Touched by an Angel

Season 3 Episode 17

Angel of Death

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 1997 on CBS
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Angel of Death
Tess instrucuts Celeste, an angel new to human form, and takes her to a Las Vegas showroom to see their assignment, Eric Weiss, an illusionist who calls himself the "angel of death." The supervisor angel volunteers her jittery charge to participate in his act, but Tess is dismayed when Celeste and her dog vanish. On a rampage, Eric fires his assignment and yells at his agent, Andrew, who is hard pressed to find another magician's assistant. Tess cuts Monica's vacation short to fill that position. As the case progresses, the angels realize that Eric's death wish is not merely an extension of his stage routine. The pieces start to come together after he reluctantly agrees to perform in Appleton, Wisconsin, his hometown and also the hometown of Harry Houdini. There he visits his mother, an impatient in a psychiatric hospital. She asks "Danny, Eric's rael name, if he has seen his brother, Peter. He recalls a tragic game of hide-and-seek before abruptly ending his visit. Meanwhile, Monica unwittingly discovers Celeste but fails to convince the wayward angel to turn herself in. During a performance, Eric becomes paralyzed with fear upon seeing his doppleganger in the audience. Her voice returns him to reality, but eric is shaken, convinced that he saw the ghost of his dead, twin brother. Despite Andrew and Monica's concern, Eric decides to attempt the most dangerous escape of his career, which involves being locked in a refrigerator and lowered to the bottom of a pool. Several minutes elapse unitl Eric's brother, Pete steps forward, and Tess orders the crane operator to raise the refrigerator out of the pool. Upon seeing his twin, Eric bolt s through the crowd and eventually returns to the junkyard where his brother "died." Celeste appears and reveals herself to the distraught Eric. Monica joins the apprentice angel, and the pair urge him to stop playing hide-and-seek with his life. Confronting the painful memory of his brother being trapped in a refrigerator, Eric learns that Pete did not die but was kidnapped by their scornful father. The brothers share an emotional reunion, and Celeste has successfully participated in her first case.moreless

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