Picks and Pans Review: Lies and Lullabies
ABC (Sun., March 14, 9 p.m. ET)
A secretary (Susan Dey) who has been doing cocaine all through her pregnancy has a premature baby. The state takes the infant, who was born addicted, and puts her in a dismal county home. Dey must fight her addiction and the authorities to get her child back. Piper Laurie plays Dey's sloppy drunk of a mother, Lorraine Toussaint (Where I Live) plays Dey's social worker, and D.W. Moffett plays her druggie boyfriend, a snake so despicable you keep wishing Judith Light could switch channels for a minute to clobber this guy.
The plot is on the sentimental and simplistic side. But Dey gives a strong performance, proving she's better at drama than she is in her clumsy efforts at comedy on Love & War. Toussaint is also fine as a woman cloaking her compassion behind a veneer of professional callousness.
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