A solemn Monica stands in the woods, reflecting on the events that transpired there earlier. Tess appears, reminding Monica that some "days humans behave so badly to one another that it's all an angel can do to keep loving them." The caseworker recalls how this assignment began. Fed up with the "Yeah, whatever" generation, Mike O'Connor questioned the significance of his career on the eve of his 20th anniversary as a teacher. Into his life walked Monica, his new student teacher. Unfortunately, so did Lucas Tremaine and Danielle Dawson, two petty criminals who randomly targeted Mike for kidnapping. Monica tacitly revealed herself to Mike, giving him counsel during his ordeal. The situation began to look less grim when the teacher recognized Danielle as a former pupil. But the violate Lucas forced Mike to get into the car's trunk while en route to steal the teacher's boat at Lake Washington. Unable to free Mike from the trunk, Monica encouraged him by playing the videotape his class made to commemorate his anniversary. Afterwards he prayed, thanking God for his life and for his students. Irritated that he couldn't find the boat, Lucas hauled the teacher out of the trunk and shot him, despite Danielle's protests. Monica, however, managed to record the event with Mike's video camera. Frustrated with Lucas after the shooting Danielle punched him, causing the car to swerve. A stat patrolman pulled them over and inspected the trunk. Seeing that the camera's record light was still on, the strung-out woman confessed to the patrolman, who apprehended the pair. Discouraged by her inability to help Mike, Monica received a revelation from Tess to use her gift "words" to help him. She confronted Robbie Hawkins, one of Mike's problem students who had withheld information about his possible whereabouts. A search party eventually found the unconscious teacher. The reminiscence complete, Tess affirms that Monica was the right angel for the job. Mike recovers from his injuries and is visited by his students, including Robbie, who sympathizes with his teacher's ordeal.moreless
John Ritter is featured in a dramatic role as a disillusioned schoolteacher who is planning to quit his profession after twenty years. In an almost twisted turn of events, he gets kidnapped by none other than one of his own students.
The student video was an interesting plot twist. But it seemed inconsistent that a class that seemed so disinterested in O'Connor as a teacher would go though the trouble to make a going-away gift where everyone is telling him how much they like him. Monica's inability to get O'Connor out of the car trunk provided some interesting humor. The gunman almost seemed to be overacting his part to the point of caricature.moreless
Tess: It's not our job to stop people from doing what they will, but God has a will too, Monica, and he wants you to use your gift, use your words. If you want to help this man, now is the time to gather all the words you can find.
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