Northern Exposure

Season 2 Episode 6

War and Peace

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 13, 1991 on CBS
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War and Peace
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A Soviet celebrity returns to Cicely for some relaxation, some borscht and a deadly serious chess match with rival Maurice. Holling suffers a bout of torturous dreams and Chris helps Ed win the heart of a farm girl with his erotic imagery of a motorcycle.

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  • This is one of the best episodes of the show!

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    One of the greatest moments in television, for me anyway, occurs in this episode. In the middle of the scene, the entire cast breaks character, discusses the problems with the scene and how they could improve it, ultimately deciding to scrap it. This exchange is one of the most brilliant pieces of writing from any show and doesn't even overly distract from the plot of the episode.



    In another bit of great writing, there are the exchanges between Chris & Ed about the motorcycle. With the erotic imagery supplied by Chris, Ed is able to win over a girl, portrayed expertly by an actress of obvious talent.



    This episode is beautiful from top to bottom; it stands out to me as one of the highlights of the series.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)

Alan Fudge

Alan Fudge

Father Duncan

Guest Star

Dana Andersen

Dana Andersen

Lightfeather Duncan

Guest Star

Elya Baskin

Elya Baskin

Nikolai Ivanovich Apalanov

Guest Star

William J. White

William J. White

Dave the cook

Recurring Role

Peg Phillips

Peg Phillips

Ruth-Anne Miller

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Holling: It's time I broke out, did the wild thing. Like Tolstoy.

    • Chris: You have to talk to her sometime, Ed.
      Ed: Why?
      Chris: Well, because that's what married people do. They communicate.

    • Chris: I remember my first foray into the realm of the sensual. I was seven years old, back in the trailer park, but I knew as much about life at that moment as I do today.

    • Chris: Can I come in?
      Ed: No.

    • Joel stops the duel between Maurice and Nikolai
      Joel: Hold it, hold it, hold it! This is ridiculous! Hey, we play to a very sophisticated television audience. They know Maurice is not going to kill Nikolai, and they definitely know that Nikolai is not going to kill Maurice.
      Maggie: Wait a minute, Fleischman. You can't just take it upon yourself to step out of character. Nobody yelled 'cut'.
      Shelly: Joel's right. The duel is stupid.
      Joel: Can we just stick to the matter at hand?
      Ruth-Anne: How about the fifth revision? Where Nikolai's abscessed tooth starts acting up, and, well, he just cancels.
      Shelly: Glib and textually unwarranted.
      Nikolai: What if Maurice trips and kills someone else by mistake?
      Maurice: Oh, great, so I'm a klutz now, huh?
      Maggie: Look, if there's not a duel, then what is the point of this whole story?
      Chris: What's the point? The point is - man's tendency to war, but Joel here is asking us to step outside of certain events and say enough. Am I right?
      Shelly: Listen, whatever, it's getting cold out here.
      Marilyn: Why don't we go on to the next scene? It's a pretty good one.

    • Joel: Are you flirting with me?
      Maggie: No! I'm just merely saying that beneath that whiny, abrasive exterior of yours I sometimes get a glimpse of the teensiest, eensy bit of something…almost manly

  • NOTES (1)

    • Music:
      "I Don't Care" by Hank Williams
      "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" by John Williams
      "Pictures at an Exhibition" composed by Mussorgsky
      "Romeo and Juliet" composed by Tchaikovsky
      "One More Kiss Dear" from the "Blade Runner" soundtrack
      "Lara's Theme" from the "Doctor Zhivago" soundtrack
      "What'll I Do?" by Irving Berlin

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