Party of Five

Season 1 Episode 10

Thanksgiving

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Aired Unknown Nov 14, 1994 on FOX
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The Salinger siblings finally meet the Walter Alcott, the drunk driver who killed their parents. Walter Alcott wants to see the Salingers in person. They all talk privately with Walter. Bailey wants Walter to suffer like they have. He later leaves and shows up at Kate's house, where they reconcile. Julia assures Walter that she can forgive him.moreless

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  • A very, very sad, touching episode.

    10
    You see each Salinger deal with the grief of losing their parents. After the drunk driver is released from jail, each has a different view on meeting him. We learn Charlie feels responsible for his parent\\\'s death because he was late to babysit Owen, causing them to be late for a concert and on the road instead of at the concert. Bailey gets in touch with Kate in order to deal with his emotions. They finally choose to have a thanksgiving dinner, just one day late, to show that they can move on and show happiness. The actors did a great job.moreless
  • The Salingers meet Walter Alcott, the drunk driver who killed their parents, in a very intense episode.

    9.6
    This was definitely one of the best episodes of the season. It was almost too painful to watch the children go through the struggle of meeting Walter Alcott. I found myself imagining what I might do in a similar situation and how horrible it would be to have to go through something like that. This episode really enables one to feel some of what it might feel like to lose one's parents in such a tragic way.moreless
Lacey Chabert

Lacey Chabert

Claudia Salinger

Matthew Fox

Matthew Fox

Charlie Salinger

Neve Campbell

Neve Campbell

Julia Salinger

Paula Devicq

Paula Devicq

Kirsten Bennett

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

Will McCorkle

Scott Wolf

Scott Wolf

Bailey Salinger

John Rubinstein

John Rubinstein

Walter Alcott

Guest Star

Kelli Williams

Kelli Williams

Annie Alcott

Guest Star

Richard McGonagle

Richard McGonagle

Emmett

Guest Star

Tom Mason

Tom Mason

Joe Mangus

Recurring Role

Jennifer Blanc

Jennifer Blanc

Kate Bishop

Recurring Role

Taylor Porter

Taylor Porter

Owen Salinger

Recurring Role

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    • Walter: I understand.
      Bailey: I don't think you can. I really don't think that there's any way that you can possibly understand.
      Walter: You don't want to hear anything I have to say, do you?
      Bailey: No, I sure don't.
      Walter: Okay, then.
      Bailey: I want to know what you know about them. About my parents.
      Walter: Well, uh...I know their names. I know your mother was, uh, 45, and your father was...48.
      Bailey: 47. Besides that.
      Walter: He owned a restaurant. She was...a musician. A violinist.
      Bailey: I mean the important stuff. She had hair all the way down her back. Did you know that? Beautiful dark hair my father wouldn't let her cut. They were married 26 years last January, and my dad would still come home in the afternoon and claim he had a headache, and he and my mom would go upstairs, and we all knew what they were doing. They loved each other. They were in love. My sister asks me questions that I can't answer because I don't know. Like, like why didn't he wear a watch? Or, or what was that song she used to sing to us when we were little and had fevers? And Owen. God, he won't even know to ask. There's just gonna be pictures on the piano and stories that we all tell that everyone remembers a little differently. And he's gonna walk soon, my brother. He's a couple weeks away, and they're not gonna see it because of you! Because you had a few drinks, and you got in your car, and you went through that intersection, and you killed them!
      Walter: What can I do? What do you want me to do?
      Bailey: I want you to step on your damn brake and stop at that red light!
      Walter: So do I, but I can't. I can't take it back. So what I have to do is figure out a way to go forward.
      Bailey: I don't want you to get past this. I can't. Why should you? See, I want to hurt you. I want to take something from you. Something that is so much a part of you that you don't know who you are without it, and I want you to spend the rest of your life knowing that's what you did to us. And I want to make sure you never forget.

    • Charlie: (when Joe invites him and his siblings over for Thanksgiving) Look, we've had other invitations from Joe. Bay's friend Will. We just don't feel like it.
      Joe: Charlie, there are gonna be other holidays without them. Are you gonna skip those, too?
      Charlie: Look, we just need to get through this one, okay? It's easier that way for everyone.
      Joe: I know this guy coming back shakes up everybody, and it brings up things that nobody wants to deal with, but you make a meal, you sit down as a family. It's like saying "Life goes on".
      Charlie: We say that every day, Joe, without the turkey.

    • Bailey: (about Walter Alcott) He's got his life back. I mean, he's working. I don't know. He can go to dinner, or see a movie, or take his family somewhere.
      Emmett: You really think that, Bay? I don't.
      Bailey: Well, I don't want to take the chance. I mean, he was in jail for nine months. Nine months! That's four and a half months for each of my parents! And good behavior. What is that about, huh? What did he do? Cure cancer? I want him to pay for what he did, and if it can't be with more jail time, then I want him to pay out of his own pocket!
      Emmett: You want to sue?
      Bailey: Can we?
      Emmett: Well, yes, technically. You could file a civil suit against him.
      Bailey: Then let's, then let's do it. Let's sue the bastard for every cent he's got.
      Emmett: And you think that a lawsuit's only gonna make his life miserable? What about yours? You know how long these things can take? What with depositions and continuances and appeals...it's years, Bailey.
      Bailey: I don't care.
      Emmett: You don't care, but what about the others? What about Claudia or Owen? What about Owen, Bailey? Because by the time this thing is over, he's gonna be old enough to understand.
      Bailey: Yeah, well, at least he'll see me doing something.
      Emmett: But doing what? Let's say you lose. What was it all for?
      Bailey: Well, let's say we win.
      Emmett: Fine, let's say that. You win. What has it changed? Exactly what have you won? You take something on like this, and it becomes your life.
      Bailey: It is my life.

    • Julia: (collecting items of hers that Claudia has taken without permission) My thesaurus, my hoop earrings. My sporta bra?
      Claudia: Hey, a girl can dream.
      Julia: What are you, a kleptomaniac?
      Claudia: Don't use language like that with me. I'm eleven!
      Julia: Claudia, a kleptomaniac is someone who steals things.
      Claudia: I didn't steal. I borrowed.
      Julia: You stole!
      Claudia: Would you have let me take them if I had asked you nicely?
      Julia: No.
      Claudia: See? I had no choice. You drove me to it!
      Julia: My floppy hat. Claudia, I am sick of this! I wanted to wear this three times last week!
      Claudia: Personally, I don't think it does very much for you.

    • Julia: (as siblings are discussing whether or not to meet Walter): I think it would be good for us.
      Bailey: Oh, that's a load of crap! He can shove his apology, it doesn't do me any good!
      Claudia: Bailey, why are you being so mean?

    • Walter (to Charlie): Let me do one good thing in this whole situation and tell you the truth. You're the hero in this story, Son.

    • Claudia: You all got to see him (referring to Walter Alcott). I never saw him. And I just... I had to see what he looked like.
      Bailey: Well, how'd he look?
      Claudia: Normal, I guess. He looked kinda nice, like anyone. Like someone you would know.
      Julia: Well, how'd you think he would look, Claud?
      Claudia: Ugly. Scary. Kind of mean. He was NICE to people, though. And before he knew who I was, he called me sweetheart.

    • Julia: Just stay out of my stuff, got it? God, I am never going to forgive you for this.
      Claudia: That seems fair.

    • Claudia: Hey, a person's tent is her castle, you know!
      Julia: Yeah, well, you're being invaded. What have you got in here?
      Claudia: This is so humiliating!

    • Julia: Can't you say something? Help me out here!
      Charlie: What do you want me to say?
      Julia: Don't you even care what's happening to our family?

    • Bailey: (in cemetary) It looks a little weedy over there by Nana and Papa.
      Charlie: I'll say something to the groundskeeper.

    • Julia (to Walter): The only thing I can do for you is tell you that we're going to be OK. My siblings and I. We're going to be OK.

    • Julia: I'm telling you, it's hard. But it's not the hardest thing in the world to say 'I forgive you.
      Charlie: Yes, it is.

    • Claudia (to Walter): I'm Claudia Salinger. I'm their youngest daughter. I just wanted to see what you look like.

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