Sep. 21, 1994
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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Touched by an Angel - 05x06 Beautiful Dreamer

5x06 Beautiful Dreamer

First Aired: Oct. 25, 1998 on CBS
Summary: Tess, posing as a schoolteacher, tries to help a child who wants to become a hit man by telling him the story of Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth.

Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Mary Todd Lincoln played by Christine Healy
Calvin played by Mitchah Williams
David Herold played by Chris McKenna
Laura Keane played by Angela Bettis
John Wilkes Booth played by Reg Rogers
Abraham Lincoln played by David Selby
Sam played by Paul Winfield
Edwin M. Stanton played by Jesse Bennett

Episode Quotes

Monica: I-I cannot see into the future. Only God, Who loves you very much, and do that. But He wants you to know this about your dream. That no matter what happens, what matters most is that in your dream, you were walkin' the halls off the White House. And that for generations to come, children and presidents, citizens and legislators, average Amerians and world leaders will - walk these same hals, and listen for the echo of your footsteps, hoping to hear one distant reassuring sound of honesty, and goodness, and genuine sacrifice. For the people of this country, and the centuries to come, will not simply honor your memory, sir. They will need it. They will cling to it in the days when the real heroes are hard to find. When the little boys and little girls wonder if there was a time when principles mattered more than politics. When parents need an example of courage to point to. They will need you - the men and women of every race and religion who continue the struggle that you began. Who will fight for freedom and fairness, who will even sacrifice their own lives: the fighters, and the dreamers, who will follow you to the mountaintop.
Sam: Well, sooner or later the hatred in a man's heart, finds its way into his words, then to his hands. Until he finally becomes a creator of evil itself.
Principal: Anyone not in their seat in five seconds is gonna spend the day with me in the principal's office.
Tess: [the kids scramble to their desks] How'd she do that? [Sam chuckles]


  • Goof (anachronisms): When Booth and the men in the bar are singing Beautiful Dreamer, they are accompanied by a banjo played in the three finger or "Scruggs" style. This is extremely unlikely, as that style was not popularized until the mid-1940s. It's much more likely it would have been played in a plectrum, or strumming style.
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