Northern Exposure

Season 4 Episode 25

Old Tree

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 24, 1993 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • One of the townspeople refers to his "lawyer in Talkeetna." The real-life town of Talkeetna, Alaska, is widely believed to have been the inspiration for Cicely.

  • Quotes

    • Chris: He can't find a truffle to save his life, literally. Maurice says if he doesn't he's going to be a luau.

    • (Joel tells Ed a Yiddish joke about a Jewish Indian who can't kill a buffalo because he accidentally brought the dairy tomahawk)
      Ed: So the moral of the story is he should have just used the wrong tomahawk because at least then he would have had a buffalo.
      Joel: No, Ed, there is no moral.

    • Maurice: The hell with posterity, I'm doing this for me!

    • Joel: You insult me, you hit me, you crash me in your plane...

    • Holling: Shelly baby, dry your eyes/worry not, we'll harmonize.

    • Shelly: Oh my little bunny-face/my teeny beeny little cuddly thing/Mama's got a big bummer news/your Mama can't talk/your Mama can only sing.

    • Ed: The patient has only a few months to live.
      Maurice: Amen.

    • Joel: I'd be fine if I wasn't unnerved with all your good will!

    • Ruth-Anne: You see, trees like to have kids climb on them.

    • Shelly: I figure it's like hiccups or gas/You know what they say, this too shall pass.

    • Chris: You know I like power tools, Maurice.

    • (Holling and a friend are assembling the crib)
      Walt: I'm not hungry, Shelly, but if you take requests I'd like to hear "Tangerine."

    • Maggie: Hey, Fleischman, you got a minute?
      Joel: No, I don't.

    • Joel: Utaka-what?
      Ed: Utakalakatuvic. Vicky for short.

    • Maggie: God, Fleischman, you are such a jerk.

    • Shelly: I've been heading this way all my life/to be the stud-of-all-stud's stand-up wife! To be the stud-of-all-stud's knocked up wife!

    • Joel: I don't need a nine-iron, I need a machete, a hatchet!
      Ed: I don't have one of those in this bag, Dr. Fleischman. I could maybe come up with a rake.

    • Chris: What is it about genus arboretum that socks us in the figurative solar plexus? We see a logging truck go cruising down the road, stacked with a bunch of those fresh-cut giants, we feel like we lost a brother. Next thing you know, we're in The Brick, we're flopping money down on the bar. Wood. We're under a roof. Wood. We're walking the floors. Wood. Grabbing a pool cue. That's wood. Our friends in the forest carry a set of luggage from the mythical baggage carousel. Tree of life, tree of knowledge, family tree, Budda's Bodhi tree. Page one of life, in the beginning. Genesis 3:22. Adam and Eve. They're kicking back in the garden of Eden and boom, they get an eviction notice. Why is that? "Lest they should also take of the tree of life, eat and live forever." A definitive Yahweh no-no. Bo good to yourself Cicely, go out and plant a wet one on a tree.

  • Notes

    • Music:
      - 'Theme From A Summer Place' by Percy Faith
      - 'Jolie Louise' by Daniel Lanois
      - 'Turn, Turn, Turn' by The Byrds

    • Cynthia Geary "Shelly" sings all these songs in the episode: "Stud of All Studs Stand-Up Wife," "Snake Dance" and "Your Mama Can Only Sing."

    • Despite earning 16 Emmy nominations for this season, the show was totally shutout of the major awards.

  • Allusions