A review by Jenni:
Majorly time crunched so I'm writing this as I watch on the
puter. I do miss just plopping on the couch for TBAA
marathons! Some day...
What I love about this episode:
When this first aired, I barely knew what autism was. Now I
work with a group that, among other things, raises money for
autism-related causes. So it means a lot to me that TBAA
takes on the issue and has the angels relate the all-too-common
reaction that autistic people are weird or slow then goes on to
give a compassionate depiction of an autistic person. It's
important to acknowledge misconceptions and then show a bit of
reality. Of course, it's also good to remember that autism
presents in various ways.
Wow. This episode gives ya a pretty good idea of how urban
legends start! Poor Ferdie with those nasty rumors.
Aww. Now I remember loving how Ferdie could see the angels
I love that Cameron comes up with the idea to have Ferdie move
in. I think this episode shows how easy it is to get pulled
into something bad due to peer pressure but also that you can
redeem yourself and make up for what you've done or failed to do.
Giggle. As sensitive as I am about Andrew and how Monica
acts towards him, her getting angry over his call as ump amuses
me. Kicking dirt at him, however, is too much. Grrr.
That train set-up is really awesome!
Thank you very much to TBAA for, albeit briefly, bringing up how
problematic it is that the foster care system basically has
nothing set up to help 18 year olds transition out of the
system. At least not ALL foster care systems do.
Very glad for the breakfast table scene with the coach talking
about his deceased wife. They really needed to insert
something before much further into the episode to make ya feel for
this guy. Cause I was about ready to write him off.
I like that Tess encourages the players as she's watching the game
and is then countered by a pessimistic parent. I'd like to
think maybe it made a real parent somewhere reconsider the times
they've done that. These are kids who are sposed to be having
This is a really lovely revelation scene with Monica and Ferdie in
the train. Quiet, subdued, interesting lighting with the
slits of light through the train, and I like that Monica doesn't
have all the answers. Plus, I'm a big fan of reminding the
world to connect.
I think the coach depicts a pretty realistic expression of grief
in the revelation scene with Tess. At least how some people
grieve: obsessing and focusing to the extreme on something like
baseball. In that scene, I also like how Tess stresses to
the coach that Cameron not liking baseball is NOT a reflection of
lack of love for his father.
What I didn't love about
Aww geez. Watching Ferdie panic as the fire starts is just
Yeah... I'm thinking Andrew's white pants aren't his best
look. The white shirts, however, are great.
Seriously, these adults drive me crazy. I can't imagine not
being proud of my child for being so kind to Ferdie. The
coach grates on me as do some of the other parents.
Kinda sad that Andrew's behind a mask for parts of this but I
spose I definitely wouldn't want him playing ump without
As cool as I think it is that Ferdie can see the glow cause
I like believing some people have a second sight, why would God
make him see the angels as too shiny to bear?
When did autism become a big, well-known cause? It's almost
shocking to see these people be so clueless. You'd think at
least one neighbor would have a clue.
Parts that made me feel
Good gravy. Is Andrew seeing himself in that kid at the
beginning? What does he mean by "he's kinda a loner
himself"? Does Andrew consider himself a loner? Poor
love. Then he confidently tells Monica that the kid can
figure "it" out himself (been years since I've seen this so no
clue on what "it" is yet) and he sounds fatherly. Something
about this gets to me. Seriously. I think I needed a
spin-off in which Andrew just adopted a bunch of kids.
OMG. Is this a sign I'm getting old? I'm now focusing
on qualities of Andrew that would make him a good (adoptive!)
father as opposed to solely qualities that make me think he'd be
awesome to have around as a personal friend. I'm going to
ruin Dyeland, aren't I?
I just sent Andrew to a homeless shelter on JABB... now this
episode is making me feel guilty about that with Monica's reaction
to the townspeople wanting to send Ferdie to one...
Dear lady in the stands: you aren't the only one who thinks it's
pretty awesome when Andrew gets authoritative. Wait til you
see what he can do with a baseball bat!
Andrew looks so
sincere and lovely and compassionate when he's telling Ferdie's
story to Cameron. I wonder, if Andrew were real, if he'd
maybe not be super-happy with "lovely" being my preferred
descriptor for him???
Whoa. Boy's got some pipes! That "Strike three!" in
the final game was really loud and deep!
Aww. He looks pretty cute in that engineer's hat. Or
is it conductor? Either way...
I'm kinda worried about
having the opposite issue of this coach. I have never cared
for sports. I think I've watched one full game in my whole
life. So I have no clue how I'd function if I had a super
athletic kid. So I hypothetically feel for Cameron and his
"Believe In You" by Amanda Marshall appears in this episode.
It makes me wanna listen to the TBAA soundtrack and get good and
weepy-nostalgic. Also it makes the game sequence loads more
interesting to me cause, again, I am sports apathetic.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-Again, didn't notice anything. I'm thinking maybe some game
scenes were cut down, though. That would be something I
Further on down the road...
I'm still intrigued by the "he's kinda a loner himself" line.
So I'm watching this on Saturday night. Kinda thinking of
re-evaluating my Friday night tradition. It used to be
pretty well set in stone: Friday night watch and review TBAA and
have a nicer dessert and caffeinated beverage! But then I'd
sometimes be so tired after the work week come Friday. And
the grocery downstairs stopped being very inventive with their
desserts and I had my fill of the existing ones and... some nights
I just don't want coffee or chai. Eeek! So... we shall
see. Might make it into a breakfast thing. Or just a
I miss the sound of trains. I used to hear them more
frequently than I do now. I can't remember when the last
time was. So it was nice to hear the background train noises
in this. ETA: Weirdly, I heard one again shortly after
I wonder what their basis was for having Ferdie be able to see
Monica's shine? Maybe autistic people are thought to be more
attuned to the spiritual realm... can't say I've ever come across
that in my reading, though.
The fire is much scarier for me now since I had my own little yard
fire incident last weekend. With all due respect to Andrew,
not everything can be replaced... I think it's a shock to
one's sense of security and that's not easily replaced.
"Just one decision changes everything." I think my brain
might explode if I spent too much time thinking about how often
that Monica quote has proven true.
Grrr. Monica should be ashamed of herself. I'd like to
kick some dirt into her coffee for that!
Andrew's "I remember" when Ferdie mentions living on the train
intrigues me, too. Was Andrew also living on the
train? Did he just come along Ferdie? Was he on call
as his AOD when it seems Ferdie nearly died of exposure? Was
he his caseworker? He says he helped Ferdie get a job and
place so Andrew also being homeless is maybe out.
I hadn't realized before that the coach is still wearing his
wedding ring. Aww.
Ferdie's "Why is it so hard for me?" breaks my heart.
"All you really have to do is be there." Tess says that to
the coach when he laments not being Cameron's best friend.
But I think it's so true in relationships of all kinds. Just
being there can mean more than any words or any actions.
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