Touched by an Angel

Season 3 Episode 23

Last Call

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 1997 on CBS
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Last Call
Monica disappointed in the human race, watches Tess perform in a small Chicago bar. She finishes and announces God has Monica give someone a miracle in this bar. Initially hesitant to decide, Monica observes the inhabitants, the owner Noah, who is upbeat despite being wheelchair bound, Claude Bell, a craggy employee with wasted ambition and hie co-dependent wife Loafer, an eccentric crossword-puzzle aficionado, Buddy Baker, a charming salesman who drinks to drown inner pain, and Amethyst, a young woman with dubious plan for her future. After observing awhile, Monica announces she is an angel with a miracle to give away. They respond with raucous laughter. Humiliated, she hides underneath a pool table. As the laughter continues, Andrew enters. He is stranger whom Claude is obsessed with beating. Having been the advance angel for the assignment, the Angel of Death takes a cue from Tess to find out what miracles these people need. Someone else soon enters the tavern, Mr. Burns fresh out of prison. Following a pep talk from Tess, Monica again reveals herself, this time in glowing splendor. Though the people now take her seriously, she is frustrated when none of them want the miracle. When Ernie's lottery numbers appear on television, he and Marie mistake that for the miracle. But when he can't find his wallet, he accuses Mr. Burns of stealing it. The ex-convict's response prompts Noah to recognize burns as the gunman who crippled him. Noah orders him to leave, but Tess' dog soon appears with the missing wallet. Marie is shocked to learn that Ernie played the wrong numbers while drunk. Mr. Burns rebukes the others for squandering their lives, yet saves his harshest criticism for himself. Wracked with guilt, he asks God to heal Noah. But Monica tells Burns the real miracle is foe Noah to forgive him, which will heal them both. The men reconcile, and the others seize the opportunity to reevaluate their own lives.moreless

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