Northern Exposure

Season 4 Episode 24

Sleeping With the Enemy

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 17, 1993 on CBS
8.4
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Sleeping With the Enemy
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Maurice's son comes to ask for his permission on his choice of a bride. There is a little hitch, Ron thinks that the new bride maybe the daughter of North Korean Colonel Pak Soon Ye, the butcher of Yang Dok. To help in the preservation of his native tongue, Ed decides to dub The Prisoner of Zenda. Holling's "needs" (an average of 4 times a day) are being held back and he seeks a way to relieve them. Ed runs into trouble with the star of his movie, a man with experience working in Hollywood and no time for Ed's inexperience. Maurice runs into mixed emotions on his feelings about his own personal feelings and the feelings of his son.moreless

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  • Maurice\'s character at the fore.

    8.6
    Maurice\'s decision to prioritize filial sympathies above what he sees as moral, patriotic commitments gives his character depth. His lines about the world being no longer black and white, but shades of gray reflects, ableit heavy-handedly, post-coldwar feelings.



    The tantric sex scene with Holling, Shelley, and Chris is just silly. It had potential, but the writers didn\'t follow through in the interesting ways I expect from this show. It ended up being a gag that goes nowhere.



    Once again, connections are drawn between Native Americans and Jews. Here it\'s in the loss of language and culture. Ed wants to record tribal language through a movie project and Joel reminisces about the use of Yiddish by his elders. At one point, Joel digs up a Yiddish farce of the Pocohantas story which mashes together tribal differences and pointedly has no moral.



    Big themes are tackled in this episode, which is admirable, but it isn\'t Northern Exposure at its best because, with the exception of Maurice\'s development, it adds no complexity to the issues, though it does make use of irony. Ron\'s disappointment in Maurice only shows us that gay men can be bigots too. Ed\'s appropriation of a classic movie by dubbing it with a dying Indian language leaves the language in a time-capsule. Shelley and Holling\'s sex problems don\'t lead them into new ways of relating with each other. Still, a good episode that isn\'t driven by the Joel-Maggie anti-romance.moreless
  • Mediocre Episode

    7.8
    I just was not feeling with episode, it just did not do it for me the way Northern Exposure usually does.



    The Holling and Shelly storyline is just no good, i don't think it is cleaver or funny or anything, i felt nothing for it.



    The Maurice and Ed story lines were alright, but nothing to write home to mother about...



    The lack of Joel/Chris/Maggie story lines really hurt the episode. i don't need them in an episode, but i just think the episode missed that like spark it usually has...and it could have been because of that.



    All and all this episode just did noting for me, it wasn't painful to watch, it just was, well, nothing.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 ]

George Barril

George Barril

Bill

Guest Star

Raymond S. Nielsen Sr.

Raymond S. Nielsen Sr.

Freddy

Guest Star

Cecelia White

Cecelia White

Mrs. Johnson

Guest Star

Harry Pringle

Harry Pringle

Henry Morningstar

Recurring Role

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Don McManus

Don McManus

Erick Reese Hillman

Recurring Role

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