Touched by an Angel

Episode 320: “Have You Seen Me?”

Episode 320: “Have You Seen Me?”
Original Air Date: March 16, 1997

Written by: R.J. Colleary
Directed by: Stuart Margolin
Produced by:

Martha Williamson
Jon Andersen
R.J. Visciglia, Jr.

Guest Cast:
Ray Bishop Stuart Margolin 
Jake Monroe  Sean O'Bryan 
Amy Monroe  Michelle Joyner
Grant Abbott  Paul McCrane 
Hank Monroe  Bradley Pierce 
Noah Monroe  Nathanael Meyst 
 

After observing–with Monica and Andrew, respectively–the Monroe family at breakfast and two businessmen who work in the same office building, Tess tells her charges their assignment will be difficult because it involves six intertwined human lives. The case kicks into gear when Hank Monroe sees a picture resembling his younger brother, Noah on the back of a milk carton. Perplexed, he looks through family albums but can’t find any baby pictures of his brother. Andrew, meanwhile, fails to engage Grant Abbot in conversation but does befriend the talkative Ray.

The angel starts to reveal himself, but Ray flees after Andrew’s admonition that “the truth will set you free.” Tess warns the Angel of Death that time is running out. Visiting Grant at home, he sees that the man is contemplating suicide. Monica, posing as a waitress at a 50’s diner, counsels a confused Hank to ask his parents, Jake and Amy about the missing baby photos. But when their stories contradict, the youth realizes something is amiss. Investigating further, he finds a $25,000 check written to a law firm and shows it to Monica. She tells Hank the check is a clue and takes him to visit the law office… which is run by Ray. Repeating Andrew’s line, “the truth will set you free,” the angel prompts the lawyer to confess he performed a questionable adoption for the Monroes.

When he gets home, Hank asks his mom and dad why they never told him his brother was adopted. They respond that Noah’s parents were criminals, which would have upset him. Hank then gives them the milk carton with Noah’s picture. In a drunken rage, Grant continues to play with a revolver until Andrew appears. The distraught father recounts how the boy was kidnapped during a trip to the mall and that his late wife blamed him for the tragedy. The angel introduces him to Ray, who admits his complicity in the crime and tells Grant where to find his son. Afraid of losing Noah, Jake and Amy prepare to skip town until Tess reveals herself. She tells them their zeal to adopt blinded them to suspicious circumstances. With the angels’ support, Grant meets the Monroes and is introduced to “Noah.” The three parents agree to slowly integrate Grant into his son’s life and eventually tell the boy the truth.

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