Being Erica

Season 1 Episode 1

Dr. Tom

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 2009 on CBC



  • Trivia

    • Erica was fired from her job as a customer service salesperson from WCP Insurance for being 'too smart'.

    • Erica is allergic to nuts, which is shown in the cafe when she drinks the hazlenut mocha mint latte that the clerk gives her and has an allergic reaction to the contents and she ends up in the emergency room.

    • Quotes Dr. Tom uses in this episode:
      Pressure makes diamonds. - General George S. Patton
      In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. - Albert Einstein
      Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. - Baruch Spinoza
      The life which is unexamined is not worth living. - Plato (paraphrased)
      We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. - John Halt
      Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make. - Abraham Cowley
      There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in. - Leonard Cohen
      The most exhausting thing in life is being insincere. - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
      No party is fun, unless seasoned with folly. - Desiderius Erasmus (paraphrased)
      It takes a lot of courage to grow up and be who you really are. - EE Cummings (paraphrased)
      Those that fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it. - Winston Churchill (paraphrased)
      If life's journey be endless, where is its goal? The answer is, it is everywhere. - Rabindranath Tagore
      Your parents will mess you up. They don't mean to, but they do it anyway. - Philip Larkin (paraphrased)
      Learn to be what you are, and learn to resign with good grace all that you are not. - Henry Frederick Emile (paraphrased)

    • Featured Music:
      "Tricks Are For Kids" by Lauren Evans (Trevor calls Erica)
      "It's A Lovely Day Today" by Stacey Kent (Erica flees from the rain)
      "Where Does The Good Go" by Tegan and Sara (Erica looks at her pictures)
      "Yesterday Man" by Roz Bell (Sung by the street musician)
      "Tainted Love" by Neverending White Lights (Flashback to the Fall Dance)
      "There She Goes" by LA's (Erica goes back in time)
      "My Old School" by Steely Dan (Erica meets her dad)
      "Roam" by The B52's (Erica picks her clothes)
      "Right Here Right Now" by Jesus Jones (Erica talks to Noah)
      "Wishing Well" by Terence Trent D'Arby (Samantha gets ready)
      "It Must Have Been Love" by Roxette (Erica makes out with Noah)
      "Tainted Love" by Neverending White Lights (At the Fall Dance)
      "Free Your Mind" by En Vogue (At the Fall Dance)
      "Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer (At the Fall Dance)
      "More Than Words" by Extreme (The ambulance takes Katie)
      "Where Does The Good Go" by Tegan and Sara (Erica meets Judith)

    • Erica's locker combination is 12-33-24.

    • Dr. Tom's address is
      47 Sugar Street
      Toronto, ON
      (416) 555 - 0117

  • Quotes

    • Erica: Change. Sometimes it sneaks up on you. Sometimes it hits you over the head. And sometimes you turn a corner, only to find you're different in some small way, and the world doesn't look quite like it used to. So, where do I go from here? No idea. And for the first time, I feel like that's a good thing.

    • Erica: What about paradoxes, huh? Butterfly Effect, Back to the Future?
      Dr. Tom: I love that movie.
      Erica: If I change the past, if I don't get drunk, would that cause, like, World War III in the present?
      Dr. Tom: Or, is it possible that your alcohol consumption, though very important to you, might not play a role in influencing world events?

    • Erica: So Dad's in the living room smoking pot, and my 13-year-old brother in law just checked me out. If this is a dream, it's scary real. I have no words. Well, maybe three: what the hell?

    • Erica: You know that friend you have? The girl who seems to have it all figured out? She's got the great job, the great guy, the great life. Well...I'm not that girl. My name is Erica Strange. I'm 32, still working a dead end job, still sleeping with my cat. I know people wonder why the cute girl with the great education and the great friends can't get it together. There's a simple answer: bad decisions. I could teach a course on messing up your life. Really, I'm that good at getting everything wrong. The worst part is, it wasn't always like this. I used to be a rising star. But these days, I just feel like I flame out.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Doktor Tom (Dr. Tom)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      U.S. : February 19, 2009 on SOAPnet
      Netherlands : April 7, 2009 on Net 5
      Australia : August 28, 2009 on ABC2
      U.K. : September 28, 2009 on E4

    • The closing credits featured special thanks to Neverending White Lights and Roz Bell, who played a street musician in the episode.

  • Allusions

    • Erica: What about paradoxes, huh? Butterfly Effect, Back to the Future?

      Erica references two movies that have to do with time travel, similar to her situation: The Butterfly Effect and Back To The Future.