A review by Jenni:
I was pretty psyched to discover a station I now get, Gospel Music
Channel, plays Promised Land.
So I chose this episode not only cause it's next in line but in
preparation for watching that show. Also, I wanted to get the
sole remaining non-Andrew episode outta the way.
What I love about this
This is another example of an episode from over a decade ago still
seeming really relevant. Experiencing job loss? Financial
insecurity? Looking for meaning and not always finding
it? Those are still major factors today. I couldn't
help but wonder how PL would
be met by viewers if it aired today.
"Don't poop in your own cave." Gotta love Hattie. I'd never
heard that line before but she has a point!
I really like Dinah. I think she's one of the main reasons I
watched PL. She was a
teenager I could relate to. At least in the beginning. I
was always kinda studious and liked to analyze things other than
boys. And Josh reminds me a lot of my brother with his sarcastic
remarks and bleak humor (lamenting the loss of pancakes after the far
more devastating loss of the doctor). In some ways, the Greenes
reminded me a lot of my family which probly drew me to the show.
Hattie cracks me up although if
I knew her in real life I think I might
just get upset with her a lot! I couldn't believe it when she
cracks the line about Russell losing two jobs in one month right after
learning her friend has died!
I miss Ossie Davis. I always enjoyed seeing him whether as
Erasmus on PL or Erasmus or
Gabriel on TBAA. He
brought such warmth to both characters. I used to think he
shoulda played God at some point. Not on TBAA, just at some point.
This episode definitely has a way of putting life into
perspective. I may worry about money. I may have known
about my parents' money concerns when I was younger. But I never
worried that we'd run out of gas or have to buy expired goods for
food. So the Greenes definitely make me feel blessed and like I
shouldn't take all that I do for granted.
Fine acting from Gerald McRaney all the way around. Not only in
the prayer in the graveyard scene which I think is kinda iconic for PL but the look on his face when
Josh sees him as a grocery carry-out. It's a profound moment.
I like how during the prayer scene, Russell brings up different types
of prayer: Claire's beautiful, lyrical ones. Hattie's angry
ones. Then he launches into his own emotional, conversational
prayer. I love how TBAA demonstrated that God will listen to us
no matter how we choose to speak to Him. The fact that Russell
calls God "sir" is also touching.
"Believing in angels but seeing none, he borrowed their wings instead
and went out to meet his saving grace at the end of the road." I
just think that line from Claire's note to Russell is so beautiful.
"You take America with you wherever you go." Tess tells that to
Russell and I think it's so true but not just about America. I
think we take our past and our roots with us wherever we go, our
connection to them evolving as we grow.
How can you not be moved when the Spanish-speaking lady comes up to
Russell and tells him she has no money but gives him her
sandwich? Heart warming!
To be honest, the entire scene on the bus gives me goosebumps.
It's such a lovely display of the kindness of strangers and Tess is
pretty darn stirring.
"God is very aware of you." Such a simple line from Tess but so
important. More than anything, I think we just want to be noticed
and who better to notice us than God?
The Greene children arguing over car seats is easily the most relatable
aspect of this for me. Perfect. That was a huge part of my
childhood and *still* happens and my youngest sibling is nearly 20.
I didn't love about this
starts off really whiny and snotty in this. She's
humiliated by humans finishing her assignment? And Andrew's the
one with the problem with pride??? Not only that but why's she
seem so obsessed with us at other times to the point of kinda wanting
to be one of us by Season 7?
"Show the kinda people your mamas raised." That line from Tess on
the bus just makes me sad. Cause I can't help but think that in
some cases we absolutely do NOT want people to act as their parents
(it's definitely not just the domain of mamas) raised them.
Having worked with children a bit and knowing people who still do on a
day-to-day basis, I think it's so sad that some parents aren't teaching
their kids basic life and social skills and compassion.
left pondering still about the connotation of the United States versus
simply America. This episode seems to elevate
America over U.S. I have to say I'd vote the opposite. I
cause America isn't unique to the U.S. There's South America,
America, and North America of which the U.S. is only a part.
have a point since citizens of the U.S. are Americans not United
Statesers. So I dunno. What is the difference between the
U.S. and America? If someone says "Oh, they're from America" do
people in other countries automatically assume the person is from the
U.S. or maybe also Canada, Mexico, etc.?
Seriously, what is the deal with Erasmus' Aunt Georgia???
Parts that made me feel
I missed him very much in this episode... That's right. He
doesn't even need a name now. You know who I'm talking
And I just realized his absence in this episode apparently made me
think I wouldn't need screen shots. So now I gotta go do that so
I have photos for this.
miss my Monica-like hats. No one wears em much any more.
jar of peaches reminds me of the movie Holes which also features
jars of peaches that end up resolving a plot line. What's with
peaches??? They are yummy.
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