"For All the Tea in
review by Jenni:
It's been a rocky
few days but as of these last couple of hours, I feel more at
peace. So I'm really looking forward to sitting back with my
chai and watching this episode which I'm not sure I've seen since
it first aired.
What I love about this episode:
Wow, they really
get you right off the bat in this one. It's so hard to see
the young Chinese mother leave her baby. One thing I liked a
lot about TBAA was how they could convey so much in so little
time. And sometimes without
needing any words at all.
I think we have another reference to life before birth...
After picking up the baby, Gloria says "It's me... Gloria.
Remember me?" I love the idea that we're in Heaven before
we're born. So death is just like going back Home after
being on a journey. Yep, she goes onto say "First you were
in Heaven... tonight you're in China." Love that.
Lady Barrington is a bit... something... I do agree with her that
a cup of tea can be really healing. Cups of tea have been
doing me "a world of good" for a long while now. I have a
feeling my chai lattes are not what she had in mind, though.
I do drink other tea, too.
husband is awesome. I love what he says about how even if
their marriage is the only thing they create together, he'll be a
believe children are a gift from God. And if you're ready to
accept that gift, He can handle the complications." I hope
that Monica quote always proves true. Sometimes I'm not
sure. Free will can mess things up.
one thing I really remember about this episode is being intrigued
by how Gloria could be holding the baby and, at the same time, the
baby would appear to be laying on her own to mere mortals.
It makes you look at the world differently.
I'd forgotten about all those angels by the cribs. Here come
the waterworks. Such a beautiful image to think each lil
baby has an angel to care for them and play with them and tell
always wished there was an Asian angel. I'd totally
forgotten about this guy at the nursery. I wish he had a
name, though. Still, I'm glad TBAA
was so inclusive with showing angels of many nationalities.
Not that any of them actually were white or black, etc. But
I'd like to think angels take on human forms of all
Edward continuing to call Lady Barrington as such is touching.
does not will all that happens in this world. But He does
will something good out of everything that happens. But for
that you have to trust Him to take you to places that you're
afraid to go." I LOVE that quote from Monica. I
believe that totally but sometimes other Christians seem to
disagree with me and think that I believe God's power is
limited. I don't. And I do believe that quote may be
why I was meant to watch this episode tonight.
may not be the hugest Gloria fan but she's really sweet with
Rose. "God loves you... and so do I" made me tear up...
emotional as it made me, I love how "It Is Well..." trails through
out this episode.
Seeing Lady Barrington reunite with her friend caused tears even
on re-watching. I really do love how the two stories from
two different eras are interwoven here.
What I didn't love about this episode:
It's a little derivative of "Manny." Although I do prefer
Not nearly enough Andrew time.
Not to sound crass but... why doesn't Lady Barrington just
keep quiet, let them adopt the baby without interference, and then
realize it's not like they'll stop having sex? Having a baby
might be what they'd need to relax. Don't get me
wrong. I think her genetic hang-up is misguided. But
if that is her chief concern, it's not like having an adopted
child would preclude eventually giving birth. Two
grandbabies are better than one, I would think.
Parts that made me feel swoony:
Aww. Loveliness on the staircase looking upset...
out... There's only about 9 minutes left and that's all
we've seen of Andrew. I know there was a scene of him at the
nursery. I hope THC didn't cut it...
he's back at the very end. But I do think THC cut him out of
other parts. Sad... Yep, they did. The
touched.com episode guide has a photo of a scene that's definitely
not in the THC version. Augh.
Tess plays "It Is Well With My Soul" on the piano and sings along
with Angela Lansbury joining in. I started sobbing. I
listened to that song a lot in January. Later, Lady B.
remembers a service at her parents' church where the congregation
sings that song. And still later, she sings the song to her
granddaughter. And her best friend joins in.
Wow. Lovely moment.
I'm afraid that sometimes I do think along the lines of Lady
Barrington when she comments on how any reprobate can have a child
but good people need to get investigated.
That's something that's terribly, terribly hard for me to
understand. Especially when those good people don't always
get a child and some may have many children and hurt and neglect
them. It breaks my heart.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
They cut some of Rose's birth mom at the beginning. After
she lays the baby down, she runs off. She grasps a tree,
sobbing, then falls to her knees. It's terribly wrenching.
- So here's what THC stupidly cut... Right after Andrew
appears on the staircase and sees Lady Barrington burn the China
pamphlet, it goes to Gloria at the nursery. She's telling
Rose that her parents' names are James and Sarah and they're
wonderful people who God picked just for her. Andrew
approaches. Gloria looks up and says "Andrew?" He
shakes his head (in dismay... don't think he was denying his
name!). She asks what the matter is. He responds
"There's been a complication." They both look
troubled. The camera closes in on Rose. It goes to
commercial. So maybe it's not a hugely necessary scene but
Andrew had so few scenes in this episode... Anyhow, after
the commercial it goes to the scene of Tess at the Barrington home
which THC keeps.
Further on down the road...
Well, glad to be able to watch this without freaking out over
THC cutting one of Andrew's very, very few scenes!
I was going to try to not drink any more tea whilst watching cause
I feel like I'm maybe drinking too much. But it occurs to me
that this is a very stupid episode to try that with...
I still love Gloria saying that the lil one was in Heaven
first. I believe we're somewhere before we're born.
Whether Heaven or not, I think it's a nice place. Maybe the
mind of God.
Oh, I grasp the importance of tea time all right! That's why
I have it at least four times a day...
Sigh... And there he is! Just briefly around 16:30 but
lovely... And I do need tea!
I have to agree with Lady Barrington on one point... It does
upset me that so many people can easily have children and not take
care of them or teach them well and yet some people who would be
awesome parents have to go through all sorts of hoops to get
pregnant or adopt.
I still wish we'd been given a name for this nice angel fellow
counseling Gloria. Maybe the credits will say.
I still really love Monica's quote about how God doesn't will
everything but wills good out of everything. That's what I
The end of this episode gives me goosebumps. Mostly because
of the two ladies singing but TBAA also had this particular bar in
their score that popped up occasionally and generally has that
effect on me. It just occurred to me that I can't remember
the last time I noticed the score on a show currently on the
air. Oh, I guess Belle's Theme on Once Upon a Time
but it does seem like TV scores used to be a lil more
stirring. Of course, I also watched more TV... Who
knows what I'm missing.
Well, sad about the lack of Andrew but it's kinda nice to not have
to spend gobs of time capping.
Drat, no help IDing that angel via the credits. Or via
A Word from Travis:
I love Mrs. Lansbury in this episode (I’m only aware of her work
in “Murder She Wrote”). Mrs. Lansbury played a character who
seemed to display villainous qualities but, who was really a hurt
individual who needed to open up her broken heart to God so he
could put the broken pieces back together. The part towards the
ending of the episode where Mrs. Lansbury’s character are reunited
with her long lost friend is a tearjerker.
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