Life On Mars

Season 1 Episode 5

Things to Do in New York When You Think You're Dead

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 06, 2008 on ABC
8.7
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Episode Summary

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Sam Tyler encounters a young Fletcher Bellow, an officer Sam had considered to be his mentor in 2008. Although Bellow doesn't recognize Sam, they work with the other detectives in the precinct on a case in which an African-American girl had been thrown from a roof by a Puerto Rican.moreless

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  • Embarassing

    3.5
    I mean seriously how did the classic Life on Mars get adapted into this? This is like a parody version of Black people in the 70s straight out of blaxploitation. Even the brilliant Harvey Kietel is terrible as a version of Gene Hunt that doesn't even deserve to bear the same name. If ever there's an example of one of our programmes that should have been left alone it's this, the original was great, 8 episodes a series each fantastic with great writing and acting even in the supporting parts. This poor excuse for a remake has an awful Italian stereotype as Ray Carling and as for Chris, good god what were they thinking. This episode sees Whoopi Goldberg drop in and stink the show up and the introduction of religion something that the original didn't resort to. The only actor that comes out of this mess in a positive light is Gretchen Mol and that's mainly because I have a thing for blondes and the original Annie annoyed me a little!!

    Avoid at all costs and just watch the far superior Life on Mars as opposed to Life on Mars US which is not very good.moreless
  • Finally back to the core of the show!

    10
    This episode is back in line with the original design of the show and the initial episodes. There was actually a bit of a case to work out so that was fun. The episdoe has a good balance of casework and Sam wondering were he is and what he needs to do to get home. I love Fletcher Bellow and hope that his character gets to make another guest appearance. It was good to see Sam having some fun for a change. The writers totally got me with the twist at the end of the show, which shows how much I've bought into the bad cop image of the rest of the squad.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

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg

Brother Lovebutter

Guest Star

Edi Gathegi

Edi Gathegi

Young Fletcher Bellow

Guest Star

Jesse J. Perez

Jesse J. Perez

Angel Ramirez

Guest Star

Lisa Bonet

Lisa Bonet

Maya Daniels

Recurring Role

John Cenatiempo

John Cenatiempo

Sizable Ted

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ray: I got a pair of pliers and hammer in my desk. I play the handyman. You play the busted radiator.

    • Det. Fletcher Bellow: You like jokes, huh? I got one. How do we know Jesus was black?
      Ray: Because he used his hair pick for a fork.
      (everyone laughs)
      Det. Fletcher Bellow: That's close. He called everybody "brother," he liked gospel, and even he couldn't get a fair trial.

    • Gene: And this is my kingdom. Huntlandia. Home of the blueberry crepe. Where little kids are off-limits.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Guest stars Chris Bauer, Chad L. Coleman and Clarke Peters have appeared together in the HBO-produced series The Wire.

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

    • Music:
      "Wild in the Streets" by Garland Jeffreys
      "I'm Gonna Keep on Loving You" by Cool Blues
      "Come on and Gettit" by Marion Black
      "He Keeps You" by Boscoe
      "Anywhere in Glory" by The Mighty Indiana Travelers
      "Everybody is a Star" by Sly and the Family Stone
      "Black and White" by Three Dog Night

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

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