A review by Jenni:
It's occurred to me that Andrew introduced me to the exciting
world of frappuccinos. Before he offered to treat Monica to
one in "Random Acts," I'd never thought to try one. After
that, I did. And I love them. Thus, in his honor, I am
watching this and drinking literally a pitcher of banana chocolate
coconut frappuccino. I have got to figure out how to make
smaller amounts... Or not.
What I love about this episode:
I like that Melissa handles everything with Dennis with a lot of
grace. And that she's not a ditsy cheerleader
stereotype. I also like what she says about how it's always
nice to know someone likes you. If John Dye ever visited
this web site... I hope that's what he took from it. He was
definitely, absolutely liked. Still is.
I like that this episode plays against
expectations. It's the sweet nerd who becomes the jerk who
is stuck in the past. And the mean jock becomes the selfless
husband who is willing to give up his dream for love of his
wife. People do change, for better and for worse.
I can relate to what Ricky says about how when something happens
that you can't change, you think of all the things you
I love that shot of the trio on the balcony looking down on Gloria
as she begins her revelation.
"God can redeem time. God created time. Just as He
created you. He loves you. And He's given you all the
time that you need, right now, to do the right thing. Will
you do it?" Interesting quote from Gloria to Dennis.
I like how Melissa telling Dennis it's nice to know someone cares
about you comes full circle at the end. And I'm glad Dennis
had the chance to tell her how much he loved her before it was too
Melissa and Ricky dancing is incredibly sweet and sad.
"Thank you, Father" is always a good way to
What I didn't love about
Holy friggin cow. This is about a 10
year high school reunion!?! I remember it as like 20 or something. I just had my 10
year and I am no where near as far along as these people!
This makes me feel bad...
This is way, way too Gloria-centric. While I'm kinda liking
her more now than I used to, I'm simply not invested enough in
this character to want to see her exclusively in so many scenes.
I do not appreciate Tess' expression of near-disgust when Gloria
mentions Andrew's presence... Grr.
Dennis was a world-class jerk when he basically ordered Gloria to
get him cheese. Get your own darn cheese! I wish
Andrew had come up behind him and given him the evil eye.
Did anyone's high school actually have a bird watching club?
There are always all these clubs and classes on TV and in movies
that I sure never experienced.
that made me feel swoony:
Finally, Andrew! And looking super handsome. Sadly,
this is the first scene in the episode I've cared about.
Poor Andrew doesn't look very happy... Gloria's
right... If I were Monica, that woulda been my cue to leap
up from the table and go check on him. But, thankfully, I am
not Monica. If I were... I'm pretty sure that's the angelic
version of an HR meeting waiting to happen.
Andrew's sudden interest in cheese is pointed and amusing.
This is the one reason I'm starting to like Gloria: I think she
really did like Andrew. When she freaks out about doing a
revelation with Dennis, he's the one she asks to do it
instead. And his response makes me think he should
definitely have become a supervisor at some point. He'd be a
It's sweet how he smiles down on Gloria after Dennis assures her
that she was the right angel. Of course, it's sweet that
Monica and Tess did, too. But ya know... he's Andrew.
It's interesting that Gloria kinda looks to Andrew, seemingly for
approval, before dancing with Dennis. Sometimes I think
Gloria saw him as her supervisor as much as she did Monica.
Don't blame her...
Aww... That lil whatever it is between Andrew and Monica
where he takes her hand is so sweet. I'm all about people
being affectionate with Andrew. Yay for him. Lucky for
I love his wistful smile...
Music: There's the band music
at the football game. When everyone is arriving at the
reunion, I think I hear Journey but I'm not sure. There's
something instrumental playing when everyone's getting name
tags. There's something soulful by a female singer playing
during the first dance at the reunion. A later song has a
lyric like "and there's one thing that I'll tell you" or something
like that. Similar style to the previous one. And, of
course, Toby Keith sings "My List."
Dennis kinda looks like a
darker haired Dwight Schrute when he's younger.
Ha! The guy playing Dennis *is* Greg Brady from the Brady
Bunch movies. No wonder I kept thinking he should have a
guitar and groovy, squeaky clean clothes.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- Yuck. Dennis is even worse in the full version.
Shortly after the scene at the name tag pick-up, one of Dennis'
old friends from bird watching approaches. The friend greets
him happily and says he wouldn't recognize him if not for having
seen him in Fortune 500. The friend then compliments that
Dennis is more like Fortune Five. Dennis basically blows him
off and proceeds into the ballroom. Ouch. That's when
Monica tells Gloria to follow him.
That's all I got. I really do think these episodes got
shorter and so THC had less to cut.
Further on down the road...
This episode makes me appreciate Jennifer Morrison more.
I'd really never seen her in anything other than this when Once
Upon a Time started and I had no recollection of her as
being the girl in this episode. So I just knew her as
Emma. But she seems like a completely different person with
an almost totally different voice as Melissa. Pretty
Whatever Monica is drinking in the limo looks really yummy.
I need more tea...
Aren't reunions usually coordinated by a classmate? Who
would have hired Monica originally, I wonder?
I would so have went psycho on Dennis if he ordered me to go get
Geez. I have Andrew on the brain.
At first I thought Melissa was clinging to his hand with her hubby
right there and I was like "I love Andrew but that's a lil
odd..." Then I realized it was Ricky's hand. The black
sleeves confused me. Later I mistook Ricky for Andrew again!
One thing that confuses me about Ricky planning to quit football:
at that point would he have been wealthy enough to have paid all
of Melissa's medical bills without insurance? Given he'd
never started, I would think maybe he wasn't getting paid the big
bucks. But I also have no clue about NFL salaries.
Hmm. And, really, unless he absolutely knew the answer,
Dennis shoulda hit the kill switch on his scheme as soon as he saw
Melissa. I don't care about his broken heart. Risking
taking health insurance from a gravely ill woman you proclaim to
love is pretty villainous. Although I suppose since Ricky
told him he was going to quit, maybe Dennis could have taken that
as proof that an unemployed Ricky could still support
Actually... I think "A plus B always has to equal C" is the
opposite of analytical, isn't it? I always thought of
analytical as thinking of things in different ways and digging for
answers that may not be clear cut or even reachable.
Ha. I was worried maybe they'd cut the Toby Keith
song. I forgot he actually appears. Dubbing a
different song over visuals of Mr. Keith singing woulda looked
Thank God that it's okay to ask an angel to dance. I'd have
some characters in heaps of trouble if not!
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