Picket Fences - Season 2

CBS (ended 1996)




Episode Guide

  • Cross Examination
    Cross Examination
    Episode 7
    Some members of the community don't know what to believe when a woman pulled from a submerged vehicle is discovered to be pregnant - even though she is technically a virgin. Matthew decides to tell Zach about Santa Claus.
  • System Down
    System Down
    Episode 18
    Jimmy becomes the unlikely foreman of a jury deciding the case of a suspect accused of murdering two policemen. But he must put his own personal feelings aside for this case.
  • The Dancing Bandit
    The Dancing Bandit
    Episode 5
    Brock and his deputies pursue an elusive band of modern-day Robin Hoods.
  • Buried Alive
    Buried Alive
    Episode 19
    A visit by Jill's father leads to a lively evening of therapy in the Brock household. Jimmy invites Max to dinner after she arrests Jill's father for disorderly conduct.
  • Terms of Estrangement
    Sheriff Brock tries to remain professional when Kimberly is kidnapped---and his onetime partner, who he once testified against, is the prime suspect. But it appears Brocks old partner wants to settle an old score by unsettling the sheriff...
  • Paging Doctor God
    Paging Doctor God
    Episode 10
    Jill does her best to uphold the Hippocratic oath when she performs emergency surgery on a pregnant Christian Scientist, who has refused care and whose husband takes the fight to court. Zach wants to convert to Judaism.
  • My Left Shoe
    My Left Shoe
    Episode 20
    Father Barrett may lose his parish after Jimmy and Kenny find women's shoes in his closet. Things get worse when the Mayor criticizes the Father on public-access cable, prompting a lawsuit. Matthew fears his sexual curiosities are a sin.
  • The Dancing Bandit
    The Dancing Bandit
    Episode 5
    Laurie Bey, who robs from the rich to give to the poor, arrives with her husband, Cole, and her gang. She's nicknamed "The Dancing Bandit" because she does a dance after a hold-up. They take hostages at the Rome bank, including Jill and Zach, and hold it up before escaping. When Laurie learns Zach's sign language lessons were cancelled due to lack of cash, the gang dress as Dorothy and friends from the Wizard of Oz to teach his class how to sign "Over the Rainbow." They flee as the cops arrive but Jimmy shoots Laurie in the back. The gang bring her to Jill's office for treatment, and Jill finds she has a heart arrythmia. Zach visits Laurie in hospital. Having quickly formed a bond with her, he's mad with Jimmy for shooting her but she tells him not to be angry with him. A chopper arrives to fly Laurie to Chicago for surgery, but Jill later learns Cole gave her an injection to fake the arrythmia and there was nothing wrong with her - it was all a ploy to help her escape, and the chopper was flown by the gang. Cole tells Jill she'll be back - she promised, and she always keeps her promises.moreless
  • Guns 'R' Us
    Guns 'R' Us
    Episode 11
    Embarrassed by a prank, Matthew tries to get even with some boys, but the practical joking gets out of hand, which may result in paralysis for him. Meanwhile, budget cuts hit the sheriff's department and Max fills in as sheriff.
  • Remote Control
    Remote Control
    Episode 12
    The debate over crime reaches a fever pitch Wambaugh blames violence in the media for his client's assault on Matthew. Rachel launches a war on crime and moves forward with new legislation to curb violence.
  • Turpitude
    Episode 1
    Mayor Pugen is caught between a Brock and a hard place when the Sheriff arrests him for murdering a disarmed carjacker, leaving him to rely on Wambaugh for his defense. Frightened at the level of violence creeping up on the Rome people, Jill buys a gun to protect her family.
  • Duty Free Rome
    Duty Free Rome
    Episode 2
    Wambaugh appeals Mayor Pugen's conviction and uncovers a technicality that could secure a new trial. Max's therapist admits his attraction to her and the feeling is mutual, raising ethical issues. Father Barrett confronts his church's stand on birth control.
  • Unlawful Entries
    Unlawful Entries
    Episode 3
    Things don't add up when a math teacher says he was a date-rape victim. Jimmy locks horns with a new mayor and Max decides to prosecute her therapist.
  • Squatter's Rights
    Squatter's Rights
    Episode 17
    When an obese woman confesses to murdering her husband by sitting on him, Max has some doubts about the motive. A synagogue ostracizes Wambaugh.
  • Howard's End
    Howard's End
    Episode 22
    Howard's struggle with Alzheimer's affects his family and the town when his situation continues to worsen. Then Jill's decision during surgery may revoke her hospital privileges.
  • Blue Christmas
    Blue Christmas
    Episode 9
    The drug war comes to Rome in place of Santa: controlled substances are found on the high school campus during a drug sweep, Kimberly's friend is arrested and a federal witness turns up in town. Carter is devastated when his mother dies of a heart attack, and it brings out the worst in him.moreless
  • Under the Influence
    Still reeling from her relationship with Dr. Shreve, Max allows a drunken driver to continue on home. She then feels indirectly responsible when a traffic accident occurs involving the driver, critically injuring another motorist.
  • Frosted Flakes
    Frosted Flakes
    Episode 21
    The parents of a dying boy try to get the court's permission to use an unorthodox procedure to save the child's life. But this decision gets the whole town asking questions about death and the afterlife.
  • Abominable Snowman
    Abominable Snowman
    Episode 13
    With his mind failing due to Alzheimer's, Howard Buss proposes that doctors harvest his heart for the transplant his son needs. Meanwhile, Wambaugh pleads with the city to house Frank the Potato Man.
  • Divine Recall
    Divine Recall
    Episode 15
    Mayor Rachel scolds Father Barrett for giving a pep talk colored with religious ideals to a public school's hockey team. Meanwhile, a risque video from Rachel's past jeopardizes her career as Kenny admits their affair to Jimmy.
  • Strangers
    Episode 8
    A jury must decide if it's murder or a mistake after Leonard Taylor, a man with a brain disease that distorts vision, shoots and kills his own brother Brian, when the sibling enters his home in the middle of the night. As Jill and Jimmy clash over his motives, Ginny is romanced by Dr Vernon Leaky, a specialist on the brain condition who arrives in Rome for the trial. Meanwhile, Max is horrified to discover that Kenny and Mayor Rachel have been having an affair.moreless
  • Dairy Queen
    Dairy Queen
    Episode 6
    Jimmy, Jill, Rachel and Father Barrett debate employing a scantily-clad pin-up model, a battered wife, to help promote the dairy industry in Rome. Kimberly considers getting breast implants.
  • Supreme Courting
    Supreme Courting
    Episode 14
    Valentine's Day brings love and controversy to assorted age groups: Max helps Carter woo a widow he is smitten with, Zack finds his first love but gets in trouble for kissing her, and Kimberly's boyfriend is too prudent as they struggle with sexual-consent guidelines.
  • Strangers
    Episode 8
    A man who suffers form a vision disorder shoots his own brother. Was it a case of mistaken identity... or murder?