6.8 Up River





Original Air Date: November 14, 1994 Production number: 77807
Written by:
Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider Directed by: Michael Fresco

Joel: She gave me more than just a sweater vest that night. She gave me all this. Nothing. She gave me nothing. That's what I need. No phone book, no Game Boy, no pasta maker, TV Guide. Nowhere to go, nothing to do. Is that what you need?
Log line (1): Joel settles at a native village after paddling up the river for a house call; Chris gets a life lesson when he remodels his trailer; Ruth-Anne struggles with her realization that she is madly in love with Walt.
Synopsis (1):

Maurice sends Ed to bring Joel back from Manonash village, a native settlement up the river, after he doesn't return home from a house call. Out of his element, Ed heads upstream along the totem pole-dotted shore complete with bear skulls on poles until he arrives at the tiny primitive village. He discovers Joel, looking wild and unshaven, living amongst the natives speaking fluent Tlingit and living in a barren hut with absolutely no amenities. While he tans hides, spears fish, dries salmon and cans preserves, Joel describes to Ed the week that changed his life.

Joel and Maggie are in the awkward adjustment period of living together and, to make matters worse, whenever they become affectionate, firearms randomly discharge threatening their safety. While Joel becomes obsessed and anxious, Maggie finds it arousing and a wicked fight ensues. When she asks him to move out, he is devastated but now realizes that it was the most loving thing she ever did for him by giving him nothing ... just time to be.

Meanwhile, Chris comes into some cash and, growing out of the "crash pad" mentality, hires Willy to remodel his trailer complete with an enclosed patio and outdoor refrigerator. After Willy floods the entire place, the stress of living in chaos starts to take atoll on the normally easy-going Chris.

Homeless and disenfranchised, Chris finally gives into the chaos and becomes a free man because he feels that you have to lose your mind before you can find it.

While Walt is away securing traplines for the winter, Ruth-Anne is distracted and not her usual self. After struggling to fight the knowledge that she is deeply in love, she gives into her feelings and sends a message to Walt over KBHR's trapline news to come home.

(Production Bible):

Manonash -- fictional village sixty klicks east of Devil's Fork.

Quickest learner: Joel masters Tlingit in two weeks

Maggie likes to shower, Joel likes to bathe.

Firearm of choice: 1760 Brown Bess

Most memorable quote: "Isn't it lovely what they're doing with tissue boxes these days?"

Guest stars (9): Dale - Sam Bob
Walt - Moultrie Patten
Willy - Gary Basaraba
Hayden Keyes - James L. Dunn
Eugene - Earl Quewezance
Villager - Alvin A. Casimir Jr.
Father - Tim Michel
Teresa - Teresa Steinley
Woman - Leota Williams
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ. * Indicates correct song on the DVD.)

[Help! I need names of missing tunes from the original airings - email me.]

The Tellakutans - David Schwartz [On the More Music from Northern Exposure Soundtrack.]

Theme from A Summer Place - Percy Faith (thanks Karen!)
[Maurice comes into Ruth-Anne's for bag balm.

• Dobro tune from Sally van Meter
[Chris confronts Willy about not showing up.]

• another oldie instrumental love song when Ruth-Anne gives Maurice the Walt letter to put out over trapline news.

Falling in Love Again - Marlene Dietrich (thanks Karen!)
[Walt comes back and goes to Ruth-Anne's house.]

Additional Notes :

The village of Monanash was filmed on the banks of Lake Cle Elum

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