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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Detective Sam Tyler
... Detective Ray Carling
... Annie Norris
... Detective Chris Skelton
... Lieutenant Gene Hunt
... Windy
... Carol Ann Reeves
... John Philip Fisher
... Sticker
... Vic Tyler
... Bartender
Arnie Burton ... Lawrence Jones
... The Maharishi
... Hippie #1
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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Release Date:

23 October 2008 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the stakeout scene, the first man to pass Detective Chris Skelton is wearing a 'Members Only' jacket. The brand wasn't created until 1975 and not introduced to the American market until 1979. The specific jacket design was not introduced until 1981. 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 »


Just A Little Lovin'
Performed by Dusty Springfield
Courtesy of Universal/Warner Music Group
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Something very violent at a peace rally
17 October 2009 | by See 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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