Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 10

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 16, 1991 on CBS
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The holidays in Cicely see Joel experimenting with an unfamiliar Christmas tree, a clumsy Maggie suddenly left alone, Shelly pining for the religious pageantry of her childhood, and Maurice meeting a family he never knew as everyone awaits the pageant of the raven.

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  • Christmas Melting Pot

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    This Emmy-winning episode (1992 best writing, drama) sees Christmas though the cultural lenses of several characters. Joel bucks Jewish tradition and gets a Christmas tree, Marilyn and her tribe prepare to celebrate the Raven Pageant (the Tlingit version of Christmas), and the ubiquitous Raven decorations make Shelley long for the more traditional Roman Catholic Christmases of her childhood.

    In the main story line, Maurice is horrified to learn that he has a grown Korean son named Duk Won.

    The superb writing cannot be better highlighted than with this dialogue, in which Chris tries to help Maurice with his difficulty in accepting Duk Won as his own flesh-and-blood:

    -Chris: Maurice, think of concentric circles. The inner circle is ourselves, then the family, then the tribe, then the nearby tribe, so on and so on. The further you get away from the center, the more foreign things become. The people in the outer circles, they become the Other. If it's any consolation, Maurice, you know, your feelings aren't instinctual.

    -Maurice: No?

    -Chris: No. It's cultural.

    -Maurice: Well, how the hell could that be a consolation?

    -Chris: It's learned behavior.

    - Maurice: So?

    -Chris: So, you can unlearn it.



    Another beautiful moment is the scene where Holling sings "Ave Maria" to Shelley in the church, to lessen her homesickness. TV magic.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)

Chi-Muoi Lo

Chi-Muoi Lo

Yung Bong Joo

Guest Star

James Song

James Song

Yung Duk Won

Guest Star

Kim Kim

Kim Kim

Yung Yong Ja

Guest Star

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Marilyn: A long time ago, the raven looked down from the sky and saw that the people of the world were living in darkness. The ball of light was kept hidden by a selfish old chief. So the raven turned itself into a spruce needle and floated on the river where the chief's daughter came for water. She drank the spruce needle. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy which was the raven in disguise. The baby cried and cried until the chief gave him the ball of light to play with. As soon as he had the light, the raven turned back into himself and carried the light into the sky. From then on, we no longer lived in darkness.

    • Chris: Twinkling colored lights are nice and so are plastic Santas and reindeers and nativity scenes, but let me tell you something. There's nothing like the sight of a beautiful, black-as-pitch raven to get you in the Christmas spirit.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      - "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Booker T. and the MGs
      - "Dig That Crazy Santa Claus" by Oscar McLollie and the Honey Jumpers
      - "Il Est Ne/Ca Berger" by The Chieftans
      - "Christmas Time's a Coming" by Petter Roloan
      - "White Christmas" by Allen Toussaint
      - "O Come All Ye Faithful" by The Chieftans
      - "The Christmas Song" by Tony Bennett
      - "White Christmas" by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters
      - "Ave Marie" by Schubert

    • This episode was nominated for Directing and Writing. It won for Writing but Directing went to another Brand / Falsey show I'll Fly Away.

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