Touched by an Angel

Season 3 Episode 8

The Sky Is Falling

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 03, 1996 on CBS
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The Sky Is Falling
On Halloween, renowned author Leonard Pound is grief stricken regarding his wife, Grace's recent death. His son, Allan has hired Monica to attend the widower, who has lost the will to live. To help him, the angel prompts Leonard to revisit a pivotal event in his life, October 30, 1938, the night of Orson Welle's radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, and the night Monica and Tess met. Dressed in his Buck Rogers costume, young Leonard gathered wit his family around the radio. His father, Tom, a state trooper, left the house to investigate the flaming object the reportedly fell in nearby Grover's Mill. As the broadcast continued, listeners began to fret, thinking it was the end of the world. Panic spread into the streets and the Pound family, along with others, sought shelter in a church. There Leonard literally bumped into Penny, a girl in a angel costume. Concerned about his father, he snuck outside and started searching. Back inside the church, Tess tried to calm the people, but a glowing Monica appeared, announcing "Fear Not!" and panic ensued. Tess read Monica the "riot act" and told her to find some animals she could help. As the people scattered into the moonlight, Leonard again encountered Penny, who had a flashlight. the two of them set off to explore. Tess then received a visit from Dottie, the angel of etiquette, and learned God had big plans for Monica and herself. Meanwhile, after getting lost, Leonard and Penny spotted a police car. unfortunately, the state trooper inside was Andrew, who had bad news for the boy, his father has died in a car accident. Distraught, Leonard ran off into the night. Tess encouraged Monica to reveal herself to the lad, but he rejected her message. Penny, however, found and comforted her friend. Back in the present, Monica realizes Grace was actually Penny grown up. The angel tells Leonard her inability to help him back then prompted his relationship with his future wife. Now Monica can help console him after Grace's death because "sometimes, all an angel can do is cry with you.moreless

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  • Interesting take on "War of the Worlds"

    This episode uses the infamous 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast to frame the story of a aging writer who has lost the will to live following the death of his wife.

    This episode was broadcast in Nov 1996, just a couple of months before Brian Keith died (24 June 1997) and shows him in good form. The part is not a large one, however, as the episode focuses mostly on the young Leonard experiences during the Orson Welles radio show.

    The episode has a clever ironic twist. Right after telling a real angel (Monica) to leave him alone, young Leonard accepts comfort from the youngster dressed like an angel, the same girl who is destined to become his wife.moreless

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