Tess is in an uncharacteristically
grumpy mood as she gives Monica her new assignment: to be
interviewed by Callie Martin, a cynical reporter writing an expose' on
angelic encounters. Explaining that she is an angelic experience,
Monica recounts the story of a recent case.
Heart transplant surgeon Dr. Joe
Patcherik is assigned to operate on Ethan Parker, the drunk driver who
killed Joe's five children. Since that incident, Joe and his
artist wife, Lisa have drifted apart. She has immersed herself in
a sculpture that will stand in the children's wing of the hospital as a
dedication to her kids. During a heated, emotional conversation,
Lisa urges her husband to forgive her, Ethan, and God for their
children's deaths. Later, in the middle of the surgery, Monica,
the transplant coordinator, stops time and reveals herself to Joe.
She tells him that he is holding his own life in his hands and that no
one except God has the right to determine whether another human should
live or die. After successfully completing the surgery, Joe is
shown the sculpture Lisa has been crafting: it is a statue of
their children sledding--the activity they were en route to when the
Outraged that the killer lived, Callie
tosses the interview tape away and walks out on to the street. She
is nearly hit by a bus but is rescued by none other than Ethan Parker.
Scrambling to recover the tape, Callie sees Monica, Tess, and Henry (an
Angel of Death) wave to her as they ride on the back of the garbage
truck containing the tape.