A review by Jenni:
What I love about this episode:
In a nice, possibly accidental, bit of continuity, Andrew is
presented as being pro-computer. This meshes nicely with
"Lost and Found." Or maybe he just secretly wanted to don
neon and play whatever version of bowling that is when they turn
off the lights and everything is psychedelic. In any case,
it was cute and fun to see him pondering why they weren't at a
newish bowling alley.
Actually, I just like that the Father told them to have fun
together. That's great. I wish He had more
often. Maybe things would have been better down the
road... (And, yes, I believe it's totally okay to question
TV God.) But when Tess said they were there to bond I was
like "Awww! About time!"
It's very nice that Monica's eager to help out, even during her
evening off. She can be such a conscientious, compassionate
"Friendship is a very valuable gift." Nice quote from
Monica. Just wish she consistently recognized that...
I *loved* when Renee said about feeling like she and her fiance
were giving their wedding away piece by piece. I have no
plans to marry but I'm afraid if I did that I would fall into that
trap. So something about someone else voicing that concern
was cool for me.
and their hearts... it's pitiful." I have a feeling I should
be put off by Tess' remark there but I thought it was funny!
Admittedly, sometimes we are pitiful.
Wow... I really wasn't looking forward to this episode just
cause I couldn't remember feeling
particularly fond of it. But it has some really interesting
lines that fit in freakishly well with the current Dyeland
situation. I about fell over when Monica said: "Sometimes
people hurt each other and they don't mean to. But all it
takes is putting your pride away long enough to talk about
it." Andrew and Monica desperately need to talk. But,
aside from the Dyeland plot element of Monica's and Andrew's
fractured friendship, it really is a great quote. Because
sometimes putting that pride away is so, so hard.
I was really struck when Tess told the affianced couple that
eloping to avoid decisions was wrong. Cause sometimes I
think I might want to elope. But now I recognize that I
would only be doing it to avoid decisions and taking a
stance. And if you can't start your marriage by being able
to make decisions and defend a stance... that's probly not
good. So thanks, Tess! :-)
I like that Ziggy's reaction to Monica's revelation was combative
yet not evil. I don't know. Something about her not
immediately going to "An angel! Praise God! I have
been so wrong!" seemed so real.
Again, it was just surreal watching this. Monica's lines
just paralleled the current JABB story so well. When she was
talking about how we need to decide whether to stay or walk away
or talk or be silent when things get rocky with love... that's
exactly the decision I'm forcing Monica to make in the story.
"Love is the greatest gift that God can give two people but if you
don't accept it, if you let pride get in the way of the words 'I
love you' then love has no place to go but away." That's
another quote from Monica that grabbed me.
"He will always give you a second chance to love." Yep,
love that when Ziggy asks the angels if they can just make Darrell
come back, Andrew responds that
"that wouldn't really be love." Very true. And also...
it's exactly what I need from Monica concerning him. I
needed a scene where she went after Andrew when he was
upset. Not a revelation a la "Til Death Do Us Part."
Just Monica *choosing* to go after Andrew because she
loved her friend. Incidentally, this is also a theme in an
upcoming JABB story in which I'm making it *very* clear that the
Dyelanders choose to support Andrew and are not sent by God's
command or just brought in by chance. Real love requires a
For some reason I thought Darrell was without a doubt
terminal. So I was glad to watch this and find that wasn't
really the case and that he had hope of a recovery.
Finally, this episode amuses me cause it reminds me of when I was
lil. When storms would scare me, I was told that the thunder
was just angels bowling. I can't remember what lightning
was... maybe angels playing flashlight tag?
What I didn't love about
I'm slightly bothered by the fact that the angels
apparently have no regard for HIPAA. Even though Darrell's
letter was on the ground, I don't think that made it right to show
it around. That's private information.
How sad is it when we find out Darrell's friends didn't even
really know him?! In some ways, I think that was kinda
When Monica followed a crying Ziggy, I thought it was
impressive. I mean she was supposed to be off for the night
but she chose to help Ziggy. But then it just started making
me mad. Monica chose to help Ziggy. But she chose to
bail on Andrew in "The Journalist." And I just can't
reconcile these two Monicas.
I know this is just all me but... as much as I love some of
Monica's lines to Ziggy, I sometimes had a hard time not finding
them hypocritical. I just really wish I still believed
Monica was a good friend to Andrew. But I don't. I
just don't think she seems to see her friendship with him as "a
valuable gift." I don't think she voices her fondness for
him very often. I do think she walks away sometimes when she
Finally, I really wish they wouldn't have reused this title for
another episode... Why!?
I wonder why Andrew paid for the bowling and not
Tess? No big deal, just curious since she seemed to be in
When Monica was talking to Ziggy about saying "I love you," I came
back to the old question: Did Monica and Andrew ever say they
loved each other? In my "Cry and You Cry Alone" review, I
pondered whether Monica ever said it to him as she did to
Tess. But... I need to be fair. I'm not sure he ever
said it to her or Tess. And I'm not sure if Tess ever said
it to him. And that's really a shame if they didn't all say
it to each other at some point. I keep hoping one day I'll
be watching and find examples of each exchange. Cause if
God's messengers of love can't speak of love to each other... uh
don't bowl. Maybe this answer is obvious to someone who
does. Why would the machinery have a setting that would
allow for fixing a game? I mean what would be the legitimate
purpose for that? Is this at all realistic?
Parts that made me feel
The first couple minutes of this present an Andrew wardrobe
trifecta! Leather jacket, sweater, AND flannel shirt!
It must have been awfully cold! But he looked awesome.
And triple cuddly.
I love it when Andrew tries to teach Monica sports. He just
seems so big brotherly. I might actually care about a sport
had he taught me.
Andrew just seems so into bowling and happy! It reminds me
of when he fishes. He could care less about the
outcome. He just enjoys it.
Andrew apparently believes in the adage "Hell hath no fury like a
woman scorned." As a Dyeland writer, I wonder if he would
believe that even more strongly now. ;-) My comeback
would be "Hell hath no torture like an overly reticent AOD." Tis
Since this episode is largely about marriage... Here's what I
would like in a future spouse: someone who will approach someone
when they're down, even if they're a stranger. Someone who
can look as tender-hearted and compassionate as Andrew does when
he talks with Darrell. Someone who isn't afraid to be
physically affectionate when it matters... as when Andrew pats
Darrell's shoulder. So if I could find a human version of
Andrew... ya never know. But, seriously, he was very sweet
Did I mention how much I love the sweater? I do. And I
love that Andrew smiles so much in this. Happy Andrew makes
Music: There is gobs of
music played at Cherry Lanes but it's so quiet and tinny that I
couldn't make anything out. There's a female new
agey/alternative number at the start. I *may* have heard the
phrase "leading me on" during it. Also heard a country song
by a female. And another by a male. There's disco on
the radio show. Then maybe a 50s style love song at the
like me! Super slow and in the gutter!
Ziggy she's been "an angel for almost an eternity." Not sure
what that means
but thought I'd note it since I have been taking down any
references to the angels' ages.
If you liked bowling, I think Ziggy's idea of a wedding in a
bowling alley would be fun! Maybe just the reception,
though. I bet some guests would be thrilled since receptions
can be kinda boring.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-Aww. Right after Ziggy goes behind the alley to fix the
game, they cut a cute lil scene of Tess making a strike as Andrew,
sprawled on the bench, looks on with amusement. Tess then
pointedly asks him if he has any questions and he responds with
"No ma'am!" I love it when Andrew says that. So proper
and adorable. Although I'd likely cry if he said it to
me. I don't wanna be a ma'am yet! Anyhow, the Darling
One (I am now not using Andrew's proper name for the duration of
this section because I am loopy and haven't yet had all my morning
caffeine) informs Tess that in bowling what she did is called a
turkey. Tess tells him that she thinks the turkey is the one
who hasn't had three strikes in a row. The Swan Boat
laughs. She then asks where Miss Wings is. The Dear
Old Brick then points to the counter where Monica is still tending
it for the scheming Ziggy. That's when Monica picks up the
fallen trophy which is where THC starts the scene.
-Wow. This is NOT a good THC episode for Tess! After
she jokes around with Warren and Sweeney at the kitchen, she and
Warren have a heart to heart. Warren tells her that Renee is
ticked about his elopement idea and thinks he hates her
parents. Tess asks if this is true. He says no but
he's in love with her, not them. Tess asks if he loves
Renee, as opposed to merely being in love with her. Warren
asks what the difference is. Tess tells him "Love makes room
for everybody" (good quote) and that you marry because you're in
love but stay married because "you do love." Warren tells
Tess that he's a simple guy and doesn't get why everything has to
be so complicated. Tess encourages him saying that they'll
get through this if the couple just keeps talking. Warren
thanks her and leaves.
-After Tess finds the lung cancer letter, there's a scene of
Darrell making another strike as the crowd cheers. He says
he's quitting his job and tells his buddy that the game is God's
way of telling him to stop wasting his life as a mall security
guard. He declares that his "ship is coming in." And
then it goes to the angels violating HIPAA which THC keeps.
Further on down the road...
Well, I do believe this is the first one of these I've done
from a car. Here goes...
Does Andrew bowl much, I wonder? He seems to know a lot
about bowling alleys and apparently even has an idea of what a
bowling alley should be like these days. Huh.
Monica's always happy when she's working? Okay... I'm
not even gonna bother listing all the ways in which that's not
This episode is jumpy. Terrible camerawork. Oh wait...
that's the road. ;-) Really this is a bad way to watch
the show. Jumpy and sun glare. But I've got a super
busy week ahead so... I'd rather have jumpy, glarey TBAA
than no TBAA. Plus... I'd also really like to cram
"Beautiful Dreamer" in since it's Promotion Day. So if I
have any time to watch TBAA that doesn't involve a moving
vehicle... I'd rather watch BD when settled and this while in the
I always loved this sweater of Andrew's... I dunno why but
his striped sweaters made me happy. Still do.
"Friendship is a very valuable gift." Thanks again,
Monica. Now please write it down. Sorry, that was
Andrew's so cute with his "No, ma'am" and "Yes, ma'am" to Tess
when she's getting her turkey.
I can't even remember the last time I had a chili dog. I
miss eating stuff without analyzing it... Adulthood is blah
sometimes. But also good in a lot of ways.
Andrew quoting "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" still
amuses me. I think by now he may want to update that to
"Hell hath no fury like a Dyelander woman when I've been
And it smells like cattle... Yes, I'm driving through rural
Nebraska. Well, riding while someone else is driving.
Watching TBAA and driving does NOT mix.
I need a good cry. My soul needs a shower. Just been
too busy to cry. Ack. That's sad!
Actually, this is a good episode for me to watch. One of the
stories I'm writing on involves someone feeling betrayed by
someone they loved very much. But that person never, ever
intended to hurt them. The circumstances are way different
but Ziggy's anger is justifying the characterization I've got
Sigh... Someone burying their face in a loved one's coat or
shirt will never cease to be sad and moving.
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