Picket Fences

Season 1 Episode 22

The Lullaby League

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 06, 1993 on CBS
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Zach plays horn for an ailing blues legend but Jill is frustrated when the woman takes ill and fails to appreciate medicine's ability to keep her alive. Max delivers a criminal's baby and begins procedures to adopt it.

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  • A blues vocalist comes to town and has Zach Brock play on stage with her. In the process, she collapses and it is found that she has a serious health problem. Also, Maxine and Kenny deliver a baby, which is given to Maxine by the fugitive mother.moreless

    7.5
    Being the last episode of the season, I was hoping for a bit more than what I got. There were two story lines with about equal screen time. The first one involved a pseudo-famous blues singer named Naomi (played by Della Reese), who suffers a heart attack during her performance with Zach Brock in front of the town. When Jill sees no other option, she puts a temporary transplant of a pig liver into the woman until they can find a suitable donor. After the woman finds out, she flips out and worries about her legacy should she die. She wants the liver out. The courts do not relent and Naomi is left at hating Jill for dishonoring her. By the end of the episode, she grudgingly decides to have a human liver transplant in Chicago.



    The other storyline involved Maxine and Kenny chasing a speeding car and finding a woman in labor when it pulls over. Maxine has to deliver the baby before the paramedics show. The following day, the mother skips town after Kenny questions her because it turns out she is wanted by the government. She left sole custody to Maxine until a proper home can be found. In the process of caring for the baby, Maxine decides to adopt. However, the woman turns herself in and agrees to testify against her husband so that she may keep the baby in a half-way home. Needless to say that at the end of the episode, Maxine is heartbroken.



    Like I mentioned, I was hoping for a bit more, since the last couple of episodes have been very charged in their acting and writing. While both of the storylines, mostly Maxine's, were interesting to start with, I felt they petered off a bit at the conclusion. Of particular note for me, when Judge Bone showed up to console Maxine, I was disappointed because it felt too sugary. I still can't wait for season two, because I hope it starts off better then this left off.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

Della Reese

Della Reese

Naomi Grand

Guest Star

Bill Henderson

Bill Henderson

Toobah Varney

Guest Star

Barbara Howard

Barbara Howard

Lori Jude

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

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Naomi: You had this taken in.
      Manager: I didn't have it taken in. You are fat and you keep getting fatter.
      Naomi: You're fired. That's it. Get your ass out of this room!
      Manager: (Walking away) I'm always fired. You're just goina to have to re-hire me again in a few hours to get you outta that thing.

    • Naomi: Of course I ain't going to die. It's not over until the fat lady sings and you don't hear me singing, do you?

    • Douglas Wambaugh: (To Kenny) Don't you threaten me. I'll chew you into mulch.

    • Maxine: My breasts have gotten bigger.
      Judge Henry Bone: (Slight pause) I'm not sure that helps me.

    • Judge Henry Bone: You will get no opposition from me. (Maxine, overjoyed, gets up and kisses Bone on the forehead) You ever do that again I will hold you in contempt.
      Maxine: I'm sorry your honor.
      Judge Henry Bone: Now get out!

  • NOTES (1)

    • Della Reese: The guest star of this episode, Della Reese, was a famous American jazz singer and actress. In 1994, she would become a main character on the show Touched by an Angel, which she is perhaps best known for.

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