Season 1

Episode 109: “The Hero”

Episode 109: “The Hero”
Original Air Date:March 4, 1995
Written by::Marilyn Osborn
Directed by:Max Tash
Produced by:

Martha Williamson
Jon Andersen
Robert J. Visciglia, Jr.

Guest Cast:
James Mackey Jon Amos
Matthew Mackey Bumper Robinson
Coach Mike Johansen Brian Patrick Clarke
Dr. Tom Bryant Bryan Cranston
Luke Stevens Matthew Kaminsky

Three years ago, James Mackey defused a tense hostage situation by shooting the gunman who had fatally wounded James’ partner.  Now Monica is a journalist writing a story about the small-town sheriff and local hero.   Although a loving father, Mackey places intense pressure on his son, Matthew so he can gain admission to the U.S. Naval Academy.  Rather than risk not doing well, the boy cheats on a college entrance exam but gets caught.

Afraid of how his father will react, Matt attempts suicide.  While he is in a coma, Monica uses her angelic powers to talk to him and convince him to live.  She later helps Sheriff Mackey resolve his own inner torment:  his late partner, Nick Hanson, was the true hero in that hostage situation.  Mackey had frozen when they confronted the criminals, and Nick saved his life.  Monica convinces Mackey that God loves him regardless and is able to reunite father and son.

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