Samantha Who?

Season 2 Episode 9

The Family Vacation

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 01, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

After the breakup between Owen and Sam, The Newlys, Dena, and Andrea decide to pack it up and head out for an overdue family vacation to a lodge. Sam is met by an unexpected friend at the lodge, Brad, who was her childhood sweetheart. Things get turbulent when Andrea makes a pass at him.moreless

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  • The family goes on vacation.

    It was a step above the first episode but this pair of Samantha Who? episodes just do not hold up to the quality we have come to expect from the program this season.

    Andrea and Regina stole the show here with the latter hilariously asking what the Donner Party possibly drank. Andrea was her usual self-absorbed self not wanting to go to the questionable vacation spot but then going when she found out that she was not invited. Dena even had a funny remark when she said that she would gladly "hit" Samantha's old boyfriend if it pleased her.

    A few good lines tonight but overall just sub-par installments.moreless
  • The gang heads off for a vacation

    It's a shame that this show can be so unpredictable. After a jaded previous installment, this rib tickling one reminded us of some good old Sam who episodes.

    Though we do not see much of Todd and Frank this time around, we sure do get an overdose of Regina, Howard, and Andrea. Dena has also delivered a noteworthy performance. Some lines metaphorically sweep you off your feet. The part where Howard says that they will all go to mount Mike for vacation, when Sam says she wants to get over Mike signaled the beginning of a laughter riot. Regina's obsession with alcohol forces her to steal Andrea's booze. The sequence where she makes a weird fishing hook kind of a thing to retrieve the booze from the a/c vent was downright funny.

    I seriously can't complain. I did enjoy this episode, and I don't really care if a few scenes were too whiny.moreless
  • Andrea can't be away from Samantha, not even fr a short vacation trip like this one.

    Looks like Andrea got tired of Tony... a bit, and decided to take on a family trip with Andrea... after she was uninvited. What is Samantha Who without Andrea. Obviously they couldn't risk finding out themselves. It seems as though every episode must feature Andrea, Samantha and Dena together, which always seems to convenient for the plot sometimes, must they always be together, must Andrea always stick up under Samantha? We learn that Samantha had a first love. The episode begins with her finding a new boyfriend and getting dumped and it ends the same way. The storyline was just too simple and I actually missed Owen's contribution to the plot. I thought this was an average episode. It didn't have that belly-rolling appeal I always admire.


    Two out of Four stars

    (**) / (****)


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (Howard holds four fingers up during charades.)
      Regina: Four words.
      (Howard holds one finger up and does squirming action.)
      Dena: Ooh, first word. Ooh, worm!
      Samantha: Slimy. Lawyer. Jerk. Backstabber. Forest tramp.
      Regina: Gump. Forrest Gump.

    • Dena: Really? Your mom wants me to come?
      Samantha: Yeah, well, I mean she said I can bring one friend. Just not Andrea. So, yeah.
      Dena: I always wanted to go with you as a kid, but my mom was always sick. But now she's dead. Yay! (claps and cheers) That didn't come out right.

    • Samantha: Vacation. That's what I need. I need to go away. I need to go away with my family. Just get away from anything that reminds me of Mike.
      Howard: Well, come on along. We're just gonna go up to Mike Mountain.
      (Howard and Regina snickers)

    • Regina: Everyone always talks about what the Donner Party ate all winter; nobody ever talks about what they drank.

    • Samantha: She's suppose to be my friend, how can she do this?
      Dena: You did say you didn't want Brad.
      Samantha: No I didn't. I said I didn't want to want him. That doesn't mean that I don't want him. Which I don't.
      Dena: I can't believe she got confused.

    • Samantha: (Voice over) No matter how hard I keep landing, I guess I owe it to myself to fall, because the heart wants, what the heart wants, and apparently, mine wants a nasty bruise.

    • Samantha: So, he was my first kiss, huh?
      Dena: Yeah, you'd come back from your week and you'd tell me all about it, and I remember every single detail because I use to write about it in my diary, except I'd use my name instead of yours.

    • Brad: Wow. Amnesia. I'm sorry.
      Samantha: Oh no, no, no. It's okay. It's sorta like having a surprise party every single day. Like finding out about us. Surprise!

    • Dena: (looking at the lodge where they are going to be staying) I know I'm a guest and I shouldn't be nitpicky, but erm, we're going to be murdered here.

    • Dena: (to Samantha) It's okay sweetie, we're going to get through this like we always do. (to Todd) I think she might kill herself.
      Samantha: I'm not going to kill myself, okay?
      Dena: (to Samantha) I know you won't. You are strong. (whispers to Todd) I'm going to need belts, shoe laces and any of your ties.
      Todd: I have one tie. You can't have it.
      Dena: But what if she, you know.
      Todd: Then I'll need it for the funeral.

    • Samantha: (Voice over) Since breaking up with the perfect guy, I've discovered plenty of imperfect ones. I definitely don't fall for every guy I meet, but when I do fall, I fall fast, and I always land hard.

  • NOTES (3)