Touched by an Angel (season 7)

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Touched by an Angel (season 7)
Starring
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Release
Original network CBS
Original release October 15, 2000 (2000-10-15) – May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)
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List of Touched by an Angel episodes

The seventh season of the American dramatic television series Touched by an Angel ran on CBS from October 15, 2000 through May 20, 2001, spanning 25 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.

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

Episodes[edit]

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
144 1 "The Face on the Barroom Floor" Peter H. Hunt Story by: Daniel H. Forer
Teleplay by: Martha Williamson and Burt Pearl
October 15, 2000 (2000-10-15)

High atop a New York penthouse, Tess is entertaining at a society party hosted by bon vivant Everett Clay when his octogenarian father Benjamin, who still runs the family business, makes a surprise appearance to chastise his son and grandson about their wasteful ways. The following morning, Everett tells Benjamin the Biblical story of the prodigal son. Everett reminds Benjamin that his grandfather started this company carving handmade buttons and he's being disinherited to learn the importance of self reliance and hard work, handing him a framed deerskin jacket, with buttons carved by his great grandfather. Angry and penniless, Jake busts the frame, when Tess arrives in her Cadillac offering him a ride to Colorado, where some of his friends had invited him to stay. Before long, they arrive in Central City, the mining town that was in its heyday at the turn of the century. They stop at the historic Teller House Saloon where Everett notices a portrait of a woman's face painted on the barroom floor. Tess tells Everett some of the folklore surrounding the fabled portrait, then goes on to tell him its connection to his great grandfather, Jack Clay. Tess explains that he left the treasure intact, taking only his due. Realizing what this means, Everett searches the deerskin Jacket, finds the map and returns to the spot to unearth the treasure his great grandfather buried over a hundred years ago. But when he opens it he is flabbergasted to find a lone button. When Everett realizes he'd come all this way for naught he goes into cardiac arrest. He's rushed to the hospital, and while the doctors work on reviving his body, Monica works on his soul. With Monica's help Everett finally comes to understand the lesson his father had been trying to impart. When Everett regains consciousness, he calls his father to apologize and to assure him that he's coming home a changed man.

Guest Stars: Ray Walston and Richard Chamberlain
145 2 "Legacy" Bethany Rooney Jennifer Wharton October 22, 2000 (2000-10-22)

At Wisconsin State University, a Millionaire father, Sam Rigney, is dropping his son off at the same Fraternity House he was in. Before Tess and Andrew join Rafael, Rafael meets them and introduces himself, as a student, who notices Sam is paying for Max's education, so as long as he goes to this school. He wants him to take the subjects he chooses for him, and be a pledge and stay away from Monica and Philosophy. During the last night of pledging after drinking tequila, Greg collapses, and the president of the fraternity house urges everyone else to lie for the house. The next night during the swearing in and the presentation of pins, Jamie is arrested and Greg is in a coma. However Sam Rigney has a secret his son Max doesn't know about. When he was president, the Fraternity House kidnapped a co-ed and she pressed charges. After Greg dies, Max decides to tell the truth and go to the police.

Guest Star: Jere Burns
146 3 "The Invitation" Michael Schultz Story by: Jon Andersen
Teleplay by: Jon Andersen and R.J. Colleary
October 29, 2000 (2000-10-29)

Tess talks to Monica about the devil and instructs her to stay with Annie, her assignment who is pregnant. Unbeknown to her, the devil has disguised himself as a 15-year-old child named Denis. Tess sings praise and worship to God. Annie tries to tell the future using tarot cards and Rick bets a cheque of $4500 on a horse which he loses when the horse comes 3rd. Andrew catches Millie in a bar toilet about to commit suicide because she thought her cancer was returning. Andrew then reveals himself. Tess and Andrew explains to Rick, Millie and Clara about Satan. After Annie falls down a flight of stairs, Monica, revealing herself as an angel, explains to her about the devil, that he is a liar, a deceiver a monster and a beast. Monica encourages Annie to call on God and after she falls onto unconsciousness, Monica prays. Tess also encouages Rick, Millie and Clara to pray and to put on the armour of God. As the group of friends arrive at Annie and Rick's apartment, singing, the devil then leaves.

Guest Stars: Marla Gibbs and Karina Arroyave
147 4 "Restoration" R.J. Visciglia, Jr. R.J. Colleary November 5, 2000 (2000-11-05)

Chandler Crowne is an old, stubborn crotchy retired director who wants to die, but Andrew tells him not yet. There is a student who is making a documentary about him, who sleeps in her Volvo Station Wagon but he refuses to tell his story about his life. But Tess blackmails him into food for an interview with the student. He then goes back to the time when Monica became an actress. When he eats all the lemon bars Tess has brought for him, he decides to stop talking. After her car is towed away, she pawns his pocket watch to get her car out of impound. The next day, after he finds out she took his watch, he threatens to call the police, but she threatens to eat the pawn ticket if she doesn't get the interview. Again he flashes back to when he was a director, and then again stops and tells her to go away. Tess meets her later on in the cinema and encourages her not to give up. She gives his watch back. Flashing back for the third time, she finds out Sid Lumsky tried to take his film away. but he edited the last 5 minutes of the film. She then becomes upset with him when he finds out what happened and storms out. Monica then appears and encourages him to tell the truth and then go home. After speaking to her, in the cinema, telling her that he was mad at God for Ruby's death, and was married to her. He dies after watching the original version of "Damnation" which was supposed to be titled "Redemption".

Guest Star: Robert Loggia
148 5 "Finger of God" Robert J. Visciglia, Jr. Burt Pearl and Susan Cridland Wick November 12, 2000 (2000-11-12)

Tess and Monica are talking about the wind, and a Tornado storm chaser arrives home to find that his funding has been cut. Andrew meanwhile tells Monica that she has to be at Darby's field at the Elm tree with Calvin the storm chaser so he doesn't have to. After Tess speaks to Calvin and tells him not to give up and when he heads off he picks up Monica who tells him he must get to the field. The car of Laura, Joe's wife suddenly crashes front first in the middle of the street in front of Ernie the sheriff. Laura, travelling with her baby Emily is missing and Tess urges everyone to search for them. Monica and Calvin find Emily, Joe and Laura's baby. When they arrive back at JJ's the diner is destroyed.

Guest Star: Kathy Mattea
149 6 "The Empty Chair" Jeff Kanew Martha Williamson November 19, 2000 (2000-11-19)

A husband and wife couple on a TV show who give advice to others about their relationships, have problems in their own marriage. Their show is cancelled and problems escalate when they are suddenly unemployed.

Guest Star: Tess Harper
150 7 "God Bless the Child" Victor Lobl Glenn Berenbeim November 26, 2000 (2000-11-26)

14-year-old Charnelle Bishop tells her grandmother that she's going to the museum for an essay she has to write about "finding a piece of yourself in history." But she's really going there to buy drugs from her dealer, Lamont. Monica tries to forge a bond with Charnelle through her love of music, but Charnelle is wary of Monica. Monica catches Charnelle in the bathroom lighting up a joint and refuses to give it back until she begins her homework assignment. Monica tells Charnelle the story of how Billie Holiday fought her own battle against drugs. In flashback, we return to a Greenwich Village speakeasy in 1939 where Billie Holiday is performing, with Andrew auditioning to be her pianist. But Charnelle isn't interested in hearing about love songs, she likes music that tells the truth. Monica resumes the story of how Billie Holiday reacted when she first read the lyrics to the song "Strange Fruit" -- the first song to tell the truth about lynching of African Americans. Monica persuades Charnelle to enter the exhibit of lynching photographs on display at the museum, but after viewing them, Charnelle is surprisingly unmoved. Charnelle meets with Lamont in the lobby, asking him for something stronger. Aware that Charnelle's brother died of a drug overdose, Monica asks why she hasn't learned from his death. As Monica resumes Billie's story, Andrew is eventually able to persuade Billie to sing the song, but she pleads with Andrew to get her the drugs to give her the strength. But Charnelle is impatient with Monica's story and grabs the joint out of her hands. She turns a corner and runs into a security guard, who discovers the joint and calls her grandmother to pick her up. As she waits, Monica resumes her story, with Billie in worse shape, craving drugs, when Andrew's "connection" arrives and it's Tess. But Tess isn't there to push drugs, she's there to push God. Georgia arrives at the museum security office, demanding an explanation from her granddaughter. On hearing of the lynching photographs, Georgia forces Charnelle to view them with her. Georgia asks Charnelle to describe what she sees, when to Charnelle's surprise, her grandma starts describing the scene from memory -- because the man in the photograph was her brother, Earl. Georgia explains how Earl was not only her brother, but her teacher and her best friend. He taught her to read, and when her birthday came around, he worked extra hard to buy her a gift, which his employer falsely accused him of stealing. The gift was her Bible which she is never without and became the source of her strength. Monica resumes Billie Holiday's story as she summons the courage to sing "Strange Fruit" before a live audience. After the song, there is complete silence -- until finally, the sound of one person applauding, followed by the thunderous applause of the entire audience. Monica reveals herself as an angel and urges her to learn from her brother's mistake and choose life and turn her back on drugs. Monica encourages Charnelle to hold onto her dream, and to write her essay, and tell the truth for her generation as Billie did for hers. When Lamont returns with the drugs, Charnelle takes the first step, telling him she's changed her mind.

Guest Stars: Kenya Williams, Paula Jai Parker, and Mary Alice
151 8 "Reasonable Doubt" Peter H. Hunt Burt Pearl December 3, 2000 (2000-12-03)

Monica's assignment is to get a library card, and she has to do jury duty. Brendan Falstaf is arrested for setting fire to a house and his girlfriend's death. Selecting as the foreperson, Carol Anne Larkin tallies up the votes, and for others to discuss the decision, Monica prevents the process in making this request. Despite all of the objections of the other jurors, she proves the man innocent, and the other jurors and the witness in error. Out of the courtroom, Tess overhears two people bringing up this case. The one man who could corroborate Falstaff’s alibi was a homeless wino whose testimony was inadmissible. Exasperated, Tess learns that an innocent man could find guilty, that Andrew reminds her they’re here on assignment and refuses to let her interfere with the wheels of justice.

Guest Stars: Bonnie Franklin, Bill Macy and Cathy Lee Crosby
152 9 "The Grudge" Peter H. Hunt Arnold Margolin December 10, 2000 (2000-12-10)

Andrew is a judge in a court where two people, Dr. Lucy Scribner and Dr. Robert Harrigan have a 40-year-old dispute. They used to love each other but Robert's father refused to let him marry her because she had polio. Monica is pulled over in Tess's car, and Tess and Monica are sentenced by Andrew to community service with them. Dr. Scribner influences Brian, Dr. Harrigan's nephew away from him. Their dispute comes to a head when Brian is hit by a car and paralyzed from the neck down. Dr. Scribner, Tess and Monica tries to get Andrew to approve an experimental drug to be used on Brian, but the petition is denied. Monica tells them there must be forgiveness before there can be healing. Robert says he sent Lucy letters but then realizes none of his letters were receivers because his father was the mailman. Lucy and Robert later marry.

Guest Stars: Bonnie Bartlett and Robert Prosky
153 10 "An Angel on My Tree" Larry Peerce Brian Bird December 17, 2000 (2000-12-17)

Cathy Benson is a single mom with three children. Her husband Joe is in prison for killing Matt McHale when McHale made fun of Joe's son Cody who has Tourette Syndrome. Joe refuses to sign his children up for project Angel tree. As a result there are no presents for Cathy or her children on Christmas Day. However he later changes his mind but people won't buy any presents for them and his father does not fill one out for Cody. Tess tells Mrs McHale she needs to reach out in forgiveness and Andrew tells Joe that his father called him a retard and that is why he can't control his anger. Monica tells Cody about God and that He sees his heart. Cody says he wants to go to heaven because he is tired of people laughing at him.

Guest Stars: Christopher Marquette with music by Kenny Rogers
154 11 "Mi Familia" Victor Lobl Rosanne Welch January 7, 2001 (2001-01-07)
Miguel and Anna’s marriage is interrupted by Anna’s father, Tommy, who rejects his daughter’s decision to marry Miguel, the father of their 6-month old child. Unmoved by Anna’s protests of love, Tommy dismisses Miguel because of his gang affiliation. Tommy insists the two teenagers stay away from each other. Andrew and Rafael, working with the church, try to get Miguel to participate in a community outreach program for teenage fathers, but his participation is only to appease the suspicions of the local police. Miguel is determined to gain his respect the only way he knows how, through the gang. Gonzo, the hot-tempered leader, informs Miguel of his plans to kill a rival gang member. Miguel returns home to discover his mother, Lorena, has given away his room to Monica, who works as a church volunteer. This furthers Miguel’s withdrawal from the people who truly care about him. Lorena confides to Monica her disappointment in her son’s lifestyle and longing for the son he once was. Miguel and Anna meet the next day at the family run restaurant owned by Tommy. Tommy voices his displeasure with Miguel and his friends to an attentive new customer, Tess. Tess recognizes that Tommy’s intolerance is closely linked with his own questionable past that he is trying to escape. Gonzo pressures Miguel to kill one of their rivals after a failed earlier attempt. Miguel struggles with his decision and privately turns to God for guidance. Monica tries to convince Miguel that his family is in need of him, not the gang. Misguided by his father’s legacy, Miguel is undeterred in carrying out his orders. Miguel’s hesitation at the critical moment infuriates Gonzo, who fears their rival will retaliate. Miguel rushes home to gather his few belongings and asks Anna to leave town with him. Anna’s devotion to Miguel leads her to reluctantly follow him with their son. As they get into the car to leave, there is a drive-by shooting by the rival gang, which injures Anna and the baby. They are rushed to the hospital where Miguel is relieved to discover that the injuries are not critical. The doctor explains that his baby was fortunate to have the car seat buckle interfere with the path of the bullet. Miguel realizes what he learned in his parenting class, the proper way to buckle a baby in a car, saved his son’s life. Tommy arrives at the hospital incensed at Miguel. At Tess’ urging, Tommy dispels Miguel’s glorified memory of his father and explains to Miguel that his father killed himself playing Russian Roulette. The shocking news drives Miguel away. Miguel concludes that his entire life has been a failure. Monica tells Miguel that there are many people who love and need him, but he must take responsibility for his actions. Monica takes Miguel to church where Rafael reveals that he is an angel sent by God, just like Monica, Tess and Andrew. Rafael urges Miguel to open his heart to God because through His grace, he can live in the truth and start over again. Miguel returns to the hospital to apologize to Tommy. Miguel promises that he will be a good father and offers his cooperation with the police.
155 12 "The Lord Moves in Mysterious Ways" Joel Fiegenbaum R.J. Colleary January 21, 2001 (2001-01-21)

Monica and Andrew are planning a surprise party for Tess to show their appreciation. A new angel, Ronald, from Records and Permanent Files, shows up at the party hoping to meet Tess. The only problem is that Tess is running late and the hotel's banquet manager, Mr. Nalls, is pressuring them to move things along for the Chamber of Commerce banquet at five. Meanwhile, Tess, who is under the impression that Monica's in trouble, is having car problems, pulls into a diner/car repair station where a none-too-helpful cashier, Kelly, tells her she'll have to wait until Penny returns from a tow call. Meanwhile, back at the banquet room, Ronald tells Monica and Andrew about how he daydreams about helping people face to face. But he doesn't feel he has what it takes to be a caseworker. Tess, meanwhile, tries to get Kelly to help her, but Kelly insists she doesn't do favors, that anytime you do things for other people, you just get in trouble. As the five o'clock hour arrives with no sign of Tess, the Chamber of Commerce banquet starts moving in. While Ronald has a pretty good idea of who Tess is, Monica and Andrew try to fill in the blanks, such as Tess's gift for music. We then see that Tess is using that very gift to get through to Kelly. Kelly finally explains how her father ran into a burning house to save a man's life and they both died. Once Tess realizes that Kelly refuses to be swayed, she offers to give Kelly her beloved Cadillac if she'll just drive her where she needs to be. Tess finally arrives. Monica and Andrew explain how they've spent the entire afternoon talking about her and how they've come to realize even more how much she means to them. They then present her with their gift -- a beautiful hood ornament for her car. Tess introduces Kelly -- when Ronald suddenly recognizes her last name. Ronald pulls Monica aside so that she can deliver God's message to Kelly. But Monica tells Ronald that this time, God is calling him to deliver the message. With a little push from Monica, Ronald reveals himself as an angel (along with Monica, Andrew and Tess). He tells Kelly that her father was a brave man and that while two people died that day, one little boy's life was saved -- the man who is being honored this evening as Man of the Year -- Brandon White. Brandon White then steps up to the podium to deliver his acceptance speech. He speaks of the perfect stranger (Kelly's father) who gave his life for his and explains how he dedicated himself to be deserving of the second chance he received.

Guest Stars: Mel Harris and Joel Grey
156 13 "A Death in the Family" Stuart Margolin Story by: Allen Estrin & Joseph Telushkin
Teleplay by: E.F. Wallengren
February 4, 2001 (2001-02-04)

Detective Frank McCovey and his narcotics team obtain a warrant to raid the house of an elusive drug dealer based on a tip from his informant. The targeted address is an African-American neighborhood known for its criminal element. McCovey leads the raid, ignoring the signs that indicate they may be at the wrong house. McCovey charges through the apparent empty residence and mistakenly shoots an innocent eleven-year-old boy, Jamal Griffin, who is hospitalized in critical condition. Reverend Davis, hardened by the social injustices perpetrated on his community, proclaims that this one will not be ignored. Andrew, an Internal Affairs agent, suggests the truth behind the tragic event lies with the accidental death of McCovey’s ten-year-old daughter’s by a black man. McCovey refuses to discuss the matter, insisting that he followed proper procedure. Meanwhile, Jamal’s mother begins her vigil beside her unconscious son and is joined by the police department’s community relations officer, Monica. McCovey’s suspension does not appease Rev. Davis, who skillfully uses the media to further his own agenda of social unrest, under the guise of protecting the Griffins’s wishes. McCovey wrestles with his own conscience as he reflects on the circumstances of the shooting. News of the drug dealer’s apprehension at a different address only pushes McCovey to blame his informant. McCovey insists he correctly wrote down the relayed information, but is unable to recover the piece of paper to aid his case. His wife and his partners try to help him realize that he may be pushing himself too hard and making mistakes, but McCovey refuses to listen or apologize. Tess, a new parishioner to Rev. Davis’ church, warns the reverend that his call to arms may incite violence against the police department. Rev. Davis refutes Tess’s claim until proven wrong when a brick, bearing the words on Rev. Davis’s flyer, is thrown through the McCovey’s window, injuring McCovey’s son. The next day, Jan confronts her husband with the piece of paper indicating he communicated the wrong information on the arrest warrant. Overwrought with the guilt of shooting an innocent child, McCovey goes to his daughter’s grave prepared to end his life where Andrew reveals that he is an angel and was with his daughter when she died. Andrew helps McCovey face his racial prejudice stemming from the accidental death of his daughter by a black man. This subconscious racism is what made McCovey less careful in an African-American neighborhood. Andrew tells him that God loves him and forgives him, but now that he is aware of his prejudice, he must conquer it. Rev. Davis’ parish disapprovingly receives the contrite McCovey and Rev. Davis refuses to listen to his apologies. Monica, Tess and Andrew reveal themselves to convince Rev. Davis that he must forgive McCovey. McCovey remorsefully apologizes to the congregation and Rev. Davis offers his hand in peace. Jamal’s mother praises God as her son regains consciousness.

Guest Stars: Isaiah Washington and Scott Baio
157 14 "Bringer of Light" Robert J. Visciglia, Jr. Luke Schelhaas February 11, 2001 (2001-02-11)

Monica and Tess are captivated by the thousands of stars that decorate the beautiful night sky. Monica elaborates on the majesty of God’s heavens as it is revealed that the angels are actually sitting in planetarium hosted by Andrew. Across the city, fifteen-year-old Lucy Baker sits in her room looking at the sky, where only the moon can be seen above the city lights. Erica Baker joins her daughter and the two share a moment pondering what or who created the universe. “It’s just luck,” responds Lucy’s father and science teacher, John. Lucy is not convinced that her atheist father is right. At school, tension runs high between John and Lucy, who is barely maintaining a C average. John reminds Lucy that her grade hinges on her next research paper and she needs to come up with a topic. Despite her struggles in science, Lucy excels in Monica’s English class. Monica encourages Lucy’s growing curiosity of how the universe was created by allowing Lucy to combine her research for her English essay and her science project. Lucy is pleased that her science paper to prove the existence of God will antagonize her father. John dismisses Lucy’s idea as mindless speculation and demands she pick another topic or fail the assignment. Their differences are momentarily set aside when Erica informs them that her ovarian cancer, which was in remission, has returned. John is confident that medical science will successfully get them through it again. As Erica’s health gradually declines, she begins to question her own beliefs. Lucy goes to the planetarium to continue her research despite her father’s objections. There Andrew suggests that she look into Intelligent Design Theory, which claims that the universe is too complex and precise to be a random coincidence. Andrew asks Lucy, “if you discover a watch…sitting on a tree stump. Would you assume that all these little springs and wheels and gears fell out of the sky and landed together just right to make this watch?” The next day, Lucy’s discovers from a classmate that the survival rate for a second bout with ovarian cancer is practically zero. Overwhelmed at the prospect of losing her mother, Lucy confides to Monica her feelings of helplessness. Monica consoles Lucy, explaining that her name means “bringer of light,” and that her mother is still alive and needs her now more than ever. Lucy is determined to prove the existence of God to comfort her ailing mother. Lucy turns in her two papers, but is distraught that her mother doesn’t find the inspiration she is looking for in Lucy’s science paper. Monica suggests that Lucy has given her mother the wrong paper to read. Lucy, with Nurse Tess’ help, takes her mother outside the city limits to see the stars. Erica reads Lucy’s English essay, which states how grateful Lucy is for the beauty of the universe…grateful to God. John arrives at the hospital to find his wife missing and his frantic search leads him to the planetarium where Monica encourages him to take the first step and invite God into his heart. John does so, and is answered by Monica who reveals herself as an angel. Monica tells John that God loves him, and he is miraculously transported to the clearing, where the family is reunited in God’s love.

Guest Stars: Arye Gross, Eve Gordon and Amanda Fuller
158 15 "Thief of Hearts" Stuart Margolin Jason Jersey February 18, 2001 (2001-02-18)

11-year-old Corey Taylor is hanging out at the local newsstand when he spies a locket dangling near the cash register. He steals the locket in plain view and runs off before anyone can catch him. Alice Dupree, the newsstand attendant, contacts the police regarding the theft. Monica arrives on the scene as the officer on duty to get all the information. Alice gives Monica a photo of the culprit who was caught on her security camera as well as a sketch of the heart-shaped locket, which Alice describes as a priceless family heirloom given to her by her mother. Monica pays a visit to Corey's school and discovers that he's an orphan with a heart condition. But Alice remains unsympathetic, anxious to get her locket back. Monica tracks Corey down at the local arcade and gives him the opportunity to return the locket on his own. When he doesn't show up, Alice is irritated with Monica's trusting attitude. It just confirms what she's believed all along, that trust leads to disappointment. Monica catches up with Corey at the arcade and spends some time getting to know him. He explains what it's like to live at the boys home, waiting for someone to adopt him. He has come close a couple times, but when they find out he's got a heart defect, they change their minds. Monica gives Corey a second chance to return the locket, but on his way there, some bullies rough him up and steal the locket. Corey tries to explain this to Alice, but she does not believe him. Corey explains that he's prayed for God to send him a mother and that he stole the locket so he would have a gift when the time comes. Alice is unmoved until he collapses before her eyes. Corey is rushed to the hospital. Alice feels bad for him, but still considers herself the victim in all this. Tess tells Alice to stop thinking of herself and go to the hospital and forgive Corey. Monica notices that Alice is softening toward Corey and suggests that maybe God has already found a mother for Corey -- Alice. Alice doesn't appreciate Monica's meddling, but as she spends more time with Corey, Alice starts to consider the possibility of adopting. But she's still unsure that she has what it takes, feeling that she could never live up to being the kind of mom her own mother was to her. But Tess encourages Alice to make the change. Alice tells Corey the good news and he is elated. Alice braces herself for all the legal red tape, but is amazed when things fall into place quickly. Alice heads to the hospital with the final papers, but when she arrives, she finds that Corey has taken a turn for the worse. Alice goes into a tailspin, unprepared to make the emotional commitment only to lose him. Monica reveals herself to Alice as an angel, exposing the fact that Alice's locket was not the cherished reminder of her mother she claimed it to be. In fact, her mother was an abusive alcoholic who beat her. Monica points out that Alice is a survivor, but that she hasn't healed. God wants her to learn what it's like to love without fear. With a renewed sense of purpose, Alice works up the courage to be the mother that Corey needs her to be. Corey returns the locket to Alice, which now contains his own picture, and with his last breath, he is able to say the words he had been waiting to say: "I love you, mom".

Guest Stars: Patti LuPone and Paul Robert Langdon
159 16 "Winners, Losers and Leftovers" Peter H. Hunt Rosanne Welch February 25, 2001 (2001-02-25)

Liam Cadegan works for ApexOne Technologies, a high-tech company which has just been bought as part of a merger. While Liam is generally secure in his job and is clearly devoted to his family, he starts to become affected by the paranoia of those around him in the wake of the company president's termination. Tess points out that in a tense climate, even the least competitive person can switch gears and become a predator. Harlow meets with the employees by video conference and introduces Monica as the new vice president of community relations. Monica suggests aligning themselves with the Special Olympics and offers to arrange a meeting this weekend with her contact (Andrew). Liam, whose son will be participating in the Special Olympics, supports the idea, acknowledging the fact that his son is disabled. But Harlow preempts Monica's suggestion in favor of a corporate retreat he's scheduled this weekend. Josh Whitman (one of Liam's colleagues) reads between the lines and advises Liam to prepare for a gladiator-style competition which will likely determine the company's next president. Liam breaks the news to his son, Matt, that he won't be able to be there for the preliminaries, but he will definitely be there for the finals. Tess guides the VP's through the retreat, which is designed to get them to know each other personally so they can work together better professionally. The first game is musical chairs, in which a meek Liam is promptly eliminated. When Josh wins the contest by pulling the last chair away from Monica, Liam realizes that he will have to be ruthless if he wants to win. When Tess announces this evening's outdoor challenge, Liam realizes he must decide between attending his son's race or competing for a chance at promotion. Monica is the first to notice the change in Liam and tries to get him to see what he's sacrificing. But when she suggests he isn't actually interested in becoming the company president, he thinks she's just trying to psych him out. The final phase of the competition involves a search for clues to locate a flag to be planted at the top of a mountain. As Josh predicted, the president will be selected from the winning team. Liam's team manages to work together and capture the flag until Neil trips and breaks his ankle. Unwilling to let anything (or anyone) stand in his way, Liam proceeds to the top of the mountain alone. But when he reaches the summit, Tess reminds Liam that, in order to win, his whole team had to make it to the top. Liam rushes back to get his teammates, but finds only Monica. She tells him that Josh’s team stopped to help Neil and have taken him back to the retreat center. Liam refuses to concede, convinced that he needs this promotion in order to provide for his "special needs" son. Monica reveals herself as an angel and tells him that Matt's deepest need is his family and that Liam's most important job is being a father. Liam arrives in time to see Matt and cheer him on. Matt appears to be winning the race, but stops to aid a fellow athlete who falls down. Liam beams with pride as he watches his son cross the finish line while supporting the injured competitor. Harlow arrives and offers Liam the promotion, saying he's got the qualities he wants in a leader, someone who's willing to do what it takes to get to the top. But Liam turns down the promotion, having learned a powerful lesson not only from Monica, but from his son.

Guest Stars: Harry Hamlin and J. Grant Albrecht
160 17 "I Am an Angel" Larry Peerce R.J. Colleary March 11, 2001 (2001-03-11)

Seven-year-old Mickey has been despondent since his mother's recent death. He lives with his Aunt Val and his older brother Ryan. When Ryan learns that Guy Garfield, the star of Mickey's favorite television show "The Avenging Angel", will be appearing at an Angel Convention in Portland, he goes there in the hopes of persuading Guy to help his brother. Guy makes a grand entrance by way of his "golden ladder" (which takes him back and forth to Heaven on his weekly series) to cheering fans. But Monica and Tess have observed the real Guy, a boozing womanizer who is anything but angelic. Ryan stretches the truth and asks for help for his "dying" brother. Guy graciously agrees, milking the moment for all its worth. But once he's offstage, he makes it clear to Monica (who's filling in as his assistant) that he has no intention of keeping his promise. Monica decides to keep it for him by driving an unsuspecting Guy to the rural town where Mickey lives. Once Guy realizes he's been "kidnapped," he bolts and flags down the sheriff, only to discover that she is Aunt Val. While trying to sort things out, Aunt Val vents her frustration about losing her sister and how her life has suddenly changed. Ryan takes this the wrong way, assuming she resents being stuck with two kids. Ryan explains to Monica how his mom made them lunch every day and tucked them in at night and told them she loved them, whereas Aunt Val just does the minimum. Out of the spotlight, Guy gets a chance to appreciate the simple pleasures of small town life and strikes a rapport with Val. Meanwhile, Mickey talks to Andrew (his bus driver) about praying for an angel. When Mickey comes home to find “Gabriel” in his living room, he thinks God has answered his prayer. Despite Monica's pleas, Guy assumes his angel persona and assures Mickey that his mother is in Heaven -- conjuring a make-believe image. Mickey packs his overnight bag so that "Gabriel" can take him to Heaven. When Guy tries to explain his way out of this, Mickey runs off and climbs to the top of an old grain silo to wait for the "golden ladder" himself. While Val and Ryan go for help, Monica reveals herself as an angel to Guy. She tells Guy that God wants him to be the man he was before the fame, who served God rather than serving himself. Guy climbs the silo to rescue Mickey and explains that he's not an angel, but that real angels do exist. Mickey reaches out to Guy and accidentally falls, but Andrew is there to catch him. Andrew reveals to Mickey that he took his mother to Heaven and helps him understand the difference between Guy's make-believe version of Heaven versus the awesome reality of being in God's presence. Comforted by Andrew’s words, Mickey is finally able to say goodbye to his mother and move forward. Aunt Val embraces her nephews, telling them how much she loves them, and a spiritually renewed Guy joins the restored family as they return home.

Guest Stars: Lee Horsley, Shannon Cochran and Tony Denman
161 18 "Visions of thy Father" Peter H. Hunt Mark Goffman March 18, 2001 (2001-03-18)

Seventeen-year-old Jason Harris seems to have it all: a loving family, a beautiful girlfriend and aspirations of being a photojournalist. Jason’s father (Will Harris) a prominent ophthalmologist, has been urging Jason to monitor an old eye injury which resulted in detached retinas. Monica is assigned to help this family deal with a secret, and she winds up working alongside Jason in a local photo store. When Monica learns of Jason's talent for photography, she offers to introduce him to a photographer friend of hers (Andrew) at the Denver Daily Herald. Jason meets with Andrew and suggests his father for one of their "day in the life" photo spreads. Andrew takes Jason up on his suggestion and invites Jason to shoot it himself. Jason spends the next day shadowing his father, but when he returns for one last photo he walks in on his father kissing his receptionist (Sherri) and captures the moment on film. Jason returns home, now sharing the burden of this secret. Will talks to Jason privately, blaming his lapse on a midlife crisis -- a cancer scare a year ago. Will assures Jason that it's over between him and Sherri and that telling his mother would only hurt her. When Jason refuses to hand over the film, Will grabs the camera from him and rips out the film, unaware that Jason already saved the roll with the incriminating photo. His faith in his father shattered, Jason's sense of betrayal ripples into other aspects of his life as he starts skipping school and distancing himself from his girlfriend. Jason shows the incriminating photo to Monica, who tries to convince him that this is not his secret to keep. True to his word, Will has terminated his affair and replaced Sherri with a new receptionist, who is Tess. But Jason becomes overwhelmed by the burden of his father's secret and tries to numb the pain in a bottle of Scotch. Intoxicated, he crashes his father's car, rendering himself temporarily blind. As Jason is rushed to the hospital, Renee returns inside the house and discovers the incriminating photo. With time of the essence, the attending physician informs the family that a corneal transplant will be necessary to restore Jason's eyesight and that his father is the most qualified man for the job. But Jason refuses to let his father perform the surgery. Will is prepared to step out of the way without a fight, but Renee calls him on the carpet. She tells Will she found the incriminating photo and knows all about his affair. Renee tells Will to stop acting like a child and make peace with his son. She then tries to convince Jason to let her deal with their marital issues in her own way, and to let Will perform the surgery. Will returns to his office where Tess reveals herself as an angel and tells Will that God wants him to fight for his family and that he needs to apologize to Jason without making any excuses. Monica then reveals herself as an angel to Jason, and miraculously, Jason (though still blind) is able to see Monica glowing. She tells him it is up to God (not Jason) to judge his father. Will comes to see his son and apologize and Jason forgives him. As father and son embrace, Renee enters with family photos of happier times, a reminder of all that's worth fighting for in this family.

Guest Stars: Ryan Merriman, Tom Irwin and Christine Healy
162 19 "The Penalty Box" Bethany Rooney Brian Bird April 8, 2001 (2001-04-08)

Star hockey player, Jeff McHenry, a senior at the exclusive St. Crispin’s prep school enjoys the privileged lifestyle afforded to him by his father’s wealth. With his team on the heels of the playoffs and his father’s financial support to attend Harvard, Jeff’s future seems secure. Jeff’s arrogance fuels a rivalry with teammate, Chase Jennings, and draws alliances from both on and off the ice rink. When Jeff’s substitute History teacher, Andrew, tries to teach his class about the St. Crispian’s Day speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V, it is clear that Jeff has never understood or practiced the humility that made Henry V a great leader. Jeff’s mettle is tested when a bad investment bankrupts his father. Jeff painfully accepts his transfer to a public school, but is allayed by his father’s assurance that his college tuition is safe. Jeff’s adjustment to the socially and economically diverse Eastside High proves to be a difficult one. He refuses Monica’s invitation, as the interim hockey coach, to join the team. His disparaging remarks about the last placed team, alienates the players. That night, Jeff attends a St. Crispin’s house party and discovers that he is no longer part of that social circle. Even more distressing, is the circulating news that his father’s financial troubles have forced him to tap into his college fund. Realizing his need for an athletic scholarship, Jeff joins the Eastside team in the hopes of impressing a Harvard scout. Jeff’s rigorous and punishing practices are in opposition with Monica’s good-natured coaching. Monica questions Jeff’s incessant determination to go to Harvard and learns that it is part of his fulfillment of his deceased mother’s dream. Jeff dismisses Monica’s advice that his character determines who he is, not the name of his school. At the last game of the year, Eastside vs. St. Crispin, Jeff faces off with his school rival, Chase. Jeff tells his teammates that their only chance of winning is for him to shoulder the offense. Jeff’s talents and selfish play are unable to overcome the dominating St. Crispin’s team. With only few minutes left and Eastside is being shut out 3-0, Jeff’s frustration mounts. When Chase insults Jeff, a fight erupts and the two players receive penalties. A defeated Jeff buries his face in his hands only to look up to discover the entire arena has come to a standstill. Monica reveals herself as an angel and tells Jeff that although investments go bad and plans change, God’s love for him is constant. Monica tells Jeff that even though he made a promise to his dying mother, his mother is at a peace in God’s presence. But this game is Jeff’s chance to prove that he is a true leader. The arena becomes active and Jeff is released from the penalty box. He apologizes to his teammates and inspires them with a version of the St. Crispian’s day speech. Tess and Andrew, spectators at the game, direct the Harvard scout’s attention to Jeff. Working as a team, Eastide is able to score two quick goals. Their efforts fall short as time expires before the tying goal reaches past the goal line. Despite the loss, Jeff’s leadership skills impress the scout, who suggests that there might be an available scholarship for him next semester.

Guest Stars: Zachary Ty Bryan, Brian Gross and Adam Hendershott
163 20 "Band of Angels" Stuart Margolin Jennifer Wharton April 15, 2001 (2001-04-15)

Henry Baldwin is a blues musician who ownes a music store. One of his workers in the store, Alex, tries to steal a guitar but Henry catches him. As he goes to call the police, he is shot. In court he is found guilty of murder. Monica, Tess and Ronald work in the prison. Andrew is handling Alex's sentencing hearing and when it is over Alex is sentenced to 25 years without parole. Monica asks Alex if there is anything he would like done for him before he leaves to go to the state penetentiary and he wants someone to listen to his song. Ronald finds a place and the prison governor reluctantly agrees but Monica and Ronald are responsible. During the song, Alex overcome with emotion, leaves the venue. Ronald reveals to the other inmates himself as an angel and encourages them to pray. Monica confronts Alex telling him that the guitar he was going to steal was going to be his. After revealing herself as an angel, Monica tells Alex that Henry still wants to hear his song. As Alex is being transported, his other former inmates with Andrew, Tess, Monica and Ronald sing his song and open Henry's shop as a youth Center-"Henry's House".

Guest Stars: Plus One, Bill Cobbs, and Joel Grey
164 21 "The Sign of the Dove" Jeff Kanew Martha Williamson and Burt Pearl April 22, 2001 (2001-04-22)

The Sign of the Dove is a bar run by the Mason family. Tess reminds Andrew, on his day off not to disturb Monica and that there is no such thing as a day off. The proprietor of the bar, Ben Mason is getting married and Andrew needs to keep him from being killed in the explosion. A descendant of a runaway slave who becomes part of the Mason family is Nick, who runs a printing shop is going to set a bomb off. Tess arrives to tell Andrew he must attend to stop Nick blowing up the bomb. Adam is to take care of Ben. When Ben leaves for his wedding, he leaves at 4.40 but leaves the bible behind. When Andrew goes next door to speak to Nicholas, he finds that he is a descendent of Freeman Mason and he is given the 1856 50 cent piece.

Guest Stars: Larry Brandenburg, Thomas Calabro, Harry Danner, Scott Lawrence, Richard Lawson and Charles Rocket
165 22 "The Face of God" Victor Lobl Glenn Berenbeim April 29, 2001 (2001-04-29)

The leader of human genetics, Dr. Sarah Conover, who is on the verge of human breakthrough, who's also the first to clone a human being. She has a headstrong pursuit, whose personality has been face with strong opposition from her boss, Brad Renslow, who asks her about human cloning, as does Monica, who receives another picture of the exploring scientist with the account of his final moments with Tess and Andrew. Faced with his own death, which will happen, Albert Einstein was very anxious to value the beauty that God established, rather than pretending to prolong his own life. Monica’s story is interrupted by the arrival of the candidates for Sarah’s project.

Guest Stars: Jake Dinwiddie and James Eckhouse
166 23 "Netherlands" Kevin Dowling Story by: Martha Williamson
Teleplay by: Martha Williamson and Luke Schelhaas
May 6, 2001 (2001-05-06)

Monica works with the newly created Angel (Valerie Bertinelli), who has yet to be named. The Angel is apprehensive, wondering why Monica chooses to stay on Earth after experiencing the wonder of being in God's presence. It is Monica’s job to show Gloria how to use her heart. A young girl named Madeline approaches and explains that she comes to this business complex with her mother who's looking for work. The new Angel befriends Madeline who decides the new Angel's name to be "Gloria" from the hymn "Angels We Have Heard On High," a song in which Tess encourages Gloria to sing to Madeline. When a building explodes in front of their very eyes, they watch as not just one, but many Angels of death, arrive on the scene. Tess clarifies that Gloria has a quick mind, and Monica is suddenly struck by the large scale tragedy before her, and feels unprepared to show Gloria how to use her heart only for it to be broken. As Monica walks along the highway, a charismatic man offers to give her a lift. But Monica recognizes this is no ordinary mortal, but Satan, who has taken on human form to tempt Monica.

Guest Stars: Valerie Bertinelli and Mandy Patinkin
167 24 "Shallow Water: Part 1" Peter H. Hunt Story by: Martha Williamson and Burt Pearl
Teleplay by: Burt Pearl
May 13, 2001 (2001-05-13)

Perched on a rocky peak above a vast canyon, Monica reflects on her previous temptation by Satan and her triumphant return to God’s grace. Monica is at a loss for words trying to describe the new gift God has given her. Tess explains that God has blessed her with the ability to see humans “from the inside out”, to see the past and how it has changed the present. Monica begins sensing the joyful sounds and images of the Winslow family as they were three years ago. Tess reminds Monica to patiently allow the events connected with the wreckage to unfold. Monica gradually retraces the history of the Winslow’s to the present day. Meanwhile, Diana Winslow continues her therapy under the counsel of psychiatrist Rebecca Markham, to uncover the painful memory she has suppressed. Diana says she has prayed for an angel to help her reunite her family and reconnect her son Danny with the other relatives. Believing that Diana’s faith in God has hampered her progress, Rebecca tries to refocus Diana on the events leading to her memory lapse. Diana fondly recalls the last time the family toured and how they worked on the song “Shallow Water”, composed by her talented brother-in-law Jed. Diana confesses that the beginning of the family breakup was caused by her headstrong father-in-law’s (Carter) refusal to allow Jed to sing his song, preferring his more charismatic son, Joshua. When Monica shockingly discovers the truth of the tragic accident, she goes to see Diana. Diana introduces Monica as the angel she has been praying for. Rebecca is indifferent to Monica’s presence, believing that she is just a concerned friend. Diana continues her recollection of the past, describing how she conspired for Jed to sing “Shallow Water” without Carter’s permission. Despite the audience’s praise, Carter was unable to forgive the deception and directed his anger at Jed. Jed’s refusal to board the bus to the next city on tour is the last thing Diana can remember and it is the impasse that Rebecca has not been able to help Diana cross. Rebecca privately suggests to Monica that a reunion with Jedidiah will help Diana overcome her denial of the traumatic experience. Monica agrees with Rebecca and follows her investigation to Jed’s whereabouts in Georgia. Tess and Monica are surprised to find out that the man they have tracked down is not Diana’s brother-in-law, but an African-American preacher with the same name. Believing that the journey has not been an accident, Monica convinces the preacher and his sister, Cynthia, to return with her to see Diana. Cynthia is shocked to discover that Diana, a patient at a mental health facility, believes her son is still alive and continues to be at her side.

Guest Stars: Delta Burke, Randy Travis, Faye Dunaway, John Schneider, Rue McClanahan, Keb' Mo', Bill Gaither and Gloria Gaither
168 25 "Shallow Water: Part 2" Peter H. Hunt Martha Williamson and Burt Pearl May 20, 2001 (2001-05-20)

Cynthia and J.D. meet with Diana Winslow, who is still in denial that her son, Danny, is dead. Monica goes to the long-term acute care center where Carter and Lila wait with their son, Joshua, who lies unconscious on life support. Monica hopes that they might be able to help her locate their other son, Jed, in order to help Diana remember what happened the night of the accident. Carter doesn’t know where Jed is and wants nothing to do with him. But Lila feels differently and admits that perhaps Diana is right — that this family needs a reunion. Acting on a tip from Lila, Monica drives J.D. and Cynthia to Memphis in search of Jed. They follow the sound of a man singing until they finally find Jed on a street corner, dirty and disheveled, some spare change in his guitar case from passersby. Monica asks J.D. to convince Jed to return home to Nashville and begin the healing process. J.D. tells Monica he’s no good at preaching, but Monica tells him to reach out to Jed through music. As Dr. Markham predicated, when Diana sees Jed for the first time since the accident, the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place. Dr. Markham facilitates as Diana remembers the accident. In flashback, we see Diana awaken to find the bus has crossed the yellow center line into oncoming traffic. She shouts to awaken the driver who has fallen asleep at the wheel, but he doesn’t respond. The others awaken, horrified, as the bus plunges over the embankment and sinks into the lake. Dr. Markham helps Diana stay with the moment as she cradles her son Danny’s lifeless body in her arms. Diana returns to her son’s gravesite with her family where she is finally able to acknowledge his death and say goodbye. Jed speaks with his mother and admits that while he never stopped believing in God, he feels further away than ever. Privately, Dr. Markham tells Monica that she feels that Diana needs to overcome her “God obsession” in order to fully recover. Dr. Markham helps Diana begin dealing with her grief, but warns her against trying to do too much too soon. But Diana is determined to bring her family together and assures Dr. Markham that she may have lost her mind, but she never lost her faith. Diana tries to get Carter to agree to a family reunion, but he refuses to leave Joshua’s bedside. But Diana won’t give up, urging him to forgive Jed and to let go of Joshua. Monica reveals herself as an angel and explains that while Josh is brain-dead, his spirit is alive. One by one, Josh (in spirit) tells his family what they need to know to let go and move on with their lives. Monica tells Carter that after singing about revival for the past thirty-five years, the time has come to live it. The Winslow’s return to the lake where it all began and Jed and Carter make their peace. Carter admits that deep down, he blames himself for the accident, because he lost his temper and made them drive all night. J.D. then takes his cue from Jed to re-baptize the family in the lake. The family then gathers to take Joshua off life support as Andrew escorts him to Heaven. As Monica and Dr. Markham part ways, Dr. Markham acknowledges the possibility that she, too, has grown from this experience.

Guest Stars: Delta Burke, Randy Travis, Faye Dunaway, John Schneider, Rue McClanahan, Keb' Mo', Bill Gaither, and Gloria Gaither


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