A review by Jenni:
New experience for me. I'm watching and reviewing at my
kitchen table. I have a feeling I will eventually be doing
these from my bed. Or maybe outside. Yay laptop!
Also chai with apple cinnamon scone= heavenly.
And... I will try to refrain from listing off types of shrimp
whilst watching this. ;-)
What I love about this
These opening shots kinda make me want it to be
winter. That's an accomplishment.
Nice to know that I'm not the only one who employs a variation on
WW-D after someone has died.
It can be awfully hard to discover we don't have power over
death... I have a feeling watching this may be an
emotionally rocky ride. But a good one to take.
I really love how Monica assures Jasmine that her mom is with her
and she just needs to think of her. I also am moved by her
assurance that the mom's not cold. At times I've had the
same worry even though I knew it made absolutely no sense.
But I was cold. Just as Jasmine was lonely. It seems
to be a fairly common form of transference during grief... and
really hard to deal with.
There was just a story in our local news about a girl who nearly
died of meningitis because two hospitals insisted it was just some
minor virus. Watching this episode makes me wonder how often
things like that happen. It's a good reminder to be
proactive about one's health and family members' health.
Doctors don't always know everything.
Gotta hand it to Gloria. She's very good with Jasmine when
Monica and Tevis are taking Ashley to the hospital.
I just can't imagine what it would be like to return to my home
without my child... and then to have to tell his or her
sibling(s). That scene is so subdued yet so sad.
This is really reiterating for me that when the time comes, I
think I want to be cremated. I don't want anyone to ever
feel bad about leaving me behind.
I find myself liking Gloria in this episode. The way she
tears up as Tevis pounds on the carnival booth is very mature and
The scene in the cemetery is the only one I remembered at
all. And not very well. The sweatshirt and Ashley
singing are so sad.
"You can struggle and fight to control every storm, every wave, to
protect every detail in your world but you can't. If you try
your life will pass you by and all you'll have left is regret that
you lived your life in fear." A quote from Monica that I'd
do well to remember at times...
"There are so many mysteries about life and death that you cannot
understand. So many things that you cannot control.
There are many things that you can know and God wants you to know
that He loves you so much." Monica again.
"God is strong enough to bear your grief if you'll give it to
"They live today, right now, in His presence.... in joy, in peace,
and in no pain." Monica says it about Tevis' wife and child
but it's wonderful to think it's just as true for all our loved
Tevis resting his head against Monica's hands is beautiful.
This really is a superb episode. I truly like all the angels
I'm glad Joaquin re-enters the picture and there's closure on that
storyline. I did vaguely recall that he also had sickle
What I didn't love about
I really wish Andrew were in the first half more but I don't
notice his absence as much as in "The Last Chapter." I think
this episode just keeps my attention much better.
made me feel swoony:
Loving the brown sweater in the
opening. Andrew looks so cuddly!
And he showed back up just as I was starting to get down and
weepy. I love him. I don't even know what Andrew's
doing in this scene at the office yet but I'm glad he's
there. "She's beautiful" is a perfect response.
Okay, so he's a lawyer. A really lovely lawyer.
I don't know why but I for some reason really like his hair in
this episode. I think maybe it's that one lock that's
casting a lil shadow on his forehead. Gah... I am
hopeless. Also, his voice is especially gravelly at points.
Naturally, I pretty much am losing it during this cemetery
scene. John definitely knows God for real now... I
mean I know he did in life. But sometimes, being here, you
just feel disconnected at times. And I'm glad he never
will. But it's still hard. So we sing our little songs
and have our lil mementos. As I was capping this scene,
Pandora.com started playing Sarah McLachlan's "I Will Remember
I love that Andrew tells Jasmine that, yes, she will die though
not that night or the next. Everyone does. I love that
he never glossed things over. And, honestly, hearing John
say that and kinda smiling as he does... it helps.
And when he talks about Ashley sitting in God's lap and not
hurting and being just fine... In those first days I felt
like, via Andrew, John Dye had prepared me as best as was humanly
possible to face the losses that would come. But not the
loss of him. I don't feel that way any more. What more
could a person do than say repeatedly that death is not the end,
that there is no pain in Heaven, that no one is gone forever, that
our loved ones are surrounded by God's love?
Naturally, I had to rewatch the whole scene since I kept typing
through it and it's worth paying attention to every word and every
gesture. His facial expressions are just precious the whole
way through. That lil nose wrinkle...
Darn straight Andrew know what he's doing! :-)
Giggle. Does this THC recording just screw up or does he
really say "So, you about ready for that cotton candy?" in a
really weird way? It's like speed talking! Love
it. Rewound. It's good to see him grinning like that,
too. And I verified it on the VHS/CBS version... he *does*
just say it really funny. Love it more!
It's so adorable and endearing that he has his arm around Tess
when they go to get cotton candy and still does once they walk
away. I love his affectionate-ness.
Music: The girls very
adorably sing their lil "Ashley and Jasmine" song backed by
Jasmine on guitar. Later, Jasmine sadly sings it alone as
I never knew "relocation specialist" was a thing. Glad
Monica's a good one.
Only noticed this as I was capping: during the funeral, the
stained glass window behind the altar is of St. Andrew.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
- They cut a sequence after Tevis, Monica, and Ashley
opt to return home following that initial hospital visit.
First, we see Gloria sitting with the girls as they sleep.
She tucks the blankets around Ashley. Back in the living
room, Monica and Tevis are unpacking. He finds a white
dress, I assume a wedding gown, with a note from Patrice reading
"Save for the girls." Obviously, this is an emotional moment
for Tevis. he utters his wife's name as he studies it.
Then it goes to Ashley struggling and Jasmine asking if she's cold
which THC has. That's all I noticed.
Further on down the road...
Just realized "The Blue Angel" is the next episode. :-(
Sigh... That "Do you think she gets cold?" line still kills
Gloria really handles things quite well with Jasmine back at the
Maybe it doesn't
matter and maybe Monica knew there was no hope of resuscitation
but it kinda bothered me that she told Tevis to stop the
car. If Ashley was gone, Tevis could have said his good byes
later. But I wish we would have seen Andrew or something to
drive home the point that she really was gone. I
dunno. It just seems like CPR woulda been tried or
Sigh... Andrew's so lovely with Jasmine. God's lap
sounds like a good place to be... Some day.
I like that they allow Tevis to have the reaction to Monica's
revelation that he did. Anger is not unreasonable given the
I think I needed the message about not being able to control
everything. It's not so much that I try to control
everything as that I feel the constant need to be one step ahead
and able to foresee issues that might arrive so I create these
contingency plans for things that never happen. And then I
wonder why I didn't see that coming when something totally
unexpected happens and I get irritated with myself for not having
accumulated resources to respond to that. But sometimes
things just happen and you have to pray for help and muddle
through without practice or plans.
Ha! I just realized that Andrew totally bumps some guy's arm
when he enters the school festival with the doctor.
That cotton candy line still sounds so funny to me! What
accent was he going for? I love it!
Darn... and I just realized I didn't have a dessert during
this. Oh well.
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