Being Erica: Season 1, Episode 5

Adultescence (2 Feb. 2009)

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Erica and Judith have a falling out over a misunderstanding regarding who Judith has chosen as her baby's godmother. Erica not being chosen reinforces her own negative perceptions of not ... See full summary »



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Erica and Judith have a falling out over a misunderstanding regarding who Judith has chosen as her baby's godmother. Erica not being chosen reinforces her own negative perceptions of not feeling grown up. Dr. Tom sends Erica back to her Bat Mitzvah, appropriate not only because it was supposed to be her official transition into adulthood, but also that she walked out on that party just like she did with the baby shower she just hosted for Judith. Erica's Bat Mitzvah, on a theme of the movie Dirty Dancing (1987), never lived up to hype and excitement she felt before the party. But Erica's adult sensibilities can now relive the party for what it was. She can also learn that an official event like a Bat Mitzvah does not nor need not have to mean she should feel like an adult. Written by Huggo

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Jenny: You know, a baby shower is basically just rewarding someone for having sex. I have sex all the time. Where is my reward?
Erica Strange: I think it's the having sex part.
Jenny: Hmm.
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Written by Jaylene Johnson, J.J. Heller, David Heller
Performed by Jaylene
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Being Erica at its finest: the ultimate bat mitzvah
22 July 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Adultescence is the perfect little episode for any child of the 1980s. Who can't relate to the pressure of trying to put on the perfect occasion, like a baby shower or a bat mitzvah? Add to it the kitsch factor of a Dirty Dancing theme, complete with Uncle Ruby as a Patrick Swayze wannabe, and you have comic gold. If you can watch this episode and not root for our heroine, you must be made of cardboard.

Erin Karpluk is her usual lovable, natural, and irresistible self. She IS Erica. You cannot watch her and not fall in love. But in this episode, Samantha Weinstein (playing Erica at 13) steals the show. The combination of thirtysomething savvy and teenage innocence is flawless. The joy that young Erica beams when hoisted into the air in the near-iconic pose from Dirty Dancing is infectious. Who wouldn't jump at the chance to go back in time and enjoy all those moments we wasted worrying what other people thought? This is a classic episode.

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