Bobby Griffith (Ryan Kelly) was his mother's favourite son, the perfect all-American boy growing up under deeply religious influences in Walnut Creek, California. Bobby was also gay. Struggling with a conflict no one knew of - much less understood - Bobby finally came out to his family. Despite the tentative support of his father, two sisters, and older brother, Bobby's mother, Mary (Sigourney Weaver), turned to the fundamentalist teachings of her church to rescue her son from what she felt was an irredeemable sin. As Mary came closer to the realization that Bobby could not be "healed", she rejected him, denying him a mother's unconditional love, and driving her favourite son to suicide.