Northern Exposure

Season 1 Episode 8

Aurora Borealis- A Fairy Tale for Big People

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Aug 30, 1990 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Bernard: Those Northern Lights are some kind of weird psychic, something?
      Chris: Yeah.
      Bernard: What causes them to do that?
      Chris: Well, this is just my guess, but I think that high speed electrons and protons from the sun are trapped in the van Allen radiation belt. Then they're channeled through the Polar Regions by the earth's magnetic field where they collide with other particles and create a brilliant luminosity.
      Bernard: What does that have to do with us?
      Chris: I swear man, I don't know.

    • Bernard: Excuse me.
      Joel: Yeah?
      Bernard: Where am I?
      Joel: You know, I've been asking myself that same question since I got here. I finally figured out we're somewhere between the end of the line and the middle of nowhere.
      Bernard: Oh, Where is that on the map?

    • Chris: Whenever there's a new moon looming on the horizon, I'll inevitably get a call from someone saying, 'Hey Chris, how bout that sucker.' And, I'll usually say something cordial like, 'Oh yeah, it's a marvelous night for a moon dance,' or 'I wonder what old Sun Young Moon is up to tonight.' But, knowing how we've been tossing and turning these past view nights for fear of where our dreams may be taking us, I'm not about to pretend that that man, in that moon, has our best interests at heart. No way, he's too much of a kidder. So until the big fellow packs his bag and hits the road put away those sharp utensils and stay close to your love ones, if you're lucky enough to have any. I'll see you in the morning, folks, or the moonlight, whichever one comes first.

  • Notes

    • 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

  • Allusions