Chris toasts Maurice: Maurice J Minnifield, our generous host, friend, and employer. I'm sure I join
everyone in saying thank you for these very fine eats and drinks. You are a
real American. You're an ex-marine and astronaut, you are America. You're rich,
you're rapacious, you're progress without a conscience, paving everything in
its path. You're 5% of the earth's population, yet consuming 25% of the earth's
natural resources. You pay a lot of taxes, you do a lot of charity work--most
of it is tax deductible, but your heart is in the right place. One thing's for
certain, you have impeccable taste in the booze.
To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Minnifield Communications, Maurice
plans an extremely elaborate party; Adam and Eve (guest stars Adam
Arkin and Valerie Mahaffey) return to Cicely
with their new baby.
Maurice imports the world's top chefs to create an
extraordinary meal that includes exceptional wines and rare foods. To ensure
the celebration's success, he enlists the aid of Ron
and Erick, the owners of the local bed-and-breakfast, to provide the floral
arrangements, hires a world class violinist for entertainment, and has elegant
silver invitations delivered to all of the townspeople -- except Joel.
At the party, Marilyn becomes violently ill after eating a fish appetizer. Maurice instantly fires
the head chef and Adam takes over for his old colleague
to save the evening.
Eve brings their six-month-old son, Aldrich, to Joel for an examination. Already
imposing her hypochondriac ways on the baby, she is worried he is suffering
from an overactive adrenal gland, Cushing's disease, and a dislocated femural
head, rather than accepting that her child is perfectly healthy.
Shelly breaks Maurice's rare and extremely costly prized bottle of wine. After Shelly
spends several sleepless nights worrying about it, Eve shows her how to correct
Eric is called away to San Francisco by an ex-lover who is selling his casa
in the Castro. Read: the actor who plays him was unavailable. [MC Note: I think Don McManus was filming
a movie then?]
It takes forty cows to
make demi-glace (totally insignificant, but kind of cool anyway).
This isn't the first shindig
Maurice has thrown. He had one on his fifteeth birthday, and on the anniversary
of his first space flight.
Adam is incensed to encounter
one of his former students, Eddie (French) who he claims stole his recipe for
Pommes Anglaise [MC Note: translates to English Apples.]
Adam and Eve's baby is
Eve gave birth at the Zurich
Maurice's grandfather had
a slaughterhouse back in Tulsa (aren't we finding out just a little too much
about Maurice's past?)
Maurice has a momental
wine collection in his cellar.
Adam - Adam Arkin
Eddie (Frenchie) - Dave
Eve - Valerie Mahaffey
Ron - Doug
Assistant Chef - Jillian
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)
[Note: need song names for this episode]
[At the feast.]
Silver Mailboxes [Shelly, Holling and Joel discuss the invitations.]
Apple cores? [Shelly talks to Joel in the Brick.]
Wine Bottles [Shelly and Eve put the Chateau Le Tour back together.]
Dangles - blue and silver [Party.]
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+Airdate was reported incorrectly as March 24, 1993 in the Revised NE Bible. Director Rob Thompson - reported
by the Revised NE Bible / Listed incorrectly as Winn
Phelps in the The
Northern Exposure Book.
From fan Udaman: in Maurice's wine cellar, Maurice mentions the Bordeaux wine from the region of Pomerol, called Chateau Petrus (pronounced 'Pay-truce'). Petrus is a rarer, wine collector type wine, as such sells for the most at auction, of all Bordeaux wines.
Fan Erik says he looked up recipes for demi-glace, and none actually use 40 cows, but he did find one that says to make it properly, it takes about 25 hours.
Fan Eddie has uploaded several scenes from raw filming footage for this episode to YouTube. You can find the footage (and more NX related items) here.
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