Out of the Darkness
Season 2, Episode 217
Air date February 17, 1996
Written by R.J. Colleary
Directed by Victoria Hochberg
Episode Guide
Jacob’s Ladder
Lost and Found


Monica helps Steve, a man who has been in a coma for 5 years, who learns upon awakening that his wife, Bonnie has divorced him and fallen in love with his business partner, while Steve must also face a painful legacy of child abuse.

Extended PlotEdit

What happens if you go into a coma, wake up five years later and discover you’ve lost everything that mattered to you? When we open STEVE (Brad Whitford) is celebrating the opening of he and his partner MATTHEW’s (David Morin) architectural firm. Then his son falls off the roof, but is miraculously unhurt. Monica caught him, and unseen to the family, she also examines an angel key chain. This causes Steve to take his second car, a dumpy little model, and he’s thrown out in an accident.

When Steve wakes up, five years have passed, and we learn that his wife BONNIE (Jane Kaczmarek) has fallen in love with Matthew. Thinking he was a permanent vegetable, she’s divorced Steve. Steve’s house looks completely different, even his dog doesn’t remember him. Steve reacts in rage, he breaks up Bonnie and Matthew’s impending nuptials. Monica meanwhile feels so badly about causing all this trouble that she steps away from her assignment. AL (Brenda Vaccaro) is dispatched to talk sense into her. What is revealed is that Steve had carried on a legacy of abuse: there was a wooden spoon that he had been beaten with and he had been beating his son with. When he finally confronts this secret, he’s able to forgive himself, let go of his rage and let Bonnie get on with her life.


Main Cast

Recurring characters

Guest Stars

  • David Morin
  • Brad Whitford