Party of Five: Season 1, Episode 10

Thanksgiving (14 Nov. 1994)

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Only five months after their parents' fatal accident, Charlie decides the siblings aren't ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. To their shock, the drunk driver Walter Alcott already makes ... See full summary »

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Only five months after their parents' fatal accident, Charlie decides the siblings aren't ready to celebrate Thanksgiving. To their shock, the drunk driver Walter Alcott already makes parole for good behavior. Claudia breaks the agreement not to go see him and finds a rather charming book store owner. Bailey then consults a lawyer, goes vent his complex frustrations at the Alcott home and seeks comfort with Kate, who tells how her divorced mother's life was poisoned until she chose to accept her father's adultery. After Walter's adult daughter Annie is turned down offering a piece pie by Julia, she visits heir home, returns in a most forgiving mood and cooks a Thanksgiving dinner. Charlie is not inclined to join in but ultimately discusses his own guilt issue with Walter. Written by KGF Vissers

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Julia Salinger: I'm telling you, it's hard. But it's not the hardest thing in the world to say "I forgive you".
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Exemplifies the best of the series...
31 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This particular episode is a good example of what's great about POF. I'm not a fanboy, but do enjoy this program as a regular viewer, and it does have great episodes interspersed with some not so great.

This one does what POF does best, and that is when the five orphaned young people are presented with serious issues that are related to their particular situation and when the series stays away from maudlin matters of youth that are not particularly interesting nor engaging.

Here we have two strong divisive situations, these being how to handle the first Thanksgiving without their parents and the issue of the man responsible for the parents' deaths being released from prison. Each of the kids acts and thinks about the issues differently, and that is absolutely a riveting and realistic portrayal.

There is no possible positive resolution regarding the parents' deaths, except to somehow move beyond the hatred and revenge, and each one does this differently. There is a resolution to the holiday matter, and it's handled with care and tenderness, showing the series writers and the performers at their best.

Bravo to POF for an outstanding episode!


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