A review by Jenni:
Couldn't decide what to watch so I just started with the oldest
hadn't reviewed yet. Sorry if this one seems sloppier than
usual. I've been having to shutdown the computer off and on
day due to storms.
What I love about this
Monica is introduced to coffee! I'm sure Tess came to
regret that. It made me think back on my first coffee (at
the first I recall): a latte with
of raspberry at Borders.
I like Monica's
lil bit of humor when she catches the ladder and then asks
she'd still like her to leave. Cute.
Not that I've had an abundance of experience (thankfully) but the
depiction of alcoholism seems very realistic to me. The part
where Elizabeth is talking about lovers in front of Beth is so
cringe-inducing but I know that drinking can completely destroy
ability to judge appropriateness. I also thought it was good
Elizabeth brings up that her alcoholism originated with her
I don't think that was meant to excuse her. But I do think
certain jobs make a person more prone to it and that's important
consider. Finally, by having
Sidney also be an alcoholic, the show demonstrates that alcoholism
often does run in families.
I love that Monica prays and then the birthday cake appears.
neat to think that nothing is too small to God.
I thought the exchange Tess and Monica had when Monica is told
wasn't informed of Elizabeth's alcoholism so she could befriend
a woman was great. Because I know how preconceived notions
completely alter interaction between two people. Plus, it
home the point that Monica later tells Elizabeth: she is lovable
herself, not as an alcoholic or reporter or any other label but as
The sequence that begins with Elizabeth praying desperately and
tearfully and then goes to Tess singing "Amazing Grace" is very,
powerful. Which brings me to: the repeated use of "Amazing
(with the music box, Tess singing, instrumental at the AA meeting, and
a choral version at the end) was a real strong point in the
I like that TBAA often stressed that people needed to take
responsibility for their actions. It wasn't just "Eh, well,
loves you, anyway." It's shown here when Elizabeth returns
house and begins to cry. Monica doesn't immediately comfort
her. Once Elizabeth falls to her knees and asks if Monica is
there as punishment (thus signifying she finally realizes her
is truly damaging and she regrets it), then Monica tells her of
immense love and
The reveal of Sidney at the AA meeting still gets me. As
"I'm so glad you were born."
What I didn't love about
I'm not sure I follow Tess' metaphor about a "plain old cup
joe" being superior to the other coffee drinks. I dress up
coffee plenty but I don't think that says much about me in
life. Normally I like metaphors but that one just didn't
me. Not a big deal, though.
I'm undecided about the realism of the press coverage of
drunk speech at that event. Would a reporter really be that
and all but cover-up her spectacle? I dunno.
guess if she is a town hero they might. I don't see it
with my local paper, though!
When is it okay to give kids iced tea? According to
must be past 7. Just curious!
Is "you don't understand oatmeal!" an actual expression or just
something Elizabeth came up with? I'd never heard it before.
Where is Monica when she hears Beth calling for help?
green and I'm not sure where it was supposed to be.
Probly not cause Heaven was never shown.
Parts that made me feel
None... But as I have nothing else to put here, I'll put my
anti-shipperism statement here since I so love defending Andrew
So... a drunken Elizabeth tells Sidney she should get a lover
it might do her some good. Monica responds that "a brisk
the morning always does me a lot of good." Does that sound
romantically inclined person, let alone one capable of mad love as
Monica is in shipper fics??? NO!!!
I wonder if, when I first saw this and was quite young, I was
to see "Mrs. Huxtable" drunk! ;-) Stellar acting!
I feel like a dolt. I've watched this countless times and it
now hit me that Beth is likely named for Elizabeth.
I can't imagine having to do an intervention and giving someone I
dearly loved an ultimatum that might forever separate me from
them. Terrible, terrible thing to have to go through.
A Word from Travis:
Phylicia Rashad is outstanding as Elizabeth and the actors who
played her daughter and granddaughter also shine very well in
their roles. What I also enjoy about the episode is, the angels do
not overshadow the episode so their inclusion doesn’t seem
intrusive. A good story is able to play out with dynamite guest
star actors while the regular actors are also able to shine,
without taking away from the story.
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