Joel: “What's the story here? We're talking testimonial, rubber chicken, followed by
speeches, we smoke a peace pipe, I get a plaque, that sort of thing?”
||Joel reluctantly undergoes a cultural conversion after
receiving a goat as a gift from a grateful village elder, who insists on "adopting"
him into her tribe, and a mysterious Holling shuts
down the Brick, ostensibly to wax the floors.
When Joel gracefully tries to refuse a goat as payment for treatment, Mrs. Noanuk
(guest star Rosetta Pintado), the tribal elder, opts for a bigger reward - making
Joel a member of her tribe! Joel still doesn't want to become an Indian, and
Mrs. Noanuk takes this as an insult to her tribe and ancestors. Marilyn also takes this as an affront and gives Joel the silent treatment until he finally
relents. The first thing he has to do is give away all his worldly possessions.
Thinking it is only a symbolic giving away, Joel allows many of his belongings
to be taken away and later becomes very upset when some of his things show up
at a garage sale. Next, he must fast, then he has to go into the woods at night,
with Ed as his guide, to search for his vision - only
then can he be initiated into the tribe as Heals With Tools.
Meanwhile, Holling sends Shelly to Saskatoon, claiming he needs to refinish
the floor, and closes up the bar. Maggie becomes suspicious
when Holling starts receiving secret packages. She sneaks in one night and discovers
that Holling is searching the night sky with a telescope. He tells her he is
looking for a star he bought for Eleanor almost forty years ago. She was the
most remarkable woman he ever knew, and he tried to let her know where to look
in the sky. Eventually, a friend wrote that Eleanor had died. This is the last
chance he has to see the star before it fades into astral oblivion. He intended
to keep this a secret from everyone and asks Maggie to keep the secret with
Rabbi Ragins encouraged Joel to continue his religious education.
Eleanor was a friend of Holling's a long time ago in Calgary days, who into
Gloria first gives
Joel a goat which he names Dizzy after Gillespie.
The tribe gives
him a bearskin vest.
Council of elders:
Henry Morning Star, president; Judy Baker, George Tuck and Libby Stevens.
Joel's a republican,
a Knicks fan and a 40 regular.
Next closest bar
is the Mule Kick in Sleetmute 200 miles away.
What do you see
when you look at the moon? Alan Shepherd's feet (Maurice.) Mitch the Pizza Face
(Joel). A bunny (ed). The moon (Maggie) [MC: when she was a teen, thought she
would see the person she would marry. Mostly Mick Jaggar but once it was Ron
||Gloria Noanuk - Rosetta Pintado
Morning Star - Harry Pringle
Indian Chief - Robert Nicholson
Judy Baker - Mary Waskey
George Tuck - Al Hood
Libby Stevens - Katherine Davis
Goat Sounds - Frank Welker
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)
On Monday - Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers
[Ruth-Anne and Holling talk about waxing the floors.]
Going Steady -
Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers
kicks everyone out of the bar.]
On the Alamo -
Benny Goodman Sextet
Marilyn talk on the street.]
The Sky Fell Down - Tommy Dorsey
to Rutn-Anne's. Everyone is waiting in line for coffee since the Brick is closed.].]
Honey Babe - Red
his office. The town has transformed his office into a makeshift Brick.]
Blue Interlude - Artie Shaw
tealls Maggie about his star charts and Eleanor.]
Mood Indigo - Duke
the radio, bummed about the Brick being closed. Maurice tries to cheer him up.]
||Tropical fish [At Joel's ceremony at the end.] (She was in Saskatoon most of
|Ed's Movie References:
||A Man Called Horse (1970)
[Fleischman drinks his tea and commiserates with Ed.] (Thanks John!)
name is Heals With Tools
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