Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Modern
day malady suffered by Mike Monroe (Anthony Edwards) a
hyper-allergic attorney introduced on the episode "Blowing Bubbles"
(11-2-92) on the drama NORTHERN EXPOSURE/CBS/1990-96.
"The Bubbleman") suffered from the modern day condition called
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Consequently, he lived in virtual
isolation in an antiseptic Buckminster Fuller-like geodesic dome
outside the town of Cicely. If anyone visited his home they were
asked to dress in germ free gowns and gloves.
When Mike first met pilot Maggie O'Connell (Janine Turner) he
asked "Are you wearing makeup...eyeliner, perfume, shampoo,
conditioner...baby shampoo? How about synthetic clothing?" Maggie
says "I think this shell has some nylon in it." Mike responds "Just
leave it on the hook, please."
TRIVIA NOTE: In 1976, actor John
Travolta starred in the made-for-TV movie The Boy In The Plastic
Bubble about a boy forced to live in an isolation bubble because he
was born without immunities. On the NBC sitcom SEINFELD, episode
No.45 "The Bubble Boy" (10/7/92) standup comic Jerry Seinfeld was
pressured into visiting an obnoxious fan who was cocooned in a
sterile environment. See also - "Glacier
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