they go into the last great gasp of the wilderness known as Alaska. We all have
our own relationship with the wild. Out there or in here, in our hearts, in
our souls. Wheeling, West Virginia, 1983. I'm in the joint, prison library,
working my way backward from Z. Stendahl, Proust, I'm in the L's and eureka,
baby! Jack London, my main man. If Whitman gave me poetry, then Mr. London took
me to a place inside me I didn't know existed but recognized instantly, like
I'd been heading there all my lost life. There was Buck, big civilized mutt
from the south land, slapped down in the frigid north to redefine himself for
what he really was. I was Buck, Buck was I, Buck is us.”
Barry Corbin (Maurice) being made up for his fight scene.
||The death of a rugged hunting companion sends Holling and Maurice into the wilderness to make good on a
promise to bury him miles from civilization at a paradise called No-Name Point. Chris reads from Call of the Wild and it reflects Holling
and Maurice's adventure.
Maurice and Holling's old hunting friend, Bill Planey, dies and, as promised,
they aim to take old Bill's body to No-Name Point, along with Solvang (guest
star Joanna Cassidy),
Bill's headstrong wife of three winters. But old age yells louder than the Call
of the Wild, and the boys lose more than their unhobbled horses, which they
find in Two Forks, along with Reinhart Schoelder (guest star Norbert
Weisser), Teak (guest star Brian
Finney) and Pig-Eye (guest star Tom
Spiller), who fight Maurice and Holling over a bridge game. Solvang shacks
up with Reinhart, also buying into his bar with the money Maurice and Holling
gave her (Maurice writes a check for $1,643.81 and Holling kicks in a fifty).
Holling and Maurice lose Bill's wrapped body down the river and end up burying
him in a glen.
Ruth-Anne recalls the night Bill Planey threw a
miner though the barbershop window after the man insulted his lead dog ... he
and Maurice & Holling cut down caribou all over the Kodiak Preserve; even
now dead Bill is dragging them into trouble; Bill liked Blackjack gum; Bill
used to be long and skinny.
One fateful day
in 1964: the three musketeers were trapping out on No-Name Point when a storm
blew up, sending Bill's mule down a bottomless crevice, lost all their food,
bedrolls, tarp; rope cut Bill's leg deep. three matches left ... killed one
of the horses and slept in its carcass, ate its liver for breakfast; Bill decided
right then and there it doesn't get any better than that.
West VA: Chris in the prison library reads backwards from Z - discovers Jack
husband worked the pipeline up in Barrow, ate nothing but fish and fried potatoes;
died of hypothermia, storm blew him off the platform.
shipped back to Quebec, rests next to his mother.
Maurice has never
been married. He and Holling have known each other thirty years.
to Wax (Production Bible):
No-Name Point: forty-five miles on a switchback trail, through bogs and mire,
over boulders and slate, thousand foot drops on either side ...
Ed made Bill's coffin.
a check for $1643.81 and Holling gives her a fifty.
Solvang Planey - Joanna Cassidy
Reinhart - Norbert Weisser
Teak - Brian
T. Finney (Also appeared in 3.23, 4.1)
Pig-Eye - Tom Spiller
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)
Won't Hurt - Dwight Yoakam
[Maurice brings news of Bill's death to Holling at the Brick.]
buys supplies for his trip at Ruth-Anne's.]
The Whiskey Ain't
and Holling sit by the fire.]
Acoustic Duet 1 - Country Blues Guitar
and Holling play cards.]
Hands on the Wheel - Willie Nelson
at the trip; Shelly gives Holling a bath.]
Frying pans with eggs [Maurice comes into the bar with the news of Bill Planey.]
Tropical fish [Holling returns from his trip.]
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