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Touched by an Angel

Season 2 Episode 16

Jacob's Ladder

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 1996 on CBS
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As Monica studies a sleeping man in a run-down apartment, Tess appears and informs her she's in the wrong place, 801 Cedar Street Jacksonville, Florida rather than Jacksonville, Illinois. After using her angelic powers to tidy the apartment, Monica stoops to pick up a bag under the bed when the police burst in. The bag she's holding is full of cocaine, and the police arrest her. During interrogation, her claim that she's an angel makes her a candidate for a mental hospiptal. At her arraignment, Monica alone can see Sam, the angel from special services. He tells her the simple mistake of going to the wrong address has set events in motion that have to play out, but no matter what happens God will never laeve you of forsake her. Monica is assigned a court-appointed attorney, Jake Stone, a Vietnam veteran and hardened cynic. He tries to convince her to plead guilty but mentally ill. She refuses, however, and insists on a competency hearing. In the meantime, Monica is remanded to a psychiatric hospiptal where she shares a room with Claire, who also claims to be an angel but keeps repeating the phrase, "May Day." At the hearinig, Jake produces Terry Hayman, the woman from Jacksonville, Illinois that Monica was supposed to help. Terry describes her encounter with Tess, which corroborates Monica's story. The judge declare her competent to stand trial, but anxious to avoid placing angels on trial is ready to dismiss charges based on a legal technicality. A skeptical Jake tells her a real angel would resemble Claire, whom he met in Vietnam. During the fall of Saigon, Jake attempted to rescue a little girl, May Ling, nicknamed "May Day." As he helicoptered away, the girl fell from his grasp but was rescued by Claire. Realizing that Claire is indeed an angel, Monica asks to return to the mental hospital. There, Monica helps Claire remember who she is. Inn turn, the newly restored angel helps Jake resolve his anger toward God. Returning to 801 Cedar Street, Monica and Tess learn that the building is going to become a home for orphans and child survivors or trauma and run by Executive Director May Ling Gustafson.moreless

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      • Peter: Uh... I-I always knew they were angels.


        Jake: Yeah, I think I did, too.

      • Claire: (whispering) Mayday.
        Monica: I know all about May Ling, Claire. Where is she now?
        Claire: Don't know.
        Monica: I don't know what happened to her, either. But I know she's in God's hands, and so are you. Oh, Claire, I don't know what you saw in Vietnam when the Americans left, but I know it's why you're here right now.
        Claire: (whispering) Mayday, Mayday.
        Monica: Tell me about the little girl. Go on. I know you can.
        Claire: I had her, in my arms. They were burning the city. There were flames... and men with guns took her away. I couldn't find her. I failed. I failed. I lost Mayday. And God turned His back on me and now I've forgotten who I am.
        Monica: No, that's not true. It's you who have forgotten who God is. He would never turn His back on you. Nothing-- not death or life or war, not the past, the present or the future. No one-- no creature on this earth can ever separate you from God's love. And nobody knows that better than an angel. You are an angel, aren't you, Claire? I'm an angel, too. And I've been sent here to take you home. And I'm going to stay right here until you are ready.
        Claire: I can't find my way back to heaven.
        Monica: Just reach up. Reach up like you did for May Ling, and He will take you the rest of the way. I know He will.
        (Claire reaches up, and her clothes - along with Monica's - are transposed into the pure white of an angel's garb.)

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