"An Unexpected Snow"
A review by Jenni:
This is one of the first episodes, if not the first episode, I clearly
remember watching back when TBAA was first on the air. Except I
know I first saw this one during the summer so it must have been the
rerun season. So that makes it special to me as, if not the first
TBAA episode I ever saw, very close to it.
What I love about this
First, I liked all the talk about destiny. At times TBAA
has been kinda negative about stuff I find innocuous like the concept
of luck and superstitions. Fate, destiny, luck, etc. don't really
belong to any one religion or group and I think that's part of their
appeal. As long as someone isn't driving themselves crazy over
the concepts, I don't see any reason to fuss over them.
I got a kick outta Tess saying "Hark!" and then defending it by telling
Monica "I miss the old days." We should use that word more
I *love* that mansion this episode was filmed in. It and the
property were just so gorgeous. Elegant but not
pretentious. Large but still
I love llamas. I think they're adorable. So I'm all for
llamas in TV shows!
I agree with Megan's line that "Sanity's overrated."
It seems like the writers sometimes forgot stuff they probly shouldn't
have (like when Andrew and Monica first met) but this episode is a
great example of them remembering details. Tess refers to
Benjamin Franklin as a "nosy motormouth" and in Season 2 in "Dear God"
they actually bring those words back up again when she recalls
I like it when Monica assures Megan that "When you cry, God cries with
you." Makes a person feel less alone, I feel.
I love this quote from Tess: "When two people are on a journey there
will be miles when they fall silent but that doesn't mean they
shouldn't be traveling together." I think, if I ever do meet a
guy, whether or not we have companionable silence is gonna be a huge
determining factor in whether I stay in that relationship. I
think it's that important.
Also in that scene, I love the sarcastic, deadpan way Tess speaks to
Jack. It's funny and powerful and he deserves some grief.
As has become obvious to anyone who has read many of these, I routinely
dislike TBAA's handling of adultery. But here it really doesn't
get under my skin. I think maybe it's because Susana tells Megan
she'll forgive Jack "but not today." Unlike later episodes,
there's no sudden, complete reconciliation. The episode leaves us
with hope for Jack and Susana but not some automatic "happily ever
after" a la "Labor of Love." And I appreciate that realism.
What I didn't love about this
so often, I have a gripe with Monica. She's
mean to Adam! The guy tells her there's no one other than her and
Tess he'd want to spend Thanksgiving with and she doesn't want to let
him! If God had such a problem with it, wouldn't He have told
Adam to scram? Since He didn't... why is Monica being so
bratty?!? To add insult to injury she tells him she "can't have
an AOD" around. Honestly, sometimes I think Monica's biased
against AODs. Like Adam's just gonna go nuts and start yanking
people Home or something...
I think Adam shoulda been able to play the piano to his heart's
content. I don't get Tess' problem.
I always hate it when someone asks an angel if they'll ever see them
again and they either say no or shake their head like Monica does here
to Megan. What kinda hopeful outlook is that? I believe
that in Heaven I'll see all the people who were ever meaningful to me.
So how come Adam did get to stay for Thanksgiving? Did Monica
relent or did Tess intervene? Cause at the table Tess introduces
him and says she asked him to stay but we never actually see any
exchange between them about it so I dunno.
I have always wanted to know what Adam was about to say when Tess cuts
him off with "Don't start" after Monica comments about having never
been in love. Was he gonna give a serious answer? Be
sarcastic? Was someone ever in love with him and he was gonna
talk about it? Heck, maybe he woulda given us some awesome stuff
to tell the shippers to get em to knock it off.
If Adam hadn't shown up, who did Tess expect to slaughter poor
Does Monica *really* know there's someone out there for Megan? I
always want to know that when the angels say that. Cause I hate
it when people just rattle that off because they think it'll be
Where does turkey-like substance come from?
Parts that made me feel
Adam feeding the llama was my first "Aww!" moment. Attractive guy
feeding an adorable llama... awesome.
very sweet that Adam rises when both Megan and Susana leave the
This episode helped me to realize why I don't worry about Adam in the
same way I do Andrew. I have concerns for Adam but I also think
Adam's a heckuva lot better at standing up for himself. He
doesn't give in to Tess' demands and even ends up outright disobeying
her. I'm not sure Andrew could do that. I love Andrew but I
think Adam's probly the stronger, more confident of the two.
This definitely does not make me feel swoony but it reminds me of Adam
and Andrew so I'm putting it here. At the very end Tess
repeatedly tells Monica "I adore you!" I would have loved to have
seen such a vocal, emotional admission made to her Angel Boys.
But, alas, no.
mostly this episode is about Adam and Alexander for me. Adam's
devotion to his feathered friend remains my favorite memory of
He's awesome. Everything about this guy is classy.
Ever since seeing this episode I've wanted one of those lottery
spinning things with balls with philosophical questions written on
em. No idea if you can buy those, though.
I always thought the lil plot element with Susana's cardigan was neat
because I also have a beige cardigan with a roll collar that was my
Grandpa's. I love it.
another way angels try to explain what they do without giving
out too much detail or lying: Adam says only that he's "in
Being only a so-so mechanic seems to be an AOD trait.
I'm not sure I want to end on this note but I don't know where else to
put this. This episode more than any other still leaves me
feeling completely stunned that Charles Rocket has passed on.
Watching this he's just so alive! So as much as I love this
episode, it makes me sad. For us. Not for him. I
believe he's still very much alive and Home.
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