Charlie's Angels: Season 4, Episode 14

Angel's Child (9 Jan. 1980)

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Kelly discovers the police sergeant she is working with has a tendency to take out his rage on his young son and tries to get custody of the boy. Meanwhile the masterminds of the case they ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Sgt. Shanks
Michael Witney ...
Rick Casorla ...
Michael Allen Harris ...
Joe Willow
S. Pearl Sharp ...
Miss James (as Saundra Sharp)
Michael Hershewe ...
Greg Shanks
John Zaremba ...
Judge Towers
John Petlock ...


Kelly discovers the police sergeant she is working with has a tendency to take out his rage on his young son and tries to get custody of the boy. Meanwhile the masterminds of the case they are investigating have their own plans for Kelly, the cop and his son. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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The episode aired in January of 1980 but you can tell it was probably filmed in December as a plastic Santa is visible on the roof of a house as Greg walks to the park. See more »


Kelly Garrett: Sergeant Cates, I know how you must feel.
Sgt. Cates: No you don't know how I feel. Or what I feel or how often I feel it. You're an overpaid underworked private eye who's doing this for a fat fee. Now let's stick to business and leave my personal life out of it, okay?
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Although the story revolves around Sgt. Cates and his son Greg, their surname is listed as 'Shanks' during the end credits. See more »


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Staggeringly good
13 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is Jaclyn Smith's shining hour in season 4 - only her work in "Avenging Angel" can compare. A straightforward dramatic episode with barely even a hint of humor in it, "Angel's Child" deals with child abuse - a touchy topic which you wouldn't see handled so directly in earlier seasons of the show. And what's more, the man who is abusing his own son is a veteran police sergeant that Kelly is working with in her latest case. Simon Oakland delivers a powerful performance in that role, and I nominate the scenes where Kelly, who is especially sensitive to child issues having grown up as an orphan herself, confronts him about what's been going on as perhaps Jaclyn Smith's best acting moments in the series. The other Angels and Bosley are barely involved in this episode, but they're useful when it matters. "Child's Angel" belongs in the Top-5 of the entire series, in my opinion. ***1/2 out of 4.

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