Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 14

Burning Down the House

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 03, 1992 on CBS
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Burning Down the House
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Maggie receives an unexpected visit and some unwanted news from her mother. Meanwhile, Chris searches everywhere for just the right cow to fling for his conceptual art piece and Joel becomes obsessed with a local chimney sweep that he believes is a former pro golfer.

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    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)

    Haynes Brooke

    Haynes Brooke

    Townsperson

    Guest Star

    Bibi Besch

    Bibi Besch

    Jane O'Connell

    Guest Star

    John M. Jackson

    John M. Jackson

    Larry Coe, (a.k.a. Bob: the Chimney Sweep)

    Guest Star

    Gary Taylor

    Gary Taylor

    Gary

    Recurring Role

    Peg Phillips

    Peg Phillips

    Ruth-Anne Miller

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      • Maurice: Now, Chris, this art thing is kinda girly, but if you don't want to lose your manhood completely, you have got to get out there and fling something!

      • Chris: (at the piano fling) I've been here now for some days, groping my way along, trying to realize my vision here. I started concentrating so hard on my vision that I lost sight. I've come to find out that it's not the vision, it's not the vision at all. It's the groping. It's the groping, it's the yearning, it's the moving forward. I was so fixated on that flying cow that when Ed told me Monty Python already painted that picture, I thought I was through. I had to let go of that cow so I could see all the other possibilities. Anyway, I want to thank Maurice for helping me to let go of that cow. Thank you Maurice for playing Apollo to my Dionysus in art's Cartesian dialectic. And thanks to you, Ed, cause the truth shall set us free! And Maggie, thank you for sharing in the destruction of your house so that today we could have something to fling. I think Kierkegaard said it oh so well, 'The self is only that which it's in the process of becoming.' Art? Same thing. James Joyce had something to say about it too. 'Welcome, Oh Life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience, and to forge in the smythe of my soul the uncreated conscious of my race.' We're here today to fling something that bubbled up from the collective unconsciousness of our community. Ed, you about ready? The thing I learned folks, this is absolutely key: It's not the thing you fling. It's the fling itself. Let's fling something, Cicely!

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      • During the scene where Maggie's piano is flung, the background music has been changed since its original airing. Originally it was Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" that accompanied that scene. That was also the music when A&E reran the show in the mid-90s.

      • Music:
        - "The Prisoner's Song" by Vernon Dalhart
        - "Whispering" by Paul Whiteman
        - "Fell in Love" by Tim O'Brien
        - "Sweetest Things" by Carlene Carter
        - "A Little Unfair" by Brenda Lee
        - "The Blue Danube" composed by J. Strauss

      • This episode was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama.

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