Northern Exposure

Season 2 Episode 2

The Big Kiss

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 15, 1991 on CBS
8.6
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The Big Kiss
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Ed's wish to know who his parents were summons up a 256-year-old Indian spirit named "One-Who-Waits" who offers to help him find out. Chris finds his voice has been stolen by a beautiful woman passing through town, and comes to believe in a folk cure he hears about-that he must sleep with the most beautiful woman in town, Maggie.moreless

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  • As close to perfect an episode as this series has seen so far.

    9.5
    The only reason I don't give this episode a perfect 10 rating is because it's only the tenth episode and a ten implies that it never gets any better than this. But this episode really is sublime. The character development is awe-inspiring (we get tons of back story on Ed in particular). The story lines (both the A and B threads) are entertaining. The script and dialogue is truly masterful. And for the first time, I became cognizant of how amazing the cinematography is on this show. Almost all the sequences are done in long takes with the camera moving fluidly from character to character with nary a cut. Cameras circle tables as people speak. Watch how the camera sweeps and slides in when Maggie finally kisses Chris. All of the above mentioned things are supplemented by little touches that seem inspired by creative powers we don't have a handle on yet. Did anyone else notice that Ed has a framed photo of Woody Allen in his bedroom?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)

Oscar Kawagley

Oscar Kawagley

Bingo Player

Guest Star

Susan Morales

Susan Morales

Bingo Player

Guest Star

Katherine Davis

Katherine Davis

Bingo Player

Guest Star

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Chris: We all carry around so much pain in our hearts. Love and pain and beauty. They all seem to go together in one little tidy, confusing package. It's a messy business, life. It's hard to figure. It's full of surprises, some good and some bad. Anyway Maggie, if you're listening, this one's for you.

    • Chris: If music is the pathway to the soul as Voltaire suggested, then speech is the pathway to other people. Live in silence and you live alone.

    • Chris: If music is the pathway to the soul as Voltaire suggested, then speech is the pathway to other people. Live in silence and you live alone.

    • One-Who-Waits: You've got friends, Ed, that's a lot. You're going to be ok.

    • One-Who-Waits: There's an old saying that if you go back to the place where you first became a man, you remember all those things you need to be happy.
      Ed: I don't remember anything.
      One-Who-Waits: That saying never made sense to me, but I thought it was worth a try.

    • Maurice: Here's to your voice, son. May it come back soon. And if it doesn't, look for work.

    • Ed: [One-who-waits] says you're supposed to find the most beautiful girl in town and sleep with her if you want to get your voice back.
      (Chris stares at him)

    • Ed: I have blue eyes.
      Great-aunt: Your mother was a white woman.
      Tribe member: She was a teacher in Skagway.
      Other tribe member: She wasn't a teacher, she was a missionary.
      Tribe member: Whatever.
      Ed: What about my father? Can't you tell me anything? Even his name?
      Whole tribe: Smith.

    • Joel: So I tried to call the CDC in Atlanta, and the line was busy. Do you believe it? Atlanta, a thriving, modern metropolis, and I can't get through! You'd think Sherman torched it yesterday.

    • Shelley: (serving breakfast) One for Ed and one for Ed's new imaginary friend.

    • Maurice: Out here in the wilderness, a woman's got to do what a woman's got to do.

    • Joel: That smile of yours makes the Mona Lisa look self-doubting.

    • Maggie: I'm not some flat-chested, junior league, Grosse Point WIMP!

    • Maggie: Do I detect a note of jealousy, Fleischman?
      Joel: Jealous? Me? Of what? Why would I be jealous? I was thinking how Rick might feel… remember him? Big guy with landing gear for brains?

    • Maurice: You know, sometimes when you look back on a situation, you realize it wasn't all you thought it was. A beautiful girl walked into your life. You fell in love. Or did you? Perhaps, it was only a childish infatuation, or maybe just a brief moment of vanity.

    • Chris: You know, I had a really weird dream last night. I was working on an assembly line with my first true love, Leslie Ferguson, and we were making these mechanical frogs that jump and sing at the same time. They say dreams are the windows of the soul. Take a peek and you can see the inner workings, the nuts and bolts. I don't understand the assembly line and the frogs are a little confusing, but Leslie Ferguson rings bright and true. First love, we all have one somewhere. Anyways, this one is for you Leslie.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      - "She is Not Thinking of Me" by Louis Jordan
      - "Ya Ya" by Lee Dorsey
      - "Mambo Baby" by Ruth Brown
      - "Truly Do" by Bud and Travis
      - "Pretty Lady" by the "Pacific Overtures" cast
      - "La Mer" by Charles Trenet
      - "Honeysuckle Rose" by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli
      - "Third Man Theme" by Anton Karas
      - "When I Grow Too Old to Dream" by Nat King Cole

    • The original broadcast of this episode was plagued by a long pause on Joel just after Chris is ready to leave Maggie's house. Evidentially someone at the network thought they should be going to commercial, because of a fade to black in the previous scene, but couldn't decide. So they decided not to go to commercials and jumped into a scene about 25 seconds later.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Maggie answers the door to admit Chris into her home, Joel refers to her as "Maggie the Cat." This is a reference to Elizabeth Taylor's character in the film Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, a brassy and attractive woman, notorious for her openness with her sexuality.

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