Touched by an Angel

Season 4 Episode 10

The Comeback

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 1997 on CBS
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The Comeback
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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

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