Touched by an Angel

Episode 605: “The Last Day Of The Rest Of Your Life”

Episode 605:  “The Last Day Of The Rest Of Your Life”
Original Air Date: October 10, 1999

Written by: Burt Pearl
Directed by: R.J. Visciglia, Jr.
Produced by:

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

Guest Cast:

 

Rachel Nancy McKeon
Karla Kathy Ireland
Stasi Lisa Jane Persky
Seth Mark Moses
Corey David Kaufman
Bridget Marissa Leigh
Larry Lenny Clarke
Amy Kimberly J. Brown
Dolores Eileen Brennan

 

Corey, Stasi, Dolores and Larry meet at a support group meeting, all of them answering to the same ad: “Are you ready for the last day of the rest of your life?” They are all dying. Rachel shows up, too, but something deep and personal keeps her from going inside. As facilitator of the group, Monica explains that their purpose will be “to give meaning to the life you’re leaving behind and explore what it means to face death.”

Dolores is 67-year-old wiseacre who is dying of emphysema. Stasi, who owns a hair salon, is a divorcee and mother of two; she has hepatitis. Larry, an avid bowler and construction worker, is dying of asbestos poisoning. Corey won’t say what he’s dying of, which annoys Larry. Finally, Rachel gets up the courage to join the others and reveals that she has an inoperable brain tumor. Monica encourages them to make a list of things they want to accomplish before they die.

At the next meeting, Dolores admits that she would like to learn how to dance. Stasi says that she regrets missing her prom, so the group plans one. Corey is cynical about these “goals” and admits to having a blood disease that could kill him at any time. He says he’d like to do something really important before he dies. He alludes to a girl he likes, who works at the coffee shop. He’d like to date her, but given his illness he thinks that would be unfair. Larry says that he’d like to reconnect with his teenage daughter, Amy. The prom is set for two weeks– enough time for everyone to accomplish their goals–and the group asks Rachel what she would like to do. She reluctantly tells them that she had a daughter twelve years ago that she gave up for adoption. She would like to meet her before she dies.

They begin to work at their goals: Andrew teaches Dolores how to dance; Larry and Rachel plan for the prom; Stasi encourages Larry to keep trying with his daughter; Corey and Monica search the web for information on Rachel’s daughter. By the next meeting Larry has talked with his daughter. Corey has a date with Karla (from the coffee shop). And he has other news too: he’s done something important. Corey gives Rachel an envelope with all the information she needs to find her daughter. At first she is thrilled, but Rachel soon realizes with horror that she can’t leave her daughter behind a second time.

Monica finds Rachel at home and reveals herself as an angel. Monica tells Rachel that her daughter is safe, happy and loved. Monica encourages Rachel to tell her husband Seth about the adoption (which happened before they met). At the prom, Rachel arrives with Seth, in whom she has finally confided. Stasi is crowned queen. Corey arrives with Karla and Karla’s daughter Bridget. Dolores tangos with Andrew. Larry dances, and reconnects, with his daughter. And when little Bridget mentions that she’s adopted, and was born on October 22, 1987, in Bullhead City, the last accomplishment is made, for Rachel has met her daughter! Dolores passes, and Andrew escorts her home. As they take one last spin on the dance floor, she looks back and smiles at the sight of the friends she was blessed to have.

Songs from this episode:

“House At Pooh Corner” by Loggins & Messina from their album Best Of Friends.

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“Holdin’ On To Yesterday” by Ambrosia from their album Anthology.

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“Never Can Say Goodbye” by Gloria Gaynor from her Greatest Hits album.
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