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is it about genus arboretum that socks us in the figurative solar
plexus? We see a logging truck go cruising down the road, stacked
with a bunch of those fresh-cut giants, we feel like we lost a brother.
Next thing you know, we're in The Brick, we're flopping money down
on the bar. Wood. We're under a roof. Wood. We're walking the floors.
Wood. Grabbing a pool cue. That's wood. Our friends in the forest
carry a set of luggage from the mythical baggage carousel. Tree
of life, tree of knowledge, family tree, Budda's Bodhi tree. Page
one of life, in the beginning. Genesis 3:22. Adam and Eve. They're
kicking back in the garden of Eden and boom, they get an eviction
notice. Why is that? "Lest they should also take of the tree of
life, eat and live forever." A definitive Yahweh no-no. Bo good
to yourself Cicely, go out and plant a wet one on a tree.”
an old tree considered to be a Cicely historical landmark appears
to by dying, Joel
dons a tree doctor's hat and gives his prognosis.
an old tree called Ootockalockatuvik, or Old Vicky, appears to be
on its last legs, the folks of Cicely treat it as though they were
losing the town matriarch. Only Maurice
is thrilled, because the dying tree has been preventing him from
building a storehouse for his tractors. The townspeople enlist Joel,
who knows nothing about botany, to determine the fate of the tree.
His prognosis is that it has a fatal disease and, with that news,
Maurice levels Vicky. In the aftermath, however, Maurice finds that
he misses the sight of her and plants a new tree.
struggles to stop the destructive patterns in her and Joel's
relationship. Unfortunately, Joel is unnerved by her goodwill and
physically hurts himself every time she is nice to him. For the
sake of his health, they find a middle ground in which she is not
excessively nice and he tries to limit his hurtful sarcasm.
on the other hand, has lost her gift for gab, replaced by uncontrollable
singing. While she assumes it is simply because she's happy, Joel
is concerned that it may be a medical problem. With the thought
that something may be physically wrong with her, Shelly no longer
revels in he crooning and refuses to say anything. Holling
finally convinces her to sing again as he joins her in a chorus
old tree, affectionately named Ootockalockatuvik, or Old Vicky becomes
the focus of the town after her health is called into question.
Maurice requests that Joel, as the town doctor, make a prognosis.
After kvetching for days about the inappropriateness of his role
as designated town horticulturist, Joel concludes that the tree
is diseased. The tree is torn down; members of the town offer a
eulogy at the Brick; Maurice feels a sense of loss and plants a
wakes up one morning with a "Song in her Bod"; she can't
stop singing. She treats the bar to a full-blown musical number.
Holling's initial bemused delight quickly evaporates after several
days of warbling. Joel is concerned over Shelly's bizarre condition,
and Shelly clams up after she begins to feel like a freak. Shelly
sings a tender lullaby to her unborn baby, plaintively asking "How
can you love a mom who can't gab or chatter?" Holling comforts
Shelly by joining her in a duet and promising to say by her side.
kills Joel with kindness - when she's nice to him, he injures himself.
Joel begs her to be her usual rude self.
Springer - Ralph
- Moultrie Patten
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The music on the DVD may differ.)
I need names of some of these tunes from the original airings - email
Theme from A Summer Place - Percy Faith
[While Marilyn packs for her trip.] (Danke, Volker!)
on the Moose Guide - instrumentals may be David Schwartz's music.
[Joel and Ed play golf.]
Stud of All Studs Stand-Up Wife - cast: "Shelly"
[Ruth-Anne, Maurice and Ed discuss Old Vicky in Ruth-Anne's store.]
on the air, talking about trees.]
The Snake - cast: "Shelly" (See bottom of this page for more info on this song.)
There's Just No Getting Over You - cast: "Shelly"
Tangerine - cast: "Shelly"
[Chris on the air, talking about Vicky.]
Jolie Louise - Daniel Lanois (also found on the Northern
Exposure: Music from the Television Series)
[Town members remember Old Vicky; Joel and Holling talk about Shelly's
Your Mama Can Only Sing - cast: "Shelly"
Turn, Turn, Turn - The Byrds
[Ending - after Maurice has planted new tree.]
Notes ["Gotta Sing" - Shelly comes down to the bar singing.]
Snakes [during Snake Song with Maggie.]
Gold Dangly Things (bars with balls on the ends) [Joel sees Shelly
in office. Note: This scene shows earrings, then no earrings, then
earrings again. Oops!]
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I Own From This Episode:
green linen button-down shirt (wears almost the whole episode.)
According to location manager, Dan Dusek: the filming location for the tree was located on the other side of the Cascades from Roslyn (aka "Cicely") near the town of Sultan, WA.
plan was to make the entire episode a musical. Both Cynthia
Geary and John Cullum are trained
singers (but not the rest of the cast).
song lyrics can be found here
- Stud of All Studs Stand-Up Wife, Snake Song (Take
Me in Tender Woman) and Your Mama Can Only Sing.
Information on the Snake Song:
(originally posted on alt.tv.northern-exp by Danny Moses) While Al Wilson did have a hit with "The Snake," it was originally written and performed by Oscar Brown, Jr. It can be found on his Columbia LP CL 2025 called, "Oscar Brown Jr. Tells It Like it Is", released in 1963. The song has also been recorded by numerous other artists including Johnny Rivers, the previously mentioned Al Wilson, Tex and the Horseheads, etc.
Oscar Brown, Jr. was a famous jazz/blues singer in the '60s and can still be found performing today. He performed in Washington, DC with his daughter Maggie Brown on Valentine's Day this past February to commemorate Black History Month. The Snake and one of his other songs, Signifying Monkey, got a lot of airplay back in their time according to people in rec.music.bluenote.blues.
and additional research