"Actually, I'd like to answer that. That was my only experience, and I certainly would not have chosen to lose MY virginity upstairs at a house party with a guy I've known for an hour!"
“Ghost in the Machine (1)”
Season 4, Episode 1
September 7, 2004
October 1, 2004
After two years of her waiting, Paige's rape case comes to trial, and she's committed to testifying against Dean, and making sure justice prevails. She falls into a deep fear and begins to develop fear of human contact, especially sexual contact, causing her relationship with Spinner to go on the rocks. Eventually she decides that the case is too much for her to handle and she nearly ends it. This aggrivates Spinner, causing him to break up with her.
She then decides that it is time to put away her fears and testify against the man who raped her.
During the case, she is grilled with questions about her sexual interactions by Dean's lawyer, who goes as far as to ask how many men she had slept with.
Although Paige's lawyer objects to these questions, Paige answers that she had only been with Dean, and would have never given up her virginity to him, specifically because of her then-young age and the fact that she knew him for only about an hour. Although her testimony was good, the lack of evidence causes the Judge to find Dean not guilty, albiet reluctantly.
For his 16th birthday, Craig inherits $10,000 after his father's death and Ashley knows 10,000 ways to spend it. Unfortunately, it turns out that Joey had plans for that money, which hurts Craig, who now believes that Joey only sees him as a bank.
- This is the first appearance of Dean Walton since How Soon is Now?.
- The title of this episode is named after the song "Ghost In The Machine" by Sadistik.
- Christina Schmidt has been removed from the opening credits. Kendra Mason appears in her place although she is not credited and does not appear at all in Season 4.
- This episode marks the first appearance of Danny Van Zandt.
- Craig and Ashley become friends again.
- This marks the end of Spinner and Paige's first relationship.
- Craig celebrates his 16th birthday in this episode. As such, it takes place exactly one year prior to the events of Venus (1).
Regular Cast (Ordered Alphabetically)
- Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as Liberty Van Zandt
- Daniel Clark as Sean Cameron
- Lauren Collins as Paige Michalchuk
- Ryan Cooley as J.T. Yorke
- Jake Epstein as Craig Manning
- Stacey Farber as Ellie Nash
- Jake Goldsbie as Toby Isaacs
- Aubrey Graham as Jimmy Brooks
- Shane Kippel as Spinner Mason
- Andrea Lewis as Hazel Aden
- Pat Mastroianni as Joey Jeremiah
- Miriam McDonald as Emma Nelson
- Melissa McIntyre as Ashley Kerwin
- Stacie Mistysyn as Caitlin Ryan
- Adamo Ruggiero as Marco Del Rossi
- Cassie Steele as Manny Santos
- Dan Woods as Daniel Raditch
- Dalmar Abuzeid as Danny Van Zandt
- John Bregar as Dylan Michalchuk
- Deanna Casaluce as Alex Nuñez
- Susan Cuthbert as Rose Michalchuk
- James Gilpin as Crown attorney
- Michael Kinney as Darryl Armstrong
- Mike Lobel as Jay Hogart
- Ken Pak as Summons officer
- Shawn Roberts as Dean Walton
- Alex Steele as Angela Jeremiah
- Paige: "It will keep playing in the VCR in your head. Rewind pause play, rewind pause . You can't stop it. Then you'll dump me and i'll die alone with my 6 cats."
Spinner: "Paige, I'll never dump you."
- Dean's Lawyer: "Ms. Michalchuk, did my client ever hold a gun to your head? A knife to your throat? A grenade?"
Dean’s Lawyer: "Did he not in fact wear a condom?"
Paige: "Yeah but that doesn’t make him-"
Dean’s Lawyer: "You could show me how he managed to open one of these and roll it onto his penis without offering you a chance to get away - if you wanted to."
Paige: "I said no! He is bigger than me! Stronger…I was afraid. I’m not sure."
Dean’s Lawyer: "Oh so you don’t know! How many men have you had sex with Miss Michalchuk?"
Dean's Lawyer: "Ms. Michalchuk, how many men have you had sex with?"
Paige's Lawyer: "Objection!"
Paige: "Actually, I'd like to answer that. That was my only time. And I certainly would not have chosen to lose my virginity upstairs, at a house party, with a guy I'd known for an hour!"
- Emma: "Chris and I broke up in July."
Toby: "Sorry. Kendra and I broke up in August."
Liberty: "Sorry. I believe I was abducted by aliens over Labor Day weekend...And Towerz and I broke up."
Emma and Toby: "Sorry."
- Paige: "Morning, Ellie."
Ellie: "Hey Paige. Great outfit!"
Paige: "New year, new look, new Paige."
Alex: "Ellie, just because Princess Prissy talks to you doesn't mean you have to answer."
Paige: "I'm going, I'm going."
- Marco: "Oh hey. Happy birthday, buddy."
Craig: "Wow! Uh, you hit the mall lately?"
Marco: "You think it was easy finding those streamers and musical notes?"
Craig: "No, I meant your outfit."
Marco: "You like it?"
Craig: "Yeah, man. And I love the locker, thanks."
Marco: "No problem."
(Craig puts his arm around Marco's shoulders)
Craig: "Man, are you dating anyone?"
Craig: "I'm serious."
- "Ready for You" by Sloan - Heard during the opening scene.
- "Feel It" by Jakalope - Heard while Spinner and Paige are making out in The Love Mobile.
- Watch Ghost in the Machine (1) on Gorillavid (International)
Ghost in the Machine (1) • Ghost in the Machine (2) • King of Pain • Mercy Street • Anywhere I Lay My Head • Islands in the Stream • Time Stands Still (1) • Time Stands Still (2) • Back In Black • Neutron Dance • Voices Carry (1) • Voices Carry (2) • Bark at the Moon • Secret (1) • Secret (2) • Eye of the Tiger • Queen of Hearts • Modern Love • Moonlight Desires • West End Girls • Goin' Down the Road (1) • Goin' Down the Road (2)