A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I'm quite fond of the Andrew and Tess interaction in this
episode. It's all good and fun and just plain cute.
even though I think Andrew's good looking even with greasy hair, I
agree with Tess that he was a "sorry looking angel." His
after she says that is adorable! And I like that Andrew
does try to explain to Tess about borrowing the car. He
truly steal it... his request just got interrupted is all!
"The angel of death done killed my car!" I love that line
Tess cause it's just so versatile when it comes to
know like: "the angel of death done stole my heart!" or "the angel
of death done killed my love life." Things like that...
On a more serious note, I like the line TBAA takes here regarding
parental responsibility. They don't excuse Willis'
but Monica also doesn't let Luther blame his own bad choices
on that. I think they struck a good balance. I do
parents need to be responsible for and care for their
But I know too many people with apathetic parents who still took
responsibility for their own decisions. It can be
Luther does eventually take charge of his life which is great.
I *love* when Debbie Allen's character (Valerie) stands up in
and asks Tess if she knows what it's like to work three jobs and
a family. I truly admire the angels when they take a stand
their utmost to help us humans out. But they don't really
the stress and the conflict humans face day in and day out so I
their occasionally being reminded.
"Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous." A
line but I think I heard/read somewhere that John Dye's mother
that often. Wherever it originated it's a truly great quote
one I very much believe.
I think one of the most touching moments for me is when Andrew
Willis he can die with God or without Him. Willis nods a
and then says "Show me the way to go Home." Great last words
while I can't say they make it all better, they are filled with hope.
glad that the children of the cop Luther shot are not
forgotten. I would have really been angered by this episode
it focused solely on Luther's and his family's pain. But
will not let Luther forget about them and Luther himself even
them up to Samuel. It also makes one appreciate the
police officers and their families make for us.
People who have read many of these probly know I'm on shaky ground
Monica. But I think her rant about the street lingo and the
messed up priorities of gang life is awesome. The way she
delivers it with righteous indignation but eventually
good job! Just sorry that a few weeks later she did
will likely never forgive her for...
Tess praises Andrew at the very end. I hope Andrew got that
down. He may need to mentally replay it in loop later on...
What I didn't love about
This is purely a theological difference of opinion and not
fault TBAA for. Cause the writers have the right to voice
opinions. And I have a right to disagree so... while I
appreciate the Dante-esque nature of Monica's statement that
"no hope in Hell for anyone," I don't agree. I'm more of the
Lewis/George MacDonald view of Hell. Lilith and The Great Divorce
thoughts on Hell more than TBAA does.
But I am genuinely bothered by Monica talking to Willis after the
tells her only to speak to the inmates once she's given
permission. I get that Willis needed someone to talk to as
as Luther did. But there are reasons for guidelines like
Monica really should have respected the prison guard more, IMO.
I'm not crazy about Christopher Darden being cast in this. I
dunno. I guess I remain uneasy with the celebrity status
people who participated in the OJ Simpson trial.
Okay... how does Andrew and/or God make Tess' car disappear
anyone noticing? I mean I realize there was a car theft
but a car disappearing without actually been driven away???
think that might get some attention!
At what point did Willis figure out that Luther was his son, I
wonder? Did he know the whole time?
that made me feel
Any time Andrew appears in the church. Cause that white
I feel so bad for Andrew when he sees that it's Samuel stealing
car. The way his face falls... augh. I wanna hug
And tell him he did his best.
I'm really chilled by Willis' account of the "white dude" he saw
the gun fight that he was surprised didn't get "put out."
obviously not surprised Andrew wasn't shot but I just really hate
image. Just because I know Andrew can't die doesn't mean I
to think of him in that fatal of a situation. I wanna go sit
him under the Dyeland willow tree when I hear that sorta
I really hate it in "The Root of All Evil" when that guy's
kill Andrew. Same thing. I know he can't but... don't
the idea at all.
I also get chilled when Andrew follows Willis and the
out of death row. Precisely because it does look like a
creepy processional with him the last member of it. I just
want Andrew to be in those sorts of situations... I just
to see nice things... It's one of those times, though, when
so impressed by him. He's so calm and dedicated and
The white shirt returns at the end... And Andrew's so cute
he assures Tess he actually upgraded the car. Even though he
seems a lil unsure about it. Lovely, lovely man...
I felt for Monica walking through the prison. That is *not*
comfortable feeling. Although I did find it odd that they
pat down in a large hall with windows. When I toured a
class it was a small, windowless room with just the visitor and a
sex cop. That was better.
While I have my issues with Pastor George, I did feel for him when
had to urge Valerie to let Samuel be arrested. And then he
to pick Samuel up himself. I know my pastor has shown up at
dates for his parishioners so this episode makes me think of him
A Word from Travis:
This is my second favorite episode of season 3 as I enjoyed
the acting, the surprise family connections and the overall
storytelling. Iím aware of Ms. Debbie Allenís work as the
producer-director on ďA different WorldĒ but I wasnít so aware of
her work as an actress. I realize that sometime after, De'aundre
Bonds (Luther) spent several years in prison. This episode is
great to show to middle and high schoolers that they can see that
violence isnít the answer. With choices come consequences and both
Luther and his father, Willis, paid the price. However, God gave
Willis a second chance and he was able to enter into heaven and
Luther was able to speak to his brother so he didnít go down the
same destructive path. The most emotional part of the episode is
when Luther was able to speak to his brother, outside of prison,
briefly, encouraging him to make better choices. The scene with
Tess revealing herself as an angel to the mother, encouraging her
that, with God, her life as well as Dreís life would still be
worthwhile (coupled with the background music) was just excellent.
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