Being Erica

Erica The Vampire Slayer

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 3/25/09
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  • Episode Description
  • In order to improve her management skills, Erica is sent back to an old relationship that did not work out the way she wanted. The trip includes participation in a vampire LARP (live-action role play) to learn a lesson about stepping out of the box.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tyron Leitso

    Ethan Wakefield

  • Vinessa Antoine

    Judith Winters

  • Reagan Pasternak

    Julianne Giacommelli

  • Morgan Kelly

    Brent Kennedy

  • John Boylan

    Gary Strange

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Erica: Have you ever watched someone do their job and thought … I could never do that, that's not me … It's an important thing - to be able to determine what we can and can't do, what fits and what doesn't, who you are and who you're not.

    • Erica: Bad? Linda Kaplan's answer to a mid-life crisis is an avocado quesadilla. Julianne: Mm. Erica: I don't recommend that, um, that we publish this. Julianne (sighs): Bummer, I hearted the pitch. But if both you and Dory are saying she's not delivering, then it's time to give her the boot. Time to tell Linda she's done, like dinner, 'kay? Erica: What!? Me? You want me to do it? Julianne: Yeah, you, and do it today before she hands in any more chapters. Just get her on the phone, and tell her she needs to come in. Pronto-Toronto. Erica: Oh, no, Julianne. Look, I'm really, um … I'm really good at, you know, taking notes and reading. But I don't … I don't think that I can, um … Julianne: Fire someone? Well, "newsflash", that's part of the job. You're a manager now, Erica, please start acting like one. Go get your hands dirty. Brent: With the raise you're about to get, I think you could afford the manicure.

    • Julianne: People draw blood to get into his sessions. So, consider yourself extremely lucky 'cause I'm giving you my spot. Erica: Thank you, and you know, I think that management training is exactly what I need. Julianne: Oh, I hope so, because my Spidey senses are tingling, Erica - and not in a good way. I'm gonna be honest with you, right now I'm wondering if you're ready for this promotion.

    • (Claire is leaving after arguing with Ethan) Claire (to Erica): Well, you finally got him - only took you ten years.

    • Friedken: What was your name again? Erica (gulps nervously): It's Erica. It's um, it's Erica Strange. Friedken: Okay, you gotta say that with more conviction, okay? See? (crouches slightly and deepens his voice) Baaa! Start from down here, you see? (gesturing to his abdomen) Start from down here! And you say … you say-say it like (growls loudly) ERICA STRANGE! Erica (slightly greater conviction): Erica Strange. Friedken: Proceed. Erica: Okay, um, the words to describe my management style are … in-in no particular order (stammers) : fun … and friendly, easy-going, supportive, and, uh … nurturing. Friedken (with growing sarcasm): Right! Because, you know, whilst Hannibal marched his war elephants over the alps during the Second Punic War, he was easy-going. He was fun, he was friendly.

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    Notes (3)

    • LARP stands for Live Action Role-Playing Game. - where players pursue goals within a fictionalized construct in the real 3D world, while interacting with each other as their role-playing characters. LARPs grew out of tabletop role-playing games in the 1970's - well before computer role-playing games first appeared. Genres can vary from realistic or historical to complete fantasy. Games can be simple, small private affairs lasting for a few hours or large public events involving expensive costumes and realistic props and lasting for days - such as Civil War battle reenactments.

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Erika, přemožitelka upírů (Erica the Vampire Vanquisher)

    • Original International Air Dates: U.S. : May 7, 2009 on SOAPnet Netherlands : June 23, 2009 on Net 5 U.K. : December 7, 2009 on E4

    Trivia (2)

    • Quotes Dr. Tom uses in this episode: Learn to … be what you are, and learn to resign with good grace all that you are not. - Henri Frederic Amie (paraphrased) Thinking is easy, acting is difficult - and to put one's thoughts into action, the most difficult thing in the world. - Goethe

    • Featured Music: "Down At Kenny's" from Jazz Experiment CD "Lust For Love" by Images In Vogue (Played at the LARP) "Sparkle and Shine" by Econoline Crush (Played at the LARP)

    Allusions (2)

    • Erica: Live long and prosper. To make Ivan feel better about having rejected him and his vampire fantasy, Erica tries to relate by alluding to Spock from Star Trek. She even gives the Vulcan hand gesture.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to both the 1992 movie and the iconic American television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003).

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