Picket Fences: Season 3, Episode 15

When in Rome (24 Feb. 1995)

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A convicted child molester with a surprising ancestry moves into Rome and has to tell all the neighbors about his past. Wambaugh refuses to take on a client for the first time in his life, ... See full summary »

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A convicted child molester with a surprising ancestry moves into Rome and has to tell all the neighbors about his past. Wambaugh refuses to take on a client for the first time in his life, but sings Barbra Streisand's "He touched me" with choir and church organ at his funeral. Written by Roald, Norway

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Bad Taste Hits a New Low
31 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I recently was able to purchase the complete series of Picket Fences, and have been enjoying (most of the time) re-acquainting myself with this unusual, quirky, yet well-done program. I must admit that I was somewhat surprised upon seeing these episodes again after many years. I remembered it as mostly off-beat and unconventional, but some of the episodes are really quite dark! This was the case with the episode "When In Rome."

Ned Bellamy, a wonderful multi-faceted actor, guest stars as the convicted child molester who moves into town, having been released from prison after 16 years. My hopes that at least the Brock family would receive this new resident with open minds were quickly dashed, but Wambaugh's reaction really hit a new low in bad taste. Singing "He Touched Me" in a bar was bad enough, but to do it again at the man's funeral, complete with church choir and organist, was absolutely disgusting. The producers should be ashamed of themselves.

This episode did have a few redeeming qualities, so I gave it a 3, but really, it's one you could skip.


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