Being Erica

Season 1 Episode 2

What I am is What I am

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Jan 12, 2009 on CBC
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When Erica looks for a new job as an editor's assistant, she finds the editor to be one of her university mates, who joined the "Literati" society back in the days - the most respected club on the campus, that Erica had passed on, which she now regrets having done. Dr. Tom sends her back to her student time to fix that.


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  • Amazing!

    This was an amazing episode! This is the first and SO FAR the only episode of Bing Erica that I saw and I really want more! The acting was just amazing and the overall plot! I love the character of Erica. Dr.Tom is cool too. I wonder how exactly he does what he does. The college setting was interesting. The rituals the club did was very weird. I noticed that the actors of Dylan and Jimmy from Degrassi were in this episode! It was really cool seeing them!Overall, a seducing episode that will have you hooked and wanting more !moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • 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".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Erica: Everyone's got their own path. Some are only just beginning, while others end all too soon. However you do it, the fact is, the path you're on, the choices you make, define who you are. Choices. They're the building blocks or our lives, they shape our past, present and future. And despite all the mistakes I've made, every new day brings with it new choices and their whole new world of possibilities.

    • Dr. Tom: The egg. Perfection, both in function and in form. It has a double arch, top and bottom, it's what makes an egg so incredibly strong. But the minute that we begin to chip away at its integrity, the egg collapse in on itself, until in the end we're left with only...breakfast. It's still an egg, but it's not the same.

    • Erica: Choices. They're close enough and you can see them everywhere. But what do you do when you see your life as a series of bad choices? When you would give anything to have made different ones. The question is: if you could go back and do it all differently, would you still be you?

    • Erica: A resume. It tells a story. School, job, hobbies. It's a snapshot of who we are. (...) And at the end of the day it all comes down to the choices we've made.

  • NOTES (2)