and I rather enjoy Flashpoint
, which is a TV series about a SWAT team set in Toronto. We started watching it as a CBS summer replacement and followed it onto the ION cable channel this fall. I have no idea exactly when the particular episode that's the subject of my annoyance came from (at least a season ago), but it's really annoying. (And I try to remember that many stupid and unjust things are done to set up a situation for TV.)
So here's the situation: a pregnant woman with a three year old daughter is in an automobile accident that kills her husband, crushes her pelvis, and requires an emergency C-section at seven months. She is in terrible, terrible
pain from her injuries and becomes addicted to pain killers. Her doctor cuts her off. (It's not clear whether she's still
in chronic pain at this point or whether she was offered any rehab after the medicos managed to get her hooked.)
Desperate for pills, she attempts to rob a pharmacy and is arrested and sent to jail for eight years, serving five. She has no relatives who can take the kids, nor any friends who can manage it, so they go to foster care.
Apparently without telling her
or allowing her representation in court, her parental rights are terminated and the kids are adopted by the foster families. It's mentioned how "adoptable" the kids were.
She gets out of prison, is getting her life back together, and then
is told that she can never have her kids back. Not surprisingly, she goes nuts and kidnaps the two little girls who certainly appear
to have been judicially stolen from her.
Many not good things ensue, with the lead actor intoning that this situation is the result of the choices that the mother had made.
In the end, we're told that one of the adoptive families will remain in some contact with her, so that's a good
thing. And perhaps the kids will want to see her when they turn eighteen.
And who knows, perhaps by then, the compassionate Canadian judicial system will have let her out of jail for her latest
Yeah, I know. It's just a TV show.
But a really annoying
one last night.
Usually, they do better.