This was an interesting episode and the young people in the cast especially poignant. Goren, as usual in scenes with children or teens, is touchingly tender.
The mom was a villain one really relished hating, adding to the story's interest. But the best aspect of this one was Bobby woke up, hence the 'flashback' classification.
V D'O was more "old Bobbyish" than in other late fifth-season episodes, which gives one hope his notorious, self-assessed 'short attention' span has not completely played itself out on the Goren persona.
Anyway, the script gave him more to work with than some of the recent writing.