The premise-a misfit nun who comes to the aid ofa needy family-is compelling and. The script ishighly imaginative-a floating nun, a Saint in theform of a dog and perverted lingerie buyers-all ofthis makes for a really original story and takes theaudience somewhere it hasn't gone before. There issome good humor in this script. Some of the besthumor comes from the Halcyon Catalog Center, such as this interaction between Dan and his boss, Natalie, [Natalie] "Why, those are black magazines?Why are you only selling black magazines? You'renot talking black to those people, are you?" [Dan] "I dunno. Sometimes I say, Yo. Is that black, Natalie?"
Maybe the most charming aspect of this story though, is its heart. One feelsthe family really cares for one another, despite their failings andshortcomings.
Sister Simplicity, a recalcitrant and menopausal nun wakes up one morning, and is visited by a neurotic Archangel, St. Raphael, (in the form of a dog)who warns her that "she is on a short leash," for she needs to amend herworldly life by Christmas.
Misinterpreting her Mother Superior's intentions she believes she is the prizein the convent's raffle, and shows up at the dysfunctional Murdoch family'shome (holder of the winning ticket) exclaiming she is first prize. The"winners," Rachel and Dan Murdoch are perplexed at receiving a "mail order"nun whom they view as just another mouth to feed.
Sister's task is enormous, for she must straighten out, Jason, a preteen whois up to his elbows in mischief; reel in the rambunctious daughter, Sherry, who has started to experiment precariously with "boys." But her heavy crosslies ahead, rescuing; Dan and Rachel, the parents who are in trouble whenDan uncovers a gang of inept bank thieves' money which they lost during thecourse of a failed robbery.