Patty (Gina Hecht)
Patty was introduced as Marilyn’s life partner, in a relationship for four years. In episode 1×05: Marilyn’s daughter informs her that Patty is unwelcome at her wedding, because of her relationship with Marilyn. Patty was a professional chef, and was seen several times with Marilyn at their home, hospital where Marilyn worked, and on the occasional date.
HeartBeat was lauded by LGBT television historians for its inclusion of Marilyn and her partner Patty, with their sexuality being a non-issue. However, unlike the heterosexual characters, Marilyn and Patty were not permitted to be sexual or physically affectionate with each other, or even touch.
- 5 episodes.
Female love interests:
- Marilyn McGrath N.P (Gail Strickland, lesbian, regular)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.