Season 3

Episode 307: “The Sky Is Falling”

Episode 307: “The Sky Is Falling”
Original Air Date:November 3, 1996
Written by::Glenn Berenbeim
Directed by: Victor Lobl
Produced by:

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

Guest Cast:
Dottie Estelle Getty
Leonard Pound Brian Keith
Allan Pound Ray Buktenica
Kate Pound Allyce Beasley
Tom Pound Gary Hudson
Young Leonard Sam Gifaldi
Penny  Scarlett Pomers 

On Halloween, renowned author Leonard Pound is grief stricken regarding his wife, Grace’s recent death. His son, Allan has hired Monica to attend to the widower, who has lost the will to live. To help him, the angel prompts Leonard to revisit a pivotal event in his life, October 30, 1938–the night of Orson Welles’ radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds… and the night Monica and Tess met.

Dressed in his Buck Rogers costume, young Leonard gathered with his family around the radio. His father, Tom, a state trooper, left the house to investigate the flaming object that reportedly fell in nearby Grovers Mill. As the broadcast continued, listeners began to fret, thinking it was the end of the world. Panic spread into the streets and the Pound family, along with others, sought shelter in a church. There Leonard literally bumped into Penny, a girl in an angel costume. Concerned about his father, he snuck outside and started searching. Back inside the church, Tess tried to calm the people, but a glowing Monica appeared, announcing “Fear not!” and panic ensued. Tess read Monica the “riot act” and told her to find some animals she could help. As the people scattered in the moonlight, Leonard again encountered Penny, who had a flashlight. The two of them set off to explore. Tess then received a visit from Dottie, the angel of etiquette, and learned God had big plans for Monica and herself. Meanwhile, after getting lost, Leonard and Penny spotted a police car. Unfortunately, the state trooper inside, Andrew, had bad news for the boy: his father had died in a car accident. Distraught, Leonard ran off into the night. Tess encouraged Monica to reveal herself to the lad, but he rejected her message. Penny, however, found and comforted her friend.

Back in the present, Monica realizes Grace was actually Penny grown up. The angel tells Leonard her inability to help him grieve back then prompted his relationship with his future wife. Now Monica can help console him after Grace’s death because “sometimes, all an angel can do is cry with you.”

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