"My Dinner with Andrew"
A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I watched this episode again whilst taking a break from a dramatic
story I'm writing for JABB. So it was a really welcome break
see Andrew in such nice clothes (though I remain a fan of his
flannel above all attire) and looking happy. I got a lil
misty-eyed seeing him so. Not afraid to admit it.
To be honest, most of what I love in this episode gets put in the
swoony section. I do love, however, how nostalgic it makes
me. Even though this isn't my favorite TBAA episode, my
viewing of it has some of my clearest memories of original run
TBAA. I still remember the outfit I was wearing and how I
around all day because the commercial had made it seem like Andrew
might actually have feelings for Kate which just woulda broke my
year old heart. Nowadays, I don't care enough about any show
elicit that sorta reaction.
Even though my first date wasn't near this extravagant, I can
relate to Andrew. In fact, I think the two of us should
club for people whose first dates involved:
was luckier than me in at least one respect, though. I
Monica and Tess suggesting he show a little more cleavage.
set up with an atheist in hopes they'd bring them around
giggling at their plight
considerably older than most people at the time of their first
Anyhow... It was very sweet that Monica bid on Andrew so he
wouldn't feel cheap. I do like it when they seem like real,
Awesome line read of the word "impressive" from Charles
don't know what it is but after seeing this, the man owns that
far as I'm concerned.
I like how take-charge Adam is in his first scene. To me, it
verifies what many of us have assumed which is that Adam is
considerably older than Monica and Andrew. He seems almost
supervisor-like for a time.
I know people who seem to have the "blissful amoeba" view of the
afterlife and, like Kate, I never saw much appeal in that,
either. So that dialogue strikes really true with me.
Actually, I think she's one of the more fleshed out guest
characters. (I also think "The Blissful Amoebas" would be a
name for a rock band.) Later on, she also mentions how
she came to think that the odds of things just falling into place
creation was harder to accept than the idea of someone guiding
them. That's another spiritual concept I've thought about
myself. Even though I've never been atheist, I do find
relating to Kate's spiritual questions and thoughts.
Andrew totally rocks the "Allegory of the Cave." And even
I know it was originated by Plato, it always makes me think of
Lewis. Great scene. I used to have the entire
complete with uh's and such, on my closet door.
I hope I am or at least one day will be the kinda believer that
is here. Kate tells him that he's unlike others she met who
about God. He's not pushy or angry. That's how I wanna
seen and heard.
And back to my thinking Kate's a great character: I love how
chatty she is with Andrew even after his revelation. I'd
think if I met an angel, I'd be like that. And not just gawp
I love that Andrew, when Kate asks him about her supposedly
death, answers with "Just think of all the people who will live
instead." Cause while I really liked her character, it
bugged me that she talked so much about what the gene sequence
get her as opposed to all the people it would truly benefit.
I didn't see the Kate/Beth twist coming at all! Go sneaky
What I didn't love about
not age. This concerns me. Watch Campus Man, watch
this. John Dye looks different, she does not. Eek.
still find the auction concept weird. Just in general.
Not simply in this episode. I think if I *had* to arrange
something like this, I'd do packages. Like "Win a date with
Andrew Friend at Insert Name of Bistro. Afterwards, you'll
a performance of the Broadway hit Insert Name of Show!" That
if someone got a low bid, he could just blame the rest of the
package. It just seems fraught with ways to become hurtful,
Tess' "I am cooking" ditty will now be stuck in my head for days
again! Worked great for the character and the scene, not so
"What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?" is a gorgeous song and
Della Reese performs it so well. And I'm so glad I heard
it. But plot-wise... It's a terrible choice!
getting all huffy with her "What is it with that boy?" and then
sings THAT??? It's about as subtle as a hotel room
mean that's a really human, really romantic, really sensual
But this is from the people that brought you "Fields of Gold" as a
Tess and Monica song... Talk about a sensual song...
Something about Kate desperately trying to get back into the
when the lights are off and the doors are locked just makes me
incredibly sad. I feel like I've been there before, somehow.
So... the question remains: does Andrew have any strange
inclinations? ;-) I'm sure with enough time I can
Would you want to know how you'd die? Or at least how you'd
likely die? How about when? And how far in advance
you want to know? This episode makes me think all those
and I dunno...
And so can we just assume Andrew and Kate did have that dinner a
years down the road? I hope so. Woulda been nice to
see. Or just given me another episode to make me feel nutty
that made me feel
So much to say, so little time. If I listed everything, it
just be a play by play of this episode so... First, Andrew
adorably panicked when he's railroaded by Jackie and led away from
Monica and Tess. It is funny but I'd totally rather rescue
than just watch and giggle. Oh well.
I do genuinely feel sorry for Andrew here even though this is
to be a fun, light episode. I mean he has to deal with
our human crud with out having to go through the nervousness of a
date, too! But he's so cute... And yet suave at
Something about the way
says "humiliating" is super cute.
And that glare when Jackie calls him "Andy." Ooh!
wanna be on the receiving end of that. Amusing from the
Two AODs in one episode! I'm fond of this episode as the
glimpse of the Adam of my youth. The dad-like Adam, shall we
say. By "Sign of the Dove" I was thinking he was awfully
attractive and the idea was confirmed by "The Root of All
I think I should maybe be glad, after all, that I don't really
Andrew. Cause I'd be too easily swayed by his pouts.
just looks so darn cute sitting in that mess of a restaurant and
The way he just takes Kate's hand after she talks about
doesn't say anything... just holds her hand. I want that.
I am so grateful Adam is in this episode. He pulls me out of
complete sappy dreamville. Gotta love his jokes about the
chandelier (especially fun what with Andrew and Kate dancing
one in the next scene) and serving dessert with dinner!
Andrew's face when Kate tells him he looks like love... He's
touched. I wish I could make someone feel that
Someone like him would be even better... This episode is
seriously bad for me, I'm thinking.
He... kisses... her... hand... twice. So jealous of
So impressed by him. Am wondering if I can now use that in
Dyeland stories... Probly only for major reasons...
He's lovely. I like that Andrew can be so moved by a human's
opinion of him. I like that he seems to want to be loved and
appreciated. I don't know why but I do. Okay, I do
know. But now's not the time for what would likely turn into
It wasn't until I saw Waiting
Guffman and Corky St. Clair had My Dinner with Andre
figures that I realized this episode title was a play on a movie
I feel for Monica getting so bored and lonely after waiting an
that she started talking to the bird. When I had a job like
I resorted to naming office supplies.
I believe we may need to add "Bachelor Boy" to the Andrew
I've always thought Monica looked especially glamorous in this
episode. Yep, that's totally random.
A Word from Travis:
Although I enjoyed seeing more of John Dye in this episode, I
wasn’t fond of the plotline.
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