You don't know what you have till its gone.
On God Friended Me Season 1 Episode 5, the God account unfriended Miles.
No, it was worse than that. Any trace of the God account completely disappeared. Gone. Poof.
However, neither Miles nor Cara nor Rakesh were able to shake what the account set out to accomplish in the first place, and that was to be a force for good and an avenue through which they could help people.
Even if they could never prove that said account existed, it left a mark on all of them. And even without it, they still wanted to help.
There's no denying it, they were changed. Even Miles who initially saw the deletion of the account as a blessing and a chance to finally get his life back.
A full 24-hours didn't even pass by before he was contemplating to follow the suggestion God gave him just before the account disappeared.
I had the privilege of interviewing Violett Beane, who plays Cara on the series, and she summed it up the God account unfriending Miles like this: "the “God account” does not appreciate Miles thinking that he doesn’t have to deal with this."
Basically, you can't just pick and choose when you are going to help and when you are going to carry out the mission.
In fact, I'd go as far as to say that much like all the other episode-of-the-week missions, this was all part of God's plan to force Miles' hand to make a choice and stand by it.
These are real people with real problems. And every single time I help one of them I think about what would have happened if I failed.Miles
And Miles passed the test with flying colors, eventually.
Much like his father, Miles acknowledged he had a calling he couldn't ignore.
It wasn't as permanent or official as joining the ministry and becoming a reverend -- that kind of lifestyle isn't for everyone -- but it allowed him to help in a way that was just as important and rewarding.
There is so much symbolism in the last scene where Miles friends the God account. He is finally accepting his role in all of this and reaching out to say, "I want to keep doing this out of my own free will."
The moment he made the choice on his own, the God account returned.
I think it's safe to say Miles won't be doubting it anymore as he now sees this more of an opportunity than as a burden.
As Miles was questioning his next steps concerning the God account, we were able to connect with Arthur on a deeper level.
Joe Morton does incredible work on this series so I do hope we continue exploring his backstory and his own calling.
Admittedly, the back and forth struggle Miles was going through was slightly annoying as he clearly enjoyed helping others and cherished the friendships he made along the way.
We saw the joy following up with previous suggestions on Facebook brought him so it was frustrating to see him allow fear to get the best of him.
Yeah, see anybody can get a calling. But why you answer, that's the real question.Uncle Terrence
The fear was making him cynical as he felt it was better to ignore the suggestions as he might not be able to help them all.
But as Uncle T said, these people aren't looking for a miracle, they just need hope for a better tomorrow.
It's a blessing that Miles has such a strong circle of friends and family around him who are invested in the account and push him towards becoming the best version of himself, even if he sometimes doesn't see that version as quickly as they do.
The friend suggestion of the week, Rachel Blake, provided a heavier episode than we've seen up until this point.
It wasn't all hope and sunshine as we saw Fliss and Bleaker on God Friended Me Season 1 Episode 4.
Not every encounter is going to be uplifting, but that doesn't make the work any less important.
I'd say helping Rachel accept her sister's death and find out what happened in those final moments of her life were more important than helping Fliss find herself.
With Rachel, it was a matter of life or death as she could have either spiraled more or found purpose in life.
Tears welled up in my eyes when she repaid Miles by drawing the artwork for his podcast.
It's interesting how every suggestion somehow ties back with Miles' personal life.
When he initially began helping Rachel, he knew nothing about her.
However, the accident happened right by the soup kitchen run by his father and Uncle Terrence.
Joe, the man hailed as a hero for saving Rachel, was a man who frequented the soup kitchen and knew of the Finer family.
And Miles and Rachel even shared a friend in common, Melvin.
I found that people are not looking for miracles, Miles. They're looking for hope. And you only get that from people who have struggled and make the choice to keep going.Arthur
None of that is a coincidence. At the risk of sounding too cliche, I would say it's fate.
Maybe there's an even bigger reason that this massive request of being the "Guardian Atheist" has fallen on Miles.
The need to find out the "who" behind the God account wasn't high on the priority list on God Friended Me Season 1 Episode 5, and I think it's because Miles and company are realizing what we have figured out all along: putting a face to the idea of God would take away from the magic.
We've suspended our disbelief because we're immersed in the story, and the anonymity helps Miles embrace and take the necessary steps to carry out the mission.
At the end of the day, they are helping people which is all that matters.
However, I will say that Uncle T seemed all too eager to help Miles figure out how to find witnesses to the accident.
It could be entirely possible that he's behind the account as a way to repair the fractured relationship between Miles and Arthur.
It's a delight to watch these characters, their interactions and how they grow with each passing episode.
Ali helped Rakesh realize that he was acting selfishly about Jaya's exciting new opportunity.
It was unfair of him to get upset with her as she tried to tell him ahead of time to minimalize blowback at dinner.
On the other hand, his frustration is understandable considering this undefined, unlabeled "thing" between them just started and she's leaving to a completely different city.
I started this podcast with a simple goal. To help people. Somewhere along the way, I think I got a little lost about what I'd hoped to accomplish. But here's the thing, there are moments in life where your beliefs are challenged. Where you find your true calling. And sure, it may not be exactly what you set out to do, but it's the way you respond that matters.Miles
But man, Minnesota is only less than a three-hour flight from New York. She isn't going cross-country, Rakesh!
And she's following a dream which will hopefully encourage him to figure out what his calling is so he can put down the headset and step away from the customer service gig.
With such impressive hacking skills, Rakesh deserves to be doing something more fulfilling.
I hope Jaya's big move doesn't mean we'll be seeing less of her. Removing her from the equation just as she was becoming a staple fourth person in the core group would be a bummer.
With the possibility of the God account being gone forever, Miles tried to distance himself from Cara.
It obviously didn't work, but I can see why he'd want to since it's clear she's going to give Eli, a self-proclaimed changed man, a second chance.
I'm all for second chances had the series not been building up the romantic element between Cara and Miles.
Will she be able to date Eli and still help Miles with the God account's mission?
Maybe Rakesh is right -- maybe this is divine intervention and Miles and Cara aren't meant to be.
Though I really doubt that and eventually, they won't be able to continue ignoring the feelings between them. Eli is bound to pick up on their chemistry, right?
What did you think about the episode?
Will God give Miles a second chance? Will Cara give Eli a second chance?
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