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Touched by an Angel
Genre Fantasy
Drama
Created by John Masius
Starring Roma Downey
Della Reese
John Dye
Valerie Bertinelli
Theme music composer Marc Lichtman
Opening theme "Walk With You" performed by Della Reese
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 212 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Martha Williamson
Producer(s) David Giella
Luke Schelhaas
Robert Visciglia Jr.
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Productions
Caroline Productions
Moon Water Productions
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21) – April 27, 2003 (2003-04-27)
Status Ended
Chronology
Related shows Promised Land

Touched by an Angel is an American Christian drama series that chronicles the missions of a group of angels sent by God. Created by John Masius and produced by Martha Williamson [1], the series aried on CBS for nine seasons, from September 21, 1994 to April 27, 2003, and aired in many countries all around the world. Regular production was based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show stars Roma Downey and Della Reese as an angel and a boss, who helped God direct life. The show's premise was based heavily on non-denominational Christian concepts. During its run, it was one of the highest-rated shows on CBS, and acquired a substantial fan base.

While John Masius is credited with creating Touched by an Angel, the series as produced was substantially different from the pilot Masius wrote, which never aired.[2] Masius' script emphasized human suffering, and the angel Monica confides that God toys with humans for sport.[3] Dissatisfied with the direction Masius was taking the series, CBS then brought in executive producer Martha Williamson, an evangelical Christian who made the show what it eventually became.[4]

Contents

Plot

The show usually revolves around a person or group of people who come to a crossroad in their lives, such as a big problem or a tough decision. Then angels enter the scene, bringing messages directly from God and helping people in their problems. Monica, the main angel character, is always learning how to assist humans with their needs and questions.

In the series premiere, bold supervisor Tess (played by Gospel singer, actress and pastor Della Reese) guides Monica (played by Roma Downey) on her first assignment as a case worker after being promoted from search and rescue.

Series finale

The series finale shows Monica, who is up for promotion, defending Zack, an innocent drifter accused of blowing up a school full of children. The prosecutor is actually the Devil, played by David Ogden Stiers. Despite Monica's best efforts, Zack is convicted.

Visiting him in the prison, Monica offers herself to be his guardian angel for the rest of his life, protecting him from the dangers of the federal prison.

Later the citizens find out the truth: it was the prosecutor who blew up the school and framed Zack. Monica makes the citizens see that there's still hope to rebuild the life in the town and helps them to free themselves of the anger.

Before Zack can be sent to jail, however, he disappears. Monica then finds out that Zack was actually God. Defending Him was a test, and she succeeds: according to His words, "Greater love hath no person nor angel than to give her life for another." He continues, "Well done, good and faithful servant!" These two lines have been considered the most explicit Gospel message of all the series. The first line almost directly quotes Jesus' words ("Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.") in John 15:13. The second directly quotes His words in Matthew 25:21. Monica earns her promotion,but before she goes Home, she bids farewell to Andrew and Gloria. Andrew gives her a pocketwatch "to remember all the good times we had". Tess hands Monica the keys to the red Cadillac convertible that the pair had received as a thank-you gift in the series premiere, and Monica is shown driving away as the camera pans out over the desert.

Episodes

Cast

Regular cast and character descriptions

Monica (Roma Downey): Monica is the main character of the show. Sweet and tender, she was promoted from the Search and Rescue department to become a caseworker, with Tess, to help people, delivering them a message of hope from God. She also has a weakness for coffee, especially mocha lattes. Downey's natural accent, of Northern Ireland, was used throughout the show, with one episode focusing on The Troubles of her homeland.

Tess (Della Reese): Tess is the second protagonist of the show and Monica's angelic supervisor. Sometimes tough but always compassionate, she would eventually brighten everyone's spirits by singing with her melodic voice. A red Cadillac convertible and a dog were both given to her, both of which she values dearly, and an iguana, from Petey who is dying from Cystic fibrosis, which she tolerates. She is very frank and honest about the truth and usually tells people what they have to hear, not what they want to hear. She constantly refers to Monica as "Angel Girl" and "Ms. Wings." She also refers to Andrew as "Angel Boy" or "Mr. Halo". Although she consistently refuses to let Monica drive the Cadillac, she hands over the keys when Monica is promoted in the series finale.

Andrew (John Dye, 1996–2003, seasons 2–9): Andrew became a show regular in the third season. He was promoted from caseworker to an Angel of Death in 1865, but often works in both job areas during the show's run. As an Angel of Death, his job is to stay with and bring comfort to the dying and eventually brings them Home to Heaven. While the only time Andrew dreads his assignments is when he has to attend suicide or a child's murder, he still loves his job very much. He usually gets offended when he is personified as the grim reaper, who he portrays as a stereotype for death.

Gloria (Valerie Bertinelli, 2001–2003, seasons 8–9): Gloria is an inexperienced angel, because she was created by God during one of Monica's assignments (in the seventh season). But she's highly intelligent and constantly learns new things, like human strength and weakness. She's good with technology as well. Although initially shy, she adds a lot of humor to the show.

Recurring roles

  • Alexis Cruz – Rafael (16 episodes), one of the "specialty angels" called in from time to time
  • Paul Winfield – Sam (13 episodes), a senior supervisor at a rank above Tess
  • Charles Rocket – Adam (10 episodes), the first featured angel of death, too tender-hearted to kill a Thanksgiving turkey, and who makes regular appearances in season one and occasionally later in the series.
  • Hudson Leick – Celeste (2 episodes), featured in Angel of Death and Labor of Love.
  • Bill Cosby – Phil (2 episodes), the Angel of Reconciliation
  • Tara Reid – Jamie (2 episodes), cast as a virginal skating star.
  • Jasmine Guy – Kathleen, Monica's arch-nemesis, an angel and former cohort of Monica's who had turned to the side of the Devil. Kathleen's assignments usually involved trying to somehow derail Monica's assignments, but although she came dangerously close to succeeding more than once, Monica always triumphed in the end. Eventually Kathleen was "demoted" for failing in that mission one too many times, and Monica invited her to return to the side of God.
  • Chris Burke – Taylor (2 episodes), an angel with apparent Down Syndrome
  • Scott Wilkinson – D.A. John Tipton / Surgeon / others (8 episodes)
  • Randy Travis – Wayne / Jed Winslow (7 episodes)
  • Wynonna Judd – Audrey (3 episodes)
  • Patty Duke – Jean (3 episodes)
  • Keb Mo' – Isaac, the Angel of Music (2 episodes), In 1999 Keb' Mo' portrayed the character Isaac, the Angel of Music, in the episode "Then Sings My Soul" of the television series Touched By an Angel. He performed "Hand It Over" from his 1996 release Just Like You, in the 2002 episode "Remembering Me: Part 2". He also appeared as J. D. Winslow in the 2001 episode "Shallow Water" where he performed his song "God Trying to Get Your Attention" from his album Slow Down.

The show featured different guest actors in each episode.

Special guest stars

Ratings

During its last season, Touched went from its 22 million viewers to 8.1 million, possibly due to the show being on a Saturday night, a slow night in primetime.

US weekly ratings

Episode Number Season Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Overall)
66 4 "Great Expectations" 15.1 23 TBA 22.65 TBA
82 4 "Breaking Bread" 14.5 23 TBA 21.71 TBA
115 5 "Fighting the Good Fight" 13.2 TBA TBA 19.80 #8
121 6 "The Letter" TBA TBA TBA 12.28 #5
122 6 "Til Death Do Us Part" TBA TBA TBA 13.15 #7
126 6 "Then Sings My Soul" 12.2 18 TBA 18.50 #9
128 6 "Millenium" TBA TBA TBA 14.32 #4
129 6 "With God as My Witness" TBA TBA TBA 12.62 #12
133 6 "The Perfect Game" TBA 19 TBA 12.39 #11
138 6 "Living the Rest of My Life" TBA TBA TBA 12.20 #9
139 6 "Stealing Hope" TBA TBA TBA 9.97 #10
142 6 "Mother's Day" 11.3 20 TBA 16.95 #13
143 6 "Pandora's Box" 11.6 18 TBA TBA #11
148 7 "Finger of God" TBA TBA TBA 10.55 #17
150 7 "God Bless the Child" 6.6 TBA TBA 9.90 #18
154 7 "Mi Familia" 7.6 TBA TBA 11.50 #20
159 7 "Winners, Losers, and Leftovers" 7.0 TBA TBA 10.50 #18
161 7 "Visions of Thy Father" 6.4 TBA TBA 9.60 #20
162 7 "The Penalty Box" TBA TBA TBA 8.92 #19
163 7 "Band of Angels" 6.2 TBA TBA 9.30 #13
164 7 "The Sign of the Dove" 6.3 TBA TBA 9.30 #23
178 8 "Angels Anonymous" TBA TBA TBA 14.64 #17
179 8 "A Winter Carol" TBA TBA TBA 9.08 #52
200 9 "The Christmas Watch" 4.8 9 1.5/4 6.95 #64
212 9 "I Will Walk With You (Part 2)" 8.9 15 TBA 12.90 TBA

US seasonal ratings

Season
Number
TV Season Time Slot Viewers
(millions)
Rank
(Overall)
1 1994–1995 Wednesday 9:00 pm TBA #78
2 1995–1996 Saturday 9:00 pm TBA #34[5]
3 1996–1997 Sunday 8:00 pm 13.19 #10[6]
4 1997–1998 Sunday 8:00 pm 13.97 #6[7]
5 1998–1999 Sunday 8:00 pm 13.02 #8[8]
6 1999–2000 Sunday 8:00 pm 17.19 #9[9][10]
7 2000–2001 Sunday 8:00 pm TBA #24[11]
8 2001–2002 Saturday 8:00 pm 8.3 #79[12]
9 2002–2003 Saturday 8:00 pm 7.61 #86

Music

Della Reese performed the theme song to Touched By An Angel, "Walk With You." A full-length version of "Walk With You," recorded with the Verity All-Stars, was included on the show's soundtrack album, which was released in November 1998[13] and went platinum. The album came out on the heels of the episode Psalm 151, broadcast November 15, 1998, which starred Wynonna Judd as the mother of a terminally ill boy and featured a guest performance by Céline Dion of "Love Can Move Mountains" (the boy's best friend, played by Mika Boorem, was a huge fan of Dion's and even nicknamed herself Celine). Dion recorded a new version of "Love Can Move Mountains" (originally a #36 Pop hit in 1993 from her self-titled second English album) with gospel group God's Property for the soundtrack. The song Judd's character performed at the end of the episode, "Testify To Love," was also featured on the soundtrack album, as was Wynonna's cover of Whitney Houston's "You Were Loved" (from Houston's movie The Preacher's Wife). "Testify To Love" was also a Contemporary Christian radio hit for the group Avalon.

The soundtrack album, Touched by an Angel: The Album, was composed of other songs featured on the show that season, including tracks by Shawn Colvin, Bob Dylan, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, and Jaci Velasquez. One other track from the album, "Somebody's Out There Watching," was a moderate country hit for The Kinleys, and Amanda Marshall's "Believe In You" was a hit on Canadian adult contemporary radio.

In Season 4 episode "Redeeming Love", Monica asks the Choir of Angels for help by which they begin the sing "God is my Redeemer" by Roger Thrower.

Awards and nominations

Syndication

In the United States, the show has been seen on the Hallmark Channel since 2003.

DVD releases

Paramount/CBS DVD have released the first 4 seasons of Touched by an Angel on DVD in Region 1. Seasons 3 and 4 have been split into 2 volumes because of multiple Promised Land crossovers.

CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment announced that they have moved on to single-disc "best-of" releases. Each set will feature a selection of episode favorites. Each set will contain a collection of episode favorites.

In Region 4, independent Australian distributor Shock Records has begun to release the seasons on DVD. Thus far they have released three volumes which feature episodes from the first two seasons.

DVD Name Ep # Region 1
The Complete 1st Season 13 August 31, 2004
The Complete 2nd Season 22 May 3, 2005
The 3rd Season, Vol 1 16 February 7, 2006
The 3rd Season, Vol 2 14 November 28, 2006
The 4th Season, Vol 1 13 March 27, 2007
The 4th Season, Vol 2 13 December 4, 2007
The Inspiration Collection: Holiday 4 November 10, 2009
The Inspiration Collection: Hope 4 November 10, 2009
The Inspiration Collection: Faith 4 January 26, 2010
The Inspiration Collection: Love 4 January 26, 2010

In popular culture

  • MADtv aired a sketch titled "Touched by an Atheist" (featuring well-known atheist George Carlin) that showed the angels and Carlin disputing the existence of God at a dying man's bedside. The sketch also poked fun at the well-publicized salary discrepancy between Reese and Downey.
  • In the Supernatural episode "Houses of the Holy," Dean makes several references to Touched by an Angel while mocking Sam's belief in angels.

References

External links


Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

There's no such thing as late. Destiny picks its own time.
That's the spice of life, I think. Everyone's on a different schedule...

Touched By An Angel (19942003) was an American television series, airing on CBS, about four angels that take human form on Earth, coming into people's lives to remind them that God loves them.

Contents

Season 1

Southbound Bus [1.1]

Monica: [About humans] How do they do it, Tess? They get up every morning and start all over again. Takes a lot of courage to do that. And they don't even know what we know.
Tess: God help 'em!

Tess: [Parting advice for Monica's first experience in human form] Don't start eating everything you see. Now I spend my first assignment as a food tester for one of the Caesars. Look at me. It takes a century to take it off.

Tess: You must be little David.
David: I'm not little.
Tess: Well, I never saw adults with dinosaurs on their underwear before.

Monica: (getting off the bus, sees an angry Tess) Now, before you say anything---
Tess: Don't tell me what to say or when, Miss Wings. I want to know what you're doin' here!
Monica: Well, I just thought...
Tess: That's where you made your first mistake. Did I tell you to think north? No, I distinctly remember telling you to get on the bus and go north. GO north. Now, you get your little angel butt back to the city, and take care of business.
Monica: But I am. I'm helping David.
Tess: You were told to stay close to David. That's what he needs.
Monica: What David needs is his mother, and all of a sudden my instincts were kicking in, and...
Tess: Wait just a minute. Let me see if I understand you correctly. You want me to go back to the Creator of the Universe, the Alpha, the Omega, the Great I Am and explain that the words of the Almighty were disobeyed because Monica's instincts kicked in?

Ruth Ann: [when asked to accompany Monica to the Dead Dog Saloon] I hate those places. All the noise, the smoke, the crowds and that's just in the ladies room.

Monica: What happened last night was my fault and I'm sorry. I thought you were someone else.
Ruth Ann: Yeah. For a moment, so did I.
Monica: You can change all this running.
Ruth Ann: I guess. I just don't feel ready. Monica, it was nice meeting you but if you don't mind, I'd just soon you forget you ever saw me, all right?
Monica: You don't know what you're doing.
Ruth Ann: I'm doing the best I can.
Monica: If you change your mind and you need help, just ask for it. It will be there. Believe it.

Christine: There isn't a single night that I don't lie in bed and ask myself: Did Katie cry and I didn't hear? Did I turn the television up too loud? Why didn't I just walk into the room and kiss her goodnight again?
Monica: It's time to forgive yourself.
Christine: I can't.
Monica: I'll help you. I'm an angel. [Christine refuses and wants to drive away only to find that there is no car] I'll give it back, I promise. Really, I am an angel.
Christine: You're an angel?! You're an angel, so what?! What are you doing here now? Where the hell were you a year ago? Where was the angel when my baby died alone in her crib? Why didn't an angel come down and take me out of my bed and drag me into that nursery? Why didn't an angel dial 911 for me? Where the hell was the damn angel then?!! Oh, God, why did you send an angel? [Breaks down in tears]
Monica: [Embraces her] Christine, there was an angel with your baby that night. That's what she was there for. And it's the same angel who's with her right now and forever. God loves you, Christine. So much you can't even imagine. And so do I.
Christine: But you understand if I just said I wanted to get out of here.
Monica: No. But then again, we don't understand everything.
Christine: It's not that I don't love him, you know. I do. That's why I stay away.
Monica: Love doesn't hide, Christine. It stays and fights. It goes the distance. That's why God made love so strong so it can carry you all the way home.

Monica: What I want to know is why did You give me a heart if You didn't want me to follow it? Love doesn't hide, that's what You said. It hopes all things, it endures all things, it never fails, it stays and it fights. That's what I'm fighting with now. I love that little boy. Please, if I messed things up, please help me to put them back on track. Don't let that child spend one more minute without his mother and don't let his father spend one more lonely night. Please. Please help me. Please.

Monica: It worked. Thank God it worked.
Tess: What'd you do?
Monica: I did something really radical, Tess. I prayed.
Tess: Now you know that's dangerous. But if you think that gets you out of that little mess of yours, you got another thing coming.
Monica: Oh, c'mon! Admit it. I pulled it off.
Tess: You and who else?

Show Me The Way Home [1.2]

Monica: [while practicing baseball] Are you sure this is how it's done?
Tess: You are speaking to the angel who told the Babe which way to point. And you know who kept Kirk Gibson in that locker room 'til he was ready to hit that home run?

Tess: He's got a temper the size of Montana, this coach. But the wind is changing. A mighty storm is rising. And the rains are about to fall hard on that man. And he's going to need an angel to hold the umbrella.
Monica: Me.

Monica: It seems to me that encouragement goes a lot farther with a person than yelling.
Coach Earl: Losers get encouragement. Winners get coached. [To his team] C'mon, guys.
Monica: That's funny. I thought you caught a lot more fleas with honey.
Tess: [whispers] Flies.
Monica: Flies.

Earl: You gotta drink what you toast or it doesn't work.
Monica: [Holding a bottle of tabasco sauce] Coach, don't tell me you're superstitious.
Tess: Malicious is more like it.

Earl: They let down their guard for one minute or they got sloppy for an instant, that's the opening the enemy is waiting for and bingo! They're dead.
Monica: But this is baseball. These are kids playing against kids, not the enemy.
Earl: No difference. Today it's baseball. Someday it'll be something else. Kids gotta learn to fight to win in a job or..
Monica: Or in a war?.... So that's how it happened. In a war. You got sloppy and you got hurt. Are you really trying to save these kids from the same thing? Or do you just need someone to pay for it?

Monica: Sometimes we have to stand up and fight for what we believe in. And sometimes, it takes even more courage to stay put. To hold your ground and refuse to be bullied.
Peter: It doesn't always stop it.
Monica: No. It doesn't change the bully. But it changes you.

Tess: I told you he needed an umbrella but I didn't tell you to hit him on the head with it.
Monica: I know. I got angry.
Tess: Well, anger's not so bad. You just gotta be careful where you put it. So now you're sitting out here contemplating the infinite, huh?
Monica: And what it takes to run it. [sigh] I can't see the plan, Tess. I know I'm supposed to be doing something but I don't know what. He said so many awful things.
Tess: You see, that anger's clouding his brain. Forget what he said. What did you hear?
Monica: I heard fear. Fear that his life has been a waste. He knows that he's dying. And he knows that he's dying by himself.
Tess: Oh, honey, we all die by ourselves. It's living by ourselves that hurts. What is he leaving behind that will last?
Monica: I don't know.
Tess: Some of our best living is done by the people we leave behind.

Monica: [the day of the big game] Tess, any last minute pointers?
Tess: Well, same thing I told the Babe. Hit far and run fast.
Monica: That's it?
Tess: Well, I never got any complaints outta him.

Earl: You know, until last night, I was afraid of this. Dying.
Monica: Until last night, you weren't really living.

Tough Love [1.3]

Monica: [Sniffing coffee] Wow! This smells incredible, Tess.
Tess: Honey, will you wake up and stop smelling the coffee? Sooner or later, you gotta drink it. It's like life. You never really know how good it is until you taste it. And all coffee doesn't taste the same.
Monica: What's espresso? I always hear about espresso.
Tess: Strong and bitter. Some people like it like that: straight ahead, rich, undeluded. There's another side to an espresso kind of life. Heartburn. That's the price you pay for all that flavour.
Monica: You make it sound so dangerous.
Tess: Well, I've had my flings with danger. But my favorite is a good ol' cup of Joe: straight ahead, honest, no camouflage. 'Cause when you try to hide what's underneath, you end up feeling miserable.

Elizabeth: Want a drink?
Monica: Oh, I'd love a cup of non-fat decaf mocha latte with a little nutmeg on the side.... Or a cup of Joe?
Elizabeth: I got iced tea.
Monica: Well, I haven't worked up to tea yet but how about a nice cup of water?

[At dinner with her daughter Sydney and granddaughter Beth]
Elizabeth: I think the last lover I had in Rome was a New Wave director. Now what was his name?
Sydney: For Heaven's sake, Mother!
Elizabeth: Don't give me that holier-than-thou pious look of yours, Sydney. When was the last time you had a lover? Might do you some good, you know.
Monica: [interjecting] A good brisk walk in the morning always does me a lot of good.

[As Sydney and Beth leave]
Monica: Sydney, I'm sorry. I didn't realize.
Sydney: What?
Monica: That your mother has a drinking problem.
Sydney: My mother doesn't have a drinking problem. My mother is an alcoholic.

Sydney: Do you have any idea what it's like to watch your own mother self-destruct? I love her. She's...She's my mother but I've given up.
Monica: No! You must never give up, Sydney.
Sydney: You know... You know what the really hard thing is? It's that..I know. I know what I need to do. I know what it's gonna take. It's just I can't do it alone.
Monica: Well, then. I'll help you.

Monica: Why didn't you tell me from the start?
Tess: Well, when you met Elizabeth, you made friends with a very strong and talented and interesting woman. If you had known then what you know today, you might have just seen the alcoholic and not the woman. And that's who we love and that's who we wanna help.
Monica: But she doesn't want any help.
Tess: Then it's up to you to help her want it.
Monica: This could take years.
Tess: You got somewhere to go?
Monica: Tess, it's awful watching her destroy herself like this.
Tess: Well, think how it looks to her.

Elizabeth: And here it is. The pin from my ejection seat.
Monica: The pilot gave this to you?
Elizabeth: Honey, we lost two wheels in ground fire. There was no way I was going to try to land that thing. He thought it was the least I deserved.

Monica: God loves you.
Elizabeth: Why?
Monica: Because you're Elizabeth. Not Elizabeth the journalist or the prizewinner or the alcoholic but because you're you. God loves you. Elizabeth, this is not who you were created to be. You spent your whole life running and running and trying so hard to catch up to something that was never there for you. But all you've done was go farther and farther away from that precious love that is always there for you. Now you've almost lost that completely.
Elizabeth: [Incomprehensibly, in tears] I'm sorry. I'm sorry! Oh, God, I'm so sorry!! What am I gonna do?
Monica: You just did it.

Tess: Any marimba playing going on in there?
Monica: Beautiful music, Tess. Beautiful music.
Tess: That's gonna be some kind of interesting book of memoirs she's gonna write.
Monica: Right. It'll be worth waiting for.
Tess: It always is, baby. It always is.

Fallen Angela [1.4]

Monica: I'm afraid of the water.
Tess: Say that again?
Monica: I never had to work near lakes and oceans. I always asked to be excused from those and I was. Bad memories of the Flood, I guess.
Tess: This is ridiculous! What is the first thing an angel says? "Fear not. Be not afraid. Except for large bodies of water." Is that it?
Monica: I know there's nothing to be afraid of. I know it doesn't make any sense.
Tess: Well, actually, it makes good sense now. The thing you're terrified of is something she loves.
Monica: Who?
Tess: Your next assignment, Angela Evans. She's fighting a terrible fear. The kind that comes in the night and whispers in your ear 'til dawn and then sends you running to the sea just to get the voices to quit for a little while. But Angela's voices won't quit. Not until her own voice drowns them out.

Angela: I love your accent. You must be from the old country, huh?
Monica: Yes, Very, very old.

Tess: People only carry on in the dark when they don't want you to see what they're doing.

Angela: Let me tell you something, Lundy. I lived with my father my whole life and I never knew him because he was too afraid to get to know me. Don't make the same mistake he did.

Angela: It's funny. You seem to have all this wisdom but you don't know how to make a cup of coffee.
Monica: That's the spice of life, I think. Everyone's on a different schedule. Maybe this is the night I'm supposed to learn how to make coffee. And maybe this is the night you're supposed to tell Carter the truth.

Monica: Something's happening to me, Tess. I'm afraid.
Tess: Like being afraid of the sea? Sometimes we're afraid of what we can't control. But Angela is going to make her decision to let her secret free or to bury it deeper.
Monica: I wish I could make that decision for her.
Tess: That's not what love does.
Monica: I've never had a friend before.
Tess: And what am I? Chopped liver?
Monica: You know what I mean. The more I get to know about human beings, the more I get to know about myself.

Angela: You saved me. Are you...?
Monica: I am an angel.
Angela: Like... Like a real angel? Sent by...?
Monica: Sent by God.
Angela: I knew there was something about you. Something so strong. Something so fearless. Something...Something I wanted to be. [Starts to cry]
Monica: Shh...Look at me. Look at me, Angela. You are strong. You had the courage to make a sacrifice to save someone that you loved. And you taught me a lesson today. That love erases fear. For when I saw you out there, I would have dived into the deepest ocean to bring you back.
Angela: It might not have been such a good idea.
Monica: You made the choice, Angela. You want to live. You just don't want to live like this.
Angela: But I can't change the past....Can you?
Monica: [Shakes her head] But all you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And it is this moment right now that you can choose to make everything new.
Angela: You know something about almost dying?
Monica: No. actually, I don't.
Angela: All of a sudden, there's not a whole lot more to be afraid of.

Tess: Well, we all have our little idiosyncracies. You don't like water and I'm not much on patience.

Monica: You know, Tess, sometimes you can be really pushy.
Tess: That's what friends are for.

Cassie's Choice [1.5]

I'm a floater. I go where I'm needed.
Tess; People are too busy to meet themselves anymore. Everybody's faxing and modeming and on-lineing and inputing and downloading. You don't like it? Change the channel. Push the button: Escape. Delete. You know, you can say anything to anybody anywhere in the world in seconds. But it still takes as much time as it ever took to know a soul or mend a broken heart or give birth to a child. Even in this world of change, some things don't. And children like her get lost in the in-between.

Joanne: I never had a grandchild before. It's just a little tough to get one and lose one all on the same day.

Monica: [Witnessing a birth] I've never seen it from this side before. Oh, isn't it something?
Doctor: How long have you been working on OD? I haven't seen you around here before.
Monica: I've been working upstairs.

[When Craig, the boyfriend, arrives]
Cassie: Shannon, we need some privacy.
Shannon: Oh, right. Just remember privacy got you into this.

Cassie: I know I'm not supposed to see the baby because then I won't want to give her up and the baby won't want to go either. But all I can think of is how down that hall, there's a part of me I may never see again. What's it gonna be like in 20 years from now if I never saw her? What's it gonna be like if I did? What should I do?
Monica: Cassie, that's a decision that only you can make. But I believe that if you truly make that decision out of nothing but love, it'll be a decision you can live with.

Cassie: What kind of nurse are you? Aren't you a little far from the hospital?
Monica: I'm a floater. I go where I'm needed.

Monica: Tess, what am I supposed to be doing with Cassie? Am I supposed to get her to go back to the Feldmans? Or am I supposed to help her keep her baby?
Tess: You're supposed to help her become a good mother.

Cassie: How am I gonna take care of her? I never knew being a mother would feel like this. It's so...every moment. I'm just a kid. I'm not a good mother.
Monica: Oh, Cassie, you are a good mother because you know what it is to love your baby more than yourself.
Cassie: But how do I know the Feldmans are the right parents for her?
Monica: No one knows the future, Cassie. I can tell you this. Your daughter's going to have a wonderful life. She's going to have freckles just like you. And she'll have skinned knees and maybe a broken arm but she'll win the fourth grade spelling bee and become president of her sophomore class. And she'll fall in love... a few times. And Cassie, she'll play the violin in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Cassie: How-How do you know all that?
Monica: Because I'm an angel.
Cassie: You mean like a psychic or something?
Monica: [Chuckles] No, this is not a prediction, Cassie. It's a message. Do you remember when you were a child and you used to pray at night: "Please, God, let me make beautiful music"? Well, that prayer will be answered for generations to come because the beautiful music, it started with you.

Joanne: [To Cassie] You made your decision. The Feldmans were there. Everything was planned. Except for how you'd feel. That's the only thing no one thought of.

The Heart Of The Matter [1.6]

Tess: Honey, you are plunging into the lion's den. You're dealing with a lawyer.

[When Charles found out he gave the money to the wrong person, he visits Robin again]
Charles: Am I to assume you purchased these items with the money we gave you yesterday?
Robin: Yes. It was incredible! All my life, I'd wanted to spend an entire day in a shoe store and not even look at the prices.
Charles: Well.... I'm afraid you're going to have to give those back.
Robin: Yeah, I know. They make my calves look really fat.

Charles: How could one person buy so many shoes, so many UGLY shoes?
Robin: Probably because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no taste.

Monica: Tess, isn't it amazing the different ways people think of to protect their feet.
Tess: That's nothing. Look what they start thinking of when they start trying to protect their hearts.
Monica: Charles? Poor dear. I can't even see his heart from here.
Tess: Then you just gotta get closer.

[Trying to threaten Robin's ex-boyfriend]
Charles: You know, bookmaking is illegal.
Smoky: So's putting jerks in comas.

Tess: When are you going to learn to stop hearing and start listening, Miss Wings?

[At a disco, watching people dance]
Tess: [Cringing] I can't help but wonder which one of those kids I'm gonna see later in traction.
Monica: They're expressing themselves, Tess.
Tess: Whatever happened to the gavotte? And the minuet, you remember the minuet? 1-2-3, 1-2-3, bow and curtsey. Kept the hormones in a state of perpetual anticipation. That's my kind of thing. (Looks at Charles' dancing) 'Course, in his case, maybe he oughta do a little less anticipating and a little more expressing.

Tess: Nothing's really wrong with the man's heart. Except he's terrified of letting it out again.
Monica: Again?
Tess: Well, what if you ran away from home and nobody noticed?
Monica: What if you gave away your heart and nobody cared?

Monica: All your life, you've been afraid of life. And if you haven't convinced yourself that you were dying then you'd decide you're too fat or too short or too anything as long as it could convince you to hide. But God made you, Charles, and He knew what He was doing. You're not too anything, except almost too late.

An Unexpected Snow [1.7]

Monica: She's late.
Tess: There's no such thing as late. Destiny picks its own time.
Monica: What do I do when it happens, Tess?
Tess: Destiny doesn't happen. It arrives. And when it does, you either batten down the hatches and wait 'til it blows over or you swing open the gates and invite it in to supper.
Monica: I wish it had a way of showing itself so she'd know what she's dealing with.
Tess: [Slightly exasperated] Then it wouldn't be destiny.
Monica: And I wouldn't have a job?
Tess: You go, girl! Now you're getting it. [A wind blows] Hark.
Monica: Hark?
Tess: [Shrugs] I miss the old days.

[After Susanna and Megan nearly collide their cars into each other]
Susanna: Are you hurt?
Megan: That depends. Are you calling an ambulance or a lawyer?

Megan: Sanity's overrated.

Monica: Why do you suppose people take pictures?
Megan: Well, deep down, I think it's our way on declaring war on death. You take a picture of something and if it goes away, you still have a piece of it.
Monica: It seems to me that it's better to have all of it for a while than a piece of it forever.

Monica: This is what you call an unexpected snow. One moment, the sky is clear and the next moment, it's falling down. Now you can run inside and hide or you can become part of it and let it change you.

[About Adam's Thanksgiving "assignment", the turkey]'
Tess: You said you wanted to help out.
Adam: Yes, but it's a little like inviting an accountant to dinner and then asking him to balance your checkbook.

Megan: [To Jack] I always knew you had a wife. I just never realized you were married.

Megan: All this time I told myself we had something special. But tonight when he looked at me and walked up the stairs with her, I realized: "My God! I'm just the other woman." I'm his secret. He's been keeping me in a room I didn't even know I was in.
Monica: But you walked into that room all by yourself.
Megan: I did the one thing I swore I'd never do. It's just that... after a while, you spend enough nights alone, you go to too many other people's weddings and baby showers, you spend too many holidays at other people's houses and you want just a little piece of happiness forr yourself. Just for a while, you know. Just so that I could say someday that somebody wanted me. That somebody thought I was special.
Monica: Megan, wanting to love someone and wanting to be loved in return, these things are good and right. But wanting them from someone else's husband is wrong.
Megan: He's not supposed to be married! He's supposed to be with me! God's made a mistake.
Monica: No, when things get this ugly and painful, God has nothing to do with them.
Megan: Well, then I wish He'd tell me what to do now.
Monica: I think He's just about to. [It starts to snow] Megan, when you cry, God cries with you. But He can't wipe away your tears unless you let Him.
Megan: The road I took yesterday. It wasn't an accident. [Monica shakes her head] And this place...?
Monica: This house was created for you, for this night, this moment. Megan, I'm an angel and this is your unexpected snow.
Megan: Well, I can't! I can't give him up and I won't! You go tell that to God. Why can't He just let me have this?
Monica: Because there's better love for you.
Megan: Where?
Monica: I don't know where. And I don't know when. The only thing I do know is that the kind of love worth waiting for, you won't have to lie for or steal or keep it hidden in a box to visit on weekends.
Megan: Well, it may not be a great love but it's my love.
Monica: No, it isn't. It belongs to Susanna.

Tess: Brace yourself, Jack, 'cause I don't have a lot of time to pussyfoot around with you. I'm an angel sent by God. Now you can accept that or not but what you will accept when I'm finished is the concept of fidelity: lock, stock and barrel. Do I make myself clear? [Silence] I'll take that as a yes.
[Later, on the swing, in Jack's old honeymoon spot]
Jack: Pretty soon, we stopped finding things to talk about. And after a while, we just drifted apart.
Tess: When two people are on a journey, there will be miles when they fall silent. But that doesn't mean they shouldn't be travelling together.
Jack: The last time I sat on this swing, I was scared to death. Susanna was inside, asleep and I spent half the night just terrified that I've given my life over to another person. One person. Forever. Someone I loved so much that I just couldn't imagine her not being in my life. Maybe that's what scared me the most. I think that's finally why I had an affair. The more you invest in one person, the more you have to lose if you lose her.
Tess: So you just decided to spread your wonderful self all around, huh? Gave you an easy way out the back door, doesn't it?
Jack: I actually read about this at the dentist's office. It's called the male fear of death syndrome.
Tess: [Sarcastically] Oh, that's what you got?
Jack: That's what it feels like.
Tess: Well, get over it.
Jack: Look, I'm not proud of all this. But that journey that you're talking about? I just can't seem to find my way back to the road.
Tess: You stand up, honey. And you walk. And if you ever feel like straying again, remember this moment. You can always come back to this moment.

Manny [1.8]

The problem is most people think more about the name than the rose.
Monica: What difference does a name make? A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet, right?
Tess: Yeah, but the problem is most people think more about the name than the rose.

Amelia: Her references were impeccable, Barbara. She did all the biggest parties last year. You know the Polo Club Christmas Party? The big Charity Bazaar? Just seemed so nice too. Not the sort of person who'd just run off and leave you in the lurch while she goes somewhere to have appendicitis.

Amelia: Has my daughter-in-law explained the situation?
Monica: Yes, I understand that you're hosting a very large function here.
Amelia: Functions, my dear, are held at church basements. This is an event.

Monica: You know, I've been here two weeks and all I've had to do is to order the perfect chairs, the perfect flowers, the perfect napkins...
Tess: Patience is a virtue. Virtue is a grace. Put them all together and they make a happy face.
Monica: Tess, what am I doing here? The Founders Banquet is in two days. Once it's over, then what?
Tess: I think that's what everybody in this house is asking themselves. The people in this place have nothing to look forward to except the next big party or the next disappointment. Maybe something less than their idea of perfect is exactly what this house needs.

[Manny takes stethoscope and puts it to his chest]
Manny: Whoa!
Harrison: That's your heart, Manny.
Manny: It goes by itself? I don't even think about it.
Harrison: Yeah, it's called an involuntary muscle. You don't have to tell it when to go.
Manny: What tells it to stop?
Harrison: Um... I don't know. I guess God.
Manny: God told my mom's heart to stop when I was a kid?
Harrison: Sometimes hearts just get tired, Manny.
Manny: My heart gets tired every time I think about my mom.

[When Monica confronts Manny]
Monica: God loves you, Luis. And he has heard your prayer. You know, the one you say at night before you ask Him to give your mother a kiss.
Manny: Dios. He listens to me.
Monica: Now you have to do your part. You must tell the Archibalds the truth. God will take care of you. I promise He will.

Tess: Snobs aren't born. They're created.

Monica: Don't be afraid. I'm an angel.
Harrison: W-what does He have to say? God.
Monica: Well... [Listens] He says: "Big deal." So your name isn't Harrison Theobridge Archibald the IVth. Big deal. God loves you and He knows who you are no matter what your name is.
Harrison: I've been living my life as a lie.
Monica: Why? Would you have done anything different if your name had been Rohass? Would you have been any less of a person? Would you have loved Barbara less? Harrison, who you are is not your name or your family. Who you are is more essential than that. It comes from God. And what you make of yourself? That's what you give back to God.
Harrison: Maybe God knows who I am but...
Monica: I have something for you. [Shows him a photo he took with his mother, wife and Luis] This is a family. Not people who share a name or a lineage or a background. But people who belong together because they love each other.

[Looking at an old family portrait]
Barbara: I've never really liked that picture of the Colonel.
Amelia: That's too bad because I got such a good deal on him at the garage sale.

Fear Not [1.9]

People have been painting pictures and writing songs and making movies about Heaven and all ever since they could breathe. ...They never come close.
[In front of a painted glass window at the top of a small church]
Tess: People have been painting pictures and writing songs and making movies about Heaven and all ever since they could breathe. [Chuckles] They never come close.
[Monica performs a small miracle while they both watch the people going in. They observe a little girl going in singing]
Monica: Now, Serena's music. That comes pretty close to the real thing.
Tess: Yeah, she and Johann Sebastian have a lot in common. You give them a little glimpse of Heaven and they're off and singing. But some people, you can put Heaven right smack in front of 'em and they still can't see anything to sing about.

Tess: There was Balthasar, there was Melchior and there was Gaspar. And the shepherds were just cowering right about here.
Edna: [Annoyed] Is this from your imagination or from memory?
Tess: Honey, you'd be surprised what I can remember.

Monica: It's hard sometimes, Tess. Knowing the what but not always knowing the why. Knowing more than human beings and less than God.
Tess: When life keeps you in the dark, baby, that's when you start looking at the stars.

Deacon: You can't give children everything they want, Harry.
Harry: That's right. I can't give her everything she wants. I can't give her a healthy heart. I can't give her another year to live. I can't even give her another month. But I can give her Christmas.

[After a horrible singing rehearsal]
Harry: How'd it sound to you out there?
Monica: Stunning. Truly joyful noise unto the Lord.

Joey: You're gonna take him up and FLY like an angel!

[About Wayne's retarded brother, Joey]
Monica: Joey's my friend.
Wayne: Joey's everybody's friend. Trouble is he's nobody's responsibility except mine.
Monica: Responsibility is a privilege. You've been entrusted with a beautiful soul who loves you, who's loyal to you, who'll never hurt you. Why won't you love Joey?
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Wayne: You're talking to the wrong man. I've got no faith left.
Monica: You help Joey find his and I promise you you'll find yours.

Wayne: [Talking about Serena to Joey] She's been a lot better friend to you than I have. She never tried to change you.

Joey: Hey, Wayne, guess what?
Wayne: What?
Joey: You love me.

There, But For The Grace Of God [1.10]

[Discussing a homeless man]
Monica: So am I going to work in a shelter or counsel homeless people?
Tess: None of the above.
Monica: Then how am I supposed to help?
Tess: Well, baby, the only way to share this man's pain is to share his pain.

[Pete finds a pair of shoes still in decent condition]
Pete: My lucky day. In a manner of speaking.
Monica: Are they going to fit?
Pete: Size 10. Close enough.

Monica: He's going to be fine. He's got a job, he's got a good head on his shoulders, he's got a plan to move on. I think he's going to make it.
Tess: Is that Monica the angel saying that? Or is that Monica I'm-cold-I'm-hungry-give-me-back-my-coat saying that?
Monica: What did I do wrong?
Tess: You took the easy way out. Just like everybody takes the easy way out. You found a reason not to get involved... This man, Pete, he's a fighter. But he's been hit too many times. One blow after another, too hard and too fast and the next blow could put him down and keep him down. And pride is not gonna help that. Not his and not yours.

Sophie: You know what the temperature is?
Monica: No.
Sophie: 43 degrees. If you don't know how cold it is, you don't know how cold to be,

[At a community shelter]
Sophie: I recognize everyone here. They're regulars. We're like one big family.
Monica: A big family where no one speaks to each other.
Zack: Sounds like my family.

Zack: [About his experiences as a Marine] Nothing that happens in basic training prepares you for what war is really like, you know. We saw some bad stuff, really bad stuff. One day, you're eating sand and breathing gas and watching yourself kill people you never even met. And then the next day, you're sitting at home reading about yourself in Time magazine eating a Big Mac. It's too weird.

Sophie: There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Pete: You're dreaming the wrong kind of dreams, man.
Zack: What's that supposed to mean?
Pete: You can't waste your time dreaming about the past. You gotta stick to dreaming about the future.
Zack: But being a Marine was the one thing I did best. I belonged to something. That's who I was.
Pete: And what are you now?
Zack: I don't know.
Pete: I know. You're a guy who can't even think about next week because you're busy just trying to get through today. But thinking like that, that's what's gonna keep you on the streets. You gotta have a dream bigger than where you're gonna sleep tonight.

[About Monica's experience as a homeless person]
Tess: What'd you ask Him for just now? Did you ask Him for food? Did you ask Him to make you warmer?
Monica: I asked to be remembered. I needed to know that I still mattered..

Monica: I don't know why these things have happened to you but it's not because of anything you've done. And I have to confess that... You see, there was somewhere deep inside my heart that I thought maybe you... maybe you had done something to get here. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. It matters.
Pete: I forgive you. [Monica changes back into her angelic form] My God....
Monica: God loves you, Peter Jacob Taylor. I have failed you but He will not. He wants you to know that He is going to take you and Julie all the way to Colorado. He will walk with you all the way. But it's up to you to take the first step.

[About Sophie's husband's abusive behaviour]
Sophie: You never know what direction it's coming from, sometimes from the underpass, sometimes from the grassy knoll, sometimes they just push you out the window.

The Hero [1.11]

Did you ever hear the story about the man who was afraid of the lions?
Tess: Did you ever hear the story about the man who was afraid of the lions? Well, he was so scared he ran and he ran and he ran and he kept looking behind to see if a lion was catching up to him. And he looked over his shoulder so much, he didn't see where he was going. And one day, guess what he ran smack dab into?
Monica: A lion.

Tess: Any boy that studies that much is looking for answers that he cannot find in a book.
Monica: So quiet and well-behaved. But there's something else too. A sadness.
Tess: He's so caught up in what his father wants him to be that he hasn't had to time to find out who he really is.
Monica: His father is so proud of him.
Tess: Honey, there is nothing more dangerous than a man taking pride in the wrong thing.

Monica: Matthew needs you to forgive him and he needs to know you love him not because he's the best but because he's your son.

Monica: Secrets are such dangerous things. The closer you hold onto them, the farther away you push everyone else away to keep them safe.

Monica: Funny, isn't it? Sometimes you have to be silent to communicate.

Tess: Now don't you go getting all emotional on me. You can't go around crying over every job.
Monica: [Taking tissues with a broken voice] You're a fine one to talk.
Tess: Save one for me.

Season 2

Interview With An Angel [2.1]

This is a metaphor.
Monica: [Pulling something out of her bag] This is a metaphor.
Tess: That is an artichoke.
Monica: I bought it in a market down there in the street and the little man said that it has a heart inside that is so fragile and so delicious, it's worth all the trouble to get to it.
Tess: What have I told you about taking human form and then starting on the food?

Tess: Well, I know a lot of people who don't believe in angels but I've never met a soul that didn't want to believe in them.

Callie: Let me guess. You've had some sort of angel experience.
Monica: Well, I am an angel experience.

Callie: [Starting the interview] All right. Full name and where do you live?
Monica: Monica. Everywhere.
Callie: Let's get the ground rules down. I'm looking for facts. I need solid proof here like... wings. You got any wings you carry around here or something?
Monica: I don't think you're ready for those. Anyway, this is not about proof. This is about faith.
Callie: Faith doesn't sell. I need evidence. Something the readers can see.
Monica: Faith is the evidence of things unseen.

Monica: Saving lives has its merits but saving souls and futures and families, that's something else altogether. I think I've really found my niche.

Henry: Monica. Just when things start getting predictable, voila.
Monica: Voila? That's all you learned after a century in France?
Henry: Well, that and a glass of red wine a day keeps the Angel of Death away.... for a while.

Joe: Weird world, huh? What are the odds of this happening?
Monica: The laws of probability never seem to matter when it happens to you.
Joe: I have been a prisoner of probability.
Monica: Chance disappears when you make a decision.

Tess: It seems he wanted to talk to you.
Lisa: He hasn't wanted to talk to me for a long time.
Tess: Well, somebody should start saying something. That door swings both ways, you know.

Lisa: You want to blame me, you want me to blame you, you want to blame him, you don't care who you blame just so long as you don't have to blame yourself! Well, I've forgiven him! And I've forgiven you and me and God and basketball and snow and everybody else that I blamed. And it's slow but I'm starting to get my life back. And I'm going to, with or without you.
Joe: You can honestly look me in the eye and tell me that you've forgiven that monster?
Lisa: If I don't, I'll die too.

Monica: Andy wrote something on the back of his [organ] donor card. "Take what you need and carry on. I know I plan to." They say he was a wonderful person. Do you ever wonder why some people must die so that others can live? Or why enemies live and innocent die?
Joe: All the time.
Monica: Perhaps it's because we're not supposed to know.
Joe: Never a good reason for death.
Monica: You don't know that until you die. All I'm saying is how can you judge something fairly when you don't even know what the rules are? You can't play God, Joe, because you aren't God.

Trust [2.2]

[Monica's first time as a cop]
Monica: Range?
Tess: Shooting range.
Monica: Beretta?
Tess: Your gun.

Cueball: [Eyeing Tess] I'm just trying to figure out which flower you remind me of.
Tess: Snapdragon.

Monica: Coffee? Donuts? I could get used to this job.

Monica: I just want to shake him, make him see what he's doing to himself.
Tess: It's not gonna happen 'til he hits bottom.
Monica: Why do I have to wait?
Tess: Hitting bottom's the only thing to bring him to his knees.

Monica: Shouldn't we be out looking for trouble?
Zack: Don't worry. It'll find us.

Monica: He'll be fine once he goes through withdrawal, won't he?
Tess: Well, it's not always that easy. Getting rid of the pills doesn't get rid of the problem.

Tess: [Noticing a photo in his wallet] Who's that?
Cueball: My wife. We're separated.
Tess: Well, maybe you wouldn't be if you tried your lines on her instead.
Cueball: What are you saying?
Tess: Do you love her?
Cueball: 'Course I love her.
Tess: When was the last time you showed her you love her? [Silence] Mm-hmm. Just what I thought.

Zack: I was in a hospital bed for a month. I was at home recuperating for five. And at first, I used the pills just to kill the physical pain. But as it got closer to me getting back to my job, I used them to kill the fear, d'you understand? Because the only thing I thought about was that bullet coming at me and the only thing that makes it disappear are the pills.
Monica: But now there's hardly anything left but the pills. Or anyone. You've pushed away everyone you love to protect a secret that you hate.

Monica: This bullet ripped through your body and your body survived. But your spirit is still bleeding. And that's because you weren't wearing your armour. There's only one thing in this world that's truly bulletproof and that's faith. Not faith in a gun that shoots or a radio that works or even faith in your own cop's instinct but the faith that you wrap yourself in every day of your life. The faith that no matter what happens, you won't lose God's love and all the bullets in the world can't pierce it and all the pills in the world can't replace it.
Zack: I'm really scared. I'm scared to live like this. I can't do that.
Monica: But God loves you, Zack. And with God on your side, what is there to fear? Nothing.

Tess: The simplest things are the hardest to say.
Monica: Like "I'm sorry". Like "I didn't mean to hurt you". Like "I love you". Like "We're gonna get through this somehow".
Tess: Like "Don't hog the bread"!

Sympathy For The Devil [2.3]

Kathleen: [reading a boy's palm] Ah...you're standing in front of something very big, very scary. But you're Daniel the brave, very courageous. And you destroy it.
Daniel: What is it?
Kathleen: Something that moves in the night. In the shadows.
Daniel: Oh, that! My dad fixed that years ago. He put a night light by my bed. I don't even need it anymore. It's for babies. [whispers] Maybe you should practice a little more.

Monica: So I guess it's true.
Kathleen: Truth, I'm finding, is relative.
Monica: Or you just make it that way.

Ty: Hate is like water in a dry river bed. The further it runs, the deeper further it digs in.

Kathleen: That old man's ticker is gonna give out any day now. Wouldn't it be a shame if somebody keeps them apart until they just run out of time? Too late, too bad. Bye, Dad! [Laughs] Think of the possibilities.
Monica: You better think about me getting in your way every step you take. Because that's not a possibility. That's a fact.

Monica: One question. If your father lied to you, and you're lying to your son, when does it stop?

[Seeing Kathleen's sexy outfit]
Monica: Do you think if I dressed like that, I'd be more successful?
Tess: Absolutely. I'm just afraid to think what you'd be successful at.

Monica: It's hard to forget about a friend. But it's dangerous to forget about an enemy.

Monica: I don't know when it started, maybe generations ago. But you've been caught on this family cycle of escape and hate. One father's anger fueling the rebellion of his son only to cause the next son to rebel and on it goes and it has to stop! It has to stop tonight because the next son to be angry with his father will be Daniel.... You owe your son an apology.
Ty: Yes, ma'am. I know. I've been trying.
Monica: And I have a message for you. God loves you, Matt. You can never change what Ty has done but you can change tonight. You can change what you do to hold on to this pain.
Matt: Forgive and forget.
Monica: Forgiveness won't change him but it will change you. And I think that's what He wants for you.
Matt: It's gonna take some time.
Monica: Maybe you don't have much time. We don't always know when it's too late until it's too late.

Monica: There is no tomorrow for you, I'm afraid, Mr. Duncan. This is your last night with your son.
Ty: What?
Monica: It's nothing to fear, believe me. But it is something to prepare for.
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Ty: You say there is no tomorrow. But there is tonight, yes?
Monica: Yes.

Matt: I'll see you in the morning.
Ty: You bet. It's gonna be a beauty.

The Driver [2.4]

Monica: Why do they do it, Tess? They invent clocks and then they become slaves to them. They make up little jobs and then they become prisoners to them. They build all sorts of roads going nowhere and they spend all their time going up and down and back and forth and sometimes I could just shake them!!.... In a nice way, of course.

Tess: Well, the problem with most driven people is they make the mistake of thinking they're doing the driving. That's how accidents happen.
Monica: Is anything ever really an accident, Tess?
Tess: What difference does it make? You're gonna have to handle it when it happens.

Debra: Welcome to Q-News. We've got more questions than answers but, hey, we try.

Cameraman: Shouldn't that be "Like my mother always says..."?
Debra: "As" is grammatically correct.
Cameraman: Nobody says that.
Debra: My mother does.

Leo: Welcome to God's Country.
Monica: Well, I suppose it started out that way.

Leo: Don't get me wrong. Anybody who wants a career should go for it. But when it's over, I'd rather end up with a gold watch and a hand to hold instead of just a gold watch.

Tess: How about you, honey? Blood banks can always use extra.
Monica: I don't know that I can give blood.
Tess: Oh, I bet you can. I bet your blood is purer than the driven snow.

Debra: [Mother]'d say things like "You won't get the blue ribbon for running half the race" or "You're a waste of space if you're not in first place." But somehow she really had a way of inspiring me to be my best.
Monica: Your best or hers?

Monica: You may not realize it but the night you tried to take your own life, you actually succeeded.
Debra: I didn't die.
Monica: No, but the best part of you did. The part of you that's human, that's Debra. And all that remained was the part that couldn't let anything less than perfect survive....You have the right to be less than perfect.

Debra: I can't do it right all the time!
Monica: I know that. God knows that. How can He blame you for being human when He made you human?
Debra: God really loves me.
Monica: Yes, and there's not a thing you can do about it.

Henry: That was an unconditional compliment. Can't you just take it?

Angels On The Air [2.5]

[Listening to a CD at a CD store]
Monica: What is it I'm listening to?
Tess: [Looks at the cover] The group's called Amphibians The Moist Screwdriver. And it's a love song.
Monica: People listen to this voluntarily?
Tess: Monica, one generation never understands the music of the following generation.

[Interviewing Monica on the air]
Sandy: What I need is, oh, someone to arrange my personal appearances, file my fan mail, organize the book I'm writing, maybe a little light dusting. Just your general all-round slave. Are you up for that?

[On the air]
Sandy: Well, Tess, you are a big woman, aren't you, my dear?
Tess: Well, I have a big heart and it needs room.
Sandy: Hey, it's got it and then some.
Tess: Well, I guess yours doesn't. That's why you're such a bony little thing, huh?

Monica: A field trip! How lovely! I've seen a lot of beautiful fields.

Sandy: You're grounded for two weeks.
Claire: What?
Sandy: One week for fighting and one week for lying to me.
Claire: That means I miss the prom. The only senior prom I'll ever go to, EVER.
Sandy: Okay. You're grounded except to go to the prom.
Claire: Then how am I going to buy my dress.
Sandy: Fine. You're grounded except to buy your dress and go to the prom.
Claire: No one's even asked me to go yet.
Sandy: What are we talking about?
Claire: [Exasperated] Mom!
Sandy: [Equally exasperated] Claire!
Monica: Er... Excuse me, but I think in order for Claire to be asked to the prom, she has to be somewhere where there are boys.
Claire: Yeah. That's right.
Sandy: Okay. You're grounded AFTER the prom.

Sandy: Good morning, Tess. Nice outfit.
Tess: That's what she says now. On the air, it'll be a sack of potatoes.

[On the air]
Tess: How was your prom?
Sandy: Oh, please! I didn't go. Proms are pretentious, they are expensive, they are overrated...
Tess: Oh, nobody asked you, huh?

Claire: I don't know what I'm doing here. It just hurt so bad I had to do something. I wanted to make her hurt as much as I did.
Monica: And you succeeded. But do you feel any better now? [Claire shakes her head] Claire, bad things are always going to happen in this life and people will hurt you but you can't use that as an excuse to fail or hurt someone in return because you just hurt yourself. God loves you. And He loves your mother. And it hurts to see both of you in so much pain.
Claire: Both of us?
Monica: Your mother has been hurting for a long time. And she's been trying so hard to provide for you and protect you that she's... she's pushed her own pain aside. Yes, she has to learn to understand what you're feeling. But you have to try and understand what she needs as well.
Claire: I never thought of her as being in pain before.
Monica: The day comes in every daughter's life when she sees her mother not as a mother but as another woman with a heart that can be broken. This is that day for you.

Tess: The night your husband left you for the younger, thinner, firmer, blonder, I think Debbie was her name? You stood in your room and you made a vow to God. You said: "I'm never gonna let anybody hurt me anymore. I'm going to be strong. I just won't feel anything and they're never gonna see me cry, I swear to God." You have to be careful what you swear to God because He hears you and I'm here to tell you that feeling something is exactly what you need to do.
Sandy: I don't believe in God.
Tess: Well, too bad because He believes in you.

[When they finish their assignment]
Tess: Everybody dancing to the same music in there now?
Monica: Yes.

In The Name Of God [2.6]

[Monica tunes the radio to a rock station and Tess promptly switches it off]
Monica: (sighs) Variety is the spice of life.
Tess: Evil thrives when good men do nothing.
Monica: Who said that?
Tess: A music lover.
Monica: So... my assignment is just a little bit of paperwork, huh?
Tess: Oh, it's an "Angel walk in, angel lend a helping hand, angel walk out." It's a "Who's that mysterious stranger?" thing. It's a piece of cake.

[As they look at a wall filled with racist graffiti on a house they're visiting]
Tess: The world is full of people who don't want to get involved. That's how trash like this can happen.

[About opening an AIDS hospice in a prejudiced community]
Monica: Aren't you afraid about all this?
Dr. Joanne: Of course I am but I only have two choices: quit or keep going, and I'm not gonna quit so that leaves keep going.

Sam: Tess walked into a room controlled by evil. Evil so powerful it can make you fight against it on its own terms, disarm you with your own hate.
Monica: I can't imagine hating anyone.
Sam: Neither could Tess.

Jerry: Please. Don't ask me. I don't want to get involved.
Monica: And you think that will keep you safe? Whoever set that bomb is going to burn the house down. Just in case the wind changes, I hope the flames next door remember that you don't want to get involved.
Jerry: Now wait a minute! I'm not a bad person. It's just that...
Monica: Evil thrives when good men do nothing.

[Tess singing in No Man's Land]
I know there are lights burning brighter somewhere
I know there are birds flying higher in the sky more blue
If a man can dream of a better land while all his brothers walk hand in hand
Lord, tell me why, oh, why, oh, why,
Why can't their dream come true?
I know there's peace and understanding sometime
Strong winds that will blow away the doubt and fear
If a man can dream of a warmer sun when hope keeps shining on everyone
Tell me why, oh, Lord, please tell me why
Why won't that sun appear?
Man is lost in a cloud
And there's just too much rain
Man is trapped in a world
That is troubled with pain
But as long as a man has the strength enough to dream
He can redeem his soul
He can redeem his soul and fly
But deep in my heart, Father, I have this trembling question
Still I am sure that the answer's gonna come somehow
Because out there in dark, there's always Your beckoning candle
And while a man can think, while he can talk
While he can stand, while he can walk
While he can dream, feeling his dream
Lord, Lord, let it come true
Let the man's dream come true right now

Sam: If you can't find the love in you, let God love through you.

Sam: First lesson: don't wait for evil to come to you.

Tess: God did give you the gift of leadership. But this...this creature perverted it. He took your pain and loneliness and he taught you to control instead of lead. He stole your gift and he stole your life. That's what Satan does.

Monica: [When meeting the devil] I thought he'd be more scary, you know. Fire and brimstone? Horns?
Sam: Mostly it's a lot of bells and whistles and lights. He trades heavily on his reputation and let people like Tim here do all the work.
Monica: So, Tim, let me get this straight. He used your fear and your pain and your hate and talked you into killing somebody? So then where does he get his power from, huh?.... Ah! I guess he gets it from you.
Tess: That darn free will.
Satan: God screwed up. Free will is a curse.
Tess: Free will is a gift. And love is a choice. And hate leaves you no choice but you've got a choice here, Tim. Monica and Sam and I just have the power to reveal him to you. But you can make him go away. He can't stay any longer than you let him. God loves you, Tim. And He wants you back.

Reunion [2.7]

Megan: Remember when ma decided to cook for Thanksgiving and she put cayenne pepper on the turkey instead of paprika? And she told us to be thankful we still have mouths left?

[Monica tries to join in the singing and they stop]
Monica: Why did you stop? It sounded lovely.
Tess: Well... Parts of it did.

[Monica's "poem"]
Monica:
Roses are red
Angels are gossamer
Hold on to your souls
And make sure you floss some more.
Tess: Floss some more?! FLOSS SOME MORE?!!! That's not a poem, that's a prescription!

[When Megan tells Sam she has AIDS]
Megan: Sam, say something, please.
Sam: I don't know what to say.
Megan: It's okay. Nobody ever does.

Megan: Sam, look, I appreciate everything you're trying to do but if you wanna do something for me, be my friend.
Sam: I'm not trying to do anything. And I am your friend. But a friend can't be there for you the way a husband can. And I will love you and I will care for you...
Megan: ...'til death do we part.
Sam: That's the vow I wanna make.

Tess: War, famine, plagues have wiped out entire civilizations but love has never been wiped out.

Tess: I could yell the words of God until the cows come home but you wouldn't hear. Not until you let go of your fear.

Clarice: I want to save them.
Tess: Precious, there's nothing you can do but love them.

Tess: There's nothing more dangerous than loving. Unless it's not loving. He didn't say it was gonna be easy. But He says it's surely gonna be worthwhile.

Megan: Let me just ask you one thing. Why? Why did He do this to me? Why did I do to deserve this?
Monica: Nothing. Megan, you've done nothing. This is not a punishment. God hasn't done this to you. God didn't set this journey in motion. He's just as angry as you are that you have to walk this road. But He promises you this, Megan. He will walk this road with you and He will be there for you when you reach the end of it. God loves you... The love has always been there for you. All any of you needed was the courage to hold onto it.

[Clarice's poem to Megan and Sam]
We unaccustomed to courage
Exiles of delight
Live coiled in shells of loneliness
Until love leaves its high holy temple
And comes into our sight
To liberate us into life
Love arrives
And in its train come ecstacies
Old memories of pleasure
Ancient histories of pain
Yet if we are bold
Love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls
We are weaned from timidity
In the flush of love's light
We dare be brave
And suddenly we see
That love costs all that we are
And all that we hope to be
Yet it is only love which sets us free

Operation Smile [2.8]

Monica: [Holding a toad] I think this is one of the ugliest things I've ever seen.
Tess: Well, I suppose he is if that's all you're looking at.
Monica: He?
Tess: Yeah, that's Jerome. He's got a name and a heart and warts. I guess the warts are all you can see.

Monica: This isn't one of those "Walk a mile in her shoes" things, is it?
Tess: Try stilettos.

Tess: I wish you hadn't brought that boy in here. He was not in the plan. No, sir!
Monica: Maybe the plan should change.
Tess: Well, who do you think you are, Ms. Wings? The last time I looked, I didn't see any bumper stickers that says "Smile, 'cause Monica loves you".
Monica: How can anybody expect me to stand aside while Emily needs help and her mother won't give it to her? I think the reason I'm here is for Emily and not for Ginger.
Tess: Dangerous waters, baby. Just because you don't like the horse is no excuse to start changing ponies midstream.

Monica: [praying] The truth is I don't like Ginger. I hate what she's doing to her child. I don't understand it. I don't know how to get through to her. She makes me so angry that I'm afraid of what I'll say to her next so I end up not saying anything at all. I'm sorry. Really, I am sorry but I don't know what to say anymore without telling her the truth... [Realizes] And the truth shall set her free.

Tess: God raised this balloon. And He's able to raise your standards... All you have to do is get in and hold on.

Monica: There are great mysteries in this world that we don't understand, Ginger. Only God does. But this I do understand. That no mistake you have ever made is bigger than God's power to fix it.

Emily: Mama, I'm gonna have an operation.

Tess: Your problem is that you get too emotionally involved in your cases... Which is one of the things I love most about ya.

Monica: You are so beautiful, Emily. But never forget you always were.

The Big Bang [2.9]

[Monica waits in line at the bank with a hundred dollar note]
Tess: I hate to pry but what are you doing in here, Ms. Wings?
Monica: I'm returning this.
Tess: Benjy never wore his hair like that.
Monica: Oh...I thought I'd put it on the lost and found.
Tess: Angel, baby, you are so cute when you are naive.

Tess: Watch yourself. People get so strange when it comes to money. I don't know why they put so much faith in that little piece of paper.
Monica: It's because they can smell it, touch it and hold it in their hands.
Tess: That's not faith. That's just smelling, touching, holding something.

Tess: Don't worry about you can't do it or why you can't do it, baby. God can use you in there. Don't escape from it. Deal with it.

Unidentified Female [2.10]


The Feather [2.11]


The One That Got Away [2.12]


Til We Meet Again [2.13]


Rock 'N' Roll Dad [2.14]


Indigo Angel [2.15]


Jacob's Ladder [2.16]


Out Of Darkness [2.17]


Lost And Found [2.18]


Dear God [2.19]


Portrait Of Mrs. Campbell [2.20]


The Quality Of Mercy [2.21]


Flesh And Blood [2.22]


Birthmarks [2.23]


Statute Of Limitations [2.24]


Season 3

Promised Land [3.1]


A Joyful Noise [3.2]


Random Acts [3.3]


Sins Of The Father [3.4]


Written In Dust [3.5]


Secret Service [3.6]


Groundrush [3.7]


The Sky Is Falling [3.8]


Something Blue [3.9]


Into The Light [3.10]


Homecoming Pt. 1' [3.11]


  • Chuck: Okay. What are you drinking?

Andrew: Orange Juice.

The Journalist [3.12]


The Violin Lesson [3.13]


Forget Me Not [3.14]


Smokescreen [3.15]


Crisis Of Faith [3.16]


Angel Of Death [3.17]


Clipped Wings [3.18]


Amazing Grace Pt. 1 [3.19]


Amazing Grace Pt. 2 [3.20]


Labor Of Love [3.21]


Have You Seen Me? [3.22]


Last Call [3.23]


Missing In Action [3.24]


At Risk [3.23]


Full Moon [3.24]


An Angel By Any Other Name [3.25]


Inherit The Wind [3.26]


A Delicate Balance [3.27]


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