Dr. Joel Fleischman is depressed when grumpy old patient Soapy Sanderson completely ignores his medical advice, and is stunned when he and Maggie are named joint executors of his 140 acres forest estate where only wolves live. Maggie wants to turn it into a nature reserve, however un-required it is in this part of Alaska. Joel is rather tempted by the Indian chief Ronkomkoma's idea to turn it into a tax shelter by formally drilling for oil which everybody knows isn't there, hoping it may pay his way back to New York. Later Joel learns Soapy was a spirituality college professor for 20 years. Soapy also left them a $200 Lafitte-Latour for their trouble, which nearly works a romantic wonder, and a journal. Meanwhile the press gets interested.
Did You Know?
Although she had appeared in the previous two episodes, this is the first time where Cynthia Geary
actually has any dialogue. See more
The quote attributed to Chief Seattle actually came from a screenplay by Ted Perry in the 1970s. See more
Soapy used to say that Alaska wasn't a state, but a state of mind.
References The Searchers
Take an Old Cold Tater (And Wait)
Written by Little Jimmy Dickens
[When Joel talks to Chris in the radio station.] See more