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Northern Exposure - Season 4
     

Northern Exposure - Season 4

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Director: Bill D'Elia, Dean Parisot, Jack Bender, Rob Morrow

Cast: Bill D'Elia, Dean Parisot, Jack Bender, Rob Morrow

 
Season four of Northern Exposure dawns on the tiny Alaskan village of Cicely and the eccentric residents living therein -- not to mention New York-born doctor Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), still reluctantly working off his student loans as Cicely's general practitioner. The season opener, "Northwest Passages," finds local mail pilot

Overview

Season four of Northern Exposure dawns on the tiny Alaskan village of Cicely and the eccentric residents living therein -- not to mention New York-born doctor Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow), still reluctantly working off his student loans as Cicely's general practitioner. The season opener, "Northwest Passages," finds local mail pilot Maggie O'Connell (Janine Turner) commiserating with the ghosts of her six deceased boyfriends, all of whom have met with bizarre but grimly amusing deaths. This episode is but a prologue for the season's main plot development: the introduction of Maggie's newest beau, former lawyer Mike Monroe (Anthony Edwards), who suffers from so many toxic allergies that he must live in a plastic biosphere, and can emerge from his cocoon only when wearing a secondhand astronaut suit. Viewers are, of course, prepared for Mike to become the latest victim of "Maggie's curse" -- but surprise of surprises, he is cured of his immunodeficiencies by Joel late in the season. Alas, it is at this point that Mike must leave Maggie for even greener pastures -- but not before delivering a curtain speech that gives us an indication of what The Grapes of Wrath might have sounded like had it been written by Al Gore! In other developments, Adam Ant essentially plays himself in the episode "Heroes"; Bob the Flying Man (Bill Irwin) takes another crack at winning the heart of Joel's taciturn Eskimo receptionist, Marilyn (Elaine Miles), in "On Your Own"; twentysomething Shelly Tambo (Cynthia Geary) finally marries sixtysomething tavern owner Holling Vincoeur (John Cullum), but not before a nasty run-in with Holling's obnoxious daughter, Jackie (Valerie Perrine), in "The Bad Seed"; "Crime and Punishment" finds local radio DJ Chris Danforth (John Corbett) being extradited to West Virginia for violating parole; in "Revelations," the friendship between town entrepreneur Maurice Minnifield (Barry Corbin) and shopkeeper Ruth-Anne Miller (Peg Phillips) nearly comes to an end after she finally pays off the mortgage on her store; "Grosse Point, 48230" finds Joel being bribed into posing as Maggie's boyfriend during her visit to her family in Michigan; and in "Ill Wind," Joel and Maggie end all the suspense by "getting it together" under some very unusual circumstances.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The 1992-93 season of this offbeat dramedy begins to show the strain experienced by its writers, who try to keep the show fresh but resort more frequently to bizarre plot devices. Which is not to say that Season 4 doesn't have some jewels: One of the best installments in the entire series, "Northern Lights," comes approximately midway through the 25-episode run. It takes place during the dead of winter, when the sun shines for only an hour each day and near-constant darkness unnerves the townspeople, who begin acting in strange ways. Another top-notch episode is the season opener, "Northwest Passage," which finds Maggie (Janine Turner) using the occasion of her 30th birthday to engage in a soul-cleansing Native American ritual that makes her experience some disconcerting hallucinations. The season finale, "Old Tree," is about the renewal of relationships; Maggie and Joel (Rob Morrow) go overboard while trying to equalize theirs, and Shelley (Cynthia Geary) begins singing uncontrollably as an unconscious reaction to her communication problem with husband Holling (John Cullum).

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
UPC:
0025192829420
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Time:
19:27:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Extended scenes; Gag reels

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Northern Exposure: The Complete Fourth Season, Disc One
1. Turning Thirty [2:22]
2. A Time to Reflect [21:03]
3. Happy Birthday [13:29]
4. Ex Confrontation [8:24]
1. No Last Night [2:32]
2. Out of Character [22:38]
3. On Edge [11:21]
4. Hitting the Wall [9:53]
1. Accidents Happen [2:41]
2. Beyond Our Control [22:07]
3. Inaccurate Measures [2:30]
4. Good Enough [10:31]
1. Past Friend [1:58]
2. Star-Struck [20:47]
3. Pounding Skins [13:12]
4. Going Global [10:46]
1. Clean Living [2:36]
2. Very Allergic [21:16]
3. Dangerously Toxic [11:46]
4. Fresh Air [10:34]
Disc #1, Side B -- Northern Exposure: The Complete Fourth Season, Disc One
1. Simple Ideas [2:16]
2. "The New Perception Players" [21:29]
3. Creative Inspiration [11:16]
4. Lost Visions [11:28]
1. Unknown Family [2:53]
2. Terrible Influence [19:55]
3. Shooting Blanks [11:55]
4. Birth Control [11:43]
1. Cordial Greeting [2:20]
2. Prolonged Stay [9:15]
3. A Rock and a Hard Place [11:18]
4. Getting in the Spirit [13:05]
1. Dossier for Sale [2:39]
2. Historical Memorabilia [21:36]
3. Sour Stomach [10:05]
4. Making Repairs [12:03]
Disc #2, Side A -- Northern Exposure: The Complete Fourth Season, Disc Two
1. Outstanding Warrant [2:16]
2. The Alleged Chris Stevens [17:31]
3. Nature & Nurture [14:01]
4. Extraordinary Candor [12:30]
1. Post-Apocalyptic Nightmare [2:23]
2. Little Red Riding Hood [20:15]
3. Empowered [11:16]
4. A DNA Thing [12:48]
1. Exercised Option [2:34]
2. Spiritual Rejuvenation [3:48]
3. Parent Trap [16:52]
4. Genuine Concern [11:14]
1. One-Who-Waits [2:35]
2. It Takes Two to Tango [18:14]
3. Two of a Kind [8:24]
4. Ying and Yang [17:08]
Disc #2, Side B -- Northern Exposure: The Complete Fourth Season, Disc Two
1. Center Court Bribe [2:54]
2. Family Crisis [23:38]
3. Strenuous Play [8:49]
4. Emotional Trauma [10:33]
1. Going on Vacation [3:14]
2. Hitting the Books [20:13]
3. Sisterhood [11:15]
4. Searching for Marilyn [11:14]
1. Sore Loser [2:34]
2. Blowing Superstitions [8:50]
3. Fair Package [10:18]
4. Public Announcement [11:36]
1. Talk About Sex [2:28]
2. In Denial [20:48]
3. Slipped My Mind [9:15]
4. A Freak of Nature [13:41]
Disc #3, Side A -- Northern Exposure: The Complete Fourth Season, Disc Three
1. Cosmic Joke [2:48]
2. Nonnegotiable [20:11]
3. Nail in the Coffin [10:23]
4. Meaningful Endeavors [13:20]
1. Dancing Delusions [2:08]
2. Controversial Figure [21:03]
3. Glorious Prize [10:40]
4. "Mutually Desirous Incompatibles" [12:07]
1. Marital Changes [2:49]
2. Toxic Sensitivity [21:26]
3. Backed Up [10:34]
4. Starting a Journey [10:59]
1. Fancy Invitation [2:42]
2. Part Preparations [18:03]
3. Purposely Excluded [12:31]
4. Good Friends and Good Wine [12:45]
Disc #3, Side B -- Northern Exposure: The Complete Fourth Season, Disc Three
1. Blood Feud [2:20]
2. Mourner's Prayer [22:10]
3. Packing Strudel [10:02]
4. My Community [12:01]
1. Main Titles [:46]
2. Mosquito Festival [20:15]
3. Springtime [9:47]
4. New Life [15:14]
1. Main Titles [:46]
2. Asking for a Blessing [23:35]
4. Getting Soft [12:05]
3. Permission Rescinded [10:02]
1. Tired Branches [3:23]
2. Stand-up Wife [18:27]
3. Sliver of Doubt [11:32]
4. Spontaneous Ability [12:36]

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