A review by Jenni:
What I love about this episode:
I like how Monica says the Internet bridges the world.
Honestly, that idea is probably my second favorite thing about
this episode. I love that TBAA strikes a balance on the
Internet. It would have been so easy to rant and rail
against the Internet. But it also would have been
stupid. So I love that through out this episode they
highlight the ways that the Internet is wonderful but also warn
against the ways that it can be harmful. It's like Tess
says: it's a tool. And tools can build up or destroy... all
depending on how you use them.
I like Kate. I kinda relate to her. Sometimes I, too,
feel that I was born in the wrong century. I love Pride and Prejudice.
hate the decline in manners. All that being said... I'm also
not naive enough to think that being transported to Darcy's and
Elizabeth's England would make everything peachy. I think we
idealize the past and just think "Yay! I could be rid of
rude cell phone people!" and not "Oh... I will have no inheritance
rights and my house will be given over to my brother and I'll be
homeless unless I marry..." Anyhow, so it's good that this
episode urges us to live in the present... although dabbling in
our history is fine. As long as we're not totally naive
about the present.
To add to the list of ways the angels hint at their advanced ages:
Monica tells Kate that she's into "more centuries than you
I think Sarah's reaction to the "stolen" computer was pretty
realistic. I would have totally freaked out if my parents
had taken ours away. Especially if it wasn't my fault.
And I probably would have snuck to a friend's to use theirs.
Cept we all know I would have been writing JABB... not talking to
This episode is awesome for making me realize all the things I am
blissfully done with and will never have to face again like...
I really love what Andrew says about how our
brains are like a computer. We decide what to input but then
sometimes can't delete the files. So, so true. I wish
I had remembered that before I let some friends talk me into
watching a few horror movies... More seriously, it makes me
think about how saturated we are in news. And I wonder how
much better off and more mentally healthy we'd all be if we didn't
have certain heartbreaking images burned into our psyches.
I'm sure it applies to pornography, too. But for me the news
thing is a much more real and immediate concern. I wish I
could forget some things.
- girl talk of the
junior high/ high school variety- I do not care how far anyone
has gone with a guy.
- random and often pervy chatters in chat rooms... I no longer
visit chat rooms nor do I use AIM or the like
- magazines targeted to girls featuring trashy quizzes and
articles... I actually had to look at some for a story I was
working on and it was sooo demoralizing even now at 28.
- floppy disks- They store very little and get corrupted.
- huge puters
Such fun watching Monica and Tess dance around the birds and the
bees talk with lil Millie. I thought that plot offered a
nice balance cause, honestly, the Sarah one kinda makes my stomach
Monica has a lot of really great quotes towards the end of this
And it's cute that the episode ends with us
meeting the leporine versions of our trio. I'm glad they
each got namesakes in the bunnies! And it's cute that they
revisit Andrew's joke about Tess being grouchy. :-)
- "Every time a baby is born it's the most beautiful thing that
can ever happen."
- "Every baby is a precious miracle sent from God."
- "God has angels every where."
- "God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow."
- "It is His will not that you stumble into this new world but
that you embrace it without fear."
Really, this episode is something I would want
to write. It acknowledges tough issues. It doesn't try
to gloss over things. But then it leaves us with... babies!
What I didn't love about
Kiki is flipping annoying. This actually worries me
about having children. What if their friends aren't so much
bad but just plain annoying as all get out? I mean at least
if they're mean kids you wouldn't feel as bad limiting or ending
your child's time with them. But annoying ones... that's a
bit of a gray area. All that being said... that girl needed
to be taught some manners. Who the heck goes over to another
person's house and knocks their computer printer? One
wonders if the poor kid was actually raised by the Internet.
Ya never do see her parents.
I just don't like Andrew having to hear about how porn makes some
guy feel. Andrew doesn't deserve that... And it's just
weird for me to watch.
Really a lot that I don't like about this episode does NOT stem
from my thinking it's poorly done. It just makes me
uncomfortable. Like the scene of the husband and wife in bed
with him talking about the impact of the porn photos. It
just makes my skin crawl. I just don't even want to think
about the fact that one day I might be with a guy and he'll have
all these other fake girls in his mind. Blech.
Dean just makes me feel pukey. Honestly, I didn't want to
hear him talk at all.
Okay, here's something that I really do find a bit unbelievable: I
get that Sarah is very young and naive. But how could anyone
actually believe that Dean was 19? I'm just not sure I
believe any 13 year old would buy that. But, then again, I
was always a bit wary and distrustful so maybe my experience was
atypical and not Sarah's.
How come on TV shows web sites talk? Yes, I've been
to a few that talk. M-w.com, for one. But the ones on
TV seem a whole lot more talkative. Then again, I don't
visit porn sites so... maybe they talk a lot. Yuck.
Okay... what kinda idiot views porn at work? I probly don't
want to know. But... really!? He didn't think that
would end badly?!
How did close-ups of typing fingers and smoldering ash trays
become TV shorthand for "This is a pedophile!!!"? Seriously,
always with the ash tray...
Umm... What would possess Kate to describe 13 as "an enjoyable
age"??? Her thirteendom musta been a lot different from
mine. Augh. I would not be 13 again for
anything. Or 16.
Parts that made me feel
I love how often we see Andrew's sense of humor in this
episode! I just wish we'd gotten to see it more in
others. I smile when he says that computers are for playing
Solitaire. Think about it... when was the last time you
played Solitaire with a deck of cards? And then when he says
that the keyword for Tess' site would be "grouchy"...
priceless! And adorable.
Sometimes I astound myself with my own sappiness. So Andrew
has that line to Sarah about how he could install filters on her
computer. Simple line. Straightforward. Nothing
particularly appealing or swoon-inducing in it. Unless you
are me or someone like me. Cause I heard that and started to
think "Ya know, Andrew himself has kinda been like a filter for
me." And it's true. Or maybe more like a buffer.
Because it's not like thinking about him keeps the bad news
out. But thinking about the fact that someone like him is
with those who suffer... well, it keeps it all from being
unbearable at times.
I really like the one light blue shirt Andrew wears in one of the
cafe scenes. Light blue is a nice color for him and he
doesn't wear it a whole lot. Also, he looks cute in that lil
Trying to think of how to word this... Sometimes I wonder
how Andrew feels about his male form. Like when he's
watching Dean walk away with Sarah. Does he feel any
differently about that than, say, I do? Like when I hear
about a woman killing her child, that hits me in what I think must
be a singularly female way. I've never given birth but by
simply having that as a possibility, it boggles my mind and breaks
my heart to think of bringing a life forth into the world and then
snuffing that same life out. It flies in the face of some
qualities I prize as a woman and hope to God I have in myself:
being nurturing, compassion, tenderness. When a man kills
his child, I am equally horrified. But I don't seem to
filter that through my experience as much. Because I'm not a
man. So does Andrew experience that kind of thing? Is
that why he sometimes seems more bothered by cruel things men do
than women? Because his experience of masculinity makes it
more difficult for him to reconcile the crimes of men? I
dunno. But he seems like a bit of a ticking time bomb in
parts of this episode.
Andrew really gets me when he sees Dean and Sarah and runs his
hand through his hair and rubs his neck. He's obviously
really, really tense. And then when he goes off to Tess a
lil bit and calls Sarah a "little girl"... Poor
Andrew. That has all got to be way too familiar to
him. Which is, obviously, disturbing in its own right.
And my favorite part of the whole episode... the computer bashing
scene. First, I totally never realized that Andrew smashes
the spiked drink, too. And then, in my memory, Andrew just
takes a swing at the puter in a reasoned sort of way. Not
so! It is a completely impassioned, pretty enraged computer
bashing. And I still think it is amazing to behold. I
don't have a single problem with Andrew doing it. Dean just
scared Sarah horribly. He deserved a few seconds of terror
and I am perfectly happy with Andrew supplying it. Plus,
let's be honest. Andrew has probably come upon similar
scenes before and not been able to do anything. So I'm glad
that, for once, he could make his righteous anger known.
Music: Lots of
music but not any that was traceable. At least twice you
hear classical music at the antique shop. It was so quiet
I'm not even gonna bother to try and locate it. There are
also a couple instrumental pieces heard at the cyber cafe.
Kiki has a few pop songs playing in her room. First, a woman
singing something with the lyrics "I'll always remember" and a guy
singing "can't stop this burning in my heart." There's a
third pop song later on but I couldn't even hear enough to
determine the gender of the singer. Finally, Dean gets Sarah
to listen to some hard rock junk. I chose not to dignify
that by trying to pluck out lyrics.
Oh yay. Evan Rachel Wood is actually five years younger than
me. For some reason I've always thought she was my age so
seeing her next to Andrew and thinking "Umm... you looked that
young... were that young... when this episode aired and you were
totally crushing on that guy..." was kinda making me feel
weird. But I was 5 years older. Almost 18.
Yay... Although, to be
honest, I've had a crush on Andrew since I was 14 (Season
3). And I kinda remember how 14 year old me thought.
But I don't fully realize that I actually looked 14 at the time
and so if Andrew had shown up as I so often daydreamed... I probly
couldn't have acted like I wanted to. Not that I was
thinking anything not G rated (he was an angel, I was terribly
naive). But I was really, really young. Anyhow, so
this ramble probly makes no sense. Just saying that I think
since Andrew is now stuck in my mind as only being about 8 years
my senior in appearance, I sometimes think it was always that
way. But no. He looked about twenty years older when
my crush began. Geez...
This episode is set in Milwaukee. Just saying.
I must have been a jaded child. I never trusted guys I
chatted with online enough to meet any of them. I know
that's a good thing but I've only gotten more jaded...
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-I do kinda remember a scene at the police station after they
break into Dean's apartment. You can see Andrew talking to
an officer. More to come on that.
-Well... THC cut a screen shot out of the father's first scene at
work. They show just a single shot of some fetish web
site. There's something you don't expect to see on TBAA: the
word fetish in big, black letters. Apparently, THC felt the
same so cut it. I'm obviously okay with that. I really
don't like going from "Aww! Concerned Andrew!" to "Ah
blech! Bondage!" in one minute.
-All right, yep. I was right with the first one.
Mostly. They cut a few seconds of a distant shot of the
police station. You see Dean get pulled out by two
cops. He's not particularly cooperative. They load him
into a squad car. Then it goes inside the station where you
see the dad and Andrew near a cop. The dad is talking to the
cop. It's all silent til it pans to Sarah being held by her
mother. Sarah apologizes as her mom strokes her hair.
She goes onto say that she thought Dean was really 16 and liked
her. The mom says they have some long talks ahead.
Sarah asks where Millie is. Her mom says "You won't believe
this. She's with an angel." Then the dad and Andrew
approach them. Andrew says "Charlie, take your family
home." They leave. Andrew watches them leave, exhales,
and closes his eyes. Lovely him. Then it goes to
Monica with Millie which THC has.
-Originally, this episode ended with the SafeKids.com logo and a
voiceover from Mr. Dye saying "There are ways to protect your
children on the Internet. Visit safekids.com to learn
more." (ETA: This is not on the DVD, either.)
Further on down the road...
I wonder what it is that makes some people able to sit down at
a computer and figure it out and other people can't save a photo
or open an email without help? My family was one of the last
of my friends to get a computer yet somehow I knew how to do
stuff. Others in my family have had computers for years and
need help with what I consider simple things. Maybe it's
fear? Maybe I didn't really "just know" how to do
stuff. I just didn't fear hitting buttons and seeing what
happened. So I learned from trial and error. The
others may be too worried to just hit buttons. I
dunno! Just trying to figure out why certain members of my
family call me with the most mundane computer questions. ;-)
Kiki's a little snot. Who talks like that?!? Even in
my worst of teenage brat mode, I wouldn't have dreamed of walking
into someone's house and making like a teenybopper Catherine De
I wonder what my younger chat-happy self would think about the
fact that I can't remember the last time I was in a chat room and
I've disabled live messaging? Email is much more my speed
Just had a thought: was the dad's co-worker out for his job?
Apparently the company had a policy about inappropriate web
use. So why would you log onto a porn site from someone
else's work station unless you wanted the wrath of HR to fall upon
Andrew looks so darn cute in that lil apron! (Had to say it
again, apparently.) And then he does look a trifle uncomfy
during the guy talk scene... Especially when he looks away
from the man.
The scene where the dad confides in Andrew about the porn site
still makes me wanna scream "Ahhhh! Shut up! Andrew is
innocent! He doesn't need to hear about those
things!!!" I know, I know. Andrew has seen and heard a
lot. But still... He shouldn't have to deal with
Okay, I've wondered about this before... What exactly goes
into the casting call for someone like Dean? I mean does
someone willingly show up to play a pedophile or do they get
blindsided when they show up? I think with something like,
say, SVU an actor might reasonably assume they could wind
up playing a creepo. But TBAA is a different story!
Awww! It just hit me again that it was during this
assignment that Andrew first met the Dyelanders according to our
That sound of the ice cream truck adds such a sense of menace to
Dean's and Sarah's meeting and I don't know why exactly...
Not that the scene wasn't already menacing.
Sigh... There goes the hand through the hair and the neck
rubbing. I could never be an AOD.
Double sigh... I don't think people should tell Andrew what
he can't do... He doesn't take kindly to it. That
look... I love him.
OMG. I wonder if this episode is why I dislike those
bowler-like shirts that Dean is wearing. Andrew even wore em
a couple times and though I love Andrew, that was far from my
favorite look for him. Maybe this is why...
That sigh at the police station... I wanna hug him.
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