Denise (guest star Veronica Hamel), the distinguished judge, has become overly dependent on her aging mother, Emma (guest star Marion Ross), who manages everything in her daughter's life -- from finances to her daily schedule. When Emma's heath and memory begin to decline, she avoids telling Denise of her worsening condition because she doesn't want to become a burden. Monica, assigned to be the judge's clerk, must help Denise gain independence from her mother in her life and career, while fostering Emma's changing needs as she grows older. Meanwhile, Tess teaches Emma that despite her advancing age, she should continue to seek new experiences and not give up on life.
Air Date: Nov 8, 1998