Dead Like Me

Season 1 Episode 2

Dead Girl Walking

Aired Unknown Jul 04, 2003 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

New reaper George tries to avoid having to take souls. Mason steals money from parking meters. Reggie steals toilet seats from school and neighborhood.

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Catherine Barroll

Catherine Barroll

Sheila Moore

Guest Star

C. Ernst Harth

C. Ernst Harth

Obsessive Man

Guest Star

Matthew Robert Kelly

Matthew Robert Kelly

J.P. Davis.

Guest Star

Laura Boddington

Laura Boddington


Recurring Role

Patricia Idlette

Patricia Idlette


Recurring Role

Crystal Dahl

Crystal Dahl


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Deaths:
      - Man drives off cliff (soul taken by George)
      - Man gets hit with sign (soul taken by George)
      - Man, death not seen (soul taken by George)

    • We learn in this episode that Mason killed himself drilling a hole in his head, in search of a permanent high when he was 27 (1939 - 1966).

    • We learn what happens if the soul is not removed when the body dies.

    • The name of George's visible alter ego (the UnGeorge) is Mildred "Millie" Hagen.

    • Factual Error: After ricocheting all over the lobby and going through a wall, no bullet would have had enough residual velocity to penetrate a propane tank, much less generate an ignition spark.

    • The "goof" about the incorrect German is not a legitimate goof (this goes for similar "errors" in the sections for other episodes). The waffle house is a cheesy restaurant. They have silly fake German uniforms for the waitresses, and they play yodeling music 24/7. Obviously the restaurant owners are not concerned with authenticity, and can hardly be expected by the viewing audience to have done any research into German grammar for the purposes of assembling their menu.

    • In the scene where George doesn't appear at the WaffelHaus for her assignment, there's a time-lapse sequence of Rube sitting at the table, waiting. During this time, Mason and Betty's plates are cleared away by the black waitress, then they re-appear, and are cleared away a second time.

    • The waffle box says "Der Waffel Mini". This is gramatically incorrect. It should read "Die Mini Waffel" or - since Der/Die/Das in a product name is uncommon - just "Mini Waffel." Also having a German waffle house makes not much sense. Waffles are a Belgian delicacy not German.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Rube: Life and death can be real simple. You just gotta do what I tell ya. (Indicates corpse lying on table in morgue.) Cop a feel before this guy unspools.

    • George: Correct me if I'm wrong, but mission accomplished!
      Rube: You're wrong. That was me correcting you.

    • George (V/O): My name is George Lass. I died when I was 18 years old. I take souls for a living, and these are the days of my afterlife.

    • George (V/O): I became a reaper, lifting the souls I was told to take. It's fucking weird.

    • George (V/O): I can take the souls of people about to die... but I can't open my front door. It would probably help to have a key, but when you're squatting in some dead guy's apartment, you can't expect a mint on your pillow.

    • Roxy: You know what your problem is? You wake up every morning wondering what the world's gonna do for you, wondering who's gonna bend over backwards, kiss your ass and make you happy when you should just thank God for another day and leave it the f**k at that.

    • Rube: You like spaghetti, George? I like spaghetti. I like board games. I like grabbing a trifecta with that long shot on top. That ozone smell you get from air purifiers. And I like knowing the space between my ears is immeasurable. Mahler's first, Bernstein conducting. You've got to think about all the things you like and decide whether they're worth sticking around for. And if they are, you'll find a way to do this.

    • George (V/O): People say the Lord works in mysterious ways. As if that makes all the shitty things in life any sweeter. Death is equally mysterious, but there's no sugar-coating that turd.

    • George: Just so you know, I'm prone to anxiety attacks.
      Rube: Big deal.

    • Betty: We are on the flirting edge of nowhere with 10 miles to go, and I am wearing my Blahniks. Do you know how many people had to die for me to get these?
      George: No.
      Betty: Five. Five people had to. And that would makes these special even if they weren't Blahniks.

    • Roxy (to an irate guy she just gave a ticket to): Hey, hey, cool it. Sir, I'm going to say this as politely as possible. I will f*** you up.

    • Joy: Why did you tell Claire that I don't let you go to the bathroom? Did you tell anyone else that I don't let you go to the bathroom?
      (Reggie nods.)
      Joy: Who?
      Reggie: The Gibsons and the McMinns. And the Lees.
      Joy: Jesus Christ, Reggie! You know I could be arrested for this! Is that what you want? Do you want me to go to jail? Why? Why would you tell them that?
      Reggie: So they'd let me use their bathroom.

    • George: Do you have any crackers?
      Roxy: You mean besides you?

    • Betty: We both just have to be more tolerant. But in the meantime, I think you should get in the goddammed car.

    • George: My name is George Lass, and I've been dead for seven days.

    • Mason: Monotony is the mind killer.

    • Delores: Hi, I'm Delores Herbig, as in...
      George: Her big brown eyes!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Rube: You like spaghetti, George? I like spaghetti. I like board games. I like grabbing a trifecta with that long shot on top.

      In American horse racing terminology, a trifecta is an exotic parimutuel bet in which the bettor must predict which horses will finish first, second, and third in exact order.

    • Betty: We are on the flirting edge of nowhere with 10 miles to go, and I am wearing my Blahniks. Do you know how many people had to die for me to get these?

      Manolo Blahnik (born November 27, 1942) is a Spanish fashion designer and an eponymous fashion label, one of the world's most prominent in women's shoes. His shoes, now sold in stores bearing his name around the world, range in price from about $500 to $2500. They often come with stiletto heels, which can reach as high as five and a half inches, and embellishments like beads or ribbons.

    • Age 27: We learn that Mason died in 1966, in search of a permanent high when he was 27. The age is a possible allusion to Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970), Janis Joplin (1943-1970), and Jim Morrison (1943-1971), who all died at the age of 27. Janis died from heroine, Hendrix died from sleeping pills and Morrison died from unknown causes; all of them were popular high seekers in the late 1960s.

    • Franken Fruity Doll: The doll that George buys at her mother's yard sale is based on the advertising character for Franken Berry, a strawberry-flavored cereal introduced by the General Mills corporation in 1971.

      It was part of a line of monster-themed cereals which included Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy.

    • Episode Title: Dead Girl Walking
      The title is play on words based on the 1995 movie "Dead Man Walking".

    • George: It was like an alternate universe where I didn't exist.. There were no goatees any gold lamé sashes, just a hole where I used to be.

      A reference to the episode "Mirror, Mirror" of the original Star Trek series in which Uhura, Kirk and a few other crew members are cast into an alternate dimension in which many crew members wear gold lamé sashes on their uniforms and Spock has a goatee.

    • Mason: Monotony is the mindkiller.

      Adapted from the novel Dune by Frank Herbert where the original reads 'Fear is the mindkiller'. It is the opening line of the Litany Against Fear.