It’s time to start the countdown folks. With only three more episodes to go in the series, this week’s episode of Being Erica attempts to clean up the sloppy mess the show has created for itself for the better part of this season.
Let’s break it down…
This week’s episode tackled a pretty simplistic subject – and arguably what’s at the heart of Being Erica: relationships. Looks like we’re finally going to get some closure to some loose ends that were unraveling rapidly (along with my patience) in last week’s episode.
I’m talking about Kai (Sebastian Pigott) and Adam (Adam Fergus). The majority of the episode transpires amidst the wedding of the lovable Ivan (Michael Northey) and Dave (Bill Turnbull – who’s curiously been absent for a good part of the season). Weddings in television shows are always a good platform to work out some deeper relationship issues. What is it about two people vowing to love each other forever that brings out the honesty in us?
But I digress. In preparation for the wedding, Erica (Erin Karpluk) decides to play bride dress-up in a local boutique. This is another formula that we’ve seen time and time again, and usually it spells DANGER to the unlucky guy the mock-bride is with at the time. Kai shows up and the two check themselves out in the mirror. Although they look amazing, the idyllic frame of the mirror pretty much foreshadows that this will never happen beyond the borders of fantasy.
And my prediction holds true. After going on a pointless “what if” scenario, brought on by Kai proposing to her at Ivan and Dave’s wedding, Erica realizes that she can’t keep holding onto a fantasy. She finally catches up to the rest of us (when this was spelled out in SEASON TWO), telling Kai she has to end it because it’s an impossible relationship. He’s from the future! Talk about the world’s worst long distance relationship ever.
Kai is heartbroken, and with the help of Dr. Fred (Dewshane Williams) comes to grip with the fact that he really wasn’t back in the past on a regret, but that he needed to play out the relationship with Erica in order to have a real one in the future. And they materialize back to the future together. (I’m hoping the egregious Ford product placement last week helped pay for the cool special FX for blasting them back.)
Aside: I liken Kai’s presence this season to a bad sequel. You know when you see a really good movie, and the ending is so poignant and bittersweet that you’re satisfied even though things didn’t end up happily ever after? That’s how I felt when Kai left in season two. Take a look here:
So lovely. I think the Kai storyline should have ended there. I’m sorry that this can’t be my last memory of the two of them. End of Aside
So Kai never had closure and had to come back and get it in the past before really living in his own time. I will say that although this is a mighty convenient way to explain why Kai has been able to spend so much time in the past and it glosses over the lessons which he was supposed to have learned back in season two, I’m okay with it. I’m okay with it because now that Kai is gone, it cleans things up and sets the stage for a satisfying send-off to the series in the remaining 3 episodes to come.
At least this is what I’m hoping for. Fingers crossed!
Loose end number two, Adam, also gets tied up quite neatly in this episode. After Erica’s trip to alternate reality where her “perfect man” turned out to be an arrogant mulleted dink, she makes a passionate plea (with a napkin list and everything) for Adam to take her back. I admit, when I saw her writing on a napkin after her breakup with Kai, and making eyes at Adam, I was whining to my television – “Oh please, no. Don’t do it Erica!” When Dr. Tom (Michael Riley) told her to “surrender” to how she ended things with Adam, I took it to mean “learn from that experience and move on.” I still remember how Adam freaked out on her when she merely suggested he think about things before dropping out of school. This is not a relationship you want to “surrender” to. I don’t think these two can make it long term.
But, despite my aversion to hokey romantic comedy clichés, I couldn’t help but root for Erica as she clumsily fumbled through a very heartfelt napkin speech. The episode’s theme of ‘living in reality’ doesn’t really seem to hold true because this kind of stuff would never fly in the real world. Alas, I couldn’t let my bitterness toward relationships taint what really is an adorable and endearing scene. I was happy that Adam took her back, even if it is right on the heels of a breakup and is generally just a bad idea. Oh well, at least he’s from her time-space continuum.
Some other observations that are still percolating:
- Erica tells Kai that she can’t go to the future with him because she has her own business that she doesn’t want to give it up. Then how is she expected to be a doctor AND have a social life on top of that? No wonder Dr. Tom was all about his work! How could he have time for anything else?
- Speaking of Dr. Tom, how inconvenient is it for him to constantly hear his patients when they enter his office, even in the midst of foreplay?! I can understand why he’d want to retire and ASAP.
- I did love the scene with Dr. Tom and Erica sharing a dance. These two have such an amazing chemistry. I think this season has been a bit off because there hasn’t been enough screen time between these two.
- The ‘secret relationship’ thing between Brent (Morgan Kelly) and Julianne (Reagan Pasternak) has gotten really tired, really fast. I’m revoking the MVP awards I gave out last recap. Move on to something more interesting please.
So now that almost everything has been tied up in a neat little bow, can we get to the real meat and potatoes? PLEASE? Why is Erica going to be a doctor? What the heck is the doctor thing about anyway? Why are some people picked to be patients, and eventually doctors? If you fail the test to get into doctor training (ala Adam) what happens to you? No more funky time-travelling journeys?
What do you think viewers? Are you confident that the series will end as poignantly as we’ve seen in season finales, or have they wasted too much time this season for a proper send off?