By Aubry D'Arminio
November 07, 2008 at 05:16 PM EST

Let’s pray the stunt casting of Whoopi Goldberg as a ’70s-era gender-bending radio DJ named Brother Loverbutter (pictured) brought in some more viewers — even if yesterday’s episode’s really wasn’t up to Mars’ usual quality (“Ice Ice Baby,” Sam, really?). Well, at least not until the end when Gene punched Sammy in the gut and growled, “Draw your gun at me again and I’ll knock you so far back you’ll think it was 1933 and there was a Kosher butchers’ strike.”

But a female lawyer speaking in singsong? That was just way, too…I don’t know…out of a movie. Which made me think that maybe the fakeness of the show’s ’70s — and the anachronisms we’ve already pointed out — are hints that this world must be inside Sam’s brain. Just mull it over: If he was a kid in the ’70s, all these little details would be bubbling around in his mind. And who has a perfect memory? I certainly don’t. I grew up in the ’80s, but I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head if Poison hit it big before Bon Jovi, or vice versa. Yet, I’m sure that I used to jam to both of them in the bedroom I shared with my sister during elementary school.

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So, now that we’re six episodes in, let’s discuss: What do you thinkis happening to Sam? Sure, if you watched the British versionobsessively, you have an idea. But that’s assuming this show followsthe same course. And that (SPOILER ALERT for the next two sentences)ABC has the guts to be that dark. Or that bold. But this episode,titled “Things to do in New York When You’re Dead,” was just full ofclues that should lead us to something. We know Sam sees flashinglights at the oddest times. We know he can hear Maya’s voice talking tohim in the present. We know he sees dead people — like little girlswho’ve fallen off roofs. He’s being followed by a strange drifter, fondof cryptic remarks. Lastly, Annie, who says she doesn’t believe Sam’sstory about being sent back in time, ended the episode by telling himit was good that he got to say goodbye to Fletcher, who was waiting forhim. Then we find out Fletcher died in 2008.

Oh, my brain hurts. Of course, if you just watch the show as aprocedural then you don’t give a hoot. And though I may have ragged onthe episode above, I really did like House’s Edi Gathegi’s turnas Fletcher. Somebody get this guy his own Ashes to Ashes. Though the night’s best line belonged once again to Gene: “Nobody hurts littlegirls in my kingdom, and it is my kingdom. Huntlandia. Home of theblueberry crepe, where little kids are off limits.” Best song:Definitely the opening number, Garland Jeffreys’ “Wild in the Streets.”

So what’s your verdict on yesterday?