Jun 06 2012

More light

Stairs to no end reminded me of something: one of my favorite last-two-minutes of the ’90s tv show Northern Exposure, which had a lot of glorious final two minutes. I’m slow, so it took me awhile to remember that I might be able to find it, and by golly…

Chris the DJ-autodidact-ex-con has spent the episode preparing a surprise winter celebration thing for Cicely, and that celebration thing is the end of the episode. Check it out.



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  1. 1
    Justin Griffith

    Thanks for the goosebumps.

  2. 2
    Ophelia Benson

    I know, right? Thanks for having them!

  3. 3
    'Tis Himself

    What is that music? I’ve heard it before but I can’t put a name on it. Is it one of Enya’s pieces?

  4. 4
    Ophelia Benson

    I’ve no idea, but it’s crucial. The show specialized in endings like that, with the perfect music under it. Ruth Anne and Ed dancing with the cranes; Marilyn and Fleischer watching the Woodland Park elephants (my elephants!) on her adventure; Fleischer’s home-made minyan for his uncle…and others that are eluding me.

  5. 5
    Ophelia Benson

    Ah! I was conflating two. Ed and Chris dance with the cranes; Ed and Ruth Anne dance on her grave.


  6. 6
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    The music is “Ebudae,” by Enya.

  7. 7
    Ophelia Benson

    Ruth Anne and Ed dance

  8. 8
    Ophelia Benson

    Thanks SC.

  9. 9
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    (If you google for it, you can easily find full Northern Exposure music guides.)

    (I remember that episode.)

  10. 10
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    My pleasure.

  11. 11
    Ophelia Benson

    Ah, I’ll do that.

    I should just watch the DVDs one of these days, too.

  12. 12

    They don’t make ‘em like that anymore. More’s the pity.

  13. 13

    Yeah, fun show.

    Too bad Janine Turner turned (sorry!) out to be such a massive wingnut.

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    SC (Salty Current), OM

    (If you google for it, you can easily find full Northern Exposure music guides.)

    It occurred to me after that this might have had a condescending ring. I didn’t mean to suggest that anyone was silly not to have searched. It’s something I’ve done some, and I wasn’t sure if people knew about the information compiled out there for some shows.

  15. 15

    Funnily enough I’m watching cheapo second-hand DVDs of the first series at the moment – two at a time ‘cos they’re such good fun! Didn’t know JT had gone to the Dark Side though – shame…

  16. 16

    The Chicago pedantic in me says it’s Soldier Field, not Soldier’s Field, but thanks for reminding me what a great show that was.

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    Ophelia Benson

    Um…what’s Soldier Field? I mean, what’s the reference? I don’t see it anywhere else on the page, Dave!

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    Ophelia Benson

    FleishMAN, ffs, not Fleischer. Imbecile. (Me.)

    Too right about Janine Turner – and she also wrecked her own god damn character, by insisting on “softening” her as the show went on. The writers and directors and producers should have told her no way. Bristly chippy tough difficult Maggie was great; slushy “warm” Maggie was an abomination.

    Funny how utterly boring John Corbett has been in everything else.

    Adam Arkin used to hang out in my local second-hand bookstore, the one where I ran a reading group called Fun With Dead White Guys.

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