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The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 4 Edition

December 13, 2011 11 comments

Being Erica CBC Website image

Well, last night “Being Erica” had its series finale with the end of the Season 4 and I am here to bring you the quotes quoted by Dr Tom all this season. As well, I have provided links to previous incarnations of this post from the previous seasons:

If you are not up to date on the final season of Being Erica don’t worry there are no out and out spoilers in here.

I have also decided to add a new aspect to this post in that I am going to include Erica’s patient in each of the episodes. (I started writing this post after Episode 2 when she has already had a different patient in each of the two episodes as she goes through “Doctor Training.”)

Episode 1 “Doctor Who?”

Patient: Josh McIntosh

  • Failure is nature’s plan to prepare you for greater responsibilities. – Napoleon Hill
  • Life is too short to blend in. – Paris Hilton

Episode 2 “Osso Barko”

Patient: Julianne Giacomelli
  • Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. – Sigmund Freud
  • With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere. – C.S. Lewis

Episode 3 “Baby Mama” Read more…

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Being Erica On CBC Tonight: 7 Possible Owners Of The Gloved Hand & What I Want To See From Season 4

September 26, 2011 8 comments

Being Erica Season 4 Cast wallpaper 1024x768 via CBC at http://www.cbc.ca/beingerica/extras.html

Recently, I watched all 3 seasons of Being Erica once again so I could write the 3 ‘The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica”‘ which you see linked below.

  • Season 1 Edition here.
  • Season 2 Edition here.
  • Season 3 Edition here.
Watching the whole series again was a great primer for seeing tonight’s premiere of the final season of Being Erica: Season Four.

SPOILER WARNING!!!

Before I continue on, let me make clear that if you have are not fully caught up on Being Erica (up until the end of Season 3) there will be SPOILERS in this post.

Everything related to Season 4 will just be guesswork by me, so if you’re waiting for the premiere like I am, don’t worry I won’t be ruining anything (because I can’t).

Consider yourselves warned.

Season 3 Episode 12 “Erica, Interrupted” ended with Erica meeting her new patient…but who was it? All we see was a leather glove which Erica takes with a huge smile on her face. We simply don’t know who it was, but of course it is going to have to be revealed in Season 4 as that’s the next part of Erica’s therapy – becoming a doctor and treating her first patient. CBC even ran a contest for people to be able to guess who her patient was going to be but, of course, haven’t revealed the answer yet. I have some of my own guesses which I thought I would list here.

I thought I would jot down a couple of things before watching Season 4’s premiere tonight of

  1. What I want to see out of Season 4 in terms of the story wrapping up.
  2. Who I thought could possibly be her new patient.

1. What I Want To See Out Of Season 4 In Terms Of The “Being Erica” Story Wrapping Up

  • What are the doctors? Erica once asked Dr Tom if he was an angel and he replies that there will be time for that question later.
  • What is the doctor hierarchy like? Dr Naadiah was/is Dr Tom’s doctor so it seems she outranks him. Dr Naadiah often goes to Dr Arthur to discuss Dr Tom and Erica and we get the sense that Dr Arthur was/is Dr Naadiah’s therapist. Is Dr Arthur the ‘Head Doctor’?
  • How do the doctors perform time travel? How do they decide who gets to be in therapy?
  • (I doubt this one will be answered) How long in real time are patients ‘away’ when they go on time travel treatments? Are they even physically ‘away’ or does their consciousness just go to “another plane” of existence and then travel back in time to occupy their younger bodies? I think it can be either or situation simply because we know Dr Tom should be dead after he jumped off of a building and if only his consciousness moved out of his body then we can’t explain the episodes where his daughter reappears – which would require him to be alive.

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The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 2 Edition

September 10, 2011 10 comments

Yesterday’s post on blogging and PR companies was pretty heady stuff. Today, I thought we would go a little bit lighter and therefore I am writing today’s post of Being Erica quotes. Finally, the time has come for me to complete this series of Being Erica posts…well complete until the new season (Season 4) starts 9PM in Canada on September 26, 2011 and is available to watch online (in Canada) at http://www.cbc.ca/beingerica/episodes.html (latest episodes) and at http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/Being_Erica/ (all episodes).

However, the beauty is that this time when I watch Being Erica’s new season I will do my utmost to compile the list of Dr Tom’s quotes as they are aired and will be able to post a list of the quotes almost as soon as the season is done.

To review:

As I watched this season and looked back upon the previous posts I realized that although this and the other posts are called ‘The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica”’ but I included a number of quotes that were not actually said by Dr Tom. Maybe I should have named the posts ‘The Quotes Quoted In Being Erica’ but I didn’t and the bulk of the quotes are by Dr Tom.

I also mentioned in my Season 3 post that I noticed a significant drop in the amount of quotes by Dr Tom and I wondered if I would notice a drop between Season 1 and Season 2 and I totally did. I think it has to do with the introduction of a whole bunch of other characters with major parts and the advancement of  the plot including the season long arc with Kai Booker, the first fellow ‘patient’ in therapy who Erica meets.

being erica season 3 wallpaper 1024x768 via CBC http://www.cbc.ca/beingerica/images/wallpaper2_1024x768.jpg

Episode 1 “Being Dr. Tom

  • (Said by Dr Naadiah to Dr Tom) Fear is the mind-killer. – Frank Herbert
  • I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but I always end up where I need to be. – Douglas Adams Read more…

The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 3 Edition

September 5, 2011 15 comments

Being Erica CBC Title Screen Season 3

You might recall my Season One edition of  this post. If you don’t, don’t worry! I have it linked for you right here: The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 1 Edition.

Well, today it is time for a new edition of this blog post. The Season 3 edition. You may be wondering why they heck I am skipping Season 2 and jumping to Season 3 my reason is actually somewhat silly and somewhat lazy. The reason for the skip is that I already had a few of the episodes from Season 3 saved on my computer and I decided to start watching Season 3 and skip Season 2 for now. One big difference from the Season 1 edition is that this version of the Season’s quotes by Dr Tom has been verified personally by me. In the Season 1 version of this I scoured the internet and other websites looking for the quotes and not researching them by watching the episodes myself. When you figure each episode is approximately 44 minutes long and there were 13 episodes in Season 3 that means I have watched 9 1/2 hours of Being Erica for this blog post alone.

Being Erica - Erica Strange & Dr Tom S03E12

One thing I also noticed is that all through Season 3 the number of quotes dropped drastically from the number of quotes in Season 1. I don’t know why this is, maybe the folks who make this CBC show decided it was a lot of hard work to find all those awesome quotes like they did in Season 1 (and maybe Season 2? I really gotta re-watch Season 2!) and decided to use a lot less quotes.

Episode 1 “The Rabbit Hole” Read more…

I Completely Disagree With Your #StopHarper Methods Brigette DePape AKA Brigette Marcelle

June 3, 2011 30 comments

Brigette DePape aka Brigette Marcelle, (what is your real name anyway?) this is an open letter to you. Before I begin I want to make clear I am not endeavoring to debate partisan politics with this post.

I understand that you aren’t happy with the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. I understand that you didn’t vote for him and are clearly disappointed that he is the Prime Minister of Canada. I have read your press release (copy/pasted/linked below) and I am happy that democracy and freedom is strong and healthy in this country. The very fact hat you feel safe enough to pull a stunt like you did is obviously indicative of that. Quite frankly though, I don’t care about your opinion if it involves doing what you did. That you felt so strongly that you believe you have the right to disrupt our government based on your own whim is disgusting to me. What kind of self-centered brat are you? Whether or not you like the man, respect the office and respect the traditions that make Canada what it is today. Do not disrespect the office because you dislike the man.

“Most People In The Country Know…”

I have read your press release and parts of it reads like the rantings of a crazy person. Read more…

TTC Buses In Head On Collision At Wilson Station [With Photos & Video By Me]

May 13, 2011 2 comments

Today, I was sitting at work minding my own business when I saw a tweet from a local news agency:

“BREAKING: Several people have been injured in a head-on crash involving two TTC buses at Wilson Avenue and Wilson Heights Boulevard.”

Right afterward, as I mused whether or not to go check out the scene because it was 2 minutes from me my friend ReTweeted a tweet by a woman who is a “[news agency name removed] Senior Assignment Editor, overnight news anchor, sometimes reporter” (taken from her Twitter bio) that read:

“Anyone in #Toronto near Wilson & Wilson Heights? Crash involving two TTC buses. Looking for pics”

So I figured what the heck I would head over there and take some pictures with my trusty BlackBerry Torch 9800 and ideally they would be on the local news agency’s TV channel and almost definitely (so I thought) on their Twitter feed which would be really cool.

Below is the pictures I took today. They are from a set I posted on Flickr which, as you know, I have recently started using.

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TTC Wilson Station Bus Crash, a set on Flickr.

The local news agency did indeed use one of my pictures in their story when the news was still fresh. Now, however, my picture is no longer there replaced by a video of Toronto Police Traffic Services Constable Hugh Smith and the scene.

I also got video of Toronto Police Traffic Services Constable Hugh Smith on hand Read more…

The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 1 Edition

March 10, 2011 38 comments

Dr Tom from Being Erica played by Micheal Riley – picture taken from Being Erica Wiki

Some people know that I watch the CBC series “Being Erica” but some people haven’t even heard of the show. If you haven’t: the show is about a woman in her early 30’s who has been in a number of dead end jobs and relationships and one day meets the mysterious Dr. Tom. Dr. Tom promises to treat Erica and help her live a better life. He does this by having her list her life regrets on a piece of paper and then he sends Erica back in time to relive these regrets and possibly rectify them but always to learn from them.

The show is, I believe, mainly targeted at women but I’m a sucker for pretty much anything that has to do with time travel so I enjoy the show. One of the things Dr Tom consistently does throughout the show in treating Erica is to quote wisdom of people (famous and not-so-famous). The quotes are always relevant to Erica’s current predicament/regret. Often the quotes are very obscure but they are always, in my humble opinion, quite inspirational.

Every now and again I would look for a comprehensive list of “Dr Tom’s Quotes” and have never been able to find one. As such, I put this list together by searching around the interiorwebs and reading some really, really random sites. Again, I am surprised there isn’t a better, more comprehensive list out there so if you’d like to help me build this list I would really appreciate it! (Or if there is one that I haven’t found I’d appreciate the link!)

There were a number of doubles which came from different websites “arguing” about where the quotes came from/were said so I deleted some of them – more or less guessing which episode they came from. I haven’t proofread all of the names either so there might be some which are misspelled. Lastly, for everyone who wants to tell me that Prime Minister Winston Churchill didn’t say the quote about history and it was George Santayana I am well aware of this but this is what the contributor wrote it as so I assume that is to whom Dr. Tom attributed the quote. I am going  to go through Season 1 and fix up this list however, so not to worry! As well, I have completed rewatching Season 3 of Being Erica so the Season 3 list is available here The Quotes Quoted By Dr Tom From CBC’s “Being Erica” – Season 3 Edition.

Episode 1 “Dr. Tom”

  • In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. – Albert Einstein
  • Curiosity does, no less than devotion, pilgrims make. – Abraham Cowle
  • Pressure makes diamonds. – General George S. Patton  Read more…
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