Touched by an Angel - Season 4

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Episode Guide

  • The Spirit of Liberty Moon (2)
    5/17/98
    8.3
    Tess plants some seeds of courage in George, he helps Alex, Edward and Jean to infiltrate a "re-education through labor" camp under the the guise that they will use the factory being constructed to manufacture Tanner Toys. Jean recognizes a sickly worker at the camp as her husband, Gus. After a bittersweet reunion, Jean and the others quickly leave the camp when a guard becomes suspicious of their presence. Alex is angered to learn of the risks Edward has taken with the business and attempts to fire Monica, but is overruled by Edward. They later read a newspaper of Gus's death in prison and his "renouncement" of his actions in Tiananmen Square. As Jean resolves to speak out against the lies, soldiers move into their hotel, spot Jean and give chase. Later, Edward and Monica meet Jean in a busy street and offer to help her. As they walk away together, a soldier hands them a leaflet depicting a wanted criminal, it's a photo of Jean from her Tinanamen Square days. They go to meet George and ask about Jean's daughter, Piao Yue. Ashamed, he tells them that he took Piao Yue to a family in the south who would look after her until his return. He further explains that there was a terrible flood and that he no longer knows what happened to Piao Yue. He explains that he named his company "Liberty Moon" with the hope that they would one day be united. Believing she has nothing left to lose, Jean goes back to Tiananmen Square to openly tell the people who she is and the truth about what happened to her husband. As the police arrest her, she looks up at the sky and notices a kite with the Liberty Moon symbol on it. She follows the string of people down to a group of young girls, but cannot make contact with her daughter before she is taken away. Edward, desperate to help Jean, goes to George who explains the judicial process to him, Jean will be convicted and sentenced very quickly, and some "accidental" death in prison will soon follow. Seeing that there is nothing left for them in China, Alex leaves for home and apologizes to Edward for his behavior. Monica reveals herself as an angel to Jean and physically shields Jean when she is attacked by fellow prisoners, taking the painful blows herself. The prisoners are frightened by the miracle, Jean is unharmed after the beating, but the guards are furious and they take Jean to the top of a staircase and throw her down where she dies in Monica's arms. Monica promises Jean that she will tell her daughter the truth about her mother. Monica reveals herself to Edward and tells him of Jean's death. He goes to George and together they use Tess' "portable kite" with a Liberty Moon symbol painted on it to find Piao Yue. George then uses his influence to adopt Piao Yue and Edward promises that she can live with him in Maine every summer. As Edwards plane flies over New York, he looks out the window to see the Statue of Liberty. He breaks down and cries.moreless
  • The Spirit of Liberty Moon (1)
    5/17/98
    8.4
    While testing a kite, Tess briefs Monica and Andrew on their next assignment, it can change many lives beause the "courage of one single person" can change history. That chance may come for Edward Tanner, CEO of Tanner Toys, and he may mot recognize it. It will come for one of Edward's employees, Jean Chang, a second time, she will recognize it and "that's why she may say no." Tess demonstrates her new "portable kite" that can fly without wind to Alex Stella, Edwards longtime friend and legal counsel for Tanner Toys. He is intrigued by the technology, but quickly brushes her off as Edward enters to discuss moving their manufacturing to China. Alex introduces Monica as China's open-door policy has given to Western businesses and recommends that Edward hire a translator from within the company. When the job is offered to Jean, she is offended, claiming she is Korean and they assume she was Chinese because she looked "oriental." Her cover is quickly blown, however, when she arrives at a Chinese restaurant where Edward, Alex and Monica are eating lunch and proceeds to order in Chinese. When she comes to their table to apologize, Alex is enexpectedly pulled away from the conversation by an exuberant Tess, the "kite inventor." With Alex distracted, Jean explains to Monica and Edward why she lied. Admitting to be Chinese, Jean tells them of how she was orphaned during the Cultural Revolution and how she fell in love with a picture of the Statue of Liberty in a banned book. Edward finds himself becoming genuinely interested in her, an interest that will eventually turn to love, as she explains how she and many like her were affected by Western culture. While an idealistic student in China, her husband adopted the nickname "Gus" after Auguste Rodin's "Thinker" and their best friend adopted his name, "George," after Washington. Jean explains how she and her husband took part in the Tiananmen Square protests while George stayed home with her daughter, Piao Yue(Liberty Moon). When the crack down came, she was separated from her husband and although she heard that he was killed, she was unable to verify his death and was forced to flee to America before she could find George and her daughter. As Monica and Edward investigate China further, they are shocked to find one of the companies courting with a joint venture with Tanner Toys is none other than Liberty Moon International Management. Edward shows Jean the letter and agrees to take her with them to Beijing. In China, Monica distracts the customs agents, allowing Jean to sneak safely back into the country. They soon meet George, who is frightened to see Jean. George tells them he will no longer guarantee that his company, Liberty Moon, can do business with them.moreless
  • Last Dance
    Last Dance
    Episode 25
    5/10/98
    7.2
    The pressure to abstain from sex before getting married is almost as great for teenagers Greg and Jill, as the pressure from their mothers to be perfect students. Greg's mother, Liz, owns a flower shop, and doesn't like Greg seeing Jill, claiming it affects his grades and will jeopardize his ability to get into college. Jill's mother, Candace, still dealing with issues with her own past, demands complete chastity from her daughter. It is Monica and Tess' assignment to make sure these relationships don't self-destruct. Meanwhile Andrew, as a DJ, encourages the high schoolers to respect themselves and their bodies. Rafael, as a student teacher, fends off infatuated girls. Monica, as a substitute teacher, holds a meeting to plan the upcoming prom and chaperons Liz and Candace meet. Although they deny knowing each other, it is clear they have a history together. The truth is Liz and Candace were friends in high school, until Candace, who slept around quite a bit, stole Liz's boyfriend. The enmity over this hasn't yet subsided, and Candace asks Liz not to tell Jill about her past. Liz agrees but only if she will forbid from dating Greg. Tess, as an assistant at the flower shop, obviously disapproves of this idea. Greg and Jill, though very upset and confused, respect their mother's wishes, until Jill learns her mother's secret, that while preaching chastity she lived an unchaste lifestyle as a teenager. Jill determines to do all the things her mother has told her not to do and she sneaks out to meet Greg at the prom. Greg and Jill plan to go to a hotel and have sex after the prom, but Monica tries to stop them. However, they don't listen to Monica and go to the hotel. The next morning, Greg drops Jill off at her house and leaves. As Jill climbs to her bedroom window, she falls and is unconscious. Later in the hospital, a distraught Greg tells the mothers that he and Jill spent the night together and Liz becomes upset. Greg can't believe that his mother is more concerned about his sex life than about his girlfriend whose life hangs in the balance. Tess and Monica appear at the hospital, reveal themselves as angels and ask the mothers, for the sake of their children, to resolve their differences and make peace. The mothers decide to give it another chance and give their blessing to Greg and Jill's relationship. Andrew reveals that Jill will recover and the families rejoice in the news.moreless
  • Elijah
    Elijah
    Episode 24
    5/3/98
    8.2
    Jacob Weiss, a bitter slum lord, is sentenced to spend two weeks in one of his own tenements and the angels arrive to help him understand the error of his ways. As the code enforcement officer, Monica quickly educates Jake on the changes that will need to be made but he is intent on trying to go around the law, offering her a bribe. He then continues to try any legal of avoiding his punishment until his mother and son urge him to come to Passover dinner which coincidentally falls on the eve when his incarceration is to begin. He then approaches the judge and makes a religious plea. Unfortunately for Jake, the judge attends the very synagogue where he claims to be devout and, having never seen Jake there, firmly refuses. Jacob then attempts to hide from the police at his mother's house but is picked up in the midst of the Passover meal. Tess meets Jake as he arrives for his internment and places an ankle monitor on his leg to ensure that he does not leave. Jake then settles in to the abysmal conditions of his own tenement and meets a saavy neighborhood kid, Tyler, who arranges to bring him the things he needs in exchange for money. Jake then begins to hear a haunting song, and starts to remember where all his troubles began with the death of his father. In a rare moment of sentiment, Jake then calls his son Michael but is quickly interrupted by a fire in his apartment. With Monica's help, Jake extinguishes the fire but is forced to move to the only other vacant apartment, that which he lived in when his father was alive. Once there, Andrew appears, telling Jake he is there to help him remember. Jake then dreams back to the day his father died and to his even more desperate to escape the pain of his own memories, he offers Tyler some money to find someone who can remove his ankle monitor. Jake calls his wife from whom he is separated to ask for the money, but she steadfastly refuses. His son, Michael, overhears his mother and brings his father his Barmitzvah money. While Jake is being robbed of the money by the supposed remover, Michael is shot. Unable to get help from the neighbors he has abused, Jake listens to Monica and follows his pious father's example. He smears the blood of his son on his door and sings the song of "Elijah" while Tess sings "Go Down Moses" as Andrew, the Angel of Death, passes over the house.moreless
  • Perfect Little Angel
    4/26/98
    8.8
    Monica and Tess meet their next assignment, Tracy Beringer as she achieves some very bad news via a letter in her mailbox. The nature of the news in unclear, however Tracy needs money very badly, telling her boss at the auto repair shop where she works that she needs money for college tuition. When she sees an ad in the paper for the Miss Colorado pageant, she tries to sign up, but one the many stipulations in that the young ladies must have a sponsor. Tracy, who desperately needs the pageant prize money, is upset until Monica, Tess, Rafael, and Andrew agree to be her sponsors, crowning her Miss Unincorporated Area #579. As they begin to prep Tracy for the pageant the angles discover a few strange things about her, she never lets anyone inside her apartment, she tells people that her parents died in a boating accident (then later says its a train wreck), and she plays the piano very well, but lacks the passion required of a truly great pianist. On the night of the pageant all is going well for Tracy, until Monica receives a phone call from Tracy's landlord, and she goes to her apartment revealing a little boy named nick babysitting himself. Monica takes Nick to the pageant, Tracy, upset, that they know she's a single mom, tells them that she wants to win the pageant so that she'll have enough money for Nick to have a surgery to repair a hole in his heart. It's also revealed that Tracy's parents are not dead, she actually ran away from home when she found she was pregnant. Realizing that Tracy doesn't think god loves her, Monica and Tess reveal themselves, reminding her of God's love an encouraging her to trust God with her son's life. When it comes time to be interviewed for the pageant Tracy, realizing that nothing good can come from a lie, tells the audience that she is a single mom and embraces Nick on the stage, thereby solidifying her journey into truth. The audience, including Andrew and Rafael, applauds. Later Tracy receives a load of mail from people who have hear her story offering to help with Nick's surgery. One of the letters is from Tracy's parents who want her to come home. Tracy calls her parents and the angels, their task complete, depart.moreless
  • Cry, and You Cry Alone
    4/12/98
    5.5
    Four aging comics sit around a diner table reminiscing about their careers and celebrating the fact that one of them is soon to leave on a cruise ship gig. One of the men offers to tell the story of Salt and Pepper, a famous comic team who suddenly broke up before they hit it really big. The story begins many years after the breakup, when Maury Salt arrives at the diner for his daily breakfast. Monica, a waitress at the diner, is the object of Salt's disdain when she doesn't know his usual order. During breakfast Salt reads the trade magazines and discovers that he and Pepper are going to be inducted into the Comedy Hall of Fame. When Monica inquires it becomes apparent that Maury and his former partner dislike each other, mostly because Pepper walked out on the act. The two men reunite and continue their feud at a press conference in spite of the fact that they've agreed to put on a show for the Hall of Fame induction. At the rehearsal Salt and Pepper return old routines but cannot agree on who will play which part, so they break up. Salt recruits Monica to be his new partner, but tries her out as an open-mike contest, a sign that the old comic hasn't long to live. when they realize their new partners are terrible, Salt and Pepper reunite. But it's not long before Pepper collapses with a weak heart. The men see the error of their ways on the ride to the hospital, and Tess, who is driving the ambulance, honors their request to go to the diner in the old neighborhood where they met. The men perform one more comedy routine for Monica "Make God laugh". Pepper then passes on, but not before the old friends express their love and gratitude to each other.moreless
  • Seek and Ye Shall Find
    4/5/98
    8.5
    Monica and Tess discuss the next mission in the one-stop town of Savage, Missippi. Monica slips on theicy pavement outside a bus station, hits her head, and suffers from amnesia. Inside the station Dr. Chester Crayton somewhat impatiently examines a frightened Monica. The doctor is on the way to a prison to watch the execution of a man who murdered his wife. The sation is filled with colorful characters including a bible salesman, the crusty station-keeper named the Colonel, a sweet old black lady named Effie, and a young pregnant Elvis fan, Sueellen. As Monica struggles to regain her memory, the doctor reveals that hatred and bitterness he feels over the murder of his wife. Andrew, on his way to "work" the execution, stops by the station and encourages Monica, who doesn't recognize him, to first seek out who God is, and then she will know herself. The bible salesman steals Effie's money, but Monica is accused of the crime and the Colonel calls the cops. Monica, thoroughly lost, begins to cry, but Sueellen's boyfriend, Skeeter, teaches her to pray. monica prays to god woould restore her memory, but instead the police arrive and handcuff her. Effie, however, decides to forgive Monica and give her the money. This extreme act of forgiveness reminds Monica of who God is and who she is. She reveals herself to Effie, who is delighted to finally see an angel. Later at the prison, the murderer asks the doctor to forgive him for killing his wife. The Doctor scoffs at this request and the execution commences. Monica appears to the doctor and begs him to forgive Paul Ratcliff as a means of achieving peace in his own life. The doctor suspends the execution so he can tell the murderer that he has indeed, forgiven him.moreless
  • How Do You Spell Faith?
    3/29/98
    8.3
    Monica and Tess arrive in the life of a single mother, Mary, to help her reconcile her relationship with her son Aaron. Herself a former athlete, Mary relates to her eldest son Michael, who is the star wrestler of Olympus High School. Aaron, on the contrary, is more cerebral and spends the majority of his time spelling out words to hide the pain he feels for not having a father and not being closer to his mother. While the entire school supports Michael's wrestling efforts, Aaron is ignored by virtually everyone except his brother, who has become something of a father to him. When Tess encourages Aaron to take the test to qualify for the Midwest Regional Spelling Bee, Aaron reluctantly agrees and Michael is quick to support him. When Michael is killed on route to a wrestling competition, Mary is less able to relate to Aaron and her distance causes him to leave home in search of his father. Following the address on letters from his father that were given to him by Michael, Aaron goes to Minnesota. Once there, Aaron meets Andrew who is acting as a cab driver. When Andrew and Aaron arrive at his father's address, they find only an empty parking lot. Looking closely at the postmarks on the letters, he realizes that his brother had been sending him the letters and that his father doesn't really care about him. Andrew convinces Aaron to return to his mother but they are still separated by their different personalities. Tess tells Mary that although she and Aaron have differing abilities, what he needs is her love. Mary tries to tell Aaron how proud she is of him but Aaron is unwilling to open the door to his mother. Andrew reveals himself to Aaron and tries to make him understand how much his mother loves him. Andrew encourages Aaron to turn to God who will never desert him like his father did. Finally understanding how much he is loved, Aaron reconciles with his mother and showcases his spelling talent by winning the Midwest Regional Spelling Bee.moreless
  • God and Country
    Episode 19
    3/15/98
    7.5
    Rafael enters the army in an attempt to befriend a bitter soldieer named Tomas. Tomas hates the army, in particular his commanding officer Colonel Victor Walls. Both men are Hispanic but Tomas feels that Col. Walls has rejected his heritage by failing to use his original surname, Paredes. Tomas requests a transfer from this base, but Col. Walls denies the request. Rafael meets with Col. Walls, who suggests he change his name to Ralph as a means to get along better in the army. When Tomas hear of this, a fight breaks out in the barracks between Rafael and, Tomas, and another soldier. Rafael gets a scolding from Tess for being the first angel to hit an assigment and all three soldiers end up in the military jail. It is in jail that Rafael learns that Col. Walls is actually Tomas' father and he has another son, Paul who is missing in action in Bosnia. This is a further source of frustration for Tomas because the army cannot give the family any straight answersregarding Paul's situation. Monica arrives at the jail as the army lawyer who will represent Tomas, and she reprimands him for his attitude towards his father. Later, when Tomas is outof jail, he brings Rafael with him to a family dinner at the Walls ( Paredes) home. A fight between father and son is stifled when Andrew appears at the door as a casualty officer, bearing the news that Paul was killed in battle. Col. Walls guards his emotions, and this further drives a wedge between Col. Walls and Tomas, who doesn't believe his father loves him. Victor brightens the news that Paul was killed saving other soldier's lives, making him a hero. When an ambigous postcard arrives posthumously from Paul to Tomas, a confused and despairing Tomas confronts his father with a gun, hoping to learn the truth about his brother's death. But when he sees that his father is unafraid, Tomas turns the gun on himself, pleading for his father to tell him the truth. When his father doesn't, Tomas leaves. Monica reveals herself to Col. Walls explaining that although he has served his country, he needs to serve God and tell his family the truth. Victor returns home and tells his family that he pulled some strings to get Paul a dangerous assignment. tomas is upset by the news and leaves. Rafael appears and reveals himself to Tomas, urging him to forgive his father for his wrongdoing. The next day at the memorial service for Paul, his parents and the angels are unsure if Tomas will attend. As Col. Walls beginds the eulogy Tomas, enters the service. Col. Wallsspeaks of the mistakes he has made both as an officer and as a father and professes his love for Tomas. The father and son salute each other respectfully, then break down into a heartful embrace. Tess, Monica, Andrew, and Rafael smile, realizing their assignment is complete.moreless
  • Breaking Bread
    Breaking Bread
    Episode 18
    3/8/98
    8.6
    A timid baker named Matt Colletti is closing up his bakery one evening when two white men attack his black assistant in the street. Matt witnesses the crime but is too frightened to comoe forward. Tess tells Monica that is is their job to help him take a stand against the criminals, memebers of a white supremacist group. Andrew poses as a representative of the state's attorney's office, asking questions about the incident, trying to determine if it was a simple robbery attempy or a hate crime. Monica is hired as Matt's new assistant and dons an apron. Matt goes to the local church where Tess, the visiting preacher, unveils a beautiful new stained glass window which Matt has financed. The next day the two criminals show up at the bakery to ensure that Matt remains quiet about the incident, but a young mechanic named Derek threatens them and they leave the store without a fight. When a swastika-covered rock is thrown through the stained glass church window, it is a sign that the community must take action. A town meeting is held andthe people decide to form a community group to respond to the crimes, but Derek, reminding the group of the risks this could entail, convinces them to give up the idea. Matt, under pressure from Tess to finally admit his role as a witness to the crime, tells the people his story. Matt, in fact, had seen three people the night of the beating, the two white men and another figure riding in the backseat of the mens car, a figure Matt realizes was the devil himself. Of course no one believes Matt, not even his wife and the two seperate. To make matters worse a bomb explodes in the bakery, and Matt, though not hurt, laments the loss of his reputation, family , and business. Monica, Tess, and Andrew reveal themselves to Matt, an dexplain that God wants to use him as a prophet who will lead the townspeople against the satanic forces in town. Matt rises to the challenge and rallies the people to confront the physical manifestation of the devil, Derek, and the two criminals. Matthew breaksa loaf of bread and passes it among the group, and vows never to be frightened by the devil again nor to give into his own prejudices. The two men are arrested and the devil, defeated by Matt's moral stand, disappears.moreless
  • Flights of Angels
    Flights of Angels
    Episode 17
    3/1/98
    8.7
    Richard is an artist diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, a terminal sickness that has a debilitating effect on one's motor functions. Richard is in denial about the prognosis but his wife Sally is not, and she prays for guidance for her family. Monica arrives to help her take care of her three boys, John Henry, George and Ray, while Andrew will assist Richard with his paintings. Sally explains that Richard is working against a deadline, he must finish more paintings if he wishes to show them at the gallery. John Henry, the oldest son, is aware that there is something wrong with his father, but attempts to get him to play games with him. Richard is too weak for this, and also preoccupied with finishing his work so that he can leave hi family with the revenue from his paintings. At the same time Richard is working on "dream books" for his sons, scrapbooks that contain sketches and mementos off all the things their father holds dear. When Richard's legs give out, he and Sally break down and cry as the despair of the disease overtakes them. The next day Sally, the boys, Monica and Andrew surprise Richard with a motorized cart. He explains to the boys that his disease, but when John Henry asks if he's going to die, Richard tells them "not for a very long time." This upsets Sally since he wasn't truthful with the boys. Tess, posing as an artist's manager, agrees to represent Richard even though he has only two paintings finished. With Andrew at his side, and using a respirator to help him breathe, Richard begins to work in earnest, but his goal of twelve paintings is cut short when a fire breaks out in the studio. Andrew is able to save Richard from the fire, but all but one of the paintings is destroyed. Richard, feeling that his life is now worth nothing, gives up hope. But Andrew sets up a studio in the living room for Richard to finish his last painting. Richard gets to work right away, realizing that this one painting is going to have to go to a long way. Over the next few days Richard is hard at work with the painting. Sally explains the the boys what's happening to their father. As much as they don't want their father to die, they're happy he won't be in pain anymore. That night Andrew reveals himself to Richard and tells him that he only has a few hours left and asks him to make a choice, finish the painting, of the scrapbooks for his sons. Richard decides to leave his sons with a piece of their father by finishing the books. Richard works all night and finishes the books and Andrew helps him say goodbye to the boys and Sally before he passes away. The next day monica and Tess reveal themselves to Sally and assure her that if she puts her trust in God, he will provide. the last painting, as John Henry takes up a brush and begins one of his father's blank canvases.This is evident when Sally finds Richard's lone painting to have been miraculously completed. Ans its clear that this won't bemoreless
  • Redeeming Love
    Redeeming Love
    Episode 16
    2/1/98
    7.3
    As Monica and Tess take a walk through the city streets, they stumble across Monica's next assignment, a young woman sleeping under a pile of garbage. The woman's name is Lydia and she is a crack addict. As Monica follows Lydia into her apartment building, her beautiful clothes become like Lydia's, ragged and dirty. Lydia's new roommate. Meanwhile Lydia grabs Monica's coat and tries to sell it on the street. Monica tails Lydia back to her parents house, where she breaks in to steal money. But they show up, as do the police, and Lydia flees to a crack house. Monica finds Lydia smoking crack and causing a disturbance among the other addicts. Lydia runs into the street and gets hit by a car. When Lydia's parents arrive at the emergency room the doctor informs them that Lydia is not only an addict, but she's also pregnant. Their disbelief is shot-lived when Lydia delivers a crack-addicted baby girl. Tess, acting as a drug counselor, talks to Lydia's parents about her upbringing, reminding them that they are partially to blame for Lydia's condition. Lydia sneaks out of the hospital and tries to get an old job back, instead she steals some money from her boss and returns to her parents home. She asks her parents for money and they refuse, choosing to take Tess' advice and allow Lydia to become so desperate that she must help herself. Lydia returns to the hospital, steals the baby, and takes her to the crack house. Andrew tells Monica that if they don't find the baby it will die. Monica and Tess search for the child. Monica finds Lydia, who is too high to realize that she has lost the baby. Monica reveals herself to Lydia, and tells Lydia that God has a better plan for her life, but she must choose his help. Lydia does. Monica and a choir of angels gather around Lydia to sing and comfort her as she goes through withdrawal. Meanwhile Tess finds and rescues the baby. Emerging triumph but shaken from a seven-day struggle, Lydia, accompanied by Monica, checks into a drug rehab program.moreless
  • Doodlebugs
    Doodlebugs
    Episode 15
    1/18/98
    8.4
    After the death of his wife, small town miister Erskine gave up his ministry and his lack of faith has spread to the rest of the townspeople. Erskine's son, Andy now fears he will die of cancer like his mother while his daughter, Bits, spends her time trying to draw the elusive doddlebug out of their holes. As Bits tries without success to draw a doddlebug out of its nest, a young man by the name of Pearhead answers a payphone. When he is told by a mysterious voice where to find a winning twenty-dolar lottery ticket, it appears God is finally on his side. After Pearhead enters Sis and Vinegar's Cafe and announces his "miracle," Sis, her brother Vinegar, Ada, an aspiring singer all begin to sit vigil by the phone, waiting for heavenly advice. The voice first tells Sis to apologize to Vinegar for somoe hurtful things she has said and when she does, their relationship instantly improves. Ada then answers the phone and is told to forego her plans to sing in Atlanta because there is someone in town she loves and she should tell him. Erskine then answers the phone and the voice knows the pain he has felt after losing his wife and tells him to find love where he can because his son needs a mother. Erskine is now convinced and when Sis answers the phone and is told to convert an old building into a bar and grill, the entire town piptches in to help, Sis and Vinegar mortgage the Cafe, Pearhead sells his ice cream truck and Ada donates her savings. When the Gem Bar and Grill burns to the ground on opening night, it appears that all is lost. Tess, meanwhile has traced the voice on the other end of the phone back to Andy. She tries to convince him to own his own lie but he is unable to muster the courage and runs away, opting to send as apology note to Ada instead. Tess then reveals herself to the townspeople, asking them why they had lost their faith. She tells Erskine to begin the search for Andy. Tess finds Andy in his father's abandoned church and tells him how much God loves him. As Sis, Vinegar and Pearhead arrive, Tess tells them they have hidden from God when they should have reached for him. She convinces Andy that he is not going to die like his mother. Erskine and Andy then go to Ada and Erskine asks her to stay. At just that moment, the phone rings and Bits answers it. Apparently, this time thecaller is God and he tells Bits how to catch a doddlebug. As she cradles the entire nest in her palm, a dove flies away.moreless
  • The Trigger
    The Trigger
    Episode 14
    1/11/98
    6.9
    As Monica gives Tess an ice skating lesson we meet the seemingly happy Craig family at the rink where the son, Alex is finishing hockey practice. This family is Monica's next assignment as she gets a lesson that things aren't always what they seem. Linda and Ray Craig bring their children home to welcome Linda's sister Holly, who is in town for Linda's graduation from law school. Holly is overwhelmed to be back in the house of her childhood, a house that the Craig's recently bought back. Andrew, Alex's hockey coach, arrives at the house to return Alex's hockey gloves, which he left at the rink. This upsets Ray, abnormally so, and it becomes clear that there is a tension in this family when Ray grounds Alex for the whole weekend. Holly questions this, but Linda covers for Ray, explaining that he's had a bad day. Holly also finds a gun in the hall closet, and questions the safety of having a loaded weapon in the home. Later that night Holly wakes up to hear Linda and Ray having a heated argument. Shegoes downstairs to find Linda on the floor bleeding from the head. Monica then arrives as a policeman to investigate anonymous domestic disturbance call, but Linda and Ray both agree that Linda fell down the stairs and bumped her head. Later at hte hospital Linda explains that Ray has been upset recently, after losing his position as head of the emergency room, a consequence of endangering a patient's life. Tess arrives as a family counselor and encourages Linda and Ray to seek counseling, but Linda will not admit that Ray is violent with her. The situation seems to improve when Ray is really sweet to the kids, but when Alex gets into a fight during the hockey game, Ray becomes furious and starts beating Linda and Holly with a hockey stick. Believing that Ray will kill her sister, Holly gets the gun and shoot s Ray, ultimately killing him. Because Linda won't admit the abuse, Holly is arrested for murder. Linda is also angry at Holly for killing her husband, wh oshe claims was just trying to scare her. Back at the house Monica offers to pray with Linda, and they do, in hopes that this will clear Linda's mind about the events. Monica reveals herself to be to be an angel, and this triggers Linda's memory about her childhood, when her father beat her in thesame house, and about how Holly saved her by hitting him with a stone. Linda digs the stone from under the closet floorboards and brings it to her sister, thanking her for her protection. The murder charges have been dropped, the two sisters are reunited and resolve to ask God to help them pick up the pieces of their lives.moreless
  • Deconstructing Harry
    1/4/98
    8.5
    Monica and Tess arrive at the DMV where Tess has been instructed to obtain a driver's license. Now ready to take the driving portion, Tess meets her instructor and assignment, Doris. Midway through the driving test, Doris tells Tess to follow a hearse which leads them both to the funeral of Harry Applegate. Doris enters the funeral and steals the ashes of her former lover as Andrew arrives outside as a state policeman. With Harry's ashes in her arms, Doris commands Tess to flee while Harry's widowe, Stella convinces Andrew to pursue in his patrol car. Monica prays at the DMV where she is still waiting for Tess to return and soon is guided to her next in the journey that both Doris and Stella are now taking. Doris tells Tess they are going to Pizmo Beach where she is going to spread Harry'sashes. Instructed by Doris to find food, Tess stops at the "Heaven on a Bun" where Monica is now working and quickly exit. Andrew then arrives with Stella and Monica tells him that they are going to Pizmo Beach. Tess and Doris then stop at a gas station to use the restroom and gives out a cry as she learns that her husband's mistress is outside the door. Doris wastes no time fleeing the scene. monica tells Andrew that the the two women must not meet yet and he stalls Stella's pursuit, citing engine failure. Tess and Doris then stop at Del Ray's Honkytonk where Tess tries to convince Doris that there is a better life for her than the lie she lived with Harry. Harkening back to a happier time, Doris sings "We lived on Borrowed Time" and the two have dinner on the house. No longer wanting to hear what Tess says, Doris attempts to leave as Tess's car is being stolen. Andrew and Stella arrive and the confrontation begins, during that time the two women accidentally spill Harry's ashes on the gravel road. Stella begins to insult Doris and the both Andrew and Tess try to appeal to reason. Then a waitress named Lydia came out and explained that Harry spent every Saturday night at the Honkytonk talking to her about the dilemma of his situation with both women. Andrew then reveals himself and explains that Harry's dying wish was to reconcile his life with his loved ones. Andrew tells Stella that while it is too late to repair her marriage, God can repair her heart if she will let him. Doris apologizes to Stella for the pain she has caused and Stella accepts. with Harry's life now reconciled with his loved ones, his ashes are swept into the air all wish him a fond farewell.moreless
  • It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
    12/21/97
    8.3
    When Joey breaks the Christmas angel while he and Wayne decorate the Christmas tree, Wayne leaves him alone to monitor the turkey while he goes out into the snow to buy a new angel. As the storm causes the lights to go out, Monica arrives to console Joey by telling him the story of the Christmas she spent with Mark Twain in 1909. Monica begins, explaining how Twain returned on Christmas eve after a long absence to find his beloved daughter Jean, his housekeeper Katy Leary, a townswoman, Mrs. Allen with her daughter Helen. Immediately prior to Twain's arrival, Jean shows the others her Christmas gift to her father, a copy of a lost verse from her father's favorite Longfellow poem. When he arrives, Jean hurriedly hides the scroll on the tree. Mrs. Allen and her daughter Helen then leave, Twain comments that such sweetness is the stuff of Heaven. Twain reflects on the deaths of his wife, daughter and infant son and says he is too old to be cheered up. Back in the present, Edna arrives to use Joey's phone but the lines are dead. As Wayne's truck swerves off the road, Monica resumes the story with the death of Jean on Christmas Eve. While attempting to console Mr. Twain, Monica is lambasted and told to leave. In the present, Tess arrives with the sheriff who tells Joey that they found Wayne's truck but not Wayne and Joey becomes more worried. Shortly thereafter, Andrew enters and Monica continues the story. Monica is sent back to Twain by God and prays for help. At that very moment Sam arrives and approaches Twain but is soon thrown out as he topples the tree. As Joey sits listening to the story, he is now convinced that Wayne is dead and topples his own tree. Monica then manages to calm Joey down for long enough to hear the end of her story. She continues with the young girl, Helen returning to present the scroll that was to be Jean's surprise gift. As Helen finishes reading the known verse, Twain reads the lost verse. "God is not dead, nor doth he sleep. The wrong shall fail, the right prevail. With peace on earth goodwill to men. This restores Twain's faith and, in the present, Joey echoes his sentiment singing "Peace on Earth." As Joey sings, Wayne arrives and all join in and sing around the restored Christmas tree.moreless
  • Venice
    Venice
    Episode 11
    12/7/97
    7.9
    Tess and Monica arrive in Montana to help the elderly Annie Doyle reconcile her life before she loses her failing eyesight. Offering to help Annie with her daily errands, Monica escorts her to the weekly bingo game at church where Annie admits that the only reason she plays bingo is to "tick off " her nosy neighbors, Emily, Russell and Markus. After winning at bingo, Annie and Monica return to the house where Emily explains that she has always wanted to see Venice. Monica thinks this is her mission and offers to take Annie to Venice but not before Annie realizes that her sight is really gone. Dr. Waldron arrives to say that Annie has been losing her sight for a long time, but like the other townspeople, he seems unsympathetic. Crushed by the loss of her eyesight, Annie tells Monica to get out of her house. Tess encourages Monica, explaining that God wants Annie to see the truth about her life. Monica returns to Annie and asks to be her friend. Annie then explains that her husband, Tommy, died the day after they were married thirty-five years earlier and the town has blamed her for his death ever since. Annie met Tommy while the town was financing his medical schooling. Tommy promised to return to the town and practice medicine, but he was bitter and did not want to live in such a backward area. On the day of the wedding, Annie and Tommy wrecked the car into the local river and Tommy saw the chance to escape his duty by faking his death. He vowed to keep contact with Annie, leaving her in town to verify the story. After a few correspondences, Tommy stopped writing and Annie was left to deal with the town. Annie knew how much the town favored Tommy and did not want to reveal him for the scoundrel he was. As a result, the town had blamed her for his death and even questioned whether or not she had orchestrated the accident. The truth finally known, the angels then confront the townspeople, enlisting them to help ensure that Annie's dream of seeing Venice would become a reality. With the angels' help, the rest of them recreate the sounds and smells of Venice in the local YMCA pool and Monica shows Annie to her gondola where she is transported, if only in her mind, to the Venice of her dreams.moreless
  • The Comeback
    The Comeback
    Episode 10
    11/23/97
    8.8
    Thirty years after suffering stage fright during her Broadway opening, Lillian Bennett returns to Broadway discourage her daughter from following in her footsteps. Arriving just in time to attend her daughter's audition, Lillian sees her old understudy, Amanda Revere, who has now become the famed diva she once dreamed of becoming herself. Monica arrives to audition for a supporting role and miraculously wins the role while Alison becomes her understudy. After Monica falls ill with a cold, Alison takes her place and Amanda takes an interest in her. When Lillian and Amanda finally meet in the presence of Allison. Lillian explains how she received yellow roses every night after rehearsal until the opening night when her "lucky" roses didn't come. Convinced she was doomed to fail, she stared into the prompter's box and froze, as Amanda had told her she would. Allison thinks her mother is jealous and doesn't realize why she just can't be happy for her. with the orchestra warming up, Lillian carries a yellow roses for Allison as she meets Freddy, the stage manager who knew both she and Amanda for years. Freddy tells Lillian Amanda was the one who sent her flowers after every rehearsal. Realizing that her superstition was used against her by Amanda, Lillian confronts her and warns her against hurting Allison. As Amanda scream at her to et out, she loses her voice. Monica then reveals herself to Amanda, telling her that God wants her to help Lillian to finally shine. Meanwhile, Tess finds Lillian at the train station and tells her to stop believing in luck and help her daughter. Returning to the theatre, Lillian is met by an apologetic Amanda. She then pushes Lillian onto the stage to face the fears that defeated her years before. Initially stumbling , Lillian finds her courage and belts a rousing rendition of "I'm still here." As Allison looks with a newfound appreciation of her mother, the angels smile at another job well done.moreless
  • Charades
    Charades
    Episode 9
    11/16/97
    5.9
    With the approach of a special tribute to the victims of the Hollywood Blacklist to be given by the Screen Guild, Tess and Monica arrive to help Libby Glaser, a powerful Hollywood agent, learn the truth about her Blacklisted father's last days. Monica arrives as Libby's new assistant and quickly impresses Libby with her connections by managing to connect her with the head of the Hollywood Screen Guild. Libby learns that the Guild chosen to restore her father's name to a film he made during the Blacklist era when he was forced to write under a pseudonym, and that they want Libby's mother, Vera King, to present the award with her co-star in the show, Clive Hathaway. Vera flatly refuses to present the award with Clive which surprises Libby as he was her father's best friend. Simultaneously, home movies from Libby's childhood mysteriously appear from an unknown source and Libby's memory is jarred as she views them. When Libby confronts her mother, Vera tells her Clive is the one who ruined her fathers' career by naming him as a communist and that he didn't die in an accident, he killed himself, suffering under the burden ever since. She continues to say that Budd wrote a note to Libby just before driving his car over the cliff but that note was lost during the fire. Libby, now armed with her father's FBI file, plans to ruin Clive Hathaway as he ruined her father. As the ceremony is in progress, Vera begs Libby not to expose Clive and that he was her real father. Now wrecked, Libby enters the stage intent on ruining Clive. Backstage Tess reveals herself to Vera, which she remembers her as the family maid, she tell her that God loves her and that she tells her to go be with Libby. On the stage Monica then freezes time and asks Libby to forgive. As time resumes, Libby then realizes that she is no longer holding the FBI file but the note from her father asking her to forgive those involved and telling her that she will always be his little girl. Libby then gives an emotional speech, denouncing the tactics of the Blacklist.moreless
  • My Dinner With Andrew
    11/9/97
    8.8
    When the angels find themselves at a posh "Books and Bachelors" luncheon to benefit medical research, Andrew is quickly chosen to be auctioned off as an eligible bachelor. When the prominent scientist, Beth Popik, begins to bid on Andrew, her chief rival Kate Calder, outbids her and then refuses the date with Andrew, explaining that she wasn't bidding for andrew, she was bidding against Beth. Adam, another "angel of death" arrives, thanks Andrew for covering for him, and asks about the date with the doctor. When Andrew tells him that she refused to go to dinner, Adam explains that he must go on the date. Andrew then convinces Kate to have dinner with him, while Monica and Tess begin preparing an elegant restaurant for the meeting. Andrew and Kate then meet in the controlled environment of Chez Tess. Monica plays waitress while Tess cooks and although this is supposed to be a private engagement, another patron, Norman, enters and insists of being served. During dinner, Kate tells Andrew that she is going to die of Leukemia within several years and that she believes in science, not in God. She continues, stating that her research is all that matters to her and that her goal is to find a "gene sequence" before she dies and in that way gain immortality. Adam then interrupts the dinner and privately tells Andrew that "the doctor" is going to die tonight. Andrew then reveals himself to Kate while Norman begins to choke on his food. Kate rescues Norman but not before recognizes Andrew as the Angel of Death. Kate follows Norman out of the restaurant and questions him about Andrew. Now a believer, she returns to find that Andrew and the restaurant have disappeared. She then runs to the safe where her research is being held and finds Andrew waiting for her. He tells her to share her research so that others may live. Monica and Tess learn that it was Beth who was going to die not Kate. Adam soon rushes to Beth's house. Kate then goes to Beth's house to find her on the verge of death due to carbon monoxide poisoning. After saving Beth's life, Kate visits her at the hospital, tells her about her recent discovery and suggests that they work together to find a cure. "You can do wonderful things if you don't care who gets the credit." Andrew then leaves Kate's life telling her he doesn't know when she will die, but that when it's time, he'll see her for dinner.moreless
  • Sandcastles
    Sandcastles
    Episode 7
    11/2/97
    7.4
    While Tess, Andrew and Rafael vacation at the beach, Rafael and Monica find a message in a bottle from a boy named Scooter Fisher. Tess gives them the option of helping the boy and both Monica and Rafael set out to find Scooter in the neighboring town, Pacific Falls. While Andrew stays with Tess to help repair her ailing Cadillac, Rafael and Monica begin their search at a local diner. As they meet and question Teresa, Larry and Leo, no one seems to have heard of Scooter Fisher. Dennis, a desperate man, pulls a gun when they approach him and Rafael catches the bullet when the gun fires. Benjamin Parker, skeptical, then sets out to uncover the scam. Monica then rescues a man at a muffler shop as his hydraulic lift fails and Rafael pulls a man out of a tool and die shop after an explosion. When Parker questions Leo, the owner of the muffler shop, about his angel encounter, wee see his watch inscribed with the name Scooter. Lee tells him the angels are looking for Scooter Fisher and Parker goes on the air to let the angels know his identity. Monica and Rafael return to Tess who tells then the truth behind Scooter's note 40 years earlier, Scooter's mother had accidentally killed his father in an attempt to stop his abuse. They try to convince the skeptical Benjamin to see his mother in prison. Benjamin overcomes his anger and learns the truth when he visits his dying mother. He forgives his mother and agrees to revisit their "place" at the ocean where both cast their bottles upon the water. Benjamin writes "Thank You, God and throws the bottle out to sea as the angels exit in their repaired Cadillac.moreless
  • The Pact
    The Pact
    Episode 6
    10/26/97
    9.0
    The angels arrive at a camp for HIV positive teenage girls to find two veterans, Nikki and Erin picking on the "newbies" Melanie, Kim, and Abby. Acting as counselors, the angels get to know the girls and try to help them deal with their fears. Rafael speaks to Melanie, learning her mother died of Aids when she was a child. Melanie tells him of the song, "Duerte Me Lindo," which her mother used to sing. Meanwhile, develops a crush on Andrew and is heartbroken when he seemingly rejects her. Tired of painting the names of past participants who are no longer alive on a rock known as "the face," Erin talks the other girls iinto a suicide pact as some way of ending life their own way, without pain or pity. The girls then steal drugs from the infirmary where Rafael is working and prepare a suicide cocktail. As the girls all meet at "the face" to go through with the suicide, the angels arrive. Rafael begins playing "Duermete De Lindo" and Melanie loses her resolve to kill herself. As the other girls follow suit, only Nikki remains intent on suicide. The angels then appeal to Erin to take the lead and she convinces Erin to give up the suicide plan. They realize that their best times may lie ahead, they lead them in singing Melanie's song.moreless
  • Jones vs. God
    Jones vs. God
    Episode 5
    10/19/97
    8.9
    The town of Clarion, South Dakota is in the midst of a farm killing drought when Tess and Monica arrive to help them with their growing crisis of faith. Justinian Jones, a struggling farmer, enters Cotton's barber shop where a heated debate quickly develops between he, Cotton, Judge Dawes and Risa, the town mayor, as to whether the town should sell out to huge agriculture company. Having arrived to serve as auctioneer of the towns assets, Andrew sits quietly in the barder chair as Risa advocates selling to the conglomerate before the drought kills the town. Opposed to he is Justinian who is determined to stay on his farm even if he has to sell his horse and "pull the darned plow"himself. Continuing his tirade, Justinian decides to sue God. The Judge outlines how he should serve notice to God through the newspaper and hearing is set. Outside, Justinian's daughter, Leela tells her boyfriend Gordon of her plans to leave town in search of more opportunity while he tries to convince her of the virtues of the small town they have grown up in. Later, all the townspeople gather in the court room, fully expecting a rapid dismissal of the case. Tess arrives to act as council for God and a jury trial is granted. As the trial begins, Jones begins by bsaying that droughts are considered "acts of God" and as such, he should be held responsible for the "intentional infliction of emotional stress" upon the people of Clarion. One by one, Tess calls the townspeople as witnesses in an attempt to show them how God has blessed. When Tess calls Monica, the angel as an expert witness, Justinian corners her on the stand and temporarily stuns God's defense byb asking for an end to the rain. After s ahort recess and a prayer from Monica. She then returns to God with his answer to Justinian's request. The answer is "no." Justinian then realizes how blessed he is and Risa and the others rally together at a town picnic. As he leads all in a prayer, their faith is rewarded as rain begins to pour out of the clear blue sky.moreless
  • Children of the Night
    10/12/97
    7.8
    While Tess and Monica work at a inner-city coffee shop, they see their next assignment, a group of homeless teenagers who have given up their real names to avoid being returned to the families that they no longer trust. Doc, Lightning, China, and the missing Fish have formed a family and soon take in a young girl who is new to the street, changing her real name from Alexandra to "Ally." Losing their current shelter and trusting no one, the kids go to a junkyard where Rafael, offers to let them build a shelter in exchange for watching over the place. When all the collective money of the group is gone, China takes to the streets to earn money as a prostitute. As she gets into a car, the missing "Fish" is dying in the care of Andrew. Afterward, Monica and Andrew begin to lose heart while Tess and Rafael urge them to be patient and "not push so hard." China continues to dream of being a poet, writing in her treasured journal while Doc's cough worsens. Ally burns her her remaining pictures from home and begins to panhandle as Lightning begins to develop a drug problem. After China loses her journal, Monica finds it and returns it to her on the street, convincing her to meet her at the coffee shop. China is then found by Andrew, dying from a beating by one of her customers. Monica blames herself for not being a better angel, holding China's journal. Rafael reveals himself to Doc, asking him to trust in God. No longer succeeding with her panhandling, Ally puts on makeup and attempts to follow in China's footsteps. Monica tells her that China is dead and shows her that "it's never too late to apologize," but rather just in time. As Ally prepares to leave on her bus ride home, Doc stops by for a brief goodbye as he and Rafael leave for the hospital. Lightning is dumbfounded that Ally is leaving but she prepares him for the revelation he is about to have in the presence of Tess, Monica and Andrew. "Do you believe in God, Lightning? You will."moreless
  • Nothing But Net
    Nothing But Net
    Episode 3
    10/5/97
    8.7
    Tess, Monica, Andrew and Ruth arrive in the announcer's box of a professiional basket-ball game overlooking their next assignment, Eric (E.Z.) Mony, the star point guard for the Salt Lake Saints. Tess tells the others that Eric is angry and rebellious, with a complete disregard for rules. As the angels look on, Eric shoves a referee. Although Ruth is told that her assignment is only to observe the situation, she is soon moving down in the stands in order to speak to the referee. Due to herinterference, a jersey is thrown into the crowd by Mony goes to a very impressionable 14 year-old named Darnell. Sam, the special affairs angel arrives to explain that the casse has just taken a turn for the worse because a bond was formed between E.Z. and Darnell. Later at the Boys Club, Sam coaches Darnell and his friends and introduces Monica as the new tutor. Meanwhile, as E.Z. is disavowing his status as a role model, we learn of the disappearance of a hockey player by the name of Winston El Camio. As E.Z. prepares to leave the stadium, Andrew introduces himself as the ghost writer who will be writing his E.Z.'s tell all book. Ruth, having recovered from her blunder at the stadium, approaches Darnell. She tells him that E.Z. is not someone to look up at, that he cannot read. Darnell then goes to E.Z. and blackmails him with the information, demanding "a night in the life of E.Z. Mony" in return for his silence. While on the twown, E.Z. takes Darnell to a casino and quickly loses $100,000. Two henchmen of the casino then threaten E.Z. with his life if he doesn't shave points, invoking the game of Winston El Camio and has no choice but to try to throw the game. Convinced that E.Z. will pull off the scam, Darnell takes bets from his friends. When the game begins, E.Z. is miraculously unable to miss and the Saint's win. Darnell confronts E.Z. after the game and E.Z. rebukes him, "Your livin' poor and you're gonna die poor." Darnell slinks out and the two henchmen enter to kill E.Z. As he prays to God, Andrew reveals himself and demands, in the name of God, that the men leave. As the men exit, Andrew tells E.Z. God wants him top learn to read. In the pressbox, Monica consoles Ruth, showing her the marquee which is now flashing "God Loves You." As E.Z. and Darnell meet on the court, both look up at the flashing marquee. E.Z. vows to learn to read and Darnell cries as he realizes that he is trult loved by God.moreless
  • Great Expectations
    Great Expectations
    Episode 2
    9/28/97
    7.8
    Bill McNabb, a cappuccino machine salesman, arrives with his pregnant wife, Joanne at Juliano's Coffee Shop where Andrew is acting as temporary manager. While Bill tries to sell the "newest and best" machine to Andrew. Joanne confirm their plans to give a baby shower for friends at the coffee shop later that evening. Having overheard the discussion of babies. Monica introduces herself as a lamaze teacher and invites Joanne to attend a class. Bill and Joanne then go to a doctor's appointment and learn that their baby is going to be born with Down Syndrome. Bill immediately mentions "alternatives" to having the baby and tells Joanne not to tell anyone about the diagnosis until they decide what to do. At the baby shower, a bus boy with Down Syndrome, Taylor, breaks dishes while avoiding a small child and this prompts Bill to tell Joanne that their baby "is not a miracle" but rather "a mistake." Joanne temporarily gives in, going to a community clinic but is unable to go through with an abortion. She then continues her pregnancy alone while the angels try to convince Bill to come to reason. At Andrew's urging, Bill begins to reconcile with Joanne but is unable to accept the child. Tess tells him that perfect souls do not come in perfect bodies and that "it's not the packaging but the parenting" that will make a difference in a child's life. As Bill is servicing a cappuccino machine, Andrew contiinues to try and reson with Bill, then a kid walks in a pulls a gun and begins robbing the place. As he is exiting, Joanne enters and Bill tries to take the gun from the theif, she gets shot. At the hospital, the doctor tells Bill that Joanne may not make it and asks him to give consent to operate to save the baby. Bill is torn when Taylor reveals himself as an angel. He tells Bill that fear is worse than down Syndrome and that he should not be afraid of ruining his life by having the child or not having enough love to give. Bill signs the consent form and prays for his wife's and son. Tess soon brings his healthy son into his arms. Joanne continues to fight, eventually stabilizing and the family are united in love.moreless
  • The Road Home (1)
    The Road Home (1)
    Episode 1
    9/21/97
    8.7
    Joe Greene, the long-lost brother of Russell returns speeding recklessly down the highway as Tess, Monica and Andrew follow. When another car pulls in front of Joe, he runs the car off the road and kills a father and son, while saving the youngest son. Lying about the accident to the police, he is then thought to be a "Good Samaritan" and quickly leaves. When he runs out of gas, Andrew arrives as a hitchhiker and offers to give him gas in exchange for a ride to Chicory Creek. Once there, Andrew leaves and the car breaks down. Joe then breaks into the home of Erasmus Jones, not knowing that his family is there. Russell catches him in the kitchen, quickly saying hello by punching him in the face and the whole family is soon awake, marveling at his return. At the hospital, the young boy injured in the wreck clings to his life while Monica acts as a hospital caseworker, comforting the mother, Mrs. Mills. She wants to meet the person who saved her son's life, and she supplies the address to Erasmus's home. While meeting her, Joe lies to her while Russell listens skeptically as Joe refuses to visit the surviving child at the hospital. With the sudden return of his father, Nathaniel is very angry but convinces his father to visit the child when his hopelessly inoperative car suddenly starts. While at the hospital, Monica reveals herself as an angel and Joe flees, taking stolen pharmaceuticals with him. Coming perilously close to another auto accident, he is stopped by Tess who takes Nathaniel and demands that Joe return Monica at the hospital. Upon his return, Monica convinces him to "face the truth and seek forgiveness," and that God wants to save his life. Joe returns to Erasmus's and tells Russell the truth about the accident. Russell becomes enraged and tells him to leave. Joe gathers his things and leaves without telling his mother goodbye. Hattie then blames herself, asking Russell "What could I have done differently?" Claire then enters with a note from Nathaniel explaining that he has left to help his father who needs him more now. While in the back seat of the car he see's his father pops pills and swerving into the night.moreless
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