Northern Exposure

CBS (ended 1995)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 23

    Tranquility Base

    Aired 7/26/95

  • S 6 : Ep 22

    Let's Dance

    Aired 7/19/95

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    Ursa Minor

    Aired 7/12/95

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    Buss Stop

    Aired 4/24/95

  • S 6 : Ep 19


    Aired 4/6/95

  • Cast & Crew
  • Barry Corbin

    Maurice J. Minnifield

  • Teri Polo

    Michelle Schowdoski Capra [ episode 103+, recurring from episode 96 ]

  • Rob Morrow

    Dr. Joel Fleischman [ episodes 1 - 102 ]

  • John Corbett

    Christopher "Chris in the Morning" Danforth Stevens

  • Janine Turner

    Mary Margaret "Maggie" O'Connell

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  • Dr. Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) graduated from Columbia University medical school where he attended thanks to a scholarship from the state of Alaska. Though he was slated to work in Anchorage, instead he gets assigned to be the General Practitioner the tiny Alaskan town, Cicely, to pay for his education. The location is remote, the people are weird and quirky, and Joel wants to return to New York. The show thrived on the "will they or won't they" dynamic between Fleischman and Janine Turner's Maggie O'Connell. First air date: July 12, 1990 Last air date: July 26, 1995 Original air time: Monday 10:00:00 pm (Eastern)moreless

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  • Quotes (630)

    • Joel: (after a woman attacks her husband twice in two days) The way I see it we have three options: divorce, separation, or you two can start talking to one another. Now, how many hands do I see for divorce? (Marilyn raises her hand, Joel doesn't miss a beat) Separation? Ok, then you two should talk to each other.

    • Pete Gilliam: (to Joel) So what we've decided to do is set you up in Cicely, situated in an area that we Alaskans refer to as The Alaskan Riviera.

    • Holling: You haven't heard back from your attorney, huh? Joel: Well, no - but as I'm sure you know, these are very, very complex legal issues here, and they take quite some time to sort out. Besides, she's got finals.

    • Maggie: Look, you know, if you'd rather spend the night here than at my place, don't let me get in your way! Joel: Look, I don't want to tell you how to run your business, but this petulant aggressive thing is a real turnoff… Maggie: I am not a hooker… jerk. I'm your landlord.

    • Maurice: You signed a contract, Joel. But much more important than that, you gave your word. And I intend to hold you to that word within the bounds of the law. If necessary, without the bounds of the law.

    • Joel: And if I leave? 10,000 dollars or 18 years in jail… AND 18 years in jail?!?

    • Maurice: This is Cicely. She and Roslyn founded the town 97 years ago. Rumor and innuendo notwithstanding, they were just good friends.

    • Ref: Crowberry. Not bad. Tart. Not unlike Petite sirah.

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    Notes (172)

    • Music:- "Louie, Louie" by Richard Berry - "Family Tradition" by Hank Williams Jr. - "Truly Do" by Bud and Travis - "Jolie Louise" by Daniel Lanois - "Get Your Life" by Livingston - "Good Golly, Miss Molly" by Jondora

    • Ed (Darren E. Burrows) quotes St. Elsewhere and praises the show while driving Joel (Rob Morrow) to meet Maurice for the first time. Northern Exposure creators Brand/Falsey also created St. Elsewhere.

    • John Corbett (Chris) and Cynthia Geary (Shelly) appear in the opening credits but do not have any spoken dialogue in this episode. Cynthia Geary appears twice in background shots, (once in The Brick, once at the outdoor party.) John Corbett appears briefly in a crowd scene at the outdoor party. One of the deleted scenes on the season 1 DVD features Ed, Maggie and Chris talking more about Maurice's threat to kill Holling.

    • Music:- "Another Op'nin', Another Show" by the "Kiss Me Kate" cast - "March of the Siamese Children" by the "King and I" cast - "This was a Real Nice Clambake" by the "Carousel" cast - "Wunderbar" by the "Kiss Me Kate" cast

    • Cynthia Geary appears in the opening credits but has no spoken dialogue. She appears briefly in the town meeting scene at the church where residents confront Maurice about the format changes at the radio station. She is not featured in any of the deleted scenes from this episode on the season 1 DVD. Elaine Miles appears in the closing credits but has no spoken dialogue in this episode. She appears briefly in the town meeting scene.

    • Music:- "Honky Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells - "Knoxville Girl" by Wilburn Bros. - "I Wanna Be a Cowboy Sweetheart" by Patsy Montana - "Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait" by Little Jimmy Dickens

    • Elaine Miles is now credited "Also Starring Elaine Miles as Marilyn" in the end credits. This is the first episode where Cynthia Geary has any spoken dialogue. Ronkonkoma, the name of the Indian chief trying to buy the land is likely a reference to the fact that Rob Morrow is in real life a native New Yorker. Ronkonkoma is a town on Long Island.

    • Music:- "Diet of Strange Places" by kd lang - "Honky Tonk Angels" by Kitty Wells - "Sukiyaki" by Sakamoto - "Hello Young Lovers" by the "King and I" cast - "Get Your Life" by Livingston - "My Way" by Frank Sinatra

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    Trivia (34)

    • The man Joel is talking to on the plane in the very first scene is actor John Aylward, who would go on to have a recurring role on this series as pilot Charles "Red" Murphy, starting with episode #5, "The Russian Flu".

    • Elaine Miles won the part of Marilyn Whirlwind by accident. She accompanied her mother, who was auditioning for the part of Marilyn, and they cast Elaine instead.

    • In this episode we discover that Holling is Mayor of Cicely, Maggie has a trick knee and Maurice grew up in Oklahoma City.

    • Continuity error: In alternating shots during the town meeting scene, Holling switches between sitting behind Maurice, facing the collected townspeople, and sitting next to Shelly, facing Maurice.

    • In the scene where Joel and Maggie are pouring the wine, Maggie's hair changes from scene to scene.

    • When Ed approaches Holling and Shelly's tent, he knocks. It has been established in all episodes so far that Ed never knocks, just enters, as Indians think knocking is rude.

    • When Maurice passes the biscuits to Chris as they're having dinner, a fishing line is clearly visible pulling the plate down the long table.

    • Ed mispronounces the town of Sleetmute by saying the last syllable as 'mutt' instead of 'mute'. Sleetmute is an actual town, located on the Kuskokwim River, 243 miles west of Anchorage.

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    Allusions (25)

    • After firing Chris from the radio station for discussing Walt Whitman's homosexuality, Maurice plays music written by Cole Porter, a Broadway composer widely known to have been gay.

    • All three glimpses into the film Ed is writing are allusions and satires of popular American films. The first, between Maurice and Chris, is a take on a famous scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. The second, between Rick and Joel, is a send-up of a scene from Midnight Cowboy. The final scene, between Maurice and Wayne, is very reminiscent of a scene in High Noon.

    • This episode title is a play on, "sex, lies, and videotape" a 1989 film directed by Steven Soderbergh.

    • Kodak Moment: The title is a pun on a famous phrase, used by Kodak cameras, "a Kodak moment." The title is a play on words with the term for a type of bear, and a reference to cameras, which figures in the Holling subplot.

    • The title of the episode is taken from the book "Goodbye to All That" by Robert Graves. In fact there are several allusions to this author in other episodes, especially by Chris Stevens. Robert Graves is an English writer famous for his researches about Roman and Greek mythology.

    • When Maggie answers the door to admit Chris into her home, Joel refers to her as "Maggie the Cat." This is a reference to Elizabeth Taylor's character in the film Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, a brassy and attractive woman, notorious for her openness with her sexuality.

    • The poem that Maggie reads at the funeral is Shakespeare's Sonnet 116.

    • Title: Oy, Wilderness The episode's title is inspired by Eugene O'Neill's play Ah, Wilderness which has the distinction of being the only comedy written by the great playwright.

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  • Fan Reviews (20)
  • Why treat Rob Morrow with such disrespect here on this page?

    By TnWriter55, Dec 23, 2013

  • Which episode Ed becomes a writer (at end of episode)

    By Ken_the_Writer, Nov 10, 2013

  • Probably my favorite show of all time

    By 90sTVlover, Mar 10, 2012

  • strange characters, quirky storylines, and weird happenings out in Alaska

    By didi-5, Apr 15, 2009

  • This show...what can I say...

    By chcknldy, Jun 25, 2007

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