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Picket Fences

Season 1 Episode 19

Sightings

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Apr 08, 1993 on CBS
6.3
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A corpse found in the Brocks' trash is found to be a sheriff who mysteriously disappeared 38 years earlier. Carter believes he may have been killed by radiation emitted by a UFO, bringing alien enthusiasts to town.

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  • The Brock boys find a dead body near the trash outside their home. Carter's examination leads to finding out the man was at a supposed UFO crash. Afterwards, Carter rules that spaceship radiation may have caused the death .. and is fired for his beliefs.moreless

    9.1
    This is an episode where the storyline encompasses both the silly and the thought provoking. After Matt and Zach find a dead body in their trash, Carter Pike first believes that something strange is going on with the body; weird tattoo, severe radiation, and that the man is of Jewish faith. When a traveling UFO troupe comes to town to claim the body, they find out that this Jewish man was at a supposed crash site several decades before. While Carter fights with his UFO urges, Wambaugh is questioning how his Jewish faith is being tested. A local rabbi confronts Wambaugh about making sure then body adheres to strict Orthodox Jewish laws when Carter can't release the body. He later confronts Miriam Wambaugh about how, when he was young, he claimed not to be Jewish so he wouldn't be beaten up. This emboldens him some, but he decides to take Carter Pikes case after Carter was fired for saying there was a possibility that the man died from radiation poisoning from a UFO. Having fallen for one of the ufologists, she pushes him to fight his wrongful termination. Jimmy had fired him because of his odd habits and his recent outbursts. Things change during the case, though, when it is found out that the woman had perpetrated all of the weird stuff, including the marks on the dead body and making Carter think he saw a UFO. Jimmy asks Carter to come back because he was duped into doing what he did. As the episode ends, Carter is confronted by the woman one last time and says that he doesn't know if he will ever be able to truly trust anyone again.



    Like I said, this was a semi-serious/silly storyline about the possibility of UFOs with a very convincing case for pro-UFO existence. I enjoy Carter-centric episodes, but I really feel for the guy (which I am sure the writers want) and hope that things can possibly get better for him. Skeritt played a really good part in have to fire Carter and it was good to see his conflict of emotion, though you can tell that he always had questions about Carters methods. The other side of the story about respecting the Jewish faith was also very moving. It is easy to see why Wambaugh won so many Emmy's for his portrayal, since he goes from hilarity to stark seriousness the next moment. And he's a damn good lawyer, besides his wackiness. I like how it ended at a middle ground of emotion; Carter had his job back but he was crushed emotionally and romantically. I just hope things get better for him.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

Wendel Meldrum

Wendel Meldrum

Wendy Hill

Guest Star

Rick Lieberman

Rick Lieberman

Rabbi Barry Wald

Guest Star

Bob Walton

Bob Walton

Reporter #1

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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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Judge Henry Bone: Hold it, Hold it! Are you telling me, you're in my courtroom today with two cases, one representing the rabbi against Carter and the other representing Carter against the rabbi?
      Douglas Wambaugh: A man is nothing if not flexible.

    • Wendy: You don't have a girlfriend?
      Carter: I date. But the last two women, I ... one of them turned out to be a transsexual and the other one ran over her husband with a steamroller.

    • Douglas Wambaugh: (To Miriam Wambaugh) Just go to sleep, you're disturbing my cigar.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • My Favorite Martian: When Carter Pike claims "I don't believe in Martians," Judge Henry Bone says "Neither do I." This is comical since the actor who portrays the judge, Ray Walston, was the title character in the 1960s sitcom comedy My Favorite Martian. This is the second time a shot was taken at Walston's former character, along with the Halloween episode where he dressed similar to the Martian character for a party.

    • Sightings was a 1992 television series staring Tim White.

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