When Ed reads an old diary of a trapper caught in the
Great Blizzard of 1897, he discovers that Holling's grandfather ate Ruth-Anne's
already-dead grandfather in order to survive. Although Holling and Ruth-Anne
rationalize that it happened a long time ago, they act extra-polite and awkward
toward each other. During a birding expedition, Ruth-Anne reveals her true feelings
and lashes out at Holling. It turns out the she is depressed that her ancestor
didn't last out the blizzard. Holling makes peace by pointing out that his good
traits are probably due to her family's genes in him.
Maggie has been
giving Chris flying lessons and he is a natural in the air. However, when it
comes to taking the rigorous written exam to get his pilot's license, he develops
a severe panic attack and has difficulty breathing. Defeated, Chris bags the
whole pilot idea until Maurice arranges for four
magnificent fighter planes to fly past him in formation. He gets the message
and, with some help from Maggie on relaxation techniques, gives it another try.
Although he flunks the exam, he learns a lesson in the value of basic human
When Joel's petty
cash for the doctor's office is missing, he suspects thievery. After discovering
a few seemingly random clues, Marilyn is convinced that it was Hayden
Keyes, a patient. When the money is anonymously returned, Marilyn again
finds clues that point to Hayden. It turns out that her grandfather was the
clan's crimesolver and Marilyn has inherited his gift. However, much to Joel's
frustration, Marilyn won't use her talents to help him find his stolen skis
because she doesn't want to judge anyone.
Just asking: since Ruth-Anne and Holling aren't natives of Alaska, what the
hell were their grandparents doing there at the turn of the century?
Art imitates life:
the Shelly/Ed/Joel who-would-you-eat? cannibalism conversation was inspired
by a similar discussion held by some of us Lantana captives (okay, it was a
slow workday and I had just seen "Alive").
If I am not mistaken, the delectable Gianna Rubin-Smart was the popular choice.
[This is taken word for word from the Production Bible (2).]
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)
Rings - Les Paul and Mary Ford
Sangre - Pata Negra
[Joel, Shelly and Ed talk about who they would eat.]
Road - Billy Kelly
[Chris talks on the air about flunking his pilot's test.]