Losers, and Leftovers"
A review by Jenni:
It's Saturday morning. I can't remember the last time, if
ever, that I did one of these prior to noon. So we'll see
how I like it. Last night I just tired out too quickly and
didn't wanna write nonsense. Well, more than usual.
What I love about this episode:
I'm all for anything that involves poetry. Monica opens this
episode with James Kavanaugh's "There are Men Too Gentle to Live
Among Wolves." Beautiful and sad.
Well, this episode makes me glad I don't work in the corporate
world. Yay non-profits! I actually just saw our
CEO. He's not some dude that only appears via
This location actually looks quite similar to where my company has
our retreats. So this feels pretty realistic to me.
Sadly, we do not play musical chairs, though.
I like the stress on recognizing our co-workers as humans with
lives. That's important. However, privacy is also
important. I've had some co-workers who really had boundary
issues and that can be just as bad as distant, aloof people.
Giggle. Liam's cell phone amuses me.
That's very sweet that Liam would send his son emails all the
Ha. I love that Tess switches the teams after Liam so
deliberately picks them. Always fun to mess with liars.
I wish we'd do a scavenger hunt at work... Although I would
prefer we did it in the spring. Oooh! JABB Meeting
Ouch... Powerful stuff when Liam tells Monica to leave his
family out of it and she responds with "I think you've already
done that." Good one, Monica. Here's something I'm
noticing... I like Monica better in episodes when she's NOT
interacting with Andrew.
That's cool that a memory of Liam's father helps them find the
flag. Kinda sums the whole episode up: you need your family
even in business.
Ha! I could have helped! As a short person, I've done
my share of putting stick tack on a yardstick to reach
Tess once again shows Liam the error of his ways. Really
glad Liam got chastised for leaving poor Neil.
Wow. Nice curve ball. Josh ends up being the good
Samaritan for Neil. I still think the chair deal was
disgusting but I like that they show that a single human can be a
jerk and savior both. We're a complicated, contradictory
"God has sent me here to tell you that He loves you so
much... But he wants you to stop trying to become what you
think you need to be." From Monica to Liam. Then she
moves onto "Think of yourself as someone so precious to God that
He will always send a shepherd to bring you back home if you get
lost." Love that.
I'm very glad they had Liam speak to how scary it can be for any
parent, but perhaps especially one with a special needs child, to
think about how their child will face the future without
"He is with You. He is your strength and your
salvation. Then what is there to be afraid of?" Monica
"Ask Him. He will answer you. It may not be what you
expect or what you want. But it will always be exactly what
you need." Same scene with Monica and Liam. It's a
great attitude to have towards prayer. Not an easy attitude
to have always, of course...
"Will you walk in fear? Or will you walk
with God? Your Father in Heaven wants you to live the rest
of your life in faith. Will you trust Him?" This scene
is packed with great quotes. I just wish Andrew woulda
gotten some of them.
Matt helping his fellow runner is just awesome.
That Harlow is in a wheelchair is maybe a lil too neat... It
made think "Augh. Lame. Now he's gonna promote Liam
because it's all been a good-natured test the whole time."
But then the writers totally throw out the predictable ending and
it turns out Harlow's still a jerk. Way to be,
writers. Way to be.
And the trio with arms linked... Sigh... I think,
truthfully, more than I ever wanted any couple on any TV show to
have a romantic happily ever after (even including Vincent and
Catherine)... I just wanted our trio to be happy together as
friends forever. It breaks my heart that it didn't end that
way. But in this episode, all is well.
What I didn't love about
Well, it would have been nice if, during this episode, a cat
hadn't decided to hang out in my yard thus making my dog bark for
several minutes straight... keeping my from hearing chunks of this
episode. But I spose the TBAA people couldn't really do
anything to prevent that. ;-)
Wow. That blonde guy with the company (as opposed to the
blonde guy with the Father) is a total jerk. Apparently
chivalry's dead for him. I can't believe he yanked a chair
out from under a woman! It'd be bad to do to a man, of
Holy cow... I can't imagine leaving a friend, or even an enemy,
wounded in the woods in the winter! Bad, Liam, bad!
I wish there'd been more scenes of Andrew with the kids.
I wonder if the TBAA cast and crew did retreats? That
would have been awesome.
Should you know your co-workers' favorite foods and movies?
Personally, I'm not sure I want my co-workers knowing that.
Umm... did that entire crowd at the end see our trio disappear
that made me feel swoony:
"There are men too gentle to live among wolves..." Monica's
opening recitation. Pretty sure it was not intended to
remind me of JD and Andrew both but it does. And lotsa other
people. Except, to go with Tess' line, I can't imagine
Andrew ever attacking anyone. I think Doc Hock would
also appreciate that line.
Aww, Andrew being nostalgic in the
opening. Something tells me he likes the song "Big Yellow
Taxi." I definitely think that scene shows Andrew as the
most optimistic of the three. He remembers the past as being
calm and beautiful. Tess remembers there always being
competition. I agree with her. But I also think it's a
good example of Andrew always hunting for the good side.
"Bang!" :-) Andrew's all sorts of adorable with
children. This dude makes me wish I could rewrite the rules
of reproduction. Aww. His face when Matt introduces
his "girlfriend" is adorable. I had to rewind and rewatch
that scene. I was engaged by 4 so I can relate to the
kids. That relationship didn't work out, obviously.
Aww. I love it when Andrew tells Matt he did "real, real
good." Sketchy grammar by Andrew makes me happy. I
also love it when he uses "real" instead of "really."
Aww geez. He's rubbing at his neck again. Poor love
has a lot of nervous/distressed habits. And then when he
says "I'm not dad, I'm afraid," I just wanna hug him. Then
adopt a baby so he can play pretend. Yep, things would be
totally functional and healthy if Andrew were real and I knew
Andrew's smile when Liam enters the gym is so sweet. He's
always so happy when others are. I love him...
Music: With the exception of
"Pop Goes the Weasel" during musical chairs, I didn't pick up on
Scenes Hallmark cut:
-They cut a scene of Liam and his wife in bed. The
clock tells us it's a lil after 4:00 AM. The wife, Jamie, is
sleeping but Liam is reading. She awakens and asks what he's
reading. It's The
Art of War which, apparently, Josh suggested he
read. Liam starts quoting it, his wife urges him to not go
around quoting it like the Bible. Liam responds that he should have read it years ago. She
replies that she wouldn't have married him years ago in that
case. Liam asks if she realizes what the stakes are.
Jamie expresses doubt that the retreat is some sort of contest to
get/keep their jobs. Liam says that it could be and, thus,
he needs to have a strategy and be competitive. Jamie points
out that he's not the latter and reminds him that he doesn't even
fight her for the TV remote. She goes back to bed, Liam
returns to his book. It then goes to Liam explaining the
retreat to Matt which is where THC begins the segment in their
-There must have been some sort of glitch when I recorded the CBS
version cause a chunk of Monica's revelation is missing on my
VHS. So it's possible THC cut something from it and I
wouldn't notice. I think it's somewhat doubtful,
though. A revelation seems an odd thing to cut into.
-They also cut out a PSA at the end from Timothy Shriver about the
Special Olympics. Cutting a Kennedy... you've got guts,
THC. ;-) But, seriously, the Special Olympics are
still very important so you'd think THC could at least flash a
number if not find time for the entire PSA. So here's the link, at least.
Further on down the road...
I dunno... For some reason Roma's poetry recitation
here, too, just seems so lacking to me. Like she's just
reading the lines but not putting much into them. The poem
itself is very moving but I don't feel like it really means
anything to her. Maybe it's just bad timing. We've
been talking on the YG about how unemotional the Monica and Zack
final scene in the finale is after we've grown so used to Monica
being so emotional about nearly everything. So maybe I'm
just more observant right now about times when Monica seems less
emotive than I would even be.
Augh. I don't think I wanna end the weekend on this
episode. Nothing makes a person wanna go back to work like
seeing workplace bickering and backstabbing!
I don't even wanna know what would happen if my workplace told
everyone they had to go on a weekend-long retreat. Major
Wow. I feel bad. I couldn't answer most of these
questions Tess is asking for my co-workers. Not even those
I'm close to. Of course, I spose it's worth considering that
I'm not sure I even know
what my favorite movie or food is. It depends. I know
foods and movies I've discussed with co-workers. But not
How is it that Liam didn't realize this was a full weekend
retreat? Is he just that clueless or did they not make that
clear? If the latter, that's pretty cruddy. Some of
these people probably had to arrange childcare and such.
I wonder if a company would even do something like this these
days? Seems like taking away all cell phones and sending
people into terrain is a lawsuit waiting to happen. If I
were on a jury, I'd totally fault a company if someone got injured
while trying to get a freaking flag out of a tree and then
couldn't get emergent treatment cause they didn't have means of
Ooh. Andrew again at around 26:20. Yay. So cute
saying "Bang!" :-) Too bad he has so few scenes in
this one. Well, at least I won't be spending tons of time
screen-capping this episode... Here he is again right before
the 40 mark. Given that Andrew was with Matt during the
course of this assignment, I think it would have been better had
they shown Andrew's reaction shots during the race as opposed to
It's eerie how much Mr. Harlow looks like someone I used to know
who was pretty Machiavellian like this fellow. Even the
suit. Eeek. The real guy didn't use a wheelchair,
Apropos. Just earlier today I was thinking about a brief
stint in my life and how I didn't like who it made me be. So
it was cool to have Liam echo that sentiment.
And they kept the PSA! Yay!
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