A review by Jenni:
So I've been waiting to get to this episode because... with its
March 19, 2000 air date, it goes down in Dyeland history as the
first TBAA episode they saw after real (for them) Andrew showed up
in their midst on March 17, 2000. So there's actually a
reference in one of the stories to him watching this with
What I love about this episode:
While I have some issues with Tess' part of the scene (see the
next section), I liked this opening with Monica ready to be rid of
winter and then realizing all the wonderful things about it.
I could relate. Except I'm more anti-summer. Although
I do get frustrated towards the end of long winters. In any
case, I think it stressed how important it is to find the positive
in your current season... cause ya can't change the weather!
Honestly, it made me kinda excited for winter. Although I
love the fall so see no reason to hurry through it.
I could really relate to what Monica tells the prisoners about how
you can learn so much about yourself by looking through a
characters' eyes. I don't act but I strongly feel that way
about writing. I've discovered so much about my beliefs and
how I feel and even gotten clarity about how others might feel...
all just by writing various characters.
I love how the angels use Agnes of God to reach Carla. Theatre
often touches me deeply and I don't think we can stress enough how
important the arts are. Incidentally, I've always thought it
was kinda interesting the writers chose this play. Just
cause it's a lil squirm-inducing to think of Monica and Tess
having to work with a play that involved someone thinking they'd
been impregnated and possibly raped by an angel. Now I want
to go reread the play cause I can't recall how much of the truth
Agnes eventually came to. And it's always a good thing when
a TV show makes you want to read!
"Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord... not yours. If you
want to pray for something, pray for peace. And you pray to
find the strength to
forgive." A quote from Andrew to Santos. It's a tough
one but a true one.
I like how Tess calls for everyone to hush up prior to the play
when a quieter Monica doesn't succeed at it. A funny moment
"You can tell a lie, you can live a lie, but you can't pray a
lie." Monica shares that with Carla. Very well
said. God always knows the truth because He is Truth.
I'm glad that Santos finally got to hear Orbie's dying message:
"Tell my Papa I love him." Heartbreaking.
I didn't fully appreciate this until I watched the CBS version but
it's cool that the two truthful flashbacks of the shooting
(Andrew's which THC cut and Carla's final one) are in color.
Carla's altered ones are in black and white. Nifty.
What I didn't love about
Wow... I'm gonna come
to the defense of Monica. That's a rarity! I actually
liked how she came from a "Winter bad!" mental space to a "Winter
is lovely!" philosophy. I interpreted her transformation as
the importance of looking for the positive. Cause I complain
about various seasons, too. But I try to step back and think
about the lovely things about all four. But Tess interprets
it as "adjusting memories" and uses it to draw a comparison
between Monica and Carla. It's an exceedingly weak
comparison. Monica was not altering her memories. She
was refocusing on certain aspects of memories. When I sing
the praises of winter, it's not that I'm forgetting about having
to walk to my parents' for Christmas breakfast following an epic
snow storm last year. It's just that I'm choosing to focus
on sitting on my couch with cocoa as Neil Diamond sings Christmas
carols and I admire my decor and my dog snoozing away.
Monica was just doing the same.
Gotta admit, I was getting really exasperated with Monica
believing Carla was innocent. I'm very glad she let that go
after Andrew revealed what he knew (Carla shot Orbie and laughed
about it) because if she'd kept at it, I would have freaked out
and probly ended up having a character explode on her in the next
Dyeland story. But she stuck with the truth and that was
good. Still, my feelings show just how badly "The
Journalist" tarnished how I feel about Monica. I spent the
bulk of the episode thinking
Monica was going to waffle and disregard Andrew's and Tess'
counsel and blindly stick with Carla... as she did with
Rocky. To be fair, I probly woulda been less fearful of
Monica relapsing had THC left in Andrew's flashback. See the
Why does it take 19 hours from the time Carla is found
innocent to her actually being released? I guess I always
thought it was instantaneous. In fact, it seems kinda
illegal to continue to hold anyone for even an hour at that
point. But I have no clue on all that.
Also, what would happen to Carla after she turned herself
in? I wouldn't think she could be tried again due to double
jeopardy. Yet... if someone says they're guilty... how can
you just let them go free?
Parts that made me feel
It's Pavlovian... When Monica used "lovely" to describe
winter, I immediately thought of the lovely Andrew. Love the
Andrew as a hospice worker is absolutely perfect. For a long
time, he made me want to be a hospice worker. Reality (aka
epilepsy and, I'll be honest, emotional issues) set in but I know
he would do a beautiful job with it.
Ha! Were we supposed to think of Bergman's The Seventh Seal when
there was that image of Andrew sitting across the chess board from
Santos? Because I totally did! Andrew, of course, is
much more attractive than Bergman's guy. Anyhow...
Andrew's look as Santos tells of his son's death really gets to
me. It's like you can see him replaying that day in his
mind. I want to hug him. And Santos.
"You know, people say 'I love you' in all kinds of different
ways." It's a good quote to keep in mind and I like that
Andrew assures Santos that Orbie knew of his love. Also, it
makes me think of a story scene wherein Monica is bewildered by
LJA ending her phone conversation with Andrew with "I love
you." And she basically says it's because the Dyelanders
never know how much time they have with Andrew. I think it's
good they do that but also nice to think Andrew would know they
loved him regardless.
Frankly, I just love how Andrew deals with Santos. He's so
gentle and kind and understanding. I love it when he assures
the dying man that he is a good man.
I found myself wondering how hard it must have been for Andrew to
see Santos all torn up about wanting to ask Carla's forgiveness
when Andrew knew she was completely guilty. Sometimes not
being able to speak up must be insanely difficult.
Andrew's all lovely and reassuring again when Santos frets that he
said the wrong thing to an angry Carla at the cafe.
Music: Someone sings
the "Kyrie" during the performance of Agnes of God.
How much of a nerd am I that when Tess told Monica she was taking
her "where winter doesn't end," I shouted "Narnia!" in my head?
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-I had a feeling THC cut the murder from Andrew's POV... they
did. So Andrew shows up and tells Monica about Carla
laughing after she shot Orbie. Both versions cut to
commercial. The CBS version returns with a few seconds of
play rehearsal. Nothing vital. Monica then comments
that she can't believe Carla's a murderer. Tess asks her
exactly what a murderer looks like. Monica says she wants so
badly to believe that there's been a mistake. She turns to
our AOD. Andrew shakes his head and says no, there's no
mistake. Cut to Andrew's flashback. He's glowing and
wearing a tan suit with a white shirt and a goldish tie.
With a tan trench over that. And the belt is undone and just
kinda hanging off the sides. (Trying to give ya'll a
detailed mental image.) He's walking down the grafitti
covered alley. He looks grave. He pauses when Carla
shoots. Her boyfriend grabs the gun from her and runs,
yelling that they gotta get out. Carla stares at Orbie
dying, the boyfriends drives off, and she begins to laugh.
Andrew looks ticked and pale. He kneels in front of Orbie
and sets a hand on his shoulder. Orbie can't speak but
stares at Andrew who says: "It's all right, Orbie. I'm an
angel and God has sent me to take you Home." Orbie gathers
strength to speak and says
"Could you tell my Papa that I love him?" Carla is staring
the whole time and thinks this is directed to her. And maybe
it is cause Andrew turns to her and she shakes her head (to Orbie,
I'm sure she didn't see Angel Boy). Andrew turns back to
Orbie and the scene ends. It resumes at the jail with Andrew
shaking his head. THC resumes it with Monica's "But she said
she didn't do it." I'm sad THC cut this cause there's a shot
of Andrew crouching near Orbie that's in my head as an iconic
Andrew image. Woulda been nice to get a screen
capture. But really... they shouldn't have cut this
-They also cut a scene of Carla's final day in jail. She's
laying on her bunk, talking about the diner she's going to where
her daughter will skip through the door and hug her. Enshake
listens from her own cell and smiles. Carla goes on to say
they'll split a milkshake and no one will think twice about just a
regular mom out there. She says she might go in and out the
door a few times just to remind herself she can. (Which is
alluded to later.) The other inmate who plays Mother
Superior also listens on wistfully. Outside the cells,
Monica comments that now Carla has no reason to tells the
truth. Tess counters that when she leaves the jail, she'll
just be walking into a much worse prison. The inmate whose
name I forget asks Carla what she's doing about the play.
Enshake seems to have assumed she'd still do it and is alarmed by
the idea she would not. Carla responds that she doesn't
know, just really wants out. Monica approaches her and asks
if she doesn't want to play Agnes just once. Enshake says
that if she doesn't they have to use Didi (the one who had bad
things happen to her then started making it so bad things happened
to others) who is "terrible." Shoot to Didi in her cell
telling Enshake to shut up. Monica tells Carla that it would
mean a lot to everyone. Cut to people filing into the
performance area which is where THC begins this segment. In
this episode, that's two scenes they cut from right off the top of
Further on down the road...
Two episodes in one day! I missed this...
Kinda weird that as Monica is listing off winter's "lovely
qualities" Christmas doesn't get mentioned.
They're going to Narnia! Pre-Pevensies. ;-) I
can't help that my mind goes there when Tess mentions a place
"where winter doesn't end." Ha! I just looked back at
my original review above and realized I had the same thought then,
7:40 and it's Andrew time! I think death is personal for
Andrew a lot...
I think last time I watched this episode, I ended up rereading Agnes
of God. It really is a good play but so eery and sad.
Hi. My name is Jenni. How are you? Good, I
hope. Just wanted to give you a quick message. STOP
FRIGGIN' DOUBTING ANDREW AND WISE UP, WOMAN! If you don't
want him as your friend, can I have him as mine? Thanks for
Prior to actually taking a bus trip, I had no idea that they
dropped off and picked people up at restaurants, stores,
etc. I thought it was all about stations. But I guess
I should have known from this.
How sad for this little girl that her mom tells her she'll never
let he go again... and there she is off to jail again.
How hard must it have been for Andrew to have to only state the
reported facts for Santos when he knows the truth about Orbie's
murder? And then to hear Santos want to apologize and weep
over his need for forgiveness... knowing Carla did it!
Again... I couldn't be Andrew.
I feel like a truly decent person wouldn't have been so harsh with
Santos. Even if, let's say, Carla hadn't killed Orbie... she
still contributed to the situation that caused Orbie's
death. So being a jerk towards a grieving father is pretty
bad. Although I guess she was operating under the assumption
that Santos kinda framed her. Still... Tough
situation, I guess.
I really feel like it's kinda disrespectful to have Carla ask
Santos for his forgiveness right after she's been so rude (and did
she apologize for being rude?). I get that she's just had a
big revelation and God moment but why is he responsible for
helping her with that? He's a better person than I am.
And I wish we could have seen Santos learning that Andrew was with
Orbie and that he'll be with him, too. I guess I just plain
don't like that this episode is more about comforting Carla than
Santos. I believe God loves Carla and wants her to be
comforted. But He would want that for Santos, too. The
balance seems off to me. And I truly am not saying that just
cause Andrew was assigned to Santos. I think Andrew had
pretty good screentime in this.
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