review by Jenni:
I seriously considered skipping this week as "The Christmas Watch"
seemed like a good way to end my pre-Christmas TBAA viewing.
However... John narrating this episode made it awfully hard to
wait. So here I am, as usual, with my chai. And even
though this is not a Christmas episode, I'll be enjoying leftover
Christmas cookies from the office. Yay.
What I love about this episode:
I'd watch way more film noir if John narrated.
In all seriousness, I do like the way they adopted something of
the look and style of that genre. Fun to do something
different for a change.
"A man wants to see a last ray of sunshine before dark." I
love how Andrew says that. Ditto for women.
I can relate to Delphina in that I go through phases in which the
only thing I crave is pie and the like. Normally I eat
pretty healthy, though. I think it's when I don't really
feel like eating at all. But the pastry group is so good
I'll push myself to eat them. Maybe her diet pills were
suppressing her appetite to the point where she only craved what
she really, really loved. Or she just had a sweet
tooth. No idea why I'm psychologizing this! In any
case, I'm glad Tess gets her to eat real food. And I'm glad
that later, Maury makes it clear she does NOT need to lose weight.
I love Tess' reaction when Delphina recalls her father's
abuse. Love her assurance that she would never hit her but
still with putting the kibosh on the pie AND totally knowing that
she stole the money. Ha.
Delphina is making me miss the early millennium fashions...
The hippie vibe is still out there but it's not as strong as it
was then. Anyhow, great costumes in this episode.
Gotta hand it to em... In telling Delphina her dad had died,
Maury does one of the lowest things I've ever seen a protagonist
do on TBAA. It's proof the show didn't take the easy way out
lotsa times. God loves everyone, so should we... even the
people who do awful, awful stuff like this. Although probly
the best example of that theme on TBAA is Carl in "Full Moon" who
I still can't manage compassion for but know I should. And
Carl wasn't the protagonist, either.
"You can't hide anything from the One who knows you the best, the
One who created you. God was with you on those nights when
you couldn't stop crying. And He was with you on those
mornings when you couldn't face yourself in the mirror. He
forgave you when you couldn't forgive yourself. He loves you
and He forgives you now." Awesome quote from Monica that we
should all take to heart.
"You tried to work out your own plan rather than letting God work
His plan through you. And God's plan is always better!
You're standing in the valley, looking for the way, and God is sitting
above the mountain and He sees the best and the only way
up." Another from the same scene between Monica and
Maury. It's sometimes really hard to see God's hand in what
happens in this world. But I do believe that some day this
will all make sense. We just may not see it til we're above
the mountain, too.
Yep, started crying when Maury broke down about not being able to
let Delphinia go. I really can't relate to that relationship
at all. But I do know how hard it is to let loved ones
"God Himself is light. He's the light of all the world and
He's inside of you. He wants you to know you will never have
to work alone again." Monica gets a lotta good quotes in
I love it when Maury tells Delphina "God loves you, kid, and so do
I." Then when he calls her Violet...
I really like this exchange cause Andrew hits on one of the most
difficult... but most true... aspects of prayer. It goes
back to the "sometimes the answer is no" quote from an earlier
Maury: You don't ask, you don't get.
Andrew: And sometimes you do ask and you don't get.
"The most ordinary day for some people is the most extraordinary
day for others. Broken hearts are healed, broken dreams
restored, broken families reunited, and ya never know when your
miracle may arrive on the wings of a dove." Lovely closing
voiceover from Andrew.
What I didn't love about this episode:
The whole idea that Maury uses Delphina to entrap men
is rather creepy.
So I wonder why it's okay for Andrew to basically lie by omission
here? He obviously put on the bogus gas company
jacket. He didn't try to set things straight when Maury made
story up. So is lying okay if it's an established part of
the job they have taken on? Must be.
In the coffee house there's a sign reading "TWO FOLDED SPECIAL
2.99." What is that? Never heard of a "two folded."
Parts that made me feel
I loved that voice... Still do. I just
always hoped one day I'd get to hear it in person. But I
know I will. And when that time comes, I'll know that "good
byes" are a thing of the past.
Given his opening monologue... should we be worried that Andrew
drinks his coffee black? Regardless, I love that Andrew...
as innocent and as good as he was and as optimistic and hopeful as
he could be... understood the darker aspects of life. He
understood regret and disappointment and how a person could become
jaded. That had to have contributed to why he was such an
I hope John realized how great he looked...
"People don't always like to do what's good for them.
Sometimes it takes an angel to make those brussel sprouts more
appealing." For whatever reason, I just love how he said
that. Maybe just cause, in a roundabout way, Andrew got me
on the right path with eating well. When things were sketchy
in a pre-anorexia kinda way, I'd think about how sad I'd probly
make some lovely AOD like him if I really let that ugly voice take
over. One of the reasons I'll always love John, by the way.
"Sometimes even an angel has to get dirty." Let's all just
pause for a moment to consider that Andrew's idea of "getting
dirty" involves grabbing the wrist of a violent drug dealer.
We need more Andrews... Now let's all pause to consider if
there's something wrong with me because I especially like Andrew
in that mode... And OMG he *carried* Maury. I heart
him forever... Later he appears to carry Delphina,
too. Not so great for her under the circumstances but woulda
been nice otherwise!
I really loved how cuddly he looked in sweaters and layered
clothing so... I'm basically completely mad over him right now.
I love it when Andrew's perched on the couch, watching over
Delphina. He just looks so protective.
He's so cute when he declines to remove the boot from Maury's
car. :-) Course, he's so cute, period.
This episode first aired on January 11th, 2003. Eight years
later to the day, I would find out that John had died.
Andrew was right. Ya never know when your miracle may
arrive. But I know John was one.
There was some bluesy song playing in the diner at the start but I
didn't catch any of it as I was distracted... Give ya one
guess on who was doing the distracting.
Yikes. Maury trying to get into Jim's house using the
pretense of being with the gas company totally made me realize
that last week I let a gas company guy in without asking for an
ID. However... he was driving a company van and I had set up
the appointment so... Still... Bad of me.
I'd totally forgotten that Gloria was AWOL in this episode.
Probly says something that it took me a while to even
notice. Sorry, Gloria...
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- I really didn't pick up on anything but that seems
surprising... However, this episode did seem to have about a
minute more to it than the usual THC versions so maybe for
whatever reason they just didn't take to editing this one as much
Further on down the road...
I'm back on my old puter. It was just too much of a
chore to cap on the new one. So I guess I better hope I'm
done capping by the time this puter totally dies. Now just
to hope I can find a workable mouse for it... I don't to
remove the one from my current puter. It's a pain.
I can't believe it was July when I last watched TBAA!
Still have no idea if I like brussel sprouts.
Sorry, Andrew, but I don't consider defense of others to be
"getting dirty." You're Andrew... not Doc Hock.
;-) Still, it is one of those traps I see pop up.
Unless someone is a stringent pacifist, nonlethal use of force
when defending self or others shouldn't cause moral qualms.
Sometimes not even lethal force, IMO. But only if there's no
::has eaten pie for breakfast::
And now I'm hungry. Took a snack break and also found a
Yikes. I forgot about Maury's big lie. That's pretty
I'm kinda surprised Andrew went for taking Delphina to Maury's
apartment to come down off her trip. But I spose Andrew
probably knows more about that than I do. Just seems like a
Starting to remember why I bought a new puter... I can't use
the Internet when a video is playing without it freezing up.
Monica's tone makes it seem like she's surprised Maury didn't
realize Andrew was an angel. Nothing Andrew did really
screamed "angel" from Maury's POV. Weird. Maybe it was
meant to be more insistent than surprised.
So the mouse died but then I found another mouse that worked
better. Nonetheless, this all contributed to a rather
distracted viewing experience. Better luck next time!
Also, while I was capping, I noticed Maury take coffee grounds
outta a plant and use them. Gross! I never got that
As for the capping, I think going back to my old puter for that
will be best. It just took some adjusting but I think
that'll be much easier than putting up with a subpar program on my
new puter. Just a shame how many upgraded programs actually
aren't as useful as their older versions.
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