Highway to Heaven

Season 2 Episode 14

Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind

Aired Unknown Jan 15, 1986 on NBC

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  • Silly title, average plot

    The silly title "Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind" was a bad omen. I've long thought the first season was plagued by embarrassingly corny humor. But fortunately the main episode proved a little more likeable than the title.

    The story was average. An elderly electronics buff fears the loss of custody of his recently orphaned grandson, and resorts to deception to keep him. The special effects seemed a little clunky - when the grandfather is shown crying, it almost looks like a river coming out of his eyes.

    Louise Latham did a fine job as the lady whose affection was shamelessly exploited by her desperate neighbor. Her character may have been a little frivolous in her TV habits, but she handled outright betrayal with a reserved rage that was very impressive to see.

    I was a little put off by the sight of an angel lying to a little kid. Wasn't there an earlier episode that said that angels never lie? The intention may have been good, but it certainly didn't reflect well on Jonathan's character.