Picket Fences

Season 4 Episode 1

A Change of Season

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 22, 1995 on CBS
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A Change of Season
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Following Carter's narrow escape from a house fire, Jill fears he tried to commit suicide. Kimberly makes a career decision: she's not going to be a lawyer after all, she's going to be a doctor. Jill is both shocked and a little delighted.

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  • Sadly, this episode, the first of Season Four, marks the beginning of the end for a wonderful show.

    2.5
    Season Four begins on a serious note. Coroner Carter Pike narrowly survives a fire that destroys his home, but his character does not survive intact. People believe it was a suicide attempt, and this, much more than the UFOs or the whimsical flatulent cows of earlier seasons, begins his decline.



    Jeff Melvoin took over for David E. Kelley in Season Four. This was back in the days when Kelley had energy, and he wrote or co-wrote nearly every episode the first three seasons.



    Kelley\'s plots were always character-driven journeys. Everyone accepted each character, and everyone had quirks. It wasn\'t always a realistic world, but Kelley believed entertainment came from the character development manifesting over a 46-minute period.



    Some of his finest episodes consisted of simple plots, like a discussion around the dinner table.



    Melvoin approached Picket Fences as a more traditional television drama. He took Kelley\'s quirky characters and exposed their flaws to the world. But these characters weren\'t designed for that kind of exposure, and every single one of them took their turn in the harsh spotlight. Season Four was painful, and endless.



    Carter winds up so degraded he has to move into Judge Bone\'s house as what can only be described as a demasculinated manservant.



    Meanwhile, Jill begins her own personal destruction as stepdaughter Kimberly announces she no longer wants to follow the suddenly repulsive Wambaugh into the legal profession. She wants to become a doctor.moreless
Kelly Connell

Kelly Connell

Dr Carter Pike [ episodes 45 - 88, recurring previously ]

Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel

Douglas Wambaugh [ episodes 23 - 88, recurring previously ]

Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Kimberly Brock

Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle

DA John Littleton [ episodes 45 - 73, recurring previously ]

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Officer Maxine Stewart

Adam Wylie

Adam Wylie

Zachary Brock

Robert Harper

Robert Harper

Carter's Attorney

Guest Star

Lionel Mark Smith

Lionel Mark Smith

Fire Chief

Guest Star

Joel McKinnon Miller

Joel McKinnon Miller

Painter

Guest Star

Lisa Chess

Lisa Chess

Rebecca

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