1.3 Soapy Sanderson

 

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Original Air Date: July 26, 1990 Production number: 78704
Written by:
Karen Hall, from a story by Karen Hall and Jerry StahlDirected by: Steve Cragg


Joel: The only consequence of all this will be, that whenever I open a nice Bordeaux, there will be the distant, distasteful memory of a nutcase who tried to kill me because I allowed her to kiss me on the cheek under false pretenses. I can live with it.

Log line (1): After the passing of one of Cicely's most-loved eccentrics, Soapy Sanderson, Joel and Maggie battle over the proper handling of his one hundred acres of land, left to them in his will.
Synopsis (1):

When Soapy Sanderson (guest star John McLiam), one of the town's most-loved eccentrics, dies, he leaves his land and prized huskies to both Joel and Maggie. At first, Maggie is impressed at Joel's noble gesture to give the land back to the Native Americans. So impressed, that she actually warms up to Joel over an expensive bottle of wine. But the flame is put out quickly when she discovers that Joel has arranged to sell the land for $50,000 to business-minded Indian Chief Ronkonkoma (guest star Nick Ramus), who intends to use the land as a tax write-off.

Much to Ed's delight, two student filmmakers (guest stars Darryl Fong and Christina Miller) from Kenyon College arrive to document the life of Soapy, who earned two doctorate degrees from the college and was a major benefactor.

Background
(Production Bible):

Maggie reminds Soapy of his wife, physically and, they both "sang their own song." Soapy's doctorates in Mythology and Theology.

Facts to Wax
(Production Bible):

Maggie says Cicely is a town of 815 with 16 hours of daylight.
Chief Seattle quote.

Guest stars (9): Kim Cheng - Darryl Fong
Accoutant - Phil Lucas
Soapy Sanderson - John McLiam
Laurie Batan - Christa Miller
Chief Ronkonhoma - Nick Ramus

Surveyor - John Murray

Music:
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)

Unity
[Ed delivers a note from Soapy to Joel.]

It wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels - Kitty Wells (Note: it was performed by Dolly Parton on Ausgerechnet Alaska, the german soundtrack)
[Joel and Maggie discuss their joint inheritance.]

Knoxville Girl - Wilburn Bros.
[Joel calls Elaine from the Brick. Maggie introduces students making a documentary.]

I Wanna Be a Cowboy Sweetheart - Patsy Montana
[Joel eats at the bar]

Take an Old Cold Tater and Wait - Little Jimmy Dickens
[Joel asks Chris how he should apologize to Maggie]

Shelly's Earrings:

(and dig that beauty queen hair.)
dangles - beads, gold [Joel asks for a chainsaw to cut his food.]

Additonal Notes:

Ed's film career debutes.

Soapy leaves Maggie and Joel a bottle of Lafite Rothschild 1975 wine.

Footnotes and additional research

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