ABC Afterschool Specials: Season 16, Episode 5

Terrible Things My Mother Told Me (20 Jan. 1988)

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16-year-old girl doesn't realize that her mother emotionally and verbally abusive to her.

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Episode cast overview:
Beth Howland ...
Eleanor Flemming
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Julia Flemming
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Randy Forrester
Ita DeMarco ...
Katie Flemming
Stephen James ...
Mr. Bacharan
Carol Goodheart ...
Mary Forrester
Stephanie Winters ...
Beth Sotheby
Nicole Andrews
Omar Jermaine
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Julia is a bright high school girl has everything going for her. She makes good grades, is helping on making a movie, and very likable. Things may look good on the surface, but no one knows what goes on at home. Her mother constantly deals out emotional abuse to her for the smallest of infractions. For every "You're so stupid" and "I wish you were never born", the girl sinks into a deeper depression. After talking with one of her teachers, she must face her mother and confront where the problem really lies. Written by Pat McCurry <laraspal00@aol.com>

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Eleanor Flemming: [Julia has baked a cake for her Mom, who doesn't appreciate the gesture] Oh, just what I need - sugar shock.
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Julia's transformation from the victim to the heroine. :)
21 November 2004 | by (Greencastle, Indiana) – See all my reviews

I was glad that she changed her mind and got the courage to call the number that her concerned teacher Mr. Bacharan had given her. What this person told Julia over the phone empowered her to open her mom's eyes to how badly she had been behaving toward her daughter.

Julia was also the heroine as the lead character she played in Randy Forrester's film "The Lie." She confronts the liar, Rena, telling her that no matter how much damage her lies have created, that she would not be able to "change the truth with words."

But what disappointed me was that there were no scenes in this movie where Julia had apologized to Katie for yelling at her when she kept interrupting during the movie rehearsal at her house. But at least she recognized how bad things had become when her mom told her the story about the cracked plate.

When her mom had took this plate to the fireplace and shattered it, a wall between her and Julia was finally broken. The best part was when Julia smiled at her mom and said two truly deserved kind words."Nice shot."

Julia and her mom both gained courage in the end. Finally, the love that Julia had tried to earn from her mom was revealed!


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