Amy Ryan is Steve Ryan's domineering alcoholic mother, who doesn't want her precious son to marry a criminal. She enlists the help of Joan Ferguson to get Julie Egbert a longer prison term for a price and decides not to pay Joan when Steve tells her he's marrying Julie anyway (625). Joan visits her to threaten her when she doesn't pay up in (626). Last seen at Steve and Julie's wedding, disapproving to the last (628).
The character is played by Penny Ramsey, a familiar face to viewers who will recognize her as the same actress who portrayed Jim Fletcher's unfortunate wife, Leila Fletcher