Northern Exposure

Season 1 Episode 2

Brains, Know How and Native Intelligence

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jul 19, 1990 on CBS
8.1
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Brains, Know How and Native Intelligence
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Ed asks Dr. Fleischman to help him convince his uncle, a traditional tribal medicine man, to seek medical treatment for a health problem. A self-reliant Maggie chides Joel about being helpless around the house. Chris angers Maurice when he reads some poetry by Walt Whitman and uncovers some facts about the poet's life that Maurice would prefer not knowing.moreless

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  • incredibley offensive ***phobia for the early 90s

    1.0
    I was in shock after watching this episode must have missed it on the original run.

    the shockingly hate filled B plot goes like so.

    the local morning DJ and artist ,chris,talks about his admiration for walt whitman

    casually remarking about his sexuality.

    the next scene is maurice screaming at the dj we hear his assault live on radio (oh the hilarity of a bigoted attack)

    we see chris treated for a head injury by Joel and the radio station is now missing a front window.

    maurice takes over the slot since he owns the station,but everyone in town hates him on the radio and tells him so.Maurice is unmoved since he believes chris did wrong by talking about the poet and must pay?????

    Maurice goes off an a rant about how we need heroes and cant chop em off at the knees just to prove there like the rest of us.Because clearly being gay is the worst possible thing a hero can be right viewers;)

    eventually chris comes to Maurice and APOLOGISES??? for daring to mention walt whitman was one of them.Flyboy carries on happy in his ***phobia and were supposed to clap and applaud.I watched the closing credits with my jaw on the floor in shock, did they just have the old astronaut bigot get an apology out of the dj?

    "sorry i suggested it was okay to be gay maurice" "thats okay son your young and dont know any better"

    I dont believe im judging an old show by modern standards I remember the period this show was made in very well and i still find it amazing that in the decade that gave us the words "politically correct" this kind of casual hate can be seen as entertainment.

    I still like the show,but am amazed and a little disgusted by this little episode of itmoreless
  • It's hard to put the whole 'Walt Whitman' has been suggested to be gay storyline into contemporary context. I'm sure it wouldn't have been written the same way at all now.moreless

    8.0
    This, the second episode, brings some of the rest of the cast into focus. Chris is spot on from the very first appearnace. Maurice continues to be important. Ed shines as the heart of the show. We have an introduction into tribal life, but we will come and go on inclusion in the show. Ed's uncle is funny and sweet - this is a very good episode in that it can stand alone, outside of the context of the show. It's a weak episode; however, when viewed in the context of the other shows - it has so much action, it fails to showcase who the characters are.moreless
  • I want this series back on T V It is a great show...

    9.8
    I never missed this show when it was on TV. It is a great show with great characters. I wish it would run again.

    Every show had a wonderful story to tell and it always had such great people that were so real. I hope this series will return to television showing the show from show # one all they way to the end of the series. Please get this show back on Tv.moreless
Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin

Maurice J. Minnifield

Janine Turner

Janine Turner

Mary Margaret "Maggie" O'Connell

John Corbett

John Corbett

Christopher "Chris in the Morning" Danforth Stevens

John Cullum

John Cullum

Holling Gustav Vincoeur

Rob Morrow

Rob Morrow

Dr. Joel Fleischman [ episodes 1 - 102 ]

Cynthia Geary

Cynthia Geary

Shelly Marie Tambo(-Vincoeur)

Ken Schneider

Ken Schneider

Man #2

Guest Star

Mitch Hale

Mitch Hale

Man #1

Guest Star

Jan Poore

Jan Poore

Shirley

Guest Star

Gary Taylor

Gary Taylor

Man #3

Recurring Role

Elaine Miles

Elaine Miles

Marilyn Whirlwind

Recurring Role

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chris in the Morning: Months later as I sat in a juvenile detention home rereading those poems that had opened up the artist in me I was blindsided by the raging fist of my incarcerator who informed me that Walt Whitman's homoerotic unnatural pornographic sentiments were unacceptable and would not be allowed in an institution dedicated to reforming the ill formed.

    • Ed: He is a doctor.
      Joel: Oh really? Which kind?
      Ed: Witch.
      Joel: Which which?
      Ed: Which what?
      Joel: Which doctor?
      Ed: Right.

    • Ed: (to Joel) Indians don't knock. It's rude.
      Joel: No? What the hell do Indians do?
      Ed: Use the key.

  • NOTES (2)

    • 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.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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.

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