After Maggie dreams of Joel sinking in quicksand she is distraught and makes
a birthday visit to Manonash. She feels responsible for driving him up the river
and wants to protect him from the same untimely death of her previous boyfriends.
When she arrives to find he is a wooly mountain man carving a totem pole, Maggie
is convinced he must be miserable and continues to envision his demise. Joel
swears he is profoundly happy and explains that, deep down, she needs him to
be dead because his happiness is a tremendous blow to her self-esteem. While
she reels on this revelation, he reassures her that he never really left her
because they are both really one, like the little mushrooms on the ground that
are all part of the same organism connected under the earth.
The Capras think they're
having a dinner party for twelve until their invited guests bring their own
guests in the Cicely fashion. At the end of the night, Marilyn's friends, the
Thompsons, find the road home is snowed in and want to spend the night with
the Capras, to which they uncomfortably agree. After days of struggling with
ways in which to evict the Thompsons, the Capras grow to love having them around.
But the road clears and they leave without a trace, except for a small token
of appreciation and a lasting impression on Phil and Michelle.
Meanwhile, Ed develops
an amazing cure for shingles but can't remember the plant that was the key ingredient
and his shaman notes are a mess. Determined not to lose another cure, Ed conquers
his fear of computers when he realizes that the binary code is just like Leonard's
description of the universe.
are outcroppings of the same fungus -- Armillaria
bulbosa. They run underground for a minimum of 35 square miles and is the
largest living organism in the world.
Joel's special ragout -- bear root, spatterdock and fiddlehead ferns. Crowberries
and bunchberry brandy compliment the meal.
Ed finds then
loses the cure for shingles.
Ed is scared of
a cervical pillow.
Phil and Michelle
moved 7 times in 6 years.
Quote: "Pacific Rim cuisine is just Cantonese without hoisin"
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)
[Help! Email me if you know these
missing tunes from the original TV airings.]
instrumental when Joel is hunting and falls in the quicksand in Maggie's
latin at Michelle and Phil's dinner party
Three Steps - Lynrd Skynrd
[Phil sees PC in Ed's closet and helps him set it
tune - "Don't you mess around with me" when Michelle talks about her
article with Elli and Warren.
por la Calle - the Gipsy Kings (from the album Mosaique - thanks,
[Ending, Michelle and Phil work at the puzzle]