Being Erica: Season 1, Episode 13

Leo (1 Apr. 2009)

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Erica's life is finally going great, both personally and professionally. But the fact that December 13th is approaching is weighing heavily on her mind, that date being the anniversary of ... See full summary »

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Erica's life is finally going great, both personally and professionally. But the fact that December 13th is approaching is weighing heavily on her mind, that date being the anniversary of Leo's death, which is still her biggest regret in life. Leo died at the age of 21 in a barn fire at her grandmother's farm, the fire that appears to be an accident of Leo's own doing. The farm is now the unofficial grave site where the family visits only once a year to mourn. Erica wants things to change, to make Leo's memory more of a happy thought than a somber one. Her idea is to rebuild the barn as both a cathartic exercise and a standing memorial to Leo. This task ends up being difficult for Barb, who cannot let go of how she grieves for her son. Before sending Erica back to that time to allow her to say goodbye to her brother, Dr. Tom stresses to her that her therapy does not allow her to play God to bring back the dead, and that there are dire consequences if she tries to do so. Once back, ... Written by Huggo

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In this episode, Gary (Erica's father) wears a shirt with a drawing of the Vulcan salute and the Vulcan greeting "Live Long and Prosper" on it. This has a double meaning. Presumably, it means that Gary is a fan of the television series "Star Trek" and its spin-off series and movies. But it is also a reference to Gary's profession; Gary is a rabbi, and the Vulcan gesture was created by Spock actor Leonard Nimoy, who took the hand motion from a ritual gesture that is a traditional part of a Jewish prayer called the Birkat Kohanim. Nimoy, the son of Orthodox Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, grew up seeing the gesture performed by his rabbis during synagogue services. See more »

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Leo (#1.13)
14 July 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A wonderful season finale. So many emotions, amazing acting. I cried several times because the struggle of characters is so well presented. One can absolutely feel for the mother when she breaks down crying when rebuilding the barn. And all the pain and emotions that Erica feels when talking to her brother knowing that she can't stop him from dying. It is very heartbreaking.

I do not completely understand why she couldn't do anything to stop him. Yes, the fire was his mistake. But maybe if something was said to him, not a warning and not directly throw his joint away, but maybe some sort of encouragement and understanding he wouldn't have gone to the barn. Our words and actions affect the actions of others. I guess maybe it is because nothing that Erica herself did that day was wrong? But I won't dwell on it, no matter what it was an amazing episode.

And again, while she couldn't change what she wanted so much she could make a little action that couldn't save her brother but could help to heal the pain of her family later in life.

I just hope Dr. Tom wasn't fired. I love him as her therapist and would want to see him back


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