and be thankful.”
So... as of yesterday... I finally finished Part 1 of the
story I've been working on for ages. Yay! But
that still means I didn't have much time to spend on this
newsletter. So we have a short lil Thanksgiving
section (that could grow!) and then I decided to begin
writing JABB's Angel Rule Book. I'll explain shortly.
Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating and to everyone...
try not to get too stressed out by the holiday season!
So I know this has been a tough couple of years for us.
It's hard being a fan of someone whose future work will only
be seen when we, like John, go Home. Still... I'm not
sorry I'm a John Dye fan. I remain grateful and as I
prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I think there are a few
things we can all be thankful for, serious and silly. So this is
interactive. If, after you read this, you want to add on
then just email me and I'll add lines as I get em.
That's why this isn't a top ten. Who knows how many
Reasons to Be Thankful You're a John Dye
don't know how many other fangirls have the ability to watch
their favorite actor impersonate a turkey on Thanksgiving. I'm
betting it's few outside of John Dye fans. But we
can! See ToD's "Thanks for the Memories" and enjoy!
2. Dude looked awesome in sweats AND tuxes. Not
everyone can say that and not everyone can admire one who can
pull both looks off.
3. I know it's bittersweet but I also think it's pretty
beautiful that the man we mourned is also someone whose work
did so much to help with mourning.
4. While I think it's safe to say that we all would have
welcomed lots more John appearances, think of all the
different roles we got to see him in. Touched
alone gave us John in a legal procedural, an education-themed
drama, a political scandal thriller, and so much more.
5. He got my attention with Touched and left me
with my first serious TV character crush, he won me over
permanently with Mother, Mother which definitely
cemented him as an actual person crush for me, and then Heart
of the Beholder came along and I wanted to slug that guy
(Manion... not John). So... he had range and never left
me bored! I'm thankful for all those roles... even
though I hope I meet many more Andrews and Jeffs in life than
I do Manions.
6. He told us God loves us... and we know God loves him.
So what are YOU thankful for?
of you who read the True Stories from Touched by an Angel
book probably remember that there was a section devoted to
the "angel rules." It
listed off the rules that governed the series: angels had to
respect free will, angels were not dead people, angels
couldn't lie, etc. Well, with things written for JABB,
we've tried and I think succeeded with sticking with those
rules. However, there's a lot the rules didn't
cover. So I decided it was high time JABB had its own
angel rule book to ensure consistency. Cause I
seriously dislike contradicting myself in stories. I
figured these five were a good start.
The below answers are not "official" in the sense that
they're TBAA canon. Rather, we've cobbled together
inferences from TBAA episodes and then tried to
extrapolate. So these are the "official JABB" answers
that are used in JABB stories but other TBAA fans may
contest the conclusions.
1. Do angels sleep? Yes. Tess voices
a desire to hit the hay in "The Homecoming" and Monica can be
seen sporting PJs in "Psalm 151" thus implying they do, in
fact, sleep. However, I'm sure we can all list off
several scenes from episodes showing angels pulling
all-nighters. So... JABB's reading of this is that the
angels, when in human form, do enjoy sleeping as we do.
It's restful, gives you energy, etc. However, they don't
*need* sleep in the same way we do (angels, being immortal,
would never die for lack of sleep though we might) and may not
always want it as we do.
If Andrew works an assignment from 6 AM until 10 PM then, were
he human, the assumption would be he'd really better get to
sleep after such a long day. However, as Andrew may very
well have gone Home during that period, that return would
serve as an even more invigorating experience than sleep so he
may not need or want sleep. If an angel is earthbound
for an extended period of time, they will take on the sleep
needs of a human in the same condition. So when Andrew
was homeless, he probably needed to sleep 8 hours each
night. Of course, as with us, angels may find sleep
difficult to come by even when they do need/want it.
2. Can angels become ill or
injured? Yes they can be when in human
form. Episodes like "Remembering Me," "Amazing Grace,"
"Seek and Ye Shall Find" and others make that clear.
However, no condition would ever prove fatal because, again,
angels are immortal. It's also the official position
of JABB that no angel would ever become ill in a way that
used limited resources. It would be ridiculous to have
an angel all of a sudden need a kidney transplant when
donated organs are in short supply and should go to people
who will otherwise die without them. As angels can
donate blood and blood is much more widely available, the
ban does not apply to transfusions although I don't foresee
that being an issue. Whether angels can be injured
when in their own forms... jury's out on that one.
Monica seemed pained when she was protecting Jean in "The
Spirit of Liberty Moon" but it was never explored further by
TBAA. My take was that it was emotionally draining to
be the target of violence while in angel form though perhaps
not exactly painful. But I'm not sure. So I
guess JABB crosses that bridge if we ever come to it.
3. Do angels age? Not usually.
However, TBAA offered us a couple glimpses of angels who
remained on earth for well over a decade: Kelly ("As It Is in
Heaven") and Claire ("Jacob's Ladder"). Assumedly they
aged otherwise those around them would grow quite
suspicious. So JABB's position is that angels do age if
1. They're earthbound following a devastating trauma a la
Claire or 2. Choose to age so as to have a greater role
with a human or community a la Kelly. Andrew has made it
clear that he does intend to age because of reason #2 though
that hasn't begun.
JABB has also taken the position that, as with us humans,
angels may seem to age/grow younger due to mood. I'm
sure we all know that we look fantastic after a relaxing week
long vacation and not so great after dealing with stressful
situations for weeks on end. It doesn't seem that
unbelievable that Andrew would look a bit younger after a
really great week amongst friends but also appear tired and
worn after a wrenching assignment.
4. How do the angels' powers
play out with their human friends? The same way
they do for everyone. While they may sometimes make
jokes to the contrary, Andrew cannot use his powers on
command to benefit his friends... unless God allows for
it. While we've seen the angels do fun things like
paint a room in a matter of moments, Andrew does not go
around Dyeland speed cleaning or redecorating. That
would just seem wrong. The same applies to the far
more serious matter of protection. Andrew's friends
are not somehow safer than the average person cause they
have an angel as a buddy. However, they're not less
safe, either. If Andrew would, on his own time, go out
with a friend and trouble arose then the possibilities are
could, the whole time remaining in human form, intervene and
try to protect them. Whether he would succeed or not
could allow Andrew to use powers (like crumbling a gun in
his bare hand) to protect them in angelic form just as He
has with some assignments ("Chutzpah").
could suddenly go into AOD mode per God's will and then have
to follow the same protocol respecting free will that he
would with any assignment.
What's not possible is for Andrew to, of his own volition
and without God's blessing, decide to use his angelic powers
to protect his friends.
5. Do angels have money? Yep, especially
when the assignment requires it. Speaking from
experience, many businesses require
employees to pay for work-related expenses then fill out forms
for reimbursement. Thus, said employee either needs cash
or a credit card. So likely the angels would have one or
the other during assignments that required them to cover
expenses otherwise their presence becomes an inconvenience to
those they're trying to help!
Additionally, JABB's position is that they have a limited
amount of spending money for use during their downtime.
This would seem to fit with Andrew buying Monica coffee in a
couple episodes. But I would stress *limited*
amount. Andrew's not gonna be gifting his friends with
week long Disneyland vacations or anything. He could
probably buy them dinner on occasion, however. Also, in
cases where Andrew's human friends go on an assignment with
him, those expenses are likely covered by whatever means
Andrew's living expenses are (Bank of God?) as long as their
presence has a legitimate purpose to the assignment. For
example, in "Safe" the girls' presences helped Andrew get an
"in" with Erica, one of his assignments. So the women
served a purpose necessary to the case. Ditto with the
assignment in "We Trust to Thee." Thus, the Bank of God
likely covered those grocery bills. If, however, Andrew
was doing perfectly fine in, say, Chicago and Rose and
JenniAnn decide they just have to be near by and hole up in a
hotel in the city... they're on their own cause, really,
they're just being clingy.
And I'm sure there will be later editions of this. :-)
This newsletter is dedicated to John who
left us with so much to be thankful for, so much kindness to
share, so much faith in a God who loves, and so much hope
for an end to sorrow. Happy Thanksgiving, John.
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this page is from Tour of Duty
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Productions. They are not being used to seek profit.)