Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 18

My Mother, My Sister

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 16, 1992 on CBS
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My Mother, My Sister
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An abandoned baby gets attention from the whole town and helps awaken Adam's paternal instincts while Shelly's life is unsettled by a visit from her youthful, giddy mother and her new boy friend.

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  • Teen Mom (Sort of)

    9.0
    In My Mother, My Sister, three great story lines share the theme of motherhood. Shelley receives a visit from her 36-going-on-16 year old mother, an anonymous baby is abandoned in Joel's office and gets shared mothering from the community, and in a hilarious twist, Adam experiences Couvade syndrome, also known as sympathetic pregnancy.

    Shelley and her attractive, youthful mom Tammy (Wendy Schaal) have always passed each other off to other people as sisters. Shelley balks at continuing the lie, however, when she realizes that Tammy has sold the same story to her much-younger new boyfriend Kenny (Sean O'Bryan), a clean-cut, somewhat naive Army mechanic.

    This episode contains some clever humor throughout. The movie theater scene, where Shelley and Tammy make peace, is a gem of counter-intuitive humor. Adam's antics are always funny, but particularly so here, as he tries to figure out why his personality is changing. And here's a funny snippet from Shelley as she sums up love's mysteries:

    - Holling: I think Kenny's gonna be a steadying influence on your mother.

    -Shelley: She says the sex is dynamite.

    -Holling: That's nice.

    -Shelley: One of the three legs that hold up love's stool; sex, liking his brain, then kind of accepting who he is, because you're never gonna change him anyway.

    The only minor flaw in this episode is the way the abandoned baby sub-plot concludes. It resolves too abruptly, with no explanation of why the baby was abandoned in the first place.

    But this doesn't detract much from a very funny and imaginative episode.moreless
Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin

Maurice J. Minnifield

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)

Elaine Miles

Elaine Miles

Marilyn Whirlwind [ season 2+, recurring previously ]

Sean O'Bryan

Sean O'Bryan

Kenny Cadashy

Guest Star

Wendy Schaal

Wendy Schaal

Tammy Tambo

Guest Star

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Adam

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Chris: (talking about a 6th-grade crush) We didn't have graffiti back then, but if we had, I would have plastered every bus and bridge in Wheeling, West Virginia. Angel loves Chris, Chris loves Angel.

    • Joel: What kind of person would just abandon a baby like this?
      Ed: Oh, my parents.

    • Joel: You're just going to leave me with a baby?! What am I supposed to do with a baby?
      Marilyn: Feed her.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      - "A Woman Half My Age" by Kitty Wells
      - "Gimme Three Steps" by Lynyrd Skynyrd
      - "Diet of Strange Places" by kd lang
      - "Shame, Shame, Shame" by Johnny Winters
      - "Paradise City" by Guns 'N Roses
      - "Blue Sky" by The Allman Brothers
      - "I Could Never Live Without You" by Enuff Z Nuff
      - "Too Weak to Fight" by Johnny Law

    • Although featured in the opening credits, Janine Turner [Maggie O'Connell] does not appear in this episode. The season three DVD, however, contains two deleted scenes that she would have been in.

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