|Mary McDonnell||May-Alice Culhane|
|Vondie Curtis-Hall||Sugar LeDoux|
|Angela Bassett||Rhonda / Dawn|
|John Henry||Dr. Blades|
|Michael Laskin||Redwood Vance|
After soap opera actress May-Alice Culhane has a car accident, she is paralyzed and forced into a wheelchair. She retreats to her family's vacant home in Louisiana and indulges in alcohol and self-pity. When nursing aides come to help, May-Alice unleashes her anger, prompting each to quit. Chantelle, a nurse who desperately needs the job, arrives determined to change May-Alice's outlook. As the two women become friends, they help each other cope with challenges.