Being Erica

Season 3 Episode 3

Two Wrongs

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2010 on CBC



  • Trivia

    • Featured Music:
      "Dreams" by the cranberries
      "Underwhelmed" by Sloan
      "Only Wanna Be With You" by Hootie & the Blowfish
      'Whoomp! There It Is" by Tag Team
      "She Ain't Pretty" by The Northern Pikes
      "Fifty Mission Cap" by The Tragically Hip
      "Two Worlds Collide" by Josh Schroeder

    • Quotes Dr. Tom uses in this episode:

      An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. - Gandhi
      Darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • Jordan: Hey, Leo, grandpa here wants some music - just none of that weird-ass Radiomouth … Give us some HOOTIE!

      Jordan is disparaging the progressive alt-rock band, Radiohead, while calling for music by the more mainstream, preppie-orientated Hootie and the Blowfish.

  • Quotes

    • Ivan (with package): Delivery! They say good things come in small packages!
      Julianne: Do you mean Dave or the box, Barbapapa?

    • Julianne (about Brent): Which leads us to option number two …
      Erica: Mm-hmm?
      Julianne: We bring him down. We beg, borrow, steal - whatever it takes to win.
      Erica: There is a third option. We could just talk to him.
      Julianne (gently scoffs): Or we could go drink cyanide-laced Kool-Aid. Big "no" to both.

    • Brent: Survival of the fittest. Don't blame me, blame Darwin.
      Julianne: Brent! You're sitting in my office with my job. I think Darwin has made his point!
      Erica: What Julianne is saying is that we have no intention of interfering with River Rock's slate, so all we ask is you pay us the same professional courtesy.
      Brent: By pulling my offer on The Purple Door - a property I greatly desire?
      Erica: You don't … greatly desire it.
      Brent: But you do.
      Julianne: Okay, Erica, you know what? I can't listen to this anymore.
      Brent: Maybe you both need to grow a thicker skin. Business is war - and as you made crystal-clear at the Festival of Authors, we are not friends.
      Erica: Brent …
      Brent: Thanks for coming by. And btw., from now on, I will want any book that you greatly desire. I have told that to every lit agent in this country. River Rock'll pay, whatever it takes.
      Erica: What happened to you?

    • Erica: A-a-ugh. We should've never gone to River Rock today. That was … so humiliating.
      Julianne: Oh, hang on, this is kinda fun for me - I told you so.

    • Dr. Tom: "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind" - Gandhi.
      Erica: I disagree.
      Dr. Tom: You disagree with Gandhi?
      Erica: Well, look, we went to River Rock. We sat in front of Brent and I tried to reason with him - and he made it perfectly clear that he wants to destroy us.
      Dr. Tom: So you feel you need to destroy him first?

    • Erica: So listen, Adam, I just have to say, I mean, I am lost. I have … no idea why Dr. Tom sent me back to this regret - or why he brought you with me.
      Adam: Look, I don't know your brother, but he doesn't really seem like the frat-boy type.
      Erica: No. No, he's not at all. But, I mean, he's 18. At this point in his life, he's, you know, he's still finding himself.
      Adam: Do you what a goat is?
      Erica: What, like the animal?
      Adam: No, I mean … the loser of the group, the one the guys all pick on for laughs.
      Erica: Okay.
      Adam: We only spent a few minutes with him, but … I think Leo's the goat.
      Erica: No. No, look, there's no way. Leo, he's-he's the coolest guy I know. Everyone that meets him, they love him.
      Adam: He's your brother. I'm just … tellin' ya what I'm seein'.

    • Erica (clears throat): So, I'm-I'm sorry to ask, but … since when do you like this kinda stuff?
      Leo: Since when do I like hanging out? Huh?
      Erica: Frats and rushing and being a preppie?
      Leo: What's this all about?
      Erica: I don't think you're happy here.
      Leo: Why? What, 'cause the-the guys are riding me? They do that to all the rushes.
      Erica: As much as they do it to you? (Leo shrugs) I, you know, I just … I don't think that this is the right place for you. Those guys … they're laughing at you, at your expense. Leo, th … you're their goat.
      Leo: No. No, I'm not.
      Erica: Look, they don't want you in their frat, and honestly, you don't need them. I'm just worried that things … they're gonna get worse for you until you get …
      Leo: You show up here with a guy Dad's age and I don't judge you.
      Erica: No, I know …
      Leo: You're in high school! You don't know what you're talking about.

    • Erica: So, it wasn't just Jordan? The other guys, they helped and … and they went along?
      Adam: They must have.
      Erica: What is this a cult? They just - they do whatever that psycho says? These guys, they're-they're supposed to be civilized and educated.
      Adam: It's gang mentality. It brings out the worst in people.
      Erica: We need to call the police. We need to tell mom and dad.
      Leo: No.
      Erica: Leo …
      Leo: I'm serious, Erica, do not call anyone.
      Erica: Hey, Leo … Hey, listen. They assaulted you - and it's a crime.
      Leo: You tell anyone … and I'll deny it.

    • Erica: What did you do to my brother, hmm?
      Jordan: It's this whole "honor in the house" thing. You wouldn't understand.
      Erica: What did you do to my brother?
      Jordan (sighs): There's a hierarchy here. Without order, there is chaos.
      Erica: You can't even say it, can you? Hmm?
      Jordan: What? You want me to describe it to you? (advances towards Erica) Why? So you can tell your mommy and daddy?
      Erica: Get away from me! (shoves him back)
      Jordan: O-o-oh … Okay, fine. I'm so sorry. Are you happy? (Erica begins tearing up) You havin' fun at the party?
      Erica: What you did, it was sick.
      Jordan: Are you done? (scoffs) You know, you're welcome to stick around if you want, but … the whole tears thing's really killin' it for me.
      (Erica hits him with a trophy, breaking, his nose)

    • Dr. Tom: We need to let Leo cool off for a bit.
      Erica: If the point of this trip was to teach me perspective, then - lesson learned. I thought I hated Brent for stealing Seth's book … but, wow, can things get darker.
      Dr. Tom: Yeah, it can. But "darkness is only driven out with light, not more darkness" - Martin Luther King.
      Erica: Oh, no. The fact is that good can come out of darkness. Jordan will get what's coming to him, Julianne and I can get Brent fired and save our company.
      Dr. Tom: I'm not denying that there can be a gain. I'm only asking you to consider what will be lost.

    • Dr. Tom: You know, a history of violence, it's, uh, something that Adam and I have in common. You know, I remember the first time that I beat someone up. It was in "a bar", and, uh, it was about a week after Sarah had disappeared. I picked a fight, with the bartender as a matter of fact, and, uh, I remember my hands shook. I felt like, uh, I wanted to vomit. And the second time, it was, uh … easier. And after that … well, it just stopped registering, really. It became … normal.
      Erica: So, I mean, what? You think that I'm gonna become like you? Like Adam? Because I wanna protect my brother from a monster - and I wanna save my business from being destroyed?
      Adam: You take one step in that direction, it's still a step. It opens the door to more - and violence is violence, whether it's physical or not.
      Dr. Tom: You know, you do violence to Jordan, to Brent, and it-it might solve one problem, but it creates a far more serious one. And acting counter to your own values will do more than just change your circumstances, it will change you - and you may not like what you become.

    • Julianne: Don't be a chicken, chicken.
      Erica: No, I'm not being a chicken, I … It's just … Is this the right thing to do?
      Julianne: Of course it's the right thing to do. Brent is trying to destroy us.
      Erica: So … we destroy him?
      Julianne: Yes, we destroy him! And then, we go after Friedken and we expose him for the fraud that he really is. If you knew what I know about that guy …
      Erica: Julianne …
      Julianne: And we don't stop there! We do not stop until we take down Frank Galvin himself, until we turn all of River Rock Publishing into a giant rubble heap.
      Erica: Is that why we opened this business?
      Julianne: They started it.
      Erica: Yes, they did. But, I wanna publish books, and what you're talking about here is … is something else entirely.
      Julianne: Erica …
      Erica: It's gross, what we're doing, and it's beneath us.

    • Julianne: Okay, you're panicking, Erica, and when you panic I start to panic and then I seriously question that going after this book instead of screwing Brent over the way he screwed us over - well, I question if it's worth it. Is it worth it?
      Erica: Yes. It is.
      Julianne: Okay. And this whole "second job" thing? Fine, but please not at Goblins.
      Erica: Yeah, that would-that would be weird.
      Julianne: No, because your lattes, chicken, they suck. Sorry.

    • Erica: Some things are true, whether we want them to be or not. Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become habits, habits become character - and character? Well, character becomes destiny. It's a hard thing to look deep down and examine our character. Will we do the right thing, even when no-one's looking? When it's not convenient? When it's really hard? Will we do the right things simply because we have to - because it's who we are? Because it's right?

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      U.S. : February 9, 2011 on SOAPnet
      U.K. : April 24, 2011 on E4/E4 HD

    • Brent: Maybe you both need to grow a thicker skin. Business is war …

      Brent is repeating a phrase which became especially popular among business leaders in the 1990's. The idea is a distillation of concepts first put forth by the Prussian officer Carl von Clausewitz in his posthumously published work, Vom Kriege (roughly translated into English as On War) (1832). In the book, Clausewitz says "Rather than comparing (war) to art we could more accurately compare it to commerce, which is also a conflict of human interests and activities; and it is still closer to politics, which in turn may be considered as a kind of commerce on a larger scale." Clausewitz's ideas have been further refined to encompass the concept of seeing business as "war by other means" and the idea of business as "total competition". Motoman, the American robotics company (a subsidiary of the Japanese Yaskawa Electric Corporation) said it all in a 1994 advert in Manufacturing Engineering: "Business is war. Arm yourself."

    • Julianne: I have RRSP's.

      An RRSP is a Registered Retirement Savings Plan, a type of tax-deferred, Canadian account for holding savings and investment assets. The account holder can cash in any amount at any age, but the amount withdrawn becomes taxable income. RRSP's are similar to both IRA's and 401(k)'s in the United States and ISA's in the United Kingdom.

  • Allusions

    • Julianne (to Ivan): Do you mean Dave or the box, Barbapapa?

      Teasingly addressing the large, bearded, rotund Ivan, Julianne alludes to Barbapapa, the title character of a series of children's books by French authors Annette Tison and Talus Taylor. Barbapapa (French for cotton candy or "father's beard") is a large, pink, pear-shaped blob-creature capable of shapeshifting. The popular stories have been translated into over thirty languages and also made into a series of short television cartoons and comic books.

    • Brent: To Julianne - not only my friend, my mentor and my hero … but also, the lady to my gaga.

      In toasting Julianne, Brent alludes to Lady Gaga, the American glam-pop personality known for her outré presentation and business acumen.