"Out of the Darkness"
A review by Jenni:
I only have 6 non-AOD episodes left. This is good! Not
good? I only have 24 episodes total left. We need
What I love about this
or whomever chose the photos seen around the Bell home did a
job. I was struck right away by how unhappy Bonnie looked in
first family photo you see at the start of the episode.
see a photo of her and Jesse and she
has a huge smile.
photos instantly capture how harmful Steve was to her
Of course, the actors and writers capture the unhappiness of the
marriage awfully quickly, too. I imagine Steve doesn't win
himself much admiration from the start with most (I would hope all
I'm not that naive) viewers what with his abrupt dismissal of
suggestion she find a job outside the home. I admire the
by Mr. Whitford and Ms. Kaczmarek. Watching this scene you'd
never guess the two actors were actually and seemingly happily
in real life!
This episode provides a somewhat odd walk down memory lane when
and Steve discuss the changes of the past 5 years: no more Berlin
no more Desert Storm, war in Bosnia, and the O.J. Simpson
It's also kinda ironic since now there's more war in the Middle
and O.J. just got locked up after another trial. Like the
goes: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
While I'm a lil wary of the Monica taking the key chain bit, it is
interesting to see TBAA's take on the chaos theory. Or as
puts it "little things cause big things." I definitely
Some of Al's quotes could really provide a much needed reality
us when we start freaking out over stuff we've done. I
particularly like these:
"We mess up sometimes. You haven't exactly thrown Him for a
ya know. He can handle it."
"If God is willing to forgive you, who are you not to forgive
yourself? You think you know better than God?"
"God loves all of His creations. And that includes you, and
includes me. God doesn't leave us when we mess up.
when we need Him most, and He'd never leave us when we need Him."
I think the most heartbreaking part of this episode for me is when
Bonnie tells Steve that when he was in a coma it was the first
wasn't afraid to tell him who she was and that those were the
times she spent with him. That's just tragic. For both
TBAA's depiction of the cycle of violence in families is a theme
picked up a few times through out the run. They highlight it
particularly well here with the history of the spoon, I
And we're left with hope that Jesse won't continue with the cycle.
The shot of Monica cradling Steve as he weeps into her lap on the
is so tender and motherly. It's scenes like that in which I
really love Monica... and just wish I could understand her
apathy at other times.
What I didn't love about
almost shocked when Steve says "Great job watching him" after
goes missing. As if it's solely Bonnie's job to be an
parent. Crikey. Again, I admire Mr. Whitford's talents
it doesn't make this easy to watch!
Tess' laying on of hands in the hospital room coupled with a nurse
doctor (can't recall which) saying how Steve shows much less
than someone normally would after a 5 year coma kinda leaves me
the impression that Tess healed him. And that just doesn't
to veg with the angel rules. But I guess maybe we're to
healed him through Tess?
Does anyone else find it slightly unrealistic that in 5,000 years
Monica hasn't learned that picking something (like keys) up makes
invisible to humans? Further, doesn't it seem a lil stupid
that as someone's talking about going somewhere? Ah
Now those of us that misplace things have the handy excuse of "I
where it is! An angel must have it!"
if Al could help with the Andrew, Monica, and Tess
dysfunction? Maybe not. She says she works
one-on-one. Still, Internal Affairs seems like what they
want to help em.
It's just so hard for me to understand why a person would hit a
child??? As I was watching this my dog and child substitute,
Danika, was on my lap drifting in and out of sleep. Danika
are both klutzes to an extent. I'll run into walls, she'll
off furniture. Sometimes we run into each other. Which
means we've inadvertently smacked each other multiple times.
I always feel terrible because at first Danika doesn't seem to get
it was accidental. And she cowers and averts her eyes.
feel wretched even though I didn't do anything other than move a
at a bad time. I can't imagine actually being okay with
truly cowering and trying to avoid you.
Parts that made me feel
JD/Andrew is in the credits but not in the episode.
Granted, I knew he wasn't in it going in but still...
does provide some fodder for the continuing
"What's with Monica's seeming neglect of Andrew???" saga.
theory: she's a cockeyed optimist. We're barely into the
and she declares "Looks like a happy ending after all!" She
sees a happy family and doesn't dig any further. Maybe it's
similar with Andrew. She sees a happy or at least calm
and doesn't feel any more effort is needed.
Shortly after meeting Monica, Al tells her she doesn't "do people,
they're too human." Which, again, makes me think that just
have people persons, dog people, cat people, etc., there are angel
angels and people angels. Maybe Monica's just a people angel
can't really grasp Andrew very well cause of that. Or am I
looking for excuses for her? At one point she says of her
assignments in this episode, "I have a commitment to these
people!" Maybe she just doesn't feel the same sense of
to Andrew? Still later she says she loves taking human form
she can feel what we do. So I'm definitely thinking she's a
people angel. Just not sure that excuses her fully.
Although it's good for us, I guess... Even Al who says she
doesn't "do people" cries at the wedding. So obviously she
grasp human emotion. Monica should be able to grasp AOD
It's a little strange that the writers used the surname "Bell"
a season (Morgan and Claudia Bell were in "Statute of
Limitations.) But the two episodes have different writers so
guess that's easy to explain away.
know this is inappropriate but for some reason Monica shouting
"You can't just go around whacking people like that!" gives me the
giggles. Maybe it's the Captain Obvious aspect of it.
it's the fact that "whacking people" often means more than just
them. I dunno.
Tess tells Monica "Don't worry!" which, again, makes me think the
"angels have no faith" bit is a little suspect. Then Al has
reason with Monica to make her see again that God has a
What's worry other than the absence of a type of faith?
Al says she's with Crisis Intervention which is apparently a
of Internal Affairs. Yet another angelic role to add to our
A Word from Travis:
I saw this episode once, several years ago, and thought it was
poorly done (a woman moving on with another man while her husband
is in a coma?). I decided to re-watch this episode, thanks to your
review, and it was worth it. I had forgotten a few things and
might not have paid attention to it when I watched the episode
originally. I donít say I agree with all the decisions that
some of the characters made, but then again, no one will ever
agree with everything they see or hear.
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