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 ...
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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 »


Sgt. Cates: No. No, I don't want you to come home now.
Greg Cates: [close to tears] But why? You said you loved me. You even got shot for me.
Sgt. Cates: And I'd do a lot more for you. I'm a real tough angry fellow!
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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 »


Featured in Charlie's Angels: Let Our Angel Live (1981) See more »

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Brings Back The Depth Of Kelly's Character
26 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kelly decides to press charges of child abuse against a police sergeant who's guilty of battering his son. After she gains temporary custody of him, they're both kidnapped by criminals who want to barter with the police sergeant in this episode entitled,Angel's Child.

Kelly,Kris and Tiffany collaborate with the police to break up a theft ring, with Kelly as the main operative. One of the thieves shoots and kills a cop before fleeing. Sgt. Cates, the slain officer's partner, flies into a rage. Kelly is barely able to dissuade him from shooting an unarmed accomplice. He goes home and berates his young son for waiting up for him. The boy locks himself in his room, but Cates kicks in the door and beats him. Kelly arrives the following morning to drive Cates to their court date, but he has left on his own. She discovers the bruises on Greg's face, and doesn't really believe his story about a fall. Cates orders her to mind her own business. The cop killer and the two masterminds behind the robberies plot to stop Kelly and Cates from testifying, as it would likely cause their two captured friends to squeal on them. They decide that they will kill Kelly, and put pressure on Cates by kidnapping Greg. Just as things start to improve in the family, the gang tied to the case kidnap Kelly and the boy.

This is definitely one excellent episode.Despite the fact that the story was central towards Kelly,it is good one when it comes to social issues particularly child abuse and neglect of children.In addition to that,we get to see Kelly's good side of being a kind and caring.This brings out the fact that she was an orphan.Aside from that,this is another way of showing how she manages to restore a broken relationship between a father and a son which brings back to mind the depth of Kelly Garrett's character rather than just being another sexy and gorgeous private investigator of Charlie.

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