Picket Fences

Season 1 Episode 17

Be My Valentine

1
Aired Friday 10:00 PM Feb 12, 1993 on CBS
8.7
out of 10
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20 votes
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Episode Summary

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Max goes undercover to catch a vicious serial killer named 'Cupid' who murders women he meets through classified ads. So when she gets a odd response to a personal ad, she goes deep undercover to catch the killer.

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  • Not once has an episode lead me through so many twisted turns resulting in a thrill ride of incredible fear that leaves the viewer quite satisfied.

    8.5
    As my first review in a while, let me just say that I've fallen in love with Picket Fences for many reasons including it's sense of Comedy, Drama and of course Holly Marie Combs, who captured my heart during her Charmed run. And my personal opinion is that this Valentine's day episode is quite shocking and will keep the viewer guessing 'til the very end. I will not spoil the end result, but I will just say that this episode is not one to be missed! It starts on the shocking note with Jimmy Brock being shot by an arrow, and the many other characteristics this show was best known for.moreless
  • It's near Valentine's day, it the episode starts with a twang as Jimmy is shot in the ass with an arrow. It turns out that the serial killer known as Cupid has apparently come to Rome.moreless

    8.4
    After Jimmy is shot with a bow and arrow, Maxine realizes that it might be the serial killer known as Cupid. She worries that she may be a target due to her specific personal ad which mentions liking poetry. She and Kenny decide to stake out a date where they nope to lure out the killer, whom the FBI believes they already killed. In the process, they meet Barry Jennings, the man who lead the case for the FBI. Unfortunately, he went a bit crazy after the killer killed his wife and was fired from the FBI. The FBI and the Rome Sheriffs station believes that he is in fact the killer and set up a sting using Maxine. Playing on Jenkins' trust, Maxine agrees to go out with Ben, who Jenkins seems to be trying to use as a suspect for when he kills Maxine. Chaos ensues during the sting, with the police actually thinking the killer is Ben. It turns out that both Ben and Jennings are accomplices. Maxine barely survives with the help of her illegal pen gun. The episode ends with the FBI capturing the men and Maxine being fine.



    This was a very good whodunit and a mystery episode. There are multiple twists, with none of them being easy to figure out, IMO. I liked the fact that it was a Maxine centric episode and she really shined in this one more than the recent others. Also, Kurtwood Smith (That 70's Show) as Special Agent Jennings played a good villain, as is typical for him to do. A very interesting and original Valentine's episode.moreless
Holly Marie Combs

Holly Marie Combs

Kimberly Brock

Lauren Holly

Lauren Holly

Officer Maxine Stewart

Adam Wylie

Adam Wylie

Zachary Brock

Kathy Baker

Kathy Baker

Dr. Jill Brock

Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt

Sheriff Jimmy Brock

Costas Mandylor

Costas Mandylor

Officer Kenny Lacos

Stephen Tobolowsky

Stephen Tobolowsky

Ben Sasha

Guest Star

Kurtwood Smith

Kurtwood Smith

Barry Jennings

Guest Star

Jon Menick

Jon Menick

Kyle

Guest Star

Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel

Douglas Wambaugh

Recurring Role

Zelda Rubinstein

Zelda Rubinstein

Ginny Weedon

Recurring Role

Kelly Connell

Kelly Connell

Carter Pike

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It is said in this episode to be Jimmy and Jill's 15th wedding anniversary. However, it was previously stated that that Kimberly was 4 when Jimmy and Jill got married (and that they'd began affair when she was 2 and he was seperated although not legally from Lydia)Since Kimberly is only 16 that would mean they had been married 12 years not 15.

    • Maxine's personal ad: Gorgeous red head, single, 27. Poetry lover seeks compatible compassionate man with buns of steel. - Lola

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Maxine: All of his victims have been kind of virginal.
      Kenny: Well, then you're safe

    • Maxine: Kenny and I are tracking a potential serial killer. Now, you should leave.
      Carter: I can help! (Maxine and Kenny try to get him to move) No, this is behavioral science; paraphilia. I am of medical use here. I have a trained investigative eye. Don't push me!

    • Maxine: I have back up. It's just backed up.

    • Carter: I'm telling you Ginny, I have criminal logistic skills. For me not to be deputized, much less utilized, is an atrocity.
      Ginny: Oh, give it up.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Sea of Love: Maxine says that the sting on "cupid" is standard police work, just like how Al Pacino caught Ellen Barkin in the 1989 film Sea of Love.

    • Layla: Maxine's date Ben, the suspected Cupid killer, sings a variation of the Eric Clapton song Layla. It includes the name Lola instead of Layla in order to impress Maxine.

    • Cupid: The killers name comes the name of the cherub-like pixie of Roman mythology that now symbolizes Valentines day, using a bow and arrow to smitten lovers.

    • Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown was a 1975 tv movie starring the famous cartoon character.

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