An elderly couple, who's not long for this world, has never stopped believing that their baby daughter, who went missing in the woods 40 years ago, will somehow appear to them one last time before they die.




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Episode cast overview:
George Willoughby
Gennie James ...
Diana Willoughby
Fredric Cook ...
Dr. Wittenberg
Rick Andosca ...


In 1946, during the Easter picnic and egg hunt, eight-year-old Diana has a fight with her loving father who has just returned from World War II. She's been holding a grudge against him for years, because she doesn't understand why he had to leave her several years ago. During the game, she vanishes in the woods. The search party fails to find her and they end up blaming hidden quicksand spots in the woods for the tragedy. 40 years later, her parents are now old and her mother is on her deathbed, but they're still hoping that they'll see their little baby girl somehow, even if only for a spell. Written by Anonymous

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27 March 1987 (USA)  »

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Kathryn Willoughby: I felt so sure she'd be found safe. It's a hope that never died, George. Never died. But sometimes false hope needs to be put to rest.
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Saccharine Beyond Belief
31 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Snotty little girl goes missing. She probably went down in the quicksand. Her family lives their lives in the shadow of her death, never quite being what they could be. This is a perfectly legitimate plot setup. We go way into the future. The father is now a doddering old guy and his wife is dying. They have run a school but no longer have the energy to keep things going. This is understandable. He is having trouble letting her go (as if he had any choice in the matter). Now we bring in a bunch of sentimental schlupp with the daughter showing up in her Girl Scout uniform, at the door. It gets really maudlin and predictable. It's a plot that has been done about a thousand times already.

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