'White Picket Fences'
Season 2, Episode 3
by Charles Grant Craig
First broadcast in America on 27/9/1993
another normal night for Reno as he lurks in the shadows at a
train station waiting for a bounty. John Poe, a dangerous wanted
man. Reno unfortuantely messes up the situation, and Poe escapes.
However, as part of his escape, he kills a man and steals his car
in front of a witness - Kim McLain, a naive country girl who has
never before been to the city. Like the good hearted fellow that
he is, he takes her under his wing. Just as well, because Poe
makes an attempt on her life, and Reno saves it.
"The city's not that different to the country - just a whole lot dirtier and more dangerous." - a choice comment from Reno. If he's serious, then it's a comment which is extremely banal and, indeed, not true. If it's a joke, then it really isn't funny.
"You saved my life. Maybe twice." - Kim to Reno. No, once.
"We stand before you today Lord, sinners delivered by your faith and life." - I think any leading theologion would be able to say that OUR faith delivers us, not the faith of God.
"No harm befell my little girl." Ah yes, becuase Christians do talk like that. Befell is a word that crops up all the time! Perhaps not.
just doesn't add up."
got no trouble with you Briggs!"
"Sixkiller Enterprises - the land meets the sea and believe me, it's all mine." - this seems to be the monumnetally idiotic way that Bobby has taken to answering his phone. What if it was a client man! Would they be impressed by your babbling?
"Save the Monopoly game for later, okay?" - Reno to Bobby, who is less interested in Kim's life, and more interested in where his heliport's going to be.
Reno holds a gun to Poe as he holds Kim. Of course, if Reno were to shoot, he would go straight through her as well.
Bobby seems surprised that he is asked to leave during the line up. Surely as a bounty hunter of long experience, he would be up to speed with such an elementary point.
Why does Poe step up to the partition during the line up? Is it because he couldn't think of a more obvious way to say (in front of police witnesses) 'I know who you are and I'm going to kill you?' What a strange man!
leaving custody is never explained. Nothing is said about how he
may have broken out or escaped, and a passing reference is made
to him being released? Now this can't be right - even if his
murder at the episode's beginning had been proved incorrect, he
was still a man with a price on his head - what would they be
doing setting him free?
The Reverend seems to think that all outside Oak Valley is an evil domain of Satan. This seems to be portrayed as perfectly normal Christian behaviour. This would be very offensive if Renegade didn't so innacurately portray absolutely everyone anyway.
Henry wears normal clothing to church, but his police uniform to Sunday lunch. Why?
The Doctor tells Reno that his scars indicate he has been shot before. This is true, of course, but no scars are apparent - even the wound he recieved from Dixon a mere fortnight ago doesn't seem to be indicated. Remarkable!
Poe seems very reluctant to come out into the open and kill Kim. This seems a bit out of character for him, considering his happiness to gun a man down at the beginning of the episode. After all, if he had attacked unsuspectingly (which he could have done at any point), he could surely have shot Reno (in fact - he does) and then finish the job (which he doesn't).
OSCAR WINNING MOMENT
Hard to say in this particular episode. Guest actors Yvonne Suher & Ron Ely are worth mentioning for their portrayals of Kim and McClain respectively.
good episode. An excellent if stupid plotline. It's pretty much
the same as Sheriff Reno, but with a crazy priest. Worth a
watch." 3 / 5
even by Renegade standards, the concept of disrupting simple
village life will be done again on Renegade, and even Henry's
jealous/suspicious/useless local cop character will be almost
carbon copied for 'Sherrif Reno. Still, you don't watch an
episode of Renegade for quality drama, you watch it for fun, and
this is fun."
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