3.11 Dateline:Cicely





Original Air Date: January 6, 1992 Production number: 77510
Written by:
Jeff Melvoin Directed by: Michael Fresco

Cicely News

Adam: You're not ready for crepes, Dave. Why don't you go boil some water or something?

Log line (1): Maurice goes out on a limb to spice up his newspaper's coverage by hiring an unnamed reporter given to clandestine meetings. Maggie talks to trees, but Joel won't listen, and to ease Holling's tax debts, Chris become a partner at the Brick, where he sets about sprucing up the place.
Synopsis (1):

Maurice starts a local campaign to support the Cicely News and World Telegram. To spark public interest in the paper, he hires Adam as his anonymous writer. Adam's first story is about talking trees, which causes the paper's sales to go sky high. A follow-up story on botanical espionage by the government brings a defamation lawsuit by the Justice Department, as well as a 400 percent increase in sales. In addition, a Japanese multinational corporation buys six months of advertising in advance. But just when the paper is expanding into two sections, ace reporter Adam disappears, sending circulation into a tailspin.

Holling is in trouble with the IRS for not paying taxes since 1959. Willing to own up to his debt to the government, but somewhat short on cash, he asks Chris to buy half-interest in the bar. Chris, who has been feeling a bit down lately, gratefully jumps at the chance to become a tavern halfowner. However, he goes overboard with his new ideas to enhance business, and suddenly Holling feels out of place in his own bar. But before being asked by Holling to stop what he is doing, Chris confesses that he wants out of the bar business because it simply does not feel right.

(Production Bible):

Holling owes the IRS $9,000. Reupholstered the barstools last year; he and Joe Bernardi built the bar. Best talk Chris ever had with his dad was in a bar; patched him up after a fight. Eve's got thyroditis and is in Hunan at Dr. M. Chang's acupunture clinic. Joel was #54 in a class of 140.

Facts to Wax
(Production Bible):

Chris is bummed he's not in Africa with Bernard; gets letters. Adam tells Maurice "they" know everything about you: you're 53, you have a 2-inch birthmark the shape of madagascar on your upper right trapezius (establishes) ... all from debriefing potted palms. "Ed Goes to the Movies" does not appear in The Cicely News & World Telegram. [Four bearclaws means an instant classic; one bearclaw means stay home and read.]

Guest stars (9): Adam - Adam Arkin
Pete - Gary Taylor (Also appears in Eps. 1.2, 2.5, 4.3, 5.20, 6.11).
Eddie - Eddie Levi Lee
Adam and Maurice

(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)

Blues for Your Own - Sally Van Meter (Also is heard in 4.24)
[Joel discovers Adam in the kitchen teaching Dave. Adam tells Joel that Eve is sick (as usual).]

Please Don't Let Me Love You -Robert Morgan
[Maurice enters Holling's - announces his newspaper has been abused and he is sick of it.]

Pussy Cat
[Holling and Chris make a deal on the Brick.]

Madeliena - Pablo Lubadika Porthos
[Shelly and Adam serve food. Ed and Maurice talk about Ed's idea for a movie review column.]

Nou Pop Sa Blize - Boukman Eksperyans
[Maggie tries explaining to Joel how trees communicate.]

Layin' Back
[Chris tells Holling that he thinks he should do something with the moosehead on the wall.]

Stormy Weather (adapted by David Schwartz)
[Chris on the radio - talks about changing the things you love.]

Guitar Rag
[Maurice looks for Adam at Holling's.]

Stormy Weather (adapted by David Schwartz)
[Joel tries to cheer up Maurice. Ed enters with newspaper about trees crying.]

Shelly's Earrings:

Tropical Birds on a swing [Serving breakfast at the Brick.]

Additional Notes:

This is one of very episodes that ends without music. Maggie and Joel are sitting in the forest listening to the trees.

Cicely News

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