"The Princeless Bride"
A review by Jenni:
I've felt neurotic all day so am super psyched to now be able to
calm down with my Banana's Foster coffee and my banana cake and...
John Dye and NPH on screen together!!! What more could a
girl with a crush on the former and child of the 80s and 90s who
fondly remembers Doogie possibly ask for? It's going to be
legen... wait for it... dary!
What I love about this
I like that Monica says *most* single
women carry around a vision of their perfect wedding.
Because not all do. Some women do truly want to be single
and could care less about weddings.
Gah... I love NPH but I want them to pan to the front seat so
badly... Front seat!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!! Green
sweater and leather jacket!
I really love Tess saying "Superstitions don't ruin weddings,
people do." TBAA would sometimes irk me by being totally
down on luck and superstition which I value as cultural
artifacts. Do I think horseshoes will bring luck?
No. But it's harmless tradition so if someone gave me one, I
probly would sew it into my dress. It's only when *people*
go completely off-the-wall over them that things get bad. So
yay Tess for speaking the truth.
That's adorable how Jonas can tell through the phone that Liz is
biting her lip. That's love.
Andrew may "ouch" it but no one does sarcasm like NPH! I'm
sensing shades of Barney Stinson.
I love how Tess treats Stuart. Actually, the entire
portrayal of the homeless is very sensitive and well done.
When they pan over the basement and you see people of all ages and
races... you realize that anyone could find themselves without a
home. That old couple particularly devastates me.
cluelessness sometimes grates on me, I like her rundown of sordid
wedding history. Cause I can actually see someone spouting
off about that at a wedding. I find myself thinking it
"Love isn't blind, Jonas. Real love sees everything and
loves anyway." Beautiful quote from our beautiful Andrew.
While I may not care for Liz, I love her idea of a bachelorette
party. If I do get married, I just wanna get together with
the girls and watch old movies. And if any of you JABBers
happen to be with me that night... there's something we gotta do.
Stuart's huge smile as he helps the family into the shelter of the
hotel is very touching.
Tess with a facial... priceless. Really I just think it's
very sweet that the angel ladies gave Liz her sleepover. The
scene also helps give Liz a history and a heart. I love how
they weave in why she loves those lil drink umbrellas.
I don't know why but I really like those aerial shots of Andrew
crouching by Jonas. It's not an angle they used really often
on TBAA. "Redeeming Love" is the only other example I can
"God doesn't want you to feel celebrated and loved for just one
day of your life, He wants you to feel that every day because He
loves you so much. And you already are a princess.
You're a child of the King, you just didn't know it." I
really like that quote from Monica to Liz.
"Things are never perfect in a marriage. There'll always be
snowstorms or missed plane flights or something else to change
your plans and dreams but that's when you have a choice: to turn
on each other or turn to each other and together ask God for His
guidance." Not married but from the marriages I've
witnessed... that quote from Monica rings true. And it got
me thinking that maybe a good test of whether or not I was meant
to be with someone is if it feels right and real to pray with
him. Not sure the test will prove applicable but I'll try to
remember it just in case.
"It's never too late to stand before the throne of God and seek
His mercy and ask Him to do something powerful in your
life." Still Monica from the same scene.
"There are many ways to demonstrate love, a wedding is just one of
them." Amen to that, Monica.
"Whenever two or more are gathered together in His name, He will
be there. And that is the greatest miracle of all."
The first part's from the Bible. But good to hear it spoken
I love how Andrew answers Jonas' query about how people stay
married: "That's what God wants to teach you both. One day
at a time. If you let Him." It would have been too pat
if he'd given finite advice. That response is perfect and
true about life in general.
As much as I love seeing Andrew light up, I really like that he
never has a full-blown revelation scene. To me, that's so
much more realistic. Jonas is left with good reason to
believe Andrew's an angel but just enough doubt to have to rely on
faith. And I think that's where most of us are.
Ha. Poor Andrew getting Aunt Meg thrown at him. Fun
This episode is sweetly rom-comy at the end and I like that.
It reminds me of "The Heart of the Matter" in that respect.
I've always thought that episode was sweet, too. This one's
a bit more profound, too, I think. And I can honestly say
I'm looking forward to rewatching the CBS cut this weekend which
is always a good thing.
What I didn't love about
I love Mr. Harris but... Andrew is not a crackpot! ;-)
Poor love got called an idiot three weeks ago and now this...
Even after that... I don't like seeing Jonas getting threatened
I'm wondering what the history is on why Aunt Meg wasn't
invited? Just cause she's uber-annoying or did she actually
do something at some point?
Parts that made me feel swoony:
I got so excited I forgot to switch
over to this section so again... green sweater and leather
jacket!!! His lovely fretfulness...
And Andrew to the rescue with the suit!!! Lucky Jonas gets
to have a drink with him...
Is he drinking ginger ale with Jonas? It looks like
it. Aww. Yay for continuity!
Okay... it's kinda sad hearing John talk about weddings and
thinking about em. But he smiles so beautifully that it's
hard to feel down.
Gah... He's just so cute sitting at that bar and looking back over
his shoulder as Jonas departs.
Aww... I love it when Jonas says "God help me!" and the camera
pans to Andrew and another of his delightful over the shoulder
I bet John loved this episode with the focus on feeding and
sheltering the homeless.
"Taking people where they gotta go is my job." I love the
double meaning of Andrew saying that to Jonah. He looks so
pensive in this scene...
I love how, with just a slight eye brow raise, Andrew gets Jonas
to reveal that he was angry with Liz when he went back to make
that sale. And gotta admit that hearing him defend Liz for
her hyper-organization is awfully appealing to the person with a
ROYGBIV closet and a penchant for labeling everything...
I really, really do think John just got better looking as he
aged. I just keep thinking "Wow..."
I love how Andrew's face lights up when Stuart approaches and
tells him Tess sent him.
I love how he sets his hand on Stuart's back... He has no
qualms about reaching out to the homeless literally.
Aww! Andrew had the lil umbrellas!!!
Music: They are really fond
of "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"! It's in several episodes and
you hear it when Liz enters the lobby and sees Stuart, the
homeless fellow. Lainie Kazan sings "The Anniversary Song"... sorta. There's some big band music during the wedding
Dearly beloved JABBers: If I ever find myself headed down the
aisle and I get to acting like Liz, please come by and slug
me. Thank you!
Kinda surprised this episode isn't credited to Martha Williamson
as the writer. It just seems a lot like something she'd
write given her book about inviting God to one's wedding.
Maybe if I never get married I should just have a "wedding" like
in this episode...
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- Okay, I think I know why I've
not been noticing cuts. At this point they're cutting in the
middle of scenes and only tiny bits. So... in the original
version, after Gloria says she's read 47 books on weddings she
goes on to challenge Tess and Monica to ask her anything about
"etiquette, customs and traditions, popular musical selections,
the great debate over floor length versus tea length before
6:00." Then Tess asks Gloria if she knows who Liz is which
THC keeps. I only noticed cause, well, all those topics
interest me. ;-) But I can see how with previous
episodes I may have missed lil cuts like that. Will need to
-Another lil cut: After Aunt Meg introduces herself, Monica says
hello and then Aunt Meg reads their name tags and declares "Monica
and Gloria! Well, aren't those nice names for hotel
workers!" All right then... Gloria seems proud, Monica
and Liz a bit put-off. I wonder what jobs those aren't nice
names for? ;-)
-And another. The scene of the
rehearsal ends with Monica suggesting they go to the music and
Aunt Meg making the crack about the soloist being at
LaGuardia. But it then goes on with Aunt Meg asking if
anyone there can sing. Monica and Gloria shake their heads
and then Aunt Meg strikes up with a horrid version of "The
Anniversary Song." Eeek. Then it cuts to the short
scene of Andrew and Jonas in the cab when the latter is lamenting
taking that last meeting. THC has that. It doesn't
have the show then going back to Aunt Meg still singing as the two
angels and Liz and hotel staff look wary. Liz thanks her
when she finally finishes. Then her phone rings and it's
Jonas. THC resumed the scene there.
-In the CBS version, when Jonas is walking in the snow after
leaving Andrew's cab, there's a shot of Liz in her hotel room just
staring into space. I don't think it's in the THC version
though his phone call to her right before the mugging is.
-I also think they cut a bit of Liz serving the homeless. In
one shot in the CBS version, she's pouring cider at a table and
tells a lil girl to save her appetite, there's much more to
come. Maybe not a bad cut. It does seem a lil off to
tell a homeless person to save their appetite...
Further on down the road...
I guess I forgot to make my wedding blueprint... I mean
I had ideas here and there (crazy daisies bouquet!) but never
actually planned my wedding. Honestly, weddings tax
me. The ceremony is nice. But then to tag on the
reception right after as most do... draining.
Another person sucking their finger after wounding
themselves! I have never seen an actual person not on a
screen do this.
Barney is supposed to be marring Robin! Not this
Andrew to the rescue! Keeper of the tux.
I love what Andrew says about how real love sees everything and
loves anyway. Sigh...
Maybe that's why I never planned out my wedding... Liz had
this huge, elegant template in her mind from when her father
worked at the hotel. I never saw that growing up except in
movies which I realized were fake. I had a much more
"keeping it real" attitude and why bother fantasizing about stuff
when one has no idea if it'll be remotely affordable?
I feel like TBAA woulda been a less gentle show if I'd been in
charge... Monica's revelation to Liz is lovely but I'd want
to throw in a bit of a "Stop being a selfish, snobbish, mean
little jerkface." She deserves to know she's a child of the
king and all but acting all high and mighty and cruel to others
needs to be called out. It's not just about ignoring
God. She needs to answer to other people, too.
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