Touched by an Angel

Season 4 Episode 27

The Spirit of Liberty Moon (2)

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 17, 1998 on CBS
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The Spirit of Liberty Moon (2)
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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

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