"Seek and Ye
A review by Jenni:
I'm taping the Emmys in the other room so watching this episode on my
computer. Thus, this is the first time I'm writing one of these
as I'm watching. We'll see how it goes!
What I love about this
This episode gives me a new appreciation for Tess. It must be
really difficult to know something is going to befall one of her angel
babies but not be able to forewarn them. But now I'm trying to
think if she ever knew about something that was going to happen to
Andrew before it did. I don't think so. I wonder how that
I really love Effie. She's so selfless and hope-filled.
She's a wonderful depiction of what a faithful person should be
like. I've had experience with people who put the trappings of
their faith (attendance at services, trips to the Holy Land) above
their faith and good works. Effie proves herself to be exactly
the opposite. She puts showing forgiveness and compassion above
her beloved trip to the Holy Land. I'm so glad she's rewarded
with what she wanted more than anything.
I really enjoy the claustrophobic seeming episodes where most of the
action happens in one small locale. This one isn't quite as
effective for me as "The Empty Chair" but pretty good. "Last
Call" is another example. I like them cause they really bring out
the personalities of the characters. I'm thinking it's no
coincidence that I'm taken in more often by characters in the
claustrophobic episodes than the normal ones. There are fewer
This episode is a good reminder to look for God in all things.
Monica in awe over the snowflakes and Effie telling her about all God
created are really sweet moments.
While I have a stance on the death penalty, one I've had for years, I
appreciate that TBAA straddled the fence here. Because I'm afraid
that had they come down hard either way it would have alienated
viewers. And I think it's more important people hear God loves
them than either have their views on the death penalty reinforced or
contradicted by the show.
I think it's cute how
Monica refers to Andrew as "that reporter fellow"
in her prayer. Plus, I just like that as a stranger Andrew had
such an impact on her. If only she paid such rapt attention to
him at other times...
What I didn't love about this
Jim is soooo slimy. Selling Bibles for way more than he should
be. Stealing money then trying to claim the reward for it.
Attempting to steal back a Bible. All while praising God.
Yuck. But he does set up a couple smoldering Andrew
I truly admire TBAA for the times it tackled the death penalty.
That's no easy issue. However, I think it would have been really
challenging to have done so without making the murderer
sympathetic. Here the guy was on drugs *and* forgiven by his
victim. In "Famous Last Words" he'd been beaten and his victim
was an abusive person. In "Sins of the Father" I don't remember
there being a tragic back-story so maybe I should rewatch that.
Cause the truth is not everyone on death row is remorseful and some
were perfectly aware of the pain they were causing in perpetrating
their crimes. I just wonder how TBAA woulda handled cases like
that. But, as I said above, this is an issue they needed to tread
lightly with so maybe I should be content to leave well enough alone.
Is this a realistic depiction of amnesia at all? I'm sure it can
strike in very many ways but just curious if this is one.
Parts that made me feel
When Andrew walks in... He looks so mysterious and lovely and
handsome and then so confused... And I love that Monica requests
an angel and then ding! he's there. I love that hat...
Gah, his voice is just so tender and kinda stutter-y when he realizes
Monica's plight. He's adorable. Oh... and the way he holds
And when he defends Monica... I might risk jail to hear Andrew
defend me. I need help.
And when he stops Brother Jim from taking Effie's reward money... if I
used the word "hot" then this would be a good time to use it. But
since I don't I'll use... Well, he's righteously indignant but
that's not all... Okay, I'll just use smoldering again.
He's smoldering. It's just too bad Paris Hilton ruined "hot" for
"I believe you." Something about the way he says it.
Actually everything he says to Monica in that scene is wonderful and
when he almost says her name... He's so passionate when he talks
about God. And oh... he stroked her cheek. I wanna be
Then Andrew disappears for the remaining 20 minutes but, boy, his
scenes are still worth watching this episode for. Swoon...
Amnesia has got to be TV writers' most favorite medical
condition. It seems like every show has to use it at one point or
another! It's a bit over-used but, heck, I've used it on JABB so
I'm just as guilty!
Someone on TBAA must really like Elvis. Between Amy Ann in "Into
the Light" and Sueellen here there's some serious Elvis
Paul's recollection of his victim's last words reminds me of cards we
were given in one of my classes in high school. I can't remember
what they called them but basically they were like organ donation cards
but you signed them to say that in the event you were murdered you
didn't want the perpetrator to face the death penalty. They had
absolutely no legal worth. Looking back I can't decide if that
was appropriate or just kinda morbid...
And here's Andrew looking smoldering:
to go to bed before I swoon right off this chair and hit *my*
head. I wonder if he'd come underline passages in my Bible if I
did... Right, I need to go to bed... like fifteen minutes ago.
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