5.8 Heal Thyself


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Original Air Date: November 15, 1993 Production Number: 77711
Written by: Diane Frolov and Andrew SchneiderDirected by: Michael Katleman

Leonard: If you're going to be a healer, it's not enough to read books and learn allegorical stories. you need to get your feet wet, get some clinical experience under your belt.

Log line (1): Ed is taunted by the Green Man; Holling shocks Shelly when he is disruptive during birth class; Maggie misses the weekly laundromat gossip-fest when she buys her own washer and dryer.

Synopsis (1):

To get clinical experience as a healer, Ed accompanies Leonard (guest star Graham Greene) to see a patient, Bonnie Norell (guest star Kimberly Norris). Although there is an immediate mutual attraction between Ed and Bonnie, Ed is convinced that she is only interested in him because he is a shaman. Meanwhile, Ed is catching glimpses of a green face snickering at him through bushes. Leonard counsels Ed and explains that the Green Man is an evil spirit, a manifestation of Ed's low self-esteem that caused his insecure feelings about Bonnie. Ed learns the lesson that every healer has a demon to fight and he must simply learn to ignore it.

When Shelly and Holling start childbirth classes, he is raring to go so he can finally participate in the pregnancy. Losing his nerve when the lecture turns technical, Holling gets an infectious case of the giggles and disrupts the entire class. When the scenario repeats again the next week, Shelly kicks Holling out of the class and enlists Ruth-Anne to be her new coach. With Holling setting such a poor example, a young father drops out of the class as well and Holling is conscience-stricken. He confides in the young man that he acted up out of fear and they both decide to return to class.

Fed up with the dilapidated machines at the laundromat, Maggie decides to splurge on a brand new washer and dryer for her house. Unfortunately, she misses the quality gossip time she spent with everyone over dirty laundry. When a minor belt breaks in the machine, Maggie gleefully sends it back to the manufacturer and rejoins the weekly gathering.

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Special thanks to the people at General Mills who generously lent us their patented "Lucky Charms" leprechaun.

Guest stars (9): Dave the Cook - William J. White
Leonard - Graham Greene
Bonnie Norell - Kimberly Norris [article]
Phil - Jared Rushton
Lisa - Alix Koromzay
Green Man - Phil Fondacaro
(Also appeared in 5.22)
Anne Norell - D. Martin Pera
Repairman - David LoVine
(Also appeared in 3.23, 4.23, 5.5 )

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

Lonesome and Hurting - Vern Cheecho

Allen's Goodies - Koka

Dusted - Belly Star
[Holling talks to Phil about returning to birthing class.]

Shelly’s Earrings: Hand mirrors [Birthing class on massage.] 

Footnotes and additional research

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