Being Erica

Season 2 Episode 5

Yes We Can

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 2009 on CBC



  • Trivia

    • Featured Music:
      "Alien" by Sebastian Pigott (Kai performs)
      "Feel It" by Jakalope (At the club)
      "Stranger" by Johnny Hollow (At the club)
      "Ordinary Day" by Emilie Mover (Erica with Judith)
      "Oh, The Boss Is Coming" by Arkells (Joyride)
      "Cappuccino" from Groove Cafe
      "Groovalicious" from Groove Cafe 2

    • Quotes Dr. Tom uses in this episode:

      Isaac Newton (paraphrased): Every action has a reaction.
      Mark Twain: To succeed in life you need two things: ignorance and confidence.
      Albert Camus: Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

  • Quotes

    • Kai (when Erica balks at stealing a car) Erica, the first rule of Do-Over Day is: there are no rules.

    • Erica: Why can't I? It's a question that never goes away. Our whole lives are spent chaffing against the rules, pushing back the boundaries, trying to find a loophole.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Netherlands : December 1, 2009 on Net 5
      U.S. : February 17, 2010 on SOAPnet
      U.K. : July 20, 2010 on E4/E4 HD

  • Allusions

    • Erica: (when Dr. Tom rings the doorbell): It's the end of the world as we know it.

      Erica is alluding to the apocalyptic imagery laden 1987 R.E.M. single "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".

    • Julianne (when Erica arrives late and makes a scene): Who the hell do you think you are, Oprah?

      Julianne is alluding to Oprah Winfrey, the award-winning, one-person-conglomerate and host of the highest-rated talk show in American television history, The Oprah Winfrey Show (1984-2011). Considered by many to be the most influential woman in the world, she was once the world's only black billionaire.

    • When Julianne asks Erica to suggest possible titles for her sex book, Erica suggests Let's Talk About Sex. While she may have been alluding to the controversial 1991 hit single by Salt-n-Pepa, an even more likely allusion is to the 1998 film of the same name directed by Troy Beyer. After her film was all-but-banned in the U.S. by being given an NC-17 rating from the MPAA (although it was shown uncut in other parts of the world), Beyer said that she felt "violated" artistically - obviously a concern of Erica's.

    • When the man in Goblins starts yelling at Kaj for messing up his drink order, Erica calls him "Moby Dick". Moby Dick is the classic 1931 Herman Melville novel about a man chasing a giant white whale. Erica, however, was clearly only alluding to the man being a giant "dick" for hassling her friend.