Northern Exposure (1990–1995)
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All Is Vanity 

Maggie purports Joel to be her boyfriend to gain her father's approval; Holling comes to a very personal decision.

Director:

Nick Marck

Writers:

Joshua Brand (created by), John Falsey (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Morrow ... Dr. Joel Fleischman
Barry Corbin ... Maurice J. Minnifield
Janine Turner ... Maggie O'Connell
John Cullum ... Holling Vincoeur
Darren E. Burrows ... Ed Chigliak
John Corbett ... Chris Stevens
Cynthia Geary ... Shelly Marie Tambo
Elaine Miles ... Marilyn
John McCann ... Frank O'Connell
Peg Phillips Peg Phillips ... Ruth-Anne
Rex Linn ... Martin
Sharon Collar Sharon Collar ... Wife
O.C. 'Mac' McCallum O.C. 'Mac' McCallum ... Husband
Cathy Bryan Cathy Bryan ... Patient #10
Peter Bradshaw Peter Bradshaw ... Man #1
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Storyline

Holling impresses Shelly with chivalrous 'bravery', but a remark from her makes him inquire about circumcision - not recommended for an adult man according to Joel. After Chris broadcasts the locally unprecedented procedure, Holling dares not pull out. Maggie pretends to her visiting father, Frank O'Connell, she has a 'perfect boy-friend', without warning Dr. Joel Fleischman that he's the man for the job - so he enjoys overdoing it. Mayor Maurice commandeers first Ed as the outdoors 'morgue guard', then Joel as a reluctant 'coroner' to help him start the investigation for a John Doe corpse, who is soon claimed by the locals although nobody knows him. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

22 April 1991 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Her father's nickname for Maggie is Peanut. See more »

Goofs

The Beethoven piece to which Chris refers as "Adagio" is actually the second movement of the Seventh Symphony which is called "Allegretto." See more »

Quotes

Shelly Marie Tambo: [after Maggie has finished reading a sonnet written by Shakespeare] Boy, she sure can write.
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Connections

Spoofs The Shining (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Bon Soir Dame
(uncredited)
Performed by Bud and Travis
Background music in the Brick when Ed complains about the taste of the eggs and Holling tells Shelly that he going to get circumcised.
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