Picket Fences

Season 1 Episode 18

Fetal Attraction

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 1993 on CBS
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Jill asks Dr. David Williams, her ex-fiancé, to perform a controversial fetal tissue transplant on a man suffering from Parkinson's Disease, in the hopes it can cure him. However, Brock wonders if Jill's interest is purely professional.

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  • An patient of Jill's has advanced Parkinson's disease, leaving him unable to walk and now to speak. In frustration, she decides to contact the leading neurosurgeon in the country. He also turns out to be an ex-fiance.moreless

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    Bill McGrath is now unable to speak after his Parkinson disease has taken a turn for the worse. Jill decides it is time to call her ex-fiance, Dr David Williams played by Jamey Sheridan, who happens to be a master on the subject. He has been called the "cowboy", since he has performed procedures in China that involve putting cells from aborted fetuses directly into the brain. When he informs Jill that this may be their only solution, she tries to get the local hospital to allow them the use of their operating room. When the head of the hospital declines, Bill and his wife take the case to court. During the trial, Jill kisses David after they had been out to dinner. Jimmy sees this and is taken aback. Jill tells him that the kiss happened because she wanted to "regret something I did, instead of regretting what I didn't". To this, Jimmy understands in a way and comments that "No matter how strong we get, we still stay so fragile." Judge Bone rules that there is no law that says a hospital must relent to such a procedure. In response, Jill's ex-fiance trumps up a fake aneurysm in Bill in order to get him to the OR where a fetus is waiting. He and Jill perform the procedure without any problems, but are held in contempt for a week.



    After the previous episodes storyline of mystery/action, it was fun to go back to the courtroom. The superb acting of both Wambaugh and Bone make watching this so much fun. The writers are also good at evoking feels for both sides of the case. They eloquently make Bone's ruling sound, though it might not be what the audience truly wants. I also like how this episode shows that real-life relationships can become incredibly strained. Even though they make up, Jill and Jimmy have problems from this episode and previous episodes, and I believe this makes the show more believable. Again, the show does not shy away from the controversy, especially for its time. That's what makes this show a wonder to watch.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

Jamey Sheridan

Jamey Sheridan

Dr David Williams

Guest Star

Concetta Tomei

Concetta Tomei

Ellen McGrath

Guest Star

George Wallace

George Wallace

Father Joe Lyons

Guest Star

Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel

Douglas Wambaugh

Recurring Role

Zelda Rubinstein

Zelda Rubinstein

Ginny Weedon

Recurring Role

Denis Arndt

Denis Arndt

Franklin Dell

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Judge Henry Bone: And Wambaugh, I am in no mood to entertain your rhetoric either.
      Douglas Wambaugh: I won't say a word judge. (Wheels over Bill McGarth) All I ask you to do is to look into my clients eyes and tell him why. Tell him why politics matter more than a chance for him to talk again.
      District Attorney: I object. How dare you make a mockery of this forum.
      Douglas Wambaugh: It's who I am.
      Judge Henry Bone: Quiet!

    • Judge Henry Bone: You're in Rome, Wisconsin now.
      District Attorney: Meaning what?
      Judge Henry Bone: Meaning, strange things happen.

    • Dr. David Williams: (To Jill) You traded in aspiration for contentedness.

    • Jimmy: We're grownups. We don't get, uh ... uh?
      Kim: Jealous?
      Jimmy: Yeah, jealous. I didn't even know the word.
      Kim: Uh huh.

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