Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 23

Cicely

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 18, 1992 on CBS
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Joel meets an old man who's returned to Cicely after many years. The man tells him the story of two remarkable women, Roslyn and Cicely, whom transformed the town into "the Paris of the North" back in 1909.

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  • Beautiful Story

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    This is the story of the early 1900's founding of the town of Cicely, as related to Joel by Ned Svenbourg (Roberts Blossom), a 108 year old man who has returned to pay his respects at the gravesite of his long lost love. The town's co-founders are a lesbian couple who have journeyed from Montana to Alaska with a dream of turning a primitive backwater into a thriving colony of artists and intellectuals. Roslyn (Jo Anderson) is wise, brave, and determined while her partner Cicely (Yvonne Suhor), is delicate, beautiful, and elegant. The two inspire the crude town to unforeseen heights of culture and civility, but the forces of darkness are ever-present to threaten the light they have lit.

    The show's regular cast all play turn-of-the century roles that in some way reflect the character of their modern counterparts.

    This was a beautifully written and acted episode. Roberts Blossom was superb as the aged storyteller Ned, wistfully recounting the magic of days long since forgotten by all but him.

    His best quote resonates:

    -Ned: One person can have a profound effect on another. And two people- Well, two people can work miracles.

    A truly inspiring tale that deservedly won 3 Emmy's.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)

Krisha Fairchild

Krisha Fairchild

Sturdy Woman

Guest Star

Sharon Collar

Sharon Collar

Thin Woman

Guest Star

Brian T. Finney

Brian T. Finney

Singing Drunk

Guest Star

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ned: After that, I kind of lost the thread of the conversation. Then:
      Cicely: Whatever forces may have shaped you, you still have the power to change who you are.
      (Ned realizes she's about to be attacked)
      Ned: NOOOOOOOO!

    • Roslyn: Men are confused. They're conflicted. They want a woman who's their intellectual equal, but they're afraid of women like that. They want a woman they can dominate, but then they hate her for being weak. It's an ambivalence that goes back to a man's relationship with his mother. Source of his life, center of his universe, object of both his fear and his love.

    • Ned: One person can have a profound effect on another. And two people… well, two people can work miracles. They can change a whole town. They can change the world.

    • Roslyn: If you were in a burning house and there was a cat and a Rembrandt, what would you save? The cat...you would save the cat, because the cat is alive. The art is dead. It's just paint on a canvas, ink on a page. To live for art is to deny life. It's just to destroy life.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music:
      - "Each Night at Nine" by Floyd Tillman
      - "The Butterfly" by The Show's Cast
      - "Nearer My God to Thee" by The Show's Cast
      - "The Chandler's Wife" by The Show's Cast
      - "Intermezzo Sinfonica" from "Cavalleria Rusticana" composed by Mascagni

    • This episode won Emmys for Cinematography, Editing (Single Camera) & Art Direction. Rob Thompson won an award from the Director's Guild of America for this episode.

    • The series regulars appear as the residents of Cicely in 1909.

      The characters are:
      Joel: Franz Kafka
      Maggie: Mary O'Keefe
      Maurice: Mace Mobrey
      Holling: Abe
      Ed: Young Ned
      Shelly: Sally
      Chris: Kit
      Ruth-Anne: Rhoda

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