“Greetings, Cicely, on this most exceedingly beautiful spring
morning. A morning swollen with new life, a morning on which, if I had the voice,
I would let loose with song. It's hard to believe just a few short weeks ago
we were eating our cornflakes in the wintery dark. Now, well it's still kind
of dim our there, but I can see the golden glow of Apollo's chariot waiting
in the wings, about to make its entrance. Winter's on the lam, no doubt.”
||The coming of spring brings love to Maggie, a new
skin to Shelly and a reminder to Joel of the importance of blending compassion with his scientific knowledge.
Maggie meets a tall, chiseled, almost animal-like stranger, when her truck becomes
stuck in the slush. As the two get to know each other, Maggie becomes infatuated
with Arthur (guest star Andreas
Wisniewski), and is oblivious to his strange lifestyle which involves catching
fish with his hands and living in a cave. Within a few days, Arthur brings flowers
to Maggie and announces he must leave to join his family. After he departs,
Maggie visits his cave only to find a very gentle bear who responds to the name
Leonard Quinhagak (guest star Graham Greene), Marilyn's cousin "the healer," observes Joel at work in order to expand his approach to
medicine and be less holistic. He becomes involved when Shelly sees Joel because
her skin is peeling. Leonard intervenes when Joel prescribes a medicated ointment
that does not solve the problem. Leonard questions Shelly about her life, then
diagnoses her skin is peeling because she is being reborn, just as a snake sloughs
its skin. Leonard's accurate analysis reminds Joel of the importance of taking
the feelings and the lifestyle of his patients into consideration when making
Chris' late Uncle Roy's arthritic knee predictad the onset of rain.
Maggie went to
high school with Elizabeth Schroeder nee Kerry who just had a baby boy.
Maurice has used Old Spice for the past thirty years; he loved boot camp -- USMC, Parris
Island -- because they re-built you from scratch. He never understood his mother's
obsession with spring cleanlng, until now. MacAllisters on the distaff side
of the family -- Royal Highlanders, 42nd regimen, Black Watch. Maurice's grandfather
after the war, came to the U.S., bought a farm in northern Oklahoma where Maurice
spent his summers, happiest times of his life.
Marge gave her an egg to hatch, but her father said she was wacko.
In Joel's third
year of medical school he was terrible with patients... was considering pathology
until the fisherman with the amoebic infection...
|Facts to Wax
Chris has allergies that herald the vernal equinox. At Kipnuk there's a
place called the Bali Hai; Shelly doeen't seem to care for Michael Jackson.
Leonard has been practicing medicine since he was twelve, almost thirty years;
has a sister over in King Salmon who's a waitress.
(still nameless) just moved to Coeur d'Ilene. First time we see Maggie's new
cabin?? Shelly cuisine: tuna salad, sloppy joe's, cinnamon toast, creamy corn
||Leonard Quinhagak - Graham
Arthur - Andreas Wisniewsk
Dave the Cook - William
Customer - Robert Nicholson
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)
and Cadillacs - Dwight Yoakam
[Maurice decorates The Brick with geraniums.]
#8 - Bach
[Chris talks on the radio]
[Maggie laments about not having a man]
[Shelly's skin is peeling]
[Leonard talks to Joel]
Bailero - sung here by Frederica Von Staade
[Maggie and Arthur dance in his cave.]
This - Tinita Tikaram
[Holling passes out eggs]
Medley - The Chieftans [MP3]
[Ending; Maurice plays bagpipes, Marilyn plants, Shelly & Holling in the
Frying pans with eggs (visits Dr. joel with scaly hands)
Thermometers (Shelly visiting Dr. Joel and Leonard observes, asks questions
(Shelly is scaly all over, talks with Leonard)
Chile peppers (Shelly has new skin, talks to Joel in Brick)
|Ed's Movie References:
||Tunes of Glory (1960)
[Ed finds a kilt in Maurice's belongings.] (Thanks John!)
Leonard (to Joel about Shelly after she leaves the office): Shelly seems pretty well-adjusted.
She makes good eye-contact. How does she get along with animals?
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