Life On Mars

Season 1 Episode 1

Out Here in the Fields

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 09, 2008 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The television show that was airing in the 1973 segment at the apartment was a detective series called Cannon starring William Conrad. In another scene Kojak also shown on the television.

  • Quotes

    • Ray: He's crazier than a fruit bat at a cranberry convention.

    • Gene: If I'd wanted to be this bored, I'd go to Mass with the missus and her miserable mother.

    • Annie: No broken bones, no bruises. Do you feel like you're gonna vomit?
      Sam: I am a little nauseous, to tell you the truth. But you would be, too, if you took the last flight in from 2008.

  • Notes

    • The title of this episode was taken from the first line of the song "Baba O'Riley" by The Who, which in turn is the title song of the CBS series CSI:New York.

    • Lisa Bonet is credited as Special Guest Star in this episode.

    • John Cenatiempo, the stunt coordinator for this series, portrayed Sizable Ted in this episode.

    • Music:
      "Ground Zero" by Chris Cornell
      "Life on Mars" by David Bowie
      "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band
      "Baba O'Riley" by The Who
      "Little Willie" by The Sweet
      "Out of Time" by The Rolling Stones

    • Life on Mars was one of the new shows being promoted in a panel discussion at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 24-27, 2008.

  • Allusions

    • In the city, a group of apartments called the "Cataldo Houses" is shown. This development is named after Ray "Big Cat" Cataldo, a builder character on the cancelled ABC series October Road.

    • Ray: I have an ass that can fart every Peter, Paul & Mary song ever recorded.

      This alludes to a folk group that was hugely popular in the sixties and seventies. Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, and Mary Travers comprised the trio.

    • Sam: Do you know what this is, Annie? It's the end of the yellow brick road.

      This line is an allusion to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz that starred Judy Garland. The yellow brick road led to the ultimate goal.

    • Dora Keen: The answer, Detective Tyler, is blowin' in the wind.

      "Blowin' in the Wind" is the title of a protest song written by Bob Dylan and released on his "Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" album in 1963.

    • Annie: I'm about as qualified as Dr. Kildare.

      Dr. Kildare was a character played by Richard Chamberlain in a medical drama of the same name that aired from 1961 to 1966 on NBC.