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Men in Trees

Season 1 Episode 6

The Caribou in The Room

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 2006 on ABC
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The Caribou in The Room
Marin investigates whether men and women can just be friends once they have slept together, so she asks Jack to take her to Anchorage so she can get a dose of culture. Patrick begins to wonder if there is a problem in his relationship with Annie because she always asks him to leave right after they've been intimate. Meanwhile, Ben grows tired of having to sneak around with Sara, and he asks Theresa to move out.moreless

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  • Marin wants to find out if you really can be friends after you've spelt together. Patrick begins to wonder if there is a problem in his relationship with Annie, because she always asks him to leave right after they've been intimate.moreless

    Great episode! I still don't get why Tersea is angry that Ben is dating another girl because they were married then got divorced. She shouldn't really care because she didn't want to be married to him anymore. If I was just friends with my ex husband I wouldn't care or be angry and him. Marin must really miss the city seem she needs culture! OMG! I was like oh my god when I found out about Jack having a bullet in his chest so near to his heart so he can't get it removed and how it happened! Annie and Patrick are so perfect for each other!moreless
  • Caribou in the Room created a great set up for Ben to stand up to Teresa. Sara, too beautiful and nice for her opening show line, "men aren't interested in me," gets what she deserves. A man interested in her. Jack and Marin grow on me.moreless

    Good show encouraging me to watch more in the future. While I think Ben would have expelled that Caribou more quickly than he did, the set up was great for his line about taking the lead in standing up for himself. I like the intro of Sara as a person on the move toward success. Nice to see mature folks getting what they deserve by getting each other. Marin and Jack seemed more relaxed alone and together. Marin's flakiness is fading. Yeah! Marin's stock rises as she advises the young lovers with the kind of wisdom an advice counselor should have. Jack is moody in keeping with his handsomeness: strong, silent, full of emotion, someone who needs a peppy woman to round him out. Will Marin do the job and will she be happy with this loner given that she is a city girl and he isn't? Continuity could be better. Seeing Jack in his tux on the way back to the village didn't make sense since he must have rented that tux and would have to return it before leaving the big city. Where was Jack's hallmark, flannel shirt?moreless
  • Marin and Jack go on a fun trip to Anchorage, which tests whether they can really be just friends. Ben and Sara hit a bit of a road block finding it difficult to be alone as a couple. Annie and Patrick have intimacy issues.moreless

    This show is getting better by the episode. Anne Heche is surprisingly appealing, funny and great to watch. The show is smart and balanced without gratuitous sex or nonesense. And I must say, James Tupper (Jack) is quite a hottie and his character is quite endearing. This episode was great. The characters are developing well. We were introduced to Patrick\\\'s mother whose got a bit of a Oedipal complex, or just a bit overbearing but amusing. Though it\\\'s obvious Jack and Marin are going to be one of those on again off again relationships, in this episode we get to see them as friends. Mostly, we learn more about the mysterious and laconic Jack whose brother has the hots for Marin. Turns out that Jack\\\'s father accidentally shot Jack after a bear tried to attack Jack. In the confusion, the bear attacked and killed his father. The episode was mainly about intimacy. Ben and Sara couldn\\\'t get closer because Ben is still living with his wife Theresa. Eventually Ben realizes he has to kick her out to get on with his life and his relationship with Sara. Patrick and Annie slept together for the first time on last week\\\'s episode, but Annie wouldn\\\'t let Patrick sleep over in this week\\\'s episode because she snored like a chainsaw. Eventually they work things out all realizing intimacy takes both trust and doing what\\\'s difficult.

    Also, Marin wants more culture so she asks Jack to go with her to Anchorage for a fun culture filled day. However, a trip to the opera ends in a trip to the emergency room after Jack has an asthma attack. Jack\\\'s brother is called as next of kin and he flirts with Marin much to Jack\\\'s dislike. But in the end Marin and Jack make it home and become closer as friends and Marin realizes, \\\"Friendship between a man and a woman is complicated, especially if they\\\'ve shared something more. There are times when love can be stronger and even more rewarding if it\\\'s built on the foundation of a really great friendship. But wherever it\\\'s headed, wherever it\\\'s been, being just friends doesn\\\'t have to mean settling for something less. Sometimes it can be the brass ring afterall.\\\"moreless
  • Friends, Friends, Friends, we will always be!

    Great stuff this week. The caribou in the bar, Patrick's retainer, Annie's snoring, Jack's asthma, and chivalry to. How could you not love this show.

    I am really enjoying the way this show is dealing with the man women dyamic. In some shows one or the other is dipicted as a blithering idiot, in this show they are both treated as the adults they are.

    I understand Annie's reluctance to have Patrick stay over. I am a world class snorer and I felt her pain! I loved Patricks solution, first to set Annie at ease by showing her his secret, and then using a "flap" hat to block the noise.

    The road trip with Jack and Mirin was incedible. I liked the fact that he was willing to bend all of his rules for her, and then fighting his brother for her honor! I like getting more character development for Jack and the rest of the ensamble. I believe that the ongoing charater development is what is making this show strong.moreless
  • Great job once again.

    This is one of the shows that I look forward to everyweek. Last night's episode was great. One reason was that Ben put Thersea out! I mean this is a GOOD man and those are hard to find. She does not want him so why should he not put her behind out of his house. I want him with Sara. I think she would be better for and appreciate him more. By the way I it was so funny when Sara and Ben were caught in the car. I really like that scene. They caught by Celia, someone that I would want to get caught doing anything because she is subject to get you a ticket for $1,000.

    Now what I enjoyed most was Marin, Jack and Jack's brothere time at dinner. When Jack's brother called Marin a nice piece of A**, it was so funny. Then to see them rolling on the floor was even funnier. I like Marin with Jack. He really cares for her whereas his brother sees her as just a nice piece of butt. I liked Jack defending her honor.moreless
Edward Kerr

Edward Kerr

Ian Slattery

Guest Star

Biski Gugushe

Biski Gugushe

Anchorage Doctor

Guest Star

Julius Chapple

Julius Chapple

Snooty Bartender

Guest Star

Cynthia Stevenson

Cynthia Stevenson

Celia Bachelor

Recurring Role

Timothy Webber

Timothy Webber


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Marin and Jack are walking down the street in Anchorage, they are actually at the corner of Granville and Smithe in downtown Vancouver, BC.

    • During the scene where Marin goes into the woods to ask Jack to take her to Anchorage, it is obvious the mountain scenery is not real. The clouds do not move at all despite being shown several times over a period of a few minutes.

    • When Celia told Patrick about Annie snoring, they were watching the movie "White Chicks" (2004). She mentioned the Wayans brothers, and that they look like women "With those disguises".

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Ian Slattery: (discussing Marin) So what's up with you guys?
      Jack: Uh, nothing.
      Ian Slattery: Good.
      Jack: I mean we slept together if that's what you're asking.

    • Patrick: Is there something you're not telling me? Cause if you're anti-spooning or something, that's cool. I can despoon.

    • Anchorage Doctor: Are you his wife?
      Marin: Uh, no. I'm his friend.
      Anchorage Doctor: I'm sorry, immediate family only.
      Marin: Oh, uh, you don't understand, we're very close. I mean, not in that way but we could be. Not that I want that.
      Anchorage Doctor: Ma'am!
      Marin: Yeah?
      Anchorage Doctor: This is a hospital, not a confessional.

    • Marin: Friendship between a man and a woman is complicated, especially if they've shared something more. There are times when love can be stronger and even more rewarding if it's built on the foundation of a really great friendship. But wherever it's headed, wherever it's been, being just friends doesn't have to mean settling for something less. Sometimes it can be the brass ring afterall.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Cynthia Stevenson is credited as Special Guest Star.

    • Featured Music:
      "I Want My Kiss Back" by David Lichens
      "I Want You" by Rachael Yamagata
      "Sweet Lady" by What Made Milwaukee Famous
      "It Don't Matter" by Donavon Frankenreiter
      "The Tattoo Song" by Sarah Stanley
      "A Kiss to Build A Dream On" by Louis Armstrong
      "Small Town Romance" by Richard Thompson
      "I Will Be There For You" by Lyza Wilson
      "Time" by Rich Jacques


    • The episode's title is a play on the phrase, "Is there an elephant in the room?" The term is used when everyone knows something, but ignores it. The phrase is ironic because it would take a lot to ignore an elephant that was actually in a room.