"Statute of Limitations"
A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I think this is
a pretty well-balanced episode as far as using all three angels.
And that's always a good thing. The scenes of them trying to
puzzle everything out together don't happen often enough for me.
I *love* that the writers had Claudia angrily cut Monica off when she
starts saying "I understand how you feel." That's something I
have tried to delete from my vocabulary cause I just think it can sound
so presumptuous and condescending in many cases.
Cause even if a
person is having an experience we think we can relate to, they're
experiencing it as themselves. It may not be the same as it was
for us. So good catch there.
I really appreciate the overall theme of enmeshment. Enmeshed
relationships are a point of interest with me and Claudia and Morgan
are a good example of how it can seem positive yet have dire
consequences. Tess puts it so well when she says "God wants every
person to be a whole person: a completely unique individual, not half
of somebody else."
Minor thing but I think it's cute when Tess says "Back to you, kids"
after she finishes the interview in the hospital room. Cause even
though Tess is very clear on Monica and Andrew not being her children,
I still sometimes get that vibe from em.
This quote from Monica should be memorized by every Catholic child who
has ever been asked why they worship saints, angels, etc.: "We don't
make anyone okay. We just introduce you to the One who
can." That's much like what Catholics believe about saints and
angels and angelic saints and Mary. We don't believe they call
the shots nor do we worship em, we just believe they're very close to
the One who can and so can pray along with us.
Finally, I appreciate the show demonstrating at least a couple ways in
which guilt can manifest itself even years later. Here's hoping
the episode helped someone face whatever guilt may be haunting them.
What I didn't love about this
I think this may be our only glimpse of Andrew during the 1960s and he
is completely lacking in grooviness. Oh well. That is what Tour of Duty is for. Not
really but we can pretend. And we can also imagine Andrew in bell
bottoms and a flowy shirt with embroidered flowers.
I like that we got to hear from the mother who had a heart
attack. I forget her name, unfortunately. However, I wish
something would have been said about whether she would now have contact
with the child she adopted out. That's great that she feels more
at peace but what of that young woman who has now seen her birth
mother's happiness while she still feels abandoned?
I guess just what happened to the daughter?
Parts that made me feel
I love the absolutely *thrilled* look on Andrew's face at the
start. Yes, I'm being sarcastic. But that "Why me?!" face
is super cute.
Also cute? Andrew pondering what Monica would look like with a
safety pin through her lower lip. Sure, outta context it makes
him sound like a serial killer but in context: pretty adorable.
It's sweet that Andrew planned to walk Morgan to her car. I love
chivalry. And Andrew being chivalrous? That's just
dangerous. In a good way.
I think Andrew's various outfits are super cute in this. I love
his more casual ensembles. So to the crew jacket, casual jacket
over button-up with jeans, flannel shirt, and what appears to be either
a beige hoodie or zip-up sweatshirt: I salute you.
Andrew's sarcastic reaction to the joy of watching someone else's home
movies: priceless. As someone who has been made to watch others'
home movies: right there with you, lovely one. Luckily for
Andrew, in Dyeland mode he gets his own home movies so maybe he can get
This episode is another perfect example of why I love the concept of
angels of death. When Andrew helps Claudia and Morgan to remember
it's very meaningful. Because that means Andrew was there with
them and he held their experience in his heart for years.
That's... wow. So while I love the idea of AODs as special angels
who lead us Home, I also love their position as witnesses and memory
keepers. In a way, it's like all of Andrew's assignments have
immortality not only in Heaven but also in his heart. He carries
them with him and you never know when the memory of them might help
bring peace to someone else. Or, dare I hope, to
He looks so wonderfully beatific when he and Monica appear to
Claudia. Love him.
Ah, the good old days when $46 for a prom dress was splurging in a big
Morgan saying "I hope it's Mel Gibson" when the surprise guest is
brought up just doesn't quite have the same ring to it anymore...
This episode always makes me wish TBAA had done an episode about
anorexia or bulimia. Cause then maybe I wouldn't feel like I had
to somehow tackle it with JABB. Eventually.
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