Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 6

The Body in Question

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 1991 on CBS
8.6
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The Body in Question
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Chris' discovery of the frozen body of a Napoleonic Frenchman raises many questions for Joel, has Maurice dreaming of the economic benefits for Cicely, Shelly worrying over fertility and Holling confessing over his despicable ancestors.

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  • Frenchy is Toast

    6.0
    This episode is a blip on an otherwise brilliant season. It requires too great a suspension of disbelief that a 200 year old corpse of a French compatriot of Napoleon is found perfectly preserved in a block of ice, along with a diary in pristine condition.

    The story thread about Holling's ancestry was another uncomfortable lapse in judgement. Don't get me wrong: John Cullum is an amazing, talented, award-winning actor. But it's hard to buy into a guy with a Tennessee accent being from French Quebec. Just when you forget it and lay it aside, they shove this French ancestry story line in your face.

    Not a horrible episode, but not on my favorites list.moreless
  • Hilarious and Iluminating

    10
    One of the funniest and most beautifully shot episodes. I love the when Joel and Chris go head to head on a philosophical debate of truth in the 1 room church/school while the rest of Cicely watches. The body found by Chris leads to an explosion of questions and secrets to be revealed including Holling's own infamous family line leading Shelly to the wrong conclusion. The Frenchman comes in tow with a diary that the Maggie and Holling are attempting to translate which could change history and Joel tries all he can to refute it. Watching him struggle with this information is funny. And let's not forget about the Teleteaunics !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)

Gabriel Salvador

Gabriel Salvador

Tellakutan

Guest Star

Shmuly Levitin

Shmuly Levitin

Yo'el

Guest Star

Sharon Collar

Sharon Collar

Woman

Guest Star

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

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    • (Joel is dreaming that Elijah shows up at seder)
      "Elijah": You fill up this cup every year, you open the door, but you don't expect Elijah to walk in?

    • Joel: So you put two and two together and came up with 22?
      Shelly: Yeah.

    • Chris: History is powerful stuff. One day your world is fine. The next day it's knocked for a metaphysical loop. Was Napoleon really at Waterloo? Would that change what I had for breakfast? Thoughts turn to our refrigerated friend Pierre Le Moulin, Pierre the Windmill, stepchild of history. If those chapped lips could speak, what would they say? Bonjour?

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