1.2 Brains, Know-How
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Original Air Date: July 19, 1990 Production number: 78702
Written by:
Stuart StevensDirected by: Peter O' Fallon

Ed: Indians don't knock. It's rude.
No? What the hell do Indians do?
Use the key.
Log line (1): 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 medicine.
Synopsis (1):

Joel's futile effort to handle his cabin's plumbing problems on his own provide a great source of amusement for Maggie. Meanwhile, at Ed's request, Joel attempts to treat his Uncle Anku's (guest star Frank Sotonoma Salsedo) deteriorating health with little success. Averse to modern medicine, the Indian elder tests Joel's schooled, medical expertise. At KBHR, the storefront radio station, anger and unrest develops among the townsfolk when Maurice fires deejay Chris-in-the-morning (John Corbett) and takes over the station controls himself -- playing nonstop show tunes.

(Production Bible):

Chris at 15 and pal Dickie Heath, summer of '76: after stealing car and while burglarizing a home, comes across Whitman book which inspires him to become a sculptor: in the juvenile detention home, his jailer informs him Walt was gay.

Facts to Wax
(Production Bible):

If you want to catch a fish, think like a fish.

Chris, 29 in this script ("finds" Mindy from Boston in woods).

Holling is Mayor of Cicely.

Maggie has a trick knee (Joel brings her Darvon).

Maurice grew up in Oklahoma City.

Anku promised Julia Chigliak (Ed's last name; pronounced "Chiglak.' by Anku & Ed) red willow bark for her migraines.

Guest stars (9): Woman #1 - Hannah Johnson
Woman #2 - Sandra Lee Dejong (as Sandra DeJong)
Richard 'Rick' Pederson - Grant Goodeve (also appeared in 1.1, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.8, 2.1, 4.1)
Uncle Anku - Frank Salsedo (as Frank Sotonoma Salsedo) (also appeared in 4.16)
Mrs. Anku - Armenia Miles
Man #1 - Mitch Hale
Man #2 - Ken Schneider
Man #3 - Gary Taylor (Also appeared in 2.5, 3.5, 3.17, 4.3, 5.20, 6.11)
Mindy - Leslie Rueschenberg

Shirley - Jan Poore

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

Another Op'nin', Another Show - Kiss Me Kate cast recording - Cole Porter
[Maurice on the mike, Joel takes a shower]

March of the Siamese Children - King and I cast recording
[Joel looks for a book on plumbing in Ruth-Anne's store]

This was a Real Nice Clambake - Carousel cast recording
[Joel and Ed talk as Joel attempts to fix his shower.]

Wunderbar - Kiss Me Kate cast recording
[Joel examines Maggie's trick knee]


Chris reads from "The Complete Works of Walt Whitman, Walt Whitman"
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

Ed's Movie References: Little Big Man

Footnotes and additional research

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