a Nightingale Sang"
A review by Jenni:
I've been deliberately not really keeping count of how many
episodes I have left. But I think I'm under 10 now...
I know that shouldn't freak me out as much as it does. And
from here on out, I think I'm shutting down email and Facebook
during these. Don't want distractions.
What I love about this episode:
Ha. Okay. Gotta admit Gloria
speed-reading a romance novel amuses me. Maybe that's the
way ya gotta do it. I read one once. Scarred for
life. ;-) Maybe part of it is cause my initial
response to "loincloth" is "Crucifixion." It's no wonder I'm
Well, it's nice that the angels appear to be pro-Valentine's Day
as I'm beginning to suspect I am the only single person who enjoys
Valentine's. I may still be the only nonfiction single person to feel that way but at least
I have some fictional support from one really cool person and his
friends. Monica's right. It is a wonderful day to
celebrate love. And also eat lots of sweets.
I think it's so cute that William Daniels and Bonnie Bartlett
played a couple in this. I'm kinda a sucker for real
husbands and wives playing spouses.
"You can always find a lot more reasons not to do something than
to do it. Some things just take a leap of faith." I
love that quote from Monica cause it seems so true to my own
life. When I think on some of the best decisions I've ever
made, they were leaps of faith. And if I had taken the time
to do a pro and con list, I probly woulda went the other
way. I'm so glad I didn't.
"What is the most loving thing to do?" Tess asks this after
Gloria asks what the right thing to do is. And that really,
really stuck with me. I wish I could say I always pause to
consider the question. But I know I do now more than before
this episode first aired.
"Falling in love is about giving up control and surrendering to
something higher," Tess says. I think it actually applies
not just to falling in love but beginning to love anyone in
"Angels experience a different kind of love." Shippers,
listen to Andrew here. He outright says that, no, angels
cannot fall in love then follows up with that.
"Take me." I love George there... True, he completely
misunderstands Andrew's role but to offer up his life like that...
And then when he talks about how the grandkids confide in Loretta
and he just pulls a quarter out of their ears... I started
bawling. I hope neither of my grandpas ever thought they
were only that. And then Loretta does the same and just to
think it was real spouses saying all this... Gosh...
And I love that Loretta set her hand on Andrew's. He needed
that, I think.
"At the end of their lives, I've never
heard anyone say 'I wish I'd never fallen in love.'" That
Monica quote makes me happy. I've never been in love but I
can say that of the love I have felt, there's none of it I wish I
hadn't felt even if it wound up causing pain.
I think it would be so cool to be in a restaurant and have someone
stand up and give some inspiring speech.
I forgot that Ben knew about Charlotte's accident and prayed for
And the dove at the windowsill... Sigh...
The pacing of this episode, like that of "Here I Am," is very
soothing to me. Can't quite say why but this just progresses
rather slowly without being dull.
What I didn't love about this episode:
George should not have been so snotty and
bossy with our Andrew!
Andrew can have a drink, can't he? He's had champagne.
Is Monica toasting with an empty glass? Okay... Well,
at least she actually had a glass. The others didn't!
Parts that made
me feel swoony:
Not even started this episode but I
remember that though I was a lil thrown by Andrew's disappearing
and reappearing facial hair, I thought John looked phenomenal in
Yeah, I'd hope Andrew were my blind date, too... And he is
more handsome than he lets on even if he's not the one who said it
Aww. Andrew's never been in a
chat room. Well, at least he hadn't been as of Feb. 14th,
2003. I wonder what his screen name would be if he did go in
one... I would like to recommend StudlyAwesomeness.
He's so cute. I love the way his eye brows move when he says
it's good Ben got a call from an angel in a Cadillac.
Want to hug him when he's looking at Loretta and George with such
Andrew leaning against the fire place... he just looks so handsome
It's hard not to think about what happened to John when Andrew,
Gloria, and Tess are pondering whether the impending death of
Loretta or George should be revealed or not. I don't
know. I'm not sure I would want to know if I were going to
die within a year. And I'm really not sure I'd want to know
if a loved one was going to. But as for John, I am glad that
for whatever reason during the last year and a half or so of his
life, I felt an increasing tenderness and love for him. That
has comforted me in the past year. So maybe I would want to
know as it may inspire that sort of effusiveness.
George is being a jerk but Andrew remains classy and
considerate. I love him...
It's just plain sad that I started crying when Andrew said God
told him about the dove. I just always felt like the Andrew
and God bond was maybe the least explored among the main
angels. But I like to believe they were in near-constant
communication and that they had some really wonderful moments even
if we didn't see them.
Poor love is really struggling with telling them there will be no
He's so beautiful by the firelight...
I agree with Andrew that it is nice to hear humans who are very
much in love talk about that. And he nods and smiles so
sincerely. I sometimes wonder if that was a big part of why
he was my first real crush. Cause I love hearing about
people's love stories (NOT in explicit detail... that's an
entirely different matter) but that doesn't really make me want
one of my own. And John just made that look so normal.
He's so sweet when he crouches down to meet Loretta's gaze.
Music: There's a choir
singing "And a Nightingale Sang" at the start. There's quiet
piano music at the restaurant. At the end, Della sings
I'm thinking Charlotte is also Jean from "Midnight Clear."
Yep. She is.
Trivia: Charlotte thought Andrew was Ben38.
I totally played up Charlotte's scar over the years. I
thought it was way worse than it actually is.
I keep wanting George to break into "Is Anybody There?" from 1776.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- They cut some after Marty tells his wife she looks
pasty. She walks off a few paces. Marty follows.
Tricia says that the minute Charlotte walked in she knew Andrew
("that guy") wasn't who she was looking for. Marty doesn't
believe her. Tricia tells him that being out there every day
she sees how people go together and don't. Marty comments
"So waiting tables makes you an expert, huh?" Tricia says
"Maybe it does. Look at them. They're like oil and
water." Cut to Charlotte and Andrew glancing at each
other. Andrew smiles. Charlotte turns away
abruptly. Marty tells Tricia that there's nothing wrong with
being opposites, it adds zing. Tricia reiterates that Andrew
and Charlotte have nothing in common. Marty shrugs this
off. Tricia then wonders aloud how they're supposed to build
a life together when they don't want the same things.
Then Tess enters which THC has.
Further on down the road...
So it's John's birthday and I was remembering how I used to
marathon watch TBAA and his movies back in the good old
days. Well, I can't responsibly do that any more what with
other commitments but... I can watch this! Maybe even two
since the next episode doesn't require too much capping
time. We'll see. This one could take a good, long
Appropriate to watch before we get hit by a blizzard, too.
And I sure hope we get a snow day on Tuesday.
I'm a weird person... "Someone in a loincloth" brings me to
"Jesus? Where?" more than anything romantic. Well,
Jesus is Romantic. Really prefer the capital R version,
anyhow. That being said, I like that the angels, despite not
being romantic themselves, were big fans of romance. When
built on real love, of course. None of this second best
stuff that some overly Pauline people get going on. Just
reread my earlier comments. At least I've moved on from
jumping right to the Crucifixion. Yay...
I don't really see what good confirming reservations woulda done
under these conditions. People likely woulda said
"Sure! We'll be there!" only to abruptly change their minds
when they got dumped on by the weather. Wouldn't the
swordfish have been ordered earlier than the evening of?
Also, as far as romantic gestures, jewelry in food is not my
Do chat rooms still exist? I know there are all sorts of
messenger programs but I can't remember the last time I heard
someone say they'd been in a chat room. And wow...
Polaroid! They were pretty cool.
I love (not) how Tess asks "Angel Boy" what has happened and
Gloria answers. Poor guy can't even get all the lines
expected from him. That being said, Andrew really did get
plenty of screen time here. Unlike the next episode...
I think Andrew, and all the angels, probably have a good idea of
how psychics feel. I bet people react about the same to
revelations from both when the angel isn't glowing and such.
Maybe I'm being an optimist but I have a hard time believing the
majority of people are stunned speechless by Charlotte's
scar. Maybe it's the coloring on this puter but I had to
lean forward to see it.
It's kinda hard to root for the restauranteurs' success.
They're really unprofessional. Your life stress shouldn't
explode onto patrons/customers.
I'm not sure falling in love always means surrendering to
something higher. People can fall in love with people who
treat them horribly or who they treat horribly. I definitely
don't think that particular love is in any way exalted but I also
don't think we can say it's not "in love."
On a meta level, everything with George and Loretta seems
bigger. I know they're acting but you know it's not totally
fake. Also, Mr. Feeney needs to come back to Girl Meets
This show is probably at least 75% responsible for my knowledge of
all popular music prior to the 60s. Swing Kids gets
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