Dead Like Me

Season 2 Episode 8

The Escape Artist

Aired Unknown Sep 12, 2004 on Showtime
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Episode Summary

George is sent to a country club and is hugely attracted to the son of her reapee; Roxy and Mason are given tickets - and post-its - for Cancun, while Rube makes Daisy keep him company for his reap at Reggie's school. While Joy's mother continues to cause friction, Reggie meets Charlie, the pet reaper.moreless

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  • This is yet another hilarious Dead Like Me installment.

    At this point I know that Dead Like Me is coming to an end soon, which makes me very upset. I’d have loved for this show to last many seasons, but sadly it was cut short after just two. Those were not two average seasons, though. They are both exceptionally good. This episode is really funny, in its own rite. Rube acts as a supply teacher which is absolutely hilarious. Rube does not know what to say to kids, it is awkwardly funny. Mason and Roxy also crack me up in this episode on the T&A flight. Those two actors have great chemistry and I enjoy every scene they have done together, particularly this one. At the beginning of the series I did not like the Roxy character, but she has grown on me and there are really no characters I dislike anymore. (though I do not particularly care for George’s mom, she is just annoying) This episode continues the consistent series Dead Like Me and is worth watching for sure.moreless
  • Rube as a teacher

    another extremely well done episode, this season just keeps hitting it's stride.

    Rube's storyline was probably the best this time, his character gets more and more depth as he has to go to a school and takes Daisy with him, it's hilarious when he stands infront of the class as he just suck with kids.

    Roxy and Mason go to an earplane, poor them with their depressingness when the plain does not arrive where they wanted to. Roxy and Mason have a great chemestry and are lovely together.

    George's storyline involves a guy as she kisses him and then reaps his father. Their chemestry is fun and it's good to see George finally with someone.

    but the most gripping part of the episode is Reggie's with her mom, grandma and the kid reaper. I really liked the kid reaper, he admits knowing George which makes Reggie think. Also the grandma is a very likeable character, she wants the best for Reggie and her daughter Joy. The scene where George calls home is well done.

    the episode itself works perfectly, good humor, character development and drama. one of the best of the second season so far.moreless
  • The best and funniest episode of the second season.

    This is a spectacular return to the silliness of the first season with some brilliant dialogue and fantasticly funny moments.

    George gets a reap at a fancy Golf Club where she meets a guy. The meeting between George and the guy Trip is brilliantly written with fast paced dialogue and it's a very enjoyable scene. It's also great to see Ellen Muth smile (she should definitley do it more often).

    Rube's turn as a substitute teacher is similarly entertaining, as he scares the kids by telling them they're all going to die. Mandy Patinkin is in fine form. It's also fun to see the pet reaper from "Rest In Peace" back, and his brief scene with Reggie is very intriguing. She asks him if he knows George. and he says "Yeah".

    And putting Mason on an airplane results in some very funny scenes as well. Roxy and Mason boards a plane for a free trip to Mexico, and Mason may drink himself under the table before he can get to business and finish his reap. Also Mason claims to never have been on a plane before so I'm wondering how he came to America in the first place.

    Best line of dialogue:

    Mason: I'm a high functioning drunk!moreless
Robin Dunne

Robin Dunne

Thomas Hesberg III

Guest Star

Brett Kelly

Brett Kelly

Francis Bischetti

Guest Star

Spencer Achtymichuk

Spencer Achtymichuk


Guest Star

Patricia Idlette

Patricia Idlette


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Francis claims that the lizard he has brought to school is a Komodo dragon. Unsurprisingly, you cannot legally keep one of these as a pet; the animal that escapes from the cage is a smaller monitor lizard that does not resemble a Komodo dragon.

    • Featured Deaths:
      - A school caretaker falls down stairs (soul taken by Rube)
      - Komodo dragon crushed by caretaker (soul taken by Charlie)
      - A man (T. Hesburgh JR) is whacked with a golf club to the head (soul taken by George
      - A newlywed man (with a nut allergy) screws an air hostess (who has just eaten peanuts) in a plane toilet, causing his throat to swell and suffocate him; his bride then strangles the hostess to death. (souls taken by Mason & Roxy)

    • George was told by Rube to always give her undead name "Mildred Hagen" but when she is in the Country club she gives her real name; Georgia.

    • Mason tells Roxy after they board the plane that he has never flown before, and therefore he's a bit nervous. So how did he get from England to the States? He died in 1966... It would have been more likely he came to the States by plane. Also, in an episode from the first season, Mason and Rube flew back from Miami after they reaped a bunch of gamblers. Mason may not remember, because he was high on drugs at the time. He was smuggling them in his bum, but the package started leaking.

    • Before Reggie has to leave for school, the plate is on the right side of the cereal bowl, but in the next shot, the plate is on the left side.

    • Phyllis said that she gone to jail for calling Richard M Nixon a liar and a cheat. Interestingly this episode was shown almost five months after the 10th anniversary of Nixon's death in April 2004.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Roxie: That's a shame.
      Mason: What is?
      Roxie: That pretty Armenian girl is going to die looking like an in-flight hooker.
      Mason: At least she got to see the world.
      Roxie: Looking like a hooker.

    • Mason: Did you bring sunscreen, Roxie?
      Roxie: I'm black.
      Mason: Oh, right.
      Roxie: Black people tan, you bozo.

    • Mason: I am going to join the mile-high club today.
      Roxie: You've never had sex on a plane before?
      Mason: What? Is that what that means?

    • Rube: Hey buddy, tell me where's room 216.
      Student: Go f*** yourself.
      Rube: Kids have changed, ha?

    • Daisy: Kids actually like you, Rube.
      Rube: Oh, I know. It's baffling, isn't it?

    • Mason: I am a high functioning drunk.

    • (in a classroom)
      Rube: What do all these things have in common?
      (points to 4 pictures of animals)
      Sarah: They all die?
      Rube: What's your name?
      Sarah: Sarah
      Rube: That's right Sarah, they all die. Everything and everyone dies.
      (Daisy coughs)
      Rube: I'm kidding. I'm kidding -- they're all mammals.
      (the children breathe out)

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