"Secrets and Lies"
A review by Jenni:
Well... it's finally come to this. I'm watching and
reviewing this one from my bed. I thought I had enough
discipline to keep TVs and puters outta the bedroom as the experts
suggest but, alas, I do not when it comes to TBAA! (Okay,
really it's John Dye. Cause I will be watching ToD and MSW
from bed, too.) In my defense, I was at my Grandma's 80th
birthday and, thus, am starting this after 11:30 PM.
What I love about this
I can't even imagine being a parent and getting such a
dire diagnosis for my child. The reaction shots in the
hospital room and earlier when Erica's parents notice the bruises
come off as very real to me.
Imagine being Robby... In the matter of a few minutes, you
meet your dad and find out you have a half-sister who is dying who
you may be able to save. I like that Robby turns out to be
the most mature person in that house. Come to think of it,
TBAA and PL often depicted young people who really knew what they
were about and did good things. Unlike some shows today...
I remember The Little
House! I wonder if I have it... I love when
TBAA brings up things from my childhood. Makes the show seem
even cuddlier and more comforting.
Robby really is a great person to not only show up at the hospital
but not expose Alan out of the blue when his wife has no clue
Monica did a good job acting a bit surprised over Robby's
"The truth can be painful but it doesn't cause nearly the damage a
lie does." Something to contemplate from Tess.
The scene between the two kids in Erica's hospital room is really
good. I love the dramatic irony of it with Robby referencing
his one sister.
"Everything follows you. Your joy and pain, your triumphs
and transgressions, your choices. When the past catches up
with you, angels follow, too." I really like that
quote from Monica to Alan.
"Listen to the still, small voice in your spirit." Same
scene. That's a lesson I'm trying to learn more and more.
"God didn't send me here to condemn you." That quote from
Monica sums up what I think was one of TBAA's finer points.
The angels weren't gonna let wrong go unspoken of. But they
didn't judge. And that made the show amazing.
I love that Monica stresses that Erica's illness is NOT punishment
for Alan's sin. Cause that theology needs to die.
"Isn't it time to hand this burden over to God? He will take
it from you if you will just ask Him for His healing, for his
mercy. And He will give you and those that you
love a peace greater than you have ever known." I forgot how
many great quotes were in this one. Though that one from
Monica seems to be about guilt in context, out of context it
really speaks to me regarding grief, too.
"You know, healing only begins once you've cleared away everything
that's diseased and damaged." There's our boy. And it
does sound like life.
Wow. Goosebumps when Erica tells her dad that Robby is not a
mistake but a miracle. I really do like these kids a lot
more than I like the grown-ups.
I love that each of the three main angels has a moment of
reckoning with the three parents.
Aww. And Alan got to tuck Robby in sorta.
What I didn't love about
Sigh... Ya know, I was actually getting to kinda like Gloria
as, at times, she seemed more considerate of Andrew than Monica
and Tess. But I think this is the first episode in which she
"Oh no's..." him when he appears. I know it's not personal
but how would you feel if your friends often said "Oh no!" when
they first glimpsed you?
Robby's mom bothers me. If my son just met his father and
found out he had a severely ill sibling, I wouldn't deny the
sibling relationship nor would I turn away from him. At least I
sure hope I wouldn't. If I did, I hope someone would be
around to knock me upside the head til my sense and compassion
This actor playing the father... I know he played the
dad on some TV show I used to watch. Now which one was
it??? Duh. I was thinking of the Home Alone movies.
I wonder if the requirements for bone marrow donation are the same
as with blood donation? Huh. In some ways it actually
seems not as strict. Info here.
Parts that made
me feel swoony:
Gloria's "Oh no..." aside, I'm glad Andrew's in this
opening shot. I think he looks very handsome in those first
moments. Something especially boyish about him.
Andrew! I was missing him then saw those blue scrubs and
felt happier. And I really do love his hair at this
stage. Love the bangs.
He's so lovely when he leans down to promise Erica he'll talk to
the doctor when she's so nauseated. If I had to be sick...
I'd want Andrew there to talk like that to me. And when he
strokes her hair and tells her she won't be dying on his
watch... Swoon. I always believed the most beautiful
man in the world probly lived in some remote jungle or on a tiny
island. Unknown. I like to think of God as having a
keen sense of irony. And that would be ironic. But in
moments like this, I'm convinced the most beautiful man was born
in Amory, MS. Such a lovely, gentle, caring smile and a
I am so conflicted on being so near the end of Season 8. I
*love* Andrew in Season 9. I mean I love
him in Seasons 2-8. But something about him in Season
9... So I'm so excited to reach Season 9 but I also hate
that I will. Cause then soon it'll be over. And I felt
sad about that last year. I didn't
want to see TBAA end again and have to say
good bye to Andrew again. But I at least held out hope of it
NOT being a good bye to John. But now we know there won't be
another movie or show or play. Well, not until we all go to
join him. So now I really don't wanna get to Season
9... But I know I'll enjoy it when I do. Cause I still
love that guy.
Music: I didn't notice any.
It would have been interesting to see TBAA tackle the issue of
people having a child to save another child. Those are some
complicated moral issues but I think they coulda handled them
sensitively and compassionately.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- Didn't notice any again! I really do think some of
these episodes were just shorter in the original form so made
THC's job easier.
Further on down the road...
Couldn't figure out why I was seeing captioning... I
forgot I'd turned them on cause I was watching a British series
and was struggling a bit with the accents. ;-) These
folks I can understand without help.
Would a kid really commit so far to a prank that they'd go face
first into a hard floor? Don't get why the dad didn't clue
in at that point...
I feel sad when Andrew is greeted with "Oh no..."
Is it really common for people to suck their own blood when they
accidentally cut themselves? I have never done that.
Grab a Kleenex!
I still can't stand Robby's mom's reaction. What the father
did was awful. But for her to deny her son his own choice
and just walk away... You're a mother. Your kid's
feelings after such a revelation deserve more care than a
heartbreak from well over a decade ago. Put on the big girl
Oh yay! Andrew's back at 17:00. Briefly... Sad.
Yay Robby. Also, imagine this... If Robby hadn't been
eavesdropping then he might not have even known Erica was sick
until news started spreading around school. Then what if,
after she was gone, Robby pieced together his parentage? And
what if he sought out Alan and then found Alan had visited the
house to ask for Robby's help? I would freak out if I were
Robby and be so angry at my mother. Also just the horror of
thinking what might have happened if Erica and Robby met at school
and hit it off. Geez.
Sigh... Sweet Andrew.
I do agree that a good lie is possible. This, however, isn't
an example of one.
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