for the Devil"
A review by Jenni:
Here's me trying to delay gratification by getting through the
episodes first. It's not that I dislike those episodes
Andrew and Adam are lovely...
What I love about this
gorgeous opening sequence. The dove flying, the horse
the mountains, the gold and green high grass... It could be
for tourism in Utah.
Always good to hear a Randy Travis song. TBAA really
me to his music and now it's "comfort music" for me. I feel
I'm getting sucked back into a kinder, gentler time when I listen
it. I don't even agree with a lot of his songs but I don't
care. I like the sound.
Fun moment when Monica ponders whether she'd have more success if
dressed like Kathleen and Tess responds with "Absolutely!"
kinda shocked for a second and then she explains that she just
wanna think about what she'd be
successful at. On some level, I
like that female angels have to deal with those sorts of issues,
too. Kinda selfish but it makes me feel a lil bit understood
Good gravy. That scene between Kathleen and Monica in the
is deeply sad. When they get to reminiscing and Kathleen
up Monica's love of funny words... You get a glimpse of what
friendship once was. And the looks on their faces: sad,
fleetingly happy... excellent acting from Ms. Downey and Ms. Guy.
There are occasional bits of TBAA that I think I must appreciate
now that I'm older. One such moment comes when Matt tells
about how it's not easy to love someone when you don't like
I think that's a paradox that gets all too familiar the older we
get. Good depth there.
I like the redemption of Ty in his first real visit with
He defends Matt after Daniel says he's a jerk. And he
regret over "Chicken Boy."
A couple quotes from Monica that I really like: "Forgiveness won't
change him but it will change you" and "We don't always know when
too late until it's too late." Although the latter makes me
about Andrew and his friendship with Monica...
Another terribly sad exchange between Monica and Kathleen.
asks "Don't you miss us?" and Kathleen's voice kinda catches and
says "What if I did?" Augh!!! Then Monica continues
"I'll never forget who you were... who I loved." And on
reflection that seems a little rich when she's obviously not paid
Kathleen any mind for who knows how long. But in the
I'm very moved by the tragedy of that broken friendship.
At first I was really bothered by Matt leaving Ty alone when he
that he's going to die by morning. I just can't imagine
my father alone to die. But I think the last few moments of
episode really justify that. As Ty is dying, Randy Travis'
Second Hero" starts up again. The lyrics "He never does
the pain, it's a matter of pride" really leapt out at me. I
think Ty coulda born Matt seeing him in pain. So, really,
perfect death scene. And it's interesting that Monica gets
What I didn't love about
At parts Monica just seems really air-headed to me. And over
really important things so it's a kinda immoral
tells Tess that she heard rumors that Kathleen had fallen but
didn't want to believe them. What kind of friend is
If you heard something that terrible had happened involving a
wouldn't you want to look into that and not just go by rumor?
continue to be bothered with TBAA's need to link
stuff with evil. I don't think fortune tellers are a gateway
the devil. Maybe they're cons, maybe they have legitimate
connections. Who knows. But I think there are a lot
dangerous things and this stereotype is beneath TBAA. It
bug me if it was just the occasional fortune teller. But
single time TBAA showed a Tarot card or something they had to turn
into a gateway to evil.
I'm rather taken aback that Monica asks Daniel if he doesn't have
brother he could take in the rodeo with. Why would she
had a brother? That just seems like she's needlessly
into a potential sensitive area.
I'm surprised Monica let Ty's use of "Chicken Boy" to Matt pass
comment. In fact, she even apologizes that the meeting
Matt, Ty, and Daniel didn't go well. Well, duh! He
his son a name! Tess had just complimented Monica on being
and then she's just way too soft on Ty there.
The previous points bug me because I think they just seem wrong in
episode. But this one just bugs me cause it's creepy.
Kathleen is waaaaay too into that kiss with Matt. I am so
comfortable with someone who has kissed someone like that watching
us! And I like to think Kathleen did redeem herself so... it
creeps me out. And begs the question how far she woulda
that and I soooo do not want to think about that but it's just
I love that we get the idea that the demons can come back to
If they can't then why do the angels waste any time trying to get
to see the light? Yet they do so it must be possible.
However, TBAA didn't seem to hold out the same hope for fallen
humans. Which bugs me because as Monica points out, the
have seen God and even at that chose to turn against Him.
makes them far more evil to me than someone like Booth who
never saw God. It seems worse to turn away from a known love
to just not have enough faith to imagine that love.
So what is the purpose of a saddle? Monica seems not to
them and says they're unnatural and not as comfy as
are they better for the horse?
How did Monica and Kathleen lose touch? And how long before
Kathleen's fall was that?
that made me feel
Yet again Andrew haunts this episode. The Monica and
friendship (or lack thereof) really made me ponder what his future with
Monica would be. The overall feeling I have from Monica in
episode is she cares very much about her friends but lacks
that enables her to stick with them during bad times.
For me, one of the more distressing parts is when Kathleen says
"turned" because she saw evil as the winning side. I got the
impression from her words that there may have been a period of
Kathleen-as-angel growing increasingly frustrated and
Yet Monica apparently either wasn't around for that or failed to
it. So I'm more than a little concerned for Andrew when he's
visibly distressed in some episodes and Monica is just plain
aloof. It's not at all that I think Andrew will fall.
this doesn't give me a very hopeful take on the future of his
friendship with Monica.
Of course, when Monica says "it's hard to forget about a friend"
all I can do to not clear my throat obnoxiously. But, alas,
Monica would not hear me and even if she could I doubt she'd
annoyance to Andrew.
And, yes, I did spend part of this episode daydreaming about
horseback. It was pretty darn lovely.
I can remember first seeing this and recognizing Jasmine Guy as
from "A Different World." I hope younger me wasn't shocked
Kathleen's cackle makes me laugh. I don't think that's the
appropriate reaction but for some reason I think it's hysterical.
Monica and Tess line dancing sent my memory reeling back to the
dancing craze. Everyone I knew, myself included, could dance
"Achy, Breaky Heart." It was the country Macarena.
Kathleen calls snow cones, ice cones. I've never heard that
before. I've heard shaved ice used for snow cones but not
I think it would have been amazing if, in the finale, Kathleen
have returned just very briefly as one of the angels being
about Monica. That would have been truly awesome closure for
character and that story arc. This episode is aptly named as
feel sympathy for Kathleen.
A Word from Travis:
I enjoy most of the season 2 episodes more than I did season
1. I enjoyed Ms. Guy’s performance as Kathleen. I’m familiar with
her work on “A Different World”, a series I was privileged to
watch in reruns. I do agree with your assertions that it was good
that Kathleen wasn’t in the season 3 episode “Smokescreen”, as Mr.
Kadeem Hardison guest starred. I sometimes wish Ms. Guy had never
appeared as Kathleen but played Vanessa, Marc’s (Kadeem Hardison)
wife. I too agree with your assertions that there should’ve been a
better resolution to Kathleen’s character, especially when Monica
was being considered for promotion. I would have loved to have
seen Kathleen turn from her evil ways and went back to her Creator
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