Touched by an Angel

Season 7 Episode 2

Legacy

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 22, 2000 on CBS
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Max Rigney shows up for his first day of college with his father, Sam, who is proud to show him the frat house of which he was once-president, the PIG House. Rafael meets them and introduces himself as a student. Tess and Andrew join Rafael, noting that Sam is paying for Max's education, but only if he goes to this school, pledges this fraternity, and takes all the right courses. Walking around the campus, Sam is greeted by Monica, he recognizes her voice and has a troubling flashback. He later discovers that Monica is a visiting philosophy professor, and secretly determines that Max will have to stay away from her, which shouldn't be a problem since he, Sam, has chosen Max's coursework. But that night, Rafael helps Max make a decision of his own and take one class his father hasn't chosen for him, Monica's philosophy class. He tells his mother about it on the phone, and mentions that he might not pledge PIG. He likes being his own man, but that night, his father drives two hours back to campus to demand that Max drop the philosophy class and join the fraternity. So Max pledges PIG and goes through all of the hazing rituals, but Monica is able to convince him to stay in her class. That night, Max and Jamie and Greg are locked in the clock tower by two frat brothers. Security guard Andrew shows up and spends some time talking to Max. After Greg and Max help Jamie through an asthma attack, the boys become fast friends. Their last hazing ritual demands that if a pledge fails any of the challenges, he must drink 21 shots of tequila. When Jamie fails the PIG history quiz, he decides to take the drinking challenge. When he can't finish, Greg finishes for him, drinks the rest of the shots, and immediately passes out. The PIG brothers convince Jamie to take the rap for the frat by saying he bought the tequila. Jamie does so, knowing that if he doesn't he won't get in. Greg is raced off to the hospital, and the next night, just after Jamie and Max have been accepted into the fraternity. Jamie is arrested. Max discovers that Greg is in a coma, and that when his father was president of the fraternity, there was a controversy, which Sam won't say much about (it is the troubling night he remembered in his earlier flashback). Max visits Greg in the hospital and receives a revelation from Rafael, who explains that just like in the popular "The Matrix" there is more to this world than what we can see. The other three angels appear, too, and encourage Max to make his own decisions, right decisions, based on truth, not going along with his dad. They explain that the controversy Sam lied about involved attempt rape and that his father has been lying ever since. Max decides to confront his father, speak the truth to get Jamie out of jail, and live in truth, even if that mean paying for college himself.moreless

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  • Excellent episode as a young man heads off to be a freshman at the college attended by his father.

    9.0
    Monica, Tess, Andrew and Rafael are all on hand in this one to help a young man deal with a domineering father who expects him to live the same kind of college life that he did. His dad has chosen his courses for him and is even insisting that he join the same fraternity. The fact that the boy doesn't want to do all these things is irrelevant to his father, who simply will not listen. As a former president of the fraternity, and a very wealthy man, he expects his son and everyone else to do things his way.

    Monica is stationed at the college as a Philosophy professor and tries to encourage the young man to make his own choices but the boy is too scared of his father, seemingly will good reason, as the arrogant parent threatens to take away all financial support if he doesn't drop the Philosophy class and join the fraternity.

    What the boy doesn't know is that many years ago, when his father was at the school, a pledging prank almost spelled disaster for a young girl and it was Monica who appeared and saved her. This time, a fellow freshman is challenged to a drinking contest and finds himself in an irreversible coma.

    Finally, with help from Raphael and a talk with the others, he is able to do what's right, for himself and his friends.

    Don't miss this one, it was excellent.moreless
Jere Burns

Jere Burns

Sam

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Jacob Tierney

Jacob Tierney

Max

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Chris McKenna

Chris McKenna

Greg

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Alexis Cruz

Alexis Cruz

Rafael

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Gavin Sheehan

Gavin Sheehan

College Student

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