A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
Okay, I have to say that this is Rafael at his most likable for
me. I truly thought he was very pleasant in this episode.
Kudos to both him and Andrew. I know guys who would be horrified
and even embittered about having to help with pageant
preparation. But they're both great sports from the start.
This may come as a shock but I actually thought Rafael's "bing!" when
he handed Tracy the crown was really cute and sweet. Not
swoon-inducing but nice.
line: "Would you mind moving your Aspen Snowflake?"
Awesome job, Tess!
I really love the piano piece they chose for Tracy to play.
Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1, I have to remember that.
Again, I have a pro-Rafael moment. It's great how he seems
excited by the prospect of babysitting Nick. That poor kid probly
already felt awkward about everything that was happening and might have
been embarrassed by the prospect of being handed off to a reluctant
babysitter. But Rafael seems so excited and the kid smiles and
it's great. Maybe they just shoulda had Rafael interact with
more... I might have a better feeling about the guy then.
For the record, I think Monica's dress during the revelation scene is
way prettier than any of the pageant dresses. Whatever other
disagreements we may have, I do like Monica's style. Most of the
time. Definitely here.
This line from Tess really jumped out at me: "What God wants is to work
wonderful things in your life." I think too often we lose sight
of all the beauty and joy and wonder God wants us to have. I'm
grateful for the reminder.
Another great moment from the revelation scene is when Monica assures
Tracy that God has known about Nick the whole time and loved her the
whole time anyway. It's beautiful to think about how God knows
every single issue, big and small, that we've ever had and still not
once stopped loving us.
All in all, nice episode. Not particularly relatable for me but I
enjoy it. And I think the screen time was really very well
balanced, especially with four angels.
What I didn't love about this
Tracy does irk me
towards the beginning of this episode. Her "You've never heard of
a college, period," remark to Don was really snippy. Especially
since he was being concerned and helpful. True, maybe all his
ideas weren't the best (stripping) but he did give her a long lunch
break and sure seems to have accommodated her training for the
pageant. And to top it off Tess bites his head off multiple
times. Poor Don. The scenes with him just seem kinda
The snotty pageant people are cringe-inducing when Tracy comes to
register. Yikes. A little more subtlety with those
portrayals woulda been nice, I guess, but I do realize they only had 45
minutes so... I'll cope. I don't wanna hand precious Andrew
screen time over to a kinder, gentler pageant runner lady! And
there are snooty people, unfortunately.
gotta wonder if Tracy was a little concerned by Tess' and Monica's
solemn tones when Andrew first appeared. It seemed so
foreboding! And like maybe he wasn't the type of person one would
want around. I always feel terrible for Andrew when Monica seems
not entirely pleased to see him. But generally an assignment
doesn't get to witness that ambivalence. It seemed a little odd.
It's always thrown me when TBAA makes it sound like whatever AOD is on
screen should know the story behind each and every death. Here
Andrew seems a little surprised that Tracy's parents dying in a boating
accident doesn't ring a bell. And it does turn out to be a
lie. But the implication seems to be that if they had truly died
that way, Andrew would have known. I'm not following. Cause
the case coulda just as easily gone to Adam, Henry, or the countless
other AODs we glimpsed in other episodes. The exchange kinda
gives the impression that if I randomly threw out a name of someone,
Andrew would be able to recall the facts regarding their death.
But he can't in all cases. There's no way.
I know this isn't a romantic comedy with a full fashion montage
but... I would have loved to
have seen Andrew and Rafael attempt to pick out evening wear.
What would they come up with, ya think? First, they're guys and
could make it difficult. Second, they have no inherent interest
in making a woman look alluring given they're angels. So I just
think it'd be amusing to have seen their attempts. Course, I
think they could both do far better than that horrid green and silver
number Monica came up with for a first attempt. Eeek.
waaaay too much into the smallest things but here's a question: why
does Andrew flinch and move away when Tracy drops the baton? He's
immortal so, assumedly, wouldn't need to be created with all the
self-preservation instincts we have. And, in fact, at times the
angels won't react in any way at being shot at or having a bat swung at
them. No flinching or blinking. But here Andrew does flinch
and move away. So... do the angels develop these pain-avoidance
behaviors as a means of blending in when among humans? Or would
it actually just develop as it does for us since they're in human form
and those instincts would be part of being human? Does that even
make sense? If the baton had hit Andrew would it have
hurt? Or would he just pretend it smarted a bit so it
didn't seem odd? I am so obsessive...
Parts that made me feel
I dig that scarf Andrew's wearing in his first scene. Well, I
spose it's more accurate to say I think he looks wonderful in that
scarf. Cozy. I'm sure if the scarf were simply draped over
a chair I would really not care about it. But on Andrew... lovely.
cute when Andrew, alone, laughs at Tracy's remark about
rotating tires being her talent. Actually, I think Andrew was the
most responsive at that table. If I were Tracy he'd totally be my
favorite sponsor (shocking, huh?). He's also the only one to say
good bye when Tracy leaves. Andrew's so attentive...
Sigh. And, by the way, that blowfish face he makes at the very
end of the scene is hysterical.
Andrew's bluish shirt with that black suit... kinda looks 70s-ish...
amazing. Love it.
And how adorable is it that Nick is so excited to see Andrew? And
the idea that Andrew has been checking in on the lil boy for a
year? Love that muchly. A sick child is very, very sad and
I wouldn't wish for Andrew to have more cases involving them. But
Nick's reaction to him must be soooo much more assuring and
joy-inducing than how scared, angry adults sometimes react to poor
Andrew. Sweet scene. And it ends with Andrew tousling
Nick's hair. He'd be a great dad... By adoption.
Strictly by adoption.
Andrew's the first to clap after Tracy's revelation. I love him
for that. Ya know, cause I totally hated him before that
moment. ;-) Okay, okay so I love him for a lot of things
but that's definitely one.
Andrew crosses his arms over his chest a lot. That doesn't really
make me swoony but I wanted to make note of it for use in future JABB
stories. And they can make me swoony so... it works.
Of course, my mind always seems to make episodes angstier than they
really are. I had to wonder if Andrew at all related to Tracy as
far as the whole "must be perfect" drive. Sometimes when Tracy
would talk about her mistakes, I kept flipping back to Andrew at the
end of "Beautiful
Dreamer." Poor love. The message I took from this episode
is there really are no perfect angels (little or otherwise). I
wish he got that memo...
This episode always amuses me and makes me nostalgic cause the actress
who plays Tracy played Sarah in Newsies.
And that movie was a huge part of my high school years! I crushed
Jack Kelly/Cowboy before I ever crushed on Andrew. ;-) But,
no worries. Jack can't hold a candle to Andrew with me these
Monica being a lil sad about not getting mail drew a completely weird
reaction outta me. I got huffy and thought "Well, if you spent
more time in Dyeland maybe you would get mail. Andrew gets
tons!" I'm tired... my mind is blurry.
I would never want everyone or every media product to agree with me in
spiritual matters. That would be really boring. But I do
feel that I need to offer a sorta counterpoint to Tess saying that
"People aren't supposed to pray to angels." I think it depends on
what you mean by prayer. I pray the "Angel of God" fairly often
and see no problem with that. So long as it's not a worshipful
prayer, I think it's fine. I don't really see any difference
between asking my guardian angel to be at my side than asking a loved
one to stay with me during a hard time.
It's really weird to realize that Tracy is supposed to be 4 years
younger than me in this. Eeek.
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