Samantha Who?

Season 1 Episode 8

The Car

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 03, 2007 on ABC
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Sam gets her father's car into an accident and pushes it into a lake, making him think it was stolen. He feels so bad for her that he ends up buying her a new car. Regina discovers clues about the accident and uses that as blackmail to force Sam to model at a party.moreless

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  • Nicely done episode with laugh aloud moments.

    6.5
    This was a funny episode with some more great stuff from Dena and Andrea as well as Samantha's parents. The whole plot revolved around car crashes followed by hiding the cars in the local lake. And it was not just Sam who did this! There was also a lot of fun where Regina makes Sam model a load of hideous clothes in order to buy her silence. Unfortunately for her, Sama remembers where she got the idea from. No Todd or Frank this week, unfortunately. I really like Frank, he's one of my favourite characters. Hope they are back next time.moreless
  • The absence of Barry Watson (Todd) and Tim Russ (Frank) make me wonder if this series can succeed without one or both of them.

    6.5
    While not a disappointing episode, we aren't treated to Todd's tolerance of Sam or Frank's snappy remarks when he is forced to interact with Sam. The dialogue and interaction we see between Sam and her parents, Dena, and Andrea is okay, but not stellar. What we do see, however, is that Sam comes by "The Devil Inside" quite honestly as she unconsciously gets the idea to dump her father's wrecked car in a lake from a similar incident four years prior in cahoots with her mother. This episode treats us to the sheer devilish ways the old Sam apparently operated, after learning at the foot of a master, as Andrea is most excited when evil Sam re-emerges to seek revenge on her blackmailing mother. What remains to be seen is in what other ways Regina is responsible for the creation of old Sam, the Sam with whom she hadn't had a relationship in two years prior to the accident.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Music in this episode:

      "Devil Inside" by INXS

      The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence and is from the album Kick. The song went to #2 in the US, #47 in the UK, #20 in France, #25 in Ireland and #6 in Australia.

      "Season of the Witch" by Donovan

    • The license plate number of the car Sam and Dena pushed into the lake is N6C 3598 (an Illinois plate). The license plate number of the car Sam and her mom pushed into the lake is X5Q 2830.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Samantha: So a bonk on the head does make you free to change who you are. But there are curves in the road along the way. And no matter how far you've gone to be who you want to be, who you were is always behind you. And closer than they appear.

    • Samantha: You knowingly made me feel terrible and blackmailed me, which makes you even worse.
      Regina: Of course I am. I'm your mother. And my mother was worse than me.

    • Regina: Look! I'm repainting your old birdcage.
      Samantha: I didn't know I had any birds.
      Regina: You didn't. When you were little we put you in here to play.

    • Andrea: Do you remember the night of the sacrificial shoe?
      Dena: Is that a Nancy Drew book?

    • Samantha: You should be happy I didn't draw you into this web of deceit.
      Andrea: Honey, I'm an attorney. Web of deceit is where I get my mail.

    • Regina: Oh hi, Andrea, Oh you know there's a perfect dress for you in here. It looks just as good out at night as it does stumbling home in the morning.

    • Samantha: This is so not my fault. You can't see a raccoon at night. It's wearing a mask.

    • Samantha: The amnesia only affected my memory. It did not affect my driving skills.
      Howard: You know what your driving skills have got me in the past? Two busted garage doors and the death of a squirrel that was like a pet to me.

    • Samantha: Hey, how's your dog?
      Dena: Much better. He really perked up after he puked in my car.

    • Samantha: (voice over) Having amnesia is like driving an obstacle course; I mean I guess that's what it's like. Since my accident no-one will let me drive.

    • Regina(calling from other room): Samantha!
      Dena: Ooh, what are you gonna do?
      Sam: Right now, I'm gonna go in there, I'm gonna smile, turn this tube top into a turban, and then I'm gonna ruin her life.

    • Dena(on the face Sam is making: Oooh, that's the scary face she made at the lake. Bad Sam is back.
      Andrea: Oh, there's my baby girl! Oh, it's good to see you!

    • Andrea: Guess who cracked like an egg?
      Sam (shooing Andrea and Dena aside): No no no, get get get. Dena. What happened to a lifetime of keeping things inside?
      Dena(about Andrea grilling her as to what she and Sam were hiding): Her questions were really hard. And plus I really enjoyed her finally taking an interest in me. (laughs) Nice scarf.
      Sam: Thanks. It's also a casual skirt.

    • (Sam and Dena are pushing the wrecked car into a lake)
      Sam: Just relax, alright? This is good. Everyone will assume that the car was stolen out of the driveway overnight, and the insurance will buy a new one, so no one gets in trouble. More importantly, my dad will think that he can trust me.
      (car is pushed into the lake, sinking)
      Dena: Even though he can't.

    • Sam: Mom, I am not going to spend my Sunday night making some mother feel bad about her child.
      Regina: Why not? You...do it every other day.

    • Regina: Look at you, you could be a model!
      Samantha: The last time that I wore this, Mom, you said I looked cheap.
      Regina: Well, you do. But in different clothes you could be a model.

    • (The morning after, talking to Andrea at a coffee place)
      Andrea: He called on a Friday night?!? That's a special vet!
      Sam: Well, it's a special dog!
      Andrea: What did he say?
      Sam: Nothing, he's a dog.
      Andrea: I meant the vet.
      Sam: He said that we should watch the dog.
      Andrea: Why?
      Sam: Because he's special.
      Andrea: So you should watch him?!?
      Sam: I was talking about the vet.
      Andrea: I was talking about the dog.
      Sam: What do you want to know?
      Andrea: Why didn't you answer you cell?
      Sam: I was on the phone.
      Andrea: All night?!?
      Sam: With the vet!!!
      Andrea: Impressive.
      Sam: Like I said.
      Andrea: He's special.
      Sam: Hhhmmmmm…

    • (After the airbags deflate from the car crashing into the tree)
      Sam : (said with a sense of awareness) Raccooooons.
      Sam: Ar-are you all right?
      Dena: Maybe. (Looks down at lap) Was I holding a drink in my lap before the crash?
      Sam: (whispers) No.
      Dena: (wincing) Then not so much.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Airdates:
      Latin America: January 7, 2008 on Sony Entertainment Television
      Australia: April 3, 2008 on Network 7
      Israel: May 5, 2008 on YES Stars 1
      Germany: October 22, 2008 on ProSieben
      Norway: November 11, 2008 on TV2
      The Netherlands: December 2, 2008 on Net 5
      United Kingdom: September 30, 2008 on E4
      Sweden: March 6, 2009 on TV4
      Finland: November 15, 2009 on Nelonen

    • This is the first episode that does not use the chalkboard between episodes.

    • Neither Barry Watson nor Tim Russ appeared in this episode.

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