Picket Fences

Season 3 Episode 22

The Song of Rome

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Aired Friday 10:00 PM May 12, 1995 on CBS
8.9
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When a youth shoots Father Barrett during confession so they can rob the church, Judge Bone has problems trying to be objective with the youth responsible. Meanwhile when the mayor announces her decision to continue planning the spring pageant it causes problems with some of the townsfolk.

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  • the song of rome.

    10
    in this season of picket fences i found this episode one of my favourts. it was sad and funny and very moving.when the father got shot by that kid and was fighting for his life it the hospital. And then placed on life support, you thought he might just make it, then you know he is going to die, when the judge makes a moving speach about how much the father meant to the judge. i found it very sad.i liked the way it ended, with[i forget the persons name}the song being sang about the town.it was a good way to end show.moreless
  • This is why I decided to continue watching this series (bearing in mind this was only the second episode I saw).

    9.0
    This episode is very good for a number of reasons.

    1) The whole incident with shooting the priest and then trying to track down the shooter afterwards. I thought that was pretty exicting after the previous episode which was a little dull.

    2) Kimberly talking to Zach about why he must perform at the concert - it showed how much they cared about each other and was really sweet.

    3) The old guy (sorry - I can't remember his name) and his wondeful songs. The ones he did at the beginning were just hilarious and the one he sang at the end of the episode was great.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

Laurie O'Brien

Laurie O'Brien

Sara Hynes

Guest Star

Christopher Pettiet

Christopher Pettiet

Michael Hynes

Guest Star

Wendy Phillips

Wendy Phillips

Janine Barrett

Guest Star

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Laurie Bey

Recurring Role

Dabbs Greer

Dabbs Greer

Reverend Henry Novotny

Recurring Role

Roy Dotrice

Roy Dotrice

Father Gary Barrett

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Wambaugh's song in full:

      "A man stops me on the street
      He says tell me, tell me of this place called Rome
      Where the mayors never last
      Where the cows have human calves
      Why would anybody want to call this home?

      I'll tell you

      It's a place where the people all give just a little more than they take
      However strange, bizarre or feeble
      We give just a little more than we take

      That's the Song of Rome
      That's the song the Romans sing
      It's the music of the stranger who will always let you in
      Through our pains and our sorrows
      We still look forward to tomorrows
      Cos we live in the spirit of a people
      Who give just a little more than they take

      That's the Song of Rome
      That's the song the Romans...
      That's the Song of Rome
      Let us always sing the Song of Rome

  • NOTES (2)

    • This Episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a Series.

    • This is, no question, my absolute favourite Picket Fences episode, and it leaves us in tears every time we watch it. The ending is just outstanding, and as David E. Kelley's effective swansong from the series, it's a triumph.

      I've transcribed the lyrics to Wambaugh's song, they're in the Quotes section on the main page for this episode.

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