Holling picks fights with patrons; Ed seeks a once-a-year kleptomaniac; Maurice falls for a trooper.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Peg Phillips ...
Gary McClellan
Jill Pierce ...
Knockout #1
Mary Anderson ...
Knockout #2
Gregg Loughridge ...
Gary Taylor ...


To Joel's shocked surprise, the impending ice-meltdown submerges Cicely in its annual crazy spring days, including a crime-wave (this year car radio thefts) and lustful cravings. Holling looks for fist-fights, ending up with a surprising outside opponent. Even Joel has his first wet dream, kisses Maggie -who dreams of him- and has an Indian date. Ed finds the thief. Then there's the annual 'bull run'- men in the buff. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy





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6 May 1991 (USA)  »

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mind blowing TV
7 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just finished this episode, want to watch it again.

I watched Northern Exposure on TV when I was 16-18, not all the episodes, I was a busy kid, but I liked it. A good friend recently mentioned she was watching it and thought I'd like it. Since I remembered liking it as a kid, I thought I'd try it out. So glad I did.

First of all, my religion is storytelling, and so TV, books, movies, plays, music, etc., is in a way spiritually significant to me. This episode was spiritual. So great, so deep.

Of course it was obviously spiritual. Starting off with Chris on the radio giving a sermon. Chaos, unpredictability. I was immediately reminded of the ancient Greek Baccanalia, basically a celebration of achohol, sex, and mayhem. This episode went so much deeper into that. Wildness of human spirit, Chris howling even.

But also this episode highlighted many other interesting sociological notions. For this episode to work, it had to be a village, where people know each other, and might even think of each other/care about each other/have cooperative relationships. Also, there was the very local geographical aspect of the ice breaking, and an annual hysterical/religious experience around it.

Aside from the great thematic elements, also some really inspired acting all around, very convincing, easy for me to get enthusiastic about this story.

Don't know who'll read this, but just wanted to say. Loved it. Brought to happy tears a couple of times, just great.

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