Life On Mars

Season 1 Episode 2

The Real Adventures of the Unreal Sam Tyler

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2008 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Trent mentions that Laugh-In is on tonight and he "has it bad" for Goldie Hawn. However, Goldie Hawn left the show in 1970.

    • When Sam and Gene fight in the hospital room, Sam makes a couple of martial arts-style moves that end with the now-famous Bruce Lee "Come and Get It" hand gesture that was later used by Neo and Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy.

  • Quotes

    • Sam: (after Windy tells him that the lasagna has marijuana in it) You know I'm a cop?
      Windy: Then you must get the really good stuff.

    • Gene: (after Trent begins to drown) All right. Get him out, Chris.
      Chris: Well, I can't swim.
      Gene: Ray?
      Ray: I took some lessons when I was a kid... they didn't stick.

    • Windy: (after meeting Sam in the hallway who is looking up at the ceiling) What's up there?
      Sam: Well, for starters, um, no naked women.

    • Mrs. Salvaggio: (discussing her ashtray with Sam) My granddaughter Sofia made it for me. She loves to come over and see all the butts in there.
      Sam: Beautiful story. You should tell that to the Surgeon General.

    • Lee Crocker: (to Detective Ray Carling) Detective, if ignorance was a drug, you'd be high all the time.
      Sam: Now that was an analogy.

    • Ray: (to Sam) Eventually, I will burn you down, and I will bag your ashes, and I will bury your ashes in my yard where my big dog craps big crap.

    • Sam: It's like Guantanamo Bay in here!
      Chris: I wouldn't know. I've never been to Puerto Rico.

  • Notes

    • The miniature vehicle seen in this episode, called the Mars Pathfinder, landed on Mars on July 4, 1997, and was sponsored by the University of Arizona and NASA. Nicknamed Sojourner, the rover roamed the planet seeking clues about the surface, the air, and the temperature, and also looked for the possibility of life on Mars.

    • Music:
      "Life on Mars" by David Bowie
      "All the Way from Memphis" by Mott The Hoople
      "Get Down" by Gilbert O'Sullivan
      "I Am a Rock" by Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel

  • Allusions

    • Gene: (singing to the tune of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow") Where guns are made of gingerbread and criminals confess for lollipops.

      This is an allusion to the movie The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy finds herself in the land of Oz and tries to find her way back home. This is the second reference to The Wizard of Oz in two episodes.

    • Kim Trent: Laugh-In's on tonight, and I got it bad for that Goldie Hawn.

      Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In was an award-winning series on NBC from 1968 to 1973. Actor Goldie Hawn became a household name because of her role on the show.

    • Mrs. Salvaggio: (to Sam) You know, if I squint there's a little bit of that... Steve McQueen.

      Until his death on November 8, 1980, Steve McQueen was a hugely popular actor who starred in a multitude of hit films, such as The Great Escape, The Cincinnati Kid, Bullitt and The Towering Inferno. Many actors have emulated Steve McQueen, including Jason O'Mara.

    • Gene: What's the hurry, Mark Spitz?

      Mark Spitz is an Olympic swimmer who won seven gold medals in 1972. His record was unbroken until Michael Phelps won eight gold medals in the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games.