Life On Mars

Season 1 Episode 3

My Maharishi is Bigger than Your Maharishi

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 23, 2008 on ABC
8.8
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Gene Hunt is outraged when a Vietnam vet is murdered, and he wants the case solved right away. During the investigation, Sam discovers some clues about his own past that might explain why he is back in 1973.

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  • Fantastic episode, as Life on Mars finds it groove!

    9.0
    As is what usually happens - the better a show gets, the worse its ratings become.



    MHIBTYM is a fine example of what America can do to make this show their own. Vietnam veterans and gay-bashing, and intolerance in general, is a key theme all through out this episode and I think its handled well.



    Showing how far we've come can only be measured to see where we've been, which is why I found this episode's conclusion touching as some key character developments occurred.



    Some people are concerned that this show is not sci-fi enough for a sci-fi show. But people, it ISN'T really a sci-fi or fantasy show, the writers just use that (rightfuly so) as an initial story telling device where the real stories are the characters. Much like the first season of "Lost" or "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"



    Keep it up Life on Mars, and hope that you don't get cancelled!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

John D'Leo

John D'Leo

Robbie Reeves

Guest Star

Susan Misner

Susan Misner

Carol Ann Reeves

Guest Star

Timothy Adams

Timothy Adams

John Philip Fisher

Guest Star

John Cenatiempo

John Cenatiempo

Sizeable Ted

Recurring Role

Tanya Fischer

Tanya Fischer

Windy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ray: Well Tyler got a lead on the dead fairy and they went to chase it
      Gene: Why aren't you with them?
      Ray: Ahh you know, whats one less rocket lover in the world, right

    • Windy: Book 'em Danno. Do you ever say that? Book 'em Danno.
      Sam: I would if I worked with a guy named Danno.
      Windy: You should hire one. How cool would that be?

    • (over drinks in Along Come Marys)
      Sam: You see? Reeves' murder is looking more and more like a hate crime.
      Gene: What? As opposed to an "I really, really like you" crime?

    • Ray: Look at these clowns. Too molly for their hometowns, so they come here. Thought Nixon ending the war was gonna put an end to this freak show.
      Sam: This counterculture, Ray, will one day be looked upon as a time when a politicized youth rebelled against the excesses of the Vietnam war, the excesses of corporate arrogance, and the excesses of racial intolerance.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode received a GLAAD nomination for Outstanding Individual Episode.

    • A promo trailer for this episode features the song "Little Green Bag" by the George Baker Selection. The song was featured prominently in the film Reservoir Dogs which stars Harvey Keitel.

    • Music:
      "Sweet Cherry Wine" by Tommy James & The Shondells
      "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea" by The Turtles
      "Just a Little Lovin' " by Dusty Springfield
      "Reflections of My Life" by Marmalade

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Ray: Shut your bazoo. 1968 called. It wants its dashiki back.

      A colorful and loose-fitting garment with an ornate vee-shaped collar, dashikis became very popular attire during the cultural struggles in America in the late sixties.

    • Gene: Black berets. He was a tough SOB to boot.
      Sam: You served, Boss?
      Gene: I would have, Tyler, but I burned my draft card to join the Hare Krishnas instead.

      This line alludes to the Religious Sect of Devotees, the Hare Krishna, who follow the mantra of Hindu philosophy.

    • Windy: (talking to a hungover Sam) Oh, researching what, cop stuff? I have the teeniest crush on Steve McGarrett. Do you know him?

      Allusion to Steve McGarrett, a character played by Jack Lord from the police show Hawaii Five-0.

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