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Reaper: The Sweet Science

The Devil sends Sam to return a crooked boxer back to Hell, but the boxer asks Sam to make a deal. Meanwhile, Ben worries about letting the guys know that he's dating a demon, and the new manager of the Work Bench deals with Sock's scheme to get double-paychecks.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x3
Airdate: Tuesday March 17th, 2009

Director: Tom Cherones
Writer: Chris Dingess

Alternate Airdates:

NL (Comedy Central) Jun 26, 2009
UK (E4) Jul 16, 2009

Guest Stars
Jenny WadeJenny Wade
As Nina
Stacy GrantStacy Grant
As Corporate Representative
Erik PalladinoErik Palladino
As Michael "Red" Sabatino

Co-Guest Stars
Laura JayeLaura Jaye
As Barbara
Jonathan BruceJonathan Bruce
As Irish Tenor
Michael BeanMichael Bean
As Dave - Grief Counsellor
Main Cast
Bret HarrisonBret Harrison
As Sam Oliver
Tyler LabineTyler Labine
As Bert "Sock" Wysocki
Rick GonzalezRick Gonzalez
As Ben Gonzalez
Missy PeregrymMissy Peregrym
As Andi Prendergast
Ray WiseRay Wise
As The Devil


Ben goes to Nina’s lair with flowers and feels blood drip on his arms. He notices she has blood on her hands but she explains it’s takeout. He wants to go over their fake story of how they met since he’s reluctant to tell Sam and Sock that his new girlfriend is a demon. Nina isn’t thrilled with the idea and insists she was doing the right thing by trying to kill the Devil’s right-hand man. Ben convinces her that they’ll the guys who she really is once they’re more comfortable with her...

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ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Frederick WeatherlyDanny Boyat "Les Nessman's" wake
Oscar Brown Jr.Mr. Kicksthe guys drink with Red

Episode Quotes
Ben: So I went to the mall alone...
Sock: Sure.
Ben: buy a couple of pairs of pants.
Sock: I'm sorry. You bought a couple of pairs of pants? Since when do you need more than one pair of pants? What are you, Jude Law?

Sam: You are a terrible person, seriously.
The Devil: That's my job, man. You know, tempting the weak. Culling the herd. you know the drill.

The Devil: Okay, now clear out of here. I've got a sexaholics group coming in in 5. It tends to be a little messy.

Sock: Yeah, Nina, nice. I like a girl who eats like a trucker.
Nina: Thank you, Sock.

Ben: It is warm, literally. It's hot in my hands.
Nina: That's because it's from home.
Ben: Home.
Nina: Um-hmm.
Ben: Home. Down there home.
Nina: Yeah.
Ben: Hell home.
Nina: Yeah. It might have a little bit of hellfire left in it. But don't worry, it's perfectly safe. Just don't ever sleep next to it, it'll give you nightmares. And don't ever make wishes on it. And then just use a regular damp cloth to clean it.

Ben: You're not dating me to kill Sam, are you?
Nina: No. Besides, I don't need a knife to kill Sam.
Ben: What's that mean?
Nina: I just use these guys. I like to get up in there and feel the heart beating before I squish it with my hands.
Ben: You see, that doesn't make me feel better.

Sock: Boxing requires focus. You know what it's like? It's like having sex. All right, everything's going good, right/ You're getting your groove on, chugging along. In comes the talking, the hints, the tips, the criticizing. The next thing you know, you've lost that concentration, you're locked in the bathroom yelling at your own lap!

Andi: I'll talk to him. I have to be the adult.
Sam: Uhh, that's, no, that's definitely a terrible idea.
Andi: Why?
Sam: Because you can't deal with Sock as an adult. You have to sink to his level. You have to sink below his level.
Andi: Uhh, I'm not sure that's even possible.

The Devil: Sammy, punishing souls is like raising children. They need consistency. And you can't reward bad behavior. They step out of line, you just have to give them a timeout in the Closet of Abysmal Agony.

Cultural References
"Les Nessman" refers to the newscaster on WKRP in Cincinnati, played by Richard Sanders.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichele Fazekas  |  Tara Butters
Executive ProducerDeborah Spera  |  Michele Fazekas  |  Tara Butters  |  Tom Spezialy  |  Mark Gordon (4)
Co-Executive ProducerChris Dingess
Supervising ProducerJeff Vlaming  |  Kevin Etten
ProducerJoseph Patrick Finn  |  Thomas Schnauz  |  Craig DiGregorio
Associate ProducerJohn Blair
Production DesignerRachel O'Toole
EditorChristopher Cooke (1)
CastingStuart Atkins  |  Jennifer Cram  |  John Papsidera  |  Sean Cossey
First Assistant DirectorRichard Flower
Second Assistant DirectorShea Rowan
MusicDavid Schwartz (2)  |  Charles Pollard
Music SupervisorChris Tergesen
Costume DesignerMaya Mani
Key GripSteve Sherlock
Camera OperatorChristina Kaspercyk  |  Richard Wilson (2)
Set DecoratorShane Vieau
Property MasterNick Dibley
Construction CoordinatorLyall Heighton
Script SupervisorTammy Bentz
Production CoordinatorLynne Taylor
Assistant EditorJeff Israel
Post Production SupervisorScottee Angel
Supervising Sound EditorRobb Navrides
Re-Recording MixerMichael Colomby
GafferMark Berlet
Director of PhotographyAttila Szalay
Stunt CoordinatorJonathan Kralt
Art DirectorCatherine Schroer
Post Production CoordinatorCallie Miller
Production ManagementBrian Dick (1)
Special Makeup Effects ArtistBill Terezakis
Visual Effects CoordinatorSimon Lacey
Main Title ThemeDavid Schwartz (2)
Visual Effects SupervisorRoberto Biagi
Production AccountantWendy O'Neill
Department Head HairLisa Leonard
Department Head Make-upDana Hamel
Special Effects CoordinatorDavid Gautier
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