[Episodes from 1.1 to
5.24 are from the Northern Exposure Book. I have added more.]
Dr. Joel Flesichman, an inveterate New Yorker, arrives
in Alaska with plans to fulfill his medical school financing obligation by practicing
in metropolitan Anchorage. However, he is quickly informed that his services
are not needed in Anchorage, but in a small, remote village by the name of Cicely.
Know-How and Native Intelligence
While Joel is struggling with evergrowing frustration
over faulty plumbing in his cabin, he sensitively deals with Ed's uncle Anku, a proud but ill medicine man who is reluctant to embrace modern
After the passing of one of Cicely's most-loved eccentrics, Soapy Sanderson, Joel and Maggie battle over
the proper handling of his one hundred acres of land, left to them in his will.
Schemes and Putting Greens
Holling gets cold feet and leaves a pregnant Shelly at the altar, while Joel and Maurice try to make a deal with visiting Japanese businessmen to build a resort in Cicely.
A flu epidemic sweeps through Cicely and threatens to ruin Joel's romantic weekend with his visiting fiancee, Elaine.
Lies and Ed's Tapes
Holling and Shelly are
caught off guard when Shelly's husband Wayne, a nineteen-year-old hockey player,
arrives in town asking for a divorce. Meanwhile, Ed struggles
to write a Hollywood blockbuster movie.
While Maurice ponders life and death after his only
brother passes away, Joel and Maggie administer childbirth classes to a group of native Alaskans in a neighboring
remote village. Meanwhile, Holling finds out that
"Jesse the Bear" has been sighted and vows to take care of him, once and for
Aurora Borealis (A Fairy Tale for Grown-Ups)
Joel learns of the legend of "Adam,"
a Bigfoot-like creature who walks the woods outside of Cicely. Meanwhile, Chris bonds with a black traveler passing through town, who turns out to be the brother
he never knew he had, literally.
to All That
Joel receives a "Dear John" letter from his fiancee Elaine, while Holling's gift to Shelly -- a satellite dish -- turns her into
a TV addict.
A wise Indian spirit helps Ed in his search to find his
parents, while Chris loses his voice to a mysterious
Maggie tries to win her father's approval by pretending
that Joel, a successful doctor, is her boyfriend. Meanwhile, Holling contemplates circumcision to please Shelly. An unknown man dies in Joel's waiting room before he can examine him and the townsfolk hold a funeral service.
I Did for Love
Joel thinks twice about a scheduled visit to New York
when Maggie dreams of a plane crash and the townspeople
take exceptionally well to his substitute, a Jewish doctor from New York. However,
the similarities between the two end there. Dr. Gingsberg (guest star Leo
Geter), a strapping blond man with an engaging smile, charms the residents
of Cicely immediately, leaving Joel feeling jealous.
Temporary madness sweeps through Cicely as the townfolk await the ice meltdown
and the arrival of spring. [MC: Running of the Bulls.]
Passages from War and Peace are woven into the lives of Cicely's residents and
visitors, who experience Tolstoyesque nightmares and Dostoyevskian passions,
when old friend Nikolai arrives in town. Maurice is the only one who is not happy with his arrival. [This is the epsiode where
they "break the fourth wall" out of character, they discuss the script
and move on.]
The curse of Maggie has struck again and poor Rick is the victim of "death by falling satellite." Ron and
Erick arrive and buy the Inn. Holling meets up
with an old friend and Shelly feels like a third wheel.
Bumpy Road to Love
Maggie discovers the late Rick was unfaithful and proceeds to distrust all men; Maurice's tax indiscretion could destroy his relationship with Officer
Semanski; while Joel is toted off to the woods to
play marriage counselor to wildman-chef extraordinaire Adam and his hypochrondiacal wife, Eve.
Chris emits a sexual scent which causes all women to
lust after him -- all but the visiting optometrist. Perplexed by her lack of
attraction, Chris suddenly wants only her. Maurice once again accuses Holling of stealing Shelly from him, leaving only Shelly to set the record straight.
Joel is a reluctant survival student when he and Maggie become stranded in the wilderness. Shelly's best friend
Cyndy comes to Cicely asking Shelly to divorce Wayne, because Cyndy has been
married to him for six months.
Maggie is confronted with the strange possibility
that the late Rick has been reincarnated
as a dog; Maurice sees big profits in big eggs when
he discovers Marilyn owns an ostrich herd; and Ed seriously considers getting out of show business.
Joel's twin brother, Jules, a charming but conniving
rogue, creates a stir when he arrives in quiet Cicely to visit his sibling.
[The Halloween episode.]
Body in Question
A frozen body discovered in the local river could cause a world-wide historical
revolution: was Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo or was he ice fishing near Cicely
and fathering a tribe of French-speaking Native Americans? Shelly thinks she is infertile but Holling is afraid of
Joel grapples with the possibility of a new start with
his old love when his ex-fiancee Elaine visits Cicely; Bernard brings Chris his inheritance from their father, giving Chris the opportunity to go to Africa,
as his dreams have told him to; and Adam becomes the
chef at the Brick. [The Toys Cows in Africa song is in this one.]
We Will Go
After grousing about the hunting frenzy sweeping Cicely, Joel sees firsthand what it's all about by outfitting himself to join Chris and Holling for the primal ritual in the wilds. Holling,
however, prefers the home fires to the campfire, while, back in town, Ed fears that Ruth-Anne is being stalked by the Grim
Reaper. [Ed and Ruth-Anne dance on her grave.]
Magic is in the air when the circus comes to Cicely. Marilyn becomes romantically involved with The Flying Man,
while Holling fears his passion for Shelly may be waning when he realizes her feet are big.
Maurice, dreading being along for the holidays, gets
a big surprise when his gift is an instant family of his own. Meanwhile, Maggie,
dreading being with her family, gets a big surprise when her parents opt for
a Cariibean Christmas without her.
Maurice goes out on a limb to spice up his newspaper's
coverage by hiring an unnamed reporter given to clandestine meetings. Maggie talks to trees, but Joel won't listen, and to ease Holling's
tax debts, Chris become a partner at the Brick, where
he sets about sprucing up the place.
Joel reluctantly undergoes a cultural conversion after
receiving a goat as a gift from a grateful village elder, who insists on "adopting"
him into her tribe, and a mysterious Holling shuts
down the Brick, ostensibly to wax the floors.
A study in self-examination brings on a mid-life crisis for Holling (his Uncle Charlie dies), opens up another door for Ed (he films Ira Wingfeather making duck flutes), and leaves Joel feeling culturally isolated (he has trouble finding other Jews in Alaska).
Down the House
Maggie receives a double dose of disaster when her mother accidentally burns down her house after announcing
she is divorcing Maggie's father. Meanwhile, Chris searches for the "right" cow as part of his new piece of performance art (He
flings a piano instead).
Mayoral incumbent Holling is stung by the news that
he has a formidable opponent, old friend Edna Hancock, who's got a bee in her
bonnet over a promise he never kept. The election also finds Shelly testing the aphrodisiac of power, Chris waxing patriotic, Ed anticipating his first time voting, and Joel and Maggie arguing party politics.
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.
Joel discovers his cabin is haunted, Eve is worried that she is suffering from an exotic illness, and Maurice is disappointed when his old friend from Korea turns out to be less than perfect.
Mother, My Sister
Shelly's mother drops in unexpectedly with her new
twenty-four-year old husband, a baby abandoned in Joel's waiting room is temporarily adopted by the townspeople, and Adam undergoes the same changes as his pregnant wife.
The coming of spring brings love to Maggie, a new
skin to Shelly and a reminder to Joel of the importance of blending compassion with his scientific knowledge.
Much to Holling's dismay Ed discovers that Jesse the bear has died; Japanese tourists infiltrate Cicely;
a package that has traveled the world arrives in Cicely addressed to an unknown
Happened in Juneau
Things heat up between Joel and Maggie when they are forced to share a hotel room; Chris and
his brother Bernard for the first time
are not in perfect synch with each other.
Adam and Eve decide to wed for
the baby's sake; Maggie avoids Joel like the plague, still believing that they slept together in Juneau; Officer
Semanski serves Maurice with an official complaint.
Joel stumbles upon an elderly sage who tells him the
story of Cicely's creation.
To celebrate her thirtieth birthday, Maggie spends
the weekend camping alone to reflect on her life and cleanse her soul. Marilyn asks Chris to help her learn how to drive. Maurice rambles endlessly into a recorder about his past in an attempt to write his
Joel is "light loony" and, with his enormous amount
of excess energy, coaches the Cicely Quarks in their annual basketball game
against Sleetmute. An old friend (Gillis Toomy) drops in to visit Ruth-Anne and outfits the town from his collection of fashionable ensembles.
Chris kills a dog with his truck and quickly falls
in love with its owner (Amy, the Pi Lady). Maurice buys an extremely expensive Augsburg clock and with its delivery comes a highly
trained specialist to install it.
Chris must decide what to do with his deceased friend's
remains (Tooley). A heavy-metal rock star (Guest star Adam Ant) mistakenly arrives
in Cicely instead of Sicily.
A mysterious new resident (Mike Monroe) quarantines
himself in Cicely, arousing Maggie's interest and Joel's disbelief. Ruth-Anne must also cope with a new addition to the community - her materialistic son,
Matthew, who gives up his career as an investment banker in Atlanta in search
of a simpler life.
The Flying Man returns to Cicely to woo Marilyn; Ed finds a ring that once belonged to Federico Fellini; Maurice has Mike rewrite his will to include his recently discovered Korean son, Duk
Everyone is shocked when Holling's unknown illegitimate
daughter arrives in town - especially Holling who believed he was sterile. Maggie assists Marilyn in her search for her dream house. Ed is excited about his annual visit from Princess, a
crane he took under his wing when she was abandoned as a baby.
Cicely readies itself for the annual Day of the Dead parade and Thanksgiving
Day feast; Joel discovers he owes the state of Alaska
a fifth year of service.
The Right Thing
An ex-member of the KGB visits Cicely to sell Maurice his official Russian dossier; a health inspector surveys The Brick for the first
time in more then thirty years; Maggie makes a vow
to herself to live each day as if it was her last.
Chris' past finally catches up with him and he is apprehended
and tried for breaking parole in the state of West Virginia many years earlier.
of the Species
Ed becomes environmentally conscious; Maggie discovers ancient Indian relics in her backyard; Chris befriends a young delinquent and teaches him about life on the road.
Chris takes his vacation at a monastery; Ruth-Anne pays Maurice the remaining amount owed on her store; Joel becomes incredibly antsy when he has no patients.
Ed's spiritual guide leads him to his natural father; Maggie and Mike share their first kiss; traveling piano tuner visits the Brick to adjust its
Maggie bribes Joel into accompanying
her to her grandmother's birthday party in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
Much to Joel's distress, Marilyn goes on vacation by herself; Holling attempts to
earn his high school diploma; the regional teacher spends two weeks in Cicely
and almost becomes a role model for Maggie.
Drastic tension between Maggie and Joel; Maurice is unhappy when Chris saves his life; Ed is intrigued by death.
Maggie forgets having sex with Joel; Ed faces an arranged marriage; a rare bird is seen (a Siberian Tit) and Holling and Ruth-Anne go out to see it.
Maurice befriends Cicely's first homeless man; Joel goes on strike when his vacation is denied; Ruth-Anne, Chris, and Holling perform
their various winter rituals.
When a totem pole is carved for the Whirlwind family, a family feud originating
from an incident in 1934 is resurrected, dividing the Native Americans in Cicely. Shelly sees hallucinations of dancers.
When Mike (guest star Anthony
Edwards) gets test results showing he is completely healthy, he feels obligated
to leave Cicely and Maggie behind to continue his
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.
for Uncle Manny
When Joel's uncle dies, he discovers that the important
bonds in times of trouble are not necessarily from a common religion, but rather
a sense of community.
At the coming of spring, Maggie and Holling find affirmation of life in Shelly's pregnancy.
With the Enemy
Duk Won seeks approval of his bethrothed; Ed makes a movie in Tlinget; Holling wants more sex.
When an old tree considered to be a Cicely historical landmark appears to by
dying, Joel dons a tree doctor's hat and gives his prognosis.
Joel hurts himself everytime Maggie is nice to him. Shelly starts singing instead of talking.
The whole town pitches in when Joel is stricken by "Glacier
Dropsy"; Ed is confused when he is called to be a shaman;
much to her disappointment, Shelly finally stops singing.
Mystery of the Old Curio Shop
When the world reminds Maurice of his age, he frets
himself into having a heart attack; Maggie relives
childhood fantasies of being Nancy Drew, detective extraordinaire; Joel is thrilled to find traces of Yiddish in Cicely's language and history.
Maurice is tormented by a wax replica of himself; Chris discovers that he may live long enough to see
forty; the dental mobile comes to Cicely.
Chris is disturbed that Bernard's
girlfriend, who is also Chris' ex-lover, cannot tell them apart in bed; Joel is obsessed that he is losing his New York edge; Marilyn snoops through Dr. Fleischman's medical files to pick a healthy man.
River Doesn't Run Through It
Maggie is Homecoming Queen; Maurice reluctantly admits a business defeat; Ruth-Anne is audited.
of a Feather
When Joel's parents trek to Cicely, it ends up being
a soul-searching time for all three; Holling shocks
everyone when he reveals that he is bored by sports.
Maurice enlists Ed's expertise
to organize a film festival in Cicely; Joel is pressured
to join Cicely's volunteer fire department.
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.
Cup of Joe
Holling and Ruth-Anne discover that their grandfathers knew each other - and one ate the other; Chris attempts to become a licensed pilot; Joel discovers
that Marilyn is a supersleuth.
Joel is traumatized by the natural death of an older
patient and friend; Maurice is devastated when Shelly lies about ever loving him; Maggie has a nagging sense
that something is missing when she spruces up her house for winter hibernation.
Shelly is nervous about childbirth; Ed discovers cutthroat showbiz; Maggie and Joel dislike kids.
When the Aurora Borealis goes haywire, everyone in Cicely is swapping dreams; Holling develops a severe psychosomatic aversion
to food; Maurice deals with his fetish for women's
Maggie becomes obsessed with dust mites; Maurice gets more than he bargained for when he invests in a rare violin; Chris reaches an artistic impasse on a sculpture.
Bolt From the Blue
Maurice and Adam (guest star Adam Arkin) clash over the hired help for a fireworks
display; Joel tutors a patient on the art of conversation; Ed is struck by lightning.
I Love You
Shelly finally gives birth; Ruth-Anne and Walt (guest star Moultrie
Patten) are stranded overnight; Maggie and Joel become less competitive.
Maggie teaches Joel a lesson
in social etiquette; Chris is shaken when a KBHR listener
blames him in his suicide note; Shelly takes Randi
to Canada to see her roots.
Volta in L'Inverno
Joel and Maggie are forced
to take refuge in an airfield shack during a snowstorm; Ruth-Anne studies Italian with Shelly as her unlikely tutor; Walt (guest star Moultrie
Patten) become addicted to a special light visor to help his depression.
Joel has an otherworldly experience when Maggie wants to
prepare a Passover dinner for him; Ruth-Anne abandons
the store for the open road; Holling takes up paint-by-numbers.
Gift of the Maggie
Maurice learns about the give-and-take of friendship; Joel is depressed when he has no one to to "talk shop"
with; Chris learns a life lesson from a benevolent
Wing and A Prayer
Ed spreads gossip about Ruth-Anne's love life; Maggie builds a home-kit airplane; Holling and Shelly baptize Randi.
Feel the Earth Move
Ron and Erick (guest stars Doug
Ballard and Don R. McManus)
tie the knot after eight years; Maggie develops a
severe nausea that she thinks is caused by Joel.
Maurice brings the world-renowned sport of wheelchair
racing to Cicely; Ed battles External Validation (guest
star Ben Reed) to help a
patient; Ted (guest star Tim
Sampson) learns of the loneliness of wealth.
Maggie's childhood male friend from Grosse Points
arrives in Cicely; Joel loses his confidence during
the annual blood drive; Ed thinks he's finally found his
Joel discovers a perfectly-preserved woolly mammoth; Maurice breaks a concert violinist out of an asylum
for a private performance; Chris gets a rude awakening
when his high-school crush visits.
[Episodes from 6.1 to
6.17 are from the MCA Promotional Kit.]
Joel encounters an alternate reality in Manhattan after
accidentally drinking one of Ed 's healing creations.
of the Beholder
Ed exposes an insurance scam, involving Hayden Keyes,
while Maggie donates a priceless family heirloom for
a charity auction
Joel discovers a kinder and gentler way on Yom Kippur; Holling learns to forgive himself for not being there
for his first daughter; Maurice holds the annual
foxhunt without a fox.
Maggie does some soul searching after she opens a
letter she wrote to herself as a teen; Joel starts to
smell life's flowers when he has a close call with cancer; Shelly learns that her destiny can't be shaped by a chain letter; Cicely has a new
Joel relishes the opportunity to prove Johns Hopkins
School of Medicine wrong for refusing him admission; Shelly struggles with the devil's offer to fulfill her wildest dream; and Chris uses a ventriloquist dummy to offer straightforward opinions.
Ed employs storytelling techniques of an old tale about
Russian treaty negotiations between Princess Anastasia (guest star Tushka
Bergen) and Lenin (guest star Christopher
Neame) in Cicely to cure Marilyn's pain in her
Joel and Maggie are off to
Russia for a week of adventure, or not; Maurice tries
to mold his young cousin into an heir apparent; Chris tries to get inside electricity.
Joel settles at a native village after paddling up the
river for a house call; Chris gets a life lesson when
he remodels his trailer; Ruth-Anne struggles with
her realization that she is madly in love with Walt.
of the Tundra
Cicely welcomes a new doctor and his wife to their quirky way of life; Holling wants desperately to join the Sons of the Tundra men's club; Ed sees the future after eating a magical trout; and Joel briefly appears in search of a new hunting knife.
Maggie is elected Mayor of Cicely and Chris wilts at her new image; Phil plays a metaphysical round
of golf with Joel; Marilyn's attempt at dog breeding is a pop.
Maggie goes to Manonash to save Joel
's life on his birthday; the Capras have enlightening
house guest; and Ed discovers and then loses the cure
Casa, Su Casa
Marilyn travels to Manonash for a potlatch and questions Joel's conception of himself; Maurice leaves Ed in charge while he's off on a hunting trip,
and Shelly and Holling contemplate purchasing their first home.
The newly bottled Cicely Water causes some unusual role reversal behavior; Joel learns that he's free to leave Alaska and Cal
Ingraham is depressed without an audience.
Walt tries working for Ruth-Anne but ends up moving in with her; When her mother's boyfriend dies, Maggie's convinced there's a family curse; and Holling's new
friendship with Phil has Maurice seething with jealousy.
Joel and Maggie embark on
a search for the mythical Jeweled City of the North; Chris sues Dr. Capra for medical malpractice; and Michelle writes a review of the Brick.
Phil and Michelle have the
horrible realization that they are stuck in a place they hate; Maggie and Chris restore Roslyn and Cicely's Model T for the
Founder's day parade; Maurice goes on a buying spree
to work his way into Holling's family.
Maggie learns the harsh realities of running a business; Chris gets his Masters degree in Comparative Literature; Holling's dark secret is revealed (he's been sending
money to Patrick Dulac and his mother).
[Episodes from 6.18
to 6.23 are based from the Production Bible.]
Phil discovers Cicely has an Italian neighborhood and
gets caught in a war between two families; Maggie plays marriage counselor for Holling and Shelly; Ruth-Anne is on NPR's "All Things Considered."
Phil and Michelle have marriage
problems; Cicely has a bowling team; Lester
Haines offers to finance Ed's film, if Ed no longer
Michelle directs the townsfolk in "Bus Stop"
and almost has a nervous breakdown
Ed becomes a surrogate parent to a bear cub; Chris uses lucid dreaming to explore his growing love for Maggie; Maurice is concerned the population is dwindling.
As Officer Semanski and Maurice take Cal back to the hospital, Barbara starts
to fall for Cal; Marilyn teaches cotillion; Phil's manners are not good so he attends
Cicely's couples converge on Maurice's summer lodge - Tranquility Base