over and over!
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