Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 16

Three Amigos

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 02, 1992 on CBS
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The death of an old friend sends Maurice and Holling packing off into the snowy wilderness to bury him at No-Name Point. But the way is hard, including an unexpected run-in with the man's attractive widow.

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  • Holling receives word from Maurice that their old hunting buddy, Bill, has died. It is their duty to take his body to their agreed-upon place for burial. They encounter Bill\'s widow as well as a bar fight, and a great crash ending to their quest.moreless

    9.9
    This is the Paul Newman-Robert Redford/Hope and Crosby episode of the series, with Maurice and Holling taking the lead and running with it. While the episode has a couple little nagging moments, the tale of two buddies off to honor a promise to bury their partner -- all while Chris in the Morning reads from Jack London, sets up a classic.



    And the two main characters, Maurice and Holling are written true-to-form throughout -- especially significant are a scene in a remote bar where Maurice\'s card-playing begins a fight (which, true to buddy-film form, they both lose) and at the final burial point, where Maurice feels some kind of eulogy and a final salute are appropriate, while Holling is his usual straight-to-the-business at hand self.



    This is also another episode where the most watched (and watchable) part is the end...where a series of scenes of Maurice and Holling on their journey is played over Willie Nelson\'s \"Hand on the Wheel\" -- a song which is a perfect choice for showing the bond between this pair that seems so different from each other in many other ways.



    (An added nod-of-the-cap from the writers to Paul Newman is the scene near the end when Holling has returned, is in the bathtub full of bubbles and Shelley is tenderly washing his back.)



    \"We slashed through bogs, ate like hogs and slept like logs.\" -- Holling Vancour.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)

Tom Spiller

Tom Spiller

Pig Eye

Guest Star

Brian T. Finney

Brian T. Finney

Teak

Guest Star

Norbert Weisser

Norbert Weisser

Reinhard Shoulder

Guest Star

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In a scene where Maurice and Holling are on the horses headed to pick up Bill, Maurice has a black eye and Holling has a bloody nose, but they hadn't gotten to the bar where they had gotten into a fight yet.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Chris: There they go into the last great gasp of the wilderness known as Alaska. We all have our own relationship with the wild. Out there or in here, in our hearts, in our souls. Wheeling, West Virginia, 1983. I'm in the joint, prison library, working my way backward from Z. Stendahl, Proust, I'm in the L's and eureka, baby! Jack London, my main man. If Whitman gave me poetry, then Mr. London took me to a place inside me I didn't know existed but recognized instantly, like I'd been heading there all my lost life. There was Buck, big civilized mutt from the south land, slapped down in the frigid north to redefine himself for what he really was. I was Buck, Buck was I, Buck is us.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music:
      - "It Won't Hurt" by Dwight Yoakam
      - "Acoustic Duet 1" by Country Blues Guitar
      - "Hands on the Wheel" by Willie Nelson

    • Originally this episode was suppose to be aired BEFORE "Democracy In America" but was pushed back by CBS for some unforeseen reason.

    • The Willie Nelson song played during the montage at the end is "Hands On The Wheel" from his album "Red Headed Stranger" but can also be heard in the movie The Electric Cowboy.

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