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"The truth? Paige went upstairs that night. She never came back."
— Paige arguing with Spinner about the night Dean raped her.

“Ghost in the Machine (2)”
Season 4, Episode 2
Can. Airdate

September 7, 2004

U.S. Airdate

October 1, 2004

Prod. Code



James Hurst (story)
Shelley Scarrow (story & teleplay)


Philip Earnshaw

Episode Guide

Ghost in the Machine (1)


King of Pain

Ghost in the Machine (2) is the second part to the two-parter season premiere of Season 4.

Main Plot

Paige can't think straight after losing her court case since Dean is still a free man.

During one of Dylan's dorm parties, Paige starts to lose control by pushing a random girl into a wall and doing shots with college guys, which gets Spinner angry.

After a fight with Spinner, Paige steals his car keys and goes to a frat party that Dean is bartending at.

When he ignores her, she starts to tell everyone at the party that he raped her, getting Dean angry. Paige asks him how he could do that to her, since she was only fifteen.

Dean finally admits that he did in fact rape her and if she wants to hook up again to call him and walks back to the party.

Paige decides to get revenge by crashing Spinner's car into Dean's. When Spinner arrives, he tells Paige to get out and she goes home.

The next day at school, Spinner is arrested for crashing into Dean, while Paige watches his leave. Spinner calls Paige and tells her he will take the blame for her. Paige decides to go to the police and confess when she sees Dean. She admits to him that it was she who crashed his car, and tells him that she is finished with him.

Paige confesses that she crashed the car and loses her licence. She asks Spinner to take her back which he does.

Sub Plot

Joey asks Craig for money after he reveals he might lose the dealership.

  • Ashley: "You know, you guys should try going a little more post-emo. Still punk, but less mopey."
    Craig: "I don't think the other guys even know what regular emo is. Spinner probably thinks it's a Muppet."
  • Craig: "I'm the bank of Craig!"
  • Paige: "What? I'm easy! Everyone knows it. The judge, my mother, now you. Like Dean. Just get me alone, do whatever you want. No one will stop you. What? You don't want me?"
    Spinner: "Not right now, no."
    Paige: "'Cause Dean got there first?"
    : "You have to let that go!"
    Paige: "You want me to just let it go? Like someone was rude or stole my seat at lunch?"
    Spinner: "No that's not what I...I just, I want my girlfriend back. I want Paige back!"
    : "You don't even know her."
    : "That's stupid."
    Paige: "The truth? Paige went upstairs that night. She never came back."

  • "Meat Detonation" by Crud - Heard during Dylan's dorm party.
  • "Reality" by Crud - Heard at Dean's frat party.
  • "Dance Me To Incisions" by Deadletter Dept.
  • "Slow Down" (Porch Mix) by Two-Minute Miracles

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