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“Morning Cicely. 8:00 A.M. muchachos. Time to finish
those flapjacks, knock back that second cup of joe, get ready to
greet the day. Temperature's creeping towards double digits as the
solar drought continues--23 days, an average of an hour and a half
of sunlight every day. No relief on the horizon. Which only makes
sense cause there is no horizon. Our friends at the weather service
are calling for another storm and as we know, they've been batting
a thousand lately. Hey, let's check our social calendar. Nothing.
Total blank. It's cabin fever season people, that time of year when
four walls feel like they're going to come in here and choke the
spirit right out of you. Time to lock away those firearms and hang
tough. No way through it except to do it.”
and Maggie are forced to take refuge in
an airfield shack during a snowstorm; Ruth-Anne
studies Italian with Shelly as her unlikely
(guest star Moultrie
Patten) become addicted to a special light visor to help his depression.
only about an hour of sunshine each day in Cicely, Joel is desperate
to get to Juneau for an annual medical conference. Unfortunately,
a storm front hits and Maggie is unable to fly. To make matters
worse, Joel's truck won't start and they hole up in the airport
cabin to wait out the storm. Discovering a stash of delicacies,
Joel and Maggie snuggle in for a romantic night, until they are
caught in an intimate kiss when Ed, who had
been filming in the woods and became lost, shows up on the doorstep.
Ed eats their dinner, joins them for Monopoly, and falls blissfully
asleep while the couple wonder what become of their evening for
To help pass
the long sunless days during cabin-fever season, Ruth-Anne begins
the task of learning Italian so she can read Dante in its original
form. She struggles with it until Shelly reveals a fluent capability
and agrees to be Ruth-Anne's unlikely study parmer. Frustrated at
her own slow progress, Ruth-Anne becomes jealous, but finally realizes
to accept what you're given and enjoys the rhapsody of the language
as Shelly recites the work to her.
When Walt gets
depressed due to the lack of sunlight, Joel fits him with a special
light visor. He immediately becomes addicted to the contraption
and abuses it by increasing the doses well above the prescribed
levels. Feeling invincible, he chops wood without gloves and gets
into a fender bender with a snow plow. Chris and Holling finally
stage an intervention and Walt agrees to use the visor in doses,
monitored by Marilyn.
OF THE WEEK: L'Enclos, Pomerol. Hey you know something, Joel, Maggie,
Maurice -- lay off the hard stuff for a week, okay? No wonder the
town is so goddamned loony.
to Wax (Production Bible):
MARIE Tambo (first time we hear of her middle name).
Tammy can eat six burritos at a sitting.
Holling drives a landcruiser.
Ruth-Anne is an atheist.
The Kamsepset Sink Hole (three mile cavern w/ Indian artifacts),
one of our most faacinating natural wonders, according to Holling.
- Moultrie Patten
Edna Hancock - Rita
Owen - George Barril (Also appears as Bill in 4.24, and Owen in 5.6, 5.10, 5.18, 5.19, 6.2, 6.12, 6.15, 6.17, 6.23)
Dr. Geist - Piper Henry
Doctor - Pamella Inveen
Dr. Hessburg - Karen
Dr. Howard - Diedre
Receptionist - Cindy Lu
Snow Plough Driver - Harry
Pringle (Also appears as Crow Flies Straight 3.4, Morning Star 3.12, Drummer #1 4.4, Henry Morningstar 4.24, Masello 6.18)
Hank - Chris Stephenson
King Porter Stomp - Gene Krupa
Heart on a Sleeve - Tom Russell
O Mio Babbino Caro from opera "Gianni Schicci"
- Kira Te Kenawa
[Shelly helps Ruth-Anne with Italian.]
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is the third character during the intervention of Walt.
Volta in L'Inverno is Italian for "One Time in Winter."
Visor available at Amazon (along with a host of lamps etc.)
and additional research