Charmed

Season 5 Episode 9

Sam I Am

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 17, 2002 on The WB
8.5
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Paige gets to know the whitelighter in her, when she meets her first charge, a man named Sam. Unbeknownst to her, Sam is actually her real father. Meanwhile, Cole rashly tries to get himself vanquished by the Charmed Ones. Piper and Leo have problems in finding a magical creature that does the babysitting part. Things go bad to worse when they're poisoned by a darklighter, leaving Sam as the only one who can save them.moreless

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  • Sam I Am

    9.0
    Sam I Am was superb episode of Charmed and I really enjoyed watching because the story was awesome, engaging and full of character development. It was great to see Paige finally meet Sam, her father, and to find some closure with her own issues with him to a degree. Meanwhile it was fun watching Piper try to find a magical nanny and Phoebe dealing with Cole who is basically invincible these days. It was great to meet the Avatars and learn of their offer to Cole. I certainly look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!moreless
  • Paige's Dad and Cole's Descent...

    9.0
    And Charmed's stretch of episodes rated 9 or better continues in this marvelous and gripping tale of redemption and desperation.



    Paige and Cole, heading in opposite directions, completely dominate and carry this episode, as they do through much of this great Season 5 run. Paige gets her first charge, and it happens to be her father, Sam, the whitelighter played excellently once again by Scott Jaeck. Jaeck portrays inner torture as well as anyone, and so again, we are easily pulled into his redemption story. Rose is back to the straight hair and is gorgeous this episode; her orange-red hair, pale skin and luminous black eyes are just enchanting. Actually, Holly in her black blouse and jeans is looking great too. After dying in consecutive episodes (or just about), Paige's life hangs in the balance again. Fortunately, her father comes through for her.



    Cole's time as a good guy or a sympathetic figure is over. The opening scene in the bar is very reminiscent of "Just Harried" (same bar), which can only be a good thing. Cole may have committed no great evil there, but he is clearly losing the fight with madness as he embarks on a Joker-like, convoluted plan to maneuver the sisters into vanquishing him. The scene where Sam morphs into Cole and has the darklighter attack is one of the better Charmed scenes, and I absolutely love the look of hatred that Phoebe gives Cole after Paige collapses in her arms.



    At the end, the Paige-Sam story is neatly wrapped up (too bad he doesn't return until Season 8). And the threat that is Cole begins to materialize and escalate. Tremendous.moreless
  • Dead Beat Sam

    8.5
    Sam I Am-Paige gets to know the whitelighter in her, when she meets her first charge, a man named Sam. Unbeknownst to her, Sam is actually her real father. Meanwhile, Cole rashly tries to get himself vanquished by the Charmed Ones. Piper and Leo have problems in finding a magical creature that does the babysitting part. Things go bad to worse when they're poisoned by a darklighter, leaving Sam as the only one who can save them. I have always felt "Sam I Am" was one of Charmed's most undderated episode. It definately has that classic Charmed feel with one of the sister's dealing with family issues mixed in with some dark story elements involving a solid villain of the week. While many found the father-daughter reunion between Sam and Paige to be a boring plot, I always thought it was well written. For once the writers skip over the cliche with Paige being overdramatic and blaming her father for abandoning her or Sam desperately trying to ask for her forgiveness. Both Paige and Sam are given time to absorb the info, get down to business and ultimately come to terms with the relationship they never had. Rose McGowan and Scott Jaeck gave great performances, not once over playing the melodrama of the situation.



    I'm glad all bets were off between Cole and Phoebe in this episode. The constant dancing around between whether they're on good or bad terms was getting so annoying. Not to mention, when Phoebe gets up in Cole's face again, I'm glad Cole was dishing out insults as well. I loved the line "I can't be good and I won't be evil, what do you want from me?" It's about time! It seems Phoebe doesn't know what she wants out of Cole another more and is more obsessed with him at this point than he is with her. Cole is suffering and it's not his demonic powers that our driving him insane, it's everyone (espeically Phoebe) calling him evil and pushing him away that's driving him insane. I honestly hate this Cole arc because the character is keeps being branded evil when he has only been soon to want to genuinely help. Phoebe is just being written poorly at this point and just comes off as a bitter, b!tchy ex wife. Anyway, Cole's manipulation of everyone in this episode was pretty sad, maybe even tragic. It does kinda make the sisters seem a bit naive for not seeing the big picture until the very last moment, but we did get some great moments out of it like Sam fake-out with Cole and the cool sequence of the darklighter shooting three arrows at Paige, Leo and Piper's baby (who now has made mom in SuperPiper, awesome!) Honestly, the fact that Cole wants to kill himself should show that the sisters should be trying to find a way to cure his demonic powers instead of Phoebe stressing about it like a loser. Bad writing there! Despite that, this was a strong episode, not only sad but tragic for Cole and emotionally rewarding for Sam and Paige. Oh and the whole business with the supernatural nannies...and elf....lame!moreless
  • Paige meet her real dad

    10
    Paige wasnt happy that she met her real dad for first time. Because her dad never raised her as family. Paige do have right to emotion. Sam is retired whitelighter and homeless. Paige have to save her dad from evil. It is really hard for Paige to accept that her real parents cant raise her cuz of Elders. Elders can take Paige as baby away permenant. Paige understood. In the ending of this episode, Paige finally accepted Sam as her real father and Sam loves Paige as long lost daughter. It is so cool to reveal by Elders and Leo cuz they sent Paige to meet a new charge.moreless
  • Daddy Dearest.

    7.0
    Paige reunites with her long lost father in an episode that sees Cole's subplot eclipse the wihitelighter-witch's limelight. While Phoebe's distrust and hatred of Cole is justified by his actions here from her POV, his powers are driving him up the wall and suicide seems to be the only viable solution. As with many episodes this season involving Cole, it's difficult to really back Phoebe up when Cole has done so much good with his powers. It was the right move having Cole kill two humans this week, but to be fair, if Cole were Human when they riddled him with bullets, he'd be a goner. Fight fire with fireballs, I say. The hour suffers from some notable lag factor in Paige's story, I just wasn't all that interested in Sam falling off the whitelighter wagon. Although I have to admit the misdirection and surprise reveal of Cole-as-Sam was a cracking moment, followed by an awesome bullet-time sequence that reveals Cole isn't the only invincible character on this show. All in all, it's a decent, if somewhat forgettable hour, which boasts some cool FX sequences and decent-ish dialogue.moreless
F.J. Rio

F.J. Rio

Ronan the Darklighter

Guest Star

Scott Jaeck

Scott Jaeck

Sam Wilder

Guest Star

Eric Winter

Eric Winter

Trevor

Guest Star

Joel Swetow

Joel Swetow

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  • TRIVIA (11)

    • In this episode, it's shown that after "riding off into the sunset with Patty" that the Elders reinstated his whitelighter status. Why would Sam, who had clipped his wings and spent years mourning Patty, have agreed to leave her and the afterlife to go back to being a whitelighter anyway?

    • As Cole is being vanquished it's visible between shots how the lights are on and then off. In the exterior shots the lights are off and in the interior shots they are on.

    • When Cole is vanquished, the windows explode. This exact same shot was also used in a vanquish scene in a season 4 episode.

    • When Paige and Sam orb into the Manor as they are running away from the darklighter, they are shown running right after orbing. But this makes no sense since in previous episodes it's been shown that after orbing there is no speed. For example in the episode Siren Song Paige is orbing with Piper after she fell but after orbing they were not at the same speed.

    • When The Flaming Lips are playing at P3, Piper and Phoebe are dancing together. But in the larger shot of the whole club they are both shown not dancing.

    • When Paige is wearing her black and white top, in some scenes her right strap is hanging down on her right shoulder and in other scenes its the strap on her left shoulder.

    • When Piper and Paige are talking in the kitchen, Paige's shirt switches from front to back often and when it does, her bra strap switches from showing to not showing.

    • TRIVIA: This episode features the band, the Flaming Lips playing at P3.

    • When Phoebe cut Cole with the letter opener in the earlier season 5 episode "A Witch's Tail" there were only a few drops of blood on the knife, and the blood turned green and dried. In this episode, there is a lot more blood on the letter opener, and it's red and wet.

    • When the sisters were making those potions to try and vanquish Cole they had his blood right there on that knife all they needed to do was add it to a vanquishing potion for upper level demons.

    • How come Phoebe touch the arrow? In the season 1 episode "Love Hurts", Leo said that the arrow was poisonous to the sisters as well, so Prue needed to use her powers to remove it.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Piper: Phoebe, have you lost your mind?
      Phoebe: No, you said it yourself. It wasn't a smart plan. (to Cole) Unless you didn't really wanted to kill us. You wanted us to be so blinded by hate that we couldn't see what you were really up to.
      Cole: Well, it's the only way out for me. And you want it too, so…
      Phoebe: Yeah, but on our terms, not yours. We won't help you commit suicide.
      Cole: You already have.
      (Using telekinesis, he pulls the potion vial from Phoebe's hand, and it breaks at his feet, inciting a huge fireball.)

    • Piper (about Trevor, right after Paige dumped him): I really thought that one was a keeper.
      Phoebe: Why, because he was cute and funny and… oh, yeah, don't let me forget deliciously yummy?

    • Piper: So wait a minute. If The Elders have lost track of him, why do they suddenly think Paige can find him?
      Leo: Well, The Elders have complete faith in Paige's abilities. So do I. All we have to do is trust that they know what they're doing.
      Piper: How are you supposed to trust people that don't answer your questions?

    • Paige: Phoebe, Being that I'm also a whitelighter, I just want to warn you that maybe, you know, you shouldn't jump to conclusions and you should have all the facts before you act.
      Phoebe (pauses for a moment): Actually, you're right.
      Paige (to herself): I am good this.

    • Phoebe: Back to your old self again, huh?
      Cole: Get outta here.
      Phoebe: Did you kill two people last night?
      Cole: I don't have time for this.
      Phoebe: Well, you better make time for this.
      Cole: I can't be good. I won't be evil. What do you want from me?
      Phoebe: I want an answer.
      Cole: Yes, I killed those two criminals. And you wanna know something else? It was easy. It felt very natural. Is that what you wanted to hear?
      Phoebe: You just don't get it, do you? They weren't only two criminals, they were two human beings, Cole.
      Cole: Spare me the judgmental crap. You have no idea what I'm going through right now.
      Phoebe: No, I don't. And I don't wanna know.
      Cole: Then why are you still here?
      Phoebe: I'm here to warn you. If you kill another person, good or evil, I will vanquish you.
      Cole (as Phoebe heads back to the elevator): You really think you have the power to vanquish me?
      Phoebe (as she presses the doors closed): Try me.
      Cole (to himself): I might just do that.

    • Sam: A little advice: You need to work up the cover. Didn't you read the whitelighter manual?
      Paige: There's a manual?
      Sam: I can't believe The Elders sent a Newbie out after me.
      Paige: Well, I can't believe The Elders saddled me with a cranky old drunk as my first charge!

    • Sam: Look at you, of all people, defending The Elders.
      Piper: Hey, they may not be on my Christmas list, but that doesn't mean they don't usually have a good reason for doing the things that they do.
      Sam: Like telling you you couldn't marry Leo?
      Piper: I said "usually".

    • (After Paige kept pressuring Phoebe to know Sam's identity)
      Phoebe: Ok. You really wanna know?
      Paige: Yeah!
      Phoebe: Sam was…Mom's whitelighter.
      Paige: That would make him…
      Phoebe: Your biological father.
      (Paige is stunned, she scoffs)
      Phoebe: Oh, honey, are you ok?
      Paige: Great. I'm just great.

    • Piper: Where is your hitman?
      Cole: Oh, you know those darklighters. They're just so difficult to work with.

    • Elfin Nanny: Am I expected to protect the baby from the incessant demon attacks?
      Piper: I'd say incessant is a bit of an overstatement.
      Elfin Nanny: You are a Charmed One, correct?
      Piper: Yes…but that won't affect your job here.
      Leo: Won't it?
      Piper: No, honey, it won't. Whitelighters, they're such pessimists.

    • (Sam gets hit by a darklighter)
      Phoebe: Okay everybody with whitelighter blood stand back.
      (Piper, Leo, and Paige all step back)

    • Phoebe: Last night, two guys held up a bar and a vigilante killed them.
      Paige: Sounds more like you need an arrest warrant, not a potion.
      Phoebe: Not when the vigilante is tall, dark and handsome and can send people flying with the wave of a hand.
      Piper: Well, that doesn't mean it's Cole.
      Phoebe: Did I forget to mention the scorch marks?
      Piper: That means it's Cole.

    • Phoebe: Don't you think it's a little early for you to be looking for nannies? I mean, you're not even showing yet. Except for your boobies.
      Piper: I'm telling you, they are large and they are definitely in charge. But at least something is normal about this pregnancy.

    • Piper (to Phoebe): Is that who I think it is?
      Phoebe: Mom's whitelighter.
      Piper: And Paige's father.

    • Paige: The Elders sent me to protect someone without telling me who he was.
      Piper: I'd say that's a bit of an understatement.

    • Phoebe (about Cole): I want him dead. I want this over with. And if this doesn't work, we might not get a second chance.
      Piper: Got it. Kill him. Dead.

    • Paige (to Leo): If this is where I was supposed to find my charge, you might have told me not to wear my Jimmy Choos.

    • Paige: I am now Paige Matthews, whitelighter-witch... I'm a hyphenate.

    • Piper: I gotta go home cuz I gotta interview magical nannies tomorrow and I gotta prepare.
      Phoebe: Magical nannies...you mean like Mary Poppins?

    • Leo: Yeah, well the Elders aren't exactly known for their sense of humor.

    • Piper: You knew about this supernatural Jenny Jones reunion, didn't you?!

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Title: Sam I Am

      Sam I Am is a character in Dr. Seuss's childrens' classic book "Green Eggs and Ham". This is also a reference to Sean Penn's 2001 movie "I Am Sam", which follows a mentally challenged man who fights for custody of his daughter, alluding to the father-daughter issues that arise between Paige and Sam.

    • Phoebe: What, you mean like Mary Poppins?

      Mary Poppins was a magical nanny to two children in England in the classic family film "Mary Poppins", starring Julie Andrews.

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