"'Til We Meet Again"
A review by Jenni:
What I love about this
I think this is
a really well done depiction of the many faces of grief. So much
of this was very relatable to me from the short tempers to the lame
jokes and even to Kate's home makeover. While I don't generally
undertake something that massive while grieving, especially outside my
own home, I do tend to immerse myself in projects to cope. I'm
not at all surprised to learn that Martha Williamson drew from personal
experience in creating this episode. It shows.
I was relieved to see how this episode handled communications between
Joe, his family, and the angels. Because in JABB I've never
gotten down who Andrew can talk to and when. And this episode
gives me a look into why that is. In the scene when it's just
Andrew, Joe, and Chris in the bedroom, Andrew seems able to talk to
Chris on some deep level. Yet at the end, Monica needs to repeat
Andrew's words from Joe in order for the family to hear. So...
this tells me there's no set in stone pattern. Sometimes people
can directly hear the angels and spirits, sometimes an intermediary is
needed. So, basically, we can do whatever we want with that in
our JABB stories! But the underlying message is... talk.
The frustrated communication between the family members in this episode
is sooo familiar to me and I doubt I'm alone in that!
I appreciate TBAA pointing out that often family secrets really aren't
very secret. While my family hasn't faced anything like the
Carpenters, we've had some things that were kept quiet. Darn
thing was it proved more difficult dealing with all the half-truths
than if someone had just been honest from the start. I could also
relate to the big secret getting spilled, accidentally, during an
emotional moment. That totally happens in real life.
I'm very fond of Monica's quote: "All prayers gets answered. Sometimes
the answer is ‘No.’ But sometimes the answer is ‘Not yet.’" It's
a good one to remember.
This Tess quote is another favorite: "God is not the author of
confusion. He likes to write happy endings."
I like Monica assuring Kim that her existence is proof of God turning
very sad things into beautiful things. Cause that hope is one of
the central tenets of my faith and likely that of others, too.
The way the family's song transitions into Tess' song, both featuring
the words "'Til We Meet Again," is really lovely.
What I didn't love about this
I'm sad that Tess took playful Andrew's football. We so seldom
see Andrew being playful that it was a shame to cut such a moment
short. Although I understand the TBAA writers not wanting to turn
this episode into "Andrew's Goofy, Fun Time Football
You may not believe this but... I'm gonna have to side with Monica over
Andrew in one case. I do think Andrew seemed pretty teasing when
he repeats Monica's statement about how prayers get answered.
Look at how his lips kinda purse. I think he did think it was
goofy and then just covered it up when Monica seemed a lil
offended. I don't get what his deal is, anyhow. I thought
it was a great quote!
Okay... I'm having a hard time with the adultery theme again. I'm
not questioning Joe's decision to forgive his wife. As he puts
it, he "chose to love" and that's commendable. And I applaud
those who can heal their marriage after infidelity. But I really
woulda loved to have seen TBAA challenge their selves by showing a
different angle. I just don't believe all marriages can or should
be salvaged after someone cheats. Did they ever have a show where
someone cheated and the marriage wasn't saved and the angels accepted
that? Maybe they did and I'm forgetting.
Can one really order "munchies" from a pizza place? Was it
actually a grocery that also makes pizza that Kim called? I've
just never heard of people ordering pizza delivered with munchies...
Why does the bit of conversation between Tess and Kate when they're
discussing upholstery get repeated? It's when Kim has her
flashback to the family around the piano. You hear the exact same
exchange before and after the flashback.
Does it have to be Andrew or any angel of death that requests a special
dispensation? I kinda got that impression here but why doesn't
make much sense to me.
Parts that made me feel
Andrew's all adorable big brother-y when he's trying to teach Monica to
toss a football. As a rule I am completely uninterested in sports
but something tells me that if Andrew had his own football show... I
would watch. Especially if he was wearing a beige sweater.
And made that cute, lil sheepish smile like he does when he trips
here. In short, Andrew is very cute in the opening scene. I
even like his use of receiver and passer imagery for describing how
Monica's and his roles work together on assignments.
I wasn't so much swoony in this case as intently interested: Joe
Carpenter guesses that Andrew is Death and Andrew assents. Andrew
adds that he's an angel. However, I still find it curious that he
agrees to simply Death first. Cause I think in later episodes he
tries to distance himself from that. Maybe he just felt right
then wasn't the time to get nitpicky. And he woulda been
Right after that Andrew asks Joe "Do I look scary to you?"
Sigh... Nope, not at all. Ya look very, very
I just love how calm Andrew is when he talks to Joe. He counsels
him so gently and honestly. It's really wonderful to watch.
I think the scene where Chris confesses that he didn't always see his
father as a strong man but now does is really beautiful. Watching
it this time I wondered if, reading some of the stuff I've written,
people might conclude that I don't see Andrew as a strong person.
Cause I do tend to fret over him and wonder why he doesn't stand up for
himself when he gets pushed to the side. I guess, like Chris, I
believe that his true strength comes in being able to cope with a
flawed relationship and make the best of it. So I believe both
Joe and Andrew are patient, good, AND strong.
It's sweet when Andrew tells Monica to "go get em, girl." That
cheery and cutesy of an Andrew pretty much disappears later on.
This exchange jumped right out at me:
Kim: I thought I had more time. (With her dad.)
Monica: Everybody always does.
looks almost wistful when she says that. And for a moment
I envisioned Monica, post Season 9, missing Andrew and remembering that
exchange with Kim and truly feeling it. Maybe Monica didn't mean
to brush Andrew off or take him for granted. Maybe she just
thought she had more time with him to open up. But she didn't.
Like Tess I never know how to pronounce Ralph's last name,
either. Sometimes I do say "Lauren" but other times it does come
out more like Tess' "Loren." Oh well. Not like I have much
to do with designer duds!
I would have loved to have revisited this family a couple years later
to see how their lives were changed after their miracle.
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