on the air: “Continuous
unremitting darkness has been known to send some people into an
emotional tailspin, so the management here at KBHR radio suggests
locking away the firearms. The desire to stick that 45 between the
teeth can get pretty strong at times, so why invite temptation.”
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.
first homeless man, Lance Bristol (guest star Scott
Paulin), appears in the street begging for money. Maurice immediately
wants him thrown out of town until he discovers Lance was a marine,
too. Maurice suddenly changes his attitude and does everything possible
to help the man. The time could not be better for Joel's first vacation
from Alaska: it has turned to winter and the sunlight shines for
less than an hour per day. Unfortunately, just as Joel is deciding
on an exotic destination, he receives a telegram from the state
denying him vacation time. They believe the community will be jeopardized
without a doctor. Angered by the news, Joel goes on strike, refusing
to see any patients, until the state threatens to sue. Ruth-Anne
is overcome by her annual winter inspiration to paint.
the sunlight dwindles, she breaks out the watercolors and creates
beautiful sunlit scenes to brighten up the winter darkness. Chris
busily creates his annual winter sculpture but loses his inspiration
midway through, until Marilyn points
out the one essential detail it is lacking -- light. Holling falls
into his annual winter hibernation. Just as Ruth-Anne paints and
Chris sculpts at the onset of each winter, Holling sleeps for several
weeks, leaving Shelly to run the Brick
is high charged, anticipating a two week vacation to New York and
Jamaica. The time is right, as Cicely is going through it's annual
24 hour blackout.
sits in at the D.J. booth for brother, Chris, who is working on
his latest art project, a scrap metal sculpture. Chris is unsatisfied
with the end results and searches for another project for his artistic
increasingly unstable and irrational Maggie O'Connell fantasizes
about sexual intercourse with Bubblehead.
Maggie decides to it's worth the risk to Bubblehead's life to sleep
with him, and she does.
conscience is plagued by a ~ homeless man, LANCE BRISTOL (played
by I'll Fly Away's Scott Paulin; guess he got hit hard
by that cancellation). Lance served in the Marines. Maurice offers
him a construction job.
hibernates once a year. Ruth-Anne says that back in '75, Holling
hibernated for two months. Ruth-Anne dabbles in oil paints. The
annual winter depression has a psychological moniker, SAD (seasonal
Affective Disorder). This time of year, Holling's bar serves everything
with a chocolate compliment.
Stevens - Richard
Lane Bristol - Scott
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ. * Indicates correct song on the DVD.)
I need names of missing tunes from the original airings - email
Buck's Nouvelle Jole Blon - Buckwheat Zydeco & Ils Sont Partis Band (thanks, Todd W.!)
[Chris comes into the Brick and takes down the neon beer sign for his sculpture.]
Ebudae - Enya*
[ending when Chris lights up his sculpture]
Dolls [Shelly talks to Ruth-Anne at the Brick.]
[During town meeting about homeless man and Joel.]
Gold disks? like Aztec or Mayan Suns [discusses the lawsuit with
light bulbs [Holling wakes up.]
Paulin later directs the episode 6.19
This is one of my top 5 favorite episodes. It is the darkest day
of the year but it is all about light. Lance Bristol decided for
a change of venue when he saw lights in the sky, Maurice is "enlightened"
to homelessness, even the following exchange is about light:
(pointing to can of beer): Can I have a swig of that?
Note here that Miller Beer was a major advertising sponsor of Northern
Exposure around this time. They had a promotional item -
a large inflatable moose with the Miller logo and NoEx logo on it.
You can catch one of these on ebay from time to time. I have one!
I own from this episode:
Two lampshades from the
sculpture, and the camp light from in front of Lance's tent (later Joel's
Picture of Chris' light sculpture - one of the lampshades I bought
(unveiling his sculpture): Goethe's final words: "More light."
Ever since we crawled out of that primordial slime, that's been our
unifying cry, "More light." Sunlight. Torchlight. Candlight. Neon,
incandescent lights that banish the darkness from our caves to illuminate
our roads, the insides of our refrigerators. Big floods for the night
games at Soldier's field. Little tiny flashlights for those books
we read under the covers when we're supposed to be asleep. Light is
more than watts and footcandles. Light is metaphor. Thy word is a
lamp unto my feet. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Lead
kindly light amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on, the night
is dark and I am far from home, lead thou me on. Arise, shine, for
thy light has come. Light is knowledge, light is life, light is light.
[He quotes the following: Thy word...feet, Psalm 119:105; (Rage...light,
Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night; Lead kindly...home,
John Henry Newman, The Pillar of the Cloud; Arise..come, Isaiah 60:1]
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