Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 17

Lost and Found

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 09, 1992 on CBS
8.7
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Lost and Found
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The hypochondriac, Eve comes to town to ask about her latest symptoms, but Joel is preoccupied with the ghost of a lonely old soul haunting his cabin. Maurice receives a visit from his old Army commander, who needs to borrow money.

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  • Cabin Fever

    8.5
    Lost and Found's main story line has Joel suffering from a bout of cabin fever, a malady that has been known to afflict some people who are isolated in small spaces, and can include irritability, restlessness, and even delusions in severe cases.

    The episode begins with Joel sitting in his cabin late at night, writing a letter to a former classmate who has landed a position with the prestigious DeBakey cardiology team in Houston. He masks his envy by trying to convince his friend (and himself) that he really feels quite lucky with his gig in Alaska, calling the dark silent void outside his window "exhilarating".

    The weight of his isolation has taken its toll, however, and he begins hearing noises that he believes are a human voice. After learning about Jack, a thirty year old geologist and gold miner who had committed suicide in his cabin decades earlier, Joel loses touch with his normally rational mind and becomes convinced that the voices he has been hearing belong to Jack's ghost.

    Valerie Mahaffey returns for another flawless portrayal of the hypochondriac Eve, justifying her Emmy for that role. My favorite scene from Lost and Found takes place in Ruth-Anne's store, with Eve perusing the antacid aisle as though it were a wine rack:

    -Eve: Generally, I like the Swiss Lemon Maalox. It's tart, light, nice chilled.

    -Ruth-Anne: Mmm.

    -Eve: Hmmm. Sometimes I like something a little sweeter, something with a little more fruit. Then I go for the cherry.

    -Ruth-Anne: Well, personally, I prefer Mylanta.

    -Eve: Ohh. Mylanta definitely has its place. It's unpretentious, simple. Very consistent. Goes beautifully with decongestants.

    A third story line involves Maurice receiving a visit from his USMC C/O, but it largely comes off as a space filler for the other two sub-plots with Joel and Eve.

    After obsessing about Jack's plight and realizing how closely it paralleled his own experience with isolation, he decides to become more social. The final party scene is a warm fuzzy that ends the episode on a high note.moreless
  • Maurice's storyline seemed a little bit out of place here, but the rest of the episode just keeps me reminding why I love this show so damn much.

    9.0
    This episode is so full of heart. Here we can see how Fleischmann is really enjoying the time he's having in Cicely, although he doesn't really want to speak that out loud. The first scene of him writing the letter and the final one with everyone gathering up for the picture are amazing.



    And it's great to see Eve. I kind of like Adam better, but when he's not there to shine over her, she can really get along pretty well with the rest of the cast.



    Oh, and what a great opportunity for me to get to know "Common Threads" by Bobby McFerrin. Great song :)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)

Robert J. Zenk

Robert J. Zenk

Patron

Guest Star

Noble Willingham

Noble Willingham

Col. Gordon McKern

Guest Star

Time Winters

Time Winters

Emile

Guest Star

Gary Taylor

Gary Taylor

Mr. Swanson

Recurring Role

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Some of the final close-up images of the group photo at Joel's party do not match the whole photograph which is seen at the beginning of the scene. For instance Joel and Maggie are next to each other in the close-up, but noticeably apart on the photo.

    • When Joel is talking with Eve in his office about her condition, he takes off his glasses; the camera shifts to Eve for her lines and then back to Joel, who takes off his glasses again.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Joel: (writes letter) Life here is so elemental. So real. Without the interference of civilization you can really experience things like, ... silence. Silence and darkness in its purity. Right now, right outside my window all I can see is a black void. Endless darkness. It's totally exhilarating, ... and I feel very lucky to be here. Very, very, very lucky.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      - "Sin Ti" by Bud and Travis
      - "Again Tonight" by John Mellencamp
      - "Side by Side" by Kay Starr
      - "Terrible Thing" by Booker T. and the MGs
      - "Calliope Rag" by American Sampler
      - "Poor Butterfly" by Benny Goodman
      - "Common Threads" by Bobby McFerrin

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