Northern Exposure (1990–1995)
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Rick's death by falling satellite further enhances Maggie's reputation; Maurice meets prospective hoteliers.

Director:

David Carson

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
Doug Ballard ... Ronald Arthur Bantz
Don McManus ... Erick Reese Hillman
Peg Phillips Peg Phillips ... Ruth-Anne
Grant Goodeve ... Rick Pederson
Pat Millicano Pat Millicano ... Gary
Megan Cole ... Anita
Kit McDonough ... Valerie
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Storyline

Joel is startled to hear that Maggie reported her boy-friend Rick Pederson's color blindness to the FAA - that's likely to cost him his professional pilot's license. Anyhow, satellite debris actually crushes Rick, a fatal fluke leaving him and the satellite physically inseparable. Maurice finds and hosts buyers (Ronald Arthur Bantz and Erick Reese Hillman) for a Russian fur-trapper's historic 'Arctic palace' to convert into a hotel, then regrets it but finds their offer hard to resist. Chris offers a positive perspective. Shelly is strangely jealous of Holling's intimate old friend Anita and even of the gray-haired shopkeeper. Written by KGF Vissers

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1991 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Anita: Reminds me of Abe Kellogg. When he got caught in the machinery in the cannery.
Holling Vincoeur: They had to recall a hundred cases of salmon.
Anita: I'll neer forget that funeral, watching them lower all those itty bitty cans into the ground.
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References Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »

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At last
Written by Mack Gordon (uncredited) and Harry Warren (uncredited)
Performed by Etta James
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I Am Doing This For Civilisation
27 March 2019 | by matthewjmilesSee all my reviews

And here we go, I've finished the second season of Northern Exposure much quicker than I thought. Actually, each season's episode count makes for something of a mystery as there's only two seasons with the same number of episodes, and between Season 2 and 3 it jumps drastically from 7 to 23 episodes. Clearly something important happened in that time to give the show that level of trust, but I'm not complaining. If anything it worked in the best way: the first two seasons have lower episode counts as the writers and the cast take their time finding their strengths and tweaking the nature of the show, and then there's extremely high episode counts to reward the fans of the early show for the next four seasons.

It was at the conclusion of the last season that I really came to appreciate the poignancy and philosophy offered by some of the characters, plus each additional surreal occurrence that has particularly enticed me. The 'Aurora Borealis' episode, in no small words, amazed me, and this finale didn't - but I found altogether different strengths in it, along with the same tone consistent in each episode. I feel like it reaches a milestone, either in this episode or in the most recent couple, of finally feeling like each of the characters has settled in. We know largely what to expect from a Maurice subplot as opposed to one featuring Ed, and the balance is being found between the characters and the actors who play them to reel in wholesome moments, entertaining conversations and to enhance the small, eccentric world in which Northern Exposure takes place. We can understand and relate to all of the characters now, despite their living in a particularly unique situation outside of most of our experiences, and I personally can say that I would watch them go through anything at this point, and the weirder it is, the better. There's certainly a point fast approaching, also, where adding in a couple of new primary characters would be appropriate, and a little bird told me that may just happen.

This season was extremely enjoyable, and I especially liked learning more about the supporting characters instead of just following Fleischman about - but speaking of the doctor you can plainly see the development of his character even over this small amount of episodes - as he becomes more comfortable in Cicely, so do we with him. He's probably the biggest source of comedy for me at this point, and as the show should, he's not the obvious 'main character' anymore, the town is the main character, and I've really enjoyed finding more out about the town. Onwards, to the extremely long third season.


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