Touched by an Angel

Season 4 Episode 18

Breaking Bread

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 08, 1998 on CBS
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Breaking Bread
A timid baker named Matt Colletti is closing up his bakery one evening when two white men attack his black assistant in the street. Matt witnesses the crime but is too frightened to comoe forward. Tess tells Monica that is is their job to help him take a stand against the criminals, memebers of a white supremacist group. Andrew poses as a representative of the state's attorney's office, asking questions about the incident, trying to determine if it was a simple robbery attempy or a hate crime. Monica is hired as Matt's new assistant and dons an apron. Matt goes to the local church where Tess, the visiting preacher, unveils a beautiful new stained glass window which Matt has financed. The next day the two criminals show up at the bakery to ensure that Matt remains quiet about the incident, but a young mechanic named Derek threatens them and they leave the store without a fight. When a swastika-covered rock is thrown through the stained glass church window, it is a sign that the community must take action. A town meeting is held andthe people decide to form a community group to respond to the crimes, but Derek, reminding the group of the risks this could entail, convinces them to give up the idea. Matt, under pressure from Tess to finally admit his role as a witness to the crime, tells the people his story. Matt, in fact, had seen three people the night of the beating, the two white men and another figure riding in the backseat of the mens car, a figure Matt realizes was the devil himself. Of course no one believes Matt, not even his wife and the two seperate. To make matters worse a bomb explodes in the bakery, and Matt, though not hurt, laments the loss of his reputation, family , and business. Monica, Tess, and Andrew reveal themselves to Matt, an dexplain that God wants to use him as a prophet who will lead the townspeople against the satanic forces in town. Matt rises to the challenge and rallies the people to confront the physical manifestation of the devil, Derek, and the two criminals. Matthew breaksa loaf of bread and passes it among the group, and vows never to be frightened by the devil again nor to give into his own prejudices. The two men are arrested and the devil, defeated by Matt's moral stand, disappears.moreless

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