Being Erica

This Be The Verse

Season 1, Ep 8, Aired 2/25/09
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  • Episode Description
  • When things escalate between Erica and her mother at the Yom Kippur celebration, Erica is sent back to fix their relationship.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jana Sinyor

  • Aaron Martin

  • James Hurst

  • Michael MacLennan

  • Daegan Fryklind

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Erica: They say we should strive to forgive and forget, too often we do neither. Instead, we hold grudges, we stay mad.

    • Barbara: Oh, no, I see. On the most important holiday of the year, you have time for your father, but not for me? Erica: Mom, that's not what this is about, okay? I am not picking sides, I'm just, I'm staying neutral, okay? Like Switzerland. Barbara: And I want my daughters speaking to each other. Erica: There we go, that didn't take long. Barbara: You know, this fight between you two, it's reached a point where it's destroying the family. Erica: I think someone else deserves credit for that. Barbara (gently scoffs): You know, no matter what I say, it's always the same - your father's the saint and … everything that's wrong with the world is my fault.

    • (Josh rolls his eyes as Sam hangs up the phone) Samantha: What!? Josh: No, I … (clears throat) I just love a religion where you can screw up throughout the year, and then just clean the slate with one little phone call.

    • Ryan: Nice to meet you. Cantor? Is that like a Rabbi? Lily: Mm-m, more like a lead vocalist.

    • Dr. Tom: As the wise master from the Dagobah swamp once said : "There is no try, only do." Erica: Did you just quote Yoda? Dr. Tom (mimics Yoda): Mm-hmm. You know, Yoda was really just a mash-up of a lot of the Eastern religions traditions, but primarily, he was drawn from Buddhism. And the Buddhists … they spin these prayer wheels … while they recite the mantra which is inscribed along the side. (chants) "Oh mani padma hum." Which they believe inspired the spirit of compassion … and of understanding … and forgiveness. You wanna take it for a spin?

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Tak už to chodí (That's the Way Things Are)

    • Original International Air Dates: U.S. : April 9, 2009 on SOAPnet Netherlands : May 26, 2009 on Net 5 U.K. : November 9, 2009 on E4

    Trivia (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "How Bizarre" by OMC
      "Who Will Save Your Soul (iTunes Originals Version)" by Jewel
      "Time Has Come Today" by Joseph Lamar Chambers and Willie Mack Chambers
      "Another Way to Cry" by Justin Hines

    • Quotes Dr. Tom uses in this episode: There is no try, only do. - Yoda To err is human, but to forgive is divine. - Alexander Pope (paraphrased) They screw you up, your mom and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. - Philip Larkin (paraphrased)

    • The title of this episode is also the title of one of Philip Larkin's most famous and controversial poems, controversial not only for its dark accusation and conclusion, but for the bluntness of the famous four-letter-word used in the opening line. The title of Larkin's poem is itself an allusion to Robert Louis Stevenson's ode to finding a happy "homecoming" in death, Requiem - which is where the title line is taken from ("this be the verse you grave for me"). In the end, Larkin argues that the only escape from the Old Testament's cycle of "visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children" is to simply abstain from the process: Man hands on misery to man, it deepens like a coastal shelf Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself

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