Northern Exposure

Season 4 Episode 12


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 11, 1993 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When talking with Joel at the Brick, Bernard takes his hands off the counter twice. Once when he is shot from behind and, for the second time, immediately after that, when he is shown sitting in front of the camera.

  • Quotes

    • Brother Thomas: Look, Chris, I put up with the Meister Eckhart, the karma, the mail-order degree, but this is a monastery, not a British boarding school.

    • Joel: Is this conversation as surreal to you as it is to me?
      Marilyn: You started it.

    • Bernard: You know, it was St. Benedict who wrote the book on monastic virtues--poverty, obedience, chastity. It was that last one he had trouble with. It seems there was a certain girl from back home he couldn't get out of his mind and on one occasion, when the longing for her was overwhelming, he eschewed the traditional cold shower. Instead he took off all his clothes, jumped into a piled of brambles, and rolled around in the thorns until his flesh was torn and bleeding. Now that's commitment.

    • Chris: Hey folks, I've just come back from a short cruise on the river of spiritual renewal. You might be wondering, were my goals met? Did I have that transcendent moment, the epiphany? You bet I did. You know, we men are always booking out. We join armies, baseball teams, frat houses--in my case, a monastery--all to the exclusion of our fair sisters. But let me tell you, in that segregated, celibate world of men, a divine hand reached down, grabbed me by the belt strap and gave a hard yank. To whom did this awesome hand belong? Woman. Yes, Cicely, my metaphysical moment, my revelation, was this: for me, there can be no spirituality, no sanctity, no truth without the female sex. O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee To temper man: we had been brutes without you. Angels are painted fair, to look like you: There's in you all that we believe of heaven,-- Amazing brightness, purity, and truth, Eternal joy, and everlasting love.

  • Notes

    • Music:
      - "Moonlight Serenade" by Glen Miller

    • Although they appear in the opening credits, both John Cullum [Holling Vincoeur]and Janine Turner [Maggie O'Connell] do not appear in this episode. Although, on the Season 4 DVD Set, Janine Turner does appear in a deleted scene with Rob Morrow.

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