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Portrait of Mrs. Campbell
Season 2, Episode 220
Portrait
Air date March 23, 1996
Written by Susan Cridland Wick
Directed by Victor Lobl
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SummaryEdit

Monica, Tess and Andrew must help a mother and a daughter in law ,who live in the same house and hate each other, to mend their fragile relationship before the mother dies. The mother needs a bone marrow transplant or she will die and the daughter in law is pregnant. Also involved is a secret: The mother's disabled son Tommy.

Extended PlotEdit

The women in Naval officer, Neil Campbell’s life do not get along. His mother Marian (Linda Grey) and his pregnant wife April (Gabrielle Carteris) seem to be competing for his love. After he goes out to sea, Monica enters their life as an artist commissioned to paint a “portrait of Mrs. Campbell”. We soon learn that Marian is desperately in need of a bone marrow transplant and Neil cannot return home from sea. As the situation worsens, April volunteers to donate marrow despite her pregnancy.

At this point we come to know the secret that Marian has been hiding for her entire life, that she has a mentally challenged son, Tommy, who has been raised in facilities all of his life. Although Marian has always loved and cared for her son, she was encouraged by her parents to give him up as punishment for the sinful behavior that conceived him. As Marian’s health worsens, Tommy emerges as the only viable bone marrow donor and, with the help of Andrew, the Angel of Death, the operation is arranged and is successful. April gives birth to a healthy baby girl and the entire family is united with the return of Neil. Monica’s painting is then revealed to be a portrait of the whole family.

CastEdit

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