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25th Jul '17 10:59:05 AM Angeldeb82
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* BookEnds: The final sequence in the series finale shows a moose wandering around town at night, in similar fashion to the show's opening credits.

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* BookEnds: {{Bookends}}: The final sequence in the series finale shows a moose wandering around town at night, in similar fashion to the show's opening credits.



* CannotLiveWithThemCannotLiveWithoutThem: Adam and Eve.

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* CannotLiveWithThemCannotLiveWithoutThem: CantLiveWithThemCantLiveWithoutThem: Adam and Eve.



* ComfortingTheWidow: [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in "The Three Amigos": Maurice and Holling arrive at their friend's cabin to take his body for burial, and his widow starts hitting on them.

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* ComfortingTheWidow: [[InvertedTrope inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} in "The Three Amigos": Maurice and Holling arrive at their friend's cabin to take his body for burial, and his widow starts hitting on them.



* DaddyIssues: Holling has these with his ''entire paternal lineage''.



* FreudianExcuse: Holling has daddy issues with his ''entire paternal lineage''.



*** Furthermore, the obligor of the contract was the State of Alaska, which therefore would be in breach for unconscionability and unequal bargaining-power against a lay individual with limited resources to contest the contract (Fleischman). Fleischman clearly did not agree to the terms deduced by the series, but only agreed to practice in Anchorage, not Cicely or other "under-served areas;" but the law was trumped up in order to suit the series narrative.

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*** Furthermore, the obligor obligator of the contract was the State of Alaska, which therefore would be in breach for unconscionability and unequal bargaining-power against a lay individual with limited resources to contest the contract (Fleischman). Fleischman clearly did not agree to the terms deduced by the series, but only agreed to practice in Anchorage, not Cicely or other "under-served areas;" but the law was trumped up in order to suit the series narrative.



** Holling has a [[spoiler: daughter who was conceived after he was told he was sterile.]]

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** Holling has a [[spoiler: daughter who was conceived after he was told he was sterile.]]sterile]].



* MagicRealism (and the ScifiGhetto): Dream sequences, the flying man, the ghosts and indian spirits, the pheremones, the entire serendipity of the town.

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* MagicRealism (and the ScifiGhetto): Dream sequences, the flying man, the ghosts and indian Indian spirits, the pheremones, the entire serendipity of the town.



** Too bad it wasn't [[IncrediblyLamePun macaroni salad]].

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** Too bad it wasn't [[IncrediblyLamePun [[JustForPun macaroni salad]].



* {{Plot Parallel}}: Most episodes.

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* {{Plot Parallel}}: PlotParallel: Most episodes.



* PromotedToOpeningTitles: Elaine Miles (Marilyn) and Peg Phillips (Ruth-Anne) in Season 4. They were mostly [[SatelliteCharacter satellite characters]] in the earlier seasons, but somewhere around Season 3 more of the storylines began to center on them.

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* PromotedToOpeningTitles: Elaine Miles (Marilyn) and Peg Phillips (Ruth-Anne) in Season 4. They were mostly [[SatelliteCharacter satellite characters]] {{satellite character}}s in the earlier seasons, but somewhere around Season 3 more of the storylines began to center on them.



* [[RacistGrandma Racist Grandpa]]: Maurice, though he isn't as crotchety about this as many characters who fit the trope. He's reasonably tolerant himself, but his speech often reflects a belief that whites are superior. [[spoiler: This is especially troublesome for him when he learns that he has a half-Korean son.]]

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* [[RacistGrandma Racist Grandpa]]: {{Racist Grand|ma}}pa: Maurice, though he isn't as crotchety about this as many characters who fit the trope. He's reasonably tolerant himself, but his speech often reflects a belief that whites are superior. [[spoiler: This is especially troublesome for him when he learns that he has a half-Korean son.]]



* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''Film/LocalHero,'' another FishOutOfWater story with [[MagicalRealism magical realist]] elements set in a QuirkyTown full of EccentricTownsfolk.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''Film/LocalHero,'' another FishOutOfWater story with [[MagicalRealism magical realist]] {{magical realis|m}}t elements set in a QuirkyTown full of EccentricTownsfolk.



** Later in Season 6, [[spoiler: Chris seems to get set up as one of these in the shipping department, since Joel's depature has left Maggie without a love interest and Dr. Capra is, well, married.]]

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** Later in Season 6, [[spoiler: Chris seems to get set up as one of these in the shipping department, since Joel's depature departure has left Maggie without a love interest and Dr. Capra is, well, married.]]



* VisionsOfAnotherSelf: The residents of 1909 Cicely in the FlashBack to the town's founding: Maurice becomes the ruthless crime-boss Mace Mobrey; Maggie is the stong-willed missionary Mary O'Keefe; Chris's counterpart is the philisophical gunfighter Kit; and Ed is Ned, the old man telling Joel the story. Joel himself? His counterpart is Creator/FranzKafka!

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* VisionsOfAnotherSelf: The residents of 1909 Cicely in the FlashBack {{Flashback}} to the town's founding: Maurice becomes the ruthless crime-boss Mace Mobrey; Maggie is the stong-willed missionary Mary O'Keefe; Chris's counterpart is the philisophical philosophical gunfighter Kit; and Ed is Ned, the old man telling Joel the story. Joel himself? His counterpart is Creator/FranzKafka!



* WaterSourceTampering: Maurice taps into an underground water source and starts bottling and selling the water. Everyone who drinks it begins displaying a number of [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender Inverted Tropes]].

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* WaterSourceTampering: Maurice taps into an underground water source and starts bottling and selling the water. Everyone who drinks it begins displaying a number of [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender Inverted Gender-Inverted Tropes]].
27th Jun '17 5:33:52 PM Mdumas43073
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Joel Fleischman is a young doctor from New York City, fresh from med school, who is contractually obliged to practice medicine in the small town of Cicely, Alaska as part of a financial aid package from the state. As Fleischman dreams of escaping Cicely, the locals all seem to be escaping from the rest of the world.

!!!Quirky locals include:
* Maurice Minnifield, a millionaire former astronaut who wants to turn his 15,000 acres of nearby land into an attractive vacation spot on the "new Alaskan Riviera."
* Maggie O'Connell, a bush pilot from a rich family who has a love-hate relationship with Fleischman.
* Holling Vincoeur, the town barkeep and one of its oldest residents.
* Shelly Tambo, Holling's ditzy, barely-legal lover.
* Marilyn Whirlwind, the utterly laconic, native Alaskan receptionist who is the perfect foil to all Fleischman's Creator/{{Woody Allen}}esque whining.
* Chris "in the Morning" Stevens, the philosophic DJ (and former [[{{Delinquents}} JD]]) at the local radio station.
* Ed Chigliak, a native Alaskan with an affable lack of tact and an EncyclopaedicKnowledge of film.
* Ruth-Anne Miller, a kindly older woman who runs the town's general store.

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Joel Fleischman (Rob Morrow) is a young doctor from New York City, fresh from med school, who is contractually obliged to practice medicine in the small town of Cicely, Alaska as part of a financial aid package from the state. As Fleischman dreams of escaping Cicely, the locals all seem to be escaping from the rest of the world.

!!!Quirky locals The town's quirky residents include:
* Maurice Minnifield, Minnifield (Barry Corbin), a millionaire former astronaut who wants to turn his 15,000 acres of nearby land into an attractive vacation spot on the "new Alaskan Riviera."
* Maggie O'Connell, O'Connell (Janine Turner), a bush pilot from a rich family who has a love-hate relationship with Fleischman.
* Holling Vincoeur, Vincoeur (John Cullum), the town barkeep and one of its oldest residents.
* Shelly Tambo, Tambo (Cynthia Geary), Holling's ditzy, barely-legal lover.
* Marilyn Whirlwind, Whirlwind (Elaine Miles), the utterly laconic, native Alaskan receptionist who is the perfect foil to all Fleischman's Creator/{{Woody Allen}}esque whining.
* Chris "in the Morning" Stevens, Stevens (John Corbett), the philosophic DJ (and former [[{{Delinquents}} JD]]) at the local radio station.
* Ed Chigliak, Chigliak (Darren E. Burrows), a native Alaskan with an affable lack of tact and an EncyclopaedicKnowledge of film.
* Ruth-Anne Miller, Miller (Peg Phillips), a kindly older woman who runs the town's general store.
27th Jun '17 5:26:40 PM Mdumas43073
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'''''Northern Exposure''''' was a medical {{Dramedy}} that ran on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1990 to 1995. It is a relatively rare American example of the "Northern"--a more usually Canadian frontier drama akin to TheWestern, but set in the modern-day Arctic (well, sub-Arctic).

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'''''Northern Exposure''''' ''Northern Exposure'' was a medical {{Dramedy}} that ran on Creator/{{CBS}} from 1990 to 1995. It is a relatively rare American example of the "Northern"--a more usually Canadian frontier drama akin to TheWestern, but set in the modern-day Arctic (well, sub-Arctic).
26th May '17 3:37:15 AM BabyM
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** YouDoNotWantToKnow: Marilyn's response when Joel asks what the tribal flu remedy "Hio Hio Ipsanio" is made of.
24th May '17 2:05:39 PM BabyM
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* TheNarrator: Chris' radio commentary sometimes serves as this.
24th May '17 1:12:59 PM BabyM
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** "Get Real" has Enrico Belotti the Flying Man, of course, but also Steve and Adrienne Gould, nuclear scientists turned circus proprietors, and their daughter Nina.

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** "Get Real" has Enrico Belotti the Flying Man, of course, but also Steve and Adrienne Gould, nuclear scientists turned circus proprietors, and their precocious daughter Nina.Nina.
** The recently-widowed Solvang in "The Three Amigos."
24th May '17 1:08:09 PM BabyM
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* TheOner: a rather memorable one occurs in "Get Real." The scene begins with Joel in his truck, offering Enrico Belotti (The Flying Man) a ride into town; the camera is clamped to the door of the truck looking at Joel through the driver's side window. When Mr. Belotti declines the offer, Joel drives off, drilling himself in preparation for his internal medicine Board exams as he goes. When he gets to town, there's Mr. Belotti waiting for him by the side of the road. [[spoiler: They don't call him The Flying Man for nothing.]]
* OneShotCharacter: quite a few memorable ones. For example:

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* TheOner: a rather memorable one occurs in "Get Real." The scene begins with Joel in his truck, offering Enrico Belotti (The Flying Man) a ride into town; the camera is clamped to the door of the truck looking at Joel through the driver's side window. When Mr. Belotti declines the offer, Joel drives off, drilling himself in preparation for his internal medicine Board exams as he goes. When he gets to town, there's Mr. Belotti waiting for him by the side of the road. [[spoiler: They road--and Joel realizes that they don't call him The Flying Man for nothing.]]
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* OneShotCharacter: quite a few memorable ones.bunches of them. For example:



** Enrico Bellati, the "flying man" who arrives in Cicely with the circus. Communicating only in sign language, he makes Marilyn (who happens to be the object of his affection) seem rather talkative in comparison. [[spoiler: He does actually speak to Marilyn in his second appearance, though he still prefers not to do it unless he has something extremely important to say.]] Oh, and yes, he really can fly.

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** Enrico Bellati, Belotti, the "flying man" who arrives in Cicely with the circus. Communicating only in sign language, he makes Marilyn (who happens to be the object of his affection) seem rather talkative in comparison. [[spoiler: He does actually speak to Marilyn in his second appearance, though he still prefers not to do it unless he has something extremely important to say.]] Oh, and yes, he really can fly.


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* SpiritualSuccessor: to ''Film/LocalHero,'' another FishOutOfWater story with [[MagicalRealism magical realist]] elements set in a QuirkyTown full of EccentricTownsfolk.
24th May '17 9:27:24 AM BabyM
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* OneShotCharacter: quite a few memorable ones. For example:
** Ranger Burns, who mans the [[GoMadFromTheIsolation isolated fire watch tower]] in "Aurora Borealis."
** Russian visitor Nikolai in "War and Peace."
** "Get Real" has Enrico Belotti the Flying Man, of course, but also Steve and Adrienne Gould, nuclear scientists turned circus proprietors, and their daughter Nina.
** Several of the chatacters mentioned in the LongLostRelative entry above also qualify.
16th May '17 4:40:17 PM nombretomado
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The show holds a similarity to ''TwinPeaks'', with its use of extensive dream imagery, fantasy elements, and symbolism to explore its characters, and was one of the most successful "stealth fantasy" shows (in that most fans of the show would [[ScifiGhetto never admit that it was a fantasy show]]) in network television history. It lasted a single season after Rob Morrow left the show, and Fleischman was {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}d by Paul Provenza's character Phil Capra.

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The show holds a similarity to ''TwinPeaks'', ''Series/TwinPeaks'', with its use of extensive dream imagery, fantasy elements, and symbolism to explore its characters, and was one of the most successful "stealth fantasy" shows (in that most fans of the show would [[ScifiGhetto never admit that it was a fantasy show]]) in network television history. It lasted a single season after Rob Morrow left the show, and Fleischman was {{Suspiciously Similar Substitute}}d by Paul Provenza's character Phil Capra.



** "The Russian Flu" ends with Holling, Joel, and Elaine doing an extended ''TwinPeaks'' riff.

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** "The Russian Flu" ends with Holling, Joel, and Elaine doing an extended ''TwinPeaks'' ''Series/TwinPeaks'' riff.
9th May '17 9:41:11 AM BabyM
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Fleischman obliterates the fourth wall in "War and Peace". When Maurice is involved in a duel with his rival, he stops them and says" Look, we play to a very sophisticated television audience. They know Maurice isn't going to kill Nikolai and they definitely know Nikolai isn't going to kill Maurice." Maggie then calls him out for stepping out of character, Ruth-Anne suggests going to a previous draft of the script, everyone complains that it's too cold, and then Marilyn suggests they just move on to the next scene.

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* BreakingTheFourthWall: BreakingTheFourthWall:
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Fleischman obliterates ''obliterates'' the fourth wall in "War and Peace". When Maurice is involved in a and Nikolai are about to duel with his rival, he stops to the death, Joel steps between them and says" Look, says, "Look, we play to a very sophisticated television audience. They know Maurice isn't going to kill Nikolai and they definitely know Nikolai isn't going to kill Maurice." Maggie then calls him out for stepping out of character, Ruth-Anne suggests going to a previous draft of the script, everyone complains that it's too cold, and then Marilyn suggests they just move on to the next scene.



* DreamIntro: An episode starts inside Joel's sex dream where he's RobertPalmer singing "Simply Irresistible." There's a SexyDiscretionShot fading to the opening credits when things turn steamy.

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* DreamIntro: An episode Used in several episodes. One in particular starts inside Joel's sex dream where he's RobertPalmer singing "Simply Irresistible." There's a SexyDiscretionShot fading to the opening credits when things turn steamy.



* TheOner: a rather memorable one occurs in "Get Real." The scene begins with Joel in his truck, offering Enrico Belotti (The Flying Man) a ride into town. When Mr. Belotti declines the offer, Joel drives off, drilling himself in preparation for his internal medicine Board exams as he goes. When he gets to the other side of town, there's Mr. Belotti waiting for him by the side of the road. [[spoiler: They don't call him The Flying Man for nothing.]]

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* TheOner: a rather memorable one occurs in "Get Real." The scene begins with Joel in his truck, offering Enrico Belotti (The Flying Man) a ride into town.town; the camera is clamped to the door of the truck looking at Joel through the driver's side window. When Mr. Belotti declines the offer, Joel drives off, drilling himself in preparation for his internal medicine Board exams as he goes. When he gets to the other side of town, there's Mr. Belotti waiting for him by the side of the road. [[spoiler: They don't call him The Flying Man for nothing.]]



* [[RacistGrandma Racist Grandpa]]: Maurice, though he isn't as crotchety about this as many characters who fit the trope. He's reasonably tolerant of minorities, but his speech often reflects a belief that whites are still superior. [[spoiler: This is especially troublesome for him when he learns that he has a half-Korean son.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: Rick. After [[spoiler: he dies]], he tells Maggie in a dream sequence that he's slept with ''2,500 women''.

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* [[RacistGrandma Racist Grandpa]]: Maurice, though he isn't as crotchety about this as many characters who fit the trope. He's reasonably tolerant of minorities, himself, but his speech often reflects a belief that whites are still superior. [[spoiler: This is especially troublesome for him when he learns that he has a half-Korean son.]]
* ReallyGetsAround: ReallyGetsAround:
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Rick. After [[spoiler: he dies]], he tells Maggie in a dream sequence that he's slept with ''2,500 women''.



--->''I'm the teflon kid. Dozens of chicks, nothing sticks.''



** "War and Peace" borrows the Russian visitor subplot from ''Film/LocalHero.''

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** "War and Peace" borrows the singing Russian visitor subplot from ''Film/LocalHero.''



* TheSilentBob: Enrico Bellati, the "flying man" who arrives in Cicely with the circus. Communicating only in sign language, he makes Marilyn (who happens to be the object of his affection) seem rather talkative in comparison. [[spoiler: He does actually speak to Marilyn in his second appearance, though he still prefers not to do it unless he has something extremely important to say.]] Oh, and yes, he really can fly.

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* TheSilentBob: TheSilentBob: Marilyn.
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Enrico Bellati, the "flying man" who arrives in Cicely with the circus. Communicating only in sign language, he makes Marilyn (who happens to be the object of his affection) seem rather talkative in comparison. [[spoiler: He does actually speak to Marilyn in his second appearance, though he still prefers not to do it unless he has something extremely important to say.]] Oh, and yes, he really can fly.



* VitriolicBestBuds: Maurice and Holling, [[LoveTriangle frequently over Shelly]].

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* VitriolicBestBuds: VitriolicBestBuds:
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Maurice and Holling, [[LoveTriangle frequently over Shelly]].Shelly]].
** Joel and Maggie, arguably.
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