Picket Fences

Season 1 Episode 9

Thanksgiving

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 1992 on CBS
8.6
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Jill's father arrives for Thanksgiving with a young love in tow. Wambaugh has his wife Myriam arrested after he catches her in bed with Harold Lundstrom. It all adds up to a typically riotous and far from peaceful holiday in the Brock house.

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  • Jill's father arrives for Thanksgiving with a young love in tow. Wambaugh has his wife Myriam arrested after he catches her in bed with Harold Lundstrom. It all adds up to a typically riotous and far from peaceful holiday in the Brock house.moreless

    8.5
    The obligatory Thanksgiving episode, but as traditional for Picket Fences, it is anything but a traditional holiday. While a bit more dialog heavy then usual, especially in the middle where four conversations take place at the same time, the "message" still comes through.



    From the first mention before her father even shows up, you can sense Jill has a strained relationship with her father that is only compounded further by his new love interest; a women who is younger than Jill. While at first the viewer is lead to believe there is a possible criminal/black widow storyline coming, the twist is a welcome departure from the obvious other storyline. Jill displays expectational pouting for the first half of the episode, but really shines in the second half where she turns back to the caring, understanding Jill that I prefer. Overall, I think that the Brock family storyline faltered for a bit but redeemed itself in it's finale.



    Maxine and Kenny's storyline had me worried for a bit. The reason being is that I have come to the conclusion that I do not want to see the two getting tangled up in a relationship since I really don't feel it fits their characters. I feel that this will be further tested in the future, though. However, I do feel that this storyline continued to lay foundation to the already strong friendship the two maintain. While never actually mentioned by name, the masturbation conversation, most likely taboo at the time for prime-time television, was well handled and fitting for the two to discuss in the way they did.



    The third storyline revolved around Doug Wambaugh and his wife, who had supposedly committed adultery. I think that this part of the episode could have been a bit more fleshed out, but I understand where the writers want to show the human nature of Wambaugh. I really saw the character in a new light during the pre-election episode due to his candid conversation with Jill about his motives for running. I am starting to feel that the humor is more-or-less containing the fragility that is the real Douglas Wambaugh.



    Overall, I felt that the episode was average and didn't exactly "grab" me as other do. I am sure that this probably has to do with the fact that this was more of a drama episode than a strange crime type episode. I think this happens a lot with holiday-centric episodes. However, this is still a quality 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

Stacey Travis

Stacey Travis

Suzanne

Guest Star

Richard Kiley

Richard Kiley

Hayden Langston

Guest Star

Jack Murdock

Jack Murdock

Harold Lundstrom

Guest Star

Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel

Douglas Wambaugh

Recurring Role

Zelda Rubinstein

Zelda Rubinstein

Ginny Weedon

Recurring Role

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Myriam Wambaugh

Recurring Role

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