Being Erica

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


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  • Season 1 Episode 12: Erica The Vampire Slayer

  • 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)

  • Season 1 Episode 11: She's Lost Control

  • 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)

  • Season 1 Episode 10: Mi Casa, Su Casa Loma

  • Quotes Dr. Tom uses in this episode:

    Being entirely honest with oneself is a worthwhile exercise. - Sigmund Freud (paraphrased)
    A man has two reasons for doing anything - a good reason and the real reason. - J.P. Morgan

  • Erica: My parents, they go to bed really early. So, we can, uh … we can make popcorn and watch Interview with the Vampire.
    Judith: UH, that's a book.

    Erica momentarily forgets that she went back in time, before the Anne Rice novel became an award-winning motion picture (1994) starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Antonio Banderas.

  • When Dr. Tom credits J. P. Morgan (1837-1913) with saying "A man has two reasons for doing anything - a good reason and the real reason", he's not entirely correct. Actually, like so many other things, the old financier-slash-robber baron stole that quote, in this case, from the English writer and philosopher, Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) - who said, in a more reasonable and less sexist manner, "A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason."

  • Featured Music:
    "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell (played at the party)
    "Unbelievable" by EMF (played at the party)

  • The party takes place at Casa Loma, an historic castle in Toronto.

  • Season 1 Episode 9: Everything She Wants

  • Featured Music:
    "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth" by Primitive Radio Gods
    "Spice Up Your Life" by The Spice Girls
    "Praise You" by Fatboy Slim
    "Madman" by Clara Klein

  • Quote Dr. Tom uses in this episode:

    Labels are for cans, not people. - Anthony Rapp

  • The title of this episode is taken from a 1984 George Michael-penned hit song by the British pop duo Wham!.

  • Season 1 Episode 8: This Be The Verse

  • 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

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