Northern Exposure

Season 5 Episode 24

Lovers and Madmen

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 23, 1994 on CBS
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Lovers and Madmen
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Joel is the only one awestruck by his discovery of a frozen woolly mammoth. Chris gets reacquainted with a girl whose beauty he remembers from high school; however, when she arrives, all is not as he recalled and she appears to be getting uglier. Maurice has a birthday dinner surprise for Barbara complete with the violin playing of the man who blew up his truck. The next morning he escapes. Joel concedes that he's become a Cicelian.moreless

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  • Joel finds a mammoth only to be extremely shocked when Walt cuts the beast into steaks. Chirs' old crush comes for a visit and Chris imagines her to be a ugly witch. Maurice is forced to lie to Barbara to protect a fugitive violin player.moreless

    10
    "One man's life altering experience is another man's tenderloin" So says Doctor Fleischman. In my opinion, this is the best quote and the best episode of the entire series. All three stories are excellent: Maurice with Barbara and the violin player, Chris with the old high school crush and Joel with the Mammoth. Any of these stories could have been the "A" story in another episode. I love the "perception" theme and how it's explored in this episode. I think this is one episode in which everyone can relate to. How many times have you been really excited or really obsessed with something, only to have a friend or family member shoot you down and say, "Ah, that's no big deal". Joel was right, life is a mystery.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)

Mary Sabetto

Mary Sabetto

Meredith #2

Guest Star

Wayne Pére

Wayne Pére

Prof. Bob Pickering

Guest Star

Darlene Vogel

Darlene Vogel

Meredith #3

Guest Star

Bob Morrisey

Bob Morrisey

Dr. Carver

Recurring Role

Moultrie Patten

Moultrie Patten

Walt Kupfer

Recurring Role

Diane Delano

Diane Delano

Officer Barbara Semanski

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode Walt said that his 'true love' was Beatrice Anderson, who lost all her hair to a disease called Alopecia. In real life, Barry Corbin (Maurice Minnifield) was diagnosed with Alopecia.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Joel: First I thought it was numbness, shock. The inability to believe that a just God could allow someone to destroy a gold mine of prehistoric knowledge for a year's worth of Salisbury steak…Life is a mystery. One man's life-altering experience is another man's tenderloin. I'm one of you now. I'm a Cicelean.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Lovers And Madmen
      A reference from the Shakespeare play A Midsummer Night's Dream:-

      "Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, such shaping fantasies, that apprehend more than cool reason ever comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet are imagination all compact. One sees more devils than vast hell can hold, that is the madman. The lover, always frantic, sees Helen's beauty in the brow of Egypt." (A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act V, Scene I)

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