To Monica, Scott Walden seems like a perfect assignment. the charming owner of a small aviation company, he performs numerous charitable deeds and has been a wonderful surrogate father to his fiancee's pre-teen son. what Monica doesn't know is "Mr. Wonderful" has a secretive past, which comes to light after an employee borrows a plane to make a humanitarian, albeit illegal smuggling mission. FBI agents arrive and apprehend Scott, charging him with an eighteen-year-old murder committed by one William Grunwald. Insisting the man is innocent, Monica defends him to his fiancee, Jocelyn and his lawyer, Andrew. Unsure what tot make of these events, Scott's future stepson, Jeremy is comforted by Tess. Monica decides, though, to take matters into her own hands and uses her angelic powers to Scott escape. Andrew is confounded by her actions, especially since he has discovered Scott Walden is William Grumwald. Despite this knowledge, Monica continues to insist the man is innocent. Tess, however, is irate and directly orders Monica not to help Scott escape justice in a way, shape or form. The willful angel disobeys that order by concealing his whereabouts from Agent Bradford, then is taken aback when Scott admits he did commit murder. Sam arrives and tells Monica her lie of omission has threatened her very existence as an angel. He sends her to "God's Country" to reflect upon her mistake, not as a punishment but as a lesson. In the meantime, Andrew starts a revelation to Scott, who bails out of the airplane after an engine fire. Surprised to be alive despite his parachute's apparent failure, he finds himself in the same nether region as Monica. She helps him understand that although he killed the man who raped his sister, he would have faced the consequences rather than losing himself in lies. Both angel and human pray for forgiveness, which the receive. Scott's parachute opens and when he lands, the FBI agents tale him into custody. Prior to his extradition, Scott and Jocelyn marry, and he is reunited with his sister, who has since come forward with the truth.moreless
This episode was so special because Scott Walden killed a guy way back, trying to protect his sister from getting raped. He's been living a lie ever since, for whole 18 years on the run from the truth and the cops. But Monica feels so great sympathy for this man that she decides to help him run away from custody. She even lies to the police, because she felt that it was the right thing to do. But angels are meant to tell the truth and represent God. She did a mistake like all of us humans do. But she realized it at the end. I really enjoyed watching the three angels jumping from the plane too;)moreless
This isn't the first time a TV angel has been shown with faults. Michael Landon as the angel Jonathan on "Highway to Heaven" was anything but perfect.
In this episode, Monica is so convinced of Scott's virtuousness that she essentially becomes an accomplice to crime when she helps him escape arrest. Even worse, from a divine standpoint, she violates the basic requirement to always tell the truth. For that indiscretion, she accompanies Scott into a kind of purgatory to amend for her sins. I hope Roma Downey enjoyed doing this episode. A part like hers can become so clean-cut as to become almost unbearable. This episode adds a new dimension to her character which I believe makes her more easy to identify with.moreless
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