The Loop

FOX (ended 2007)
Rate Show
779 votes
  • show Description
  • This is the story of Sam Sullivan, the youngest executive at the corporate headquarters of a major airline. His boss Russ is a lunatic and his coworker Meryl, a 40-something sexpot, is continuously making sexual advances towards him. As Sam tries to find a way to cope with the demands of his career, the social demands of his crazy roommates get in the way. He lives with his brother Sully, his college buddy Piper (who he secretly has a crush on) and Lizzy, the sexy bartender at their local hangout. Through the pressures of work and the craziness of his home life, Sam's life is the subject of a pretty wild sitcom. There were some major changes for the second season, such as the unexplained dropping of Sam's female roommates Piper (Amanda Loncar) and Lizzie (Sarah Wright), and switching the focus of the show so that most of the action took place at Sam's workplace. The Loop only lasted two seasons. In fact, since FOX had already cancelled the show before the second season aired, the second season aired as an episode "burn-off".moreless

  • Latest News
  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 10

    The Stranger

    Aired 7/1/07

  • S 2 : Ep 9


    Aired 7/1/07

  • S 2 : Ep 8

    Crazy Goat

    Aired 7/1/07

  • S 2 : Ep 7


    Aired 6/24/07

  • S 2 : Ep 6

    Lady Business

    Aired 6/24/07

  • Cast & Crew
  • Philip Baker Hall


  • Mimi Rogers


  • Eric Christian Olsen


  • Bret Harrison

    Sam Sullivan

  • Joy Osmanski


  • Photos (20)
  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (104)

    • Piper: (massaging Sam's shoulders) Wow, you're so tense. Sam: No, no no, that's muscle. I've been doing wall sits in my office, you should feel my butt.

    • (As Darcy and Sam are in the dumpster diving for the lost voucher) Sam: Darcy you know you didn't have to come, I just need the number for operations. Darcy: No, no, a good assistant is on call 24 hours a day. That level of dedication and unbridled enthusiasm is how you make it to the top. I learned that at MIT, where I graduated fourth in my class... the other three are in space.

    • Russ: (To Sam, who is daydreaming at a meeting) Thesis! What do you got? Sam: (Wakes up) Excuse me? Russ: That thing you've been working on all week, other than that retarded squirrel look, which you've nailed like a two dollar whore.

    • Meryl: (To Sam) Did you just whistle at me, because sexual harassment has no place in the this office... Count to forty and meet me in the stairwell.

    • Katie: Sully took your car again huh? Sam: Katie, can I borrow your bike? Katie: Five bucks! Sam: Why? Katie: Because it's my bike gaylord! Sam: Evil little monkey!

    • Russ: We've got a meeting in three bills! Sam: But why are we going on the runway? Russ: Danger! Put some hair on those main glands, both of them!

    • Russ: (To Sam) I haven't seen a bigger puss since I took my son to see that Garfield Movie.

    • Russ: (To Sam) I can't believe you are the future of this airline! When I was twenty-three I was knee deep in "Krautland", poking "Jerries" with a long knife!

    Show More Quotes

    Notes (9)

    • Featured music: -"Colder World" by Echobrain. -"Honest Mistake" by The Bravery. -"Just Got Lucky" by JoBoxers. -"Kiss You All Over" by Exile. -"Mrs. Edwards" by Kyle McCulloch. -"My Kind Of Town" by Charles Power. -"Smile And Nod" by Jeff Owens. -"Spitting Games" by Snow Patrol. -"Walking On Broken Glass" by Annie Lennox.

    • Phillip Baker Hall received the "And" credit.

    • For this entire season, Phillip Baker Hall (Russ) was nominated for the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television.

    • Last appearance of Lizzy (Sarah Wright) and Piper (Amanda Loncar).

    • In Latin America, the two seasons aired as one.

    • Amanda Loncar (Piper) and Sarah Mason (Lizzy) were removed from the main credits. It was never revealed what happened to their characters.

    • At the start of the second season the show has a new opening credits sequence where the main characters are introduced one by one: -Sam, the hero. -Darcy, the assistant. -Russ, the boss. -Sully, the brother. -Meryl, the lady boss. The actors are no longer credited during the presentation, but afterwards.

    • Bret Harrison (Sam), Eric Christian Olsen (Sully), Mimi Rogers (Meryl), Joy Osmanski (Darcy) and Phillip Baker Hall (Russ) appeared in every episode.

    Show More Notes

    Trivia (48)

    • In the scene where Russ and Sam are about to walk onto the runway at the airport, a boom mike is visible at the top right corner of the screen for a fraction of a second.

    • In the scene where Sully has the mousetraps attached to his clothing, the number of mousetraps change as well as their position, from camera shot to camera shot.

    • In the opening credits Sam changes into a green t-shirt that has the slogan "IDAHO? NO. UDAHO!".

    • While it was claimed that the birthday party was being held at Chicago's New Comiskey Park (which is really named U.S. Cellular Field), the painted-over football hashmarks viewable in the final pullaway shot are a giveaway that it was fimed elsewhere, as that stadium is baseball-only.

    • Becki Newton originally played the part of Piper (lead female role) at the pilot, but was later replaced by Amanda Loncar.

    • Sam's cholestrol level goes to 700 in this episode because he ate so many boiled eggs for the challenge.

    • As well a "bikini" drawn on his chest, Sam also sports and arrow on his stomach which points down to his groin and is labelled with the text "Micro Ween".

    • On the airplane we see the pedometer in Sam's hand. But, when he gets up to walk in the aisle, the pedometer is now on his belt.

    Show More Trivia

    Allusions (13)

    • Meryl: (to Sam, who is dressed in "western attire") Come on Brokeback Mountain! Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 movie that depicts a romantic relationship between two men in the American West from 1963 to 1983.

    • Russ: Are you ready? It's red dawn, and I don't mean a "Wake and Snake" with Ann Margaret! A "Wake and Snake" is a reference to smoking a hookah first thing in the morning. The snake term comes from the appearance of a hookah which has hoses resembling snakes.

    • The title of this episode, Bear Drop Soup, is an allusion to the Chinese dish "Egg Drop Soup" where beaten eggs are poured in a hot broth.

    • Meryl: (to Sam) and you want to fill that opening don't you John Thomas? In the United Kingdom, John Thomas is sometimes used as a euphemism for the penis.

    • Russ: Go, and take Mother Jugs and Speed with you! Mother, Jugs & Speed was a 1976 comedy film starring Bill Cosby, Harvey Keitel and Raquel Welch who are all employees of a low-budget ambulance service in Los Angeles.

    • Sam wore a shirt that said "I love Clay Aiken". Clay Aiken was the runner-up in season 2 of FOX's other show "American Idol".

    • Maria Canals, who plays the bird loving agent, was the voice of Hawkgirl in the Justice League animated series.

    • Sully: It was the "barst" of times, it was the "wooorst" of times... Look at that! (He throws the book down in frustration) The book Sully is ineptly trying to read from is the opening sentence of A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens.

    Show More Allusions
  • Fan Reviews (40)
  • What?

    By PrinceBruce, May 06, 2012

  • I like this show. Its original and has a funny opening song.

    By Shadow_KidX, Jul 17, 2007

  • Had potential but that went down hill

    By rhinohiphop, Sep 27, 2007

  • Alright show, got really crap in the second season though.

    By mrx9898, Jul 25, 2007

  • This show is an awful mess and the Nielsen ratings prove it.

    By SoylentYellow, Jul 03, 2007