Being Erica

She's Lost Control

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 3/18/09
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  • Episode Description
  • Now that she is supervising the launch of Katie's new book, Erica has turned into a control-freak. Fortunately, she realizes her need to control everything is contributing to the deteriorating relationship with Ethan. She asks Dr. Tom to send her back to prevent the kiss they shared.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Grace Lynn Kung


  • Jamie Spilchuk

    Alex Berlin

  • Deborah Grover

    Professor Olga Thorsson

  • Toya Alexis

    Bitter Girl

  • Erin Karpluk

    Erica Strange

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Fantastic episode!

    By tvfan222, Aug 11, 2009

  • Let it go ! How-to better control your life.

    By goa103, Mar 20, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Erica: Control. You might call it a life-long obsession. Within a year of birth, we're already throwing fits, trying to control everything and anything that touches our lives … Our addiction to control starts early, and it doesn't end there. The terrible twos, the teenage years - our whole lives are a constant battle between what we want and what stands in our way.

    • Julianne (to Erica): Impress me, otherwise this little "foray" into the world of junior editor? More like … a detour. Brent: I would not wanna be in your shoes, and … not just because you're wearing cheap Patrick Cox knock-offs.

    • Brent: Interesting, but real people can't act, real people can't stick to a script. So if you want my help, I think we should … Erica: Actually, Julianne put me in charge of the title, so, I'm launching it the way I want to. Brent: Hmm. Well then, good luck with that. Erica: B-B-Brent … Brent: No-no-no-no-no. No, really. You make a mean latte, so I'm sure you're totally qualified to launch a book … on your own. Erica: Control. It's a dangerous obsession. Take it too far … and you could risk losing it altogether.

    • (Meeri hands Julianne a glass of less-than-impressive wine) Julianne: Oh, wow, memories of … communion. (clears throat, hands it back and walks off) Erica: Meeri, it's like I told you the other day, alright? We're aiming for something really special here and there is nothing special about a cheap bottle of screw-top wine.

    • (an agitated Erica finds Dr. Tom on the floor, with incense burning) Dr. Tom: The lotus position, also known as the padmasana. Yoga prepares the body for meditation, which allows us to observe our thoughts, so that we're not controlled by them - also lights a fire under your kundalini. Erica: Pardon me?

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Ztráta kontroly (Loss of Control)

    • Original International Air Dates: U.S. : April 30, 2009 on SOAPnet Netherlands : June 16, 2009 on Net 5 U.K. : November 30, 2009 on E4

    Trivia (5)

    • Quotes Dr. Tom uses in this episode: He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.. - George Orwell (paraphrased) We create our fate every day we live. - Henry Miller There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain. - Aeschylus Men in the game are blind to what men looking on see clearly. - Chinese Proverb

    • When Professor Thorsson tries to talk to Erica about Stanislavski and his approach to acting, Erica is too busy watching Claire and Ethan to pay attention. She promises the professor that she'll "Google" Stanislavski and leaves. The good professor is confused ("Google?"), as it is 1994 and the now-famous Google search engine would not even be a research project until 1996. The term Google was registered the next year and the company was incorporated in 1998. By 2006, the word was added to the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English dictionaries - as a verb.

    • Dr. Tom: I'm going from Upward Dog right into Downward Dog and you're kind of in the way there. Upward-Facing Dog and Downward-Facing Dog are two Yoga poses, or exercises, designed to not only relieve stress, but to stretch and strengthen the entire body - especially the back. Downward Dog is considered a beginner's pose, while Upward Dog is more of an intermediate level exercise.

    • The title of this episode is taken from a 1980 song by the British post-punk band, Joy Division.

    • Featured Music: "Reunion" by Stars (Erica's brunch party) "Every Little Thing" by Melanie Doane (Closing scene)

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