When the Bough Breaks (1986 TV Movie)
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In a bit of Irony, Danson played a Child Psycologist and in the movie "There's Something About Amelia" Danson portrayed a child molester.
Shook up over his involvement with the Stuart Hickle trial Alex calls it quits and retires to the hills outside of L.A in order to get his head back together. It's some time later when his friend Det. Milo Sturges comes to visit Alex asking him to help in a double-murder where the only witness is a seven year-old girl Melody Quinn. It turns out that Melody has no recollection of who the killer or killers , of school teacher Elina Vargus and her friend Dr. Kennedy, is since it so traumatized her to the point where Melodys mind had completely shut down to who he, or they, looked like.
Getting a line on Dr. Kennedy's patients Alex and Milo track down a Murray Bruno who disappeared just after Dr. Kennedy and Elina's murder. It turns out that Bruno himself was murdered with his body fond badly decomposed in his suburban L.A home. Alex is so taken by this string of murders that he takes it upon himself to solve this very case only to find out, to his shock and surprise, that the're all connected to the late Stuart Hickle! It turns out that Hickle was involved with this group, all upstanding members of the community, called the Gentleman's Brigade.
The Gentleman's Brigade is run by this half-a**ed phony Reverend Vicar McCaffrey who helps runaway young children get their lives back together with a camp he started called El Pueblo De Los Ninos. It turns out that El Pueblo De Ninos is really a front that has well respected and high profile persons, judges politicians and members of law enforcement, do their thing with the unsuspecting and innocent children there. These powerful persons are closet pedophiles, like the late Stuart Hickle, and not only abuse the children in their care but will go so far as murder, like they did Hickle, anyone who will be foolish or brave enough to try to expose them.
With the help of Elina's girlfriend and fellow elementary school teacher Raquel Santos Alex tracks down Gentleman's Brigade members Tim Kruger who, after working him over, spills the beans on McCaffrey and his band of well placed and influential child molesters that includes Melody's doctor the creepy Dr.Towel. Towel has been shooting Melody up with drugs to keep her from coming out of her traumatic state in order to keep Melody from remembering who killed, McCaffrey's henchmen, Dr. Kennedy and his his patient and girlfriend Elina Vargus.
It's now that Alex knows that Melody and her mother Mrs. Quinn, who were kidnapped by McCaffrey's hoods, lives are in danger that he throws caution to the wind. Alex goes back, with Dr. Towle as a willing hostage, to El Peblo De Los Ninos to rescue Melody and her mom only to get side swiped by the now crazed and homicidal McCaffrey. It's the revelation by Alex that McCaffrey murdered Dr. Towel's wife and frame him for it, in order to keep Towel in line, that turns the emotionally destroyed doctor against him. It also helped Alex that his friend Det. Milo Sturges showed up just in time to clobber the out of control McCaffrey, with his handgun, just as the monstrous looking phony Reverend, he must have weighed well over 300 pounds, was about the squeeze the life out of him!