Picket Fences

Season 4 Episode 2

Reap the Whirlwind

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 29, 1995 on CBS
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Reap the Whirlwind
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A tornado threatens Rome and Zach is so worried for Kimberly's safety that he sets out on his bike to warn her. Kenny's hooker is arrested in a sting operation organised by Max, who ends up committing a felony by covering for him. Wambaugh's wife leaves him in the middle of their anniversary party.moreless

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  • Season Four continues with one of the strongest images from the entire series. As a tornado spares the village of Rome, Wambaugh's marriage twists apart.

    6.1
    If nothing else, you'll remember Season Four for one powerful image from this episode. As a tornado approaches Rome, Wambaugh and his wife, Miriam are taking cover in their home.



    Wambaugh lies down in the bathtub and covers himself with a mattress. Miriam asks him to move over a bit and make room for her. Wambaugh tells her to find her own safe spot.



    In one short scene, writer Nick Harding shows a marriage without love. And continues an old Picket Fences tradition: tearing down each character slowly to reveal what's at his core.



    In Wambaugh's case, the core isn't very pleasant. Later, at their anniversary party, Wambaugh is asked to say a few words. He takes the opportunity to tell a few stale old jokes, with Miriam as the butt. She walks out on him. Wambaugh's destruction is complete - the tornado has reduced him to a shell of a man.



    To longtime Picket Fences fans, this is a little disturbing. For three seasons, Joseph Wambaugh was a good-hearted person, excellent at law, a bit greedy and arrogant, but we liked him. He was "a character," as he liked to put it. In the first two episodes of this season, under the new direction of Jeff Melvoin, Wambaugh is a detestable person.



    The image is powerful, and this is a very well written episode. But it's not necessarily a fair episode.



    Meanwhile, we see the beginning of the decline of Max and Kenny, as Max catches Kenny with a prostitute, then risks her job helping destroy evidence from the arrest.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

Melora Walters

Melora Walters

Sherri Watkins

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Sheila McCarthy

Sheila McCarthy

Sue Walsh

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Karl Makinen

Karl Makinen

Deputy

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Erica Yohn

Erica Yohn

Myriam Wambaugh

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