"Visions of Thy Father"
A review by Jenni:
I'm not as nervous about this episode as last week's.
However... I saw the old CBS promo for it and Andrew was no where
to be seen. So that concerns me.
What I love about this episode:
I would just like to make it known that sometimes it's hard to
understand the decisions angels make. Like not to follow
their weeping friend out of a newsroom... So it's nice that
we have mutual dumbfoundedness in common based on the intro
I love that Andrew gets to be behind the camera for part of
this. He always seems so, if not joyful, then at least
really content when he has a camera.
Well, I'm not quite half-way through but thus far Andrew's made a
pretty good showing. In fact, the episode is fairly
well-balanced among the three with Tess lagging a bit. But,
really, it's been good screen time-wise.
Aww. I like that the mom comes up with the picnic
idea. I was worried it was going to lead to a scary
scene. But it's such a sweet idea.
Ack! Whatta way to do a commercial break! Jason opens
the door, pan to a concerned Monica and Andrew, and then make
people wait! Well done with the suspense! And, bonus,
when it resumes Tess is there. Yay.
I like that they show how much Will's transgression and cover-up
impacts Jason. I think sometimes parents don't realize how
much their behavior and what they say affects their near-grown and
grown children. I would totally freak out if I found out one
of my parents was having an affair and it would even change
something of how I feel about myself... It shouldn't because
it wasn't my mistake. But it would. Like Jason tells
Monica, I would feel like my life was a lie.
I also applaud the show for often depicting how much pressure kids
sometimes put on themselves to protect their parents. Like
Jason does here to protect his mom. He'll carry this
burdensome secret rather than hurt her. I imagine there are
many children out there doing the same thing to one extent or
"Yes, people will be hurt for a while by the truth. But
they'll be damaged forever by a lie." A good and
all-too-difficult quote from Monica.
Really, Renee is awesome. She lets Will have it but only in
a limited way and keeps the focus on doing what's best for their
son. I'd like to think, in her place, I'd be like that,
too. She's also very good at compartmentalizing Jason's
father and her husband. Not everyone can do that so well and
children suffer for it.
"More than anything else, He wants you to know that He loves
you." From Tess to Will. I like the phrasing.
"There can be no 'buts' when you ask for forgiveness, baby.
No conditions." Amen to that, Tess!
"The light of God's love can penetrate any darkness." Monica
speaking to Jason. I do believe that. Even when it
sometimes seems really dark.
"He created you. He knows your heart because He made
it. He can see the anger and the pain and the betrayal and
the fear that's in it. But He can also see that love that's
still there [for your father]."
"He can give you a heart like His. A heart that sees failure
and betrayal and mistakes and yet still loves, still hopes."
Both those are from Monica to Jason. I especially love this
last one. Maybe the point of life is to grow a heart like
I love that Tess had an appointment with Sherri. She needs
an angel to straighten her out!
What I didn't love about
Have to say... I find myself with zero patience/sympathy with a
fortysomething year old guy bemoaning that half his life is
After this episode featured really well balanced screen time for
quite some time, Andrew basically disappeared for a long
When can doctors treat family? I always thought that
was a no-no.
Do many schools wrap their semesters in June? I have never
been in a school that was in session past the last week of
May. But Jason said he was graduating in June.
Further, do most people apply during their senior year? Was
my school just zealous? I thought we had to do all of that
during our junior year... maybe it just seemed that way.
Is it believable that neither parent would ride in the ambulance
with Jason after his accident? I thought someone was usually
able to ride along. No?
Parts that made me feel
Andrew's sweater in the opening scene. I also love how
unmodern his jeans look. Remember the days when jeans were
really blue and not almost navy?
I wish I could tag along with Andrew... Lucky Jason. I
love how encouraging he is with him. And eager to help him
get his career going.
What does Andrew know and when? Something about his demeanor
upon first meeting the doctor seems... knowing. I've always
liked when he was quietly perturbed with people who hurt others
He's so handsome in the shots after Jason's accident... Yes,
I realize my focus should be elsewhere then but... he's beautiful.
He looks lovely in light blue. And any time he laughs, I'm
Music: None that I picked up.
Sometimes I wonder if the age difference between myself and the
TBAA writers makes some of these episodes a lil hard to swallow
for me. On the YG this week, I mentioned how I grew up
knowing about AIDS. That has nearly always been part of my
worldview. So it's really hard for me to sometimes swallow
these episodes wherein adultery is uncovered and mere minutes
later I'm supposed to believe things can be salvaged.
There's the emotional betrayal, of course. But adultery has
never been only that to me. It's always in my mind that a
philandering spouse could unwittingly expose their spouse to a
fatal disease. I have a really hard time with this episode
and "Labor of Love" in light of that.
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-The segment after Jason discovers his father's affair
begins with Monica checking a customer out at the photo
shop. Just as the lady is departing, Jason rushes in.
He doesn't say anything to Monica so she follows him into the dark
room. When she enters, he's looking at a photo he took of
his dad and Sherri... as if hunting for clues. Monica asks
him if he got the shots he needed, Jason says that he was too late.
She asks if he minds if she closes up, he says no. Monica
leaves and Jason briefly examines the photos again. Then he
stashes the incriminating film in that glass (which now explains
why he grabbed that glass and ran out in the scene between him,
Monica, and Andrew). It then cuts to the doctor arriving
home and asking if Jason is back. His wife responds with
something like "Remember the good old days when you used to start
with 'Hi, beautiful.'" Clearly with a guilty conscience,
Will asks what she means. She goes onto say a hello would
just be nice. He smiles with relief, says "Hello,
beautiful," and they tightly embrace. Renee then answers
him, saying Jason isn't home yet. Jason enters just in time
to see them kiss. He looks kinda sick. His mom greets
him warmly and tells him dinner is almost ready, with peach
turnovers for dessert (yum). She says it's to celebrate her
"soon to be famous men" and acing her chem test. Jason says
he isn't hungry and leaves the room. Renee asks Will if
something happened. Will says Jason was fine when he left
the office and maybe had a fight with Lisa. Will says he'll
go talk to him. Then it goes to where THC starts. This
all takes about 2 minutes so I'm hoping it's the only cut they
made... And it was.
Further on down the road...
Sigh... Monica's surprised that everything seems fine
but is not? Has she actually been living the life I've been
watching since 1994? Cause I kinda feel like at this point a
calm facade over a brewing storm should not be surprising for her.
Ya know, I have just never been struck by the desire to dye my
hair. I don't think Roma's looks bad here but I certainly
don't think it's as pretty or flattering as her normal
color. I've never really understood it. Do people
think they look better with a color they dye it to? Or do
people just like having something really different now and
again? Or maybe in some cases their hair was once a
particular shade then changed but they miss the old shade?
When I was little, mine was practically bleach blonde. I'm
NOT going back to that. I think maybe I'm just weirded out
by my mental image of myself and a mirror image not matching and
my mental image is pretty fixed as "dishwater blonde
person." I think I'll be fine moving into ash blonde
eventually, too. But I just can't imagine red or brown or
black. Okay, so this episode bores me a bit at times so I
talked about hair for a whole paragraph. Ha. Andrew's
hair, though... always lovely. Well, except for this.
Just say no to the top notch!
This dad annoys
me... We all know affairs are totally fine if you don't care
about the other person. ::rolls eye sarcastically::
Yuck. It's complicated because I think it would hurt
terribly to hear your spouse loved someone who isn't you but I
kinda think hearing "I don't love her" would make it worse.
An entire life together was worth risking over what... lust?
I think I could almost deal with total confusion better. Who
knows, though. In any case, a married man making out with a
woman he doesn't care about is disgusting. Go skydiving if
you need to feel alive. Geez.
Ha. I just realized the mom is wearing a top notch.
But it looks good on her.
I don't really think I'd feel right eating in a doctor's
office. Seems germy... Although I guess an
ophthalmologist's would maybe not be quite as likely to have
contagious people in it. Still...
Ya know, I don't have a single item of argyle clothing.
Monica's sweater is really cute. Maybe I should give it a
shot sometime. Yeah, so this episode is one I tend to wander
during. Blessedly, my life's been pretty much adultery-free.
Kinda offended by the kid telling his dad that he's made a fool of
his mother. There's only one fool in the family and it ain't
her. I know that people whose spouses have cheated sometimes
feel that way but I don't think other people should be saying that
Sigh... Lovely Andrew. His reaction shots really get
I'm really glad Tess called the doc out on using "but..." during
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