Dancing Syndrome - On the rural
adventure NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-95 waitress Shelly Tambo
(Cynthia Geary) started to see dancers everywhere she looked
(ballet, flamenco, tap, break dancers, etc.). As Shelly said, "I see
them where ever I go. But they're not there."
Chris Stevens (John Corbett) the town's philosophical deejay said
it might have been a case of "religious ecstasy" like the burning
bush or just "bad acid."
Finally, Eskimo Shaman Leonard Quinhagak (Graham Greene) saw
Shelly and immediately knew that she was seeing dancers. He sees
this kind of thing a couple of time of year (glazed eyes, slight
rhythmic swaying). He told Shelly that the dancers were an
expression of the subconscious (like a snake represents the penis).
Leonard summarized her problem by saying "Life is a dance. You
need a partner." Jubilant, Shelly asked, "So if I get hitched they'll disappear?
Leonard replied "Yes...or No." Shelly quickly proposed to her beau
Holling Vincoeur (John Cullum) and arranged for a minister. Soon
after the "I Do's" were spoken, the dancers were gone.
TRIVIA NOTE: On the episode
"A-Hunting We Will Go" Eskimo teenager Ed Chigliak (Darren E.
Burrows) struck by the mortality of his seventy-five-year-old friend
Ruth Anne Miller (Peg Phillips), buys her a present that will last
for ever-a burial plot. Upon seeing her gift, she asks Ed to dance
(as in dancing on your grave).
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