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

John Wilkes Booth: You have avenged nothing. You have achieved nothing, except for the wrath of God. And even now God offers you a choice. You can choose - forgiveness, and peace. Or separation from Him, forever.
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.
John Wilkes Booth: I'm a gentlemen; we can agree to disagree, right?
Andrew: Yes.
John Wilkes Booth: You can go your way, I can go mine, right?
Andrew: Yes.
John Wilkes Booth: So why can't the states do the same; if the South can't agree with the North, why can't we all just be gentlemen, and call it a day?
Andrew: Because if every disagreement dissolved the union there would be no marriage. There would be no friendship. There would be, no contracts... no country. There would be nothing but anarchy. And that is where tyrants come from, sir.


  • 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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