Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Sep 25, 2007 on The CW
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Sam Oliver has always been the slacker with no goals or purpose. However, his life takes an unprecedented new direction on his twenty-first birthday, when he discovers that his parents sold his soul to the devil and he must now become Satan's personal bounty hunter.

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  • A clever new comedy.

    Reaper, a story about a young man who turns 21 and finds out his parents sold his soul to the evil. Sam works in a supermarket with his friends and never really achieved anything in life.

    In this chapter of the story, Sam gets oriented on catching fugitives that have escaped from hell. He is given a vessel everytime he must capture a certain fugitive and for this episode he was given a vacuum cleaner. They were set-off to capture a fugitive that is currently working as a fireman, that is in hopes to destroy and burn everything that has been rebuilt since his death.

    The plot is clever and original, but the comedy is lacking for me. Maybe in the next episode because this episode was mostly dedicated to explanation and such. I don't feel this show reaching its maximum potential based on the Pilot episode, but it is very intriguing. I'm staying with this show for the whole first season though, so I hope it gets better.

    Episode Quote (courtesy of Sam): Do I have to go to Hell now?moreless
  • For a pilot episode this was ok. Nothing too fancy but nothing too clever either that would make me go WHOA! Simply states the idea of the series. Kind of reminded me of some other shows I like watching so I will give it a go.moreless

    In this Pilot episode of Reaper the setting is that Sam(Bret Harrison) turns 21 and the trade between The Devil(Ray Wise) and his parents activates. This episode also introduces Sock(Tyler Labine), Ben(Rick Gonzalez) and Andi(Missy Peregrym).

    The Devil says to Sam that he will give him missions until the day he dies. Also The Devil says that he won't tolerate failure. The Devil will give a vessel to aid Sam for every mission which he is to use to suck the escaped demon etc. into the vessel and to take it to DMV – Hell on Earth. In the end of the episode Sam tells his mother that everything is alright and he is free now which obviously isn't true but he tells his mother that just to make her feel good again.

    Generally for a pilot it was an ok episode. It introduces the characters, idea of the show, background and there is also something going on between Sam and Andi which gives something to look forward in the series if you are into that kind of things.

    I'll look forward seeing the episode number two and definetily see the whole season.moreless
  • Definite winner!

    The first thing we learn about Sam is that his parents let him get away with murder. When his little brother whines that Sam only went to college for a month, their mother defends Sam, "College made him sleepy."

    Sam's 21st birthday is special in so many ways, starting with his parents' weird behavior and his mother bursting into tears. Then Sam meets a very strange little dog who turns out to be a Hellhound. Followed by discovering he has telekinesis. Gets chased by a pack of dogs. The final cherry on top is finding out that his parents sold his soul to the devil – happy birthday. All the leeway Sam gets is coming out of the incredible guilt his parents feel. Does it mean something that when Sam refused to work for the devil, the devil threatened to take Sam's mother to Hell – but *only* Sam's mother?

    Funniest scenes: Sam tells Sock about this scary program he was watching and looks up and there's ducklings on the screen; Sam tells Sock about moving the falling aircon with his mind and Sock throws a bottle at Sam's head, "You were supposed to move that with your mind."; Sam getting chased through the store by the pack of dogs and Sock chasing them off with a leafblower; Sam getting 'carjacked' by the devil, "If it was an Escalade maybe."; "The devil tried to carjack me."; the devil explains the overcrowding in Hell, "I blame myself."

    What probably surprised me most about this episode was the way his friends, who seem like complete slackers, step up and volunteer to help despite the danger. Even after Ben is hurt, Sock still helps. It's a really nice thing for his friends to do and proves that they are true friends. Very sweet. Also liked how they used their jobs at the Work Bench to prepare them for the fight with the soul, very clever.

    The best casting is definitely Ray Wise - perfect as the off-beat, overly cheerful, ever so devious devil. He's very funny. Wonderful to see Allison Hossack again, haven't seen her in years.

    Funny, inventive, thoroughly enjoyable.moreless
  • Fun and exciting, that's two words for the first episode of Reaper.

    It's Sam's birthday and he doesn't know why his parents treat him so well, and are so worried about it. But later in the day, after a bunch of stuff happens, he realises that his parents made a contract with the devil, and Sam's soul belongs to him from now on. His job will be to capture people who have escaped from hell. The episode is really funny. He and his friend Sock are after a guy who they must defeat. After a long fight, Sam uses his telekinesis power to stop him. I'll sure watch the rest of the show.moreless
  • This is a totally awesome show about this guy named Sam, that's soul was sold to the devil, so he must work for the devil or his mom will die. With the help of his friend Sock they help the devil by putting escaped souls back in hell.moreless

    This is on of the most hilarious shows I've ever seen! Sam Oliver has always been a slacker with no goals or purpose. College made him "sleepy." But on his 21st birthday his life takes a new direction when he learns that his parents had sold his soul to the Devil. Now he must serve as Satan's personal bounty hunter collecting souls that have escaped from hell. For his first task, Sam and his friends capture an arsonist who is repeating the crimes he committed in life. His only weapon is a Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner. A freaked-out Sam turns to his friends Sock and Ben for help and the three slackers, whose previous excitement consisted of long nights at their job at The Work Bench, decide to embrace this new destiny and set off in pursuit of their first escaped soul. In between fighting the demon, Sam contemplates asking his co-worker and longtime friend Andi on a date. Totally great show!moreless
Fraser Aitcheson

Fraser Aitcheson


Guest Star

Kyle Switzer

Kyle Switzer

Kyle Oliver

Guest Star

Marci T. House

Marci T. House


Guest Star

Allison Hossack

Allison Hossack

Mrs. Oliver

Recurring Role

Christine Willes

Christine Willes


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Andi is leaving the Work Bench meeting, you can tell from the length of her hair that it is Nikki Reed who portrayed Andi in the original pilot.

    • Trivia: After his car accident Sam returns home, and we see a sign that reads "667" (the street number of the Olivers' house). The number 667 is consecutive to 666, which symbolizes Satan/The Devil.

    • Towards the end of the show, we see Sam talking to Andi and we see that Sam was sporting a mustache and that he needed to shave. When the Devil appeared and talked to Sam in the next shot we see that Sam was already cleanly shaven.

    • Trivia: Sam's license plate is: 245 S4M (Washington State).

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Mr. Oliver: Bad day?
      Sam: Let's see. I got chased by a pack of dogs, moved an air conditioner with my mind, and the Devil tried to carjack me. So over all, not a great day.

    • Sam: Stay away from her. I swear to God...
      Devil: Swear to who? I don't play in the kiddie pool.

    • Sam: Wait. So, they're not all little vacuums?
      DMV Demon: The boss gives you the vessel he thinks you can handle. You must be a real moron. (laughs)

    • Sock: Ned Schmecker! Meet the Schmecker Checkers!
      Sam: Nice...

    • Sock: Hey, no shame in community college, K-Fed. I almost went.

    • Sam: Ted says I'm on notice.
      Sock: So what? I live on notice.

    • Devil: This will help. A vessel. Handcrafted in the bowels of Perdition, by the iniquitous and the vile. (Sam looks blank) Oh, I forgot, you got 600 on the SATs, didn't you?

    • Sam: Where were you?
      Sock: Gift shop. (holds up magic marker) Ben would want eyebrows. Ben would want eyebrows, and he would want us to give them to him.

    • Andi: You were so cute together. You guys should've never broken up.
      Sock: Actually, I had to, Andi, um, because I found out that she used to be a dude.
      Josie: I heard that you used to be too.

    • Sock: Dude, seriously, stop looking at my junk.

    • Devil: Oh, gag, look at that tool. Capture him already.
      Sam: You mean, like kill him?
      Devil: What is it with you and this obsession with murder? He's already dead.

    • Devil: Ummm. Chicken-fried steak. I'm so glad I don't have arteries.

    • Devil: Did you like that in there? That thing with the air conditioner? You're like a hero now. My gift to you.
      Sam: Is this a carjacking where you carjack me?
      Devil: For this? If it was an Escalade, maybe.
      Sam: You can have the car.
      Devil: I don't want the car.
      Sam: You can have the car, I just...
      Devil: Sam, I'm not a carjacker. I'm the devil.

    • Sam: My parents sold my soul to the Devil.
      Sock: How drunk are you?
      Sam: Totally sober.
      Sock: How drunk am I?

    • Sam: We're gonna get killed.
      Sock: What?
      Sam: We're gonna get killed.
      Sock: Why?
      Sam: This thing still doesn't work.
      Sock: We're gonna get some batteries for it.
      Sam: No, it doesn't use batteries, it uses...
      Both: Recharger!

    • Sock: (To Sam after he defeats the fireman) Oh, I have never been so attracted to a man in my life... that's not what I meant.

    • Devil: Word of caution. I don't accept failure. Ever.
      (leaves Sam staring at the bloody ice under the Zamboni)

    • Kyle: Hey, the zombie is up before noon.
      Sam: Hey, you're an idiot.
      Mr. Oliver: Kyle, don't you wish your brother a happy birthday?
      Kyle: This guy is 21, lives with his parents, wears an apron for living. There's no happy in that birthday, Dad.

    • Sam: Wait a minute, so people can break out of Hell?
      Devil: Yeah. That's a problem we've been having lately, what with overcrowding and so forth. Honestly, we were underprepared for the influx. I blame myself. But that's not your problem. All you have to do is track down fugitives and haul their asses over to a portal to Hell. Easy.
      Sam: What do you mean by portal?
      Devil: Well, any place that seems like Hell on Earth, is Hell on Earth, you know? The DMV on Union Street? Yeah, drop off a fugitive, renew your license. I'm all about the perks.
      Sam: Oh, my God.
      Devil: Hey, kiddo, it's okay. I've seen how this all ends. Don't worry, God wins.

    • Sam: Do I have to go to Hell now?
      Devil: Now? No, no, no, not now. You're gonna work for me now in the Earthly Realm.
      Sam: You mean, like, kill people?
      Devil: Wow. You're a real pessimist. Of course you won't be murdering anyone. You're just going to bring escaped souls back to Hell. You know, like a bounty hunter. That's cool, right?

    • Mr. Oliver: Big birthday plans, boys?
      Sam: Nothing too crazy.
      Mr. Oliver: Come on, Sam, you got to go out there and cut loose. You're only this age once, come on.
      Sock: I like your thinking, Dad, I say we all get in the car, go get some smack, and kill a hooker in Vegas... (Mom leaves room looking distressed) ah, I mean, I mean patronize a hooker in Vegas... I would never kill a hooker in Vegas, I would never kill a hooker...

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Air Dates:
      Poland: Sunday, March 23, 2008, on AXN
      Sweden: Thursday, June 5, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: Friday June 20, 2008 on Universal Channel
      Denmark: Monday, July 7, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Norway: Saturday, January 3, 2009 on TVNorge
      Germany: Monday, April 20, 2009 on ProSieben
      Australia: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 on 7TWO

    • Music: Devil's Haircut (Beck), Deadwood (Dirty Pretty Things), Date With The Night (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Myth Takes (Chk Chk Chk), Devil in Me (22-20's), Into Your Dreams (Foreign Born), On An Evening in Roma (Dean Martin), Take You Over (Low Five), Lazy Eye (Silversun Pickups)

    • In the original pilot of Reaper, filmed in March 2007, the character of Andi was portrayed by The O.C.'s Nikki Reed. In late June it was reported that the female role had been recast, and that Heroes alumna Missy Peregrym had been taped as a replacement. No specific reason was given for the change. Reed's scenes were subsequently re-shot.

    • The actress who plays the DMV worker at the end of this episode is actress Christine Willes who also played Delores Herbig in the show Dead Like Me, to which Reaper has been compared.

    • On Reaper, Bret Harrison plays Sam Oliver. On FOX's The Loop, Harrison's last television series, which lasted for two seasons and a total of 17 episodes, he also portrayed a character named Sam.


    • Sock: Eat it, Heat Miser!
      Heat Miser was a character from A Year Without A Santa Claus. He had the power to control heat and use fire.

    • Sock: Hey, no shame in community college, K-Fed. I almost went.
      K-Fed is short for Kevin Federline, who is primarily famous for being married to Britney Spears.

    • Sock: (To Sam) Yes! You are Neo, You're the One.
      This is a reference to the trilogy The Matrix, where Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, finds out that his world is nothing but an illusion created by machines that store all humans bodies to harvest their energy. Neo was The One, chosen to bring the machines domination to an end.

    • Sock: You Bruce Bannered that thing, man.
      This is a reference to Marvel's Dr. Bruce Banner, or as he is better known, The Incredible Hulk.