Northern Exposure: Season 1, Episode 8

Aurora Borealis: A Fairy Tale for Big People (30 Aug. 1990)

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While Joel gives Ed golf lessons, the Indian warns him Adam is around, the never actually seen monster-prankster, blamed for all kinds of weirdness since 15 years. Passing the night in his ... See full summary »

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While Joel gives Ed golf lessons, the Indian warns him Adam is around, the never actually seen monster-prankster, blamed for all kinds of weirdness since 15 years. Passing the night in his car in the woods after diagnosing a park ranger Burns, Joel is apparently robbed, actually taken in, by very human loner Vietnam vet Adam. Chris is delighted his instinctive sculptural inspiration fits the astronomical phenomenon Aurora Borealis (northern light). Chris accepts help from lost motor-biker Bernard, and discovers they share a lot, even an identity essential. Written by KGF Vissers

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Ed Chigliak: So, you're Black.
Bernard Stevens: Yeah?
Ed Chigliak: We had a Black logger here, but he left.
Bernard Stevens: Why is that?
Ed Chigliak: I guess he wasn't into drinking beer and fighting.
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This episode is noteworthy for being the first in which a couple of recurring characters appear. They are "Adam" who is played by Adam Arkin and "Bernard Stevens," played by Richard Cummings Jr. A very magical episode with possible influences from Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream." Each character goes on a journey or experiences a crisis. Joel (Rob Morrow) must visit a forest ranger, braving the woods that are supposedly haunted by Bigfoot--who turns out to be named Adam. Meanwhile, Chris (John Corbett) feels compelled to build a curious sculpture and is visited by a stranger who has way too much in common with him. They find that they have a shared history despite never having met before--Bernard is Chris's long lost brother!


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