A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
TBAA doesn't make me laugh out loud very often but this remark from
Tess to Ruth totally did: "Baby, you were doing paperwork before there
was paper!" And it made Andrew laugh out loud, too, which is a
I like the episodes that show how lil things can turn into big
things. Here Ruth prevents a man from catching EZ's jersey and it
sets off this huge chain reaction. I dunno why but I like
thinking about that kinda stuff. It should probly make me
paranoid but it doesn't.
If I saw that EZ shoe commercial outta context, I'd totally think it
was real. Kudos to the writers and the actor for getting that
love Sam's diatribe about the misconception that "being good means
being boring." Cause I've heard stuff like that so often.
really is all over the place. I've never been the type to like
the "bad boy." I don't think villains are more interesting than
heroes. I think villains just may do more interesting things, but
the heroes inner turmoil and all that... I find that most
interesting. Andrew's good and he definitely ain't boring to
me. Just had to say that in case this web site didn't already
make it abundantly clear. ;-)
I appreciate Sam as a whole in this. He keeps everyone together
really well. It makes me wonder what the show mighta been like
had he made more appearances.
I really like Rafael in this episode. I like how he's
introduced. I *love* his revelation scene to Darnell. From
the "I know you" section where he describes the boy's life in such
detail to his use of "little brother" and the way he stresses the word
"love" when he tells Darnell God loves him... it's awesome! Very
well written and well acted by Alexis Cruz. Unfortunately, it
just makes me more disappointed in some of his remarks in later
I loved the scoreboard lighting up with "God loves you!" for Ruth,
Darnell, and EZ to see. Very nice touch.
What I didn't love about this
I think I found a
pretty good example of Monica thinking she's got it so much more
together than everyone else. When Sam's talking about how Darnell
is going to perceive his interaction with EZ, Monica says "Sam, every
child is special!" And Sam, God love him, responds with
course they are!" and doesn't make an issue outta her daring to think
he'd actually not believe and know that. I'm afraid my sarcastic
response woulda been "Really, Monica? In all my years as an angel
telling people, including children, God loves them I just never grasped
that. Thank you soooo much for setting me straight. Boy, do
I ever feel like a jerk or what?"
I like Ruth well enough but do wish she'd taken it down a few notches
in this. She seems to weird people out... Kinda reminds me
of a more prolonged version of Andrew just a lil too cloyingly greeting
Susan in TOTGA.
While I like Rafael here as a whole, his remark that "I'm not as nice
[as Monica], either" points a lil too strongly to his "Sleazy"remark in
"Children of the Night." Cause that was definitely NOT nice.
I'm a little confused about what Andrew's role was here in relation to
Monica. At the start he's filling her in about EZ, much like Tess
would. So was he doing that as a sorta junior supervisor or was
he just sharing what he knew as any sports fan might?
is with Special Forces in this, according to Andrew who asks "What
makes this a Special Forces case?" Previously he's described by
as being with Special Services. Don't you think that's probly the
same thing just with a couple different names? Or no?
What's up with this at the end: "The character Eric 'EZ' Mony portrayed
in this program is completely fictional. Any rememblance to any
real person is purely coincidental." Why do you spose they felt
it necessary to put that in? I wonder if someone actually thought
it was them. Cause they've certainly done other episodes that
seem realistic and involve characters who are famous ("Charades," "The
Comeback") yet I don't think they get that disclaimer.
Parts that made me feel
I think it's cute when Andrew complains about the angels' seats at the
game and wonders why they couldn't do better since they have
"connections." I'm glad that later he got better seats. :-)
I think it's nice that Andrew defended the ref after Ruth was bagging
on him. However... I couldn't help but think "You can defend
others when they get slighted! Why can't you defend
yourself?" Sigh... poor, lovely Andrew.
Andrew's initial interaction with EZ is awesome. He doesn't take
any of his I'm-so-great crap, sees right through it, and he's
persistent and won't leave until EZ speaks to him. Then when he
does acknowledge him, Andrew makes it darn clear that he knows how EZ
thinks and ain't
impressed. It's... studly. Sorry, that's the best word I
could think of. That being said...
I'm a little concerned about the prospect of Andrew ghostwriting a
book about EZ's life. I'm just thinking EZ's probly done some
things I don't want our Angel Boy having to listen to him gloat
about. Yeah, I know Andrew's hardly a sheltered person and it's
like Ruth said: she was in ancient Rome, nothing shocks her. I'm
sure Andrew's the same. But still... I wanna protect
The smile Andrew gives the announcers as he passes them before the game
EZ is supposed to shave points on... I dunno. There's just
something about it that made me especially happy.
The man has amazing eye brows. During his revelation to EZ I just
kept staring at them. They're so darn expressive! I love
them... and him as a whole.
When he tells EZ "You live, Eric, you live"... I dunno. I just
love how he says it. Gah, there's so much about Andrew I can't
explain when it comes to why a particular thing he does or says appeals
I'm so sports clueless. I don't think I realized until I saw the
touched.com episode guide that a couple of EZ's teammates were actual
players and that the Saints is an actual team.
When Ruth counters Andrew's defense of the referee, she says "That's
what fans do." I couldn't help but feel a lil implicated.
Cause while I think I have some genuine complaints against Monica, I
may go overboard at times. Cause I'm an Andrew fan. But,
like I said, *at times.* I think I and others like me have good
reason to make some of our complaints.
Confession: I had to look up the word "wrongest" after Sam used
it. I couldn't remember if it was "wrongest" or "most
wrong." I shoulda known Sam would be right.
not sure what I think about how sensitive celebrities, like sports
stars, should be to the public's perception of them as role
know I think *everyone* should strive to be decent, respectful people
but a part of me agrees with EZ that parents need to be responsible for
their kids, not him. Yet... I am disgusted by gloating
celebs. I dunno. Something interesting to sort out some
other time when I'm not waiting for Andrew to show back up! ;-)
Ruth says she used to be in Files and Records. I'm not sure if I
have that down yet as an angel field of work. So there it is.
This episode is the second time a basketball turns into a dove, I
think. Doesn't "Crisis of Faith" end with that, too?
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