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Mary Margaret O'Connell (born 1962), known as Maggie, is played by actress Janine Turner.

Maggie was born in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She became a bush pilot at an early age and went to Alaska with her boyfriend Dave, who was writing a book on mountain climbing. He fell asleep unprotected on a glacier and froze to death.

Maggie remained in the small town of Cicely, Alaska, flying an air taxi and supplementing her income as the local real estate agent.[1][2] She serves a term as mayor of Cicely.[3]


Maggie is a strong-willed, independent feminist but also has a soft side. Her main role model is Amelia Earhart.[4] When she was a child she wrote a letter to herself and, later in life after rediscovering the letter, manifests her younger self.[5] She also wanted to be detective extraordinaire Nancy Drew.[6] She gets to be a Homecoming queen[7] and becomes obsessed with dust mites.[8] One of the earliest moments of tenderness from Maggie comes when she reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 116 at the funeral for the unknown man.  [9]


  • Mother, Jane O'Connell (who visits and burns her house down and tells her she is divorcing her father[10] and she sees again at her grandmother's 80th birthday)[11]
  • Father, Frank O'Connell, the youngest CEO in automotive history (who comes to visit her once; calls her "Peanut")[9]
  • Brother, Jeff ("Jeffie")[11]
  • Grandmother ("Grammy")[11]


Maggie owns her own Cessna 170 airplane and works on it several times[13][14][5] and even put together a kit plane.[15] Besides her handywoman skills, she also works on her pickup truck and snowmobile,[16] and helps Chris restore a Ford Model T.[17]

Love lifeEdit

She has a love-hate relationship with Joel, who she thinks she has sex with once,[18][19] eventually does have sex with[20] ("forgets", but he reminds her: "last Tuesday in a barn at 1:46 PM"),[16] and even gets engaged to.[21] They finally agree they have a "mutually desirous incompatibility".[22] However, in the end, she ends up with Chris.[23] When she was growing up in Grosse Pointe, Jed liked her.[11][24] She has a brief "spring fantasy fling" with what is implied to be a bear but always looks human.[25]

Victims of the "O'Connell Curse"

Maggie's past boyfriends all died in improbable accidents. Cicely residents attribute this to the "O'Connell Curse", though Maggie denies it (and Joel refuses to believe in it).

On her 30th birthday, while camping next to a river, she gets sick and "meets" them all in a hallucination/vision.[27]

During season 4, Maggie has a brief relationship with Mike Monroe, an ex-lawyer with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.[28] In his case, the curse works in reverse: he is cured of his condition and inspires to practice environmental law.[29]

Maggie's mother may have the curse too.[30]


  1. Pilot (1-1)
  2. "The Bad Seed" (4-7)
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Realpolitik" (6-10)
  4. Joel first likens Maggie to Earhart in "Brains, Know-How, and Native Intelligence" (1-2). Maggie mentions Earhart as a "woman who didn't toe the traditional female line" in "Get Real" (3-9). In "Heroes" (4-4), Maggie says Earhart is more of an influence than a hero. Maggie's brother Jeffrey asks Joel if Maggie's plane-flying is some "Amelia Earhart complex", in "Grosse Pointe 48230" (4-14).
  5. 5.0 5.1 "The Letter" (6-4)
  6. "The Mystery of the Old Curio Shop" (5-2)
  7. "A River Doesn't Run Through It" (5-5)
  8. "Mite Makes Right" (5-13)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "All Is Vanity" (2-3)
  10. "Burning Down The House" (3-14)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 "Grosse Pointe 48230" (4-14)
  12. "The Graduate" (6-17)
  13. "Oy, Wilderness" (3-3)
  14. "Kaddish for Uncle Manny" (4-22)
  15. "A Wing and a Prayer" (5-20)
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Love's Labor Mislaid" (4-17)
  17. "Lucky People" (6-16)
  18. "It Happened in Juneau" (3-21)
  19. "Our Wedding" (3-22)
  20. "Ill Wind" (4-16)
  21. "Full Upright Position" (6-7)
  22. "Family Feud" (4-19)
  23. "Ursa Minor" (6-21)
  24. "Blood Ties" (5-23)
  25. "Wake-Up Call" (3-19)
  26. "Sex, Lies, and Ed's Tape" (1-6)
  27. "Northwest Passages" (4-1)
  28. "Duets" (4-13)
  29. "Homesick" (4-20)
  30. "The Mommy's Curse" (6-14)
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