Season 2

Episode 215: “Out Of The Darkness”

Episode 215: “Out Of The Darkness”
Original Air Date:February 17, 1996
Written by::R.J. Colleary
Directed by:Victoria Hochberg
Produced by:

Martha Williamson
Jon Andersen
Robert J. Visciglia, Jr.

Guest Cast:
Steve Bell Brad Whitford
Bonnie Bell Jane Kaczmarek
Al Brenda Vaccaro
Matthew Tracy David Morin
Jesse Bell (age 11) Ross Malinger
Jesse Bell (age 6) Tyler Malinger

What happens if you go into a coma, wake up five years later and discover you’ve lost everything that mattered to you? When we open STEVE (Brad Whitford) is celebrating the opening of he and his partner MATTHEW’s (David Morin) architectural firm. Then his son falls off the roof, but is miraculously unhurt. Monica caught him, and unseen to the family, she also examines an angel key chain. This causes Steve to take his second car, a dumpy little model, and he’s thrown out in an accident.
When Steve wakes up, five years have passed, and we learn that his wife BONNIE (Jane Kaczmarek) has fallen in love with Matthew. Thinking he was a permanent vegetable, she’s divorced Steve. Steve’s house looks completely different, even his dog doesn’t remember him. Steve reacts in rage, he breaks up Bonnie and Matthew’s impending nuptials. Monica meanwhile feels so badly about causing all this trouble that she steps away from her assignment. AL (Brenda Vaccaro) is dispatched to talk sense into her. What is revealed is that Steve had carried on a legacy of abuse: there was a wooden spoon that he had been beaten with and he had been beating his son with. When he finally confronts this secret, he’s able to forgive himself, let go of his rage and let Bonnie get on with her life.

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