When his furnace explodes, Maurice evacuates for a week to avoid asbestos. Holling insists that Maurice bunk with him and Shelley, but
Maurice is uncomfortable there and he angers Holling by insisting on paying
for room and board. Yet when Maurice makes a radio plea for temporary homes
for his prize orchids, Holling is first in line to offer help.
Proud of correctly
diagnosing a rare syndrome, Joel realizes he has no medical peers with whom
to share his excitement. To ease his ensuing depression, Maggie arranges a dinner party with an internist from a nearby clinic, Pete Mellon
(guest star Hank Stratton). Ed reveals that Maggie has bribed Pete with free flights
to Juneau to spend time with Joel, who confronts her and confesses feeling like
a pathetic fool. She admits trying to make him happy about being in Alaska and,
thus, about their relationship.
Chris sights a
deer in the scope of his hunting rifle. As they exchange stares, Chris can't
pull the trigger. At home, a bottle of Buckhorn liquor waits on the doorstep.
Puzzled, Chris returns to leave an apple on a stump as thanks. On his way home,
he finds a fifty-dollar bill and the apple gone. Pondering the "meaningful coincidence,"
Chris leaves a second gift of a sack of grain. Departing, he stumbles and flings
his rifle irretrievably deep into the river.