A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
lot of pros and cons regarding Monica in this episode. But
some of the things I dislike about her personally are actually
points for the overall episode. From the get-go, this
involves Monica making several snap judgments about Ginger.
so great a trait but excellent continuity . Through out at
the first few seasons, that's something we see Monica come up
lot whether it be judging people harshly as she does with Ginger
or Pete in "There, But..." or jumping into hero-worship mode a la
("The Journalist") or Scott ("Groundrush").
I like that Tess describes Ginger as doing "all the wrong things
all the right reasons." That's a very compassionate way of
looking at some behaviors we may find deplorable without realizing
someone might be doing them.
I'm kinda torn on this point but leaning towards it at least being
positive in a sense so I'm splitting it. Here goes: I feel
for Monica having to work in a strip joint and worrying about
"promoted." Nonetheless, I do
like the idea of angels being there for us no matter where we
be... even in seedy places. Also, I thoroughly approve of
pouring water or liquor or whatever it was on that creepy
fact, I would have been angry with the show if she hadn't.
that's NOT okay.
This episode makes me nostalgic on so many levels. First, I
like watching the older episodes cause I first saw them at such a
different, less jaded time in my life. So in watching them I
like a lil of that version of me comes back. And then there
clothes! In this episode, especially, I saw a lot of pieces
reminded me of my own fashion past. Even one of Tess'
blue pant suit with the suns and moons? I had a short set
that. And I wore it with a goldenrod Blossom hat. And
Monica's white T-shirt, dark short dress, boots, and chunky socks
look? I remember the days! And then later the hot air
balloons remind me of when we'd go to see them when I was
I thought they were so beautiful! All in all, this is just a
sweet, child-like episode.
I'm glad that Tess was supportive of Monica's getting fired.
woulda been awfully ticked if she'd gone on a rant about it.
does point out that Monica shouldn't be apart from Ginger but
absolutely no giving her a hard time about not sticking it
Right then wouldn't have been a good time for Tess to get cranky!
This episode makes me grateful for the increased publicity
Smile, similar organizations, and cleft lip and palette, in
now have. It's heartbreaking to hear about the woman asking
Ginger to take Emily away from the park. And Jeremy's
dismay is sad, too. I'd like to think now that would be less
likely to happen. I really appreciated it when TBAA
some of the lesser known charities.
I really have a lot of respect for Jeremy. He's a great
character. And very mature for his age. I love that he
doesn't say a word about Emily's belief that her mom's a
ballerina. And not only does he do everything he can to make
Emily gets her surgery but he brings yogurt along for her! I
if I have a son some day, he'll be like that kid. Although
out the running away bit, of course.
I just really like that Ginger stands up for herself against
announces "I'm not a stripper, I just strip." I'd like to
it made Monica focus more on her as a person and not simply a
but I dunno.
I *love* Tess pointing out to Monica that there aren't any "Smile
Monica loves you" bumper stickers when she starts to think she
better than God. Awesome, funny line.
I like it when Monica really lets Ginger have it. She makes
good points and her anger doesn't seem judgmental or petty at that
point. I like that TBAA let the angels be angry when a
truly called for it. For them to always be placid would have
unbearable for me. And I love that in that scene Monica
Ginger she shouldn't rail about all the mistakes she made but
God for sending her child" despite them all. And then
this quote from the scene: "No mistake you ever made is bigger
God's power to fix it." I really love that one.
I think it's sweet that Tess and Monica drop back in some time
later. And that Monica says this to Emily after telling her
beautiful: "Never forget you always were." Awesome.
Finally, I'm glad this episode kept the PSA for Operation Smile on
DVD. Seems like other episodes dropped them and intros and
What I didn't love
with Monica knocking the toad/frog?!? I think they're
cute! And they make a fun noise. And she likes worms
crying out loud! I'm a little sensitive... I'm sitting
computer room with 200+ plush frogs (and a few toads) and a
to my late pet frog, Flick Stanley Frogger.
Monica's kinda... what's a good word to use... snotty in this
episode. And right off the bat, too! When she
says "Ah, that's better," upon learning "Glitter" is actually
not a shining moment. Although, again, it works well
development-wise. Doesn't mean I like Monica for it!
back to the Monica-nearly-being-a-stripper thing, it's kinda an
uncomfortable trend in TBAA. Here Monica nearly ends up a
"The Homecoming" she's assumed to be a prostitute, and worst of
"The Blue Angel." I may not love Gloria but who in their
mind lets someone that immature think they're going to have to
strip!? It's a little twisted. I guess what I'm saying
think TBAA sometimes plays these plot lines a lil too cute and
the irony of it. This doesn't sit well with me. I
it could be pointing out that women are more likely to be sexually
exploited (though by no means the only targets). So if
angel in female form that's something you'd have to consider and
face. It's not fair but it happens. In that way it's
different than Sam and Tess having to face racial slurs whereas no
ever slung one at Andrew. The difference is TBAA *never*
light of the race issues or how they made the characters
But the "ha-ha, that was close" mood
that permeates the stripper issue, even as Monica is clearly
uncomfortable, kinda makes my skin crawl.
Not crazy about Ginger's car getting killed to further along the
assignment. That poor lady was barely scraping by and then
a car repair payment on top of it??? I hope that was somehow
covered in an unexpected way for her. This is why it's good
never wrote for TBAA. And maybe that I don't write
professionally, period. I get bogged down in this sorta
As I said above, this is a sweet, child-like episode. So to
extent I think ya just need to sit back and enjoy it and not
things. But even as I tried to do that, there were a few
that I just couldn't quite believe or accept. The car thing
the first one. Monica piecing together the newspaper was the
one. It seemed like a bit of an infringement on free will to
me. I guess through out this episode I just felt like Monica
pushing the plot along as opposed to having to react to it as is
in other episodes. Everyone seemed manipulated to an
extent. Not in an unkind way but nonetheless they were.
love the continuity of Monica's judgmentalness, in another respect
don't quite follow this episode. Here Monica is happy about
children running away and Tess herself seems kinda happy about it
(makes her feel needed, apparently). Even after she's gotten
Monica's case for going against God's plan. I just don't see
Monica's lie of omission here is okay but in "Groundrush" one
to the Netherworld. Personally, I think it's riskier to have
couple kids AWOL than have a grown man whose only offense was
rapist in the heat of the moment free. Not to mention how
out the parents were!
Okay, so the kids run off and we see the police questioning
people. It's daylight. Then in a later, nighttime
cop *finally* questions Monica: the person Emily was last
How did Ginger get those beaded curtains up? See "Random
Parts that made me feel
Nothing to report...
I love beaded curtains. They look so pretty in Ginger's
trailer. I bought some when I got my house but they just
work for me. I got about 6 strands out... the rest are in a
in my closet. Some day maybe I'll have a beaded curtain knot
A Word from Travis:
While not a favorite episode of mine, this episode is good in the
sense that, an audience member may have thought they knew what the
story was all about (The Angels helping a stripper to see that God
wants her to change her profession and also give her life to Him).
I didn’t anticipate the “Operation Smile” aspect of the episode
until I watched the episode in it’s entirety.
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