Touched by an Angel - Season 6

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  • Pandora's Box
    Pandora's Box
    Episode 26
    5/21/00
    8.0
    The Radcliff family is a paradox of centuries. Mother, Kate, lives in the 19th Century, running an antique shop and avoiding technology as much as possible. Father, Charlie, lives in the 20th Century with his wide-screen TV and microwave. But Sarah, their 13 year-old daughter, and Millie, their kindergartner, live in the 21st Century, relying on the Internet to help them with their school projects. One night while researching Hawaii, Sarah stumbles onto a pornographic website. Charlie and Kate insist that she turn it off immediately, upset that this sort of material is so easily accessible. At the antique store, Kate meets Monica and they become fast friends. Meanwhile Tess, Millie's teacher, avoids Millie's questions about reproduction (her pet rabbit is pregnant) suggesting that her mom and dad will want to give her those answers. Kiki, Sarah's world-wise pal, takes her to the cyber cafe run by Andrew. At work, Charlie's co-worker shows him some porn sites on the web. Charlie is intrigued and, before he knows it, has spent an hour surfing these sites. When his boss catches him, he is forced to resign. Charlie tells Kate about being let go, but he lies, saying he was only on the sites for a minute. Despite this, Kate insists on getting rid of the computer. Charlie offers it to Andrew who agrees to rent it for the cafe. Charlie begins spending time there, preparing his resume. Sarah, furious that the computer is gone, spends time at Kiki's house surfing the web. They begin a webchat with "Dean16," who sends them his picture, he looks like a handsome teenaged boy. But as Sarah sends Dean her picture we learn that Dean is much, much older than he's portraying. Tess brings Millie home from school and talks to Kate and Charlie about Millie's questions. They agree to have a speak with her soon. When Kate talks to Monica about protecting her children from the Internet, Monica reminds her that it is important to equip children with the tools they need to protect themselves. Meanwhile, Sarah arranges to meet Dean face to face. Charlie admits hie lie to Kate, telling her he cannot get the images he's seen out of his head. This further affects Kate's hatred of technology. Later, Sarah meets Dean at a local park, At first she is nervous that he seems much older, but he sweet-talks her into believing he is only 19. She agrees to go back to his apartment. Monica and Andrew find Charlie and Kate and they reveal to them that they are angels. They tell them of the danger that Sarah is in. At Dean's apartment he quietly slips some drugs into Sarah's drink, and becomes upset when he claims she's not thirsty. As Sean moves to attack Sarah, Charlie and Andrew arrive. Dean attacks Andrew with a bat, but Andrew is able to stop him. In anger, Andrew smashes Dean's computer. Monica then delivers a message to the Radcliff family, that they have been the victims of and evil force. She also tells them that the Internet is an exciting gift from God but, like many of his gifts, it can be abused. That is why it is important to take precautions with the Internet. A few days later, Sarah unveils a new web page, for Kate's antique store! Charlie decides to start his own business too, managing the cyber cafe.moreless
  • Mother's Day
    Mother's Day
    Episode 25
    5/14/00
    7.9
    Celine sits at the grave of her friend Petey Carmichael giving him an update of the things that have happened since his death. She tells Petey that his mother, Audrey, hasn't been doing too well since he left, she refuses to compose music and she drinks frequently. Celine asks Petey if he can send some angels to help her. Tess and Monica reminisce about Audrey. Tess tells Monica that Audrey hasn't forgiven them for helping her day goodbye to her Petey. Since Audrey refuses to see Tess, Monica, and Andrew, another angel, Emma is assigned to Audrey. Emma, a very fastidious angel, rents a room from Audrey and immediately begins spring cleaning the cluttered house. Meanwhile, Andrew is assigned to Liz, a tough and demanding radio talk show host who has lost a child, though may years ago. Andrew proposes a series of radio shows on addiction. At the same time, Monica begins to appear in Audrey's dreams, repeating the phrase, "That's what makes you strong." The next day, Audrey begins to sing a song called, "That's What Makes You Strong" but cannot remember how she knows the tune. As she sings, Emma quietly turns on the tape recorder. Later, Celine tells Tess that her family is moving and she won't be able to take care of Audrey anymore. Tess reveals to Celine that she and Emma are angels, and tells her that they'll all have to work together to help Audrey. That night, Celine hears the recording and calls in to Liz's talk show about alcoholism in hopes of finding help for Audrey. Celine plays some of Audrey's songs over the radio, but quickly hangs up when Audrey enters. Liz is shocked to hear the song, she wrote it years ago, sending her home in tears. Liz begins to ask her listeners for more information on Celine. Celine's father calls in to the program and speaks with Liz. The next morning, Liz and Andrew arrive at Audrey's house, and Liz tells Audrey she is her mother. Audrey wants nothing to do with her, believing that Liz abandoned her years ago. Liz explains that her father kidnapped Audrey soon after they divorced and Liz has been searching for her ever since. Nonetheless, Audrey is unable to forgive Liz for not being around to help her through Petey's death. Monica reveals that Petey is with God. Monica tells Audrey that she has to give him the pieces of her broken heart and he will restore her. Monica reminds her he sends a mother. Liz tells Audrey that she is also an alcoholic and that she knows what it is like to lose a child, she will help her on the difficult road ahead. As the angels watch, Liz and Audrey celebrate Mother's Day at Petey's grave by singing a duet of "That's What Makes You Strong."moreless
  • A Clown's Prayer
    A Clown's Prayer
    Episode 24
    5/7/00
    7.6
    Monica and Tess laugh as they look at themselves in the mirrors of the fun house at the Grazeldi circus. Tess reminds Monica that, like their distorted mirror images, the circus is all about illusion. Davey Tucker seems like circus, yet Davey dreams about being a regular boy. Davey's father Leroy, an achondroplasoc dwarf, works as a circus clown. Since Wally Grazeldi is unable to pay the performers, many are quitting the show. But Leroy steadfastly remains, and Tess, a "talent scout" offers the talents of Monica as a clown and Andrew as a ringmaster. What Wally really needs is a human cannonball. He asks Leroy, but Leroy refuses, he has a phobia of small spaces. As Monica is coached in clowning by Leroy, she begins to learn more about the Tuckers, how close the father and son have been since Davey's mother, also a little person, died when he was a baby. Davey befriends Mary Jane, a local schoolgirl who is teased by her classmates for being overweight. Mary Jane tells Davey to keep his father's size a secret, unless he wants to be ridiculed like her. Davey begins to attend the local school quickly winning over the other kids, even Eddie the bully. When Andrew comes by the school to drop off Davey's lunch, Davey tells the kids that Andrew is his father. Later, Andrew talks with Davey about his lie. Davey says that he just wants to fit in. The next day after school, Davey goes to the house of his teacher, Mrs. Donovan, to bake cookies and returns to the circus very late. Leroy, being overly-protective, is furious and punishes Davey. Late that night, Davey sneaks out of the circus and goes to Mrs. Donovan's, leaving a note for his father. The next day, Leroy has a meeting with Mrs. Donovan who tells him she believed that Andrew was Davey's father. Leroy is heartbroken. Mrs. Donovan, a frequent foster mom, tells him that all children are embarrassed about their parents some time. As Leroy leaves the school, the children, led by Eddie, point and laugh at him as Davey watches sadly. Later, Leroy tells Monica that he has arranged for Davey to stay with Mrs. Donovan, who can give him the "normal life" he desires. When Monica protests, Leroy reveals that Davey's mother died while trying to provide him with a normal life, of complications from a dangerous limb-lengthening procedure. At the school, Tess offers free circus passes to the children. All are excited except for Davey, who, a spited Mary Jane reveals, doesn't want to see his "midget" father. The children laugh and tease Davey. On the night of the circus, Wally is still looking for a human cannonball, so Leroy volunteers. Andrew reveals to Monica that Leroy won't live through the stunt. Tess tells Davey what Leroy's about to do and Davey rushes to the circus to stop him. But when Leroy approaches the cannon, he becomes afraid and backs out. Monica reveals to Leroy that she is an angel, reminding him that he was made in the image of the God who loves him. Monica tells him that God seeks out his wayward children and Leroy needs to do the same for Davey. Leroy and Davey are reconciled, but the circus still awaits a human cannonball. As the cannon blasts, Monica and Andrew are proud to see that Tess has performed the stunt as the crowd roars in pleasure.moreless
  • Monica's Bad Day
    Episode 23
    4/30/00
    8.1
    Late one night in New York City, a desperate Monica hails a cab and demands that Merl, the driver, take her to the Queensborough Bridge, she says if she doesn't reach the bridge by 10 pm, someone will die. Flynn Hodge, the proprietor of Flynn's Bar and Grill also hops in the cab, claiming Monica hasn't paid her dinner bill. Tess and Andrew watch from the curb, noting that Monica is having a really bad day. in the cab, Monica tells the man that she is an angel and that they think she is crazy. Monica reminds Flynn that it was something he did earlier in the day that led to this desperate situation. Flashback to that morning, Flynn rushes to the bank to appeal a foreclosure on his restaurant. Due to Monica's poor parallel parking job, Flynn misses his meeting and, despite Monica's apologies, he yells at her. Tess counsels Monica to forgive Flynn right then rather than harbor her own anger and take it out on someone else. Meanwhile, Andrew counsels Simon to meet his estranged son Russell at Flynn's Restaurant. Later, while Tess and Monica eat lunch at Flynn's Monica, still in a foul mood, drops Flynn's cells phone in the fish tank to cease it's annoying beeping. As a result Flynn misses an important call from the bank. Flynn then yells at Ronnie, the dishwasher, who spends his spare time searching for his missing brother. The cycle continues as Ronnie yells at the waitress, who yells at the bartender, who yells at the customers, including Simon and Russell, who refuse to reconcile. Flynn is also rude to Wendy, a lone customer who leaves the restaurant shortly after she arrives. Ultimately, the bank loan officer visits the restaurant and finds the customers and staff to be so unfriendly to the he refuses to reverse the foreclosure. Believing that all is lost, Flynn rants at Monica who is overwhelmed that she faints. While she recovers, Tess allows Monica to see what would have happened to all these people has she not given in to her anger. In this fantasy, Flynn receives the call from the bank and arranges for an extension on the foreclosure. He is so happy he decides to promote Ronnie. The good mood infects the restaurant and Simon and Russell begin to reconcile. Flynn chats with Wendy, and as they share their stories, Wendy reveals her depression over the death of her husband that she had planned to jump off the Queensborough Bridge at 10 pm. After seeing what could have been, Monica understands that Wendy has gone to the bridge because Flynn was not able to comfort her. As it nears 10 pm, the cab arrives at the bridge and Monica and Flynn find Wendy about to jump. Monica reveals to Wendy that she is an angel and apologizes to her for her role in the chain of events, reminding her of God's love. Flynn also apologizes for being rude to Wendy. On the way back to the restaurant, Flynn recognizes Ronnie's missing brother and reunites the two. Andrew persuades Simon to reconcile with Russell. When Flynn announces a celebration to close the restaurant, Wendy offers to help financially. Finally, the angels rejoice at God's ability to put right what went wrong.moreless
  • Stealing Hope
    Stealing Hope
    Episode 22
    4/23/00
    8.2
    Ricky Hauk has just received the news that he's being laid off from his dead-end job as a mechanic at Al's Gas Station. Ricky vents his frustration by writing poetry on the bathroom wall, quickly erasing it before it can be preserved for posterity. Monica is hired to take inventory at the station, and she encourages Ricky to pursue his writing. When Shelley, a local college student, arrives with her snobby boyfriend Marshall, Ricky is immediately smitten. When Marshall notices Ricky's college hat, he accuses him of being a poseur, and the boys exchange words. As Marshall and Shelley leave, Ricky discovers Shelley dropped her school I.D. Later, Ricky agrees to help his little brother Joey win the Invention Convention at the College. When Shelley returns to the station in search of her I.D., Ricky claims to be a student at the college. Shelley suggests he enroll in her writing class. Ricky agrees to check it out. Ricky's mother Ellen is frustrated to find out about Ricky's plans to take the class, they need his income to make ends meet. The next day, Ricky is resigned to apply for work at Taco Town. Instead he goes to Shelley's class, taught by Andrew, where he sees Tess, another student. Andrew's teaching is inspiring, but Ricky is scared off by Marshall. Back at the station, Ricky writes a poem on the wall. Monica offers him a blank notebook to write in, but when Ricky tries it, he has a flashback to his childhood, his father abuses him for writing on his racing form. The next time Ricky tries to attend class, Andrew catches him. Andrew agrees to let him sit in for one week, but then he must officially enroll. During class, Andrew invites Marshall to read a poem. Ricky is shocked to hear Marshall read his poem, copied from the bathroom wall. Defeated, Ricky swipes the rearview mirror from Marshall's car. Meanwhile, Monica helps Joey finish his invention, a forgetting machine. Ricky complains to Monica about Marshall's plagiarism. Monica tells Ricky to use it as an encouraging sign that his writing is good. Still frustrated that, Ricky throws the rearview mirror in the garbage. That night, Pearson and Smitty, friends of Ricky's, drive up in Marshall's stolen car. Ricky sends them away. The next day, Joey finds the last part for his invention, Marshall's discarded rearview mirror. Ricky tells his mother that he has been hired at Taco Town. At the convention, Joey unveils his invention. Marshall, one of the judges, recognizes the mirror and accuses Ricky of stealing his car. The men fight and when Andrew breaks it up, Ricky admits to stealing the mirror, but not his car. He also accuses Marshall of stealing his poem. Tess comes to Ricky's defense, saying she knows who really stole the car. In an empty classroom, Monica reveals to Ricky that she is an angel, telling him he's put up a wall to block out the past, but this wall has also blocked out his dreams. God wants him to tear down this wall and write his words down so he can be free. Later, Andrew asks Marshall to recite the poem. Marshall can't. Ricky however, recites it on the spot. Ellen is moved by the poem about Ricky's father and asks Ricky for forgiveness for remaining in an abusive situation. Ellen asks Ricky to write the poem down for her. He says he will. The angels watch as the newly restored family leaves arm in arm.moreless
  • Living the Rest of My Life
    4/9/00
    7.3
    Abby is a 71 year old widow who spends her days watching soap operas and her nights doting to her overly-attached son Phillip and his wife Judith. Monica and Tess's assignment is to help cut the apron strings between mother and son. When Monica arrives at Abby's door to collect clothes for the "Living the Rest of My Life" Retirement Community fundraiser, Abby is skeptical. Later, when Tess tells her about the activities that take place at "Living the Rest of My Life," Abby agrees to visit to see for herself. Abby is excited to find many seniors who keep busy with all sorts of activities, though she tries to mask her enthusiasm. She meets Ramone, a young graffiti artist who serves mandatory community service hours by helping Andrew, the Community's handyman, paint the hallways. Abby also meets Lois, a retired artist and widow, who hides in her apartment angrily refusing to socialize with the other community members. Abby uses Lois and Ramone as reasons why she wouldn't want to move here, but her real feelings are apparent when she returns a few days later with her treasured pecan pie. When Phillip realizes where his mother has been spending her time, he insists she put any thoughts of moving out of her head, reminding her of how much he needs her. But when Phillip forgets Abby's birthday, she decides it is time to begin her life and moves into "Living the Rest of My Life." Phillip and Judith arrive for a visit, and Phillip desperately attempts to sweet talk his mother into returning. Abby is settling in, however, and is unwilling to return, paying for her first month's rent with some cash she'd saved away. Phillip is angry and storms out, while Judith, unbeknownst to Phillip, gives Abby her checkbook which Phillip had been holding for her. Meanwhile, Lois and Ramone argue about art and insult each other's work in the process. Abby comforts Lois by writing a check for one of her paintings. a favorite of Abby's since she and her husband's honeymoon. In turn, apologizes to Ramone and revalidates his work. At the fundraiser, Abby sells some of her vintage hats, and is delighted to have Phillip and Judith visit. She shows them her new painting until Lois reclaims it, announcing that Abby's check bounced. Phillip then admits that he depleted Abby's life savings by making bad investments. Abby is shocked but forgives Phillip and plans to move back home, no longer able to afford cash from her personal belongings, she can no longer make any excuses for him. Tess reveals herself to be an angel, and tells Abby that God understands her situation. He lets his children face the consequences of their actions, and she must do the same for Phillip. Abby insists that Phillip pay back all the money he lost, and tells him that he cannot be in her life until he pulls his together. Abby prepares to move out of the retirement community, until Ramone announces that he's learned that Lois's artwork is worth a fortune. Lois then offers to pay Abby's rent so she can remain a part of the family at "Living the Rest of My Life."moreless
  • Quality Time
    Quality Time
    Episode 20
    4/2/00
    8.7
    Toni Cozzi organizes her life the same way she runs her family, in adherence to rigid schedule. Monica and Tess watch unseen as Toni prepares for her day, completing even the simplest tasks with perfect timing. Toni's way of keeping her family safe. That family includes: Amy, a high school volleyball player, and Angelo, the youngest, whose specialty is playing the tuba and getting into mischief. The family is just days away from the grand opening of their new pizza parlor "Paul and Toni's Perfect Pizza." Monica is hired as a chef and Andrew as a handyman. As Monica begins making the pizza, it becomes apparent that Toni won't reveal the secret of her family sauce, not even to her own family! At the same time, Toni worries about Amy's increasing appetite and water intake, and about her general moodiness, scared that Amy is getting into drugs. When Amy collapses on the volleyball court, the doctors diagnose her with juvenile diabetes. Tess, the nurse, teaches the family about the condition. Since the body has stopped making insulin, Amy will have to test her blood and give herself insulin shots. Toni immediately takes charge, planning to beat the disease with perfect scheduling. Tess reminds them that, as of yet, there is no cure for diabetes. Any insists that none of her friends know about this, especially not her boyfriend Matt. While Amy recuperates at the hospital, everyone at the restaurant pitches in to do her duties. Monica is reassigned to be the waitress and Andrew becomes the chef. When Amy comes home, Toni wakes up in the middle of every night to make sure that Amy has taken her shot. Paul, on the other hand, is squeamish around needles and can't help. At the next game, Angelo tells a shocked Matt about the diabetes. The coach tells Amy that, in light of her condition, he wants her mother to travel with the team. Amy is horrified and decides to quit. The day before the grand opening, everyone rushes to prepare. When Toni learns that Paul has picked up the wrong uniforms and that Amy hasn't taken her latest shot, she breaks down. Frustrated, Amy leaves to find Matt. When Matt tells Amy that he knows about her diabetes, Amy gives herself a shot to show him how easy it is, but she isn't careful with the levels. Upset that Amy his this from him, Matt breaks up with her. As Matt leaves, Amy becomes very sick. Monica finds her and takes her to the hospital. When Paul and Toni hear the news they leave the restaurant for the hospital, accidentally leaving an apron on the lit stove. Soon a fire starts, and Andrew arrives to rescue Angelo and to douse the flames. When Paul and Toni return with a recovered Amy, they finds a charred kitchen. First Paul and Toni begin to fight, then Amy and Angelo join in, each blaming each other for this setback. In the midst of the chaos, Monica reveals herself to the family that she is an angel, and reminds them that they need to make God a family member, and the first guest in the new restaurant. The family prays, committing themselves to God. Everyone pitches in to clean up the restaurant for the opening. Just before they open the doors to a huge crowd, Toni reveals the secret ingredient in the pizza sauce, nutmeg. Now it's a family secret!moreless
  • True Confessions
    Episode 19
    3/19/00
    8.5
    As Monica and Tess discuss the end of winter, Tess reminds Monica that in some places winter lasts all year round. One such place is the Kewanee Women's Correctional Facility where Monica's assignment, Carla Robinson, is doing 25 years to life for murder. Monica joins the prison staff as a social worker and begins to implement a prison theater program. With Tess' help as a prison guard, Monica is able to get a small group of the prisoners to open up about themselves and their crimes. Carla though claims to be innocent and spends her time trying to get a pardon. Meanwhile, Andrew is a hospice nurse to Santos Gonzales, the father of Orbie, the man Carla was convicted of murdering. Even after several years, Santos is still bitter about Orbie's death. At the prison, Monica chooses to play "Agnes of God" for the women to perform for the rest of the inmates. "Agnes of God" tells the story of a young nun who becomes pregnant as a result of being raped. Agnes is accused of murdering the baby, though she has blocked out any memories of the incident. Monica begins to believe that Carla may be innocent of her crime, but Andrew arrives to say that Carla is guilty, he was there. Tess tells Monica that Carla isn't simply lying, she actually believes that she is innocent, and, like Agnes, has blocked her memory of the tragic event. As Santos gets closer to death, Andrew pleads with him to pray for peace rather than for vengeance against Carla. Monica begins to make progress with Carla, learning of her suicide attempts and the daughter she hasn't seen in years. When Monica asks Carla about Orbie, she gives her version of the events, that her boyfriend. conducting a drug deal, shot Orbie, an innocent bystander. Before Monica can challenge this version of events, Carla receives news that her conviction has been overturned. Despite her imminent release, Carla agrees to still participate in the first performance of "Agnes of God." During the climax of the play when Agnes regains the memories of her own tragedy, Carla begins to have flashbacks about Orbie's death, and about her involvement. Though upset, Carla finishes the show and is soon released from prison. When Santos hears of Carla's pardon, he insists on asking for forgiveness for all the years he'd cursed her. Carla meets her daughter Meredith for a tearful reunion at a local diner where Tess "moonlights" as the waitress. Andrew arrives with Santos but Carla is too overwhelmed to speak with him. In the storeroom, Monica reveals to Carla that she is an angel and helps Carla pray for the ability to remember the truth. Carla finally recalls that she accidentally pulled the trigger in a drug-induced haze. She begs God's and then Santos, forgiveness and then tells Meredith that the life together will be postponed, she must first go to the court and tell the truth.moreless
  • Bar Mitzvah
    Bar Mitzvah
    Episode 18
    3/12/00
    8.0
    Ross Berger, an 83 year old owner of a successful chain of exercise gyms, credits his recovery from a stroke to his own physical strength and will. He considers himself a self-made man and believes religion is for the weak. Ross' son Alan, on the other hand, is a man of faith in God and a well-respected college professor who deeply values his Jewish heritage. Alan's son Aaron, who is preparing for his bar mitzvah, admires his grandfather's physical strength more than his father's spiritual faith. Monica and Tess agree to help Ross produce an exercise video for stroke victims, while Andrew tutors Aaron in Hebrew, teaching him the true meaning of the bar mitzvah, the acceptance of his new responsibilities as a man of God. Alan's wife Connie is worried about Ross' influence on Aaron, but is even more concerned about Alan's frequent dizzy spells, one of which results in a serious car accident. When Alan receives the news that he is dying from a rapidly growing brain tumor, he confides in Ross. Despite Alan's pleas to spend his final days with his family, Ross pledges to find better doctors and newer treatments, promising to fix the situation with his own resources. Soon after, Alan collapses and is taken to the hospital. Even while ill, Alan is concerned with Aaron's bar mitzvah, asking Ross to participate in the ceremony if he is unable. Ross agrees and also prays with Alan, but when Aaron oversees this, he believes his grandfather has weakened and has given up trying to save his father. When Andrew arrives as the Angel of Death, Alan realizes that his faith has been justified, and he dies in peace. Aaron is devastated and angry, both at God and at Ross for not saving Alan. Aaron refuses to proceed with the ceremony, citing his grandfather's belief that religion is for the weak as a reason, Meanwhile, Monica reveals to Ross that she is an angel, and encourages him to humble himself before God and accept his love. The next day at the ceremony, the rabbi announces that there will be no bar mitzvah. Ross then steps forward to state his desire to be bar mitzvah. Ross tells Aaron that he was wrong to believe in religion was for the weak and admits that Alan was right all along. Grandfather and grandson join each other in reading the Torah, embracing their Jewish faith and heritage.moreless
  • Here I Am
    Episode 17
    2/27/00
    8.9
    Monica, Tess, and Andrew find themselves in a New York art museum, each assigned to a different individual. The museum is full of visitors of all ages, including a class of young children on a field trip. Keeping a wary eye on these youngsters is Bud, an older security guard whose retirement begins at the end of the day. Bud has emotional walls between himself and the rest of the world, and it is Tess's assignment to help knock them down. Monica is talking to Antonio, an artist who despises his displayed painting, a modern art piece compromising of yellow and above black whose dividing line is flawed by a solitary bump. In another wing, Andrew has revealed himself as the angel of death to Constance, a woman who has just discovered that she has cancer and is trying to determine what she has contributed to the world. Tess discovers that Bud is obsessed with a painting of a little girl holding flowers. Bud protects this painting more than any other in the museum, and even makes the children move to another section when they almost damage it. As the field trip relocates to the modern art wing one little boy, Morgan, pauses to look at Antonio's painting and then catches up with the class. Antonio complains that a quick glance like that is all his painting ever gets. When Monica picks up his sketch book, she finds that he has hidden a knife within it. Antonio tells her he wants to use it to destroy his painting because it doesn't seem to create any emotional response from people, and the failure of this work seems to be a continuation of neglect he has felt. Monica makes Antonio that God has a message for him, and he agrees to wait fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, Tess finally persuades Bud to open up and talk about why the painting of the girl is so important to him. The girl in the picture seems to be asking him if the world is as beautiful as the flowers in her hand, and Bud tells Tess of a harrowing experience in Vietnam that has kept him from seeing the world as a beautiful place for the last thirty years. He further reveals that this painted child had been his only friend for those years, to which Tess responds that God loves him and has living friends for him. Fifteen minutes have passed, and Antonio's is about to destroy the painting when Monica reveals herself as an angel to him. She tells Antonio that God inspired him to paint what he did, though his purpose may not always seem clear. At the moment, Morgan approaches and shows Antonio a picture he has drawn. It is Antonio's painting and reproduced except now the black bump has a plant growing out of it. Morgan tells him that the painting reminds him of how he has grown from his mothers seed into a plant, and Antonio realizes that his painting does have the ability to stir emotion in others, Morgan's mother. Constance realizes that her son is the gift she has given to the world. Their assignments finished, Andrew and Monica rejoin Tess, who is still trying to get Bud to open up to other people. As they all approach the painting of the young girl, they see an older woman with a young girl who strongly resembles the one in the picture. It turns out that the older woman posed for the painting when she was young, and Bud's friend on canvas has suddenly become the living friend Tess spoke of. A now happy Bud does his last closing of the museum, and the angels disappear.moreless
  • The Perfect Game
    The Perfect Game
    Episode 16
    2/20/00
    8.8
    The angels arrive at the Cherry Lanes Bowl-A-Rama where they meet Ziggy, the unhappy owner of the alley. Despite the fact that it is technically the angels "night off," Monica takes immediate interest in helping the cantankerous woman. Ziggy, who is too proud to ask for help from anyone, refuses Monica's offers to watch the counter. At the same time, Darrell, a security guard, is led into the bowling alley blindfolded. Darrell's friends have brought him to Cherry Lanes to celebrate his birthday, unaware that Darrell and Ziggy, though once best friends, haven't spoken in years. Ziggy's resentment of Darrell is immediately apparent. As Andrew and Tess teach Monica to bowl, she's ecstatic when she knocks down one pin, but even more excited to learn that she gets a second chance at the remaining pins. On another lane, Tess counsels Renee and Warren, a newly engaged couple, who argue about whom to invite to their wedding. Monica questions Ziggy about her anger toward Darrell and suggests that forgiveness would be a nice birthday gift. Contemplating this, Ziggy agrees that Darrell does have something coming and decides to make adjustments to Darrell's lane. Meanwhile, Warren suggests eloping as the solution to their planning problems and Renee is clearly hurt. Tess explains to Warren that you get married because you do love. The key is to keep talking to each other. Darrell begins to bowl strike after strike. He believes this is his lucky day, but the angels are skeptical about his sudden streak. Sweeney, the snack bar waitress, tells Tess about the history of Ziggy and Darrell's relationship. One night five years ago, Ziggy expected Darrell to propose. Instead, Darrell gave Ziggy the keys to his truck. Humiliated and rejected, Ziggy told Darrell to get out and never come back. They hadn't spoken again until tonight. As the media gets wind of Darrell's ongoing perfect game, people arrive at the bowling alley to spectate Darrell, becoming more and more arrogant, believes his fifteen minutes of fame have arrived. When Renee complains about Warren, Ziggy warns her to get out of the relationship. As Darrell attempts his final strike and perfect game, Ziggy yells distracting him. The ball rolls into the gutter, but to the crowd's amazement, all ten pins fall! Darrell is crestfallen, as it becomes clear that Ziggy rigged the lanes. As the crowd disperses, Monica is finally able to tell Ziggy what she's been trying to tell all along, Darrell has lung cancer. While trying to maintain he callous demeanor, Ziggy is clearly affected by the news. She tries to apologize to Darrell, but he walks out. Monica then finds Ziggy weeping and reveals that she is an angel from God, and that Ziggy can learn a lesson from bowling, you always get a second chance to make it right. People who love each other, like Ziggy and Darrell, hurt each other. What matters is the choice you make after the hurt happens. God will always give you a second chance to love. Inspired, Ziggy convinces Warren and Renee to reunite. Darrell returns and Ziggy apologizes and pledges to stick by him, Darrell insists they be more than buddies this time. Darrell and Ziggy walk out together as the Angels continue their "night off."moreless
  • Life Before Death
    Life Before Death
    Episode 15
    2/13/00
    8.5
    Monica is ecstatic to be assigned to help her beloved Ireland, where she first set foot on earth. Her assignment is a group of teens from Northern Ireland, whom she hopes to persuade to come to the United States through a program called Project Children. However, the group of teens is made up of both Catholics and Protestants, religious groups that have been fighting a bloody religious war for centuries. Recently, a peace treaty was signed, but peace is dependent on the youth of Ireland. Monica interviews teenagers of the program, and finds bitterness and prejudices on both sides. She hopes that two particular teenagers, Tommy, a Catholic, and Rose, a Protestant, will be able to lead the others into peace. Tommy's brother Gavin, whom Tommy greatly admires, also encourages Tommy to work towards peace by accepting the trip to America. In America, the teens find that their prejudices are strong, and they are reluctant to overcome them. The first night, Tommy and Rose both wake from bad dreams of their violent childhood and meet in the kitchen. They share a cup of tea and begin to fall in love. Under the guidance of Andrew, Monica and Tess, the teens slowly begin to cooperate on renovating a house. Late one night, Tommy and Rose meet in secret to share a loving moment, but it turns sour when they discover that Tommy's father was in the IRA and Rose's father was in the British Police. The damages done to both parents during a riot are still scars for the young lovers, and the prejudice that set their fathers against each other is suddenly rekindled in these two young leaders. Monica is extremely discouraged, but Tess reassures her that peace can be reached. The next day a fight almost erupts between the groups. The battle is averted by the arrival of an Irish band, and the teens dance, their common culture uniting them. It seems as if peace has been achieved until Tess arrives with some bad news, Gavin is dead. Although his death was declared an accident, the explosion that caused it makes all the teens suspicious of each other again and widens the gap between Tommy and Rose. As Tommy prepares to go home for the funeral, he and Rose reluctantly approach each other. As they start to fight again, Monica revels herself as an angel and tells that the Father wants them to help lead their generation into peace. Tommy and Rose accept the words of wisdom and finally accept each others love. All the children return to Ireland for Gavin's funeral, and Tommy delivers a message of peace and a promise of goodwill in his eulogy. Led by Tess, the teens unite at the altar and sing "Let There Be Peace on Earth," a symbol of the lesson of peace they learned in America.moreless
  • Buy Me a Rose
    Buy Me a Rose
    Episode 14
    2/6/00
    8.2
    Greg and Ellen Sawyer have been married for 19 years. Tess and Monica's assignment is to make sure they stay married well past twenty. Greg, a successful Portland developer, is often to preoccupied with his work to notice Ellen. But when securing a business deal takes precedence over their 20th wedding anniversary celebration, Ellen begins to question her marriage. When Monica, working as Ellen's assistant, helps her go through some old boxes, Ellen discovers love letters from an old boyfriend, a musician named Denny. The passionate letters reawaken Ellen's sense of romance and she begins to wonder if she made a mistake in marrying Greg instead of Denny. Meanwhile, Andrew refuses to sell Greg a lucrative piece of property that would cement Greg's plans for a waterfront condo. In the ensuing negotiations, Greg barely notices when Ellen leaves to celebrate their anniversary alone at their cabin in the woods. Instead of going to the cabin, Ellen detours to Oregon City, in hopes of reuniting with Denny. She stops off at a hotel and meets Tess, the bartender, who lovingly counsels her to return to her husband. But as Ellen is leaving, she hears Denny's voice, he is performing in the hotel lounge. Listening to Denny sing his old love songs brings back memories for Ellen and after the show the two catch up enthusiastically. The next morning, Greg realizes that Ellen never made it to the cabin, and learns that she spent the night at the hotel. Meanwhile, Ellen and Denny walk through the park discussing Ellen's failing marriage. Though he still loves her, Denny tells her to return to Greg and work things out. Ellen agrees. Greg arrives to find Denny and Ellen kissing goodbye. Greg is furious punches Denny. Later, Greg and Ellen have it out, and she explains her feelings of abandonment. Greg argues that he works hard to provide and make a leisurely future possible. In a conversation with Ellen, Monica reveals herself to be an angel, and reminds Ellen that love is not a feeling, but a choice, and a commitment that God is calling her to make. At the same time, Greg goes to find Denny intending to assault him again. Instead, he finds Andrew and once again tries to secure the property deal while his marriage is crumbling. Andrew tells Greg that he is an angel with a gift from God. God has given Greg the property, but with this gift comes the responsibility to love and take care of it, much like the gift of marriage. When Greg finds Denny, he asks him the secret to keeping Ellen happy. Denny tells him that Ellen likes roses and love letters. Greg returns home with a bouquet of roses and tries to open the channels of communication with Ellen. As Ellen and Greg reconnect to their marriage, they remember to make each other their first priority.moreless
  • A House Divided
    A House Divided
    Episode 13
    1/23/00
    8.2
    Andrew, on assignment as a sixth-grade teacher, resides over a parent-teacher night at the school. A simple game the parents plat turns into a scene when a divorced couple, Martin and Janet, argue over who better knows their son, John is humiliated in front of his classmates, but quietly hides his grief as Tess and Monica watch, unseen. As Andrew builds a relationship with John, he begins to understand the tug-of-war that is John's life. John lives with his mother and her new husband Phil, and spends the weekends with his father. When Martin and Janet do have to deal with each other, their communication is riddled with subversion and insults. One weekend while John and Martin eat pizza at a local restaurant, they run into Andrew and Monica, who describes herself as an "advocate", someone who helps people. When Janet arrives at the restaurant to deliver John's homework another fight erupts, and John decides that he would like to enlist Monica's services to help him divorce his parents. Shocked, Andrew insists that what John really needs is a break from his parents so they spend a day at a museum exploring John's love of dinosaurs. At first, John begins to feel better, but when he returns home to find his parents in the midst of another fight, his desire for a divorce becomes stronger. The next day, a process server delivers a subpoena to Janet and Martin. At the family court, Tess presides as the court judge. After it becomes clear that Janet and Martin cannot control their outbursts, she orders a time-out. Andrew agrees to let John stay with him for a few days, but first has to overcome one problem, he must find an apartment! At the next court date, Monica takes the parent's depositions. Janet decries Martin's lack of responsibility, while Martin argues that he tries his best with the limited visitation he has. Finally, Tess wants to hear from John himself but he refuses to testify, afraid that Tess will require him to choose one parent over the other. Tess calls a recess and takes the parents to her chambers where she relates to them the story of King Solomon and the two mothers. Two women claim to be the mother of one child and insist that Solomon pick the real mother. Unable to decide, Solomon suggests they cut the child in two, giving equal parts to both women, but the other, the real parent insists that the child be given to the other parents, real parents make their children suffer. Meanwhile, Monica and Andrew talk to an upset John, telling him that God has answered his prayers by sending him three angels. After a pep talk, John is ready to take the stand. He tells his parents that he is afraid they will stop loving him, the way they stopped loving each other. Finally, understanding the pain they have caused, Janet and Martin commit to working on their relationship. Judge Tess gratefully dismisses the case.moreless
  • With God As My Witness
    1/9/00
    8.8
    In Tess and Monica are on hand to witness their next assignment, Jim Sullivan, get fired from his job as a construction foreman. Trying to warn the project managers of potential safety hazards, Jim instead incurs their wrath. Tess reminds Monica that humans value themselves for what they do, rather than for who they are. In light of this, the angels must keep Jim from making any desperate decisions. Unable to find more construction work, Jim takes a low-paying job as a limousine driver and worries that he will be unable to financially support his wife and two daughters. As the bills pile up, Jim does make a desperate decision. Tailing his co-worker's advice, Jim decides to drive a questionable by generously-tipping client around for the evening. Monica, the limo dispatcher, warns against it, but the promise of quick cash is too tempting to refuse. Stuart Deane, Jim's passenger, is secretive about his business and appointments. Jim learns too much when Deane leaves their last stop firing a gun. Deane tips Jim handsomely, threatens his family if he goes to the police, and leaves. Jim remains silent about the incident until Monica arrives with another undercover federal officer and questions him about Deane's involvement in the previous night's murder. Jim refuses to talk to the agents, but when two of Deane's men threaten his family, he agrees to testify against Deane and enter the Witness Protection Program. Jim's wife, Shawn, is upset, but believing Jim to be without fault, is supportive of his decision. Tess, another federal agent, outlines their new living adjustments, they will be moved to a new state, be given new names and records, and will never return to their former lives. Most painfully, they will have to say a final goodbye to Shawn's father, Charles, who lives in the local nursing home. Andrew, an orderly there, agrees to take good care of Charles. At the Sullivan's temporary home at a hotel, Monica and the other agents remain on a 24 hour protective watch. Shawn is upset when Jim admits that he previously knew of Deane's reputation and thus destroyed the family's identity and safety for some extra cash. Later, Tess reminds a much calmer Shawn about her marriage vows and the importance of forgiveness. Despondent, Jim believes he has lost his family. Monica then reveals herself as an angel and tells him Jim that God will be a good shepherd as promised, faithfully leading Jim and his family through the valley ahead. Monica shows Jim two newspaper stories, the first about Stuart Deane, the second, about the lives saved at the construction site as a result of Jim's safety recommendations. Now inspired, Jim visits Stuart Deane in prison who again threatens him if he testifies. Jim tells Deane that even though his family will go into hiding, they will always have their identities as God's children. Jim gives Deane a bible and suggests he read it, beginning with Psalm 23. As the reconnected family prepares for their new life, they are ecstatic to learn that Tess has arranged a new identity for Carl, who will enter the program to be with them as well.moreless
  • Millennium
    Millennium
    Episode 11
    1/2/00
    8.5
    At a New Year's Eve party in the final minutes of 1999, the angels meet Angela, their new assignment. Tess tells Monica that Angela is reluctant to enter the new millennium because she does not want to give up the past. Tess also informs her that Angela has forgotten about an important appointment that she has made many years ago. in the crowded chaos of the party, Andrew, working as a waiter, accidentally spills some champagne on Angela's dress. Angela graciously retreats to the ladies room where she meets Monica, the attendant, who is able to clean her dress. Monica recites a poem to Angela, "Oh! To be alive in such an age!" and this triggers a childhood memory about Angela's father. When she leaves the ladies' room, the commitment-weary Angela becomes nervous when she oversees her escort, Nick, showing Andrew an engagement ring. Later, on the terrace, Angela tells Andrew about her father, Carl, whom she idolized. He was full of spirit and had a love of great poetry. Angela remembers that she and her father buried a time capsule in 1955 and made a pact to return on January 1, 2000 to dig it up. Andrew encourages her to keep the appointment. Somewhat reluctant at first to unearth old memories, Angela agrees to make the overnight trip to her childhood home with Monica and Andrew. The next morning they arrive at the house which is now a bed and breakfast run by Tess. They check in and Angela explores her memories, but is reluctant to dig up the time capsule. Instead, she wants to wait for her father. Angela tells the angels more about Carl, how he abandoned her without explanation when she was a child. She presumes he is dead by now. Angela is angry when she realizes that this traumatic event is the source of her own inability to make a marriage commitment. Finally, Angela digs up the time capsule. She is surprised to find the capsule filled with twenty years' worth of letters from her father. Angela and the angels begin to read the emotional letters, the final letter accompanied with a note from a doctor diagnosing Carl as a manic-depressive. This enables Angela to remember an incident in which brought Carl brought her to the roof of the house to recite some poetry. In this elation, Carl accidentally let go of Angela who fell from the roof. Angela realizes that, though she was unharmed, this is the reason why her father left, to protect her. Angela weeps when she grasps that her father never stopped loving her. Monica then reveals to Angela that she is an angel. Monica tells her that God does not want her to be afraid of love and commitment any longer and that God will decide that, and in that moment, Angela returns to the terrace of the New Year's Eve party of the previous night. As the countdown to the New Year begins, Nick proposes to Angela and she joyfully accepts. The next morning, Angela and Nick drive to her childhood home, but are shocked to find an office building in its place. In a glass exhibit, they see the time capsule. Angela notices an old man waiting nearby, recognizes it to be Carl, and has a tearful reunion with her father as the angels watch happily.moreless
  • The Christmas Gift
    The Christmas Gift
    Episode 10
    12/12/99
    8.3
    Robert and Brianna return to their impoverished hometown of East St. Louis for the Thanksgiving holiday. This tradition annoys Brianna, who worked hard to leave this city behind, and wishes that Robert's widowed mother LaBelle would come to their safe and wealthy neighborhood instead. Monica and Tess watch unseen as Robert welcomes in the season with a beautiful carol played on his treasured trumpet. When a local homeless man named Gabe is drawn to the music, LaBelle welcomes him in for dinner, much to Brianna's chagrin. LaBelle tells Brianna that she is happy in East St. Louis, where she knows her neighbors and volunteers at the soup kitchen. After the holiday, Robert and Brianna work hard to afford their home by selling water filters. Though money is very tight, Robert buys LaBelle a cell phone for safety reasons. She calls him late one night to tell him that a vandal has broken a window in her home, so Robert promptly leaves for East St. Louis. Hours later, Andrew, a policeman, arrives at Brianna's door to inform her that Robert was killed while being car jacked, just a mile down the road. After Robert's funeral, a few people come by to pay their respects, including Tess, Monica and Andrew. The angels offer to help LaBelle and Brianna any way they can, and encourage them to stay close through this hard time. Though finances are dwindling, Brianna is too proud to ask LaBelle for help and instead sells most of her possessions at a yard sale. The sale does not yield enough money to keep the house, however, so Brianna moves into a motel. Monica finally convinces Brianna to go to LaBelle for help, Brianna agrees to temporarily move back to East St. Louis. The new living situation grates on both women who blame each other for Robert's death. In her anger, Brianna smashes Labelle's cell phone, the last gift that Robert gave her. Trying to make amends, Brianna pawns Roberts' trumpet for a new cell phone. This makes LaBelle furious, as she treasures Robert's trumpet more than any of his other possessions. Brianna vows to get the trumpet back and leave LaBelle forever, but finds that the trumpet has already been sold. Tess calms LaBelle, reminding her that a large part of Robert lives on in Brianna. Monica reveals herself as an angel, and tells a desperate Brianna that God loves her. As the woman reconcile on Christmas Eve, Gabe is revealed as none other that the angel Gabriel. Gabriel has an annunciation, Brianna is pregnant! Both women weep with joy as Gabriel plays "Away In A Manger" Robert rescued trumpet.moreless
  • Then Sings My Soul
    Then Sings My Soul
    Episode 9
    11/28/99
    8.6
    In Andrew gives a tour of Taffy Town to a group of young schoolchildren. Taffy Town seems like a wonderful place, as evidenced in the warm video that plays for visitors hosted by the founder, Uncle Dudley. He is known to children as the man who makes all the taffy in the world. Tess reveals that when Uncle Dudley died five years ago, the spirit behind Taffy Town died with him. Monica meets Bo, son of Uncle Dudley and the current owner of Taffy Town. Bo has never been able to live up to his father's genial image, and has come to hate being saddled with the responsibility of Taffy Town. To make matters worse, Taffy Town is losing money, and Bo hires Monica as an efficiency expert to figure out why. Monica starts to interview the employees of Taffy Town, and finds the veteran staff to be hard working, yet a little lacking in spirit. Clarence, a blind man, works as the taste tester. Susie, following in her family's footsteps, works the big taffy machine while nursing a quiet love for Bo. Norma, a particularly outspoken employee, works hard in order to support her husband and handicapped son. Isaac keeps to himself dealing with the grief over having his wife and daughter in a car accident. Monica learns from Clarence that Dudley bequeathed the factory to Bo, with the stipulation that he could sell it in five year's time if he so desires. Dudley hoped that Bo would come to love Taffy Town as much as he did. Monica reports to Bo that the problem with the factory is not lack of efficiency, but a lack of heart. Bo uses this is as justification to sell the factory and announces this to his stunned employees. Monica convinces Bo to give her until the end of the day to change his mind. Bo agrees. Monica prays for guidance. Clarence remembers that Uncle Dudley used to pray all the time and wonders if that is what has been missing. Monica enlists the help of Tess who brings in a band to help lift the spirits of the workers. Tess and Clarence sing a duet of "Surely the Presence" reminding everyone that God is in their midst. Norma steps forward to sing "My Tribute," marvelling at all of the things the Lord has done for her. Susie sings "I Have Decided," a commitment to live as a child of God. Isaac sings "Hand It Over," reminding the workers to take their troubles to God through prayer. Monica appeals to Bo to come out of his office and join in the praising, but he refuses pointing out that her time is almost up. Just then, an explosion rocks the factory. Unharmed, Bo wonders how God could let an accident happen at the very time he was being praised. Monica then reveals herself she is an angel and tells Bo that God loves him. Tess appears and makes Bo watch the reminder of Uncle Dudley's video. Dudley reminds Bo of all the wonderful gifts God gives, and to never stop thanking him. Tess sings "Doubly Good to You" echoing Dudley's words. Bo admits that God has been good to him, and sings "How Great Thou Art." As rescuers clear the wreckage are dazed but unharmed. Later, Tess finishes the song at the opening ceremony for the newly rebuilt Taffy Town.moreless
  • The Whole Truth And Nothing But...
    11/21/99
    8.4
    Monica, Tess, and Andrew sit on a Chicago park bench reading the Chicago Daily Guardian, a tabloidesque newspaper with the motto: "If It's The Truth, It's News." The angels cringe at the sensational headlines and Tess notes that there is more to the truth than just the "facts" these articles portray. According to Tess, Liz Bradley, the editor of the Guardian, is suffering from a contagious disease, cynicism. She is Monica's assignment. When Monica arrives at the Guardian to interview for a reporter job, she meets eager young Ray, who works as a gofer while awaiting his big break as a reporter. Liz is impressed with Monica and hires her, assigning her to a story about possible shady dealings between Mayor Hunley and some Taiwanese officials. Liz teams Monica with the Guardians' star reporter Lauren, who is also Liz's younger sister whom Liz raised. Lauren feels that Liz is to obsessed with her work, and as a result, the sisters fight frequently. Soon after Lauren and Monica begin the assignment, they split up, because Lauren thinks they will be able to cover more ground that way. When Monica returns to Liz with a soft story about a Taiwanese dance troupe, Liz is furious. Ray, wanting to help Monica, tails the Mayor and sees him discreetly entering a hotel room. He gives Monica the tip, and when she arrives at the hotel, she sees Andrew who informs her that the mayor has died of a heart attack. When Liz finds out about the mayor's death, she encourages Monica to stall the police and look for the story. Monica finds a glass with some lipstick on it, along with a strange manuscript, leading her to believe that a woman was with the mayor when he died. Lauren arrives on the scene soon after the police to "help" Monica with the story, instead she "accidentally" breaks a glass. Back at the Guardian, Liz hopes to headline the morning paper with a story about the "mystery lover." Monica and Lauren object. Ray, following up on the story, learns that Lauren's fingerprints are on the manuscript. Monica remembers that Lauren never touched the manuscript, and realizes that Lauren is the mystery woman. Monica confronts Lauren about the affair, and insists that Lauren come forward with the truth. Lauren refuses, not wanting to hurt the mayor's family or endure the scorn of Liz. Meanwhile, Liz insists that Monica reveal the mystery woman's identity and Monica is forced to tell the truth. At first, Liz thinks Monica is lying, but Lauren finally confesses. Liz, angry at her sister's transgression and reckless in her pursuit of truth, publishes the story humiliating Lauren. Ray investigates further and writes a story about some suggestive phone calls on tape between Lauren and the mayor. Liz reads the story, is furious, and fires Ray. Monica reveals herself to Liz that she is an angel, that God loves her, and reminds her to speak the truth in love. Liz realizes that she has been using the "truth" for harm rather than for good. Liz finds Ray and apologizes, rehiring him to be a reporter in training. Liz tearfully admits to Lauren that in her desire to protect and prepare her little sister, she failed to be the one thing Lauren really needed, a friend. Lauren forgives Liz and the sisters make amends.moreless
  • Voice of an Angel
    Voice of an Angel
    Episode 7
    11/14/99
    8.8
    In New York City, Tess and Monica enjoy the vocal talents of some street performers, but when Monica tires to join in Tess points out that, clearly, singing is not one of her gifts. Monica reminds Tess that she has always prayed for a beautiful singing voice, and when she hears one echoing down the halls of Carnegie Hall, she believes God has finally answering her prayer. much to her disappointment, Monica finds the voice really belongs to a rude English orphan named Alice. Alice is in New York to perform in a vocal contest with her choir, and Monica's assignment. Tess tells Monica that she is to give Alice a "singing lesson." Monica reluctantly agrees to be Alice's chaperone for the day, and they start to explore the city. Alice, who remembers a song her father taught her, wants to see Herald Square, and Monica, trying to be friendly, takes her there. At Herald Square, Monica meets Andrew posing as a mime and relates a story. Centuries ago, in heaven, Monica was kicked out of the angelic choir for her horrible voice. Since then all she wants is to be able to give glory to God through song, specifically by singing the song, "Panis Angelicus" with a voice befitting an angel. Monica finishes her story to find out that Alice has ditched her, returning to Carnegie Hall to enter a solo competition singing "Panis Angelicus." When Monica hears the sweet notes coming from this sour child, she becomes jealous and walks off the assignment. Monica ends up at a karaoke bar where when she asks for coffee, she is served Irish coffee. As she further explores her affection for the drink, Monica's inhibitions decrease and, despite Andrew's protests, she performs a truly painful rendition of "Danny Boy." When she taunts a policeman, Monica is arrested and put in jail where she sobers up and meets a young girl named Ivy. Ivy, abused by her father, is being held for stealing a CD. Through Ivy, Monica learns that God has been trying to teach her, that you shouldn't take what doesn't belong to you. Monica prays for forgiveness. After she receives a scolding from Tess, Monica returns to the assignment, but Alice doesn't arrive on time for the choir competition. As Monica begins her search, Andrew tells her that Alice is not really an orphan and that her father is still alive. Meanwhile, at Herald Square, Alice meets a bum who says he is her father. Monica then arrives to reveal the truth, that the bum is not really her father. Monica tells Alice that she is an angel, and that she has been sent to give Alice a singing lesson. Alice wonders how an angel with a sub-par voice could teach her anything about singing. Monica tells Alice that she has been singing to the wrong father, her earthly father who abandoned her and doesn't deserve her. Instead, she should sing to her Heavenly Father who loves her and will never leave her. Alice begins to sing "Panis Angelicus" as Monica speaks the words in English. Later, at Carnegie Hall, Alice continues the song giving an emotional performance, finally using her talents to glorify her creator.moreless
  • The Occupant
    Episode 6
    10/31/99
    8.7
    On Halloween night all the angels have their hands full, and this night is no different for Monica, Tess, and Andrew, who attend to a spiritual battle at Salt Lake City's Mercy Hospital. The ambulance brings Lonnie, a deranged and suicidal homeless man. Lonnie frequently visits the ER and Duncan, the head of the ER and Lonnie's best friend from childhood, has diagnosed him with Multiple Personality Disorder. Andrew arrives to comfort Lonnie, but suddenly lucid, Lonnie claims to be "Gregory" and recognizes Andrew as an angel! Andrew looks to Tess for some insight and she relates Lonnie's history. Many years ago, when Tess was Lonnie and Duncan's Sunday School Teacher, she taught them that faith in God is like a mustard seed, though little, it can grow to be very large. Despite an abusive home life, Lonnie struggled to have faith, and cherished the mustard seed that Tess gave him. One Halloween though, a prank gone awry resulted in Lonnie burning a house down. Monica then continues the history, Lonnie's guilt and shame over this event initiated a downward spiral that ultimately resulted in Lonnie becoming involved in drugs and, then occult. When "Gregory" claims that Lonnie's soul is fading and that he will soon be completely possessed. In a moment of clarity Lonnie calls out to Duncan for help, and clutches something in his fist. It is the mustard seed he has kept since childhood. But when an orderly accidentally crushes the seed, Lonnie gives a final cry and "Gregory" says he has full possession. Tess appeals to Duncan to help his old friend, telling him about Lonnie's spiritual condition. They corner "Gregory" in the boiler room where he is waiting for Lonnie's body to die. Rather than give up hope for Lonnie, Monica pleads with him to ask God for help. "Gregory" howls in pain. Duncan, frightened, runs from the room. Tess follows him and reveals herself to be an angel, and tells him that Lonnie needs his help now, he needs someone to stand beside him who has string faith. In his office, Duncan finds his old mustard seed and returns to the boiler room, telling Lonnie that the seed is only a symbol of faith, real faith comes from the heart. Duncan's presence gives Lonnie the strength to cry out to God, asking for forgiveness and help. "Gregory" screams in pain, finally defeated. Redeemed Lonnie wonders at the realization that, throughout it all, God never gave up on him.moreless
  • Til Death Do Us Part
    10/24/99
    8.5
    Molly Avey's preparations for her husband Jordan's 40th birthday surprise party are interrupted by a phone call from her doctor's office, they suspect she may have cancer, the disease that killed her mother and grandmother at the same young age. Andrew, working as the Avey's farmhand, believes that Molly is his assignment, but Tess cautions him that there may be some other surprises. Despite Andrew's pleas, Molly refuses to tell Jordan about the phone call and spoil the party. Instead of being happy at the surprise, Jordan seems depressed to find everyone gathered in celebration. He finds some joy in talking with his good friend Donna, and they reminisce about their high school romance. Molly and Jordan's young son Jimmy interrupts the party with the news that one of the cows has gone into labor. Jordan, Andrew, and Jimmy struggle to deliver the calf, and it is born premature. Jimmy plans to raise the calf and names it Hannibal, but Jordan tells him that some things are meant to live and some things are meant to die. Molly takes these words personally. After the party, Jordan goes to the barn to check on Hannibal and soon there is a gunshot. Andrew immediately runs to the barn and stops Molly from entering. Jordan has killed himself. Andrew is as devastated as Molly. He feels he has failed his assignment, but Tess tells him he did the best he could. Monica arrives as the vet for Hannibal, and starts to talk with Jimmy about his sorrow. Molly desperately searches for an answer and, after tearing the house apart, finds a single earring in the bedroom which she recognizes as Donna's. Despite Andrew's cautions, Molly is convinced that Jordan was having an affair with Donna, and that he killed himself when he found out she was returning to her husband. Monica tells Andrew that he must tell Molly the truth soon, he knows more about Jordan's final moments than he has revealed. Andrew refuses, not wanting to confess his failure. Molly confronts Donna about the affair, but Donna insists it isn't true, reminding Molly that she has been in their bedroom hundreds of times, with her. Jimmy continues to care for Hannibal and becomes upset when his mother refuses to go into the barn to see the animal. Monica warns Andrew that he is running out of time to help this family. Molly enters the barn for the first time since the suicide to be with her son. This triggers a memory and Molly recalls that Andrew was the last person to see Jordan. Monica reveals herself to Andrew, reminding him of his duties as an angel, and as a servant of God. Andrew goes to Molly and reveals to her that he is an angel and that he did spend time with Jordan that night. Andrew found Jordan with the gun and reminded him of how much he had to live for and how much God loved him. He told Jordan about the phone call and how much Molly would need his help. Believing he had gotten through to Jordan, Andrew left him in the barn, only to return after hearing the gunshot. Molly is furious at this revelation and slaps Andrew. Andrew tells her that even though Jordan lost hope as others do, it amazes him that most people actually remain hopeful despite terrible circumstances, and this is her task right now. Comforted, Molly reconnects with Jimmy, telling him that despite what lies ahead, they will not let each other lose hope.moreless
  • The Letter
    The Letter
    Episode 4
    10/17/99
    8.7
    As Monica and Tess drive through the crop fields of central California, Monica comments on their beauty. But when Tess asks her to take a closer look, Monica sees the hardworking families, including many young children, toiling over the crops in the hot sun. One such family is the Morante clan. Patriarch Roberto works tirelessly alongside his wife Elisa, his teenage son Tino, and younger children Claudia and Miguel. They migrate with the season, always traveling to the part of the country that is being harvested. One of their few joys is the letter they receive each week from their grandmother. Roberto is illiterate so he has Tino read the letter, though Tino would rather be listening to classical music on the car radio. As the Morantes settle in the latest migrant camp, they meet Monica, the church volunteer, Andrew, the camp supervisor, and Rafael, a fellow migrant worker. At church on Sunday, Tino discovers the piano and begins to play. Tess offers to be his music teacher. She teaches Tino Bach's Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring" and he plays the song feverishly all night long, attracting a crowd. Roberto is furious to find that his son is late for work and, despite Tess telling him that Tino is a musical genius, he insists Tino quit thinking about playing music. Instead, with Monica's help Tino completes an application to a local music academy and waits patiently for a mailed reply. Roberto injures his back while working in the field which forces him to visit the town doctor. He is told to stay off his back, lest he do serious damage. Roberto knows, however, that he must be able to work to support the family, and Tino's contribution becomes all the more vital. Roberto is upset to receive a letter of Tino's acceptance to the music academy, and tears it up in haste. Later Tino finds out about the undelivered letter, and, after he and his father fight, he decides to go to the audition. At the same time Roberto's back finally gives out, so Tino agrees to work twice as hard to pick up his father's slack. Because of this he misses the audition and begins to accept his future as a migrant worker. Tess reveals herself to Roberto as an angel and asks him to put his trust in God and stop trying to control his son. Roberto asks Tess to help him Tino. Together they go to the music academy, and persuade the professor in charge to give Tino another chance to audition. Meanwhile in the fields Monica reveals herself to Tino and tells him that God wouldn't gift him musically and then not to give him the opportunity to praise him with that gift. Since they are working on a Sunday, Rafael arranges for a priest to give the workers communion. They encourage Tino to play for them but his hands are blistered and he cannot. Roberto arrives to support Tino, telling him that God will give him the strength. Tino begins to play Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" and as the song reverberates through the fields, the professor offers Tino a music scholarship. At the same time, Andrew offers Roberto his job a supervisor, a job that will be less physically demanding and allow the family to stay in one location near Tino's school.moreless
  • The Last Day of the Rest of Your Life
    10/19/99
    8.6
    Corey, Stasi, Dolores and Larry meet at a support group meeting, all of them answering to the same ad, "Are you ready for the last day of the rest of your life?" They are all dying. Rachel shows up, too, but something deep and personal keeps her from going inside. As facilitator of the group, Monica explains that their purpose will be "to give meaning to the life you're leaving behind and explore what it means to face death." Dolores is 67-year-old wiseacre who is dying of emphysema. Stasi, who owns a hair salon, is a divorcee and mother of two, she has hepatitis. Larry, an avid bowler and construction worker, is dying of asbestos poisoning. Corey won't say what he's dying of, which annoys Larry. Finally Rachel gets up the courage to join the others and reveals that she has an inoperable brain tumor. Monica encourages them to make a list of things they want to accomplish before they die. At the next meeting, Dolores admits that she would like to learn how to dance. Stasi says that she regrets missing her prom, so that the group plans one. Corey is cynical about these "goals" and admits to having a blood disease that could kill him at any time. He says he'd like to do something really important before he dies. He alludes to a girl he likes, who works at the coffee shop. He'd like to date her, but given his illness he thinks that would be unfair. Larry says that he'd like to reconnect with his teenage daughter, Amy. The prom is set for two weeks, enough time for everyone to accomplish their goals, and the group asks Rachel what she would like to do. She reluctantly tells them that she had a daughter twelve years ago that she gave her up for adoption. She would like to meet her before she dies. They begin to work at their goals, Andrew teaches Dolores how to dance, Larry and Rachel plan for the prom, Stasi encourages Larry to keep trying with his daughter, Corey and a Monica search the web for information on Rachel's daughter. By the next the next meeting Larry has talked with his daughter. Corey has a date with Karla (from the coffee shop). And he has other news too, he's done something important. Corey gives Rachel an envelope with all the information she needs to find her daughter. At first she is thrilled, but Rachel soon realizes with horror that she can't leave her daughter behind a second time. Monica finds Rachel at home and reveals herself as an angel. Monica tells Rachel that her daughter is safe, happy and loved. Monica encourages Rachel to tell her husband Seth about the adoption (which happened before they met). At the prom, Rachel arrives with Seth, in whom she has finally confided. Stasi is crowned queen. Corey arrives with Karla and her daughter Bridget. Dolores tangos with Andrew. Larry dances, and reconnects, with his daughter. And little Bridget mentions that she's adopted and was born on October 22, 1987, in Bullhead City, the last accomplishment is made, for Rachel has met her daughter! Dolores passes, and Andrew escorts her home. As they take one last spin on the dance floor, she looks back and smiles at the sight of the friends she was blessed to have.moreless
  • The Compass
    The Compass
    Episode 2
    10/3/99
    8.8
    In July of 1944, a month after D-Day, a small squad of American soldiers make their way through the deadly battlefields of Normandy, part of the attempt by the Allied forces to re-claim France. Led by Sergeant Walker, the men are weary, and anything but unified. Cynical Private Joe Farady takes bets in how many casualties there will be at the end of each day. Private Eddie Rourke, full of optimism, is constantly at odds with Joe. Privates Nick Dante and Homer Stucky comprise the rest of the squad. Monica, on a Search and Rescue mission, watches over the man unseen. Through a flashback, we learn that the feud between Eddie and Joe began several months earlier, in an Allied canteen. Joe is upset to find Eddie dancing with Stella, a USO hostess whom Joe considers his girl. Stella isn't interested in Joe and tries to let him down easy. Tess, a USO singer, tells Monica that she is assigned to Joe, that she must help him decide to become a hero. Back on the battlefield as the combat quiets down, the squad discovers Monica comforting a dying German soldier and they take her prisoner. Just then, Sergeant Walker is shot and dies. The squad holds Monica partially responsible, and Joe wants to execute her, but cooler heads prevail. Homer, in a panic, tries to radio HQ, but accidentally uses a German radio revealing their position. Knowing that they are now sitting ducks, Monica encourages the men to write letters to their loved ones, and to make a pact that whoever survives will deliver them. All agree except for Joe, who recalls the night in the canteen when, rejected by Stella, he tries to hit Eddie, but Eddie knocks him down first. At this moment the air raid sirens sound, signaling for everyone to take cover. As the crowds gather in the London underground, Joe meets a small boy named Rupert, with a birdcage, who is lost. Joe is shaken out of this memory by the news that a German tank is approaching. Monica prays, but Homer and Nick fall, and Eddie is wounded. Monica and Joe help Eddie to a farmhouse where he realizes that they left the letters behind. He pleads with Joe to find them, but Joe refuses. Eddie tells Joe that he and Stella were married the night before they shipped out, but Joe tells Eddie that Stella married him too, so that she could cash in his paycheck. Monica slaps Joe for the lie and reveals herself to Eddie, telling him the truth before he dies. Later, Monica reveals herself to Joe, telling him that God loves him, but that his moral compass is broken. She tells him about the greatest love, laying down and, instead, finds Andrew digging graves for the dead soldiers, and Andrew gives him the letters. When he brings them back to Monica, she promises to deliver them. Joe admits that he feels like he's finally done something important. As he rejoices, he is shot by a German soldier. As he dies, Monica helps him compose a letter to Rupert. Joe writes that he fought this war for him, and for the generations to follow. Fifty years later, Monica enters a small London pet shop and comments on its beautiful birdcage, and shows her a framed letter from a soldier, the letter from Joe.moreless
  • Such a Time as This
    9/26/99
    9.0
    In the middle of the African desert, Andrew snaps photographs of Sudanese slaves in the hot sun. Back in the United States, young Thomas Cooper is upset that his mother, Senator Katherine Cooper, has to return to Washington D.C. Monica is horrified to see the pictures that Andrew took, and wonders why the angels aren't in the Sudan. Tess indicates that Thomas is the little child that will lead them there. In Washington, Dr. Joseph Akot, working with Andrew and Monica, approach Kate about the problem of slavery in the Sudan, but Kate, espousing the Sudanese government's position, denies its existence. They persuade her, however, to keep the pictures and reads Dr. Joe's letter, which says that slaves can be bought and sold for fifty American dollars. Thomas is moved by one of the pictures in particular, of a small Sudanese boy, who Thomas names Sam after his older brother who died before Thomas was born. Thomas pleads with his mother to rescue Sam, but tells him that the issue is too complicated. Thomas sneaks the picture of sam and takes it to school, where Tess, his substitute teacher, encourages him to talk about during "show and tell." Led by Thomas, and with the help of Dr. Joe and the angels, the class begins to raise funds to buy the freedom of Sudanese slaves. Meanwhile, Kate, facing a tough re-election campaign, is given the financial support of a large candy company, on the condition that she remain uninvolved in Sudan, a country that, if undisturbed, will continue to manufacture candy ingredients at a low cost. This makes the situation particularly tough for Kate when Thomas and the children's efforts receive media interest. She argues with her husband James, who supports Thomas, thereby embarrassing Kate. Their fight comes to a head when James accused Kate of never forgiving him for the death of their son, Sam, who died because they never had health insurance. Indeed, Kate wears a locket with a picture of Sam in it around, tormenting James everyday. Kate argues that if she supports Thomas, she may not be re-elected, and then she cannot help anyone. She returns to Washington and receives criticism for her son's actions from her campaign contributors. Monica arrives with James and Thomas, who gives his mother the several thousand dollars he raised to travel to the Sudan and purchase slaves. Still Kate refuses to go, crushing Thomas' hopes of rescuing Sam, and inciting her politically uninvolved husband to vote, against her. Kate angrily confronts Monica for helping with this effort. Monica reveals God is calling to go to the Sudan to witness the abuses. Convinced, Kate travels with the angels and Dr. Joe to the Sudan, and buys the freedom of many slaves. When all of the money is spent, Kate sees one captive person left. Sam, the little boy from Thomas' picture, and tearfully exchanges her precious locket for the boy's freedom. Back in the U.S., James and Thomas are proud to hear that Kate has publicly testified to the existence of slavery in the Sudan.moreless
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