Touched by an Angel

Season 4 Episode 26

The Spirit of Liberty Moon (1)

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 17, 1998 on CBS
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The Spirit of Liberty Moon (1)
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

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