Touched by an Angel

Season 9 Episode 22

I Will Walk With You (2)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2003 on CBS
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I Will Walk With You (2)
As the uproar increases, Wayne whisks Zack off to the jail to protect him from the frenzied crowd and to ask him some questions. Unfortunately Zack's answers are less than satisfactory and not entirely forthcoming. He is, quite simply, a drifter, and as such he has no way of backing up who he is or where he comes from. He does admit to being at the school on the day of the explosion, but he won't say why he was there. There is already talk of putting him on trial. Monica is dismayed, and sets to work getting Zack the best representation she can, i.e. Mike and Gloria. They are both certain that there is no case against Zack, and that even if it goes to trial, they should have no trouble getting a change of venue. They are both, however, wrong. The prosecuting attorney, Jones, is tough as nails and as twisted as a screw. He is also, according to Monica, the devil. Not only does he succeed in bringing the case to trial, but he also eloquently rebuffs all of the defense team's motions for dismissal. He then proceeds to bring a barrage of witnesses to bear against Zack. The townspeople testify that when Zack arrived in town, little things belonging to the children began to go missing. Soon after that Jones calls on an expert witness to testify that serial killers habitually collect tokens from the scenes of their crimes. When he gets Zack on the stand, he gets him to admit taking the items and to being in any number of towns when accidents claimed the lives of children. Gloria and Mike try their hardest to win over the court-members, but in the end, Zack is found guilty and given the maximum sentence for his crimes. It is after the trial though that Monica makes the most progress. She helps the townsfolk to remember who they were and what they lost. She reminds them that it wasn't until Zack arrived that they began to fall back into the rhythms of their old lives. When she guides them back to the church and back to the pastor who had let them slip away, they realized the terrible mistake that they made. Back in jail, Monica apologizes for not helping him in time. But she lets him know that she's an angel and that she will forgo any future assignments and promotions in order to stay by his side and protect him. She will have to start almost immediately, as Zack is scheduled for transfer the next day. But when she arrives the next morning, Zack's cell is empty. Everyone is surprised, though the townspeople make it clear that they will not be persuing him. Especially after they learn from Joey, that it was he who set the boiler on it's deadly course, tricked by the devil into turning the heat up to warm some orphaned kittens. Monica perplexed, moves on to meet Tess back in the desert, but it is there that she also finds Zack once again. He thanks her for her service and devotion, and allows her to recognize him for who he truly is, her Lord, God. She will be promoted. Monica bids farewell to Gloria, Andrew, and Tess and drives off in the Cadillac, a goodbye present from Tess.moreless

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  • A Perfect Conclusion That Will Have You Crying

    All I can say is that they got it right. I couldn't have imagined a better series finale. It was just perfect. It had me crying, and I don't cry at too many things. The acting was superb as usual, and it was nice to see old guest stars back again. The best part has to be at the very end when Monica realizes that the man she had been friends with was actually Jesus. I loved this episode. By a mile the best ever. You know what they say, if you're gonna go out, go out with a bang!moreless
  • Best ending to a series - EVER!

    Part 2 picks up where Part 1 left off, & begins to answer a lot of questions posed by Part 1. Now we're finding out what really happened & why, & when we find out "whodunnit", it's a big shock! Each of the characters finds closure, all questions are answered, all mysteries are solved - for us, anyway! The most poignant scenes are during the last 30 minutes, & when the angels bid farewell, you think it's over - but it's not! Monica gets the biggest surprise of all when she realizes that she was protecting God Himself! Perfect conclusion!moreless
  • Best Episode Ever!!! Couldn't have asked for a better series finale!!!

    I didn't watch this show during it's first season because my father had died that year & I was in no mood to believe in angels. I became hooked when I saw "Rock 'N' Roll Dad" in the 2nd season. This episode showed how faith in God can get you through anything.

    David Ogden Stiers did an excellent job playing the devil/lawyer prosecuting Zack. (I found it to be ironic & amusing that the devil would be a lawyer, that goes along w/all the bad lawyer jokes, lol.) When he was telling Joey to turn up the water heater thermostat to protect the kitties, it was a terrific illustration on how the devil whispers in our ears & tells us to do things that we know we shouldn't & rationalizes our wrongdoing with lies.

    When everyone was freaking out wondering why Zack was at so many horrible accident scenes, I was saying, "Duh! It's so obvious he's an Angel of Death just like Andrew & Adam." But at the end when he revealed himself to be God, it made me cry! It was the most beautiful ending & every time I watch it, I cry for the ending. Heck, my eyes are tearing up right now just remembering it! It was so touching the way Monica told Zack that she would be with him all the way & when he revealed his true self & thanked his "humble servant," every piece fell into place.

    God's awesome power is with us at all times & this show was such a wonderful way for us to remember that. Losing this show was a tragedy but thank Heavens for reruns!moreless

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