Dead Like Me

Season 1 Episode 8

A Cook

Aired Unknown Aug 15, 2003 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

After George brings home a dog left behind by one of her assignments, her life suddenly gets considerably more complicated. Meanwhile, Rube takes a job as a short order cook at Der Waffle Haus, after he reaps the main chef.

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  • A Cook

    A Cook was a perfect episode of Dead Like Me as Rube is put in a difficult position and Georgia brings home a pet of one of her recent reaps. Rube is upset about what he must do and acts like anyone would, while he would criticize others for doing the same. It was cool to see George have such finesse with dealing with people and it was great what she did with her new friend. Joy responded with open arms and it was funny to see her conversation with Reggie at bedtime. Rube really payed tribute to Angus. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Letting go.

    George reluctantly agrees to look after one of her victims pet when she reaps her soul, a dog named, JD. She recounters her past pet mishaps, and temporarily moves in with Delores, who has her own website with people watching in on her personal life, which freaks George out. She eventually takes JD to her parents house, as a gift to Reggie. Meanwhile, Rube has a stint as the Cook at teh Waffle House when Angus the Chef chokes on a ham sandwich a la Mama Cass, and Angus stays around to teach him the values of being a chef.moreless
  • Rube as a cook and George with a responsibility

    ‘A Cook’ features Rube as a cook and George with a responsibility, a dog.

    George has to kill an old lady, well sort of. And she thinks that the old lady looks to cute and wants to be nice to her before she dies. The old lady also has a dog who she loves and couldn’t live without. She says that the dog mostly loves young girls, when George does her job the old woman then gets hit by a car. Her spirit can’t leave before she knows that George will take care for the dog and she promises she will.

    But the problem is, George cannot get along with animals, well she can but they all tend to die. But then George also gets in trouble because Daisy won’t let her in her apartment and she doesn’t trust Mason with it either. So then Deloris wants her to live with her for a while, Deloris has her own website where people watch her doing things but they don’t react to well to George’s arrival and Deloris has to tell her goodbye and then George decides to scream at Daisy and Mason and tell them what’s in her mind. Mason says he hasn’t got a clue about him and the dog in the bubble bath, but it’s obviously he does.

    Anyway, the other storyline is about Rube and a cook. Rube doesn’t like him at first but they soon bond. When Rube finds out that he has to kill the cook, he makes him choke but when he’s back and wants to work in the kitchen he sees that the cook is still there. But he helps Rube to become a better cook and to don’t listen to people’s complaints. Just after that the cook is finally able to move on and leaves Rube the new responsibility.

    ‘A Cook’ was a great episode with lots of character development. I really enjoy the George flashbacks as a little girl. I also keep loving Mason, he’s so funny and definitely has a feminine thing going on, I wish he got more storylines. Also, Roxy has been missing a couple of episodes already, anyone cares she’s gone? But after all, the episode was excellent, not one of the best but still great. George eventually leaves her dog as Reggie’s pet and now she has someone to talk to.

  • Rube goes through the looking glass

    This episode was a pleasure to watch since I have always enjoyed watching John Kapelos (A Cook) work and believe that his apparent overacting has been overlooked and under-rated. My personal bias aside, this was a tightly scripted episode and well executed.

    It developed Rube as a character by showing us that even as the Boss Reaper, he was still susceptible to the almost fatal flaw of being a wise-ass-know-it-all. And watching him fall on his bottom (no illegals there...) was a delightful revelation. It made you love the character so much more by the time the closing credits rolled.

    This episode highlighted one of the prime strengths of the entire show, which is the reality of it's characters, cast in unreal situations. They might be reapers, but they're just like members of your dysfunctional family or your sickly-sweet next door neighbour.moreless
Kevin Hansen

Kevin Hansen


Guest Star

Peter Kelamis

Peter Kelamis

Patty Melt Guy

Guest Star

John Kapelos

John Kapelos

Angus Cook

Guest Star

Talia Ranger

Talia Ranger

Young Georgia Lass

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • During Angus's death he leaves a box of matches by an open flame. Since he has probably been a cook for a while he should know that is dangerous, so it is probably a goof. Or it could be an effort to build suspense as to how Angus will die.

    • The cook who was reaped name is Angus Cook, which is interesting because his first name is a type of beef and his last name is Cook.

    • Featured Deaths:
      - Old Woman hit by car (Soul taken by George)
      - Cook choked on a ham sandwich (Soul taken by Rube)

    • In this episode we learn that the souls can't leave if something is holding them back on Earth. In this case, the woman's dog, and Angus business, although this is not formally mentioned until episode 10, and this was probably added in, since when Daisy asks Rube why, he says that he doesn't know.

    • Mason now lives in the old woman's home that he took in the 5th episode.

    • Though 'der' is certainly 'the', 'Haus' is neuter, so would take 'das' not 'der' and Waffel is feminine, so would be 'die'. Since 'Pattymelt' is hardly a well-known German dish and the restaurant itself is not exactly authentic, the use of 'der' is obviously ironic in all contexts.

    • Near the end of the episode when Georgia walks through the park with J.D, she is wearing a yellow T-Shirt that says: "Just Dog."

    • Rube says "Der" is German for "The" and points to the name of the restaurant which is "Der Waffelhaus". In German you distinguish between male (der), female (die) and undetermined (das). So it should be "Das Waffelhaus". But since it's unusual to use "der/die/das" in product or company names you would just say "Waffelhaus". (See also the goofs to Dead Girl Walking).

  • QUOTES (8)

    • George (V/O): I think some people wander because that's who they are. Wandering is what gives them oxygen. It's the wandering that allows them to live. I was beginning to think that that's the kind of person I was. The kind of person for whom one job, one love, even one life wasn't going to be enough to hold me.

    • Dolores: You're welcome to bunk with me if you don't mind my night sweats... Kidding! Those ended weeks ago.

    • Daisy: How old do you think she is, I'm thinkin' 70.
      George: I don't know, I'm not good at that.
      Daisy: It's not a question of being good at it, it's just a game, you guess someone's age.
      George: How old are you, like 35?
      Daisy: Yeah. You're not good at it.

    • Daisy: What kind of moisturizer do you use?
      George: I don't.
      Daisy: Georgia. Sweetheart. Just because you're dead doesn't mean you have to give up.

    • George: Why don't you ever say anything to her? How cool can that be, stealing from dead people.
      Rube: I don't have a particular moral objection to the practice of taking the possessions of someone who can no longer use 'em.
      George: I'm gonna start stealing stuff.
      Rube: No, that's a bad idea.

    • Daisy: I did once blow Babe Ruth.
      Rube: Who didn't?

    • George: I'm staying with this guy I know. But he's kind of uh....
      Delores: Skeevy?
      George: No... English...
      Delores: Ew.

    • George: And you! A dog in a hot tub! That is just sick.
      Daisy (to Mason): Dog in a hot tub?
      Mason: No clue.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Rube: Ham sandwich, like Mama Cass.

      Cass Elliot known as Mama Cass, was one of the members of the pop quartet "The Mamas & the Papas". She was rumored to have died choking on a ham sandwich but, according to evidence, that is merely an urban legend.

    • Cook: ...I'm giving you Ancient Chinese Secret...

      "Ancient Chinese Secret" is a reference to a laundry detergent commercial from the 70s, in which a Chinese man working at a laundromat tells a gullible woman that her clothes get so clean because of a secret passed down from generation to generation.