Episode 725 “Shallow Water, Part Two”

Cynthia and J.D. meet with Diana Winslow, who is still in denial that her son, Danny, is dead.  Monica goes to the long-term acute care center where Carter and Lila wait with their son, Joshua, who lies unconscious on life support.  Monica hopes that they might be able to help her locate their other son, Jed, in order to help Diana remember what happened the night of the accident.  Carter doesn’t know where Jed is and wants nothing to do with him.  But Lila feels differently and admits that perhaps Diana is right — that this family needs a reunion.  Acting on a tip from Lila, Monica drives J.D. and Cynthia to Memphis in search of Jed.  They follow the sound of a man singing until they finally find Jed on a street corner, dirty and disheveled, some spare change in his guitar case from passersby.

Monica asks J.D. to convince Jed to return home to Nashville and begin the healing process.  J.D. tells Monica he’s no good at preaching, but Monica tells him to reach out to Jed through music.  As Dr. Markham predicated, when Diana sees Jed for the first time since the accident, the pieces of the puzzle start to fall into place.  Dr. Markham facilitates as Diana remembers the accident.  In flashback, we see Diana awaken to find the bus has crossed the yellow center line into oncoming traffic.  She shouts to awaken the driver who has fallen asleep at the wheel, but he doesn’t respond.  The others awaken, horrified, as the bus plunges over the embankment and sinks into the lake.  Dr. Markham helps Diana stay with the moment as she cradles her son Danny’s lifeless body in her arms.  Diana returns to her son’s gravesite with her family where she is finally able to acknowledge his death and say goodbye.  Jed speaks with his mother and admits that while he never stopped believing in God, he feels further away than ever.  Privately, Dr. Markham tells Monica that she feels that Diana needs to overcome her “God obsession” in order to fully recover.  Dr. Markham helps Diana begin dealing with her grief, but warns her against trying to do too much too soon.  But Diana is determined to bring her family together and assures Dr. Markham that she may have lost her mind, but she never lost her faith.  Diana tries to get Carter to agree to a family reunion, but he refuses to leave Joshua’s bedside.  But Diana won’t give up, urging him to forgive Jed and to let go of Joshua.

Monica reveals herself as an angel and explains that while Josh is brain-dead, his spirit is alive.  One by one, Josh (in spirit) tells his family what they need to know to let go and move on with their lives.  Monica tells Carter that after singing about revival for the past thirty-five years, the time has come to live it.  The Winslow’s return to the lake where it all began and Jed and Carter make their peace.  Carter admits that deep down, he blames himself for the accident, because he lost his temper and made them drive all night.  J.D. then takes his cue from Jed to re-baptize the family in the lake.  The family then gathers to take Joshua off life support as Andrew escorts him to Heaven.  As Monica and Dr. Markham part ways, Dr. Markham acknowledges the possibility that she, too, has grown from this experience.

Episode 724: “Shallow Water, Part One”

Perched on a rocky peak above a vast canyon, Monica reflects on her previous temptation by Satan and her triumphant return to God’s grace. Monica is at a loss for words trying to describe the new gift God has given her. Tess explains that God has blessed her with the ability to see humans “from the inside out,” to see the past and how it has changed the present. Monica begins sensing the joyful sounds and images of the Winslow family as they were three years ago. Tess reminds Monica to patiently allow the events connected with the wreckage to unfold. Monica gradually retraces the history of the Winslow’s to the present day.

Meanwhile, Diana Winslow continues her therapy under the counsel of psychiatrist Rebecca Markham, to uncover the painful memory she has suppressed. Diana says she has prayed for an angel to help her reunite her family and reconnect her son Danny with the other relatives. Believing that Diana’s faith in God has hampered her progress, Rebecca tries to refocus Diana on the events leading to her memory lapse. Diana fondly recalls the last time the family toured and how they worked on the song “Shallow Water,” composed by her talented brother-in-law Jed. Diana confesses that the beginning of the family breakup was caused by her headstrong father-in-law’s (Carter) refusal to allow Jed to sing his song, preferring his more charismatic son, Joshua. When Monica shockingly discovers the truth of the tragic accident, she goes to see Diana.

Diana introduces Monica as the angel she has been praying for. Rebecca is indifferent to Monica’s presence, believing that she is just a concerned friend. Diana continues her recollection of the past, describing how she conspired for Jed to sing “Shallow Water” without Carter’s permission. Despite the audience’s praise, Carter was unable to forgive the deception and directed his anger at Jed. Jed’s refusal to board the bus to the next city on tour is the last thing Diana can remember and it is the impasse that Rebecca has not been able to help Diana cross. Rebecca privately suggests to Monica that a reunion with Jedidiah will help Diana overcome her denial of the traumatic experience. Monica agrees with Rebecca and follows her investigation to Jed’s whereabouts in Georgia. Tess and Monica are surprised to find out that the man they have tracked down is not Diana’s brother-in-law, but an African-American preacher with the same name. Believing that the journey has not been an accident, Monica convinces the preacher and his sister, Cynthia, to return with her to see Diana. Cynthia is shocked to discover that Diana, a patient at a mental health facility, believes her son is still alive and continues to be at her side.

Episode 723: “Netherlands”

Monica works with the newly created Angel, who has yet to be named, trying to explain what it means to work with human beings and the rewards of helping them connect with God. The Angel is apprehensive, wondering why Monica chooses to stay on Earth after experiencing the wonder of being in God’s presence. Monica explains that she stays because God asks her to, and because He loves them. But the Angel doesn’t know what love is. Monica’s first priority is finding the Angel a pair of eyeglasses to correct her blurred vision and trade in her angel garb for human clothes.

After doing so, Monica shares her appreciation of different coffees with the Angel when a young girl named Madeline approaches. Madeline explains that she comes to this business complex with her mother who’s looking for work. The Angel befriends Madeline and offers to fix her mechanical toy dog. Before long, Madeline is braiding her hair and discerning the angel’s name to be “Gloria” from the hymn “Angels We Have Heard On High.” Tess explains that Gloria has a very quick mind, but Monica will have to show her how to use her heart. But all that changes when a building explodes in front of their very eyes, as they watch not just one, but many angels of death, arrive on the scene. Monica is suddenly struck by the large scale tragedy before her, and feels unprepared to show Gloria how to use her heart only to be broken. Andrew arrives on the scene and explains that he just took Madeline’s mother to Heaven. Gloria helps emergency crews pinpoint Madeline’s location based upon the trajectory of her mechanical dog. While Monica leaves her post, Tess assigns Gloria to sit with Madeline who now lies unconscious in the hospital. Gloria is at a loss as to what to do, so Tess suggests she sing to her.

Nearby, an older man waits beside his wife of forty years who is also seriously injured, offering her a glimpse of what love is. When Madeline regains consciousness, he suggests Gloria tell her a story to keep her awake. But Gloria is at a loss, unfamiliar with how to use her imagination. As Monica walks along the highway, a charismatic man in a black Mercedes offers to give her a lift. But Monica recognizes this is no ordinary mortal, but Satan, who has taken on human form to tempt Monica. He preys on Monica at her most vulnerable moment, whose faith in human love has been shattered by the bombing, a reminder of all that’s wrong with humankind. The driver taps into Monica’s belief that perhaps she could succeed where they have failed. He shows her what life would be like if she were human, with a husband and two beautiful children and another on the way.

The moment is intoxicating, even for an angel. The driver makes an eloquent appeal, promising to be there for Monica when she falls, leading her to the precipice. But at the last moment, Monica asks God to forgive her. Her prayer is answered and she is transformed, her faith renewed. Monica resumes her post as Gloria’s mentor. Gloria is concerned that she lacks imagination, but Monica assures her that among angels, truth is better. Monica explains to Madeline that her mother is in Heaven with God, and that soon, she will be reunited with her. Gloria sits with Madeline until Andrew comes for her, and sheds her very first tear, a sign that Monica has done her job and that Gloria has learned how to use her heart.

This episode also featured the song “Gloria” by Shadows Of Knight.  The song is available now on their album, Dark Sides.

The Canadian version of this episode featured the song “Gloria” by Laura Branigan.  That song is available

This episode featured the song “No One Is Alone” by Mandy Patinkin.  It is available now on his album, Mandy Patinkin .

Episode 722: “The Face Of God”

Dr. Sarah Conover is at the forefront of human genetics and on the verge of a historic breakthrough by being the first to clone a human being. Her headstrong pursuit is met with strong opposition from her supervisor, Brad Renslow, who questions the social ramifications of human cloning. Under the microscopic scrutiny of a government review team, Sarah anxiously awaits final approval to proceed from the company board. Sarah acknowledges to the throng of media that she is not playing the role of God, but improving upon Him. For Sarah, the advancement of genetic technology ultimately leads to healthier and better lives and will allow infertile parents to have children.

Fearing the possibility that Sarah will proceed without authorization, Brad assigns a bio-ethicist, Monica, to weigh the moral and ethical implications. The ease and eagerness with which Sarah demonstrates the initial steps of the cloning process causes Monica to question Sarah’s motives and intentions. Sarah argues that Albert Einstein, her idol whom she did her PhD thesis on, would have championed her scientific endeavors. Monica offers a different picture of the pioneering scientist with an account of his final moments with Andrew and Tess. Faced with his own impending death, Einstein was more eager to appreciate the beauty that God created than artificially prolong his own life. Monica’s story is interrupted by the arrival of the candidates for Sarah’s project. After hearing the tragic tale of an infertile couple seeking to clone their daughter who passed away, Monica questions her ability to discover the truth of the matter.

Monica tries to emphasize to Sarah the tremendous responsibility she will take on if she clones a child. Sarah misinterprets Monica’s advice and decides that she is the perfect choice and will use her frozen sample of Einstein’s DNA to give birth to her son. Sarah is elated with the decision, convinced that her son will have the best of everything, a loving mother and the genius of Einstein. The news that other scientists will start the cloning process in a week pressures Sarah to proceed without authorization. After evading security, Sarah locks herself in her laboratory, ready to begin. Monica warns Sarah that she has not considered the long-term consequences, just like Einstein, and will suffer just as he did. Monica describes how Einstein met a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing, Mr. Aramaki.

The gardener’s account of the infamous day painfully reminded Einstein how his discovery of relativity regretfully became the blueprint for the atomic bomb. Monica reveals herself as an angel to Sarah and allows her to witness the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. The frightful experience causes Sarah to reconsider what she is doing. Monica tells Sarah that only God creates life and that He is in a constant state of creation. Suddenly, the cherry blossoms from a tree outside whirl inside the laboratory and transform into a beautiful new angel. As Monica and the new angel depart, Monica reminds Sarah that she is a child of God and will always be loved by Him and she will be a wonderful mother one day. With a renewed hope for the future, Sarah tearfully removes the genetic material and disposes it.

Episode 721: “Band Of Angels”

17-year-old Alex Wilson breaks into the music store where he works to steal a guitar, not counting on the fact that his boss and mentor, famed Blues musician Henry Baldwin, would be working late that night.  Armed with a gun, Henry goes out into the darkened store to confront the intruder.  Henry is shocked to find Alex there and goes to call the police when Alex tries to stop him.  There’s a struggle for the gun and Henry is fatally wounded.  Alex is arrested, found guilty and remanded to the local juvenile detention center until sentencing.

Monica works at the detention center supervising a group of six boys, including Alex.  In a show of false bravado, Alex makes it known that he’s serving time for murder.  Ronald (the angel from records and permanent files) suggests to Monica that perhaps the boys need to find some common ground.  The next day, Tess surprises Alex with some strawberry pancakes for his birthday — and when everyone joins in to sing “Happy Birthday,” they stumble onto some untapped potential.  Andrew accompanies Alex to his sentencing hearing where he calls Alex’s high school counselor, who testifies to the important role Henry played in Alex’s life.  But Alex’s fate takes a turn for the worse when Henry’s daughter Olivia takes the stand.  She tearfully recounts how her father had a lot more love and music to share and that Alex is a murderer who should be made to pay.  The judge sentences Alex to twenty-five years without the possibility of parole.  Alex returns to the detention center feeling hopeless, and Monica asks if there’s something he’d like to do in the remaining time before he’s transferred to the penitentiary.

Alex admits he’d like to hear his music performed before an audience.  Alex asks the guys if they’d be willing to sing his song.  They’re reluctant, but eventually agree to give it a try.  While Alex works with the guys on their harmony, Ronald locates a venue for them to perform.  Tess smoothes things over with the juvenile center administrator, who grudgingly allows them to attend the “open mike” night under their supervision.  The boys perform Alex’s song to an enthusiastic response, but Alex escapes before the song is over.  When Alex is discovered missing, the performance is interrupted and the boys are sent back to the detention center, where Ronald reveals himself as an angel and tells them that God loves them and forgives them.

Monica finds Alex hiding out in the now abandoned music store where it all began.  Monica shows Alex that Henry had intended to give him the guitar as a birthday present.  Monica reveals herself as an angel, and that she was sent in answer to Henry’s prayer.  She reminds Alex that God loves him and that he still has a future, even if it’s behind bars and that it’s time to turn his future over to God.  Alex returns to the juvenile center and apologizes to the guys.  He asks them for one last favor — to honor Henry’s memory.  As Alex is transferred to prison, the guys restore Henry’s music store with the angels’ help, to be reopened as a youth center.

Episode 720: “The Sign Of The Dove”

Andrew runs into a colleague, fellow Angel of Death, Adam, while spending his “day off” in Richmond, Virginia visiting the Mason family, a family he’s had the privilege of following over many generations.  Andrew occupies a special place in the Mason family, so much so that they’ve dedicated a special chair in his honor.  Adam and Andrew stop in for a non-alcoholic beverage at the Mason family tavern, The Sign of the Dove, which is managed by Ben Mason, an affable young man who is to be married that evening.

While Andrew and Adam talk shop, one angel of death to another, Monica tries to get through to her assignment, Nicholas Freeman, a hard-working man who owns the print shop next door, which is being edged out by the competition.  Driven to drastic measures to provide for his family, Nicholas is planning to blow up his print shop so his family can collect the insurance.  While recounting his experiences with the Mason family, Andrew sees a dove on the window sill, a sign that Ben is going to die today, bringing an end to the Mason family lineage.  Andrew tells Adam how The Sign of the Dove served as an underground railroad back in the 1850s.  He relates the story of how Ben’s ancestors staged a fake funeral to help a runaway slave escape to freedom.

That night, the newly freed man changed his name to Mason Freeman, accidentally leaving behind a fifty-cent piece which is now displayed in a frame behind the bar.  Tess then shows up and explains that Andrew has been reassigned to assist Monica and that Adam will be following Ben.  Monica tries to persuade Nicholas to think about what he’s doing, but he is resolved, convinced that he’s worth more to his family dead than alive.  He assures Monica that the explosion will happen while everyone’s at the church, so that nobody will get hurt but himself.

Andrew takes some solace in the fact that Ben has left the tavern in time to avoid getting hurt.  But Monica and Adam remind Andrew that Ben left behind the Mason family Bible, a register of births, deaths and marriages over generations, something he will be sure to return for.  Monica finally relinquishes her assignment to Andrew, but when she introduces Nicholas by his full name, Andrew realizes the reason they were brought together.  Andrew takes Nicholas back to the tavern and explains his place in history as Mason Freeman’s descendant, showing him the coin his ancestor left behind.  Monica explains the coin was a symbol of hope that God would always provide a way and that the Mason family has saved this coin all these years, waiting to return it to its rightful heir.  His faith restored, Nicholas rushes to disarm the explosives with moments to spare.  At the wedding reception, Andrew takes Ben aside and explains the history that links his past with Nicholas Freeman.

Episode 719: “The Penalty Box”

Star hockey player, Jeff McHenry, a senior at the exclusive St. Crispin’s prep school enjoys the privileged lifestyle afforded to him by his father’s wealth.  With his team on the heels of the playoffs and his father’s financial support to attend Harvard, Jeff’s future seems secure.  Jeff’s arrogance fuels a rivalry with teammate, Chase Jennings, and draws alliances from both on and off the ice rink.  When Jeff’s substitute History teacher, Andrew, tries to teach his class about the St. Crispian’s Day speech from Shakespeare’s Henry V, it is clear that Jeff has never understood or practiced the humility that made Henry V a great leader.  Jeff’s mettle is tested when a bad investment bankrupts his father.

Jeff painfully accepts his transfer to a public school, but is allayed by his father’s assurance that his college tuition is safe.  Jeff’s adjustment to the socially and economically diverse Eastside High proves to be a difficult one.  He refuses Monica’s invitation, as the interim hockey coach, to join the team.  His disparaging remarks about the last placed team, alienates the players.  That night, Jeff attends a St. Crispin’s house party and discovers that he is no longer part of that social circle.  Even more distressing, is the circulating news that his father’s financial troubles have forced him to tap into his college fund.  Realizing his need for an athletic scholarship, Jeff joins the Eastside team in the hopes of impressing a Harvard scout.  Jeff’s rigorous and punishing practices are in opposition with Monica’s good-natured coaching.

Monica questions Jeff’s incessant determination to go to Harvard and learns that it is part of his fulfillment of his deceased mother’s dream.  Jeff dismisses Monica’s advice that his character determines who he is, not the name of his school.  At the last game of the year, Eastside vs. St. Crispin, Jeff faces off with his school rival, Chase. Jeff tells his teammates that their only chance of winning is for him to shoulder the offense.  Jeff’s talents and selfish play are unable to overcome the dominating St. Crispin’s team.   With only few minutes left and Eastside is being shut out 3-0, Jeff’s frustration mounts.  When Chase insults Jeff, a fight erupts and the two players receive penalties.   A defeated Jeff buries his face in his hands only to look up to discover the entire arena has come to a standstill.

Monica reveals herself as an angel and tells Jeff that although investments go bad and plans change, God’s love for him is constant.  Monica tells Jeff that even though he made a promise to his dying mother, his mother is at a peace in God’s presence.  But this game is Jeff’s chance to prove that he is a true leader.   The arena becomes active and Jeff is released from the penalty box.  He apologizes to his teammates and inspires them with a version of the St. Crispian’s day speech.  Tess and Andrew, spectators at the game, direct the Harvard scout’s attention to Jeff.  Working as a team, Eastide is able to score two quick goals.  Their efforts fall short as time expires before the tying goal reaches past the goal line.  Despite the loss, Jeff’s leadership skills impress the scout, who suggests that there might be an available scholarship for him next semester.

Episode 718: “Visions Of Thy Father”

Seventeen-year-old Jason Harris seems to have it all: a loving family, a beautiful girlfriend and aspirations of being a photojournalist.  Jason’s father (Will Harris) a prominent ophthalmologist, has been urging Jason to monitor an old eye injury which resulted in detached retinas.  Monica is assigned to help this family deal with a secret, and she winds up working alongside Jason in a local photo store.  When Monica learns of Jason’s talent for photography, she offers to introduce him to a photographer friend of hers (Andrew) at the Denver Daily Herald.

Jason meets with Andrew and suggests his father for one of their “day in the life” photo spreads.  Andrew takes Jason up on his suggestion and invites Jason to shoot it himself.  Jason spends the next day shadowing his father, but when he returns for one last photo he walks in on his father kissing his receptionist (Sherri) and captures the moment on film.  Jason returns home, now sharing the burden of this secret.  Will talks to Jason privately, blaming his lapse on a midlife crisis — a cancer scare a year ago.  Will assures Jason that it’s over between him and Sherri and that telling his mother would only hurt her.  When Jason refuses to hand over the film, Will grabs the camera from him and rips out the film, unaware that Jason already saved the roll with the incriminating photo.  His faith in his father shattered, Jason’s sense of betrayal ripples into other aspects of his life as he starts skipping school and distancing himself from his girlfriend.  Jason shows the incriminating photo to Monica, who tries to convince him that this is not his secret to keep.

True to his word, Will has terminated his affair and replaced Sherri with a new receptionist (Tess).  But Jason becomes overwhelmed by the burden of his father’s secret and tries to numb the pain in a bottle of Scotch.  Intoxicated, he crashes his father’s car, rendering himself temporarily blind.  As Jason is rushed to the hospital, Renee returns inside the house and discovers the incriminating photo.  With time of the essence, the attending physician informs the family that a corneal transplant will be necessary to restore Jason’s eyesight and that his father is the most qualified man for the job.  But Jason refuses to let his father perform the surgery.  Will is prepared to step out of the way without a fight, but Renee calls him on the carpet.  She tells Will she found the incriminating photo and knows all about his affair.  Renee tells Will to stop acting like a child and make peace with his son.  She then tries to convince Jason to let her deal with their marital issues in her own way, and to let Will perform the surgery.  Will returns to his office where Tess reveals herself as an angel and tells Will that God wants him to fight for his family and that he needs to apologize to Jason without making any excuses.

Monica then reveals herself as an angel to Jason, and miraculously, Jason (though still blind) is able to see Monica glowing.  She tells him it’s up to God (not Jason) to judge his father.  Will comes to see his son and apologize and Jason forgives him.  As father and son embrace, Renee enters with family photos of happier times, a reminder of all that’s worth fighting for in this family.

Episode 717: “I Am An Angel”

Seven-year-old Mickey has been despondent since his mother’s recent death. He lives with his Aunt Val and his older brother Ryan. When Ryan learns that Guy Garfield, the star of Mickey’s favorite television show “The Avenging Angel,” will be appearing at an Angel Convention in Portland, he goes there in the hopes of persuading Guy to help his brother. Guy makes a grand entrance by way of his “golden ladder” (which takes him back and forth to Heaven on his weekly series) to cheering fans. But Monica and Tess have observed the real Guy, a boozing womanizer who is anything but angelic. Ryan stretches the truth and asks for help for his “dying” brother. Guy graciously agrees, milking the moment for all its worth. But once he’s offstage, he makes it clear to Monica (who’s filling in as his assistant) that he has no intention of keeping his promise.

Monica decides to keep it for him by driving an unsuspecting Guy to the rural town where Mickey lives. Once Guy realizes he’s been “kidnapped,” he bolts and flags down the sheriff, only to discover that she is Aunt Val. While trying to sort things out, Aunt Val vents her frustration about losing her sister and how her life has suddenly changed. Ryan takes this the wrong way, assuming she resents being stuck with two kids. Ryan explains to Monica how his mom made them lunch every day and tucked them in at night and told them she loved them, whereas Aunt Val just does the minimum. Out of the spotlight, Guy gets a chance to appreciate the simple pleasures of small town life and strikes a rapport with Val.

Meanwhile, Mickey talks to Andrew (his bus driver) about praying for an angel. When Mickey comes home to find “Gabriel” in his living room, he thinks God has answered his prayer. Despite Monica’s pleas, Guy assumes his angel persona and assures Mickey that his mother is in Heaven — conjuring a make-believe image. Mickey packs his overnight bag so that “Gabriel” can take him to Heaven. When Guy tries to explain his way out of this, Mickey runs off and climbs to the top of an old grain silo to wait for the “golden ladder” himself. While Val and Ryan go for help, Monica reveals herself as an angel to Guy. She tells Guy that God wants him to be the man he was before the fame, who served God rather than serving himself. Guy climbs the silo to rescue Mickey and explains that he’s not an angel, but that real angels do exist. Mickey reaches out to Guy and accidentally falls, but Andrew is there to catch him.

Andrew reveals to Mickey that he took his mother to Heaven and helps him understand the difference between Guy’s make-believe version of Heaven versus the awesome reality of being in God’s presence. Comforted by Andrew’s words, Mickey is finally able to say goodbye to his mother and move forward. Aunt Val embraces her nephews, telling them how much she loves them, and a spiritually renewed Guy joins the restored family as they return home.

Episode 716: “Winners, Losers & Leftovers”

Liam Cadegan works for ApexOne Technologies, a high-tech company which has just been bought as part of a merger.  While Liam is generally secure in his job and is clearly devoted to his family, he starts to become affected by the paranoia of those around him in the wake of the company president’s termination.  Tess points out that in a tense climate, even the least competitive person can switch gears and become a predator.  Harlow meets with the employees by video conference and introduces Monica as the new vice president of community relations.  Monica suggests aligning themselves with the Special Olympics and offers to arrange a meeting this weekend with her contact (Andrew).

Liam, whose son will be participating in the Special Olympics, supports the idea, acknowledging the fact that his son is disabled.  But Harlow preempts Monica’s suggestion in favor of a corporate retreat he’s scheduled this weekend.  Josh Whitman (one of Liam’s colleagues) reads between the lines and advises Liam to prepare for a gladiator-style competition which will likely determine the company’s next president.  Liam breaks the news to his son, Matt, that he won’t be able to be there for the preliminaries, but he will definitely be there for the finals.

Tess guides the VP’s through the retreat, which is designed to get them to know each other personally so they can work together better professionally.  The first game is musical chairs, in which a meek Liam is promptly eliminated.  When Josh wins the contest by pulling the last chair away from Monica, Liam realizes that he will have to be ruthless if he wants to win.  When Tess announces this evening’s outdoor challenge, Liam realizes he must decide between attending his son’s race or competing for a chance at promotion.  Monica is the first to notice the change in Liam and tries to get him to see what he’s sacrificing.  But when she suggests he isn’t actually interested in becoming the company president, he thinks she’s just trying to psych him out.

The final phase of the competition involves a search for clues to locate a flag to be planted at the top of a mountain.  As Josh predicted, the president will be selected from the winning team.  Liam’s team manages to work together and capture the flag until Neil trips and breaks his ankle.  Unwilling to let anything (or anyone) stand in his way, Liam proceeds to the top of the mountain alone.  But when he reaches the summit, Tess reminds Liam that, in order to win, his whole team had to make it to the top.  Liam rushes back to get his teammates, but finds only Monica.  She tells him that Josh’s team stopped to help Neil and have taken him back to the retreat center.  Liam refuses to concede, convinced that he needs this promotion in order to provide for his “special needs” son.  Monica reveals herself as an angel and tells him that Matt’s deepest need is his family and that Liam’s most important job is being a father.  Liam arrives in time to see Matt and cheer him on.  Matt appears to be winning the race, but stops to aid a fellow athlete who falls down.  Liam beams with pride as he watches his son cross the finish line while supporting the injured competitor.  Harlow arrives and offers Liam the promotion, saying he’s got the qualities he wants in a leader, someone who’s willing to do what it takes to get to the top.  But Liam turns down the promotion, having learned a powerful lesson not only from Monica, but from his son.