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Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 20

The Final Frontier

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 27, 1992 on CBS
9.1
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The Final Frontier
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Maurice becomes curious about the influx of Japanese tourists to the area during the Northern Lights, Holling sets out to discover if Jesse the bear is really dead, and Maggie leads the curious townspeople in trying to discover what is in a mysterious package covered with foreign stamps.moreless

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  • Un-"Bear"-Able Episode

    5.5
    This episode tried hard, but fell short. In The Final Frontier, the primary line is about Holling's angst upon find that his old nemesis, Jesse the Bear, has died. The secondary plot hinges upon the insatiable curiosity of the townspeople (Maggie in particular) over the contents of an unclaimed parcel, addressed to a recipient unknown to anyone. Maurice gets a comeuppance when he believes a group of Japanese tourists has made the trip to Cicely to meet him, only to find out that the main attraction was the aurora borealis (northern lights).

    There are too many far-fetched aspects of the stories to keep me invested in them. Holling's tale, of fighting mano-a-mano with a huge grizzly bear and biting his toe off, stretched far beyond the bounds of credibility.

    The parcel story line is equally mediocre. The chance of a package circling the globe like a chain letter is infinitesimal. Equally unbelievable is the obsessive desire to open the box, even to the point of calling a town meeting on whether they should break the law to do so.

    The bright spots are Chris's radio monologues about exploration and discovery, but they don't save it from being a mediocre episode.

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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)

Wally Dalton

Wally Dalton

Bar Patron #2

Guest Star

Paul Fleming

Paul Fleming

Bar Patron #1

Guest Star

Rob Narita

Rob Narita

Tourist #2

Guest Star

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

Don McManus

Don McManus

Erick Reese Hillman

Recurring Role

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