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Maurice is one of the first Cicelians we meet in the pilot episode, and he makes a grand entrance, rappelling down the side of his grand log mansion. He is presented as Alaska personified: the outdoorsy, lumberjack type, with a sense of adventure and strong entrepreneurial spirit. He has a singular vision of the town: when he drives on the narrow, barely paved two-lane roads of the town, he sees six-lane highways; when he walks past the clapboard, one-storey buildings of the one main street, he imagines high-rises and booming business that will surely be erected one day. Maurice is a man with vision and personifies the American ‘can-do’ spirit.

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1.1 Pilot

 

No character on Northern Exposure identifies himself more with his career than Maurice. He is an ex-astronaut and a former Navy man, patriotic to the core. This pride exemplified in his wardrobe choices. The two pieces of clothing that we identify with the character are his NASA hat and his US Navy Aviation brown leather bomber jacket. These pieces are ever present throughout the seasons of the show, although the hat design changes near in the latter seasons.

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1.1 Pilot

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1.2 Brains, Know-How, and Native Intelligence

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6.21 Ursa Minor

 

Most of Maurice’s clothes lean toward the practical, everyday, rugged wear, more functional than fashionable. He appears to have a large collection of plaid flannel shirts of all hues.

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1.2 Brains, Know-How, and Native Intelligence

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1.7 A Kodiak Moment

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3.6 The Body in Question

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4.3 Nothing’s Perfect

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4.20 Homesick

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4.22 Kaddish for Uncle Manny

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5.10 First Snow

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6.14 The Mommy’s Curse

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6.16 Lucky People

 

In the summer, he opts of colourful polo shirts. Colour-wise, anything seems to go with Maurice, from reds, to yellows, to blues, although his trousers tend of be neutral khaki or darker shades.

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1.1 Pilot

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1.4 Dreams, Schemes, and Putting Greens

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4.5 Blowing Bubbles

 

Maurice appears to also have a fondness for cardigans and sweaters with somewhat tacky and garish patterns.

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3.18 My Mother, My Sister

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4.12 Revelations

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4.18 Northern Lights

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4.19 Family Feud

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4.24 Sleeping with the Enemy

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6.23 Tranquility Base

 

However, his sleepwear can be pretty spectacular, especially the fish print pyjamas and a fabulous blue-and-white striped NASA robe.

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2.4 What I Did for Love

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3.20 The Final Frontier

 

Although his everyday wear is practical, Maurice can definitely rise to the occasion when the opportunity presents itself. He is dashing in a tuxedo, and business appropriate in a suit. He even has a Korean dressing gown and a British-inspired tweed costume for the fox hunt, and has a fine coaching outfit.

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1.4 Dreams, Schemes, and Putting Greens

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3.2 Only You

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4.21 The Big Feast

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5.3 Jaws of Life

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5.21 I Feel the Earth Move

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4.24 Sleeping with the Enemy

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6.3 Shofar So Good

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5.22 Grand Prix

 

His outerwear is pretty impressive and distinctive, with a classic suede sheepskin coat, and a red and black Mackinaw wool coat. In the winter, Maurice keeps warm with layers (shirt, vest, coat). While he mostly makes do with this NASA cap, Maurice sometimes wears an awesome fur-lined winter hat.

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3.12 Our Tribe

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3.10 Seoul Mates

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4.16 Ill Wind

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4.16 Ill Wind

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4.16 Ill Wind

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5.22 Grand Prix

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6.12 Mi Casa, Su Casa

 

To quote Chris Stevens in episode 1.2, Maurice is “deep where you think it’s gonna be shallow and it’s shallow where it should be deep.” Behind the usual plaid shirts, NASA caps and Navy jacket, Maurice can at times surprise us with his wardrobe choices. Maurice can be a surprising man, a lumberjack type with a taste for fine wine and classical music. Nevertheless, Maurice always reveals himself as someone solid that you can lean on.

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1.8 Aurora Borealis

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One thought on “Northern Exposure Style File: Maurice

  1. love your reviews, but one correction. Maurice wore his U.S Naval Aviation leather jacket becuase he was a Marine Aviator which is in the dept of the Navy. Maurice always wore a Marine ring and when he was talking to the homeless man in that episode this is why they said semper fi to each other.

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