Touched by an Angel

Episode 218: “Portrait of Mrs. Campbell”

Episode 218: “Portrait of Mrs. Campbell”
Original Air Date: April 26, 1996

Written by: Susan Cridland Wick
Directed by: Victor Lobl
Produced by:

Martha Williamson
Jon Andersen
Robert J. Visciglia, Jr.

Guest Cast:
Marian Campbell Linda Gray
April Campbell Gabrielle Carteris
Lt. Neil Campbell Vince Grant

The women in Naval officer, Neil Campbell’s life do not get along. His mother Marian (Linda Grey) and his pregnant wife April (Gabrielle Carteris) seem to be competing for his love. After he goes out to sea, Monica enters their life as an artist commissioned to paint a “portrait of Mrs. Campbell”. We soon learn that Marian is desperately in need of a bone marrow transplant and Neil cannot return home from sea. As the situation worsens, April volunteers to donate marrow despite her pregnancy.

At this point we come to know the secret that Marian has been hiding for her entire life, that she has a mentally challenged son, Tommy, who has been raised in facilities all of his life. Although Marian has always loved and cared for her son, she was encouraged by her parents to give him up as punishment for the sinful behavior that conceived him. As Marian’s health worsens, Tommy emerges as the only viable bone marrow donor and, with the help of Andrew, the Angel of Death, the operation is arranged and is successful. April gives birth to a healthy baby girl and the entire family is united with the return of Neil. Monica’s painting is then revealed to be a portrait of the whole family.

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