Being Erica "Wash, Rinse, Repeat" Reaction


You are going to die.

This shouldn't come as a surprise. Everyone dies. I'm not exempt from this, and, despite their fictional status, neither are most of the characters we see on television. We tend not to think of the mortality of the people we watch on TV, since the show will likely die long before the characters do. But, the fact is, within her own world, Erica Strange has an expiration date.

And, when confronted with that expiration date, Erica reacted... well, she reacted poorly. BUT, she reacted realistically.

Picking up where last week's episode left off, "Wash, Rinse, Repeat" had Kai coming back from the future to warn Erica about something in the future. First, he told her that in a few weeks they sleep together, and he wanted her to prevent that from happening. When she pushed him for more details, he told her that after they slept together (while he was on a regret), he tried to find her in 2019, but he couldn't. There were hints about some major event that occurred between now and then, resulting in the deaths of lots of people, but that's not what Erica fixated on. She was more worried about her own personal fate, which kind of messed up things in her present life, at least until Dr. Tom sent her into a time loop to learn this week's lesson.

I was incredibly impressed by this episode, and Erin Karpluk in particular. I know I freak out about my own mortality about once a month (usually at about 3 a.m., when I can't sleep for other reasons), so I completely understood Erica's reaction to the possibility that she only had eight years to live. And while it took a little longer for her to reach the conclusion I usually reach (she'd indicated that she'd had lunch with Adam about 10 times during that repeating four-hour time loop), she got there eventually. Life isn't about the length of time you have, but what you do with the time you're given.

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