Life On Mars

Season 1 Episode 15

All the Young Dudes

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Mar 18, 2009 on ABC
9.0
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Sam goes undercover with a gang to investigate truck hijackings. Sam gets into fights with other gang members and goes to buy a truckload of stolen VCRs. He even is put in jail at the 1-2-5. How far will Sam go? What's causing his dark side to come out? Could it be his attraction to the gang leader's sister?moreless

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  • I know I said I wouldn't write anymore reviews when I found out that ABC planned to cancel this show at the end of the season, but this episode was almost perfect.moreless

    9.5
    I would have given it a 10 except for two things. Sam looked a little toasty in his navy p-coat that he wore most of the time when everyone else seemed comfortable in shirt sleeves (too much). Secondly, the director must have dozed off in the bed scene with colleen when Sam just kind of fell out of his "Irish accent" (helloooo!). On the positive, this episode had real cohesion. Once again, if ABC had just stayed with writers Postiglione & McMillan as a team, the show would have been successful. The storyline about trucker theft was pretty simple in itself, but the way the main theme of the show was weaved into the story was fantastic. The scene where he talks to himself as a kid along with a little mind-play was well done. Kudos to Postiglione & McMillan - you guys rock! What wrapped this episode up with a nice bow for me was the ending - Ray & Chris being shot - very unexpected and very Hill Street Bluesy. I'm so disappointed that ABC is canceling this show. For the first time in a long time, I could not wait for Wed. nights and the next episode. The basic theme/storyline is great and the cast that was assembled was truly awesome. Gonna miss it!moreless
Jason O'Mara

Jason O'Mara

Detective Sam Tyler

Harvey Keitel

Harvey Keitel

Lt. Gene Hunt

Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli

Detective Ray Carling

Jonathan Murphy

Jonathan Murphy

Detective Chris Skelton

Gretchen Mol

Gretchen Mol

Annie Norris

Paige Turco

Paige Turco

Colleen McManus

Guest Star

Caleb Wallace

Caleb Wallace

Young Sammy

Guest Star

Christian Wallace

Christian Wallace

Young Sammy

Guest Star

Jennifer Ferrin

Jennifer Ferrin

Rose Tyler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Jimmy McManus asks about Sam's Irish accent, Sam replies he is from Sandycove. Jason O'Mara grew up in Sandycove, a small village on the east coast of the Republic of Ireland.

    • Chris comments that Sam is good at Irish accents. In reality, Jason O'Mara, who plays Sam Tyler, is Irish and does speak with an accent. He works with a dialect coach to effect an American accent for the show.

    • This episode marks the first time Jason O'Mara and his wife Paige Turco have worked together since they both starred on The Agency which ended in 2003. In an interview with tvguide.com Josh Appelbaum said that it was always in the plan to have Paige guest star in an episode during season 1.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music:
      "You Don't Mess Around with Jim" by Jim Croce
      "All the Young Dudes" by Mott The Hoople

    • The title of this episode, "All the Young Dudes," is a song written by David Bowie, which was originally recorded and released as a single by Mott the Hoople in 1972.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Ray: You want hell? I'll give you hell. Hell is sittin' three hours on a stakeout with a jibber-jawin' jackass who's come down with a bad case of "What's it all about, Alfie?"

      "What's it all about, Alfie?" is a song by Cher from the 1966 film titled Alfie starring Michael Caine and Shelley Winters.

    • Young Sammy: Was your father bad, Luke?
      Sam: My father... went over to the dark side.

      This is an allusion to the movie Star Wars. Luke Skywalker's father was Darth Vader, who fell to the dark side of the mystical Force after Palpatine manipulated him into betraying the Jedi and destroying the Galactic Republic.

    • Sam's undercover name is Sam Bono.

      This is an allusion to the lead singer of the Irish band U2. Bono like Jason O'Mara grew up in Dublin.

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