Northern Exposure (1990–1995)
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Sex, Lies and Ed's Tapes 

There's much to deal with in Cicely when Shelly's husband arrives with the hopes of taking her back to Saskatchewan, much to the astonishment of Holling. Furthermore, Maggie's boyfriend ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rob Morrow ... Dr. Joel Fleischman
Barry Corbin ... Maurice J. Minnifield
Janine Turner ... Maggie O'Connell
John Cullum ... Holling Vincoeur
Darren E. Burrows ... Ed Chigliak
John Corbett ... Chris Stevens
Cynthia Geary ... Shelly Marie Tambo
Brandon Douglas ... Wayne Jones
Elaine Miles ... Marilyn
Grant Goodeve ... Rick Pederson
Jerry Morris Jerry Morris ... Earl the Barber
Jeffrey Carpentier Jeffrey Carpentier ... M.C.
Buffalo Child ... Dave the Cook


There's much to deal with in Cicely when Shelly's husband arrives with the hopes of taking her back to Saskatchewan, much to the astonishment of Holling. Furthermore, Maggie's boyfriend fears he will soon die as the next victim of the O'Connell curse and Ed searches for inspiration while working on his movie script. Written by Skeeter700

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

16 August 1990 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the only time Buffalo Child portrayed Dave the Cook. From Northern Exposure: War and Peace (1991) on he was played by William J. White. See more »


When Joel sits down in the barber shop, there is a sign behind him offering memberships into the Cascade Field & Stream Club. This club is based in Cle Elum, WA, which is just three or four miles southeast of Roslyn, WA, where the show was filmed. It is a long way from anywhere in Alaska, where the show is set. See more »


Maurice J. Minnifield: Who's the kid? Why's he smearing ketchup all over Shelly's ass?
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References Entertainment Tonight (1981) See more »


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Getting to know the rest of the cast...
18 November 2018 | by soundphurySee all my reviews

With "Sex, Lies and Ed's Tapes", Northern Exposure stumbles upon a formula that it will use adroitly for much of the rest of the series, namely, letting the supporting cast of townspeople carry the main storylines while Morrow's Dr Fleischman functions as a cynically bemused straight man, in some ways, standing in for the audience as we witness their bizarrely eccentric behavior. And, quite often, the result is great television. In this case, we get to finally learn about Maggie's 'black-widow' tendencies, as well as Shelly and Holling's 'May-December' relationship. And, following on from the events in "Soapy Sanderson", we're also treated to witnessing the first steps of Ed's fledgling film career. This episode is a perfect example of how the quality and diversity of this cast, along with their wonderful foibles makes this show, at times, so watchable.

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