Northern Exposure (1990–1995)
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Burning Down the House 

Maggie's mother comes for a visit and delivers some surprising news. Chris builds a catapult. Joel discovers someone's secret identity.


Rob Thompson


Joshua Brand (created by), John Falsey (created by) | 1 more credit »


Episode complete credited cast:
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
Bibi Besch ... Jane O'Connell
John M. Jackson ... Larry Coe (Bob)
Peg Phillips Peg Phillips ... Ruth-Anne
Gary Taylor Gary Taylor ... Gary
Haynes Brooke ... Townsperson




Maggie's mother comes for a visit and delivers some surprising news. Chris builds a catapult. Joel discovers someone's secret identity.

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Comedy | Drama


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Dr. Joel Fleischman: Okay, picture this: It's April, Sunday afternoon. Sky's blue, dogwoods in bloom. Light breeze blowing right to left.
Larry Coe (Bob): Left to right.
Dr. Joel Fleischman: Okay, good. Quass just holed out. Crowd's cheering. Still your game though, Larry. Still your game. Pin is on the far portion of the green, downhill lie. I read it straight.
[pulls out a golf ball]
Dr. Joel Fleischman: Titleist 2.
[He sets the ball on the green]
Dr. Joel Fleischman: About right here, Larry? Three feet from the cup?
[He holds a putter out to Larry]
Dr. Joel Fleischman: It's your shot, Larry.
Larry Coe (Bob): What is this supposed ...
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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »


The Prisoner's Song
by Vernon Dalhart
[Playing in the background when Maggie is shopping in Ruth-Anne's store.]
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The doctor is in !!!
23 June 2007 | by Slyjack2003See all my reviews

I must say that we have found NE on HD and just watched this episode. I am amazed at the talent that is spread around this series. My husband and I watched it religiously when it was first broadcast, Now we are missing our usual 6oclock dinner time, since it is also on every night at 6.What's more important ? I live in Florida, and have a friend up in Chappaqua NY who also just loves it. We used to compare notes on the academy awards and NE. I am so impressed with the story lines,the acting, the scenery etc. I've got my eyes on amazon to see if I can pick up the whole series. I was able to record a few episodes, and guard them with my life. I have a TV guide that paid tributes to NE. Why Oh why can't they make TV series like this anymore? Glad to be able to catch it again.

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3 February 1992 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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