A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I love the
house in this, especially the porch and the attic.
I like that this episode demonstrates how differently some people
grieve. Clarice was sad. But Megan wanted to have a
celebration. Both are legitimate, I think, and acceptable
honor those we lost. And get ourselves through the rest of
the Water" is an awesome song. After watching this I got
the Alvin Ailey version off of iTunes. Anyhow, it sounded
and stirring in this episode... until Monica joined in. I
feel sorry for her there, though.
I watched two episode today and both have emotional scenes with
dishes. When Clarice begin to cry over the crystal bowl...
got to me. It just made me think about how, after a loss,
so much left to remind us of a person. It also made me glad
have a crystal bowl.
Clarice's reluctance to read Dottie's last letter also got to
It must be so painful to have something like that and know that,
that, you won't hear from your friend ever again until it's your
time to go Home.
like that Tess calls Clarice "sweet baby" when the latter breaks
down. Even though the two women look around the same age,
nice reminder of how ancient Tess truly is and how we're all
comparison. I don't mind that feeling. Rather like it,
As bad as they may be, I get a kick outta Monica's goofy poems.
Ya gotta feel for Clarice. She must have felt like her world
crumbling. She lost her friend, she knew she'd lose Megan,
she was worried for her son. I think Ms. Angelou's finest
in this episode (other than, obviously, poetry readings) is when
explodes about this very thing. It seems so real.
I'm proud of TBAA for having Sam tell his mother that he could
Megan and have "safe sex, no sex." They bring up sex so
that I guess I'm impressed whenever they do and handle it fairly
Tess' revelation to Clarice is a really lovely one. First, I
the idea that Tess had been with Clarice at moments through out
life. Kinda like a guardian angel lite. And I love
line during that scene: "Maybe you don't want to give them your
blessing but He does." Just makes ya think about how many
relationships God might bless that some people judge.
Another cool line from Tess: "There's nothing more dangerous than
loving unless it's not loving."
I very much appreciate that Monica assures Megan that "God hasn't
this to you." Cause I think a few too many people think
is a punishment. A little later Monica tells Megan "He will
this road with you and He will be there for you when you reach the
of it." I love that.
The reading of Maya Angelou's poem as Sam finds Megan in the
really poignant. It's such a beautiful poem.
What I didn't love about
I actually feel really bad for Monica when Tess lambastes her over
poem during the seminar and then Clarice pretty much kicks her
out. I know it was meant to be funny and maybe it would have
with just the three of them in a room. But with the other
there it just seemed mean. It would have made me reluctant
speak up afterwards had I been there.
This episode brings up one of my favorite topics of late: to what
extent is sacrifice acceptable in matters of love? And when
relent and allow someone to make a sacrifice for them even if it
Tess tells Sam that "Monica
lights up like a Christmas
tree" during her
revelations whereas Tess described her own as not terribly
exciting. So does that mean angels determine their own "glow
Parts that made me feel
It's not fair that people bag on Andrew for not being super good
fixing cars when Monica gets to do it just with angel magic!
When Monica is sent off with Sam and Megan and she concludes "I've
heard three's a crowd," I was kinda like "Huh..." Maybe she
really believes that and that's why she sometimes gives Andrew the
Whenever I watch this episode, I'm reminded of a controversy that
erupted at my high school when Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird
was required in Lit class. Some parents refused to let their
daughters read it (all girls school). The school stuck to
guns and if you didn't read the book, down went your grade.
pretty proud of my school for that. Censorship is not cool,
especially by high school. Also proud of my parents who were
completely unfazed by what the head censor-happy parent said in a
letter he wrote to all the other parents.
it's awesome that Dottie stole a frog to keep it from getting
dissected. As a former frog mom (RIP Flick), I applaud
I hope when I'm older I have a lifelong friend like Clarice and
I admire anyone who can read their own poetry aloud. I'd be
nervous and probly couldn't do it.
I think Monica's head scarf looks really nice. I wish I knew
to do that with my hair.
A Word from Travis:
This is such a landmark episode for me as I wasnít both Ms.
Maya Angelou and Ms. Natalie Cole also acted. This episode was
phenomenal as all the actors. Ms. Martha Williamson revealed in
the commentary for this episode, Ms. Cole had just recently found
out that one of her friends had AIDS. I enjoy the scenery as well
as the storyline; all the actors, from the big names (Maya
Angelou, Natalie Cole) to the lesser known actors, all connected
to make this episode one of my favorites. I donít like Tessí
attitude towards Monica when she stood up and read her poetry.
Your assertions about Tessí negative attitude is spot on. Tessí
behavior in that scene was very rude and condescending and I wish
that scene with was written differently. Tessí attitude wasnít at
all funny if that was what the writers were hoping the audience to
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