"Show Me The Way To Go Home"
A review by Jenni:
I decided it was about time for an Adam fix.
What I love about this
Here's some fun dialogue ya just don't get from later TBAA
Monica: You said you got a job but a barkeeper!
Tess: Well, she didn't need a stripper.
Wow. But I was amused. And eating. I'm glad my only
reaction was watery eyes. Still, I do miss the levity in some of
the later episodes. Yet watching early episodes I sometimes miss
the drama. So I'm glad TBAA brought us both at different times.
I really like how the coach's recognition of Monica plays out.
First, he gets kinda misty eyed and stunned in the bar when she says
"It's the best I could do on short notice." The later hospital
scene where he recalls, in some detail, their first meeting is also
very emotional. It's a moment that makes me remember why Monica
was once a role model for me. It's just a shame the scene then
turns into anger as Earl demands to know why he was saved and Monica
informs him that he squandered his second chance.
Sure keeps my
drinking the hot sauce is priceless. Another fun moment,
especially when she actually drains the bottle and then drinks
I like that Tess tells Monica that it's not her job to change the
coach. It fits in well with the show's high regard for free will.
The sequence with Monica and Tess watching the sunset in the field is
gorgeous, despite some odd dialogue (more on that later). The
scenery is so lovely and when Tess begins to sing it's such a sweet,
warm moment. But, if you know me, you've probly guessed that at
some point I began to wish that Andrew had gotten such a heart-warming
moment with Tess.
The way it comes up I find this quote a little unsettling: "Some of our
best living is done through the people we leave behind." However,
on its own I find it beautiful. Yesterday I was at a memorial for
a teacher and hearing that quote today I thought of him and how true it
will likely be. I hope it's true for all of us.
I'm afraid I just plain find sports boring. True, I watch Friday Night Lights and I do find
it odd there's not more football playing in it. But the truth is
that during the football scenes I am usually bored. If it wasn't
for the cuts to the crowd and sidelines, I would be seriously
bored. But the final play in the game in this episode is actually
suspenseful for me as I watch it! I love the way Peter running is
interspersed with Monica telling him to stay and the coach whispering
"Come home" over and over.
I love the ending. Tess singing. Adam, Monica, and Earl
walking into the rain and fading into it. The rainbow.
Beautiful. An awesome Going Home scene.
What I didn't love about this
The coach really is hard to take at points. I found myself
considering how unlike Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights he was.
But then it's not fair to compare most anyone to Kyle Chandler.
Still... this guy makes me cringe at parts. Especially when he
starts pitting Peter and Dink against each other by making Peter assign
laps. That's just Machiavellian. And when he shoves Monica
on the field right before he collapses... eek! Imagine if one of
your school teachers/coaches shoved another right in front of you!
This features easily the second strangest use of slow motion for
me. Monica running onto the field in her uniform... in slow mo as
we hear catcalls. Classy. In case anyone cares the number
one weirdest use, for me, is in the TV movie Jesus when they show Jesus
hauling around his carpenter tools in slow mo as Mary of Bethany looks
on dreamily. Nonetheless, I laugh at both scenes cause it is
pretty darn hilarious. Just kinda weird... and takes a person
outta the scene as they ponder what the heck the point of that was.
There were some consistency errors in the writing, I thought. But
I mostly go into them in the next section. It's not really right
to get too negative about it when this is only the second episode.
Yeah, yeah. I know TBAA has bad consistency in some episodes and
I also know the writers could never have predicted "Face on the Barroom
Floor" when they wrote this. But weren't either or both Monica
and Andrew barkeeps in that? So Monica seeming surprised at an
angel being a barkeeper is odd for me. Course, due to the massive
plot problems I'd probly do well to forget "Face" exists. But
Andrew looked so cute in a nerdy, Old Westy kinda way...
I wanna know what magazine Adam was reading as he was perched on the
counter in the hospital waiting area.
Does anyone else think the TBAA writers hadn't really worked out the
details on what the angels were yet in this episode? First, we
have Adam saying that Earl "fought me the whole way" by taking up
exercise and shunning liquor once he learned he had pancreatic
cancer. That just seems an odd way to phrase things when Adam
doesn't bring death nor even particularly want death to be the outcome
in many cases.
Second, Tess tells Monica "We all die by ourselves." Oh
really? Were they still toying with the angels being dead humans
at this point? I'm thinking it's very possible since right after
that Tess says "Some of our best living is done through the people we
leave behind." Although out of context I would justify that
statement by saying that the angels do have a vast impact on their
assignments long after they've left them, coupled with Tess' earlier
remark it sounds like she's talking about their deaths. Weird.
Will Tess' lace parasol really do anything for her? I mean it's
lace! Won't the sun just shine right through? Yes? No?
Parts that made me feel
Yay, Adam! While his Caesar haircut (and I actually think Charles
Rocket woulda made a great Julius Caesar) isn't as swoon-inducing as
his long hair, I'm just glad to see Adam in any style! The guy
has truly magnificent eyes. Look!
Still... Adam's a lil harsh in this episode at points. Yet, I
think I caught a glimpse of some vulnerability on his part that got
explored more later with Andrew though never really enough for my
tastes. When Monica protests his coming for Earl, Adam says
"Please don't make this any harder." For who? I'm gonna
guess Adam. Earl doesn't seem to have any clue that Adam and
Monica are there. So I think Adam really, really wanted to avoid
coming up against Monica or Monica being upset with him for taking
Earl. Monica does this "Not you!" thing repeatedly, sometimes
vocally and sometimes not. I always wondered why the AODs didn't
call her on it. But maybe that line is the closest Adam could get
to telling her that acting as if he's a plague is hard on him. If
it is, I feel sad for Adam but glad that he actually voiced that stance
Right after that Adam voices his opinion that Earl doesn't deserve a
second chance (ouch). It's
jarring to hear an angel say that even if I can't say I blame
him. Adam's a pretty jovial, openly affectionate
guy. I think it would be hard for him to accept someone like Earl
whose attempts at humor are often mean-spirited and who Monica even
says avoids affection. But
then a very enigmatic but pleased-seeming look crosses Adam's face when
Earl *does* get the chance Monica so desperately wants for him.
It may seem inconsistent but I think Adam's rooted in that eternal
optimism that all AODs must have. So he is pleased and maybe even
impressed by Monica when Earl gets his second chance, Adam's personal
opinion of the man aside. And, of course, what AOD is gonna
bemoan God's mercy? No one. I like this scene because it
shows off the various facets of Adam's character really well, I
think. He can be tough and very blunt. But I think at heart
he wants to believe people are good and will redeem themselves. I
also like this exchange because even if Adam seems something less than
a holy, all-loving being... I gotta wonder if his voicing some negative
opinions isn't why he often seems less troubled than Andrew.
Adam and Earl talking baseball at the end is cute. Just goes to
show how a shared interest can go a long way. And I just like
envisioning Adam relaxing and watching games. Nice...
Tess knew Babe Ruth and Kirk Gibson, the former apparently quite
well. Just a random factoid. Another one revealed in this
episode: Tess invented putting a pimento in an olive. Just in
case ya ever need to know!
I kinda remember John Dye saying in one of the "True Stories" specials
that this was one of the episodes sent to him when he was considering
taking the part of Andrew. I'm glad he must have enjoyed it!
Monica spent some time in Vietnam during the war. Just might
prove useful at some point.
Adam's a big fan of baseball. We should work more of that into
Dyeland. Yay, another game I can write about without having any
concept of how it's played!
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