Sara Perkins rebels against her over protective mother by hiring Monica as her new photography assistant. Though the angel understands what the woman has covertly taken a freelance assignment to Bosnia, Tess, a volunteer helping Charlotte at the public library, thinks Sara's actions are inconsiderate. Noting the mother and daughter act differently when the other is not present, Monica wonders what Tess does in her free time, but the supervisor is tight lipped. Sara returns from the trip and describes it to her mother, who becomes enraged and attacks her. While she receives treatment at the hospital, the angels comfort a confused Charlotte. Regaining consciousness, Sara indentifies her mother as the assailant. A police detective attempts to arrest Charlotte, but she resists violently and must be subdued. Jeff, the journalist who sponsored the Bosnian trip, and Monica visit Sara, who is shocked by her mother's attack. Over the years the pair's relationship has been troubled, but she never thought it would result in violence. A doctor soon sheds light on the problem, Charlotte has a massive life threatening brain tumor. Even is she survives the risky operation, she may have significant memory loss. Devastated by the diagnosis, Sara tries to understand why Charlotte smothered her. Working with mother and daughter, respectively, Tess and Monica piece together the past. Sara needed an eye operation when she was seven. Since her father abandoned the family, Charlotte took a job as a "photographer's assistant,"which entailed posing nude. Understanding her mother sacrificed self-esteem to ensure she had the operation, Sara is crushed when her mother has a seizure and lapses into a coma. Monica and Tess, having revealed themselves as angels, encouraged the woman to talk to her comatose mother. Special Dispensation is granted, and the two women are able to openly express the love they never admitted before. She promises to try to hold on to one memory, the day she gave Sara her first camera. Though mother doesn't recognize daughter after the successful operation, she has managed to hold on to their special memory. the women pledge to rebuild their friendship. Monica, meanwhile, persuades Andrew to show her how Tess spends her free time, training a cute, but incorrigible dog.moreless
I really enjoyed the story of this episode. Two women, both skilled photographers, should have been artistic soulmates. Yet instead we have a daughter who feels smothered by her mother, and rebels by going on a long trip without telling her mother.
The story is filled with clever plot twists which held my interest throughout. The mother giving up her art to sell herself as a sleazy nude model was really brilliant. And while some may have thought the brain tumor was bordering on soap opera, I thought this episode handled it with great sensitivity. The scene between the daughter and the mother's spirit was very original, and done very well.moreless
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