Samantha Who?

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 10, 2008 on ABC
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After being given community service for her altercation with a cop, Sam tries to help out Natalie, a wayward young woman, despite pleas from her friends not to. Howard tries to give Todd advice on how to win Sam back, even though he told Howard he wasn't interested anymore.moreless

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  • This is a step up for Samantha Who. Loved this one.

    I have to admit, the episodes after the premier kinda sucked for me, it barely made me laugh like I did for the entire first season. This episode gave funny a different meaning. It humored me throughout the entire plot. I loved the story line, even though it drifted from the 'community service' theme as soon as Samantha found her troubled teen to work with.

    The guest star performance was okay, but Samantha took center stage for this one. I didn't expect to laugh so much throughout this episode, but I did and I look forward for next week's installment.

    Funny scene(s)

    *At the beginning where Sam thinks that she may have done a crime she forgot about as she turns to the police officer in line with her at the traffic light. Awkward silence as their eyes meet.

    Samantha: "He knows!", then drives off suddenly. :)

    *In the end, where Sam is picking up rubbish at a road side, Dena passes by her doing the same community service.

    Dena: "Keep moving, not here to make friends just doing my time" :) ________________________________

    Three out of four stars

    (*** / ****)

  • Mary-Kate Olsen can't act..

    I've noticed the central theme of more or less all episodes of season two involve Sam trying to be a good person, unlike season one where she was rediscovering herself. For some reason, this theme looks good from a drama perspective, rather than a comedy perspective.

    Here we see Sam trying to help Natalie played by Mary-Kate Olsen who is living her life of petty crime. I liked Olsen as Michelle in Full House, though I have seen only a selected few episodes of that show. Her grown up role doesn't seem to appeal to me. I really don't understand why, she reminds me of that line of celebrities with a deeply imprinted tramp stamp (Paris Hilton for instance). There wasn't a mentionable number of comedy sequences here, rather this installment had a very good story line. This has laid a strong foundation for Sam's character change in the episodes to come. The other cast members, from Andrea to Howard Newly have delivered some decent performances.

    A good episode; not necessarily funny though.moreless
  • Sam tries to help a troubled young girl.

    I have praised the supporting cast of Samantha Who in my reviews yet never truly acknowledged Christina Applegate's role in the success of this program. I feel obligated to do so after this episode. She was absolutely hilarious in her interactions with everyone. From talking to Chace about he would hire her back and give her a raise while simultaneously having another conversation with him. Her overprotectiveness during the interview was also amusing. "What is this a game show?"

    Unfortunately Mary Kate Olsen's guest spot was less than stellar. She was not that bad, but not really funny (kind of like the show she was on Full House).

    Howard Newly was good in the limited role he was given. The New Adventures Of Old Christine, another female dominated sitcom, often has storylines between the two male characters Richard and Matthew to cater to not only a different audience but to play off each other as well. Samantha Who attempted that here with Todd and Howard and produced good results. Hopefully they consider it again to give a male viewer like me a little more jokes I can relate to.

    But all in all a strong episode from The Who.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The billboard sign by the highway at the end of the episode read "Lowe-Huff Funeral Home: For When the Road Ends".

      Allison Lowe-Huff is an editor, writer, and blogger whose blogs were featured in the book compilation, Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers: Best of Blogs. Pamela Ribon, writer of the episode, acted as advisor for the book.

    • Featured Music:
      "Listen to Your Body Tonight" by Black Kids
      "Back on the Chain Gang" by The Pretenders

    • When Andrea went to bail out Samantha and Dena, she had a soda can. But right behind her, there was a sign that said "No food and no beverages".

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Samantha and Dena in a jail cell)
      Samantha: Dena, please say something. I'm so sorry. I just... I did it because...
      Dena: I know, I know. Because you're good. You know what I'm good at? Holding my pee for twelve hours straight. Didn't know that before. Thanks!

    • (Chapman interviewing Natalie)
      Chapman: Where do you see yourself five years from now.
      Samantha: (peeking into office) What is this? What is this? She has to be a fortune-teller now? I mean, where do you see yourself in five years? You know, what's with all the questions, man?!

    • Samantha: You know what, I was just like you. Sort of. But I'm not anymore. I was hit by a car and it changed my entire life.
      Natalie: Change. I'm just so over people telling me I can change if I put my mind to it. I'm sorry but not everyone's lucky enough to be hit by a car. (sighs)
      Samantha: (extends her arm for a handshake) Hi, I'm Samantha Newly and I will be your car. Beep, beep!

    • (after learning she's been ordered by the court to do community service)
      Samantha: Doing good is what I wanted. Ha-ha! Joke's on them.
      Andrea: Picking up trash by the highway for a hundred hours. Does that sound fun to you?
      Samantha: Maybe not that. What are they offering indoors?
      Andrea: Jail!

    • Samantha: (ending monologue; Samantha picking up trash by the side of the road) Another great thing about my friends are that they are patient. They understand that I'm just learning things now that I should've learned a long time ago. Like how the only person you can really change is yourself. See, the thing is, if you're so busy worrying about other people that you're not paying attention to your own life, you might miss out on something really, really important. That's why from now on, I've got to keep my eyes on the road ahead of me. Stay focused on my own path. It's not always easy, but it's worth it. And I don't have to worry about anything. Because no matter where that road takes me, I know I'm gonna have my best friends right beside me. (Dena picking up trash with her) Even if they have to be, by law.

    • Samantha: (opening monologue) One of the nice things about having best friends is that they are with you through the good times and bad. It means you kinda can check in with them to see how you're doing. Tonight I can tell that it was one of the good times... and that I'm the only one who's sober.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Samantha: Look, she deserves a chance, okay? I got one and all I wanna do is pay it forward.
      Andrea: You hated that movie. You threw your flask at the screen.

      Pay It Forward was the 2000 drama film starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment.

    • Samantha: I'll starve in prison. I saw this movie once where Steve McQueen actually had to eat a spider.
      Todd: It was a centipede.
      Samantha: Well, in that case, yummy!

      Samantha and Todd were referring to the 1973 film Papillon where McQueen's title character fed on centipedes and cockroaches while in solitary confinement at the French penal colony of Devil's Island.

    • "Help!" alludes the name of a 1965 song by The Beatles, and the name of the album and the movie that include that song. It may also allude the magazine from 1960-1965, or the 2004 manga.