List of Promised Land episodes

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Promised Land is an American drama series which aired on CBS from 1996 to 1999. It is a spin-off from another series, Touched by an Angel. During the course of the series, 68 episodes of Promised Land aired over three seasons.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
124September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)
223September 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)May 14, 1998 (1998-05-14)
322October 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)May 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)


Backdoor pilot (1996)[edit]

The first episode of the third season of Touched by an Angel, entitled "Promised Land", serves as a backdoor pilot for Promised Land.

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Promised Land"Michael SchultzMartha WilliamsonSeptember 15, 1996 (1996-09-15)
Suddenly without a job, Russell Greene (Gerald McRaney) takes his family -- his wife Claire (Wendy Phillips), son Josh (Austin O'Brien), his daughter Dinah (Sarah Schaub), his mother Hattie (Celeste Holm), and his nephew, Nathaniel (Eddie Karr) -- and hits the road across the country to Chicory Creek, his mother's small hometown in the state of Kentucky. Russell was promised work there, only to discover the man who offered employment has died. Family friend Erasmus Jones (Ossie Davis) offers his land on which they can park their trailer, until things get better for them. Russell's nine-year-old nephew Nathaniel is also staying with Erasmus, after Russell's brother Joe has left town. Russell is talked into traveling by bus to New York, in order to persuade Erasmus' daughter (Suzzanne Douglas) to open up a clinic in the town that helped her get into medical school. Russell receives help getting back to town from fellow bus passenger Tess (Della Reese), who later reveals herself to be an angel. She tells him that God wants his family to travel around America and help others.

Season 1 (1996–97)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"The Expatriate"Victor LoblE.F. Wallengren & Valerie WoodsSeptember 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)103
While the Greenes travel through Colorado, they hear a radio broadcast of a high-school basketball coach (Michael Gross) announcing that he is moving to New Zealand. He has become disillusioned with America and the Greenes must restore his faith.
22"The Prodigy"Gene ReynoldsDeborah Starr SeibelSeptember 24, 1996 (1996-09-24)104
The Greenes attend a music festival in Evanston, Wyoming, honoring a late rock legend. They meet his grieving wife Pamela Riley (Gail O'Grady), who fears that her son Trevor (Benjamin Salisbury) will follow his father's destructive career path.
33"The Motel"Victor LoblE.F. WallengrenOctober 1, 1996 (1996-10-01)101
While passing through Arkansas, the Greenes discover that Joe left a run-down motel without paying his bill, so Russell decides to work off the debt by making repairs for the embittered motel owner (Marion Ross).
44"The Hostage"Victor LoblWilliam A. SchwartzOctober 8, 1996 (1996-10-08)105
Claire's great Aunt Ethel (Cloris Leachman) is celebrating her 100th birthday in Pueblo, Colorado. However, Russell must encourage a man (David Graf) to take action against his employer for dumping toxic waste at a local landfill site, which ultimately led to his wife's death from cancer.
55"The Magic Gate"Burt BrinckerhoffE.F. Wallengren & R.J. CollearyOctober 15, 1996 (1996-10-15)106
While visiting a small town in West Virginia, Russell intervenes when he discovers Nathaniel's favorite author (Valerie Harper) is a morphine addict and that her fellow townspeople refuse any assistance because of the bad reputation it would give the town.
66"Leap of Faith"Michael SchultzE.F. Wallengren & Martha Williamson & Norman MorrillOctober 29, 1996 (1996-10-29)102
Dinah's navigating lands the Greenes in Roswell, New Mexico. They encounter a group of UFO believers eagerly awaiting the return of a former astronaut (James Brolin) who disappeared years ago. Russell learns the secret of the disappearance.
77"Little Girl Lost"Vincent McEveetyNorman Morrill & Valerie WoodsNovember 12, 1996 (1996-11-12)107
The Greene family's camping in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina is interrupted when a young girl (Laura Morgan) becomes lost. Dinah uses her mapping and trail skills to locate the child, which impresses Russell.
88"The Secret"Gene ReynoldsWilliam SchmidtNovember 19, 1996 (1996-11-19)108
Claire takes a job as a substitute teacher at a high school in Pennsylvania. She and Josh must help a troubled teenaged girl (Julia Stiles), who is afraid to tell her father (Lee Majors) that she has suffered a miscarriage. Claire and Russell empathize with the girl as they recall a similar loss of their own years ago.
99"Homecoming: Part 2"Tim Van PattenWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenNovember 26, 1996 (1996-11-26)109

The Greenes return to Chicory Creek, Kentucky, to join Erasmus for Thanksgiving, but Nathaniel's mother (Delta Burke) arrives, intent on reclaiming her son, now that her life is in order.

Note: This episode begins on Touched by an Angel.
1010"King of the Road"Jim JohnstonDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithDecember 3, 1996 (1996-12-03)110
A charismatic older gentleman (Steve Forrest) woos a surprised Hattie. Meanwhile, the Greenes run into con artists when they go shopping for a new trailer, after a fire destroys the old one.
1111"Christmas"Michael Ray RhodesE.F. WallengrenDecember 17, 1996 (1996-12-17)111
Claire goes home for Christmas after receiving a letter from her favorite grade-school teacher (James T. Callahan) who is dying. She discovers that her mother (Mary Elizabeth McDonough) once had a romantic tryst with the teacher.
1212"The Getaway"Stuart MargolinWilliam Schmidt & William A. SchwartzJanuary 7, 1997 (1997-01-07)112
On their way to Cheyenne, Colorado, the Greenes stop to help Ellen Boller (Wendel Meldrum), whose car has broken down on the road. Russell and Claire learn that Ellen and her daughter (Kelsey Mulrooney) are running away from an abusive husband (John Finn), who happens to be the town sheriff. Russell's attempt to rescue the woman and her daughter puts his own family in jeopardy but he is able to defuse the tense situation.
1313"Independence Day"Burt BrinckerhoffDebbie Smith & Danna DoyleJanuary 14, 1997 (1997-01-14)113
The Greenes visit relatives in Great Falls, Montana, who are struggling with the demands of caring for a new baby and an adult brother Bob (Chris Burke) who has Down syndrome.
1414"Mirror Image"Stuart MargolinWilliam A. Schwartz & Deborah Starr SeibelJanuary 21, 1997 (1997-01-21)114
Claire fears the worst when she discovers a lump in her right breast and she secretly goes to a hospital for a mammogram. There, she befriends Rachel (Essence Atkins), who is facing a mastectomy. Scared, Rachel tells Claire that she is breaking off her engagement with fiancé David (Derek Webster). Claire must have a biopsy and this alarms the family, but the biopsy comes back negative. Russell and Claire renew their vows, which causes Rachel and David to marry.
1515"The Collapse"Jim JohnstonTeleplay by : William A. Schwartz & E.F. Wallengren
Story by : Jim Johnston and William A. Schwartz and E.F. Wallengren
February 11, 1997 (1997-02-11)116
Russell works day labor in a mine. Fighting to stay on top of their orders to meet deadlines and low on manpower, his coworkers are pushed to their limits when a support beam gives way, causing the mine to collapse. Russell and twelve others are trapped. He struggles to keep the crew in the right frame of mind to handle the situation. While struggling himself, Russell is visited by his deceased father (R. Lee Ermey), which gives them a chance to take care of some unfinished business. Finally, the rescue teams break through to the other side. The weary miners emerge singing the inspirational song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot".
1616"Running Scared"Burt BrinckerhoffMichael GlassbergFebruary 18, 1997 (1997-02-18)115
Hattie and Dinah come across 15-year-old Allison (Thora Birch) shivering in the cold and take her in. The girl is a runaway from a foster home and claims she is searching for her older brother Tommy, whom she hasn't seen in eight years. Russell and Allison learn that Tommy had committed suicide by jumping off a railroad bridge. Distraught, Allison attempts to do the same and the Greenes are able to save her.
1717"Amazing Grace: Part 2"Victor LoblMartha Williamson, E.F. Wallengren and William A. SchwartzFebruary 25, 1997 (1997-02-25)18B

The Greene family joins Josh on an assignment after a violent gang incident.

Note: This episode begins on Touched by an Angel.
1818"Downsized"Michael SchultzWilliam SchmidtMarch 4, 1997 (1997-03-04)117
After a recent shooting causes Josh to be blind, the Greenes go to Post Falls, Idaho to place him in a special institute. They then visit Ned Bernhart (Stacy Keach), a friend from North Carolina. Ned sets Russell up with a job interview at his place of employment, but a younger, less qualified applicant is hired and Ned loses his job. Russell convinces Ned to consult with a lawyer about an age discrimination lawsuit. Meanwhile, Hattie arranges a protest, complete with local news crews, against Ned's employer. His lawyer and Russell are able to broker a deal to return Ned to his job.
1919"The Outrage"Michael Ray RhodesClaire WhitakerMarch 18, 1997 (1997-03-18)119
Russell tries to prevent Jesse (Wes Studi), a Native American friend, from avenging the death of a young man killed during a dispute to keep a coal company off a reservation. Meanwhile, Josh meets Jesse's son Will (Demetrius Navarro), who helps him adjust to his recent blindness.
2020"Intolerance"Victor LoblE.F. WallengrenApril 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)120
With the help of Russell and Claire, a woman (Rue McClanahan) forces a young boy (Dylan Bruno) to face his anti-Semitic acts by telling him about her own family's past.
2121"Cowboy Blues"Alan J. LeviWilliam A. SchwartzApril 29, 1997 (1997-04-29)121
The Greenes take a detour to a ranch and find a father (David Selby) and son (Nick Stahl) at odds over what to do with a traumatized horse.
2222"Civil Wars"Larry LiptonDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithMay 6, 1997 (1997-05-06)122
Dinah sees the angel of death (John Dye) and fears that a loved one is going to die. Then the Greenes are involved in a car accident that leaves a woman seriously injured.
2323"Stealing Home: Part 1"Burt BrinckerhoffWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenMay 13, 1997 (1997-05-13)123
Nathaniel fights a Little League teammate who teases him about the coach's (Sharon Gless) crush on Russell. The fight, along with Russell's rebuffing the coach's advances, sparks a complaint to social services and raises questions about the Greenes' parental abilities.
2424"Stealing Home: Part 2"Burt BrinckerhoffWilliam A. Schwartz & E.F. WallengrenMay 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)124
The coach who accused the Greenes of child negligence faces the same charge, when her own son (Andrew J. Ferchland) runs away from home with Nathaniel, saying he blames her for the death of his twin brother.

Season 2 (1997–98)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
251"The Road Home: Part 2"Burt BrinckerhoffWilliam A. Schwartz & Claire WhitakerSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)203

Russell tries to get Nathaniel back from the boy's prodigal father—his brother Joe (Richard Thomas), which includes telling the police about Joe's car accident while under the influence of drugs.

Note: This episode begins on Touched by an Angel.
262"The Promise"Michael SchultzClaire Whitaker & Rolf WallengrenOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)201
Claire skips an event held to honor Russell's grandfather in order to keep a promise she made 25 years ago to her ex-boyfriend Rod (Douglas Sheehan).
273"Par for the Course"Vincent McEveetyWilliam A. SchwartzOctober 9, 1997 (1997-10-09)202
When Nathaniel leaves the Hattie's embroidered travel map in a gift shop, he, Hattie, Dinah and Josh return for it—and find the proprietor (Stephen Tobolowsky) has claimed it as his own. Meanwhile, Claire shares some alarming news with Russell that will impact all members of the family.
284"Crushed"Gene ReynoldsDebra EpsteinOctober 16, 1997 (1997-10-16)204
Josh refuses to have sex with new girlfriend Meredith (Meredith Monroe), causing her to feel rejected. Meanwhile, a pregnant Claire battles morning sickness.
295"Mooster's Revenge"Jim JohnstonWilliam A. SchwartzOctober 23, 1997 (1997-10-23)205
When Russell sells the piano owned by Claire's great-aunt Ethel (Cloris Leachman), he bears witness to a bitter family feud.
306"Saint Russell"Burt BrinckerhoffDeborah Starr SeibelOctober 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)206
Russell becomes the object of hero worship when he rescues a drowning girl, which thereby convinces a cancer victim (Anne Lockhart) that he is a miracle worker.
317"Take Back the Night"Jim JohnstonClaire WhitakerNovember 6, 1997 (1997-11-06)207
Dinah is nearly raped on the way to work at a hospital, where she later befriends Dr. Smith (Jameson Parker), who may not be as nice as he appears.
328"Mr. Muscles"Vincent McEveetyWilliam A. SchwartzNovember 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)208
Russell must persuade a former high-school basketball teammate (Robert Hays) to keep his star-athlete son Ryan (Zachery Ty Bryan) from taking steroids.
339"The Winter"Terrence O'HaraDebra EpsteinNovember 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)209
Russell learns his new boss (Brian McNamara) owes money to loan sharks who are not afraid to stake out the work site.
3410"To Everything a Season"Gene ReynoldsMimi SchmirNovember 27, 1997 (1997-11-27)210
A Thanksgiving visit with Claire's sister (Kate McNeil) and her husband (Michael Reilly Burke) is cut short, after Claire announces her unexpected pregnancy and the childless couple does not take the news well.
3511"The Bookworm"Sandor SternDeborah Starr SeibelDecember 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)211
Claire discovers that a popular high school student (Trever O'Brien) is illiterate, as is his uncaring father (Asher Metchik), whose remedy is to have his son quit school and learn a trade.
3612"Recycled"Terrence O'HaraDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithJanuary 8, 1998 (1998-01-08)212
Hattie visits her ailing friend Evelyn (Elizabeth Wilson). Evelyn begs Hattie to help end her life. Meanwhile, Claire develops pregnancy complications.
3713"Mirror Family"Stuart MargolinEdmond StevensJanuary 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)213
The Greenes befriend Brad (Ted Shackelford) and Linda Elias (Teddi Siddall), whose family seems to mirror the Greene lifestyle of home schooling and traveling around the country. Upon closer inspection, Russell realizes that they are not what they seem and like the nomad lifestyle for a secret reason.
3814"Purple Heart"Alan J. LeviDebra EpsteinJanuary 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)214
The discovery of a seemingly valuable Purple Heart medal at a flea market has Nathaniel searching out its owner, but he is surprised to learn that it was given away by a troubled woman (Kaitlin Hopkins) whose father won it in the war.
3915"Designated Driver"Stuart MargolinMimi SchmirFebruary 5, 1998 (1998-02-05)215
The Greenes return to Chicory Creek and Josh becomes smitten with a teenage girl (Selma Blair) who secretly is an alcoholic. Meanwhile, Russell helps Claire with a teaching assignment in the auto shop.
4016"Two for the Road"Alan J. LeviE.F. Wallengren & William A. SchwartzFebruary 26, 1998 (1998-02-26)216
Joe (Richard Thomas) is released from jail on a weekend pass to surprise his son Nathaniel for his birthday, but he and brother Russell run into some rough weather on the way home.
4117"The Secret of Bluestem"Sandor SternClaire WhitakerMarch 5, 1998 (1998-03-05)217
A relative of Claire's leaves her a 100-acre ranch in South Dakota, but the family soon becomes involved in a dispute over an Indian burial site.
4218"Undercover Granny"Tim Van PattenArnold MargolinMarch 26, 1998 (1998-03-26)218
Josh sees a distressed resident at a nursing home, so Hattie poses as a tenant to find out if the facility is abusing its residents.
4319"On My Honor"Stuart MargolinStory by : Steve Gottfried & Edmond Stevens
Teleplay by : Edmond Stevens
April 2, 1998 (1998-04-02)219
When Claire suspects the principal (John Terry) at her latest school is illegally boosting student test scores, she risks her longtime friendship with his wife (Hallie Foote) to learn the truth. Meanwhile, Nathaniel resorts to cheating to get a cub scout badge.
4420"Total Security"Robert Visciglia, Jr.Deborah Starr SeibelApril 23, 1998 (1998-04-23)221

Working as a mall security guard, Russell helps his new his boss (Gary Graham), whose supposedly deceased wife (Pam Tillis) returns to see their daughter (Elise Shirley) after disappearing years ago.

Note: This episode begins a crossover story that concludes on Diagnosis: Murder "Promises to Keep".
4521"When Darkness Falls"Tim Van PattenMimi SchmirApril 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)220
After a disturbed teen (Kaj-Erik Eriksen) opens fire in Claire's classroom, a bitter Russell finds he is unable to forgive the boy. Guest star Randolph Mantooth.
4622"A Hand Up Is Not a Handout: Part 1"Victor LoblWilliam A. SchwartzMay 7, 1998 (1998-05-07)222
Claire awaits the arrival of the baby. Joe is released from jail and joins the family. Meanwhile, Josh, Hattie and Dinah head to Oklahoma City for a memorial service of the bombing.
4723"A Hand Up Is Not a Handout: Part 2"Victor LoblE.F. Wallengren & Claire WhitakerMay 14, 1998 (1998-05-14)223
The family keeps vigil over ailing baby Grace. Meanwhile, Joe's ex-convict status causes friction between him and his co-workers.

Season 3 (1998–99)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
481"Saving Grace: Part 2"Victor LoblSteven Phillip SmithOctober 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)301

Nathaniel is kidnapped by the woman whose family died because of Joe's (Richard Thomas) reckless driving. Meanwhile, Claire visits Darlene, a prisoner on death row who she is going to teach to read.

Note: This episode begins on Touched by an Angel.
492"Balancing Act"Terrence O'HaraWilliam A. SchwartzOctober 8, 1998 (1998-10-08)302
Dinah refuses to answer Josh's questions about rumors that she is sleeping with a football player, but Josh ultimately defends her honor when her friend Eric begins spreading rumors about her.
503"Restoration"Sandor SternDanna Doyle & Debbie SmithOctober 15, 1998 (1998-10-15)303
Distracted by the restoration of her mansion, a status-conscious Southerner (Lee Purcell) does not notice her teenage daughter's (Hilary Salvatore) developing physical and emotional problems.
514"Baptism of Fire"Stuart MargolinStory by : David Ehrman & Arnold Margolin
Teleplay by : Arnold Margolin & David Ehrman & Danna Doyle & Debbie Smith
October 22, 1998 (1998-10-22)304
Hatred erupts in a Mississippi town when the Greenes decide to help Erasmus and his friend Alicia (Ruby Dee) rebuild a torched church.
525"Chasin' the Blues"Will MackenzieArnold MargolinOctober 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)305
When Josh heads to Texas to save his runaway girlfriend, he winds up being rescued twice by a good Samaritan (Keb' Mo').
536"Denver: Welcome Home"Victor LoblWilliam A. SchwartzNovember 5, 1998 (1998-11-05)306

A landlord (Eugene Byrd) allows the Greenes to move into a run-down house rent free on the condition that Russell fixes up the place, but neighborhood bullies are furious when the Greenes take over their hangout. Meanwhile, Claire gets a job at the local school.

First appearance of regular cast member Eugene Byrd as Lawrence "L.T." Taggert, Jr.
547"Anywhere But Here"Alan J. LeviDavid EhrmanNovember 12, 1998 (1998-11-12)307
Josh is attacked by a group of thugs, but is rescued by a homeless boy, prompting Russell and Claire to locate the child's alcoholic father, hoping to repair the shattered family.
558"And Baby Makes Three"Martha MitchellArnold MargolinNovember 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)308
Josh ignores the school rumors about his new girlfriend, until he meets her infant son.
569"Out of Bounds"Sandor SternSteven Phillip SmithDecember 3, 1998 (1998-12-03)309
Russell volunteers at a local youth shelter, where he becomes the object of a young drug addict's (Amber Benson) affection. Meanwhile, L.T. is given an ultimatum from his gangster friends—help with a drug deal or live in fear.
5710"Jury Duty"Terrence O'HaraDavid EhrmanDecember 17, 1998 (1998-12-17)310
Claire serves on a jury deliberating whether a mother (Anna Getty) negligently contributed to her child's death.
5811"The Visitor"Victor LoblWilliam A. SchwartzJanuary 7, 1999 (1999-01-07)311
The Taggarts are shocked to learn that L.T.'s presumed-dead father (Ben Vereen) is not only alive but is dying of prostate cancer.
5912"Wounded Hearts"Alan J. LeviArnold MargolinJanuary 14, 1999 (1999-01-14)312
L.T.'s hostility towards his father nearly gets him expelled from school, so his father decides to leave. Meanwhile, Josh rethinks his relationship with Bobbie (Tinsley Grimes).
6013"All in the Family"Stuart MargolinSteven Phillip SmithJanuary 14, 1999 (1999-01-14)313
Russell teaches L.T. about forgiveness, but L.T. and Shamaya clash over their father's request to be buried next to their mother after he dies. Meanwhile, some parents oppose Claire's plan to help pregnant teens.
6114"Under Cover"Victor LoblDavid EhrmanMarch 25, 1999 (1999-03-25)314
L.T. interprets Claire's silence as racism when she fails to tell him that his new girlfriend (Monica McSwain) is actually not a high-school student.
6215"In the Money"Stuart MargolinWilliam A. SchwartzApril 1, 1999 (1999-04-01)315
Russell risks losing a wealthy volunteer at the teen shelter, when he tells her to stop throwing money around and explains how the money could really help the kids. Meanwhile, Dinah and boyfriend Michael (Jesse Petrick) plan a weekend alone.
6316"Pursuit of Happiness"Victor LoblArnold MargolinApril 8, 1999 (1999-04-08)316
Claire worries that Josh's involvement with Bobbie could be a problem. Margot (Ashleigh Norman) is hit by a car and her mother's (Christine Healy) agoraphobia prevents her from visiting Margot in the hospital. Meanwhile, L.T.'s award-winning play is disqualified for its subject matter.
6417"What's in a Word"Martha MitchellSteven Phillip SmithApril 15, 1999 (1999-04-15)317
Nathaniel hears L.T. using the word "nigger" with a black friend and assumes it is okay to use it with his own friend, who is outraged.
6518"A Day in the Life"Victor LoblDavid EhrmanApril 22, 1999 (1999-04-22)318
Russell subs for a sick security guard and experiences a disturbing "day in the life" of Claire's school. L.T. tries to help a friend avoid a rival gang's retaliation for a drive-by shooting. (This episode was actually omitted on its air date out of sensitivity to the shooting at Columbine High that took place two days before. Since then, the episode has been aired in reruns).
6619"Leaving the Life"Robert Visciglia, Jr.Steve GottfriedApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)319
With Russell's and L.T.'s assistance, a woman (Golden Brooks) tries to break away from her life of crime, after her gang leader (Cee Cee Michaela Harshaw) threatens to kill her and her family if she refuses to shoot a rival gang member.
6720"Baby Steps"Larry LiptonArnold MargolinMay 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)320
L.T. and Vicki (Chad Morgan) pose as a couple in order to research and write a newspaper article on interracial dating. Margot struggles with her mother's independence. Russell and Claire disagree over whether he should become a police officer.
6821"Darkness Visible"Stuart MargolinDavid EhrmanMay 13, 1999 (1999-05-13)321
L.T. is assaulted by a schizophrenic man (Billy Dee Williams), who also steals his camera. L.T. then discovers the man was once a great photographer. Meanwhile, Dinah is worried she won't be asked to the spring dance, and Russell sees some police action.
6922"Finale"Peter H. HuntSteven Phillip SmithMay 20, 1999 (1999-05-20)322
Hattie arrives for a surprise visit with her old friend Jim Staley (Rolf Stang), to announce the two of them are getting married. Meanwhile, L.T. discovers that a woman (Wanda De Jesus) sold her baby on the black market.

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