Northern Exposure

Season 3 Episode 19

Wake Up Call

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 23, 1992 on CBS
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Wake Up Call
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As spring blossoms, Shelly suffers from a skin rash, Holling gives away eggs, Joel gets a new outlook on patient care from a tribal medicine man and Maggie experiences a spiritual and physical re-awakening with a handsome stranger.

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  • Born Again

    9.0
    Graham Greene shines in his debut as native healer Leonard, in an episode that revolves around the motif of rebirth.

    Leonard is a guest observer of Joel's medical practice, and helps him to reinvent himself after a realization that he has lost touch with the human side of medicine. He also helps Shelley realize that her dreadful skin rash is only a passage to transform her into a new, radiant self.

    Symbols of resurrection abound in Wake Up Call, from bears (hibernation to re-awakening) to egg hatchlings (conjuring thoughts of renewal of life in spring).

    Maggie is featured in an enchanting, folksy story line when she is romanced by a handsome stranger who is really a bear who has assumed human form.

    Chris nails down the episode's philosophic undercurrent with two of his most brilliant radio monologues:

    -Chris: Bears, which we've all had on our minds lately- They really say it all, you know. Their- Their deathlike sleep in the sepulchre of the cave, followed by their awakening rebirth. Death and resurrection - something bears and deities have in common. Point of fact: In many cultures, bears themselves were considered gods. You know, way before Mithra, before the burning bush, Christ, Buddha, what do you think our Neolithic brothers lied prostrate to? Hmm? Bears.



    -Chris: About the same time our Cro-Magnon ancestors started burying themselves... I'm talking about the big bang of the human psyche: the recognition of death. We saw death, and we did what no other animal had done before. We dealt with it. We hit on the idea that death wasn't an end. It was a- a passage. That blessed event that I talked about? Birth of the human spirit.

    Wake Up Call features some very good dialogue, and once again reminds us of how well this show can dig deep into the human condition.

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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)

Robert Nicholson

Robert Nicholson

Customer

Guest Star

Andreas Wisniewski

Andreas Wisniewski

Arthur

Guest Star

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

Graham Greene (II)

Graham Greene (II)

Leonard Quinhagak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Chris: Greetings, Cicely, on this most exceedingly beautiful spring morning. A morning swollen with new life, a morning on which, if I had the voice, I would let loose with song. It's hard to believe just a few short weeks ago we were eating our cornflakes in the wintery dark. Now, well it's still kind of dim our there, but I can see the golden glow of Apollo's chariot waiting in the wings, about to make its entrance. Winter's on the lam, no doubt.

    • Holling: Fresh eggs. You know, there's nothing quite so satisfying as fresh eggs. You can poach 'em, you can scramble 'em, you can fry 'em, you can devil 'em. And you can't go wrong with a pickled egg.

    • Joel: Leonard, would you tell me what this has to do with anything?
      Leonard: Well, you're bored because you're boring.
      Joel: I'm what?
      Leonard: Boring.
      Joel: I'm boring?
      Leonard: One of the most boring people I ever met.
      Joel: I can't believe you just said that. Do you have any idea how--how insulting that is, what you just said? I open my office, I extend to you this courtesy, and you insult me?
      Leonard: Now you're angry.
      Joel: Yeah! Yeah, I'm angry!
      Leonard: Well, good. See, that's not boring.

    • Maggie: I never meet anybody. And even if I do, it's never someone I'd even conceive of having a relationship with. Why is it all the good guys are taken, Ed?
      Ed: Well…
      Maggie: It's 'cause I missed the first round. That's it. I mean, these things are cyclical. All the men I'd ever be interested in are already married. So I guess I'll just have to be patient, wait for the divorces.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      - "Guitars and Cadillacs" by Dwight Yoakam
      - "Invention #8" composed by Bach
      - "Bailero" by Fredrica Von Staade
      - "To Wish This" by Tinita Tikaram
      - "Coolin Medley" by The Chieftans

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The passage Chris reads at the end of the episode is "Renascence" by Edna St. Vincent Millay. It contains some of the most vivid imagery of death and rebirth:

      "Ah! Up then from the ground sprang I and hailed the earth with such a cry as is not heard save from a man who has been dead, and lives again. About the trees my arms I wound; like one gone mad I hugged the ground; I raised my quivering arms on high; I laughed and laughed into the sky."

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