Probational angel Jonathan Smith (Michael Landon) and his mortal sidekick Mark Gordon (Victor French) continue helping unfortunate souls and perform earthly good deeds as Highway to Heaven flutters into its second season on NBC. This years kicks off with the two-part episode "A Song for Jason," wherein Mark and Jonathan endeavor to reunite a young cancer victim with his celebrity father. In subsequent episodes, Jonathan temporarily endows Mark with heavenly powers -- and in exchange, just as temporarily experiences life as a mortal; Jonathan and Mark settle a labor dispute and foil a big-time polluter in one fell swoop; our heroes help forge a strong bond between of a mentally challenged runaway and a wealthy young invalid; a misfit angel (played by Ed Asner) tries to win his wings after two centuries of foul-ups; Mark is given the opportunity to atone for all his past sins but with a daunting "price tag" attached; and the two do-gooders save a concentration camp survivor from a vicious gang of neo-Nazis. Highway to Heaven caps its second season with "Friends," in which Jonathan brings together a handsome but thickheaded high-school jock and a brilliant but lonely young girl. In the course of the season's 24 hour-long episodes, Highway climbed in the ratings to 13th place, one notch ahead of the CBS sitcom Kate and Allie.