A review by Jenni:
Not sure about handling this one real well... The closing
lines of the poem "Remember" just popped into my head. I
really like Christina Rossetti's poems, as a whole. And I
even like the sound of "Remember" but I couldn't disagree more
with this: "Better by far you should forget and smile/ Than that
you should remember and be sad." Cause even if I do end up
bawling during this episode and thinking of Mr. Dye, I'd take that
100 times 100 times rather than forget all the good stuff.
Same with every person I've grieved.
What I love about this episode:
First, I'm psyched to watch an episode on a professional DVD for
the first time in a long while! No annoying banners!
No cut scenes! Just TBAA as it was meant to be seen.
OMG! I forgot about Tess' revolving door phobia! I
hate those things! That glass one isn't so bad but at our
local zoo there's a metal one and I swear you could get killed
there. I feel Tess' pain.
"Make every minute count." Andrew giving advice to Monica
re: Corey. But it's a good thing to remember always.
I love when Alice recalls all the places she visited when her
mother was reading to her. I think reading aloud to a child
is so important. I'm glad my mom read to me.
Aww. I love when Alice dabs Corey's face with the damp
cloth... just like he wanted from a mom.
I also like how into the hallway bowling the
other patients and staff get. Cute.
It tugs at your heart strings to see how Corey, despite his
discomfort, gets so excited and happy when he learns Alice is
gonna adopt him.
If/when it comes time for me to adopt... I hope I get the miracle
of quick paperwork that Alice does. That already makes me
Good use of suspense. I've already seen this episode but
even at that I really, really wanna know what those photo frames
are... Oh... Wow. Just found out. I
totally forgot about this.
"God has always listened to you... from the day you were
born. Even when you stopped talking to Him, your Father has
been there listening to your spirit." A lovely quote from
"I think it takes a lot of faith to be angry at God."
Wow. Another quote from Monica during her revelation to
Alice. I've never much thought about it but it makes
sense. When I'm truly angry at someone it generally means:
1. I care about them, otherwise their offense wouldn't hurt and 2.
I think they're better than whatever's happened. Same
applies when I'm angry at God. I wouldn't be if I didn't
love Him and think He could have made for a better outcome.
Okay, the part where Monica tells Alice that God was protecting
her spirit and whispering His love to her when she was trying to
protect her body from her abusive mother made me tear up.
Then when Monica says, for God, "I love you, Alice. You are precious. You
matter to me. You will survive," it got me even more.
"God wants you to learn what it is to love without fear.
Truly, joyfully love with a love that always protects, always
hopes, always trusts, and never, ever fails." From Monica to
Alice, same scene. I need that lesson, too. That's one
thing JD's death has shown me: I am deeply fearful. I'm
afraid how I'll handle it when the losses hit closer to
home. Like with my parents. If I was a parent, I'd be
terribly afraid of losing my child. If I fell in love, I'd
be afraid of losing him. TBAA, specifically Andrew, pretty
well obliterated my fear of my own death. But I remain
afraid of everyone else's. I hope realizing that is the
beginning of conquering it.
And then in the next scene, Andrew says "There is no reason to be
afraid." God, help me to remember that.
I think I understand why Alice keeps buying Corey stuff and giving
it away. It just helps.
I love the shot of the angels on the escalator for some
reason. And that they circle back to the revolving door
What I didn't love about
While I get what Monica was trying to do, using someone else's
prized possession to further her assignment seems a lil wrong to
me. She even admits to Corey that she wasn't sure he'd
return it. I can understand why Alice got so angry at her.
Monica seriously doesn't know what "perp" means?
After over 6 years of caseworking? Sometimes I don't find
the Monica humor believable. Unless maybe she was just
caught off-guard cause she doesn't regard Corey as a perp but...
I'm not sure about that.
Did Corey's potential adoptive parents meet him before deciding
they didn't want to adopt him because of his heart? I just
can't imagine meeting a child, bonding with him, and then changing
my mind no matter what the circumstances were... But this
from someone who feels bad if she picks up a plush animal at a
store then doesn't buy it.
that made me feel swoony:
Gah. Andrew's all sorts of adorable in the opening
scene. I love that lil bend he does when he's teasing about
the door. Is that jeans, flannel, and possibly
corduroy?! Or maybe that soft velvety sort of
material?!?! Either way... it's a trifecta of cuddly Andrew
clothing items! The shirt may be plaid cotton but
I love it when he protects lil kids. And it's very sweet
that he offers to go with Corey to confront Alice.
Also awesome? When Corey asks Andrew if he just stands
around waiting to rescue people and Andrew says "Yeah, pretty
much." He rescued me a time or two... pretty impressive
since we don't occupy the same reality.
That scene is also a good example of how physically affectionate
and comforting Andrew can be. I love how he gently pats
Corey on the shoulder to calm him after the bullies and again
right before Corey talks to Alice.
He looks all sorts of cuddly in the tan sweater... especially when
he's glowing. JD is the only guy I ever felt deserved the
word "beautiful." I've used cute and handsome and attractive
for many others. But he was beautiful. And also cute,
handsome, and attractive, of course!
Aww, I wish we coulda seen Andrew's chat with Corey's
"pals"! But his facial expression when he recalls it is sure
I always loved it when Andrew didn't wear a tie with a suit.
Always good to see Andrew amused and playful! I'm glad the
episode ends with him giving Tess a bit of a hard time and not the
deathbed scene, as touching as that is.
I'd just like to let it be known that whatever parts of my being
JD was not able to sappify during his earthly lifetime, he's
sappifying in his eternal lifetime. Way more in touch with
my emotions of late.
Music: You can hear muzak at
the mall or wherever it is that Alice has her shop. Yep,
it's a mall. And you later hear carousel music there.
It's funny how different generations recognize actors. I
only knew Patti LuPone as the mom from Life Goes On. I only found out later she
was a famous and adored Broadway performer.
Bernie's Espresso Yourself is the name of the lil cafe Tess is
So today I learned that I should just start watching TBAA with a
linen dinner napkin. It can soak up way more than a
Kleenex. So now my weepy TBAA viewing shall be green!
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-As mentioned above, I watched this on the "Love" DVD
collection so have not seen the Hallmark version.
Further on down the road...
Wow. They actually kept the PSA. Anyhow... double
feature for me tonight!
Fun fact: Jamie Lee Curtis adopted her children with the Six
Fingered Man... otherwise known as Nigel Tufnel. Yep... I
was unduly happy when I found out she and Christopher Guest were
married and had been for some time. Very cool.
Sigh... I'm really trying to tell myself that I do NOT need
another cup of chai or coffee. And here I am watching an
episode with Tess running a coffee cart. I think I'm gonna
get myself some cider... And also a doughnut, it seems.
I just can't imagine bonding with a child, planning to adopt him,
and then deciding against it upon learning he's ill. That
just means he especially needs a
parent! However, maybe it was a case of the prospective
parent(s) not having money for treatment.
If that's the case, what was the agency
thinking not being open about that from the get-go??? I'd
say it sounds phony and like bad writing but I've seen some of the messed up elements of the foster care
system so who knows...
Sigh... John looks so beautiful in that tan sweater.
And he's just so sweet in that scene with Corey.
Wow... that nurse or whatever she is at the end is awful.
First, to be so crass with a person present who she doesn't know
and might be related to the recently deceased person she's talking
about... who she clearly knew was a child. THEN not to
express condolences when Alice identifies herself as Corey's
mother... geez. I get that you have to step away emotionally
after a while. So I probably wouldn't have thought anything
of her being so abrupt about the death of a child IF she was
alone. But three visitors were standing right near her!
I like that shot at the end of them coming down the
escalator. It's cool and different and touching all at
once. And I really like the bookends with the revolving
door. I'm getting better with my own dislike of them.
;-) And I just realized I already said both those things
basically. Oh well!
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