Saturday, May 10, 2003

The adoptee did it

Kind of a mixed bag on the "Murder, She Wrote" movie last night for those interested in adoption and special needs. On the one hand, I was thrilled when a point was made of a pregnant woman specifically not drinking alcohol. Jessica Fletcher and I both picked up on the clue when the woman's friend expressed surprise that she was choosing orange juice over whiskey, and a scene or two later, sure enough, Jessica got her to confess she was expecting. Nice that abstaining under those circumstances is thought to be so telling as to serve as a clue.

Not so thrilling, on the other hand, was the fact that the murderer turned out to be a bitter adoptee. His sad story, told in the form of clues along the way and a final angry confession, included: a birthfather forced by his family to abandon his pregnant girlfriend; a birthmother who hanged herself after putting her baby up for adoption; an abusive adoptive father; a cold and unloving adoptive mother; and a plot of revenge against the birthfamily. Sheesh! Lucky thing the boyfriend of that whiskey-denying expectant mom has no family to whisk him away from her. Wouldn't want to be passing any of this horrifying scary adoption stuff into the next generation.

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