Northern Exposure (season 2)

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Northern Exposure (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 7
Original channel CBS
Original run April 8, 1991 (1991-04-08) – May 20, 1991 (1991-05-20)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 November 30, 2004 (2004-11-30)
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List of Northern Exposure episodes

The second season of Northern Exposure originally aired Mondays at 10:00-11:00 pm (EST) on CBS from April 8 to May 20, 1991.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
9 1 "Goodbye to All That" Stuart Margolin Robin Green April 8, 1991 (1991-04-08)
Joel receives a Dear John letter from his fiancee Elaine, who has married a retired Federal judge. When Holling installs a satellite dish at the bar as a gift for Shelly, she becomes addicted to watching television shows from around the world and buying offerings from home shopping networks. She finally breaks down and has a "confessional" with Chris.
10 2 "The Big Kiss" Sandy Smolan Henry Bromell April 15, 1991 (1991-04-15)
When Ed wants to learn more about his parents, he receives help from One-Who-Waits (Floyd "Red Crow" Westerman), a 256-year-old Indian spirit. Meanwhile, a gorgeous woman (Jessika Cardinahl) 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 (and the rest of the town) believes Maggie is the one.
11 3 "All Is Vanity" Nick Marck Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider April 22, 1991 (1991-04-22)
Holling turns Shelly on when he faces off against a drunken roughneck and then decides to get a circumcision after intercourse with her to be "more in style". When an unknown man dies in Dr. Fleischman's waiting room, the locals try to ascertain his identity and then become attached to him, refusing to give him up to the state coroner. Maggie is embarrassed when her dad arrives on a surprise visit and gets more than she anticipated when she begs Joel to pose as her doctor boyfriend.
12 4 "What I Did for Love" Steven Robman Ellen Herman April 29, 1991 (1991-04-29)
Maggie has some surreal dreams that portend Joel's death should he take the flight he's booked to New York for his 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.
13 5 "Spring Break" Rob Thompson David Assael May 6, 1991 (1991-05-06)
Spring arrives and Maggie and Joel find their dreams invaded by each other; Officer Barbara Semanski (Diane Delano) 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". Ed becomes a "detective" to solve the case of the stolen goods.
14 6 "War and Peace" Bill D'Elia Henry Bromell and Robin Green May 13, 1991 (1991-05-13)
A Russian opera singer and international celebrity (Elya Baskin) makes his yearly trek to Cicely to visit and bring gifts to 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 loses his virginity to Light Feather Duncan (Dana Andersen), who is only excited by his flowery letters, which Chris writes for him (in the manner of Cyrano de Bergerac). Holling is plagued by dreams that deprive him of his sleep. Maurice challenges Nikolai to a duel. The whole town steps out of the situation to reflect on war (the first Gulf War) — and moves on.
15 7 "Slow Dance" David Carson Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider May 20, 1991 (1991-05-20)
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, Ron and Erick, are interested in purchasing a house from Maurice. As Maurice close the deal and invite them into his home, he finds out that they are a couple and objects to their homosexual lifestyle. However, he is torn when they misinterpret his hostility and raise their offer to match his inflated asking price.