Northern Exposure (season 4)

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Northern Exposure (season 4)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 25
Original channel CBS
Original release September 28, 1992 (1992-09-28) – May 24, 1993 (1993-05-24)
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List of Northern Exposure episodes

The fourth season of Northern Exposure originally aired Mondays at 10:00-11:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 28, 1992 to May 24, 1993.


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date
39 1 "Northwest Passages" Dean Parisot Robin Green September 28, 1992 (1992-09-28)

To celebrate her 30th birthday, Maggie spends the weekend camping alone, with Ed's advice, to reflect on her life and cleanse her soul. Marilyn asks Chris to help her learn how to drive, but may not like his teaching methods. Maurice rambles endlessly into a tape recorder about his past in an attempt to write his memoirs, driving the townspeople to their limits. Fleischman comes to the aid of O'Connell when she faces her dead ex-boyfriends.

List of Maggie's past boyfriends: Grant Goodeve as "Rick Pederson"; Patrick Warburton as "Glenn"; Ted Henning as "David"; Will Plunkett as "Bruce"; and Garrett Bennett as "Steve Escandon".
40 2 "Midnight Sun" Michael Katleman Geoffrey Neigher October 5, 1992 (1992-10-05)
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 (Jim Haynie) drops in to visit Ruth-Anne and outfits the town from his collection of fashionable ensembles. Maurice enlists Dr. Fleischman to teach his New York basketball knowledge to the Quarks. Gillis arrives in town to peddle the latest fashion and to ask Ruth-Anne an important question. Fleischman, in the absence of sleep, comes on to O'Connell.
41 3 "Nothing's Perfect" Nick Marck Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider October 12, 1992 (1992-10-12)
Chris kills a dog with his truck and quickly falls in love with its owner, the Pi Lady (Wendel Meldrum). Maurice buys an extremely expensive Augsburg clock and with its delivery comes a highly trained specialist (Mark Pellegrino) to install it. Ed makes fast friends with Rolf Hauser. Chris keeps killing Amy's pets, so he sacrifices something he loves. Holling and Shelly is invited to a dinner at Maurice to celebrate his new clock, but is irate when his new timepiece keeps inaccurate time.
42 4 "Heroes" Chuck Braverman Jeffrey Vlaming October 19, 1992 (1992-10-19)
Chris must decide what to do with his deceased friend Tooley (Mickey Jones) after he sends his remains to Chris.[1] Heavy-metal rock star Brad Bonner (Adam Ant) mistakenly arrives in Cicely instead of Sicily and soon Ed documents his adventures in town. Shelly can't help swooning over Brad, with Holling feeling ill at ease about it.
43 5 "Blowing Bubbles" Rob Thompson Mark B. Perry November 2, 1992 (1992-11-02)
Maggie's interest is aroused after the mysterious new resident, Mike Monroe (Anthony Edwards) quarantines himself in Cicely, with Joel's personal opinion of him suspicious. Ruth-Anne must also cope with a new addition to the community - her materialistic son, Matthew (Joel Polis), who gives up his career as an investment banker in Atlanta in search of a simpler life. With help from Maggie (and Maurice), Mike introduces himself to the town.
44 6 "On Your Own" Joan Tewkesbury Sy Rosen and Christian Williams November 9, 1992 (1992-11-09)
The Flying Man returns to Cicely (along with Mummenschanz) 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. Maggie is not her usual self as she spends more time with Mike, while Ed feels himself changing because of the ring.
45 7 "The Bad Seed" Randall Miller Mitchell Burgess November 16, 1992 (1992-11-16)
Everyone is shocked when Holling's unknown illegitimate daughter (Valerie Perrine) 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. Holling doesn't like the influence Jackie is having on Shelly. Mrs. Whirlwind (Armenia Miles) puts her house up on sale since Marilyn moved out.
46 8 "Thanksgiving" Michael Fresco David Assael November 23, 1992 (1992-11-23)
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 and takes action against it. The town's Native Americans celebrate Thanksgiving with tomatoes. Dr. Fleischman marches in the town's Day of the Dead parade and The Brick host the Thanksgiving feast.
47 9 "Do the Right Thing" Nick Marck Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider November 30, 1992 (1992-11-30)
An ex-member of the KGB (David Hemmings) visits Cicely to sell Maurice (who is still working on his memoirs) his official Russian dossier. A young health inspector (John Hawkes) 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, by being nice. Joel, feeling alone and like an outcast, learns about an exiled jew from Viktor. Holling sets up a "date" between Shelly and Jason. Chris tell Maurice some information he doesn't like.
48 10 "Crime and Punishment" Rob Thompson Jeff Melvoin December 14, 1992 (1992-12-14)
Chris' past finally catches up with him as he is apprehended for breaking parole in the state of West Virginia many years earlier, with the town of Cicely to his defense. A visiting judge (Anne Haney) preside in the hearing for Chris' extraction, and makes friends with Ruth-Anne. Chris reserves himself to the law and agrees to go back to West Virginia to "face the music", much to Bernard's bewilderment. Maurice recruits Mike to defend Chris, with Maggie's assistance. Chris hears the town peoples' thoughts about him. Judge Percy makes a decision on Chris' fate.
49 11 "Survival of the Species" Dean Parisot Denise Dobbs January 4, 1993 (1993-01-04)
Ed becomes environmentally conscious after a nightmarish dream. Maggie discovers ancient Indian relics in her backyard. Chris befriends a young delinquent (Edan Gross) and teaches him about life and love on the road. After Maggie brings attention to her finds, Maurice takes over her yard with Ron and Erick leading an archaeology dig. Mike helps Ed with his quest to document vegetable species for the future. Holling gives Brad a job at The Brick to pay his way, and is smitten with Shelly. Maggie reclaims her yard with other women of the community.
50 12 "Revelations" Daniel Attias Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider January 11, 1993 (1993-01-11)
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. Chris is greeted by Brother Timothy (Stephen Root) at the monastery, as Chris describes his unorthodox religious style. Maurice insists on gaining back the upper hand over Ruth-Anne. Bernard fills in for Chris at KBRH during his rejuvenation. Chris has erotic dreams about Brother Simon (Elizabeth Juviler) not knowing "his" real secret. Dr. Fleischman accosts Bernard for a medical exam.
51 13 "Duets" Win Phelps Geoffrey Neigher January 18, 1993 (1993-01-18)
Ed's spiritual guide, One-Who-Waits, leads him to his natural father (Gordon Tootoosis). Maggie and Mike share their first kiss. A blind traveling piano tuner (Kevin Conway) visits The Brick to adjust its ancient upright. One-Who-Waits informs Ed that he has found Ed's father and his name is Pete, and joins Pete's construction crew to tell this fact. Arlen Briscoe has Holling running around getting him supplies to fix the bar's piano. Ed continues to delay confronting Pete about his parentage, while getting to know him. Marilyn tests Arlen's fixed piano, but finds one flaw. During the last day on the job, Ed finally come out with the truth, with Pete in-shock and admitting that he is Ed's father.
52 14 "Grosse Pointe, 48230" Michael Katleman Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess February 1, 1993 (1993-02-01)
Maggie bribes Joel into accompanying her to her grandmother's (Barbara Townsend) birthday party in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and he discovers something new about her life. Fleischman is asked by O'Connell to attend her Grammy's 80th birthday party, and dangles Detroit Pistons courtside seats to go with her. Joel mentions that Mike is her boyfriend and he should go with her, She notes that the toxic air of Detroit would kill Mike. They arrive in Grosse Pointe, and Joel points out that "these people are really comfortable being in the upper part of the population". They are greeted by Maggie's mother Jane, and Fleischman quickly meets Maggie's brother Jeffy (Dylan Baker). Joel also meets Jeffy's long suffering wife Stephie (Lisa Waltz). Joel slowly meet the other guests, and later comments to Maggie that "these people probably have never met a Jew before". Grammy has locked herself in the upper stairs bathroom, much to Jane's disdain. Maggie's mother gets her to try to get Grammy out. Fleischman also meets Maggie's ex-boyfriend Jed (D. David Morin). They later play one on one basketball in the backyard of the house and Jed suffers a heart attack. Stephie confines to Joel about leaving Jeffy. Grammy finally comes out of the bathroom after having deep conversations with Maggie. As O'Connell and Fleischman leave for the game at Auburn Hills he comments that Maggie must be one strong person, for coming from a family like that.
53 15 "Learning Curve" Michael Vittes Jeffrey Vlaming February 8, 1993 (1993-02-08)
Much to Joel's distress, Marilyn goes on vacation by herself in Seattle; Holling attempts to earn his high school diploma; the regional teacher (Jo Anderson), who was in the US Air Force, spends two weeks in Cicely and almost becomes a role model for Maggie.
54 16 "Ill Wind" Rob Thompson Jeff Melvoin February 15, 1993 (1993-02-15)
Drastic tension between Maggie and Joel boils over until they finally have sex; Maurice is unhappy when Chris saves his life; Ed is intrigued by death.
55 17 "Love's Labour Mislaid" Joe Napolitano Jeff Melvoin February 22, 1993 (1993-02-22)
Maggie forgets having sex with Joel; Ed faces an arranged marriage; a rare bird (a Siberian Tit) is seen which prompts Holling and Ruth-Anne in search the birds and photograph of it.
56 18 "Northern Lights" Bill D'Elia Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider March 1, 1993 (1993-03-01)
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.
57 19 "Family Feud" Adam Arkin David Assael March 8, 1993 (1993-03-08)
When Leonard is asked to carved a totem pole for the Whirlwind family, a family feud originating from an incident in 1934 is resurrected, dividing the Tlingit clans in Cicely.
58 20 "Homesick" Nick Marck Jeffrey Vlaming March 15, 1993 (1993-03-15)
When Mike gets test results showing he is completely healthy, he feels obligated to leave Cicely and Maggie behind to continue his environmental crusade. With the town supporting him and Maggie feeling betrayed.
59 21 "The Big Feast" Rob Thompson Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green March 22, 1993 (1993-03-22)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Minnifield Communications, Maurice plans an extremely elaborate party; Adam and Eve return to Cicely with their new baby; and Shelly tries to hide the destruction of one of Maurice's precious wines.
60 22 "Kaddish for Uncle Manny" Michael Lange Jeff Melvoin May 3, 1993 (1993-05-03)
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.
61 23 "Mud and Blood" Jim Charleston Diane Frolov & Andrew Schneider May 10, 1993 (1993-05-10)
At the coming of spring, Maggie and Holling find affirmation of life in Shelly's pregnancy. Maurice purchases a truffle pig with Chris taking a personal liking to him.
62 24 "Sleeping with the Enemy" Frank Prinzi Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess May 17, 1993 (1993-05-17)
Duk Won seeks approval of his betrothed; Ed dubs a movie in Tlingit; Holling wants more sex.
63 25 "Old Tree" Michael Fresco Diane Frolov and Robin Green May 24, 1993 (1993-05-24)
When an old tree considered to be a Cicely historical landmark appears to be dying, Joel is drafted to don 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.


  1. ^ Chris ends up using the trebuchet to fling Tooley inside his coffin into the lake.[1]
  1. ^ FAQ,