Northern Exposure

Aurora Borealis- A Fairy Tale for Big People

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 8/30/90
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  • Episode Description
  • The approach of the Aurora Borealis and the constant light produces some strange behavior among the residents of Cicely. Chris abandons the radio station to build an unusual piece of modern sculpture and to get acquainted with a new soul mate that has come into town on some predestined mission. Joel journeys into the back woods to visit an isolated forest ranger and, when he gets stuck coming home, remembers the stories of a strange Bigfoot-like creature named Adam rumored to be roaming the area. Joel is rescued by Adam, who turns out to be real and a damn good cook, only when he returns to town no one believes him.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Barry Corbin

    Maurice J. Minnifield

  • Janine Turner

    Mary Margaret "Maggie" O'Connell

  • John Corbett

    Christopher "Chris in the Morning" Danforth Stevens

  • John Cullum

    Holling Gustav Vincoeur

  • Rob Morrow

    Dr. Joel Fleischman [ episodes 1 - 102 ]

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • One of the single greatest ever episodes of this series.

    By pynchon82, Jun 08, 2007

  • Great episode.

    By sipowicz, Mar 29, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Bernard: Well, do you ever have any trouble with the IRS? Chris: Oh, I don't pay taxes. Bernard: Do you ever make it down to Portland? Chris: I will now.

    • (Chris and Bernard are both dreaming of being in a truck driven by a stranger) Mysterious driver: I'm Carl Jung, and while I know a lot about the collective unconscious, I do not know how to drive!

    • Shelly: What were you talking about this morning? "Yoong" and, what was that other stuff? Chris: The collective unconscious. Shelly: Do they tour, or do they just cut records? … I missed something, didn't I?

    • Joel: Marilyn, I think we should review office procedure one more time. When I ask for a patient's chart, I don't want a map to his house.

    • Joel: Hey Ed, what is this, is this a track? Ed: Looks like a track. Joel: Looks fresh. You know, not that I know what a fresh track looks like, but that … that's big, whatever it is. What? What is it? What's wrong? Ed: It's a bare footprint. Joel: As in grizzly bear footprint? Ed: No, more like as in a person with no shoes on.

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    Notes (1)

    • Music:- "Moon River" by Louis Armstrong - "Bad Mood Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Little Egypt" by The Coasters - "Blue Moon" by Billie Holiday - "Mr. Sandman" by The Chordettes - "Full Moon, Full of Love" by Kd Lang - "Woody the Indian" by David Schwartz - "Moonlight Sonata" by Beethoven

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