Maggie O'Connell Cursed Love Life - On the rural drama
NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-95 bush-pilot Maggie O'Connell (Janine Turner) was
cursed. Every time she got a boyfriend, he died.
For example, Harry choked on potato salad at a picnic; Bruce died from a
fishing accident;, Glen accidentally drove onto a missile range in his Volvo;
Dave froze to death on glacier while sleeping; Rick was crushed by a falling
satellite; and Steve was struck by lightning on an oil rig. Frustrated, Maggie
cried "I have bad luck with men. They do stupid things and die and I'm supposed
to feel responsible?"
After Maggie's bush pilot boyfriend Rick (Grant Goodeve) was killed by
falling space debris, the townsfolk of Cicely, Alaska began to avoid her like
the plague until newly arrived Dr Fleischman (Rob Morrow) rallied to her side to
convince them otherwise. Maggie thought that a big beautiful, blue-eyed stray
malamute dog that wandered into town was Rick incarnated.
On the episode "Wake Up Call" Maggie becomes infatuated with Arthur (Andreas
Wisniewski), a tall, chiseled stranger living in a cave. After a short
relationship, Arthur leaves to be with his family. Maggie returns to the cave
only to find a very gentle bear who mysteriously responds to the name Arthur.
The tragedy of her boyfriends death inspired Maggie to make dioramas of her
lost loves (they burned when a fire destroyed her house).
On episode "Northwest Passage" Maggie decides that her thirtieth birthday is
the perfect time to cleanse her soul so she can begin the next segment of her
life with a clean slate.
Following an ancient Indian ritual, she writes a letter to each of her dead
boyfriends and then sends them floating down the river. While on her trip, she
is overcome with a high fever (from appendicitis) and in her delirium visits all
of her past boyfriends.
Maggie later falls in love with Mike Monroe (Anthony Edwards), a lawyer with
chemical sensitivity disease who abandons her (after he's cured) to assist
environmental pollution causes.
Even Maggie's short but intense fling with her friend Dr. Fleischman ended
with him returning to his hometown of New York City.
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