Touched by an Angel

Episode 423: “Perfect Little Angel”

Episode 423: “Perfect Little Angel”
Original Air Date: March 22, 1998

Written by: Susan Cridland Wick and Ann Elder & Jeannine Tree
Directed by: Terrence O'Hara
Produced by:

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

Guest Cast:
Rafael Alexis Cruz
Tracy Beringer  Ele Keats
Nick Beringer Seth Adkins
Gayle  Victoria Mallory
Ashley  Ashley Thompson
   

Monica and Tess meet their next assignment, Tracy Beringer, as she receives some very bad news via a letter in her mailbox.  The nature of the news is unclear, however Tracy needs money very badly, telling her boss at the auto repair shop where she works that she needs the money for college tuition.  When she sees an ad in the paper for the Miss Colorado pageant, she tries to sign up, but one of the many stipulations is that the young ladies must have a sponsor.

Tracy, who desperately needs the pageant prize money, is upset until Monica, Tess, Rafael, and Andrew agree to be her sponsors, crowning her Miss Unincorporated Area #579.  As they begin to prep Tracy for the pageant the angels discover a few strange things about her: she never lets anyone inside of her apartment, she tells people that her parents died in a boating accident (then later says it was a train accident), and she plays the piano very well, but lacks the passion required of a truly great pianist.  On the night of the pageant all is going well for Tracy, until her landlord shows up and takes Monica to Tracy’s apartment revealing a little boy named Nick babysitting himself.

Monica takes Nick to the pageant and, Tracy, upset that the angels know she’s a single mom, tells them that she wants to win the pageant so that she’ll have the money to put Nick through a surgery to repair a hole in his heart.  It’s also revealed that Tracy’s parents are not dead, she actually ran away from home when she found out she was pregnant.  Realizing that Tracy doesn’t think God loves her, Monica and Tess reveal themselves, reminding her of God’s love and encouraging her to trust God with her son’s life.  When it comes time to be interviewed for the pageant Tracy, realizing that nothing good can come from a lie, tells the audience that she is a single mom and embraces Nick on the stage, thereby solidifying her journey into truth.  The audience, including Andrew and Rafael, applauds.  Later Tracy receives a load of mail from people who have heard her story offering help with Nick’s surgery.  One of the letters is from Tracy’s parents who want her to come home.  Tracy calls her parents and the angels, their task complete, depart.

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