Touched by an Angel (season 9)

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Touched by an Angel (season 9)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network CBS
Original release September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28) – April 27, 2003 (2003-04-27)
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List of Touched by an Angel episodes

The ninth and final season of the American dramatic television series Touched by an Angel aired CBS from September 28, 2002 through April 27, 2003, spanning 22 episodes. Created by John Masius and produced by Martha Williamson, the series chronicled the cases of two angels, Monica (Roma Downey) and her supervisor Tess (Della Reese), who bring messages from God to various people to help them as they reach a crossroads in their lives. They are frequently joined by Andrew (John Dye), the angel of death, and new trainee Gloria (Valerie Bertinelli). As the series drew to an end, Monica, now an experienced case worker, must pass a final test before she can be promoted to supervisor. (I will walk with you Part 1 & 2)

The episodes use the song "Walk With You", performed by Reese, as their opening theme.


The finale placed first on both nights. The first part was watched by 8.6 million viewers, and the second part was watched by 12.9 million viewers, placing first in its timeslot and night.[1] The two parts combined averaged 10.75 million viewers.


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
191 1 "A Rock and a Hard Place" Kevin Dowling Martha Williamson and Burt Pearl September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28)

The angels help out a father and son who are having a hard time bonding, and an elderly woman who wants to die so that she can be with her husband. Unfortunately this is all happening at the same time as a potential meteor collision with Earth is headed their way.

Guest stars: Taylor Handley, Mary Margaret Humes, Robert Pastorelli, Amelia Praggastis and Lois Smith
192 2 "The Sixteenth Minute" Jim Charleston John Wierick October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05)

Ed Gold is an underpaid, unappreciated businessman, who one day, on his way home from work, just happens to discover a dancer Marla, trapped in an abandoned mine after going in after her dog, Jakes. With the help of Andrew, Ed saves Marla's life by holding a beam for over 5 hours. When rescue crew arrive they amazed that he held it for so long and is hailed as a hero. Becoming caught up in the moment, he is finally appreciated at work however he fails to recognize her pain when she loses her dream of becoming a dancer. He also ignores those around him and thinks only of his fame and success.

Guest stars: Scott Christopher, Angella Joy, Rachel Luttrell, Sam McMurray, Romy Rosemont, and Grant Shaud
193 3 "Two Sides to Every Angel" Larry Peerce Story by: Roma Downey, Brian Bird and R.J. Colleary
Teleplay by: Brian Bird and R.J. Colleary
October 12, 2002 (2002-10-12)

Tess and Monica have a day off when they're soon joined by Gloria who also has one. However, Andrew did not get today off. A man has beaten a woman nearly to death. The only thing she remembers is his red cowboy boots. Gloria and Monica go off to a cafe where they talk and another couple leave-Brad and Christine. Monique deceives Gloria and they leave in Tess' car. They go to a bar-The Black Boot. Tess arrives and Monica tells her everything but Tess explains to her unless God intervenes, they can't do anything. Monique's goal is to break up the married couple using jealousy. When Doug leaves with Ashley, Gloria thinks it is all her fault because she dropped the money onto the floor. and she believes Monique when she is told God doesn't love her anymore. Monique tries to trick her when Monica turns up but Gloria asks for help, and they leave. Meanwhile the man with the red boots is trying to sexually assault the woman he left with but she escapes. When he chases her and catches her, Gloria appears and tells him to let her go. He runs away and trips over a log and meets Andrew. Gloria gives the couple a message from God. Then they all return to the café where Ashley is told to leave, and she leaves in a taxi cab.

Guest stars: Nancy Linehan Charles, Ryan Hurst, Christine Lakin, and Sarah Thompson
194 4 "The Word" Stuart Margolin Ken LaZebnik October 19, 2002 (2002-10-19)

A girl with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) is threatened to be placed in foster care after her illiterate father gives her an overdose of her medication when he can read the directions and dose on the label.

Guest stars: Richard J. Clifford, America Ferrera, Frank Gerrish, J.J. Neward, Dempsey Pappion, and Nicholas Turturro
195 5 "A Feather on the Breath of God" Victor Lobl Glenn Berenbeim October 26, 2002 (2002-10-26)

Sidney Alcott is a Funeral Director whose wife and daughter has died but people's feelings do not mean very much to him just dollars and making money. He believes he has found the secret to success: Do not get involved, and finds solace in drinking. But unknown to him he meets his dying daughter, Lorena Watkins who has a brain tumour. Her daughter Grace does not know her mother is dying. She has to arrange for a funeral for herself and needs to pay the hospital bills. So she starts playing the organ and cleaning up around the Funeral Home. But it isn't until it is too late when she collapses that He realizes that Lorena is Rose, his daughter. Monica reveals to Sidney about how Rose was adopted and called Lorena and Andrew tells him that she is in the prep room. Grief Stricken, he meets Andrew who reveals to him that he is the Angel of Death. Sidney is told by Andrew there is still a way to know Rose-through Grace. Tess conducts the funeral and sings In the Garden with Gloria also singing as Sidney walks the Labyrinth onto the Road to Jerusalem. Monica also speaks to Sidney about knowing God. He asks her about adopting her, and hints to the fact that she needs someone who can dance. As he stops to pick up a rose he says "Hey! I dance."

Guest stars: Stacy Edwards, Bob Gunton, and Sarah Hyland
196 6 "Jump!" John Dye Brian Bird November 2, 2002 (2002-11-02)

Monica becomes a radio assistant to a crude talk show DJ. One of his callers is a depressed young boy who is on verge of committing suicide. The boy calls into radio show for help. The angels must save the boy and the DJ.

Guest stars: Daniel Baldwin, Dan Byrd, Angela Oh, Holmes Osborne, Reno Wilson
197 7 "Bring on the Rain!" Armand Mastroianni R.J. Colleary and Burt Pearl November 9, 2002 (2002-11-09)

Ben and Natalie are teenagers in love. Natalie's mother Annie works as a waitress in a diner and lives in a caravan park, but Natalie pretends to be wealthy so she can mix with rich people and get into a good school. She keeps telling her boyfriend and other friends that her mother is in Paris. Annie takes on another job selling Cosmetics but fails to sell anything. When Annie accidentally runs into Natalie, her boyfriend and his mother, she is forced to say nothing and Natalie accepts a lift from Ben and his mother. When they go to the Ivy Club, Howard tells his wife that Annie is a waitress. And Ben's mother says to him that She lied to him and Ben answers saying, "So did I. I told her you were a nice person". Monica speaks to Annie about telling the truth, Andrew speaks to Natalie about her mother. Annie and Natalie later talk to Mr. Stowe from Yale who tells them that without mistakes they'd be out of business. Natalie is accepted into Yale.

Guest stars: Billy Aaron Brown, Ashley Johnson, Jo Dee Messina, Star Lapoint and Tom Schanley
198 8 "Remembering Me: Part 1" Bethany Rooney Burt Pearl November 16, 2002 (2002-11-16)

Monica tries to carry on while Tess is placed in a nursing home with Alzheimer's Disease progressively getting worse and worse. David Satterfield is a workaholic with a wife and daughter. Monica tries to convince David to spend time with his daughter and see his mother who is in the same nursing home Tess is in, but fails as she is worried about Tess. Unable to do her job properly, Sam and Rafael take over. The final straw comes when Tess forgets who Monica is. Sam talks to Monica and says to her now you know how David feels. When Monica goes to apologize to him, David reveals how he feels and Monica reveals herself as an angel, and encourages him. David finally breaks down weeping. Rafael speaks to Carlos about taking a break and that he is a good son. David goes to the nursing home to see his mother and introduces her to her granddaughter Carrie.

Guest stars: Charles Shaughnessy, Alexis Cruz, and Paul Winfield
199 9 "Remembering Me: Part 2" Armand Mastroianni Luke Schelhaas November 23, 2002 (2002-11-23)

Andrew sees Kevin Greely and his adopted son Nathan in Joseph Wells. However, a man is watching them and taking notes. Later, Kevin's Custody of Nathan is to be contested in court. Monica recalls her assignment with Kevin and Nathan. Then Gabriel turns up, telling Monica he is her new supervisor and to go to Joseph Wells. The Angel of Music, Jacob comes to play for Tess. The Woman claiming to be Nathan's Mother turns up and its Hannah from the Nursing home. Kevin is furious, refusing to give up custody of Nathan. Monica reminds him of his meeting with Phil.

Guest stars: Keb' Mo', Ossie Davis, Nathan Norton, Charlie Schlatter, Jenica Bergere and Bill Cosby
200 10 "The Christmas Watch" Peter H. Hunt Ken LaZebnik December 21, 2002 (2002-12-21)

The angels help a World Trade Center family adjust to their loss. It's Christmas Eve and Piltdown and Sons who Tess comments have been there since her friend Millard Fillmore bought his watch there, after Gloria does the books finds they're bankrupt and have to close but Andrew brings a watch in purchased from the shop which was irreversibly damaged at ground zero on September 11 at the World Trade Center and cannot be repaired. However the staff are inspired to construct a brand new watch from scratch.

Guest stars: Austin Pendleton, Matt Malloy, Eddie Mills, Christie Lynn Smith, Jodi Thelen, and Jose Zuniga
201 11 "Private Eyes" Julia Rask R.J. Colleary and Ken LaZebnik January 11, 2003 (2003-01-11)

Monica poses as a rich lady and asks a Private Investigator, Maurie, to look for Jim Grant. Maurie and a young girl named Delphina he is looking after, scam men out of money, but Andrew has to come to the rescue when Maurie is beaten up. After he finds the person he is shocked to find a photograph of Delphina. Maurie then tells her that her father has died in order to keep her. Devastated, she runs away and takes a drug over dose. Maurie finds her in the alley and with Andrew, helps get her back to his office. Monica reveals herself as an angel and tells him God is the light of his life, and that Andrew and Tess are also angels. Delphina is reunited with her father.

Guest stars: Scott Anderson, Kelly Connell, William Stanford Davis, Stacy Keach, Amanda MacDonald
202 12 "The Root of All Evil" Michael Schultz R.J. Colleary January 25, 2003 (2003-01-25)

In a church confessional, someone confesses that they are going to do something terrible. Adam is working with a cop, Micheal Riley, posing as a robber. Andrew is in an armoured truck talking to one of the bank robbers, Peter who is Micheal's brother. Gloria speaks to Father Madden about things that are on his mind. As she does, she recalls past assignments and achievements and what has happened from them. As Father Madden leaves, he recognizes one of his parishioners. Then a stand off begins. Gloria asks what do we do now and Tess says we pray. Father Madden then has a heart attack. Father Madden, dying, then begins to talk to both of them as they call 911 and he dies.

Guest stars: Kirk Baltz, Charles Durning, Charles Rocket and Matt Ross
203 13 "A Time for Every Purpose" John Behring Story by: E.F. Wallengren and John Wierick
Teleplay by: John Wierick
February 1, 2003 (2003-02-01)

Rob is terminally ill and when tragedy hits the family again he decides to take his own life rather than be a hindrance. Rob's estranged brother returns to help out the family.

Guest stars: Seth Adkins, Timothy Carhart, Reb Fleming, Deirdre Lovejoy and William R. Moses
204 14 "And a Nightingale Sang" Peter H. Hunt Story by: Jennifer Wharton
Teleplay by: Burt Pearl and Ken LaZebnik
February 8, 2003 (2003-02-08)

On Valentine's day during a winter's day in The Ritz restaurant, Monica says a couple are going to fall in love-The cook, Marty and owner-wife Tricia who have been married for 10 years argue about the weather and money. Riley wants to marry his fiance Amanda and has a ring put in the salad but they argue because she writes everything down and wants to break up with him. Charlotte has a facial disfigurement and has met Ben through a chat room and finds he is the one that rescued her out of the accident she was in. An elderly couple, George and Loretta arrive and Andrew tells them one of them is going to die tonight. It is their anniversary and they have been married for 49 years. Tricia tells Marty she's pregnant, causing Marty to nearly choke to death on some food but is OK. All of the couples end their dinners in happiness and joy.

Guest stars: Bonnie Bartlett, William Daniels, Kate Fuglei, Tembi Locke, Lennie Loftin, Louis Mandylor, Wendie Jo Sperber and Cress Williams
205 15 "As It is in Heaven" Victor Lobl Martha Williamson and Luke Schelhaas February 15, 2003 (2003-02-15)

It is Monica's 200th assignment and as she reaches into the back to retrieve a present for Tess, she takes her foot off the brake pedal and the car starts rolling forward and nearly kills a woman. Monica is fined and told to go to traffic school. To Monica and the teacher's shock and surprise it is the woman she nearly killed!. Monica's assignment is Jesse Cartwright and he is the adopted son of Kelly Cartwright. Jesse teaches in a classroom to Guillermo, the son of Lionel, a drug dealer. Kelly sells driver certificates and wants to use the money to travel to another town like heaven on earth. Monica also finds out that Kelly is an angel but doesn't want to go back to heaven. During an argument between Jesse and Lionel about selling drugs in front of the school, Jesse is shot by a rival gang who means to kill Lionel for trying to take over their corner. Kelly gives Guillermo's mother the money she was saving to go to her heaven on earth.

Guest stars: Edwin Hodge, Robert LaSardo, Gilbert Leal, and Lesley Ann Warren
206 16 "Song for My Father" Ricardo Mendez Matta Brian Bird February 22, 2003 (2003-02-22)

Sarah, a 17-year-old teenage High School student who sings in a choir, smokes cigarettes, and has lead vocals in a rock band is in need of the angels when she discovers that she has throat cancer. She is advised by Gloria not to sing and that the vocal cords may have to be removed. To complicate matters, her father is the music school teacher and doesn't want her playing her rock music. When Monica comes to her home to have her sign a scholarship, it is discovered she has left through the window to sing in the concert. Sarah ignores Gloria's advice and sings during the concert but collapses during the performance. After she is taken to hospital, Richard and Paula, Sarah's parents argue about the cigarettes and the fact that it is her fault. When Paula asks God for help, Andrew appears and tells her she must mean it. Monica then speaks to Richard about his attitude towards his daughter and reveals herself as an angel of God. Tess, also revealing herself as an angel, speaks to Sarah about making music and that God is going to give her a brand new song.

Guest stars: Ann Dowd, Tyler Francavilla, Krystal, Geoff Pierson, and Lindsay Pulsipher
207 17 "The Good Earth" Ben Lewin Luke Schelhaas March 1, 2003 (2003-03-01)

Emmett Rivers is an eccentric inventor who is too proud to ask for help and is working on a converter to energy. Monica meets him working as an IRS worker. Stan is a newspaper delivery boy who meets Emmett by breaking into his home. Carl Northam is the Manager of an oil company who has the power to change from oil to Emmett's converter. Gloria is one of his board members. But Emmett is dying and hasn't got long to live. He has cancer and has decided to discontinue treatment. Pretending that his company wants his invention, Carl buys it from him for $500,000 but ends up destroying it and almost all the documents about it. However Stan, is the one to start rebuilding it again. Monica tells Emmett that there is time to show Stan what he needs to know.

Guest stars: Joel Bishop, Eric Jacobs, Jonathan Lipnicki, Micheal Nouri, and Dennis Weaver
208 18 "Virtual Reality" Larry Peerce Story by: Daniel H. Forer
Teleplay by: Burt Pearl and Daniel H. Forer
March 15, 2003 (2003-03-15)

Lying in a hospital bed, is a young woman, Marissa Atkins which the Victor Jackson ran over on purpose. In a Courtroom, Victor Jackson is on trial for murder and Joshua Walker is a material witness after playing CarJack2000 in his parents car. Tess is the Judge, Andrew is the Defence Lawyer. Rafael is the Prosecution Lawyer. Monica has been given the gift of seeing into someone's heart, and questions Joshua. To Victor and Joshua's shock and surprise Marissa Atkins is wheeled in in a wheelchair immediately after Joshua perjures himself for Victor. When Monica confronts him about his perjury, she reveals herself as an angel. Joshua then breaks down and Monica advises him to tell the truth and ask God what to say. Victor is found guilty. Tess advises parents via the press to say "No".

Guest stars: Austin Archer, Jim Beatty, Cliff DeYoung, Kyle Gallner, Marita Geraghty, Elizabeth Hansen, Billy Kay, Bruce Newbold, Jordan Warkol, Alexis Cruz
209 19 "The Show Must Not Go On" Frank E. Johnson Story by: R.J. Colleary
Teleplay by: Brian Bird and Ken LaZebnik
April 12, 2003 (2003-04-12)

A group of actors are obsessed with staging a show to revive The Egyptian Theatre and teenagers hang around all day vandalizing the theatre. Tess says that if they both don't get it together the curtain will come down on both. Tess, Gloria and Andrew arrive as the video crew for the theatre's 50th anniversary. Tess reveals herself as an angel and encourages Ben. He is inspired by a new song but he has a stroke and clutches his arm in pain. Tess and Gloria then find out that Andrew, walking up to Ben, is dying. After Ben's death Andrew gives the teens free paint. Tess then encouages the teens to express their anger and art in the theatre. A vote is taken after Wally is added to the board and he is made the new director 4-1. Everyone wants to have their own act and people don't think he can do the job. The teens break into the theater and trash it. Discouraged, Wally gives up and knowing what is thought of him, leaves the theater when he overhears someone talking about him. Their fights and arguments against each other are interrupted by the light from the stage. Tess, Andrew and Gloria each encouraged them. Tess then sings the song that Ben was going to write before he died: "I've Been Touched by an Angel".

Guest stars: Elisa Bocanegra, Gavin MacLeod, Ethan Phillips, Jake Richardson, Alex Rocco, Scott Thompson, and Jessica Walter
210 20 "At the End of the Aisle" Jim Charleston Story by: Martha Williamson
Teleplay by: Burt Pearl and Luke Schelhaas
April 19, 2003 (2003-04-19)

It is the third time the angels have visited Audrey and Monica must tell Audrey something which will break her heart and is the most difficult thing to say. She must not marry her fiancee as she has not prayed for the marriage and asked God to be involved. However it is Gloria's assignment to get Audrey to say I do. Audrey asks Andrew to walk her down the aisle. Tess, Andrew and Monica notice the different vows they take at the rehearsal and Gloria tells them Audrey's fiancee Scott is an atheist. When Monica challenges Audrey about God not being invited she brushes Monica aside. Andrew asks Monica who Audrey has actually fallen in love with and who does Kyle remind her of?. When Monica is asked to say a few words re-recounts Psalm 151 Testify to Love and asks Audrey if she would sing it, but stops and can't finish it. Cornelia, who used to call herself Celine previously, has to give a letter from Petey to Audrey. Monica speaks to Audrey about her responsibility, about being unequally yoked and that marrying Scott is replacing Petey. Audrey tells Monica that it was a mistake, please don't come. An accidental fire is started when Kyle is lighting the candles. In the hospital, Cornelia gives Audrey a letter written by Petey before he died. Audrey accidentally says Petey instead of Kyle. Audrey weeps when she reads Petey's letter. Going back to the wedding room Audrey sets up a cross. When Scott comes, Audrey tells him about Monica, Tess and Andrew. It turns out that Audrey says I do not to her wedding vows but to God. Monica encourages her with the love of God and a message, asks her to invite God back into her life. Audrey sings Amazing Grace. Alex, then compliments her on her singing offers her a ride home.

Guest stars: Mika Boorem, Susan Dolan, Ned Gill, Gregory Jbara, Brandon Mauro, Paul Micheal, Micheal Milhoan, and Wynonna Judd
211 21 "I Will Walk With You: Part 1" Larry Peerce Story by: Martha Williamson
Teleplay by: Martha Williamson, Burt Pearl & Luke Schelhaas
April 26, 2003 (2003-04-26)

It is Monica's last assignment with Tess, and this assignment is for her promotion as a supervisor. She is to go to Ascension. On the way, Monica's colleagues give their opinions about Monica. Unknown to her, the person who evaluates her is on the bus, Zac (Jesus). The Black Mercedes Benz is the devil driving around following Monica. The first person she meets is Joey and then Wayne. Wayne is a widower/sheriff in a town where 46 children and 8 teachers have died. Monica also meets someone she met from search and rescue, Mike, who is now the mayor and a lawyer. Mr. Carver wants to call a town meeting for a proposal. Later, when she sees Sophie, Monica recalls a time when she was a street person and met her. Zac starts to tidy up the town and repair things and townspeople see things that were lying around, missing-disappear without a reason. At the Town Hall, Mr. Carver wants to buy the town and convert it into a commercial shopping complex. Mr. Carver claims that Zac has been in the town before when he made his assessment a year before. Everyone in the town blames Zac for the deaths of the children and teachers and Zac has to be taken to Wayne's jail and put in protective custody.

Guest stars: Scott Bairstow, Bob Bancroft, Ivar Brogger, Patrick Duffy, Cloris Leachman, Karina Logue, William Mapother, Patty Duke, Marion Ross, Alexis Cruz, Charles Rocket, Randy Travis, and David Ogden Stiers
212 22 "I Will Walk With You: Part 2" Larry Peerce Story by: Martha Williamson
Teleplay by: Martha Williamson, Burt Pearl & Luke Schelhaas
April 27, 2003 (2003-04-27)

The case against Zac goes to trial and Satan is the prosecutor. Mike is the defense lawyer for Zac. Gloria comes on the case as well to assist in Zac's defense. As the trial progresses, it seems that Satan is winning and Zac is losing. Satan quotes John 10:10 and implies that Zac is the devil. The Jury start their deliberations and Wayne talks to Zac and says he'll buy him lunch if he gets acquitted. Zac asks Wayne to pray when he asks him if there is anything he can do for him. Wayne plays his guitar and sings, "When Mama Prayed". Meanwhile, Mike decides it's time to open the church. Waiting for them is a big surprise. All of the missing toys and photos have been made into a memorial shrine. Zac has also carved a plaque quoting Matthew 5:4. When the Jury comes back, Zac is found guilty of 54 counts of murder. Monica speaks to Zac about God's love and encouragement. Monica says she is willing to be the angel to protect him. Tess speaks to her and says it OK with the Father. The next morning Zac is gone from the locked prison cell. At the cafe, Joey recalls how he had kittens that he kept secret from Wayne because he believed Wayne wouldn't let him keep them. The devil tricked him into turning up the heat. Then everyone realizes why Zac wouldn't defend himself. As Jesus, he quotes John 15:13 and Matthew 25:21. Andrew gives Monica his pocket watch and Tess says they have eternity to look forward to and as she says her tearful goodbyes, She drives off in Tess' Cadillac convertible.

Guest stars: Scott Bairstow as Jesus, Bob Bancroft, Ivar Brogger, Patrick Duffy, Cloris Leachman, Karina Logue, William Mapother, Patty Duke, Marion Ross, Alexis Cruz, Charles Rocket, Randy Travis, and David Ogden Stiers as Satan


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