Being Erica

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Monday 9:00 PM on CBC Premiered Jan 05, 2009 In Season

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  • Season 1 Episode 1: Dr. Tom

  • 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

  • Season 1 Episode 2: What I am is What I am

  • Featured Music:
    "What's Going On" by 4 Non Blondes (Erica goes back in time)
    "People Are Strange" by The Doors (Erica goes to the society meeting)
    "Everybody Knows" by Concrete Blonde (newspapers are read)
    "What's Going On" by 4 Non Blondes (Erica joins the blockade)

  • Erica's previous work experience:

    WTP Insurance - Call Centre Representative
    March 2008 - May 2008

    Telecast Marketing - Client Representative
    February 2006 - January 2008

    Zilberstein Zippers - Administrative Assistant
    February 2005 - November 2005

    Tranquil Telecommunications, Inc. - Client Representative
    September 2004 - December 2004

    CWN Papers Ltd. - Account Representative
    May 2004 - August 2004

  • Erica's education includes a Master of English in Concentrating on Literary History and Identity Politics (1998-2000), as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (1994-1998).

  • Erica's address is:
    1031 Palmerston Ave.
    Toronto ON, M6G 3A7
    Her license plate reads "A3R 3E5".

  • Season 1 Episode 3: Plenty of Fish

  • Featured Music:
    "Old School" by Hedley
    "Pump Up the Volume" by MARRS
    "Wheat Kings" by Marco DiFelice & Trevor Yuile
    "Im too Sexy" by Trevor Yuile & Joettes
    "Two Princes" by Spin Doctors
    "Girl WithA Problem" by The Northern Pikes
    "Every Little Thing" by Melanie Doane

  • Quote Dr. Tom uses in this episode:

    Chasing the past, she stumbled into the future. - T.A. Sachs (paraphrased)

  • Season 1 Episode 4: The Secret of Now

  • Featured Music:
    "Enchantment" by Lily Frost
    "Hit Me Baby One More Time" by Danielle Lindy & Trevor Yuile
    "Is It Just Spring?" by Lily Frost
    "Love Can Hurt" by Tim Renwick
    "No Rain" by Blind Melon
    "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
    "Every Little Thing" by Melanie Doane

  • The "poem" that Erica recites, Voice Aflame, is actually from the chorus of Britney Spears's 1999 hit, "Baby One More Time".

  • Season 1 Episode 5: Adultescence

  • Featured Music:
    "String of Blinking Light" by Paper Moon
    "Grow" by Jaylene
    "Capricious Life" by Marco Solo
    "Girls Just Want to Have Fun"
    "Hungry Eyes"
    "Take On Me"
    "Do You Love Me"
    "Hava Nagalia"

  • Season 1 Episode 6: 'Til Death

  • Featured Music:
    "Brother Down" by Sam Roberts
    "Get Busy" by Sean Paul
    "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
    "Minuet from String Quintet in E, Op 13, No 5" composed by Boccherini

  • The title of this episode, Til Death, is also the title of a FOX comedy series about love, marriage and friendship which stars Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher.

  • The blackout that happens during the episode actually occurred. On August 14, 2003, at 4:15 EDT, the electrical grid was offline for one full day. The blackout affected an estimated 10 million people in the Canadian province of Ontario and 40 million people in eight U.S. states.

  • Season 1 Episode 7: Such a Perfect Day

  • Featured Music:
    "Perfect" by Fairground Attraction
    "Rhythm Of My Heart" by Sam Roberts
    "Angel's Serenade"
    "Venetian Wood"
    "Rhythm Of My Heart" by Marc Jordan

  • In her opening voiceover, Erica mentions "that little fishing boat from The Perfect Storm" which was lost at sea. The Perfect Storm is a nonfiction book written by Sebastian Junger (1997) about the fishing boat Andrea Gail, as well as rescue efforts directed at several other ships caught up in the extratropical cyclone known as the 1991 Halloween Nor'easter.

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Drama

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flashbacks, light science fiction, love/hate relationships, infidelity, divorce