Northern Exposure (season 3)

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Northern Exposure (season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Original channel CBS
Original run September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23) – May 18, 1992 (1992-05-18)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 June 14, 2005 (2005-06-14)
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List of Northern Exposure episodes

The third season of Northern Exposure originally aired Mondays at 10:00-11:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 23, 1991 to May 18, 1992.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
16 1 "The Bumpy Road to Love" Nick Marck Martin Sage & Sybill Adelman September 23, 1991 (1991-09-23)
Adam requests a house call from Dr. Fleischman for his wife, Eve (Valerie Mahaffey), a hypochondriac with a long list of maladies. A statue of Rick is unveiled to commemorate the collision with the satellite with Maggie left to deal with some of his flaws.
17 2 "Only You" Bill D'Elia Ellen Herman September 30, 1991 (1991-09-30)
Chris experiences one of his episodes where all women within a wide radius are physically attracted to him (because of his pheremones), but develops a crush on the one woman (Caitlin Clarke) who isn't affected by his scent. 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 as Joel hears all their versions. Maggie worries about getting old and the effect of age on her body when she sees Dr. Irere and is told that she has begun to become farsighted.
18 3 "Oy, Wilderness" Miles Watkins Robin Green October 7, 1991 (1991-10-07)
While returning from administering immunizations in a remote village, Joel and Maggie are stranded in the wilderness when Maggie's plane develops engine trouble. Shelly's best friend, Cindy (Christine Elise) comes to town, to tell Shelly that she'd married Wayne Jones, Shelly's husband and to ask Shelly to finalize her divorce. Joel is forced to eat seal blubber to survive, while Maggie hunts to quiet Fleischman's complaining. Joel fixes O'Connell's engine to her surprise.
19 4 "Animals R Us" Nick Marck Robin Green October 14, 1991 (1991-10-14)
Ed films the community of Cicely while Maggie comes to believe that a stray dog is her reincarnated boyfriend. Maurice starts an ostrich farm with Marilyn's help.
20 5 "Jules et Joel" Jim Hayman Stuart Stevens October 28, 1991 (1991-10-28)
Halloween is celebrated in Cicely as Fleischman's slick twin brother Jules arrives in town via taxi cab from New York. 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 and strikes up an impromptu psychoanalysis session of his life with an old man.
21 6 "The Body in Question" David Carson Henry Bromell November 4, 1991 (1991-11-04)
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. Fleischman gets a visit from Elijah, and he begins to worry that his stay in Cicely is changing him.
22 7 "Roots" Sandy Smolan Dennis Koenig November 11, 1991 (1991-11-11)
Fleischman's ex-fiancée Elaine shows up after the death of her husband, releasing mixed feelings in Maggie. The arrival of Chris's brother Bernard, conjures up dreams of Africa in Chris, who declares himself to be a "person of color". Adam makes another appearance.
23 8 "A-Hunting We Will Go" Bill D'Elia Craig Volk November 18, 1991 (1991-11-18)
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 finding out that she just turned 75, much to her annoyance. Ed throws a belated surprise party for Ruth-Anne at The Brick with entrees from the hunting party.
24 9 "Get Real" Michael Katleman Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider December 9, 1991 (1991-12-09)
A circus troupe comes to Cicely and the silent "Flying Man" (Bill Irwin) takes a fancy to Marilyn. Shelly leaves Holling after he notes that she has "inordinately large" feet. Dr. Fleischman studies his medical books with Ed's help.
25 10 "Seoul Mates" Jack Bender Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider December 16, 1991 (1991-12-16)
The town celebrates the holidays with a Raven pageant, while Maggie dreads going home for the holidays and is relieved (and saddened) when her parents take a Caribbean vacation. Joel gets his first Christmas tree, Shelly pines for a Christmas Mass, and Maurice meets his Korean son (James Song) and his family for the first time. O'Connell helps Fleischman's Christmas celebration and Holling sets up a Mass for Shelly. The episode's title is a play on the term "soulmate".
26 11 "Dateline: Cicely" Michael Fresco Jeff Melvoin January 6, 1992 (1992-01-06)
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 ease Holling's tax debts, Chris becomes a partner in The Brick, where he sets about making changes that irritate Holling.
27 12 "Our Tribe" Lee Shallet David Assael January 13, 1992 (1992-01-13)
Joel reluctantly undergoes a cultural conversion after receiving a goat as a gift from a grateful village elder (Rosetta Pintado) for curing her and who insists on "adopting" him into her tribe. A mysterious Holling sends Shelly back home to Saskatoon for a visit and shuts down The Brick, ostensibly to wax the floors while Maggie tries to find out his secret.
28 13 "Things Become Extinct" Dean Parisot Teleplay: Robin Green
Story: Mitchell Burgess
January 20, 1992 (1992-01-20)
A study in self-examination brings on a mid-life crisis for Holling (his Uncle Charlie dies), and opens up another door for Ed as he films Ira Wingfeather (Bryson G. Liberty) making duck flutes, which leaves Joel feeling culturally isolated (he has trouble finding other Jews in Alaska). Maurice takes a road trip with Fleischman to cheer him up.
29 14 "Burning Down the House" Rob Thompson Robin Green February 3, 1992 (1992-02-03)
Maggie receives a double dose of disaster when her visiting mother (Bibi Besch) 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 Maggie's burnt out piano instead.[2]
30 15 "Democracy in America" Michael Katleman Jeff Melvoin February 24, 1992 (1992-02-24)
Mayoral incumbent Holling is stung by the news that he has a formidable opponent, old friend Edna (Rita Taggart), who's got a "bee in her bonnet" over a promise he never kept. The election also finds Shelly testing the aphrodisiac of power and Chris waxing patriotic. Ed anticipates his first time voting, and Joel and Maggie argue party politics.
31 16 "Three Amigos" Matthew Nodella Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green March 2, 1992 (1992-03-02)
The death of a rugged hunting companion sends Holling, Maurice, and the man's widow (Joanna Cassidy) 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.
32 17 "Lost and Found" Steven Robman Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider March 9, 1992 (1992-03-09)
Joel discovers his cabin is haunted, Eve is worried that she is suffering from an exotic illness, and Maurice is disappointed when his CO and old friend (Noble Willingham) from Korea turns out to be less than perfect.
33 18 "My Mother, My Sister" Rob Thompson Kate Boutilier and Mitchell Burgess March 16, 1992 (1992-03-16)
Shelly's mother, Tammy (Wendy Schaal) drops in unexpectedly with her new 24-year-old US Army husband (Sean O'Bryan). A baby abandoned in Joel's waiting room is temporarily adopted by the townspeople, and Adam experiences the same pains as his pregnant wife.
34 19 "Wake Up Call" Nick Marck Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider March 23, 1992 (1992-03-23)
The coming of spring brings love to Maggie, a new skin to Shelly, and Joel is reminded of the importance of blending compassion with his scientific knowledge. Maggie meets a man (Andreas Wisniewski) who comes to her help. Fleischman agrees to be shadowed by Marilyn's cousin Leonard (Graham Greene), who comes to learn a little Western medicine practice for his growing clientele. Holling celebrates spring with free egg dishes at The Brick.
35 20 "The Final Frontier" Tom Moore Jeffrey Vlaming April 27, 1992 (1992-04-27)
Much to Holling's dismay, Ed discovers that Jesse the Bear has died. Japanese tourists infiltrate Cicely to perform a ritual at the Sourdough Inn. A package that has traveled the world arrives in Cicely addressed to an unknown person. Ron and Erick (Doug Ballard and Don McManus) open their new bed and breakfast to visiting Japanese couples, with Maurice jealous of their success, until the visitors recognize Maurice as an US astronaut.
36 21 "It Happened in Juneau" Michael Katleman Teleplay: David Assael and Robert Rabinowitz
Story: David Assael
May 4, 1992 (1992-05-04)
Things heat up between Fleischman and O'Connell 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. Joel attends a conference of physicians in Juneau hoping to meet "single female doctors" to have sex with while Maggie intends on seeing a musical. Fleischman tries unsuccessfully to hookup with a woman, until he is prey upon by a doctor (Beth Broderick) who won't take no for an answer. He hides the entire night trying to avoid her and ends up in his room. While watching television, Maggie comes into the room with a doctor. Later in the night she comes back without the doctor and decides to stay in with Joel. As they enjoy Champagne, they decide to have sex and agree to meet back in her side of the room. Joel finds her asleep and he goes back to his side of the room. In the morning she assumes she had slept with Joel, but they agree not to mention it ever again.
37 22 "Our Wedding" Nick Marck Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider May 11, 1992 (1992-05-11)
When Eve becomes pregnant, she and Adam decide to wed for the baby's sake. Maggie avoids Joel when he allows her to continue believing that they slept together in Juneau (she doesn't remember that she fell asleep before anything happened). When Joel finally confesses the truth, he is surprised by her reaction. Officer Semanski serves Maurice with an official complaint from his neighbor (Ralph P. Martin).
38 23 "Cicely" Rob Thompson Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider May 18, 1992 (1992-05-18)

Joel hits, but does not seriously injure, a 108-year-old man named Ned Svenborg (Roberts Blossom) with his pickup truck late one night. In flashbacks, the man tells current residents the story of Cicely's founders, two lesbians, Cicely (Yvonne Suhor) and Roslyn (Jo Anderson). In 1908, 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, dance, and with a famous outside visitor to "The Paris of the North". Eventually the town is named after one of the women.

Members of the cast that played characters in the flashback: Rob Morrow as "Franz Kafka"; Barry Cobin as "Mace Mobrey"; Janine Turner as "Mary O'Keefe"; John Cullum as "Abe"; Darren E. Burrows as "Young Ned Svenborg"; John Corbett as "Kit"; Cynthia Geary as "Sally"; Elaine Miles as "Marilyn"; and Peg Philips as "Rhoda".


  1. ^ Richard E. Meyer, How Far Can a Piano Fly?, June 9, 1996, The Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Built by John Wayne Cyra, the trebuchet ("The Flinger Thinger")[1] was also used to fling a coffin in "Heroes" and a log in another episode. Quote: "It's not the thing you fling; it's the fling itself." -Chris