List of Northern Exposure episodes

A list of episodes for the television series Northern Exposure.

Season 1: (Summer 1990)

Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate Episode
"Pilot" Joshua Brand and John Falsey Joshua Brand July 12, 1990 1-01 (1)
Dr. Fleischman arrives in Alaska and is informed that instead of working in a modern hospital in Anchorage, he will be the sole doctor in remote Cicely. He is greatly displeased by this unexpected development and tries frantically to get out of it. Many of the main cast are introduced.
"Brains, Know-How and Native Intelligence" Stuart Stevens Peter O‘Fallon July 19, 1990 1-02 (2)
Ed gets Dr. Fleischman to talk to his medicine man uncle. The man is seriously ill, but refuses to seek conventional medical treatment out of a fear of losing face with his patients. Maggie berates Joel for not being able to fix his toilet, calling him helpless. Joel decides to try to fix his shower when the hot water stops working. Maggie hurts her knee and visits Dr. Fleischman. Chris is fired from the radio station after saying something Maurice didn't like.
"Soapy Sanderson" Karen Hall, from a story by Karen Hall and Jerry Stahl Steve Cragg July 26, 1990 1-03 (3)
An old hermit dies, leaving his land jointly to Maggie and Fleischman, who have radically different ideas about what to do with it. She wants to create a nature preserve, while he has been approached by rich natives who want to buy it to use as a tax shelter.
"Dreams, Schemes and Putting Greens" Sean Clark Dan Lerner August 2, 1990 1-04 (4)
Shelly becomes pregnant and a wedding is arranged, but Holling has a deep-rooted fear - both his father and grandfather lived over a century, while their wives died young, leaving them alone and grieving for over sixty years each. Holling vowed to avoid their fate. Meanwhile, Maurice and Fleischman entertain a Japanese investor interested in building a resort in Cicely.
"The Russian Flu" David Assael David Carson August 9, 1990 1-05 (5)
Fleischman's fiancee Elaine arrives for a visit, only to have the entire town come down with the flu, ruining their time together. In their delirium, the townspeople blame the helpless doctor. Marilyn takes it upon herself to prescribe a foul-smelling native remedy that cures everyone, but won't tell Fleischman what's in it.
"Sex, Lies and Ed’s Tapes" Joshua Brand and John Falsey Sandy Smolan August 16, 1990 1-06 (6)
Shelly turns out not to be pregnant; it was all in her mind. To further complicate her relationship with Holling, her twenty-year-old hockey player husband, Wayne, shows up, looking for a divorce so he can marry her best friend. As they get reacquainted, they begin having second thoughts.

Fleischman finds a growth on Rick's chest. Mindful of the weird, untimely deaths of all Maggie's other boyfriends, he becomes worried. It turns out to be a false alarm, but Maggie resents Rick's belief in the "O'Connell Curse".

Ed has trouble picking a subject for his screenplay. He imagines the other residents in scenes from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and Midnight Cowboy before finally taking Dr. Fleischman's advice and writing about what he knows - the inhabitants of Cicely.

The episode's title is a takeoff of the Steven Soderbergh film sex, lies, and videotape.

"A Kodiak Moment" Steve Wasserman and Jessica Klein Max Tash August 23, 1990 1-07 (7)
Maurice receives word that his brother Malcolm has died, leaving him the last of the Minnifields. He persuades Chris to become his heir and tries to mold him in his own image.

Ed informs Holling that Jessie, the bear that nearly killed him, has returned. Holling, Ed and Shelly try to track it down, but get sidetracked.

Fleischman has to teach a childbearing class in another community. He charters Maggie's plane to take him there; in the time they spend together in the air and in class, they begin to bond.

"The Aurora Borealis" Kevin Murphy Fred Gerber November 28, 1990 1-08 (8)
The Northern Lights cause dreaming to intensify among the residents.

Dr. Fleischman hears about "Adam", the local version of the Bigfoot monster. When his truck breaks down one night on a lonely road, he encounters the mysterious creature, who turns out to be an odd, hostile hermit living deep in the woods. However, nobody in Cicely believes him.

Bernard shows up. He sold his condo in Portland, Oregon, bought a motorcycle and rode north without quite knowing why. He and Chris find themselves strangely in tune, even sharing the same dream. They finally learn that they share the same father and the same birthday. Satisfied, Bernard returns to Portland.

Season 2: (Spring 1991)

Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate Episode
"Goodbye to All That" Robin Green Stuart Margolin April 8, 1991 2-01 (9)
Fleischman receives a Dear John letter from his fiancee Elaine. When Holling installs a satellite dish at the bar as a gift for Shelly, she becomes addicted to watching television and buying offerings from home shopping shows.
"The Big Kiss" Henry Bromell Sandy Smolan April 15, 1991 2-02 (10)
When Ed wants to learn more about his parents, he receives help from One-Who-Waits, a 256-year-old Indian spirit. Meanwhile, a gorgeous woman passing through town steals Chris' voice. One-Who-Waits tells Chris (via Ed), that the only way to get his voice back is to sleep with the town's most beautiful woman - and Chris believes Maggie is the one.
"All Is Vanity" Andrew Schneider and Diane Frolov Nick Marck April 22, 1991 2-03 (11)
Holling turns Shelly on when he faces off against a drunken roughneck and then decides to get a circumcision to be "more in style" for her.

When an unknown man dies in Dr. Fleischman's waiting room, the locals try to ascertain his identity and then become attached to him.

Maggie is embarrassed when her dad arrives on a surprise visit and gets more than she anticipated when she begs Joel to charade as her doctor boyfriend.

"What I Did for Love" Ellen Herman Steve Robman April 29, 1991 2-04 (12)
Maggie has some surreal dreams that premonish Joel's death should he take the flight he's booked to New York for vacation. His substitute arrives beforehand and is so charming, energetic, and smart that the rest of the town falls in love with him, but Joel is jealous and thinks he’s too good to be true. Maggie seeks spiritual guidance from Chris, unsure as to whether or not to tell Joel about her dreams. Eventually the whole town finds out and a town meeting is held in which Joel is given an impromptu funeral before he leaves, so that he can be there for it. Joel then has his own surreal dreams foretelling of his flight’s crash, dreams in which Maggie figures.

Meanwhile, Maurice is visited by a married “astronaut groupie” with whom he has a yearly fling, and Chris prepares for Cicely’s anniversary and reveals that the town was founded by a lesbian couple, Roslyn and Cicely, fleeing narrow-mindedness in Montana in the early 1900s.

"Spring Break" David Assael Rob Thompson May 6, 1991 2-05 (13)
Spring arrives and Maggie and Joel find their dreams invaded by each other, State Trooper Barbara Semanski enchants Maurice, and the other citizens of Cicely have their yearly bout of spring fever, experiencing all kinds of weird feelings, stolen radios, and Holling's urge to pick fights and "do some damage".
"War and Peace" Robin Green and Henry Bromell Bill D‘Elia May 13, 1991 2-06 (14)
A Russian opera singer and international celebrity makes his yearly trek to Cicely to visit the townsfolk, who greet their friend with open arms. His visit reopens old wounds with Maurice, who is intent on another challenging chess game. Ed has an affair with Light Feather, who is only excited by his flowery letters, which Chris writes for him (like Cyrano de Bergerac). Holling is plagued by dreams that deprive him of his sleep. The whole town steps out of the situation to reflect on war (the first Gulf War) — and moves on.
"Slow Dance" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider David Carson May 20, 1991 2-07 (15)
A satellite plunges out of orbit and crashes into Maggie's boyfriend Rick, killing him instantly and fusing with him. A disgruntled wife tries to persuade Maggie to date her husband so that he can suffer from the "curse". Rick's funeral is enlivened when his casket, complete with protrusions for telemetry equipment, is rolled into the church.

Two men are interested in purchasing a house from Maurice, but he objects to their lifestyle. However, he is torn when they misinterpret his hostility and raise their offer to match his inflated asking price.

Season 3: (1991-1992)

Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate Episode
"The Bumpy Road To Love" Martin Sage and Sybill Adelman Nick Marck September 23, 1991 3-01 (16)
Adam requests a house call from Dr. Fleischman for his wife, Eve, a hypochondriac with a long list of maladies. A statue of Rick is unveiled to commemorate the collision with the satellite.
"Only You" Ellen Herman Bill D’Elia September 30, 1991 3-02 (17)
Chris experiences one of his episodes where all women within a wide radius are physically attracted to him, but develops a crush on the one woman in town who isn't affected. Maurice's resentment over Shelly leaving him for Holling returns; it turns out that all three principals have completely different recollections of Shelly's first encounter with Holling. Maggie worries about getting old and the effect of age on her body when she begins to become farsighted.
"Oy, Wilderness" Robin Green Miles Watkins October 7, 1991 3-03 (18)
While returning from administering immunizations in a remote village, Joel and Maggie are stranded in the wilderness when Maggie's plane develops engine trouble. An old friend of Shelly's comes to town, to tell Shelly that she's married Shelly's husband and to ask Shelly to finalize her divorce.
"Animals R Us" Robin Green Nick Marck October 14, 1991 3-04 (19)
Ed films the community of Cicely while Maggie comes to believe that a stray dog is her reincarnated boyfriend. Maurice starts an ostrich farm.
"Jules et Joel" Stuart Stevens Jim Hayman October 28, 1991 3-05 (20)
Fleischman's slick twin brother Jules arrives in Cicely. The brothers switch identities: Jules (as Joel) takes up the practice of medicine and pursues Maggie, while Joel (as Jules) gets into trouble with the law.
"The Body In Question" Henry Bromell David Carson November 4, 1991 3-06 (21)
A frozen body is found, along with a diary that claims that Napoleon came to Alaska with the deceased, rather than fighting the Battle of Waterloo. As Joel's disbelief slowly becomes undermined, he begins to worry that his stay in Cicely is changing him.
"Roots" Dennis Koenig and Jordan Budde Sandy Smolan November 11, 1991 3-07 (22)
Fleischman's ex-fiancée Elaine shows up after the death of her husband, releasing mixed feelings in Maggie. The arrival of Chris's African-American brother Bernard conjures up dreams of Africa in Chris, who declares himself to be a "person of color". Adam makes another appearance.
"A-Hunting We Will Go" Craig Volk Bill D‘Elia November 18, 1991 3-08 (23)
Joel is shocked when Maggie shows up with a magnificent deer she has shot. After she berates him for not knowing what he's talking about, he decides to go along on a hunting trip with Holling and Chris. Meanwhile, Ed worries about Ruth-Anne after her injury and seventy-fifth birthday, much to her annoyance.
"Get Real" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Michael Katleman December 9, 1991 3-09 (24)
A circus troupe (played by Mummenschanz) comes to Cicely and the silent "flying man" takes a fancy to Marilyn. Shelly leaves Holling after he notes that she has "inordinately large" feet.
"Seoul Mates" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Jack Bender December 16, 1991 3-10 (25)
The town celebrates the holidays with a Raven pageant, while Maggie dreads going home for the holidays, Joel gets his first Christmas tree, Shelly pines for a Christmas Mass, and Maurice meets his Korean son and his family for the first time.
"Dateline: Cicely" Jeff Melvoin Michael Fresco January 6, 1992 3-11 (26)
Maurice goes out on a limb to boost interest in his newspaper by hiring Adam as a columnist. One of his articles claims that some trees have voices. Maggie hears them, but Joel is sceptical to say the least. To ease Holling's tax debts, Chris become a partner in the Brick, where he sets about making changes that irritate Holling.
"Our Tribe" David Assael Lee Shallet January 13, 1992 3-12 (27)
Joel reluctantly undergoes a cultural conversion after receiving a goat as a gift from a grateful village elder, who insists on "adopting" him into her tribe, and a mysterious Holling shuts down the Brick, ostensibly to wax the floors.
"Things Become Extinct" Robin Green from a story by Mitchell Burgess Dean Parisot January 20, 1992 3-13 (28)
A study in self-examination brings on a mid-life crisis for Holling (his Uncle Charlie dies), opens up another door for Ed - (he films Ira Wingfeather making duck flutes), and leaves Joel feeling culturally isolated (he has trouble finding other Jews in Alaska).
"Burning Down the House" Robin Green Rob Thompson February 3, 1992 3-14 (29)
Maggie receives a double dose of disaster when her mother accidentally burns down her house after announcing she is divorcing Maggie's father. Meanwhile, Chris searches for the "right" cow for his trebuchet as part of his new piece of performance art. In the end, he flings a piano instead. Quote: "It's not the thing you fling; it's the fling itself." -Chris
"Democracy In America" Jeff Melvoin Michael Katelman February 24, 1992 3-15 (30)
Mayoral incumbent Holling is stung by the news that he has a formidable opponent, old friend Edna Hancock, who's got a bee in her bonnet over a promise he never kept. The election also finds Shelly testing the aphrodisiac of power, Chris waxing patriotic, Ed anticipating his first time voting, and Joel and Maggie arguing party politics.
"Three Amigos" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Matthew Nodella March 2, 1992 3-16 (31)
The death of a rugged hunting companion sends Holling and Maurice into the wilderness to make good on a promise to bury him miles from civilization at a paradise called No-Name Point. Chris reads from The Call of the Wild and it reflects Holling and Maurice's adventure.
"Lost and Found" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Steve Robman March 9, 1992 3-17 (32)
Joel discovers his cabin is haunted, Eve is worried that she is suffering from an exotic illness, and Maurice is disappointed when his old friend from Korea turns out to be less than perfect.
"My Mother, My Sister" Kate Boutilier and Mitchell Burgess Rob Thompson March 16, 1992 3-18 (33)
Shelly's mother drops in unexpectedly with her new twenty-four-year-old husband, a baby abandoned in Joel's waiting room is temporarily adopted by the townspeople, and Adam experiences the same pains as his pregnant wife.
"Wake Up Call" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Nick Marck March 23, 1992 3-19 (34)
The coming of spring brings love to Maggie, a new skin to Shelly and a reminder to Joel of the importance of blending compassion with his scientific knowledge.
"The Final Frontier" Jeffrey Vlaming Tom Moore April 27, 1992 3-20 (35)
Much to Holling's dismay, Ed discovers that Jesse the bear has died. Japanese tourists infiltrate Cicely. A package that has traveled the world arrives in Cicely addressed to an unknown person.
"It Happened In Juneau" David Assael Michael Katleman May 4, 1992 3-21 (36)
Things heat up between Joel and Maggie when they are forced to share a hotel room in Juneau. Chris and his brother Bernard for the first time are not in perfect sync with each other.
"Our Wedding" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Nick Marck May 11, 1992 3-22 (37)
When Eve becomes pregnant, she and Adam decide to wed for the baby's sake. Maggie avoids Joel like the plague, when he allows her to continue believing that they slept together in Juneau (she doesn't remember that she fell asleep before anything serious happened). When Joel finally confesses the truth, he is surprised by her reaction. Officer Semanski serves Maurice with an official complaint.
"Cicely" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Rob Thompson May 18, 1992 3-23 (38)
Joel hits, but does not seriously injure a 108 year old man, named Ned Svenborg, with his pickup truck late one night. In flashbacks, the man tells residents the story of Cicely's founders, two lesbians, Cicely and Roslyn. In 1902, these "free-thinking" women drove into the then-nameless frontier town to escape Montana's conservatism. With civility and dignity, they realize a utopian dream, transforming the town into a Parisian-style artists' colony, complete with literary salon, theater and dance.

Season 4: (1992-1993)

Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate Episode
"Northwest Passages" Robin Green Dean Parisot September 29, 1992 4-01 (39)
To celebrate her thirtieth birthday, Maggie spends the weekend camping alone to reflect on her life and cleanse her soul. Marilyn asks Chris to help her learn how to drive. Maurice rambles endlessly into a recorder about his past in an attempt to write his memoirs.
"Midnight Sun" Michael Katleman Michael Katleman October 5, 1992 4-02 (40)
Joel is "light loony" and, with his enormous amount of excess energy, coaches the Cicely Quarks in their annual basketball game against Sleetmute. An old friend (Gillis Toomey) drops in to visit Ruth-Anne and outfits the town from his collection of fashionable ensembles.
"Nothing's Perfect" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Nick Marck October 12, 1992 4-03 (41)
Chris kills a dog with his truck and quickly falls in love with its owner (Amy, the Pi Lady). Maurice buys an extremely expensive Augsburg clock and with its delivery comes a highly trained specialist to install it.
"Heroes" Jeff Vlaming Charles Braverman October 19, 1992 4-04 (42)
Chris must decide what to do with his deceased friend's remains (Tooley). A heavy-metal rock star (guest star Adam Ant) mistakenly arrives in Cicely instead of Sicily.
"Blowing Bubbles" Mark B. Perry Rob Thompson November 2, 1992 4-05 (43)
A mysterious new resident (Mike Monroe) quarantines himself in Cicely, arousing Maggie's interest and Joel's disbelief. Ruth-Anne must also cope with a new addition to the community - her materialistic son, Matthew, who gives up his career as an investment banker in Atlanta in search of a simpler life.
"On Your Own" Sy Rosen and Christian Williams Joan Tewkesbury November 9, 1992 4-06 (44)
The Flying Man returns to Cicely to woo Marilyn; Ed finds a ring that once belonged to Federico Fellini; Maurice has Mike rewrite his will to include his recently discovered Korean son, Duk Won.
"The Bad Seed" Mitchell Burgess Randall Miller November 16, 1992 4-07 (45)
Everyone is shocked when Holling's unknown illegitimate daughter arrives in town - especially Holling who believed he was sterile. Maggie assists Marilyn in her search for her dream house. Ed is excited about his annual visit from Princess, a crane he took under his wing when she was abandoned as a baby.
"Thanksgiving" David Assael Michael Fresco November 23, 1992 4-08 (46)
Cicely readies itself for the annual Day of the Dead parade and Thanksgiving Day feast; Joel discovers he owes the state of Alaska a fifth year of service.
"Do The Right Thing" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Nick Marck November 30, 1992 4-09 (47)
An ex-member of the KGB visits Cicely to sell Maurice his official Russian dossier; a health inspector surveys The Brick for the first time in more than thirty years; Maggie makes a vow to herself to live each day as if it were her last.
"Crime and Punishment" Jeff Melvoin Rob Thompson December 14, 1992 4-10 (48)
Chris' past finally catches up with him and he is apprehended and tried for breaking parole in the state of West Virginia many years earlier.
"Survival of the Species" Denise Dobbs Dean Parisot January 4, 1993 4-11 (49)
Ed becomes environmentally conscious; Maggie discovers ancient Indian relics in her backyard; Chris befriends a young delinquent and teaches him about life on the road.
"Revelations" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Daniel Attias January 11, 1993 4-12 (50)
Chris takes his vacation at a monastery; Ruth-Anne pays Maurice the remaining amount owed on her store; Joel becomes incredibly antsy when he has no patients.
"Duets" Geoffrey Neigher Win Phelps January 18, 1993 4-13 (51)
Ed's spiritual guide leads him to his natural father; Maggie and Mike share their first kiss; traveling piano tuner visits the Brick to adjust its ancient upright.
"Grosse Pointe, 48230" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Michael Katleman February 1, 1993 4-14 (52)
Maggie bribes Joel into accompanying her to her grandmother's birthday party in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
"Learning Curve" Jeff Vlaming Michael Vittes February 8, 1993 4-15 (53)
Much to Joel's distress, Marilyn goes on vacation by herself; Holling attempts to earn his high school diploma; the regional teacher spends two weeks in Cicely and almost becomes a role model for Maggie.
"Ill Wind" Jeff Melvoin Rob Thompson February 15, 1993 4-16 (54)
Drastic tension between Maggie and Joel and they finally 'do it'; Maurice is unhappy when Chris saves his life; Ed is intrigued by death.
"Love's Labour Mislaid" Jeff Melvoin Joe Napolitano February 22, 1993 4-17 (55)
Maggie forgets having sex with Joel; Ed faces an arranged marriage; a rare bird is seen (a Siberian Tit) and Holling and Ruth-Anne go out to see it.
"Northern Lights" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Bill D'Elia March 1, 1993 4-18 (56)
Maurice 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.
"Family Feud" David Assael Adam Arkin March 8, 1993 4-19 (57)
When a totem pole is carved for the Whirlwind family, a family feud originating from an incident in 1934 is resurrected, dividing the Native Americans in Cicely.
"Homesick" Jeff Vlaming Nick Marck March 15, 1993 4-20 (58)
When Mike (guest star Anthony Edwards) gets test results showing he is completely healthy, he feels obligated to leave Cicely and Maggie behind to continue his environmental crusade.
"The Big Feast" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Rob Thompson March 22, 1993 4-21 (59)
To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Minnifield Communications, Maurice plans an extremely elaborate party; Adam and Eve (guest stars Adam Arkin and Valerie Mahaffey) return to Cicely with their new baby.
"Kaddish for Uncle Manny" Jeff Melvoin Michael Lange May 3, 1993 4-22 (60)
When Joel's uncle dies, he discovers that the important bonds in times of trouble are not necessarily from a common religion, but rather a sense of community.
"Mud and Blood" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Jim Charleston May 10, 1993 4-23 (61)
At the coming of spring, Maggie and Holling find affirmation of life in Shelly's pregnancy.
"Sleeping With the Enemy" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Frank Prinzi May 17, 1993 4-24 (62)
Duk Won seeks approval of his betrothed; Ed makes a movie in Tlingit; Holling wants more sex.
"Old Tree" Diane Frolov and Robin Green Michael Fresco May 24, 1993 4-25 (63)
When an old tree considered to be a Cicely historical landmark appears to be dying, Joel dons a tree doctor's hat and gives his prognosis. Joel hurts himself every time Maggie is nice to him. Shelly starts singing instead of talking.

Season 5: (1993-1994)

Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate Episode
"Three Doctors" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Daniel Attias September 20, 1993 5-01 (64)
The whole town pitches in when Joel is stricken by "Glacier Dropsy"; Ed is confused when he is called to be a shaman; much to her disappointment, Shelly finally stops singing.
"The Mystery of the Old Curio Shop" Rogers Turrentine Michael Fresco September 27, 1993 5-02 (65)
When the world reminds Maurice of his age, he frets himself into having a heart attack; Maggie relives childhood fantasies of being Nancy Drew, detective extraordinaire; Joel is thrilled to find traces of Yiddish in Cicely's language and history.
"Jaws of Life" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Jim Charleston October 4, 1993 5-03 (66)
Maurice is tormented by a wax replica of himself; Chris discovers that he may live long enough for youthful indiscretions to catch up to him; the dental mobile comes to Cicely. (Joel is out of town and does not appear in this episode.)
"Altered Egos" Jeff Melvoin John David Coles October 11, 1993 5-04 (67)
Chris is disturbed that Bernard's girlfriend, who is also Chris' ex-lover, cannot tell them apart in bed; Joel is obsessed that he is losing his New York edge; Marilyn snoops through Dr. Fleischman's medical files to pick a healthy man.
"A River Doesn't Run Through It" Jeff Melvoin Nick Marck October 25, 1993 5-05 (68)
Maggie is Homecoming Queen; Maurice reluctantly admits a business defeat; Ruth-Anne is audited.
"Birds of a Feather" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Mark Horowitz November 1, 1993 5-06 (69)
When Joel's parents trek to Cicely, it ends up being a soul-searching time for all three; Holling shocks everyone when he reveals that he is bored by sports.
"Rosebud" Barbara Hall Michael Fresco November 8, 1993 5-07 (70)
Maurice enlists Ed's expertise to organize a film festival in Cicely; Joel is pressured to join Cicely's volunteer fire department.
"Heal Thyself" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Michael Katleman November 15, 1993 5-08 (71)
Ed is taunted by the Green Man; Holling shocks Shelly when he is disruptive during birth class; Maggie misses the weekly laundromat gossip-fest when she buys her own washer and dryer.
"A Cup of Joe" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Michael Lange November 22, 1993 5-09 (72)
Holling and Ruth-Anne discover that their grandfathers knew each other - and one ate the other; Chris attempts to become a licensed pilot; Joel discovers that Marilyn is a supersleuth.
"First Snow" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Daniel Attias December 13, 1993 5-10 (73)
Joel is traumatized by the natural death of an older patient and friend; Maurice is devastated when Shelly lies about ever loving him; Maggie has a nagging sense that something is missing when she spruces up her house for winter hibernation.
"Baby Blues" Barbara Hall Jim Charleston January 3, 1994 5-11 (74)
Shelly is nervous about childbirth; Ed discovers cutthroat showbiz; Maggie and Joel dislike kids.
"Mr. Sandman" David Chase and Diane Frolov Michael Fresco January 10, 1994 5-12 (75)
When the Aurora Borealis goes haywire, everyone in Cicely is swapping dreams; Holling develops a severe psychosomatic aversion to food; Maurice deals with his fetish for women's footwear.
"Mite Makes Right" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Michael Vittes January 17, 1994 5-13 (76)
Maggie becomes obsessed with dust mites; Maurice gets more than he bargained for when he invests in a rare violin; Chris reaches an artistic impasse on a sculpture.
"A Bolt From the Blue" Jeff Melvoin Michael Lange January 24, 1994 5-14 (77)
Maurice and Adam (guest star Adam Arkin) clash over the hired help for a fireworks display; Joel tutors a patient on the art of conversation; Ed is struck by lightning.
"Hello, I Love You" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Michael Fresco January 31, 1994 5-15 (78)
Shelly finally gives birth; Ruth-Anne and Walt (guest star Moultrie Patten) are stranded overnight; Maggie and Joel become less competitive.
"Northern Hospitality" Barbara Hall Oz Scott February 28, 1994 5-16 (79)
Maggie teaches Joel a lesson in social etiquette; Chris is shaken when a KBHR listener blames him in his suicide note; Shelly takes Randi to Canada to see her roots.
"Una Volta in L'Inverno" Jeff Melvoin Michael Vittes March 7, 1994 5-17 (80)
Joel and Maggie are forced to take refuge in an airfield shack during a snowstorm; Ruth-Anne studies Italian with Shelly as her unlikely tutor; Walt (guest star Moultrie Patten) becomes addicted to a special light visor to help his depression caused by the short days in northern areas.
"Fish Story" Jeff Melvoin Bill D'Elia March 14, 1994 5-18 (81)
Joel has an otherworldly experience when Maggie wants to prepare a Passover dinner for him; Ruth-Anne abandons the store for the open road; Holling takes up paint-by-numbers.
"The Gift of the Maggie" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Patrick McKee March 28, 1994 5-19 (82)
Maurice learns about the give-and-take of friendship; Joel is depressed when he has no one to "talk shop" with; Chris learns a life lesson from a benevolent deer.
"A Wing and a Prayer" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Lorraine Senna April 11, 1994 5-20 (83)
Ed spreads gossip about Ruth-Anne's love life; Maggie builds a home-kit airplane; Holling and Shelly baptize Randi.
"I Feel the Earth Move" Jed Seidel Michael Fresco May 2, 1994 5-21 (84)
Ron and Erick (guest stars Doug Ballard and Don R. McManus) tie the knot after eight years; Maggie develops a severe nausea that she thinks is caused by Joel.
"Gran Prix" Barbara Hall Michael Lange May 9, 1994 5-22 (85)
Maurice brings the world-renowned sport of wheelchair racing to Cicely; Ed battles External Validation (guest star Ben Reed) to help a patient; Ted (guest star Tim Sampson) learns of the loneliness of wealth.
"Blood Ties" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Tom Moore May 16, 1994 5-23 (86)
Maggie's childhood male friend from Grosse Pointe arrives in Cicely; Joel loses his confidence during the annual blood drive; Ed thinks he's finally found his mother.
"Lovers and Madmen" Jeff Melvoin James Hayman May 23, 1994 5-24 (87)
Joel discovers a perfectly-preserved woolly mammoth; Maurice breaks a concert violinist out of an asylum for a private performance; Chris gets a rude awakening when his high-school crush visits. *Only episode in the entire series not to include Shelly*

Season 6: (1994-1995)

Title Writer(s) Director Original Airdate Episode
"Dinner at Seven-Thirty" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Michael Fresco September 19, 1994 6-01 (88)
Joel encounters an alternate reality in Manhattan after accidentally drinking one of Ed 's healing creations.
"Eye of the Beholder" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Jim Charleston September 26, 1994 6-02 (89)
Ed exposes an insurance scam, involving Hayden Keyes, while Maggie donates a priceless family heirloom for a charity auction.
"Shofar, So Good" Jeff Melvoin James Hayman October 3, 1994 6-03 (90)
Joel discovers a kinder and gentler way on Yom Kippur; Holling learns to forgive himself for not being there for his first daughter; Maurice holds the annual fox hunt without a fox.
"The Letter" Meredith Stiehm Jim Charleston October 10, 1994 6-04 (91)
Maggie does some soul-searching after she opens a letter she wrote to herself as a teen; Joel starts to smell life's flowers when he has a close call with cancer; Shelly learns that her destiny can't be shaped by a chain letter; Cicely has a new barber.
"The Robe" Sam Egan Lorraine Senna October 17, 1994 6-05 (92)
Joel relishes the opportunity to prove Johns Hopkins School of Medicine wrong for refusing him admission; Shelly struggles with the devil's offer to fulfill her wildest dream; and Chris uses a ventriloquist dummy to offer straightforward opinions.
"Zarya" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Jim Charleston October 31, 1994 6-06 (93)
Ed employs storytelling techniques of an old tale about Russian treaty negotiations between Princess Anastasia (guest star Tushka Bergen) and Lenin (guest star Christopher Neame) in Cicely to cure Marilyn's pain in her leg.
"Full Upright Position" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Oz Scott November 7, 1994 6-07 (94)
Joel and Maggie are off to Russia for a week of adventure, or not; Maurice tries to mold his young cousin into an heir apparent; Chris tries to get indoor electricity.
"Up River" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Michael Fresco November 14, 1994 6-08 (95)
Joel settles at a native village after paddling up the river for a house call; Chris gets a life lesson when he remodels his trailer; Ruth-Anne struggles with her realization that she is madly in love with Walt.
"Sons of the Tundra" Jeff Melvoin Michael Vittes November 28, 1994 6-09 (96)
Cicely welcomes a new doctor and his wife to their quirky way of life; Holling wants desperately to join the Sons of the Tundra men's club; Ed sees the future after eating a magical trout; and Joel briefly appears in search of a new hunting knife.
"Realpolitik" Sam Egan Victor Lobl December 15, 1994 6-10 (97)
Maggie is elected Mayor of Cicely and Chris wilts at her new image; Phil plays a metaphysical round of golf with Joel; Marilyn's attempt at dog breeding is a pop.
"The Great Mushroom" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider James Hayman January 4, 1995 6-11 (98)
Maggie goes to Manonash to save Joel's life on his birthday; the Capras have enlightening house guest; and Ed discovers and then loses the cure for shingles.
"Mi Casa, Su Casa" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Daniel Attias January 11, 1995 6-12 (99)
Marilyn travels to Manonash for a potlatch and questions Joel's conception of himself; Maurice leaves Ed in charge while he's off on a hunting trip, and Shelly and Holling contemplate purchasing their first home.
"Horns" Jeff Melvoin Michael Fresco January 18, 1995 6-13 (100)
The newly bottled Cicely Water causes some unusual role reversal behavior; Joel learns that he's free to leave Alaska and Cal Ingraham is depressed without an audience.
"The Mommy's Curse" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Michael Lange February 1, 1995 6-14 (101)
Walt tries working for Ruth-Anne but ends up moving in with her; When her mother's boyfriend dies, Maggie's convinced there's a family curse; and Holling's new friendship with Phil has Maurice seething with jealousy.
"The Quest" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Michael Vittes February 8, 1995 6-15 (102)
Joel and Maggie embark on a search for the mythical Jeweled City of the North; Chris sues Dr. Capra for medical malpractice; and Michelle writes a review of the Brick.
"Lucky People" Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Janet Greek February 15, 1995 6-16 (103)
Phil and Michelle have the horrible realization that they are stuck in a place they hate; Maggie and Chris restore Roslyn and Cicely's Model T for the Founder's day parade; Maurice goes on a buying spree to work his way into Holling's family.
"The Graduate" Sam Egan James Hayman March 8, 1995 6-17 (104)
Maggie learns the harsh realities of running a business; Chris gets his Masters degree in Comparative Literature; Holling's dark secret is revealed (he's been sending money to Patrick Dulac and his mother).
"Little Italy" Jeff Melvoin Stephen Cragg March 15, 1995 6-18 (105)
Phil discovers Cicely has an Italian neighborhood and gets caught in a war between two families; Maggie plays marriage counselor for Holling and Shelly; Ruth-Anne is on NPR's All Things Considered.
"Balls" Jeff Melvoin Scott Paulin June 4, 1995 6-19 (106)
Phil and Michelle have marriage problems; Cicely has a bowling team; Lester Haines offers to finance Ed's film, if Ed no longer sees Heather.
"Buss Stop" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Daniel Attias June 24, 1995 6-20 (107)
Michelle directs the townsfolk in "Bus Stop" and almost has a nervous breakdown.
"Ursa Minor" Sam Egan Patrick McKee July 12, 1995 6-21 (108)
Ed becomes a surrogate parent to a bear cub; Chris uses lucid dreaming to explore his growing love for Maggie; Maurice is concerned the population is dwindling.
"Let's Dance" Sam Egan Michael Vittes July 19, 1995 6-22 (109)
As Officer Semanski and Maurice take Cal back to the hospital, Barbara starts to fall for Cal; Marilyn teaches cotillion; Phil's manners are not good so he attends cotillion.
"Tranquility Base (Our Town)" Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green Michael Fresco July 26, 1995 6-23 (110)
Cicely's couples converge on Maurice's summer lodge, Tranquility Base.


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