Dead Like Me

Season 1 Episode 3

Curious George

Aired Unknown Jul 11, 2003 on Showtime



  • Trivia

    • Featured Deaths:
      - Two people are attacked by a bear (George and Mason take the souls - Mason was late)
      - Skydiver into a tree (body seen)
      - Man shot (Mason takes soul)
      - Reporter electrocuted (George takes soul)

    • Betty's tombstone says Rhomer, Betty. 1899-1926.

    • If Betty dies in 1926 and Rube dies in 1927 how does he meet her after she bites it?

    • VIP Reaps are discussed later in the series and it seems Mason had one in this episode because he got tickets from a hockey player's widow.

    • George asks Betty about the possibility of reaping souls of trees or pets. Betty does not answer but later in the series George meets Charlie, a pet reaper.

  • Quotes

    • George (V/O): It's not that I even cared about the cake. Or the conversation. But I guess standing outside all that bullshit I started to realize just how warm and safe that bullshit might actually feel.

    • George (V/O): Little moments like that prove to me that there is some kind of all-powerful, all-knowing force that controls everything in the universe, and it's so fucking bored, it'll actually take time out to orchestrate a petty let-down like that.

    • Mason: Y'know, you really should do something with this place; I've been in crack houses with more style.

    • George (V/O): You know the story of the princess and the pea? It was based on my mom.

    • George (V/O): ...there's one smell I didn't realize I'd miss so much: my own.

    • George (V/O): God bless my mom. If she ever put a bullet through her head, it would probably be labeled.

    • George (V/O): I didn't give a gerbil's ass about this crap when I was alive; now it all seemed suddenly precious.

    • George (V/O): I wish people were more complicated, but they're not.

    • George (V/O): It bothered me she was in my workspace. It bothered me more that I had started to feel some connection with three felt-covered walls and a chair that smelled like Pine-Sol when it warmed to my body temperature.

    • Roxy: I'm gonna get a bird.
      Mason: Don't get a bird.
      Roxy: Why not?
      Mason: Because they're weird. Man, I can't relate to a bird that so far and moved and got different... chromosomes. And they come from eggs.
      Roxy: They got faces.
      Mason: So do cockroaches. ... What're you gonna do with a bird?
      Roxy: Stick it in a cage and feed it, what do you think I'm gonna do with it?
      Mason: Well I think you should at least get one you can eat.
      Roxy: I'm gonna get a friend. I'm not gonna eat my friend!
      Mason: They have brains the size of pistachios, it's not smart enough to be a friend.
      Roxy: You don't know what you're talking about. I saw this special on PBS called Animal Miracles, and they did a dramatic reenactment about a guy being robbed and he had a parrot or a cockatoo or something, and that bird lost its shit when its owner was attacked. It opened up its cage--
      Mason: Why would you put a bird in a cage if it can open the door?
      Roxy: Where else are you gonna put it?! It opened up its cage and went crazy. Pet dabbed the robber's eyes, scratched his face up like he was Tippy Hedren or some shit, and don't you tell me that's not friendship.
      Mason: How big was his parrot?
      Roxy: I don't know, parrot size.
      Mason: Well, a parrot can't take on a full grown man unless that man is a big pussy.
      Roxy: I didn't say the parrot won. The robber stabbed it with a fork and killed its owner. The bird's dead.
      Mason: So why are you getting a bird?
      Roxy: It's not about homeland security you stupid motherfucker, I'm gonna get a friend!
      Mason: Jesus.

    • George: So... my whole life, everything... All I get to keep are thoughts and memories?
      Rube: That's all we ever have, peanut.

    • Roxie: I'm going to get a pet bird.
      Mason: Don't get a bird.
      Roxie: Why not?
      Mason: Because they're weird, man I can't relate to a bird, they are so far removed, they've got different chromosomes and they come from eggs.
      Roxie: They've got faces.
      Mason: So do cockroaches.

    • Mason: Where's Betty?
      Roxie: Babysitting.
      Mason: I never had a babysitter.
      Roxie: That doesn't mean you didn't need one.

    • George (V/O): If there is any poetry in being a reaper, is in combining the business of taking souls with the pleasure of making money. If you can get a little self awareness too then you are the Walt fucking Whitman of reapers.

    • Joy: (to George, thinking it's a yard sale girl) You are a real f***ing piece of work, aren't you? Get out! Get the f*** out of here! You think you can just show up here and pull this kind of shit?! Do you know what it feels like to lose a daughter? Get your skanky ass out of here! That's right! You run bitch! Run!

    • George: What would happen if everybody died?
      Mason: What do you mean?
      George: Like if we were the only ones left.
      Mason: Oh, like if the frogs ate everyone on the planet?
      George: Yeah!
      Mason: I reckon we'd be shoveling alot of frog shit. Did you shovel frog shit in your dream?

    • George: Hi
      Kiffany: (to George) Know what you want?
      George: Yeah, Banana Bonanza...
      Rube: I heard you went home again.
      George: Wheat toast....
      Rube: Big fucking mistake.
      George: ... and a glass of water.

    • Mason: How big was this parrot?
      Roxie: I don't know, parrot size.
      Mason: Well a parrot can't take on a fully grown man, unless this man is a big pussy.
      Roxie: I didn't say the parrot won. The robber stabbed it with a fork and killed his owner. The bird is dead.
      Mason: So why do you want a bird?
      Roxie: It's not about Homeland security you stupid motherf***er, I'm going to get a friend!
      Mason: Jesus...

    • Joy: You're just lucky we are not doing this with my mother, she used to make us practice smiling before we left the house.
      Reggie: That's because she doesn't like your smile.
      Joy: Did she tell you that?
      Reggie: Yeah, she said it was fake.
      Joy: (sighs and says under her breath) That bitch!

    • Betty: You got a "Breck girl" thing happening.
      George: I don't know what that means.
      Rube: It means you got too much stuff on your face.
      Betty: Fuckable is promotable.

    • George: Who's Duke?
      Rube: Pierrot Le Duc. Took a puck to the head last night.
      Betty: Concussive brain injury?
      Rube: Asphyxiation.
      Betty: No!
      Rube: Yup!
      Roxie: Didn't have any teeth to stop the thing.
      Betty: Where did you get the tickets?
      Mason: His widow.
      Rube: How do you know he doesn't have any teeth?
      Roxie: Now, now.

    • George (V/O): So Delores lent me her softball shirt, which wasn't so bad except that human beings have eyeballs and mouths.

    • Delores: My grandfather's cat was named "Odd Job"

    • George (V/O): What kind of universe would give me the power to extract souls from people's bodies, but still force me to keep a suck-ass job if I wanna eat?!

    • George: So how do we know which one is Luber?
      Rube: A little trick I use. (shouts) Who's R. Luber?
      George (VO): Slick.

    • George (V/O): If you are a brain at the end of the day all you're ever good at is settling for shitty situations.

    • George (V/O): The average heartbeats about 4,300 times an hour, that's 800,000 times a week, 9 million times a crisp fall and 2.7 billion beats in a lifetime, well what is an average heart anyway? And how many beats do broken hearts get?

    • George (V/O): Everybody dies, that's just the way it is. I'm told I'm not supposed to argue or question or even try to understand. I'm told a lot these days. Ever since my life was snuffed out by a toilet seat and I joined the ranks of the undead.

    • Rube: When a computer loses it with a meter maid, or kills itself because it's getting too fat, then I'll believe in artificial intelligence.

    • Betty: Always be nice to the woman at the DMV.
      Roxie: I told that b**** her weave looked like carpet and now my social security number pulls up two bankruptcies.

    • George: Do you really care how it's going with me?
      Rube: Sure, I make my face look like this and the concerned words come out.

    • George: [voice over] One desperate attempt after another to find something in common with someone else and then cling. "Hey, you have ten fingers, I have ten fingers, let's be friends. We'll make rules and slogans. Then if we find someone with nine fingers, we can beat the crap out of them."

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Roxie: Where else are you going to put it? It opened up it's cage and went crazy, pecked out the guy's eyes, scratched his face, messed his face up like Tippi Hedren or some **** so don't tell me that's not friendship.

      This is a reference to a popular Alfred Hitchcock horror movie The Birds starring Tippi Hedren about birds who attack people.

    • George: ...The Professor in the library with the candlestick?

      This is from the famous board game Clue by Parker Brothers/Hasbro Games a classic game of whodunit? Players have to figure out who murdered Mr. Boddy in his mansion. There are 6 possible suspects, rooms, and weapons.

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the series "Curious George" that premiered in 1979 on CTV. The series followed the adventures of George a Chimpanzee. It's also popular in other cultures. The first Curious George book was published in 1941 by H.A. Rey and his wife Margaret (though only Hans was credited on the first books. There have been many, many succeeding books dealing with the monkey's adventures. The children's books are publishing phenomenon are published in dozens of languages around the world.

    • George: Maybe I could wish it into the corn field or something.

      This remark is a reference to an episode of "The Twilight Zone" where a 4 year old boy named Anthony (played by Billy Mumy) has godlike powers that terrorize his village (including Cloris Leachman). Whenever something or someone irritates this little tyrant, he makes the problem go away by 'wishing it into the corn field', an euphemism for annihilating it.

    • Betty: You're an NF. You're an Intuitive Feeler. You trust your intuition, you yearn for romance, and you prize meaningful relationships. (...) I'll bet he's an Intuitive Thinker. NTs are the worst.

      NF and NT along with SP (Sensing-Perceiving) and SJ (Sensing-Judging) are the four basic sub-types from the Myers-Briggs personality typing scheme which has sixteen distinct types. It's doubtful that the guy she refers to is an NT, as NTs tend to be brainy types, though she's probably right that NTs are "the worst" in her opinion, as they are renouned for applying cold, brutal logic to all aspects of life, something that women tend to resent.