Ken Tucker
April 15, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Time to Heal

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Gary Cole, Nicollette Sheridan
broadcaster
NBC

We gave it a B

The carefully observed TV movie A Time To Heal tells the story of Jenny Barton (Knots Landing’s Nicollette Sheridan), who suffers a stroke while giving birth to a baby. Paralyzed on her right side, she struggles to recover, and Cathleen Young’s script doesn’t spare us any of Barton’s frustration and agony. Just as austerely absorbing are the problems of her husband, Jay (Gary Cole of Midnight Caller), a busy lawyer who before his wife’s stroke had little time for home life but now finds himself raising their 6-year-old daughter (the wonderfully grave Mara Wilson from Mrs. Doubtfire) as well as the newborn. A Time to Heal is notably unsentimental and realistic for a TV-movie drama-tempers fray, people run out of patience, no one is particularly heroic-and both Sheridan and Cole are admirably restrained in what could have been florid roles. B

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