A review by Jenni:
Well, I think I finally figured out the optimal way to do
this. I'm watching the Hallmark versions (as I write this in
the case of this episode) and going to enjoy them as best I
can. Then, sometime later, I'll have mini-marathons with my
CBS/VHS copies and as needed come back here to comment on what
Hallmark cut. Hopefully, I'll be less annoyed that
way. Hopefully... Cause at least Hallmark is showing
I love about this episode:
I just ate
scrambled egg this morning so the whole "this was my brain on
drugs" intro is even more amusing than usual. And, yeah, I
know it's serious but that "this is your brain on drugs" PSA has
pretty much devolved into a joke so... can't help it.
Anyhow, I like the whole video concept.
Family coffee time is an awesome idea. Although Michelle
talking about the tradition of it makes me wanna go all Topol and
break into "Tradition" from Fiddler
on the Roof. Anyhow, wouldn't work in my family
cause I'm the only coffee drinker.
I really like
what Monica tells Mark about how a marriage is between two people,
not three. Cause I have a feeling it's not entirely uncommon
for kids, maybe especially oldest and onlies, to feel partly
responsible for their parents' marital happiness. Or at
least like it's part of their job to fix things.
Ha, Tess having trouble not talking while her portrait is being
painted is perfect. And it's a really good
portrait! I wish we coulda seen it finished. And one
of Andrew, too. ;-)
The scene of the Tanners crying in bed really packs an emotional
wallop. I can't imagine going through something like that...
especially with them being so close when Mark died.
Michelle playing and replaying Mark's answering machine is tough
to see, too. And relatable.
I really love the idea that AODs can finish people's important
business for them. I truly hope that turns out to be true.
Frankly, I'm just a sucker for anything involving someone leaving
a message behind that's found after their death and gives
peace. So Mark's video gets me.
Clearly these are actual home videos we're
watching during most of Mark's video. Pretty cool and a good
reason to hire an actual married couple! It's nice that the
couple were open to that. Much, much better than doing long
shots or trusting clothing and hair styles to make people seem to
I didn't love about this episode:
I get having marital problems and it's important to voice your
feelings. But putting a guest in an awkward position, as
happens when Monica comes over for dinner, is just wrong.
Michelle needs to cool it, at least until Monica is gone. Of
course, being like that in front of a child isn't really great,
I wonder how difficult it is to act with your spouse?
And would ya ever start projecting too much?
Do ya think they realized Michelle Tanner was Mary Kate and Ashley
Olsen's role on Full House?
right out at me. Yes, I watched that religiously when I was
young. Now I can't without cringing.
Am I the only one who thinks $600 for that video is insanely
Who is Garrett? That's who the episode is dedicated to.
that made me feel swoony:
I wonder how difficult it is to sometimes know just a lil bit more
than everyone else... including your fellow angels. In the
opening scene, Monica and Tess both think they have much time to
help the Tanners... Andrew knows they don't. Obviously
that's very sad for the Tanners but you know me: I'm wondering how
hard it is on Andrew.
So it gets me whenever Andrew is holding someone when they die.
Unfortunately, Andrew seems to do a lot of behind-the-scenes work
on this case so I don't have as much to say as usual. Or
maybe Hallmark just cut some of his scenes...
Yay! Andrew is at the door! And he's wearing the
layered look. Double yay! But mostly I'm just happy
that the Tanners learned Mark wasn't alone.
Kinda sad for Andrew that Tess calls Monica "Angel Girl" and just
uses his name when they leave the Tanners' room. But maybe
Andrew isn't as sentimental as I am about nicknames.
I really never realized
that when a loved one gets the personal effects of a murder victim
that the bloodied clothes are included. If that's
legitimate... I'm not sure what I think about that.
Music note: Scott plays something, don't know what, on the piano
after Michelle says she wants a divorce. And, of course,
"Through the Years" during the video. ETA: Michelle also
plays classical music in her studio.
I'm trying to remember if this episode was on my mind when I made
a musical slide show for my parents' anniversary one year. I
dunno but it was cool to do.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-I think the scene's cut which shows the couple getting ready for
bed and Scott bringing up a retiring colleague, suggesting he
might take his desk job. Michelle counters that he wouldn't
want a desk job and they awkwardly go to bed.
-The scene following Mark's death is cut. In the CBS
version, it starts with Scott on the phone (I think to his mom)
saying he and Michelle are okay. They then pick the date for
the funeral and Michelle tells the suit
she wants Mark buried in. Then Scott settles into bed and
starts crying. Hallmark starts just as he settles into bed,
the conversation before is gone.
down the road...:
"Tradition is something you hold onto
during the bad times until the good times come back." I love
that quote from Michelle cause I can relate very much. I
like traditions a lot of the time but during tragic times...
sometimes they really are what helps get me back on track.
I think it would be so hard to be a cop and have to go through
this post-death process with a co-worker when you're so used to
both being on the same side and now suddenly you're in the "family
member of victim" slot. Granted, that moment can't ever be
easy but that must add a whole other layer of sadness and pain.
"Angels don't bring confusion... we bring the truth."
I think I've been trying to
remember for a bit where that quote came from. It's Tess in
This video is really sad to watch now knowing the couple is no
Actually kinda glad they aren't showing Andrew as Mark talks to
his parents via the video. As it is I'm making it through
this dry-eyed. Couldn't have with that.
"The 'what ifs' and 'if onlys' will only stop you from
healing." I think that's a natural reaction but...I think
Monica is right.
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