|Season 2, Episode 223|
|Air date||May 11, 1996|
|Written by||Ken LaZebnik|
|Directed by||Peter Hunt|
Flesh and Blood
Statute of Limitations
- Guest Stars: William Daniels, David Naughton and Kathie Lee Gifford
A widower is angry with his son, daughter in law, and their surrogate for not having a pregnancy a normal way. His son is also dying. Because of his stubbornness, their surrogate leaves and refuses to give up the baby. Monica and Tess must help before the son dies. Tess gets in the Cadillac with Jolene and the baby in town, who wepts that Michael never held him. Tess also consoles Penny, by revealing that the birthmark he has, was a kiss from his father.
Michael Russell is dying of cancer, a fact his father finds hard to accept. A potter by trade, Whit is skeptical of technology and persuaded his son to leave city life for the family farm once his illness was diagnosed. Unbeknownst to Whit, Michael and Penny have undergone gamete fertilization, a process enabling Jolene to be the surrogate mother for their baby. Believing the pregnancy to be unnatural, Whit vows to have no part in raising his grandchild.
Subsequent to one of his tirades, Jolene disappears. As Michael’s health deteriorates, the situation looks increasingly grim, especially when Andrew, the Angel of Death, arrives. Using a clever metaphor, Monica gently convinces Whit to accept the non-traditional pregnancy. Michael dies just as his son is born, and as his bereaved family visits the grave, Tess arrives in the Cadillac with Jolene and the baby in tow. The surrogate gives the infant to his mother, who laments that Michael never got a chance to hold his son. Tess comforts Penny by pointing out that he has a birthmark–a kiss from his father.