2.6 War and Peace


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Original Air Date: May 13, 1991 Production number: 77406
Written by:
Robin Green and Henry BromellDirected by: Bill D'Elia

Log line (1): Passages from War and Peace are woven into the lives of Cicely's residents and visitors, who experience Tolstoyesque nightmares and Dostoyevskian passions.
Synopsis (1):

When old friend, Nikolai Ivanovich Appollanov (guest star Elya Baskin), comes to town for his yearly visit, Cicely's townfolk are thrilled, all except Maurice Minnifield. While the rest of Cicely is embracing the arrival of their musically gifted friend and his Slavic influence with gusto, Maurice's hell-bent patriotism leads him to challenge the town's adopted Russkie to a duel.

While Holling struggles to overcome his dream-riddled nights by following Tolstoy's example and doing something reckless and wild, Ed experiences something reckless and wild of his own --first love. Smitten by a red-haired preacher's daughter named Lightfeather (guest star Dana Andersen), Ed woos her with love letters penned by his prolific friend, deejay Chris Stevens.

(Production Bible):

Joel saw Nikolai at Carnegie Hall a couple of years ago with Elaine and her mother. Joel interned at St. Vincent's. Holling's a Canuck. Ruth-Anne's had two husbands. Nikolai was a Greco-roman Bronze Medalist. Lightfeather worked at the Dairy Delite. Chris doesnÕt like freckles. His first trip into the realm of the senses was at seven, in a trailer park in Wheeler near the sump.

Facts to Wax
(Production Bible):
Nikolai gives Ed a yarmulke that belonged to Woody Allen's grandfather, Cantor Konigsberg. Ruth-Anne, Maggie, Shelly & Chris seem to know the game of chess quite well, but Joel is baffled. Ed doesn't have a phone; broke his leg as a kid. His landlady's husbands name is Roy. Ed's almost graduated from high school; no plans, but wants to be a movie director.
Guest stars (9): Lightfeather Duncan - Dana Andersen
Nikolai - Elya Baskin
Father Duncan - Alan Fudge
Dave - William James White Eagle
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)

[Help! I need names of missing tunes from the original airings - email me.]

I Don't Care - Hank Williams
[Holling blows up at Dave.]

Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing - John Williams
[Ed stops Father Duncan from driving away and brings Lightfeather her broom.]

[Chris talks on the radio.]

Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky)
[The chess game.]

Romeo and Juliet (Tchaikovsky)
[Ed stays fro supper.]

One More Kiss Dear ("Blade Runner" soundtrack)
[Lightfeather comes on to Chris.]

Lara's Theme ("Doctor Zhivago" soundtrack)
[Nikolai and Maurice duel.]

What'll I Do? - Irving Berlin
[Nikolai sings.]

Shelly’s Earrings:

Watermelon slices [Holling yells at Dave and Dave quits.]
Clouds? [Talks with Joel about the groggy Holling.]
gold coins? suns? [Finds Holling cleaning his gun.]

Additional Notes:


Joel breaks the fourth wall in the duel scene. "We play to a very sophistucated audience here ..."

Footnotes and additional research

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