"The Root of All Evil"
A review by Jenni:
I am being so bad tonight. I've actually been up since
around 3:30 this morning... don't ask, no good reason... so should
be going to bed seeing as it's nearing 9. Instead, I'm
sitting here with a big ol' mug of chai. I know it won't
help matters but it's just so soothing. And I may need that
for this episode. I've really been looking forward to it but
it can be emotional to see both John Dye and Charles Rocket.
Those two guys helped me through some tough phases and it woulda
been nice to say thank you. But I'll have to settle for
toasting them with this chai. I will for real tomorrow night
with some sparkling juice... I'm not a teetotaler. Just
don't care for champagne.
What I love about this episode:
Lemme just say walking into a
Catholic church and seeing two angels looking like Adam and Andrew
would be every Catholic school girl's dream. Sadly, this did
not happen for me. But I really do think I saw an angel's
silhouette once in the chapel of my old high school. He was
gone before I could get in there. And that's why I think he
was an angel. There was only one door and he woulda had to
walk by me had he used it... Anyhow, super studly opening
I always loved how naturally Mr. Rocket slipped back into
character even with years in between stints. Even some
movements are so exactly Season 1 Adam. Granted, that coulda
just been the way he moved in real life but still...
impressive. This is so not Celeste who basically had one
personality in her first episode and a totally different one in
her second. Adam was solid.
"I have faith in you! Have a little
faith in yourself!" Aww. That's nice that Tess said
that to Gloria. Woulda been nice to hear her say it to
certain other individuals at times. Ahem.
It's so weird to see Adam grab a gun... But I do like that
this episode really demonstrates that angels will do what they
gotta do to be there for their assignments. Like Andrew said
last week... sometimes that means getting dirty.
Ha. I love Adam's face when he first sees Gloria. That
about says it all.
Eeek. Also weird to see Andrew with that huge gun.
Somewhere Doc Hock is weeping. But, again, nice to see
they'll leave their comfort zones.
"It's good to have family around." Aww, Andrew.
"It's our differences that make us unique, right?" Boy's on
a roll. I love him...
I really like Fr. Madden and I like that the writers featured him
when they did. Some priests have done some very, very bad
things that they need to answer to God and humanity for. But
so many are wonderful, compassionate men and it's good to see them
"There is a reason you are here. I don't know what it is yet
but I do know that it's important that you stay until it all
becomes clear." Gloria's words to Fr. Madden are good ones
for us all to keep in mind. I think we all feel lacking in
purpose sometimes but, in time, God will lead us to where we need
While it freaks me out to see our AOD boys around drawn guns... I
did always like the balance of this scene. Two human
brothers, two angelic brothers. The camerawork is also
Fr. Madden praying that the AODs are there for him is really
touching. It's like what I said... wonderful, compassionate.
"We all make mistakes but that doesn't mean we're failures.
It means we have work to do." That's actually Fr.
Madden. As is "God is always with you. Don't ever
forget that. Be good to each other." Those are some
great last words to have.
What I didn't love
about this episode:
Augh. This may be one in
which Gloria is a bit too much for me.
I really don't feel there needed to be a clip segment about Monica
when she's not even in this episode. That being said... it
was nice to see John in mime and producer mode. He was soooo
attractive in "The Comeback." He was in every episode, of
course, but something about that one...
Okay, honestly, all the Monica name-dropping is driving me
crazy. Why would Fr. Madden care about some woman he's never
met?!? If I were him I'd probly be thinking Monica was a
cult leader and Gloria her flunky.
I always hated that "And what were ya gonna do with me?" line of
Andrew's because it invited way too many terrible
imaginings. A couple of which Andrew even helps us out
with. And it makes me want to throttle Pete. Of
course, that was gonna happen anyhow given Pete then points a gun
at *our* Andrew.
Fr. Madden's heart attack is really not easy to watch.
How much did Adam know about what
he was doing? Like did he realize Mike was a cop? Or
did he think he was helping a crook?
Why is Gloria so shocked that a
priest would be her assignment? A nun was an assignment
before. She should remember that.
I think I've brought this up before but I wonder what the
significance of Adam's ring was?
made me feel swoony:
Charles Rocket looked amazing with
long hair. And I love that we get to see a lil of Adam's
trademark sense of humor at the start here. Cause he's
pretty serious through most of the episode. But I love the
crack about daytime talk shows! Also, I believe this is the
only episode in which you see Adam not in a suit. Unless you
could the coveralls in "Snow" but even then I think he had a suit
underneath. I like casual Adam.
And Andrew looks so cuddly in that casual
sweater. And *his* awesome hair. And I love that he
assures Adam that he can do the assignment. I always got the
impression Adam was older and that Tess definitely was. But
Andrew could still reassure them both as needed.
Adam in flannel... Those AODs sure know how to wear plaid.
I've always loved that smile when Andrew introduces himself to his
assignment. Except how could that dude ever contemplate
hurting/killing someone that lovely?
As far as uniforms go, armored car driver ones are pretty
ugly. But... Andrew still looks totally handsome in
his. Could be that the bagginess reminds me of Doc's
fatigues. And I love how many close-ups there are in this
Eeek!!! I hadn't thought of this before but did Pete really
intend to kill Andrew? When they're going to the last stop,
Pete says something about Andrew survived his first day and how
there's only one more stop and then it's "the end of the
line." What did he mean by that?! I totally know
Andrew's immortal and Pete couldn't have killed him but... just
makes me wanna hug him and tell him that Pete is one messed up
dude and no one with any sense or love or goodness would ever,
ever wanna hurt let alone do worse to him. And Andrew just
looks... sad. Not angry or embittered. Just sad for
I love how strong and no-nonsense Andrew is when he confronts Pete
about his plans against him.
They both had beautiful, expressive eyes.
I really like Andrew's more casual going Home outfit in
this. He looks more cuddly that way than with the suit... I
would be afraid I'd wrinkle that.
And into the light they went... On Friday night that made me
cry. Now on Monday I just think it's beautiful and
Well, you can hear Monica sing "Danny Boy" and "The Lullaby of
Broadway" during the clip show.
Eeek. If six weeks since one's last confession is
problematic, I'm in huge trouble.
If I want to be a real pain, in JABB Jeopardy I could ask what the
number of Andrew's armored car was. ;-) 134. And
Fr. Madden's church is St. Theodore's.
It's interesting to me that Fr.
Madden instantly recognizes Andrew and Adam as AODs. I was
not taught to believe in them as a Catholic. Just angels and
archangels in general. It makes me wonder where the
teachings on AODs come from (Are they like limbo? Older
Catholics were taught about them but not younger ones?) or if it's
just an individualized belief. I do think Judaism and Islam
have AOD traditions.
- Kinda feel like THC cut down some of the flashbacks. But
as tired as I was on Friday, this could probly do with a recheck.
Further on down the road...
So, as I write this, I'm laid up with achy everything after a
day of undecorating and decorating. If you visited me right
now, you'd find a house with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and
Christmas decorations all up. I decided to take the former
down and put up Thanksgiving but that involved emptying out a
Christmas box and one thing led to another and... basically I
started everything and finished nothing. And I lost count of
how many times I went up and down the steps from the basement,
hauling crates and boxes. So, in short, I'm so ready to just
Weird photo of Gloria to use on the episode list screen of the
DVD. She looks like she's looking at... nothing.
Given these angels aren't completely faultless, you'd think they'd
have a compulsion for confession, too. Actually, Monica
definitely has at times.
So I wonder if Adam really started me on my snarkiness path and
Jon Stewart merely picked up the baton... Hmm... It's
a special sort of cynicism born of idealism, I think. Don't
knock it, Tess.
I am really glad we got to see Adam in dress down mode this
once. I can't imagine he actually wears a suit all the
time. And the ponytail!
Pete would definitely be on JenniAnn's hit list. And by hit
list, I mean people she would like to hit. Just one good
slap across the face for even contemplating killing lovely Andrew!
So weird to have an episode with both Andrew and Adam packing
heat. Also, is that just a really big city thing? I've
seen armored cars unloading before and there definitely wasn't an
obviously armed guy standing nearby. Maybe they hide...
Yep. Monica has waaay too much screen time for an episode
that Roma Downey didn't even act in. I love the Andrew and
Adam aspect of this episode but it does kinda drive home the point
that TBAA was "The Monica Show" at times, sometimes to a
ridiculous degree. Just weird that she gets her own
segment. Although I think "Barroom" is the poster child
episode. Sure, disregard the existing timeline just so
Monica can be the star of the episode!
Glad Andrew thinks it's good to have
family around... He's surrounded these days! The
closer I get to the disappointing finale, the more I want to think
of Dyeland as a sequel series...
Shoot... I meant to pay more attention cause I'm not clear
on whether or not Adam knew from the beginning that Mike was on
the up and up. But I got distracted by the doubled AOD
I'm depressed by the idea that no one kisses in Heaven. I'm
not talking about making out. By simply kissing should be
there, I would think. I don't think that occurred to me when
I last watched "Manhunt" and Gloria was so clueless.
Kinda weird this episode comes up now. I'd just been
mentally revisiting the priests I've known. Hope they're all
well and feeling valued!
Ah, no. Seems Adam didn't know what Mike's deal was.
I do still really love the symmetry of the two pairs of
I still wonder how Fr. Madden knew Andrew and Adam were
AODs. Near as I can tell, the Catholic Church doesn't
necessarily see that as a set role. It's certainly not a
teaching that comes up. In seventeen years of Catholic
education, AODs never came up except as a mistranslation of the
avenging angel in Exodus.
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