Highway to Heaven

Season 2 Episode 17

The Last Assignment

Aired Unknown Feb 12, 1986 on NBC

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  • Supporting roles make the most of a well-written script

    While Ed Asner is the big draw for this episode, it was two support roles that impressed me the most.

    The first was Georgia Schimidt as the elderly lady who lost her dog. This actress was so convincing in her ruminations about whether God was "too busy to care about an old lady's dog." Her facial expression alone with its resigned sadness made her small role very memorable.

    The other role was the bereaved Reverend Blake whose faith is sorely tested by the youth violence that surrounds him. His first scene is a long soliloquy about how 15 years of burying the victims of gang violence is causing him to lose his religious faith. Later he is shown by the bedside of his own son, who is barely hanging on to life after being hit by a car. I was expecting Reverend Blake to completely go to pieces with grief. But instead we see a man holding in his rage against God, no longer even able to pray. Henry Sanders truly shines as the suffering minister.