Season three of Touched By an Angel
offers another cluster of heartwarming and inspiring stories of forgiveness and redemption as celestial caseworker Monica (Roma Downey
), her heavenly supervisor Tess (Della Reese
), and on occasion the gentle Angel of Death Andrew (John Dye
) travel the length and breadth of the country in order to inspire ordinary mortals to turn their lives around. In those instances when the input of the three series regulars isn't quite enough to finish the job, Special Agent Angel Sam (Paul Winfield) flutters down to tie up loose ends. The season gets under way with a special episode introducing laid-off factory worker Russell Greene (Gerald McRaney), his wife Claire (Wendy Phillips), his children Joshua (Austin O'Brien) and Dinah (Sarah Schaub), his nephew Daniel, and his own mom Hattie (Celeste Holm). After being saved from a drastic act that would have ruined not only his life but those of his loved ones, Russell is asked by Monica and Tess to be their earthly representative, driving throughout the country in his dilapidated trailer to "redefine what it meant to be a good neighbor and recapture the American dream." Thus is the Greene family launched into its own spin-off series, Promised Land
. The Greene family would make a return appearance in a pair of two-part crossovers between Promised Land
and Touched By an Angel
, titled "The Homecoming" and "Amazing Grace." In other episodes, Monica heads to Death Row to break a vicious cycle of violence, frets over the iniquities of life when an "insignificant" man is unable to find a kidney donor, and finds her angel status in jeopardy because of a "lie of omission." Elsewhere, a flashback episode taking place around the "War of the Worlds" broadcast of 1938 offers an object lesson for a present-day mortal; and an elderly couple is prevented from going through with a suicide pact; an estranged mother and daughter are reunited despite the mother's irrevocable memory loss; Monica briefly tutors a nervous apprentice angel named Celeste (Hudson Leick); and all three angels form a united front against Big Tobacco. As bonuses, the episode "At Risk," a paean to voluntarism, is introduced by General Colin Powell, while the season's final episode, "A Delicate Balance," features cameos by Olympic champs Nadia Comenici and Bart Conner.