Northern Exposure

Season 2 Episode 1

Goodbye to All That

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 08, 1991 on CBS
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Goodbye to All That
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Joel receives a "Dear John" letter from Elaine, who has decided to marry an older judge, and a concerned Ed enlists Maggie to help him deal with it. Holling regrets buying a satellite dish for Shelly, who soon develops into an international television junkie.

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  • From a full seven time episode addict,BonZjr

    7.5
    I'm no writer but , after reviewing the first full season first time w/o and commercial interruption I'l grant one other synopsizes participant,this,I love Northern Exposure,Came along at a turning point in my - -Ed's attempt to bring "closure" to Joel's relationship by having Maggie pose as Elaine. It's a funny scene. Both actors pull it off with much aplomb. And Joel's speech about how "sex should be wild" is one of the best speeches ever written for network cut and pasted this part as I had been thinking it after yesterdays NX - -7.9moreless
  • A mediocre episode that manages to include three of my all-time favorite scenes of this series.

    8.0
    The episode is mediocre. Seriously.



    Nothing really happens in the episode to push the plot forward (save the break-up of Elaine and Joel). Nothing really happens in this episode to help us gain new insight into the characters. Nothing, in fact, really happens that might draw a new audience in, which is a risky proposition for a season two opener, especially for a program that was a mid-season replacement to begin with. The B-plot of Shelly's TV addiction is silly at best and most of the A-plot is consumed by quirky dream sequences that have been known to hurt the show (I love them myself, but I know many people who will not watch this show because it's "too quirky").



    But with all of that said, there's some magical stuff here for fans of the show. As I said in my classification, three of my favorite scenes in this series ever are in this episode. It's been so long since I've seen them that I had forgotten they were so close together!



    Those scenes are: 1) Joel has a conversation in the movie theatre with a filmed version of an ex-girlfriend and then another with a younger version of himself.



    2) Shelly's confession that she watches too much television to Chris, the closest thing to clergy in Cicely, Alaska. The dialogue in this sequence is sharp and funny, and the pauses in their speeches add to the acting. It's an absurd moment and it's heartwarming that the characters realize this.



    3) Ed's attempt to bring "closure" to Joel's relationship by having Maggie pose as Elaine. It's a funny scene. Both actors pull it off with much aplomb. And Joel's speech about how "sex should be wild" is one of the best speeches ever written for network television. This comes from a television writer, by the way. That speech is sublime.



    It's hard to say what the producers of this show were intending. I'm thinking perhaps that the show wasn't intended to last much longer since there's only seven episodes in the second season. So the producers and writers decided to please the small audience that there was. No sense bringing in new people when the show is about to be cancelled, right? At any rate, there's some great stuff in this episode. It's not a great episode, but there's been worse. In my opinion, this series' "bad episodes" are miles better than most series' good. I'm willing to grant this series a few clunkers every now and again. Especially when their clunkers still manage to pack in such good material.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)

Margaret Mason

Margaret Mason

Proprietor

Guest Star

Therese Xavier Tinling

Therese Xavier Tinling

Alison

Guest Star

Grant Gelt

Grant Gelt

Kid Joel

Guest Star

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

Grant Goodeve

Grant Goodeve

Rick Pederson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Shelly: Which would you rather watch: sword-swallowers and snake charmers from New Delhi… or MacGyver?

    • Chris: It's "Love is Pain" day on KBHR. Music to soothe the shattered heart. Dedicated to you, Dr. Joel.

    • Joel: 17 years old? When we didn't get into Harvard? We didn't handle that one very well, did we? No, we didn't.

    • Joel: Could you stand over there, please? You're making me look very short in front of these women.

    • Chris: Tempus fugit, eh Joel?
      Joel: It doesn't fugit nearly fast enough.

    • Joel: You are single, you are heterosexual, you are a doctor, you are Jewish. Alaska is wide open for you and I was right. Believe me, I will be out there. I'll have to fight the women off.
      Ed: What women?

    • Maggie: There are other ways besides sex to get a bladder infection, Fleischman.
      Joel: Yeah, but that's the funniest.

    • Joel: Sex should be wild. Unfettered and free. We're animals, aren't we? And, basically, we're all wolves in sheep's fur. I always wanted more. Not frequency, I am not talking about frequency; although that would have been great, too. I wanted more intensity. I wanted to be out there, outside myself, outside my skin. I wanted sex to be like robbing life out of the jaws of death!
      Maggie: Wow…
      Joel: Are you okay?
      Maggie: Why?
      Joel: Well, it's 20 below out, and you're breaking a sweat.

    • Joel: Look, O'Connell. Unlike most of your former boyfriends, Elaine is not dead.

    • Chris: … because the best way out of winter is through it. Like Carl Jung says, 'embrace your grief for there your soul will grow.'

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      - "R.B. Blues" by Ruth Brown
      - "Down Hearted Blues" by Mildred Bailey
      - "Guitars, Cadillacs" by Dwight Yoakam
      - "One Foot Draggin'" by The Coasters
      - "It's Just a Girl Thang" by Icey J
      - "Let's Dance" by Benny Goodman
      - "Magnum PI" Theme
      - "Blue Moon" by Billie Holiday

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The title of the episode is taken from the book "Goodbye to All That" by Robert Graves. In fact there are several allusions to this author in other episodes, especially by Chris Stevens.

      Robert Graves is an English writer famous for his researches about Roman and Greek mythology.

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