Intern- Something Good was our first introduction to Unattached Objects, or, similarly, Unclaimed Items. But where Shane once called them “junk,” she was beside herself in To The Altar when her unclaimed “treasure” almost ended up on the auction block.
Mail Carrier- Shane’s playful “Have fun” to send Oliver off to the parking meeting in To The Altar is a direct callback to the opening minutes of Something Good, in which the definition of “fun” was discussed at length before Shane sent Oliver off with the same phrase.
Dark Of Night
The Treasure Box
Intern- “A cord of three strands is never broken, a building of three corners can withstand the winds, and two heart, joined by a Greater One, can withstand anything.” Perhaps one of the most poignant truths written in the letters between Jonathan and Katherine, Ramon apparently imparted the wisdom that “a cord of three strands is never broken” during marriage counseling with Rita and Norman.
Mail Carrier- You were probably ugly crying by the time Shane, heartbroken, read “Yes, yes I will be your wife” out of Katherine’s return letter to Jonathan. If you were paying careful attention in To The Altar, Shane’s response to Oliver’s proposal, “Yes, yes I will will marry you,” echoed the letter, her tears out of joy this time rather than heartbreak.
Section Lead- My favorite thing about To The Altar was how Shane & Oliver were basically living their own version of a historical romance, including “sipping tea at the [Brown]”--instead of, as Katherine recalled in The Treasure Box, at the Plaza in New York. Remember also that Shane texted Joe about the Bachelor Party because Oliver was “hopelessly lost somewhere in the 20th century” (1900’s) and the letters between Jonathan & Katherine began in 1908.
A Hope & A Future
Mail Carrier- Shane’s declaration of “I’m a diagonal girl myself” pointed back to the fact that in A Hope & A Future, Oliver attended a parking meeting, where, as Rita commented to Shane, “they’re thinking about going diagonal.”
Section Lead- Upping the stakes a little bit, the scene discussing the parking debates also included Shane looking for tweezers in Oliver’s desk & stumbling upon his letter to Holly. When Oliver caught Shane behind his desk, and Shane asked how the parking debates went, Oliver replied, “Everyone is respecting each other’s space.” Combo his comment on top of the fact Shane was actively “violating” Oliver’s "space" just prior to the parking meeting in To The Altar, and that scene begins to take on a whole new light in the callback department.
Intern- We knew from pre-premiere photos that Shane’s Maid of Honor dress was going to be red, but it also bore close resemblance to her stunning red dress from For Christmas. For a Section Lead Bonus on the dress: Jordan first put the Shane and Oliver plot in For Christmas in motion by dancing with Shane, eventually leading Jordan to tell Oliver to “take good care of that little letter writer,” a calling which Oliver has pledged his life to by “lov[ing] [Shane] forever.”
Section Lead- A nice reflection of how far both couples have come, newly married Norman and Rita dance alongside a newly engaged Shane and Oliver, much like in For Christmas, wherein both couples were only just beginning to see where the road would take their lives and love, as they danced together on Christmas Eve in the DLO.
From Paris With Love
Intern- It had been a LONG time since we heard the name “Holly.” But when we did, From Paris With Love, the installment in which we finally met the lively parisian transplant, immediately came to mind. Of course, what we didn’t expect to hear was the fact she proposed to Oliver and they were married three hours later. The again, more about their relationship made sense in light of this revelation!
Mail Carrier- The score playing underneath Oliver’s proposal to Shane was the same music heard during their porch swing encounter in From Paris With Love.
Section Lead: During the wedding ceremony flashbacks we saw a glimpse of Shane looking in on Holly & Oliver at the Mailbox Grille as the words, "from this shore to the next" were spoken, signifying the journey Shane and Oliver had taken between From Paris With Love through To The Altar, from two solitary hearts, to a pair on the path to being united in marriage once he proposed.
Since I issued this fun little challenge last week, some of you have gotten in on the fun. One in particular caused quite a stir on social media when Natalie T. used it as a conversation starter. So I'll offer it to you under the Section Lead category since it's such an intense find. This one has to do with the parallel composition of the scene in which Oliver helps Shane with her coat in From Paris With Love, and the scene in which Oliver helps Shane with the dress in To The Altar.
Truth Be Told
Intern- Two direct callbacks to Truth Be Told were made during Norman and Rita’s wedding ceremony. The first was of Norman seeing Rita in opening sequence of the movie, and the second was of Oliver at the church much later in Truth Be Told.
Mail Carrier- Our favorite phrase, Oliver once more uttered, “What the Sam Hill?!” Though in this instance, it was more out of apprehension and fear over the presentation of the Bachelor Party surprise, than his frustration with a porch swing!
Mail Carrier- As Rita and Shane began to work through Annaliese’s letter. Rita suggested she could be “A soldier or a spy.”Impossible Dream had both---soldier, Randilynn Amidon, and spy, Steve Marek.
Section Lead- Once utilized by Norman and Oliver to excuse themselves from Steve’s awkward entrance, “Dinner---starving” was Norman’s way of taking Oliver’s side and giving them an “out.” In To The Altar, Shane returned the favor, directing the phrase at Oliver to run interference for Norman’s awkward reaction to the canoe.
As with Part I, leave your suggestions, additions and category classifications in the comments if you caught something not included here. Love hearing how everyone thinks!
Connecting The Dots,
To The Altar Callback Challenge: Part I | Part II | Part III