3.10 Seoul Mates





Original Air Date (1): December 16, 1991Production Number: 77511
Written by (1): Diane Frolov and Andrew SchneiderDirected by (1): Jack Bender

Chris-in-the-Morning: “Twinkling colored lights are nice and so are plastic Santas and reindeers and nativity scenes, but let me tell you something. There's nothing like the sight of a beautiful, black-as-pitch raven to get you in the Christmas spirit.”
Log line (1): Maurice, dreading being along for the holidays, gets a big surprise when his gift is an instant family of his own. Meanwhile, Maggie, dreading being with her family, gets a big surprise when her parents opt for a Cariibean Christmas without her.
Synopsis (1):

Maurice gets a holiday surprise when a Korean family arrives in Cicely. Bong Joo (guest star Chi-Moui Lo) tells Maurice his father, Duk Won (guest star James Song), is Maurice's son and his grandmother, Yong Ja (guest star Kim Kim), is Maurice's former lover. When the paternity tests check out, Maurice is deeply disturbed. He has always dreames od a son to carry on the Minnifield name, but now that he has one, Maurice is unsure he wants him - mainly because he's not white. Just as the family is about to leave, Maurice decides to make a real effort to get to know his son - despite the communicaion barrier. Suddenly, Maurice begins to realize the greatness of the gift he has received.

Maggie dreads going home for Christmas where she will hear over and over who got married to who and who has a new baby. But when she picks up her parents' letter, expecting a round-trip ticket to Michigan, she learns they are going to St. Thomas, leaving her to face the holidays alone. Maggie claims she's relieved she won't have to face the trials of family when she's really crushed that her parents cancelled Christmas.

As a child, Joel longed for a Christmas tree, but his traditional Jewish parents would never allow it. So this year, Joel decides to put a tree in his living room. However, once the tree arrives, he doesn't know what to do with it. Despite his affection for the symbol, Joel feels it just doesn't belong to him, so he takes the tree fully decorated to Maggie's house as a surprise.

Shelly misses her Roman Catholic roots and longs for a High Christmas mass. So Holling fills Cicely's Unitarian church with Catholic icons and sings a Latin mass for Shelly himself.

(Production Bible)

Joel raised by Herb and Nadine Fleischman. Joel always envied Tom McGovern's autographed Bobby Murcer gloves used to wateh the McGovern's trim their tree. Establishing: Maurice forged his dad's signature in order to get into the Marines at 16. At first, Mauriee only remembere a Korean girl named Kija who was a favorite of his buddy Mike Scooter Wilson. Establishing Shelly's Christnas past: midnight mass at Our Lady of Refuge with Father Perone; a Charlie Brown, not a raven Christmas. The O'Connell Christmas past: Mom: When are you going to qet married? When am I getting grandchildren? Fight with father; brother, the iceberg, fondles his old swimming trophies. Last Christmas Joel was on a four-day house call and missed the Raven pageant. Winter of '69 Chris' dad did a short term for DUI: 7 year-old Chris had a dog named Buddy. Chris experienced a personal Epiphany when Buddy talked.

Details (Production Bible):

Duk Won's son BONG wants to see the new sink hole on the Canook (that's the way Ed says it; Konoka in script) fault. Duk Won is an electrical engineer. Ruth-Anne is an atheist (who reads the Christian Science Monitor?). Establishing: Dave the Cook is a animist. Maggie meets his parents who are from Barrow. Marilyn tells Joel the legend of the Raven and how it carries the light so we don't live in darkness. Joel has a raven menorah. [Can see the menorah when Ed and Bong bring in the Christmas tree.]

Guest stars (9): Dave the Cook - Bill White (aka William J White Eagle)
Yong Ja - Kim Kim
Duk Won - Kwi Hyun (James) Song
Bong Joo - Chi-Moui Lo
Peter Narssak - Ralph Martin (Note: same actor plays "Ivory Springer" in other episodes) [Not quite remembering this character? See below*...)
Music: (Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ. * Indicates correct song on the DVD.)

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town- Booker T. and the MGs
[Chris whittles a raven; Maurice comes in depressed. Maurice comes into town.]

Dig That Crazy Santa Claus - Oscar McLollie and the Honey Jumpers
[Ed and Dave bring in tree. Maggie enters and trips. Joel tells Maggie to tell her parents she's too busy to go home for Christmas.]

Il Est Ne/Ca Berger - The Chieftans
[Shelly's bummed, tells Holling she musses a "real" Christmas.]

Christmas Time's a Coming - Petter Roloan
[Maurice talks to his family at the Brick. He thinks they have an ulterior motives.]

Silent Night
[Maggie gets letter from her parents telling her they're headed to St. Thomas for the for the holidays.]

Fly Me to the Moon
[Duk Won sings to Maurice.]

White Christmas - Allen Toussaint
[Shelly plays with the manger scene.]

O Come All Ye Faithful - The Chieftans
[Chris on the Air discussing the Raven. Maurice and Duk-Won eat at the Brick.]

The Christmas Song - Tony Bennett
[Maurice and Duk Won talk at the Brick.]

White Christmas - Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters
[Joel invites Maggie over to help decorate his tree.]

Ave Marie (Schubert)
[Holling sings to Shelly.]

Shelly’s Earrings:

Christmas light bulbs, 1 green and 1 red (Maurice's son arrives outside KBHR studios)
Christmas stockings (Shelly plays with nativity scene in Brick)
Christmas angels (at Raven Pagent)

Marilyn tells Joel the legend of the Raven: A long time ago, the raven looked down from the sky and saw that the people of the world were living in darkness. The ball of light was kept hidden by a selfish old chief. So the raven turned itself into a spruce needle and floated on the river where the chief's daughter came for water. She drank the spruce needle. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy which was the raven in disguise. The baby cried and cried until the chief gave him the ball of light to play with. As soon as he had the light, the raven turned back into himself and carried the light into the sky. From then on, we no longer lived in darkness.

More on Marilyn's telling of the Legend of the Raven.

Additional Notes:

*Yup - Peter Narssak is the character listed in the Final Draft of the script. Joel treats him in the Doctor's office for an allergic rash on his hands. Narssak tells him that he works in a factory ... due north from Cicely. He doesn't have the money to pay Joel but Joel tells him not to worry about it and gives him some hydrocortizone... What, you mumble... I don't remember this?? No, it's not too much mulled wine or egg-nog. This scene is in the final draft of the script but didn't make the final cut. But Ralph Martin is still in the final credits. There's a follow-up scene where Joel is sitting in his cabin and here's scuttling feet on his roof. "Who's there?" he calls with his golf club in hand. He bolts the door. Turning, he finds a gift under the tree. "Okay Ed, you can come out," he calls. He opens the gift and it's an autographed Bobby Murcer baseball glove. There are some other smaller scenes here and there cut too.

See Cicely's Quirky Xmas list.

The Raven dance is very similar to the dances performed at Tillicum Village, which is located on Blake Island outside of Seattle.

Some of the large Raven decorations seen around town in this episode were in storage behind the old Memory Makers.

Things I own from this episode:
There's one of the Raven ornaments on my Christmas tree in 2001.

Chris-in-the-Morning: My Christmas wish for you tonight - may your dog talk. (More on the holidays in Cicely).

Places to find Raven ornaments:

Taku Graphics-Ornaments, Cards and More

Old world style glass ornaments in the shape of a Raven

Tsimshain First Nations artist - Raven on a ball

Hand-stiched calico Raven (NW Indian style) from Alaska

Gitksan Native glass ball with ravens

Shows a current listing of Raven ornaments on ebay

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