Dr. Joel Fleischman slowly starts accepting his desperately desolate fate, despite a defective shower leaving him to choose between swallowing his pride in order to get Maggie's plumbing help or bathing in the utterly icy lake. Popular DJ Chris Stevens' 'irreverent' comments on even Walt Whitman get him sacked from Maurice's radio K-Bear, but the boss soon offends everyone else in Cecily. Ed Chigliak's suave way gets reluctant Joel to make confusing house-calls on Ed's uncle, paradoxical medicine man Anku, who treats Joel to a Kentucky takeaway, traditional dancing and a sauna but refuses to be treated for his fatal cancer.
Dr. Joel Fleischman is depressed when grumpy old patient Soapy Sanderson completely ignores his medical advice, and is stunned when he and Maggie are named joint executors of his 140 acres forest estate where only wolves live. Maggie wants to turn it into a nature reserve, however un-required it is in this part of Alaska. Joel is rather tempted by the Indian chief Ronkomkoma's idea to turn it into a tax shelter by formally drilling for oil which everybody knows isn't there, hoping it may pay his way back to New York. Later Joel learns Soapy was a spirituality college professor for 20 years. Soapy also left them a $200 Lafitte-Latour for their trouble, which nearly works a romantic wonder, and a journal. Meanwhile the press gets interested.
Shelly becomes pregnant and a wedding is arranged, but Holling has a deep-rooted fear - both his father and grandfather lived over a century, while their wives died young, leaving them alone and grieving for over sixty years each. Holling vowed to avoid their fate. Meanwhile, Maurice and Fleischman entertain a Japanese investor interested in building a resort in Cicely.
Dr. Joel Fleischman has his hands full when his fiancé Elaine flies to Cicely for a visit. He becomes so busy trying to defend himself against the townspeople's charges that he is a KGB agent releasing the Russian flu upon them and competing with Marilyn over the best treatment for the illness, that he has no time to spend with his betrothed. Instead Maggie, entertains Elaine, which only further annoys Joel.
There's much to deal with in Cicely when Shelly's husband arrives with the hopes of taking her back to Saskatchewan, much to the astonishment of Holling. Furthermore, Maggie's boyfriend fears he will soon die as the next victim of the O'Connell curse and Ed searches for inspiration while working on his movie script.
Hearing his brother and only surviving fellow Minnifeld died, Maurice looks for a 'son' to adopt. After Joel declines, he gets Chris to try, but although generosity gets them through the hard stuff, a game of croquet proves you can't adopt 'breeding'. When Ed tells Holling Jesse that the fiercest grizzly, who caused him to stop hunting anything else, is back, Shelly insists on joining them on a hunt which shows that although the men are older, the bear still knows them. Joel is asked to attend a hygiene class, but when he arrives learns it's for expectant mothers, which Maggie makes him improvise.
While Joel gives Ed golf lessons, the Indian warns him Adam is around, the never actually seen monster-prankster, blamed for all kinds of weirdness since 15 years. Passing the night in his car in the woods after diagnosing a park ranger Burns, Joel is apparently robbed, actually taken in, by very human loner Vietnam vet Adam. Chris is delighted his instinctive sculptural inspiration fits the astronomical phenomenon Aurora Borealis (northern light). Chris accepts help from lost motor-biker Bernard, and discovers they share a lot, even an identity essential.
Ed goes on a spirit quest to find his parents; Chris loses his voice and must sleep with the most beautiful woman in town to recover it; to that aim, he invites Maggie to dinner. When Joel mocks her charm, Maggie takes on the challenge.
Joel and Maggie are forced to make an emergency landing and become stranded. They end up surprising each other. Shelley has a visit from her best friend from home, Cindy. When Cindy asks for a divorce, Shelley gets mad.
While fishing, Chris finds the body of a man frozen in ice. Maurice looks upon this as a business opportunity as a battle begins over the body. Ed takes a job at Ruth Anne's store. Joel explores his Jewish faith.
Joel is given a goat by a patient. After he objects, the patient decides to make him part of their tribe, but there are some tasks he must perform first. Holling mysteriously closes the bar and sends Shelley out of town.
When Joel complains of ghost-like rumblings in the house, Maggie thinks it could be the loner who committed suicide in it decades before, so she orders an exorcism of the house. Meanwhile, the hypochondriac Eve wants Joel's help for her various ailments. And, Maurice is visited by his old Marine colonel who needs to borrow money.
Spring arrives in Cicely and with it comes more quirky behavior from its residents: Shelly has a skin rash, Holling decides to give away eggs, Joel gets a lesson in medical care from a tribal medicine man and Maggie has a reawakening with the help of a handsome stranger.
During the Northern Lights, Cicely is infused with Japanese tourists, Holling decides to go in search of Jessie the bear and Maggie and the townsfolk are curious when a package arrives that is covered with foreign stamps.
Joel looks forward to a weekend in Juneau, hoping to spend it with attractive female physicians. But, instead, he winds up in a hotel suite with Maggie who clearly cramps his style. Meanwhile, Chris is flustered when Bernard, his "karmic doppelganger", returns from Africa.
Adam prepares to marry Eve. At his bachelor party, the men ruminate on the differences between men and women. Meanwhile, Eve lets an enthusiastic Shelly take over the wedding plans. And, Maggie and Joel try to finish what they started in Juneau.
Joel encounters a 108-year-old man who has come home to Cicely. He tells Joel that Cicely, founded by two incredible, free-thinking women named Roslyn and Cicely, was once considered the "Paris of the North". The series regulars appear in this episode as various residents from 1909.
On Maggie's 30th birthday, she decides to perform an ancient Native American ritual for saying goodbye to her dead boyfriends. Joel and Ed later have to rush in for the rescue when she turns out to be ill.
A rock musician (played by Adam Ant) accidentally arrives in Cicely, creating quite a stir-up among the locals. While Ed makes a documentary about the visit, Chris has trouble deciding how to put an old friend to his final rest.
A semi-retired KGB agent arrives in Cicely and reveals to Maurice that he once divulged some classified information. Holling finds a great nuisance in a health-care inspector who gives him some instructions to clean The Brick.
Ed goes green after having a post-apocalyptic dream, Maggie discovers some old Indian artifacts in her front yard and Holling begins associating with a young runaway (Brad) from Los Angeles who develops a major crush on Shelly.
Ruth Anne pays off her store loan to Maurice and they begin to fight over Ed. Joel has a crisis of identity when he gets no patients for 2 weeks. Bernard fills in for Chris while he is on a week-long self-discovery journey at a monastery.
Dr. Fleischman is troubled when he doesn't receive an invitation to a big party for Maurice that the whole town is attending. Shelly accidentally breaks a bottle of wine worth several thousand dollars.
Ed is trying to figure out why he keeps waking up in strange places. Dr Fleischman is suffering from mysterious symptoms, but naturally doesn't trust the locals' diagnosis. Shelley has been singing for months.
The past comes back to haunt the residents (of Cicely) when Maurice works himself into a minor heart attack while over-fretting his age. Maggie relives a childhood fantasy, and Joel traces the history of Cicely to long-forgotten Jewish predecessor.
Obsession reaches new heights when Chris is dismayed that his ex-lover can't find any difference between him and Bernard in bed. Joel worries about losing his New York "edge". And Marilyn snoops through the medical files to find her perfect man.
Family matters come to the forefront when Joel's parents, Nadine and Herb, visit. Nadine finds a unique connection with Marilyn and the eagles. Meanwhile Shelly is concerned that Holling will miss out on special father-son moments with their new baby after he announces that he's bored with sports.
Ed is struggling to find his path in life and it doesn't help when Maurice wants to use his Hollywood contacts to organize a film festival. Joel's own path seems to have gone up in smoke when his truck ignites after he turns down Ruth-Anne's offer to join the volunteer fire department.
In an alternate reality, Fleishman is married to Shelly, Maggie is his nanny, Ruth Ann is a prominent physician whom he seeks partnership with, Chris tries to jump off a building and Maurice walks into their dinner party gun in hand.
Maggie regrets her auction donation and attempts to buy the item back from Chris, Shelly wakes up in Miranda's doll house to find Ruth Ann portraying the original owner, and Ed, turned P.I., films Hayden committing insurance fraud.
Marilyn walks out on her job; Maurice tries to impress an aristocratic English dame but Ruth Ann rescues the fox he intends to hunt; Holling's daughter has stood him up and Dr. Fleishman meets the ghosts of Yom Kippur past, present and future.
Maggie's 15 year old self haunts her; Shelly regrets throwing away a chain letter; cantankerous new barber Angelo is at odds with Chris; Joel finds out his head bump is malignant so he borrows Chris' bike & goes for a reckless joy ride.
Ed mixes Dr Fleischman's trial prescriptions with placebos; Maurice bullies him to find out what's in the pills; Chris becomes jealous of his ventriloquist dummy & Shelly sees her casino dreams come true when the Devil comes into town.
Through the magic of Ed's film reels, thanks to Marilyn's storytelling, the main characters go back in time to star as Cicely's residents back when Anastasia Romanov, Duchess of Russia, came to town, in the early 1900s.
Ed tracks Dr. Fleischman up river living a primitive life after Maggie asked him to move out; Chris' inept contractor botches up his trailer renovations & love-struck Ruth-Anne pines over Walt who is out checking traps.
A new doctor moves into town with his wife; Holling yearns to join Maurice's exclusive stag club "Sons of the Tundra", and Ed eats a spirit trout that gives him the power to live future events before they happen.
House-sitting for Maurice, Ed assumes his personality & throws lavish parties; Holling throws Maggie non-stop curves to buying Barbara's house and Joel feels the need to defend his lifestyle to a placid Marilyn.
Dr. Capra fights Maurice over an additive in his Cicely water which is making women lustful & aggressive and causing men to act like women. Joel, officially freed from his AK contract fights Shelly for his tapes that she has usurped.
Maggie is afraid to tell her mother her wedding to Joel is off; her mother's boyfriend dies at the Brick; Ruth-Anne hires Walt and Holling ditches a miffed Maurice to build Dr. Capra's boat so Maurice invites Ed to a sauna.
Dr Fleischman enlists Maggie to accompany him in a quest for the Lost Jewelled City where they will encounter classic fairy tale myths; Chris sues Dr Capra for malpractice and Michelle has to review The Brick for a restaurant guide.
Dr Capra buys land then gets agoraphobia & tries to get his money back from Maurice; Michelle resents an anonymous gift of clothes; Maurice thinks the Vincoeurs' daughter is his uncle reincarnated & the town celebrates Founders' Day.
Chris attempts to get his Master's degree in Comparative Literature in spite of two quarreling professors. Maggie buys the town theater and goes into business. Holling has a surprise show up in town and reveals an even bigger secret.
Dr Capra befriends an Italian restaurateur feuding with his neighbor, one of his patients who extends the vendetta onto him. Ruth-Anne becomes a popular radio storyteller & the Vincoeurs enlist mayor Maggie to settle a domestic dispute.
Cicely is in a mixed-doubles bowling tournament and Michelle is their star bowler. Chris finally realizes he's romantically interested in Maggie and she seems to reciprocate the feeling. Michelle leaves Phil and moves into the Brick.
Michelle decides to put on the play, Bus Stop, but is running into problems: Ron bribes her to cast Erick in a role; Holling gets drunk during rehearsals; Chris cannot kiss Maggie and Shelly is jealous of not getting the lead female role.
Cal turns himself in, serenades Maurice & Barbara who falls for him; Dr Capra has offended Marilyn's mother; Hayden tells him his apology made things worse & Holling suggests he takes Cotillion; Marilyn teaches Chris how to waltz.
Maurice is planning on asking Barbara to marry him but reconsiders when she punches him. Holling is acting like a caribou in rut; Michelle gets lost in the woods and meets Rabbi Schulman; Chris acknowledges his love for Maggie.