Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure #90

The episode has a 3 ghosts of Yom Kippur theme (like the Dickensian Christmas Carol) and toward the end when Joel is asking - begging - the ghost of future whether the death of Heyden was possible or certain I got a little teary. He obviously 1 hankie

Also, during the episode, when Ed sees the pain that Holling is in over the fact that he feels that he failed his oldest child, Ed offers to literally be a scapegoat and carry Holling's sin in order to give him relief. After the hunt, when Holling thanks Ed, it felt very sincere and made me even more weepy. 2 hankie
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Northern Exposure #87

Maurice has the violinist cornered and comes to the realization that he's ruined this otherwise good man and lets him escape. When Barbara the Trooper confronts him, and he lies to facilitate the violinists escape, even when he knows it will cost him his own hopes of a relationship with Barbara. Standing up and doing what's right even when it will cost you... how can that not be worth a few tears? Pride, determination and a bit of sorrow make the eyes go misty. 1 hankie

Although I do occasionally wonder why I relate so strongly even to fictional characters.
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Northern Exposure #84

Ron and Eric's wedding. Weddings always make me misty-eyed. Been there, myself. It's hard to link yourself to one person supposedly for life, no matter how much you know you love them. Worth it, though. I wouldn't trade my years with Dawn for anything. 2 hankies

(Special side note: Northern Exposure was way cutting edge. Taking on gay marriage in 1994? Brilliant!)
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Northern Exposure #78 (2)

The birth. It was a cute mash-up of the town being excited and the impending parents working their way through the labor. I've said it before - childbirth is one of the most amazing experiences of a person's life. 2 hankies
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Northern Exposure #78

Shelley meets an apparition of her soon-to-be born daughter at various stages of her upcoming life. It's a hokey device but still got me weepy. Watching my son grow from infant to toddler to boy has been one of the most amazing experiences I've ever had. I'm excited about watching him become the man he will be. 1 hankie
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Northern Exposure #73

Joel loses a patient in this episode. Somebody he cares about and admires and who he desperately wants to not die. But she knows it's her time, and is accepting. He isn't, though, and he shows up at her house to try one more time to raise her spirits only to discover that she's just passed.

I held it together until Ruth Anne said, "We put her in her green dress. You know, the one with the white collar. She always wore that for company." I had to chose the clothes my wife was buried in. I didn't pick her most professional suit, or her most ornate; I chose a casual outfit she'd purchased just a week or two before that she was excited about and really looked good on her. It was a brown sweater skirt combo that looked so lovely on her olive complexion and I remember she was so proud of it. I remember being torn about choosing it. She loved it so much, so it was appropriate, but she had just bought it, and something seemed wrong about not keeping it. The fact that it would never again be worn if I
didn't choose it still hadn't sunk in.

2 hankies.
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Northern Exposure #63

The scene where Shelly is singing to the crib and Holling joins in - totally made me laugh and cry at the same time. Very touching. 1 hankie.
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Northern Exposure #60

The fight where Bernard talks the Millers out of fighting and where one of the Millers says "It'd be like tearing down a wall that I've been leaning on for my whole life." I laughed out loud with tears in my eyes... 1 hankie

In the same episode, where Joel reads the Kaddish for his uncle. Very moving scene. 3 hankies.

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Northern Exposure #58

As the episode finishes and fades to black, before the credits roll, there's a dedication for this episode.

Dedicated To The Memory
Of Our Good Friend
JOHN "YOMI" ROTHLISBERGER
1919-1993


These always make me cry. This obviously was a person who touched the lives of others, and now they're missing him, deeply. 1 hankie
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Northern Exposure #58

Toward the end of the episode, Maurice is sitting in the house he grew up in and is visited by an apparition of his dead brother as a child. Maurice gets the opportunity to apologize to his brother's memory for long unforgiven, almost forgotten childhood grievances. 2 hankies
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Northern Exposure #56

The end of the episode Chris reveals his light sculpture and they play Ebudae by Enya (from "Sheperd Moons"). Don't know if it's the Enya (I have every album through "Memory of Trees" but literally haven't listened to any in years) or it's the epiphany point in the show. Just moved me. 2 hankies.

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Northern Exposure #48

End of the episode. Vindication, epiphany, reflection. Very emotional. 2 hankies.

On a side note: I'll be glad when I'm done watching these Norther Exposure DVDs. They're too well written and I succumb too easily to their charms. I can think of the shows completely on a technical level and still be moved by them. Of course, those are the DVDs worth buying.
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Northern Exposure #48

When the judge is calling up the townspeople as character witnesses on Chris' behalf, Holling is explaining how Chris had helped Holling pay back taxes with an "indefinite loan," (pay back as you're able, no pressure) and that "that's the kind of friend he is. That's the kind of man he is." I know these are fictional characters, but the raw expression of friendship and admiration for a person worthy of it is pretty powerful. It really came across in the delivery by the actor who plays Holling. 1 hankie.
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Northern Exposure #48

In the first courtroom scene where the argument is first made that Chris isn't the same Chris who'd jumped bail six years earlier, the judge says she's hear the case after a one hour recess. Chris' lawyer pipes up and says, "I could really use two, your honor." The judge looks at him over the top of her half-moon spectacles in a a withering way and says they'll recess for one hour. That made me laugh, but I also teared up. I honestly have no clue why there were tears in my eyes, but there were. 1 hankie.
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Northern Exposure #47

The final scene, where Joel calls Yvgeny in Isreal and haltingly tries to explain why he's calling really choked me up. 2 hankies.
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Northern Exposure #47

The Joel character is explaining to Ed the suppression of the Russian Jews as he looks over Yvgeny's dossier. He explains how Yvgeny's life is repeatedly disrupted for practicing his faith, but then says, "Don't worry. That's not the end of the story. You know where he is now? Israel. He made it." Made me tear up pretty heavily. I'm a total bleeding heart and the idea of escaping oppression is a powerful one. 2 hankies.
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Northern Exposure #42

Got a little misty during the scene when Chris was cooking a meal for himself and his deceased friend Tooley. The wistfulness and sadness of eulogizing and reminiscing about lost friends made me choke up a bit.
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Northern Exposure #40

At the end of the episode, the character Chris said, "who would have thought such a slight tilt in our Earthly axis could make such a big difference in our lives..." Something in the phrase made me contemplate how small things can have big consequences and how my own life has sometimes turned on the smallest of decisions. Got me misty-eyed. 1 hankie.
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Northern Exposure #38 (5)

Cicely dies. 3 hankies
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Northern Exposure #38 (4)

Cicely collapses at the town meeting. 1 hankie
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Northern Exposure #38 (3)

Cicely falls ill with what’s obviously consumption. 1 hankie
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Northern Exposure #38 (2)

Teared up as I laughed at Rosalyn punching out the bully and asserting her dominance over the rest of the ruffians in the bar. 2 hankies
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Northern Exposure #38 (1)

Teared up when Rosalyn and Cicely first appeared in the “Cicely” Episode of Northern Exposure (the idea of love despite obstacles always chokes me up) and teared up some more immediately after when Rosalyn extended a hand to the boy in the gutter and gave a little speech on human potential and how evolution was about humanity rising up from the mud, not being stuck in it. I have a feeling this Episode will have a lot of hankies in it. 1 hankie
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Northern Exposure #37

Got a little weepy during Chris’ monologue presiding over Adam and Eve’s Wedding in the “Our Wedding” episode of Northern Exposure. 1 hankie
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Northern Exposure #35

Watching “The Final Frontier” Episode of “Northern Exposure.” Cried at the end of the episode during the little wrap-up of the episode where the town re-mailed the package, Chris reads “Paddle to-the-sea” and then Holling finishes burying Jesse the bear, with Enya “Carribean Blue” was playing over it all. 2 hankies
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