Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 16

Three Amigos

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 02, 1992 on CBS

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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.

    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.
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