Touched by an Angel

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 1994 on CBS
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Monica and Tess are party coordinators for Harrison Trowbridge Archibald IV, a stuffy doctor whose wife, Barbara, and mother, Amelia, are planning a prestigious social event to commemorate a new hospital expansion named after their family. They are in the midst of preparation when Manny arrives at their doorstep, claiming to be a child the Archibalds sponsor through Child Watch, a charitable organization. Unable to have children of her own, Barbara welcomes him with open arms although her husband remains suspicious. Just as Harrison starts to bond with "Manny," Monica learns the boy is not from Child Watch but is really Luis, a homeless child who lives under the hospital. The angel reveals herself and urges him to tell the Archibalds the truth. When he does, Harrison becomes irate and wants to throw Luis out of the house, but Barbara and Amelia convince the doctor to wait until after the party. Tess, in turn, prods Amelia to tell her son the truth about his heritage: not only are the Bowthorpes of Charleston really the Klumps of Bowthorpe, but Harrison's real father was an Argentinean gardener who was kind to Amelia when she and her husband were experiencing marital difficulties. After the doctor announces that the hospital expansion will be simply called The Children's Pavilion, he encounters Monica who delivers the message that God loves him for who he is, not for his name. She then takes the doctor to Luis' hiding place in the hospital basement. Taking the child back home, Harrison and his wife decide to adopt him and become a family.moreless

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  • An upper crust family are in for a big surprise or two when they meet a little boy named Manny.

    Whenever the wonderful Rue McLanahan appears in an episode of something, you know it's going to be special and this episode of 'Touched By An Angel' certainly was.

    Rue plays the head of a snobbish family which goes back several generations as is known for philanthropy. Her son, Harrison, and his wife, Barbara, are desperate to have a child but even with fertility treatment, they are proving unsuccessful.

    When a little boy named Manny whom the family have been sponsoring through a child welfare association turns up on their doorstep, there is a great deal of distance shown by Harrison but Barbara and matriarch Amelia are soon attached to the child.

    It soon turns out that Manny isn't who he says her is but, then again, as Tess tells Monica, neither are the rest of the family ...

    A wonderful, not to be missed episode.moreless
Rue McClanahan

Rue McClanahan

Amelia Bowthorpe Archibald

Guest Star

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas

Dr. Harrison Archibald

Guest Star

Gail Edwards

Gail Edwards

Barbara Archibald

Guest Star

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