Returning Lily

TV Movie
Drama, Mystery, Romance • 2003
The final wish of a dear, departed friend takes a woman on an illuminating journey toward a rediscovery of the meaning of life.


TV Movie


Drama, Mystery, Romance

Original Air Date





  • Virgina Madsen
  • Lainie Kazan
  • Kieu Chinh
  • Jason Momoa
  • Andrew MacFarlane
  • Brooke Harman
  • Mikael Wilder
The magic is gone for Emma Burke (Virginia Madsen, Crossfire Trail), a woman who’s consumed by a demanding career as a paralegal, an exhausting job as a mother, and a stagnant marriage that’s losing its spark. Then she gets an unexpected break from her routine with unanticipated news. Lily, the woman who raised her, has died. Her last wish is for Emma to return her ashes to Hawaii, Lily’s idyllic birthplace. When Emma arrives in paradise, she’s greeted by Kala (Jason Momoa, Baywatch), Lily’s handsome nephew. He has a request of his own—that Emma help him and his friend Julia (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Lainie Kazan, My Big Fat Greek Wedding), a neighboring landowner, fight a developer who threatens to destroy the beauty of the islands. When Emma grants the favor, it opens the door to a past she never knew existed and reveals the startling truth about her childhood.