Life on Mars (2008–2009)
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My Maharishi Is Bigger Than Your Maharishi 

When a decorated Vietnam War vet is beaten to death, Sam's precinct is pushed to the brink to find his killers, but not everyone may be happy with the results they find.


Michael Pressman


Josh Appelbaum (developer), André Nemec (developer) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jason O'Mara ... Detective Sam Tyler
Michael Imperioli ... Detective Ray Carling
Gretchen Mol ... Annie Norris
Jonathan Murphy ... Detective Chris Skelton
Harvey Keitel ... Lieutenant Gene Hunt
Tanya Fischer ... Windy
Susan Misner ... Carol Ann Reeves
Timothy Adams ... John Philip Fisher
Brian Avers ... Sticker
Dean Winters ... Vic Tyler
André De Shields ... Bartender
Arnie Burton Arnie Burton ... Lawrence Jones
Nimo Gandhi ... The Maharishi
Marc Scrivo ... Hippie #1
Tom Hatton Tom Hatton ... Hippie #2


Gene Hunt just wants to find and lynch the obvious "pacifist hippie scum" suspects. Luckily Sam insists to look for evidence and thus discovers that Jimmy's dearly missed father also lead a secret life, which costs him any sympathy from bigot Ray. During the investigation, Tyler realizes he's returned to the very block and house where he lived for a while in between his dad's many moves, wondering if his youth is his mission. A guru inspires the theory his supposed future background may be the actual illusion he's about to wake up from. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi


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In the fourth act as Sam enters a room in the building, a crew member's hand is visible holding a door open. See more »


Detective Sam Tyler: You see? Reeves' murder is looking more and more like a hate crime.
Lieutenant Gene Hunt: What? As opposed to an 'I really, really like you' crime?
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References Soylent Green (1973) See more »


I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're The Royal Macadamia Nuts)
Written by Jim Pons, John Barbata, Al Nichol and Mark Volman
Performed by The Turtles
Courtesy of Flo & Eddie, Inc.
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Something very violent at a peace rally
17 October 2009 | by Little-MikeySee all my reviews

A Vietnam War veteran has been murdered. As Detective Ray Carling put it, "May you rest in peace, because we certainly won't!" The episode opened with a peace rally as "Sweet Cherry Wine" by Tommy James and the Shondells )which charted in March 1969 and peaked at Number 7) played in the background. Of course, Sam's neighbor, Windy, being such a free spirited hippie chick, was thrilled to see that Sam was also there at the rally, not knowing that Sam was not there to "find himself" but to investigate a murder that tool place nearby.

The selection playing at that disco was "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're the Royal Macadamia Nuts)" by the Turtles, from their 1968 LP, "The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands", a great album that sadly sold so poorly that the band members were quoted as saying that the royalties made off that album were barely enough to pay for their rented tuxedos.

The closing selection was "Reflections (of My Life)" by the Marmalade.

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23 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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