A review by Jenni:
Rocky day. I need my Andrew time.
What I love about this episode:
It just makes me happy whenever we see the trio altogether to
start and not just Monica and Tess.
Am I the only one who thinks Andrew's lecture on Henry becoming
one of his men also serves as a parallel to the angels? They
give up some of their privileges, spend time among us, understand
our fear and pain, and offer inspiring words.
"You know, if you keep an open mind, you can learn a lot walking a
mile in somebody else's shoes." A great quote from
Andrew. I have a feeling it's one John Dye would very much
I know I'm a sap but I like Monica's "fun statistics." I'm
not at all athletic so, really, the fun aspect is all I
And a poetry quote from Emerson!
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." Monica
renders enthusiasm as "great joy" but close enough. I do
love the literary aspect of this episode.
I love when the kid at Eastside scoffs at Jeff for not getting
that one buses one's own table. People who don't in
establishments where it's expected really bug me.
"It's character that decides who you are and what you become, not
what schools you attend." A quote from Monica that I rather
Ha! I love Tess' line about Shakespeare and how she knows
him but "not like I used to." I love it when the angels say
something that we as viewers understand one way (she actually knew
Shakespeare) but to the other characters seem totally mundane (she
knew his works).
Andrew's and Tess' pointed talk about Jeff whilst sitting on
either side of the scout amuses me.
"God knows that everyone needs a little coaching now and
then." From Monica to Jeff.
"God never stopped believing in you." I think versions of
that pop up in multiple episodes but one can never hear it
enough. That's also from Monica to Jeff.
"God didn't take anything from you. These things just happen
in life sometimes." Monica goes on to talk about the more
financially based losses Jeff has faced. But in that excerpt
alone, I think of John and others I cared about who died so
young. And sometimes I get angry and do think that God took
them from us. But I know that's not the right way to think
of it at all. Things do just happen.
"There's one thing that will never change and
that is God. He will be the same yesterday, today,
tomorrow. He will never leave you or forsake you. And
He holds your future, whatever it may be, in His hands."
Still Monica, but still makes me think of JD.
"She has that peace now. A complete peace beyond anything
you could ever imagine. A peace that lives completely in
this very moment and in the presence of God. And that's
where your mother is right now, with Him. And if you will
stop and listen to what God has to say, not about tomorrow but
about this same moment, you can have this peace, as well."
Monica, again, to Jeff about his particular situation. But
take the "she" and "mother" out and it's so much what we need to
remember about John.
"When you serve others... with a whole heart, with love and with
humility, you serve Him. And that is a true victory."
Same scene. And pretty much everything tonight reminds me of
I like that Jeff doesn't immediately get into Harvard. The
way it turns out is so much more real.
What I didn't love about
Augh. What an embarrassment. I hate that the girl
totally falls for Jeff's stupid, pigheaded line after initially
resisting his asking her out.
Something about Jeff being named captain so suddenly doesn't sit
well with me. It's a lil too convenient.
This episode kinda makes me feel guilty for being completely
apathetic about sports.
What's going on for people when they're frozen? Could
God be freezing us all the time and we'd never know???
that made me feel swoony:
Gah. I love his glasses. His professorial ensembles
always make me happy.
I love that he doesn't let the snot trick him with the meditation
thing and responds with humor but gets them right back on track.
I had to rewind to hear him say "Agincourt" again. Lovely.
That wrinkled brow after Jeff laughs off Andrew's Henry lesson is
very nice. Of course, I can't imagine being anything but
enthralled sitting in class with Andrew. I would certainly
not have caused such a look. :-)
So very glad that Andrew likes sports and showed up to the hockey
game. Since he got left at St. Crispin's while the
assignment moved on, we may not have gotten to see him again
That lil look Andrew shoots Tess when she kinda hugs the scout is
oh so cute!
:-) John was an excellent actor. Andrew... not so
much. Neither is Tess, for the record. I'm not buying
their performances as casual fans!
Aww, yay. He got some of Tess' popcorn.
Music: There's classical
music I definitely recognize but cannot place in the opening
scene. There's some rap when Jeff first enters
Eastside. There's some other nondescript music playing in
the cafeteria when Jeff meets Tess. There's some gosh awful
heavy metal or something at the St. Crispin's crowd party.
It's a male singer but I can't make a single word out.
FYI- This is set in Minnesota. Maybe not that surprising.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-They cut a whole segment after Jeff arrives at
Eastside. Monica sees him as she's walking down the hall and
welcomes him. She has the hockey team captain, Randy, with
her and introduces the two. Randy recognizes Jeff and cites
some of his hockey stats. Monica suggests that the captain
show Jeff around. The two boys go off. Jeff is
horrified when the other boy's idea of lunch is eating chips in
the stairwell. Randy counters that the cafeteria isn't an
ideal place to go... and not because of food quality. Jeff
is visibly horrified when Randy drops some chips on the floor and
still eats them. Another student walks by and gives Jeff a
hard time about his St. Crispin's jacket. Jeff looks to
challenge the boy. Randy intervenes before it gets too
heated. He suggests to Jeff that he drop the attitude and
jacket if he wants to live to 8th period. Then it goes to
the hockey practice which THC has.
-THC has guts! They actually cut Shakespeare! Just as
I suspected, Jeff *does* recite part of the St. Crispin's Day
speech after Tess asks him to. He goes on for several
lines. It's a shame it got cut cause it really is an awesome
speech. Although I still prefer Brannagh's rendition but
this one is nice. :-)
-I think that was probably the extent of the cuts. However,
we had severe weather the night this originally aired. So my
VHS copy has a cut during the revelation scene and another right
when Jeff makes that last shot. So it's possible THC cut
bits around those scenes and I wouldn't know since they aren't on
my CBS copy due to the weather reports. But I doubt it.
Further on down the road...
So I think this is about the earliest on a weekend that I've
started with TBAA reviewing. My dog had a few teeth pulled
and so is super lethargic from the meds and clingy. Poor
thing. So we're curled up in bed on Friday at not quite 6
watching TBAA. Sorry for my dog but it's rather nice to be
this vegged out so early. Gonna have to get up for dinner at
OMG. Is a Beemer a BMW? So never got that. And
you can see how entirely uninterested and unimpressed by cars I
am. I'm not sure what I thought a Beemer was but some other
type of car. Make, brand, whatever. See? So
apathetic. If someone asks me what make of car someone is
driving, I respond with the name of a color. :-)
Sigh... Now for someone I am NOT apathetic about. Such
a lovely, handsome teacher... I would wear a uniform again
to be around that fellow.
I have got to find some time to rewatch the Brannagh version of Henry
V. It's awesome.
Yuck. Jeff is such a gross player. Dude woulda got the
evil eye for touching my hair.
I'm confused by the timing in these first few
scenes. I assumed it was all the same day but how did the
father leave the house in the morning all nonchalant and then by
the evening he's lost everything? Were his deals really such
that all could be fine one morning and everything gone by the
afternoon? Ah, okay. I forgot six months led up to
this. Still confused, though. I guess maybe he was
just in denial that morning. Or maybe it was different days
cause Monica's clothes change. So do Andrew's. Of
course, they also change from angelic form to human form so maybe
that doesn't mean much.
Ooh. Andrew's second suit and tie ensemble is very
fallish. Sigh... I wish Jeff getting transferred
hadn't meant less Andrew time.
I'm gonna need to get up soon for caffeine, too... I've only
had about half of my usual "dose." At least this isn't an
episode with Monica slinging a buncha coffee back to remind me.
I still love Tess telling Jeff that she knows Shakespeare but "not
like I used to." There's a fanfic somewhere in that
Why do Tess and Jeff both pronounce Crispin as "Crispian."
Is that a thing?
Yay. About the 28 minute mark, Andrew comes back!
Ha. And I love his "laying it on a lil thick, aren't we,
I love that TBAA made it clear that God is still with the
atheists. Just like He is with all of us. Always.
This may be a two episode night... Poor Danika's really
This episode just needed a stirring rendition of "Te Deum."
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