This episode of the quirky TV series Northern Exposure starts with a jolt when Maggie (Janine Turner) receives some surprising news from her "pathologically polite" mother (Bibi Besch). Other plot threads involve a bizarre "conceptual art" project cooked up by Chris (John Corbett) and a down-in-the-dumps chimney sweep (John M. Jackson) whose spirits are rallied by Joel (Rob Morrow). As the story rounds the stretch towards the finish line, Maggie's mom has a "minor" household mishap, while preparations are made to fling a cow into the air. We said "quirky," didn't we? "Burning Down the House" originally aired February 3, 1992.