Touched by an Angel

Season 1 Episode 3

Tough Love

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 12, 1994 on CBS
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Tough Love
Monica serves as the personal assistant to Elizabeth Jessup, a prominent journalist, and the angel soon learns that her new assignment has a serious drinking problem. At a birthday party for her granddaughter Beth, Liz has too much to drink, which prompts her own daughter Sydney to take her daughter home. Soon afterwards, the newswoman makes a spectacle of herself while giving a speech at the Mayor's Centennial kick-off. This incident causes Sydney to stage an intervention for her mother with the help of Anita, a counselor at the New Hope Center. But this action backfires and an enraged Liz orders her guests to leave. The next day, Monica returns to work and learns that Liz started drinking to fit in with her male counterparts. Monica convinces her employer to visit the New Hope Center. However, upon seeing Anita, Liz loses her temper and storms out out othe the building. Although Sydney refuses to let Beth have contact with her grandmother, the child sneaks out to see Liz anyway. While Beth was playing, Liz accidentally sets the house on fire with a cigarette. Monica rescues the little girl, whose grandmother was too drunk to comprehend what happened. At the hospital, an irate Sydney confronts her mother for leaving Beth inside the house to die. Returning to the wreckage to find a music box her granddaughter cherishes, Liz encounters Monica, realizing the angel was the one who saved Beth. Encouraged by Monica's revelation, Liz returns to the New Hope center and attends a counseling session where she learns that Sydney herself in a recovering alcoholic.moreless

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  • This show just keeps getting better and better!

    Monica's new assignment is Elizabeth Jessup, a prize-winning journalist who is fighting a losing battle with alcohol which looks though it could cost her not just her health, but a proper relationship with her only child, Sydney, and Sydney's daughter, Beth who adores her grandmother. Elizabeth's drinking causes her personal and public embarrassment, but still she will not seek treatment, even when Sydney and Monica arranange it for her. Realising she is fighting a losing battle with her determined mother, Sydney refuses to let Elizabeth see young Beth but the child sneaks out to see her grandmother and almost dies in a housefire from which Monica rescues her. Finally admitting that she needs help, Elizabeth checks herself into a rehab centre where Monica is stunned to learn that Sydney, like her mother, is also a recovering alcoholic.

    Excellent episode and terrific performances from Erica Gimpel and Phylicia Rashad as the warring mother and daughter who share more than blood.moreless

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