Who Am I: Savannah, Peggy and Ed

Who Am I: Savannah, Peggy and Ed

Peggy, Savannah and Ed join Dr. Phil back onstage. Peggy and Savannah have taken some time to talk to each other backstage.

"What have you learned?" Dr. Phil asks Savannah.

"That she wasn't a good mom, and she knew it," she says. "There's still a ‘but.'" Savannah takes a deep breath. "She's taking the blame for only her part, so it's not 100 percent fault on her."

"What do you want from this woman?"

"I already got it. She told me she was sorry, and she told me why," Savannah says.

"What do you want from Savannah?" Dr. Phil asks Peggy.

"To stay in my life, even if it's over the phone. To understand," she says.

"Are you glad that you've seen her?"

"Oh, yes," Peggy says tearfully. "She's beautiful inside and out. I don't think she'd have turned out like this if I had raised her." She admits, "I don't think that I looked for her 100 percent, like I told her backstage. I didn't wake up every morning, like you said, and say, ‘I'm going to find my kids' … I didn't do that. And maybe I could've looked a little harder. A lot harder."

"That was then. This is now," Dr. Phil says. He asks Savannah, "Do you want a relationship with Peggy?"

"I don't think we'll ever have a mother/daughter bond," she says, but adds, "I don't want to walk away from this, that I met her and that's it. I don't want that."

"What would you like to see happen, Ed?" Dr. Phil asks.

"I don't want my daughters to hurt anymore," he says. "I tried filling every void that a parent could: mom, dad, Santa Claus, everything, but I didn't realize they were hurting this bad. I tried to take care of everything."

"Well, I don't know if you can take care of everything, but from what I can understand from these kids, if you can't be everything to them, you're a damn close second," he tells Ed. He asks Peggy, "Are you grateful to Ed for stepping up and protecting your children?"

"Yes," she says.

At the end of the show, Dr. Phil asks Savannah, "The question I have is if you can have a way, a role for Peggy to be in your life that is comfortable for you, would you want to do that?"


She nods.

He asks Peggy, "If you could

shape a relationship where the two of you could share some things and be comfortable about it, would you want to do that?"

"Most definitely," she says.

Dr. Phil turns back to Savannah. "If you have a relationship with her, it needs to be one where you take very small steps, you have very clear boundaries of what area she gets in and what area she doesn't get in, you share information a step at a time," he says. Dr. Phil offers them professional counseling to help facilitate a relationship.

"Thank you," Savannah says.