Drama needs bad guys, and doctors have often been just what the scriptwriter ordered.
But in "Baby Girl Scott," a CBS movie Sunday at 9 p.m. about the moral and emotional hell a couple goes through after their baby is born three months premature, the whole medical establishment is made of 98% evil cardboard.
The doctors on staff at what could be Frankenstein General Hospital are cold, unfeeling, God-playing creeps. Led by Dr. Radburn (Robert Desiderio), they act like mad scientists in their all-out, damn-the-human-consequences effort to prolong the life of Neil and Wendy Scott's 1-pound, 4-ounce baby.
The infant needs a respirator to keep her breathing, but the respirator causes permanent damage to her brain. After great heartache, guilt, frustration and anger, the Scotts (John Lithgow and Mary Beth Hurt) finally decide it would be more merciful to let their baby die.