Touched by an Angel

Season 5 Episode 9

Psalm 151

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 1998 on CBS
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Psalm 151
Monica, Tess, and Andrew celebrate Monica's 100th assignment with a cake in a park. In the same park Audrey, a single mother who writes commercial jingles, celebrates her son Petey's birthday. Petey tries to blow out the candles but is racked with coughing, an effect of his disease, Cystic Fibrosis. Monica arrives at Petey and Audrey's home as a prospective border she meets Celine, Petey's best friend who is Celine Dion's number one fan. Celine introduces Monica to Audrey and Monica moves into their home. Petey plays a song for Monica on tape that Audrey began to write when Petey was born but has since been unable to finish. When he collapses on his way home from school, Petey is rushed to the hospital where, upon his release, he and Celine overhear some nurses saying he doesn't have much time left to live. Petey tells his mother, who is having trouble accepting the fate of her little boy, that when he dies, he wants to die at home. Petey, with Monica's help, begins to compile a list of things he wants to do before he dies. His items include: Learn to play the piano, find a home for Fluffy (his pet iguana), find someone to sing with Mom, find someone to shovel the snow. With Tess and Andrew's help these things come to pass (Tess agrees to take care of the iguana). Petey and the angels move on to more tricky items on the list, including introducing Celine to the real Celine Dion. Celine is blindfolded and taken to a concert hall to meet Celine Dion in her dressing room before the show. Celine Dion tells Petey and Celine, who is in shock, that she will sing a special song for them. Later during the concert she sings "Love Can move Mountains" to the children. At the end of the concert Petey becomes very sick and, at the hospital, Audrey comes to the realization that her son will soon die. Celine, with Tess' help, resolves to help make it possible for Petey to die at home, another item on his list, and they visit the HMO in hopes of getting a medical waiver allowing this. When they are denied Tess demands to see the manager, who happens to be Celine's father. when he says he cannot make an exception to a rule, even for Petey, Celine returns to his office in a gown and pearls, and sings "Love Can Move Mountains." She pleads with her father to prove he loves Petey and he pulls some strings. Petey is brought home and, while he sleeps, Audrey discovers his list, including that wish that Audrey would finish her song. Audrey tries to finish the song, but breaks down in tears when she can't get past the first verse. Monica reveals herself to Audrey, comforts her, and asks her to tell the whole world about Petey's love with her song. Audrey works all night to finish the song, and in the morning wakes Petey, telling him to cross that item off his list. Petey is taken outside to find many neighbors gathered to perform Audrey's finished song, "The 151st Psalm," the main chorus is which proclaims. "For as long as I shall live I will testify to love!" Petey tells Andrew, "It is finished," and the young boy dies as the crowd continues to sing his song. Monica crosses the final item off Petey's list: "Go to Heaven."moreless

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  • This episode is so heart warming it lets you know that God is still in charge and no matter what we go through he is always there to keep us encouragedmoreless

    This episode is eye opening it makes us realize that sometimes our loved ones hold on to life because they want to make sure you are alright or they are looking for major changes in your life. Such as this episode Pety finished everything on his list except two things and that was for his mother to finish this song so she would be able to take care of herself when he was gone also he wanted her to let everyone know just how much she love him and how much God loved her for giving her such a wonderful gift in her son.moreless
  • One of the best episodic hours of television ever.

    Whenever I want a good cry I break out this episode of Touched By An Angel. Wynonna Judd plays Audrey, whose young son Petey is dying. Monica, Tess and Andrew come to help them both make this transition. Petey doesn't want to go until he crosses off every item on his list of things he needs to do, including doing something nice for his best friend who is Celine Dion's biggest fan. Celine makes a brief appearance when the kids get their wish to meet her. Petey wants Audrey to finish a song she started to write when he was born. Audrey is finally able to finish it and as she sings it to the neighborhood, Petey's list is complete and he is able to do the last thing on the list which is to go to heaven. This is one of the best series episodes I've ever seen and I would recommend it to everyone, regardless of whether you're a fan of the series or not.moreless
  • Truly touching.

    This episode is one of the most touching and beautiful episodes I have ever seen of any TV series. The angels help out a single mother who is caring for her terminally ill child, and help him complete a to-do list before he dies. The death of anyone is a sad case, but that of a child who is truly caring, loving, and sensitive makes it even moreso. This episode treats death with reverence and respect, and the message is one of hope and love. Two things stand out in this episode. One is the performance by Wynnona Judd. Her acting abilities are far underrated, and this performance prooves that. Second, is the song "Testify to Love", which is a perfect ending to this episode. It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, and is one of my all time favourites.moreless
  • This episode is one of my favorites.

    This episode is why I love to watch this show. It all starts with the angels in the park, celebrating Monica's 100th assignment, it is also where Petey, a boy with Cystic Fibrosis is celebrating his birthday, but when he tries to blow out the candles he goes into a coughing fit. It is later reveled that Petey does not have much longer to live, so along with his best friend Celine, who loves Celine Dion, tries to help accomplish important things before he dies. One of which is trying to find his mother(played by Wynonna) a singing partner . In the end Petey's mother plays him a beautiful song called "Testify to Love" with a church choir behind her, as Andrew takes him to heaven. I was crying at the very end of this beautiful episode.moreless
  • Episode with Celine Dion and Wynonna, where her son dies. One of the best for realizing what love really is.

    This episode is one of the best for learning, and relearning what true love is, for our family, friends, and God\'s love for us. It will make you cry, but it will make you think about what your impression of life really is. It makes one think of what our idea of life is, and realize that life does not stop here, it goes on, and the ones left here must remember to celebrate the time we had with the one that went home, until we see them again, in the presence of our Father.moreless

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