Touched by an Angel

Season 3 Episode 18

Clipped Wings

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 16, 1997 on CBS
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Clipped Wings
A "clip show" featuring excerpts of previous episodes. On the way to a performance evaluation. Monica encounters her rival, Kathleen. The dark angel tricks her former friend into entering the wrong office suite. There Monica encounters Jodi, a troubled woman comforted by the angel's accounts of past assignments. Meanwhile, Tess and Andrew fret while waiting for their colleague. The High Court judge, Ruth, is a distinguished but no-nonsense angel who was once Tess' supervisor. Troubled by Monica's tardiness and "irregularities" in her work, Ruth suspends Monica and revokes her angel privileges. While the judge reviews Monica's mistakes, Andrew recalls an assignment when she mistakenly went to Jacksonville, Florida, rather than Jacksonville, Illinois. Tess dispatches him to search the building. Andrew finds her, but she wants to give Jodi a revelation, but before starting her revelation, she's shocked to learn Jodi is actually Kathleen, whose evaluation was based on ruining Monica's. Tess and Andrew comfort their friend, who arrives in the correct office too late. Tess decides to appeal to the Angel of Angels on the grounds of Kathleen's treachery. Ruth is stunned by the dark angel's involvement, and Tess forces the judge to confront her own perceived failure, she was Kathleen's supervisor when she defected to the Other Side. That pivotal event spurred Ruth to replace her heart with rules and regulations. Seeing Tess' logic, she sanctions the appeal. Monica meanwhile prays, while a spiteful Kathleen observes. But the dark angel is mortified when the prayer is for God to forgive her misdeeds. The Angel of Angels summons Monica, initially advising her on posture and the benefits of decaffeinated coffee. He then praises her kind heart but cautions her never to let it obstruct the truth. Because of the evidence of her heart, she passes the evaluation, and the Angel of Angels deems her worthy of expanded duties. Reconciled, Tess prompts Ruth to consider returning to casework. And Monica, learning that Kathleen's supervisors have rejected her, suggest that the dark angel appeals to God's mercy. Touched, she follows that recommendation and repents.moreless

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