43. On the Edge of Innocence
Original Air Date: April 20, 1997
Director: Peter Werner
Stars: James Marsden, Kellie Martin
Lesson Learned: Asylums are just as reliable pick-up spots as bars.
Love stories have played out just about everywhere, so it was only a matter of time before someone decided to place a pair of soul mates in a mental institution for some Girl, Interrupted-meets-Romeo and Juliet-style action.
The manic-depressive Zoe (Kellie Martin) becomes acquainted with the generally out of control, but not especially crazy-seeming Jake (James Marsden) when their parents commit them to the same institution. After their budding romance is discovered, they're discouraged from seeing one another by the staff, who try to keep them separated, fearing their progress will be jeopardized. Pushed to their limits, they do what any pair of dogged patient-lovers would do: attempt to flee to Mexico.