Northern Exposure

Season 4 Episode 18

Northern Lights

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 01, 1993 on CBS
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Northern Lights
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Joel goes on strike when the state of Alaska will not allow him time off for a Caribbean vacation he was planning. Chris has trouble seeking inspiration for his new sculpture. A vagrant's presence on Main St. outrages Maurice, when he learns the man is an ex-marine he tries to become his benefactor. Maggie debates about having sex with Mike. Holling spends his time in hibernation. The town of Cicely strikes back against Joel.moreless

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  • My personal favorite.

    9.9
    This is my favorite Northern Exposure episode. It is the reason i love the show so much, with how...'odd' it can be, but in the best possible way. From the hilarious Joel vacation storyline, and to the Chris' sculpture, it is the closest a show has ever gotten to perfect.



    With the last scene, when Chris lights up the town, it is one of the best the series ever created, with the town just looking glorious with every light lit up...and to top it off, Enya over the scene.



    The only reason I didn't give it a 10.0 is because i don't think anything is perfect, but if i was hard pressed, and forced to, this would be the episode.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 ]

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller [ season 4+, recurring previously ]

Eric E. Schepp

Eric E. Schepp

Steve

Guest Star

Jillian Armenante

Jillian Armenante

Townsperson

Guest Star

Mark Dempsey

Mark Dempsey

Jim

Guest Star

Gary Taylor

Gary Taylor

Len

Recurring Role

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Mike Monroe

Recurring Role

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    • (emerging from "hibernation" because a dog was barking)
      Holling: I could use a few more days' sleep.
      Shelly: You want to try to get back to sleep?
      Holling: No, I'm up now.

    • (on the winter solstice, during 24 hours of total darkness)
      Chris: Goethe's final words: more light. Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our unifying cry: more light. Sunlight, torchlight, candlelight, neon, incandescent, light to banish the darkness from our caves, to illuminate our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night games at Soldier's Field, little tiny flashlight for those books we read under the covers when we're supposed to be asleep. Light is more than watts and footcandles, light is metaphor. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet. Rage, rage against the dying of the light! Lead, kindly light, amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on. The night is dark and I am far from home, lead thou me on. Arise, shine, for thy light has come. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light.

    • Ed: I know it won't be the same as a Caribbean vacation, but if you want we can go ice-fishing this Sunday.
      Joel: Thanks, Ed, that would be nice.

    • (on discovering Lance was a Marine)
      Maurice: (pulls out a few bills) Here, buy yourself a hot meal. Semper fi.
      Lance: Hoorah.

    • (Chris grabs a neon sign off the wall)
      Chris: Dave, I need this.
      Dave: Okay by me.

    • Ed: Your possessions have been seized.
      Joel: Seized? Seized?!
      Ed: Maurice said it's pretty standard in cases like this.
      Joel: (getting more and more upset) Seized?!! Seized!!!
      Ed: Don't tell anyone, but I packed you a change of underwear and a toothbrush.

    • Bernard: I could be Lance, Lance could be me. My reaction should be empathy, caring, compassion. I'm working on it.

    • Chris: Well it's a different kettle of fish, your situation with Mike. I break in here in the middle of the night, I risk my life. You hit the rack with Mike, you risk his. But I say, what the hell, go for it, nail him to the sheets.

    • Maurice: There are things in this world we don't understand. It could be the big guy, it could be little green men, it could just be whatnot reminding us we don't know it all.

    • Bernard: Continuous unremitting darkness has been known to send some people into an emotional tailspin, so the management here at KBHR radio suggests locking away the firearms. The desire to stick that 45 between the teeth can get pretty strong at times, so why invite temptation.

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