Sep. 21, 1994
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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Touched by an Angel » Season 5
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

Andrew: It's over?
Sam: For him, yes. But there's still something left to be done. But that requires a different *kind* of angel. [glances aside; Andrew follows his gaze to Lincoln] I know it usually happens right away, but - the Father had a purpose. And he has new work for *you*, Andrew.
Andrew: An Angel of Death? [Sam pats his shoulder and smiles] I'd be honored... Hello, Abraham. My name's Andrew.
Abraham Lincoln: [of his dream] There seemed to be a, deathlike stillness all about me. And then I - I heard sobs, very subdued sobbing. So I... got up out of bed and I wandered downstairs. Until I arrived at the East Room. And there I met a... rather unpleasant surprise. Before me rested a corpse, in funeral vestments. And around it were soldiers and a throng of people were weeping, bitterly. "Who is dead in the White House?" I demanded of one of the soldiers. "The President," was his answer. "He was killed by an assassin."
John Wilkes Booth: What state are you from?
Andrew: I like to think that I am from the State of Grace.


  • 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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