3.21 It Happened in Juneau

 

 


Original Air Date: May 4, 1992 Production Number: 77519
Written by:
David Assael and Robert Robinowitz Directed by: Michael Katleman

Chris-in-the-Morning: I'm sorry, people, I seem to be problems. I...I seem to be blems getting the words out...technical difficulties?

Log line (1): Things heat up between Joel and Maggie when they are forced to share a hotel room; Chris and his brother Bernard for the first time are not in perfect synch with each other.
Synopsis (1):

Joel excitedly waits for his plane to Juneau, where he is scheduled to speak at a medical conference, only to be disappointed that it is Maggie who will be flying him. Coincidentally, both have booked rooms at a hotel that has just experienced a burst pipe, making it impossible for the hotel to honor all of its reservations. Forced to share the last room in the hotel, a two bedroom suite, they agree to spend the weekend totally independent of each other. When Joel's presentation and his efforts to score with the female doctors are both unsuccessful, he finds himself alone with Maggie in the hotel room one evening and the feelings they have for each other finally erupt. Unbeknownst to Maggie, the night does not turn out quite the way they had anticipated. Back in Cicely, the arrival of his brother Bernard influences Chris' speech pattern, making him unable to put words in a sensible order. For the first time ever the men are not on the same wavelength. Usually able to finish the other's sentences, they put their heads together to identify the cause for the deviation. After much thought they come to the conclusion Bernard's recent travels through Africa to explore his roots somehow caused him to lose synch with Chris. The discovery allows them to renew their connection.

Background:
(Production Bible)

Bernard back from three month in Africa, including Botswana; in Dar-es-Salaam, an old peddler put a necklace in his hand . . . half a moth, woke up with an urge to get rid of his western clothes.

Details:
(Production Bible)

Joel's conference presentation: "Early Detection of Middle Ear Effusion in the Alaskan Child." Red Murphy's got a hot date in Fairbanks; gee, Red must not be married . . .? Air time to Juneau - three hours. Maggie says Joel can't drive a stick. Bernard sets up a Pan-African boutique at Ruth-Anne's; according to Bernard, certain cultures believe tha when you dream, your soul becomes a moth that travels the world ... don't allow cats where they sleep 'cause they don't want their souls captured before returning.

Guest stars:

Bernard - Richard Cummings Jr.
Patient - John Billingsley
John Harcourt - Peter Bradshaw
Dr. Kim Green - Cindy Shreive
Dr. Cliff Green - Ken Boynton
Dr. Linda Volpe - Beth Broderick
Dr. Paul - Kent MacLachlan
Hotel Clerk- Woody Eney

Bellhop - James Marsters (also appears in 4.14 Grosse Point 48230)

Chris: In dreams begin responsibilities, so wrote the poet. So it is perhaps. Could it be we take our dreams too lightly, those images from places unknown? Could they in fact be angels in flight, our souls aloft? You know, recent experiences have made yours truly take another pass through the metaphysical thickets. As unlikely as it may sound in this rational age, I emerged on the side of those that cannot help but put their faith in that which cannot be easily explained. Be open to your dreams people. Embrace that distant shore. Cause our mortal journey is over all too soon. "Those cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solemn temples. The great globe itself. Yea all which you inherit shall dissolve and like this insubstantial pageant faded. Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded with asleep." (muses and reads from "The Tempest", Act IV)

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

Siegfried and Isolde -- Act I (Wagner)
[Bernard arrives in town.]

I'm in the Mood for Love
[Dr. Linda Volpe hits on Joel.]

• Am I Blue?
[Linda continues to flirt with Joel.]

The Girl From Ipanema
[Maggie and Joel have breakfast together.]

I Shot the Sheriff
[Joel turns down Linda's advances.]

Toy Cows in Africa - Chance (Buy the album!)
[Chris and Bernard dream about Africa.]

• some "Juju from Nigeria" - ?
[Chris and Bernard tap their feet as Chris gets back his rhythm.]

• Clarinet and piano piece - ?
[Chris on his closing monologue.]

Ed's Movie References: The Bicycle Thief (1948)
[Joel & Maggie at breakfast.] (Thanks John!) 
Additional Notes:

The hotel scenes were filmed at The Edgewater in Seattle, WA.

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