Afterlife (2006)

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (6)

  • Robert: Listen I, I don't want to be disrespectful to your beliefs. Alison: Why not? I'm quite likely to be disrespectful of yours.

  • Alison: Even mediums go to the supermarket, Robert. (Robert sees a scratchcard on the kitchen side) Robert: Even mediums do scratchcards. Alison: Psychologists do too, I'm told. Oh, no, I'm sorry, psychologists study scratchcards, don't they?

  • Alison: (To Robert) And what would you say if I said I can see a little child, aged about six, right now, in the corner? Who's to say that little child isn't there just because you can't see it? Who's to say you're right, and I'm wrong? Who's to say that I'm mad, and you're sane? Robert: Is it a boy or a girl? You got a fifty-fifty chance of getting it right. Alison: Oh, you know it's a little boy. Robert: You've obviously done your homework.

  • Alison: I'd run way, if I could. I'd cut them out with a rusty knife, if I could. But I don't have any choice. You don't choose the spirits, they choose you.

  • Alison: (To Veronica) She's standing behind you, she's got her hand on your shoulder, very, very close. It's almost like she's your guardian angel. And, the sadness. There's so much sadness coming off her. And she's saying "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry" again and again. Does that make sense? (Veronica shakes her head) Alison: No? It's a very, very strong scent of lavender. (Alison walks away)

  • Jen: So you'd reject anyone's belief in something beyond the material world? Robert: I wouldn't reject anyone's belief, but that's all it is - a belief.

Notes (1)

  • Zoe Telford had played Andrew Lincoln's girlfriend in Season One of Teachers, but the two do not appear together in this Afterlife episode.

Allusions (2)

  • Eddie Belfour Eddie Belfour is the name of a hockey player for the Canadian team; the Toronto Maple Leafs. The team colours are blue and white, which also matches Eddie's shirt.

  • The title "A Name Written in Water" is inspired by the epitaph that poet John Keats wrote for his gravestone. It was echoed in the poem "On Keats" by Christina Rossetti. "What was his record of himself, ere he went from us ? Here lies one whose name was writ in water."