"The Show Must Not Go On"
A review by Jenni:
This has just been a heart-breaker of an end to a week.
But I'm not without hope and if you're reading this then I hope
you're not, either. I honestly didn't think I could do
this. I really considered just watching very familiar,
comforting TBAA episodes. But when John died, I still did
an episode review because the familiarity of the routine and the
chance to reflect were healing. So I hope the same is true
now. I will say... I am very glad Monica's the absentee
angel in this. I need Andrew tonight. I especially
need to see John tonight.
love about this episode:
I like "Magic To Do"...
Frankly, I think the plot to Pippin is all sorts of ridiculous.
But that is a good number and props to TBAA for figuring it
in. I wonder if John had anything to do with it?
My grandpa was a theatre actor and many of my family members had
at least brief stints with it. So I've always loved the
episodes that dealt with theatres. Eeek. Calvin
reminds me of my grandpa. I love him but he definitely
had... stage presence, shall we say. ;-) Really he
even looks something like Grandpa.
Latrina's story made me laugh. And I needed a laugh
I like the talking heads set-up. It's rather tired now
with The Office and Parks and Rec and such but
pretty different for TBAA. Cool to see.
This episode is unfortunately relatable cause right around the
time this episode aired, a buncha our local theatres started
closing due to economic woes. Even when it was a sad
thing, I appreciated seeing reality reflected on TBAA.
Although, sad to say, I do think the tie between community and
community theatre that Tess makes at the start is true...
I think my city seems less vital since they started closing.
"God made human beings to dream together and to inspire each
other." I love that Tess quote. TBAA really made
"Ask God for inspiration and then use it to inspire
others." Another from Tess.
I started crying just hearing the instrumental strains of "I've
Been Touched by an Angel." It was so, so beautiful and I
listened to it so much after John passed on.
"When God makes a plan, He sees is through." Tess
again. I believe that with all my heart. Sometimes I
just wish I could see the plan.
I love Wally's smile when he realizes he's the new AD.
I love it when Tess tells the actors about how the stage "has
filled the holes in their hearts for years." TBAA did that
for me. John did in other ways, too. In other roles,
in his life.
And he still does and I am so thankful for that right now.
"God wants you to know that he finds you interesting every
moment of your life." Tess seems to be getting all the
quotes this week... But they are great ones.
"God wants you to know that he wants you to become stronger than
any character you've ever played." Finally an Andrew
one. He says it to Naomi. Wonderful for actors but I
think it could apply to us all. We all have to play roles
in our lives and sometimes that involves acting stronger than
you feel you are. But maybe that's God's way of molding
you into a truly strong person. Maybe it's not until
you've tried and forced yourself to be strong that you really
Wally remembering playing Jack chokes me up...
I love Tess' song so much... I was sad after the show went
off the air that I couldn't find it on a CD. It was years
before I did but I'm glad. I needed it more in the years
after TBAA went away. A lyric from it: "Love is in
complete control." Praying that's the case. I know
it must be.
The look on JZ's face as he sees his art on display is pretty
"You can be a part of the darkness or you can shine the
light." I love that quote spoken by JZ.
didn't love about this episode:
I friggin hate it whenever another angel
tells Andrew 'no' about bringing someone Home. As if he's
running around deciding who he wants to take when. Lay off
him! Yes, I am overly sensitive tonight. But as if
he doesn't have to deal with enough without that...
Other than wondering if John had anything to do with the Pippin references
given his fondness for "Corner of the Sky," I think I'm
good. Well, I would like to know how Andrew would have
to Gloria as my reaction is usually "Umm... well... it's
completely nonhistorical and umm... Ben Vereen was in it!"
that made me feel swoony:
"Oh..." :-) I love him and his
understated, humorous reactions.
Beard and glasses... I really did love that look so much.
Such a cute look when Gloria realizes Calvin's a bit of a jerk.
Gloria: What's a pippin?
Andrew: I'll tell ya later...
Ah love it! Funny and his voice is so gravelly...
He looks so beautiful in that tan suit. At this point I'm
bawling and don't really care that I am. That song messes
me up but I love it so. We were all touched by an
angel... Beautiful John.
Oh... long coat and jeans and complimenting a disgruntled
teen. I love him... I'll just attempt to not think
about how I was much closer in age to the punks than John.
I never considered John anything but a peer. Yes, I know I
was kinda deluded. But I really didn't seem to fit in with
my age group so it made sense in my head... And he was so
lovely. Who wouldn't want to claim him as part of their
Seriously, his outfits are all so cuddly and wonderful.
And his expressions are all just so adorable.
I want to hug the man in the puffy coat...
Lovely boy squeezing Tess' shoulder after the trouble in the
And I loved it when he strove to empower and encourage
So wonderful to see him smile and laugh... Needed that,
Dreamer" is sung and played on the piano by Calvin. He
later sings an a capella "Shenandoah." I love that
song... He does not do it justice, I must say!
Latrina sings a bit of Stephen Foster's "The Voices That Are
Gone" when they meet after Ben's death. Latrina does a
dance to an instrumental (or not... see next section) version of
"You're a Grand Old Flag." It is not so grand.
;-) Herbert sings some "Frankie and Johnny." Della
sings the amazing "I've Been Touched by an Angel." All the
Egyptian actors sing "Give My Regards to Broadway."
The name of this theatre is the Egyptian.
This episode makes me want to watch Waiting for Guffman.
:-) Wow. It even has the deluded actor/dentist.
- Well... this isn't a scene cut but in the original version,
Latrina dances to "You're a Grand Old Flag" being sung by a
choir. THC makes it an instrumental version.
Weird. I didn't notice anything else but, again, my
concentration is shot. And I've just realized this is the
last time I'll be hunting for cut scenes. The last three
episodes are on DVD so... bye-bye "Scenes Hallmark cut" section.
Further on down the road...
At long last... I'm back! Again. I haven't
watched a single TBAA episode for around 8 months so...
yay! I've really missed doing this and realized part of
why I kept putting it off was once I re-reviewed an episode
here, I'd feel compelled to then redo the episode caps.
And I do want to eliminate the very few remaining Hallmark
Channel snaps from the Photo Gallery. But every episode
takes around three hours. That might not seem like much
but considering I work full-time, spend nearly all of Saturday
doing housework, and then only have Sunday for rest and fun...
sitting for three hours hitting a button doesn't exactly
appeal. So... over the next few weeks, I'm going to
finish up revisiting Season 9 here. I'll put off redoing
snaps until I have a staycation or something. For now, I'm
here with my mug of milk, red velvet kringle, and TBAA S9 DVD
which I had to search for because it's been so long and I'd
forgotten where I put it.
I really do love that goatee...
I would have liked to have seen
Andrew explain what a "pippin" is to Gloria. Even having
watched Pippin... I still don't know what it is!
Yikes. I'd totally forgotten how much Calvin looks like my
Grandpa. Kinda eerie.
When this first aired, I was definitely closer in age to the
punk kids than to John Dye. Now the opposite is
true. I dunno why but that suddenly struck me. That
being said, even when I was a teen/twenty... I never saw Andrew
as an uncool adult. (Apparently this struck me last time I
Gotta love a man with a fire extinguisher. :-)
I'm trying to remember if I had this episode in mind when I had
the action in "The Carpenter" starting with a kid trying to
steal from a theatre. I'd totally forgotten that Wally
started at that theatre in the same manner.
Sigh... I can remember when I first watched this, I adored
Della's song. And I listened to it repeatedly when I got
to missing TBAA. Seems appropriate that this is the first
episode I've watched since Miss Della went Home.
I think this episode predicted Banksy. ;-)
I really like the little full-circle touch of Jack and the
Beanstalk being their next show.
And so ends Disc 5.
the Episode Guide
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