Dying for Daughter (2020 Lifetime)

Dying for Daughter (2020 Lifetime)

Cast: Brittany UnderwoodMelanie NelsonBrandon Ray Olive

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Samantha’s life is turned upside down after a terrifying car accident leaves her 10-year-old daughter Cassie severely injured. Already struggling to balance her consuming work life with her deteriorating marriage to Cassie’s father, Tom, Samantha hires a live-in nurse, Margaret, to help her daughter recover. Margaret, embittered over the loss of her own child, embarks on a mission of vengeance against Samantha and Tom to get back the daughter she thinks is hers.


Sam drives her car while arguing with her daughter, Cassie, about wearing her seatbelt. Nurse Margaret is in the operating room and helps save the girl’s life. She needs a blood transfusion and cannot get them from her parents because she is adopted, and they are not a match. 

Enter Nurse Margaret, who obsessives over the child. She takes a picture of Cassie’s chart and learns that she is her birth daughter that she gave up for adoption. Nurse Margaret goes home has for her room set up for a child and hugs a baby doll. She makes a few calls while drinking her wine and manipulates her way into being Cassie’s at home nurse. Nurse Margaret poses as Nurse Rebecca. Sam shows the nurse around and is embarrassed about her lack of cooking skills. Sam shares that she has a soy allergy. (Big mistake, Sam!) Tom, the husband, has a history of infidelity. Sams friend/co-worker Karen asks if it is a bad idea to hire a beautiful nurse. For once. This Karen is spot on. 

When Nurse Margaret/Rebecca is alone in the house, she goes through Sam’s medications and replaces her pills. Then she finds a gun, steals some clothing, and plants a nanny cam. A full itinerary of Lifetime tropes! Then she cooks in the kitchen. Tom comes home to find a beautiful woman cooking in his kitchen; he is pleased. She pours him some wine and is happy to play wife. (Even though Sam is upstairs doing God knows what.) Sam gets jealous when she sees Tom with the beautiful nurse that she hired without telling. She yells at Tom, and he storms off. Apparently, nurse Margaret/Rebecca is a live-in nurse and comes onto Tom in the middle of the night. 

Tom is skittish the next morning and wants to spend zero time with Nurse Margaret/Rebecca. Karen is happy to spend time with the nurse to get a better read on her. She notices a bracelet that Nurse Margaret/Rebecca is wearing and becomes suspicious. Karen and Sam talk about their concerns. They find a photo of the nurse with Cassie and think it is inappropriate and strange.  

Karen looks into the hospital, where she remembers seeing Rebecca, and find incriminating evidence. Before she can tell Sam. Margaret/Rebecca strangles her from the back seat of her car. 

 Sam has some tea with Margaret/Rebecca; she doesn’t know that the milk is SOY MILK!!! Sam goes into affixation, and Margaret/Rebecca takes her time, giving her the wrong pills. Tom comes home and rescues his wife by giving her an inhaler. With Sam out for the night, Margaret/Rebecca has a whiskey (his is roofied.) with Tom and attempts to seduce him again. She makes out with him while he is incapacitated and takes photos. Then she blocks some numbers on his phone. Margaret/Rebecca has every Lifetime trick up her sleeve.

A representative from the home nursing facility comes to check out the situation after speaking to Karen. Margaret/Rebecca strangles her too! Then she takes Cassie away from the house while Sam is sleeping, and Tom rushes off to work to get away from Margaret/Rebecca.

When Sam awakes to a knocking at the front door, she is surprised to find a detective on her doorstep. The Detective is looking into Karen’s death. Sam is also surprised that Karen is dead! She frantically calls Tom, but her number is blocked on his phone. 

Margaret/Rebecca sends the pictures to Sam. Then she pulls a gun on Sam and starts acting crazy. She wants her daughter back and Sam’s family. Sam tries to clear things up by telling Margaret/Rebecca that she is mistaken. That doesn’t work. Cassie comes downstairs and distracts Margaret/Rebecca.long enough for Sam to grab the gun. The two women punch each other a lot while Cassie kind of just stands there. Finally, she shoves the gun over to her mother, who shoots Margaret/Rebecca. Tom comes home and is worthless.

The detective shows up and apologizes for everything, like it was her fault. The end!

Side Note

Minority Report: Doctor, Nurse, Karen

Also known as A Mother’s Secret

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