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

Tess: Where would this country be if the children stopped thinking of how to make it a better place to live?
Andrew: There's still time, John. You don't have to die alone.
John Wilkes Booth: ...I can't.
Soldier: Can't what?
John Wilkes Booth: My hands.
Soldier: What?
John Wilkes Booth: Put them in front of my face.
Soldier: Why?
John Wilkes Booth: ...Please.
Soldier: Get his hands over them.
John Wilkes Booth: [the soldiers move his arms so he is now in a position to pray]... Useless. Useless.
Soldier: What's useless?
Andrew: No. John - it's never useless to pray but the time is now, before... [Booth is dead] Before it's too late.
Sam: Hello, Mr. President. God is with you. And He's sent His angel to be with you, until He calls ya home.


  • 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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