Divesting herself of her useless husband, Julie Portman (Marlo Thomas) is determined to raise her two children by herself, despite the emotional roadblocks set up by her resentful and rebellious teenage daughter Emma (Ellen Muth). Things reach the crisis stage when both mother and daughter are diagnosed with cancer. Ignoring her own weakened condition after extensive chemotherapy treatment, Julie insists upon helping Emma "tough it out" on the road to (hopeful) survival. Occasional moral support is provided by Julie's new sweetheart, philosophical lobster fisherman George (Joe Penny). Based on actual events, the made-for-TV Mother and Daughter originally aired April 21, 2002, on CBS.