This was another fine installment of Samantha Who. Samantha is invited to Todd's show at the gallery and she needs a date to bring along. She goes along to the book shop to find someone suitable and there are lots of humourous moments there. The man she picks up turns out to be someone who mugged her three years ago. Dena also goes to a gallery but the wrong one thanks to Andrea playing a practical joke on her. She has lots of surreal conversations with a man who is part of one of the installations. Definitely one of the best episodes so far.
This was a well-written half hour of comedy and probably my favorite episode of freshman sitcom Samantha Who? The episode hit on all cylinders, the jokes landed perfectly and the gags were great. Samantha walking into the aisle of science fictions nerds was as hilarious as it was pragmatic.
Frank was on in this episode as well. His bit about not being allowed to listen to the radio was subtle, yet witty. Howard was also on fire with his response to Samantha's nude photo and eventually attempting to steal it.
The episode also utilized something I strongly support: guest stars. Jerry O'Connell is an underrated comedian who always delivers in whatever role he's given. I am lucky I wasn't drinking something at the moment because his remark about thinking the sign for coat check was a piece of art and taking five minutes to realize that had me in stitches. The beautiful Kiele Sanchez also reprised her role as Chloe in this episode was great. We all know that she was mishandled on Lost, but Samantha Who producers had no problem showcasing her talents here as the jealous and overly hysterical girlfriend of Todd. It's a shame she wasn't made a full-character as she's a great actress. While I think flashing is overdone on television, she was able to make the seemingly hackneyed trait unbelievably funny and cringeworthy.
If anyone had doubts about Samantha Who being a strong program, they should watch this episode. My only gripe was that Andrea wasn't used to her full potential, but her side-storyline with Dena (especially her first walking into the bizarre art exhibit) was still funny.
To me, the show's best feature is its star, Christina Applegate as Samantha. She is a brilliant comedic actress, funny without resorting to being crude or over-the-top. I like how the amnesia gimmick is continuing to play out, while the show simultaneously moves beyond it to a traditional friends-family-romance sitcom format. For example, Sam is trying to make Todd jealous and accomplishes this by bringing "Lance" to the gallery...but Lance turns out to be a thief, which she remembers in a flashback. All around, an interesting story that advances the plotline and Sam's character development. Some characters are dangerously close to becoming stereotypes, and I'm constantly annoyed by Andrea, who is particularly one-note (both in her characterization and the performance). All-in-all, though, a good episode of a good show.
Another hilarious episode of Samantha Who.
All the characters are getting better in every episode.
As others have said Christina Applegate is the perfect comedic actress and the delivery of her lines are so great you end up laughing out loud.
I most look forward to Sam's run-ins with Frank the doorman.
Melissa McCarthy as Dena (of Gilmore Girls fame) is great alongside Sam's best friend Andrea (Jennifer Esposito) and mother Regina (Jean Smart), the strong female cast is great to see.
I disagree with Love it or hate it comment previously. I don't understand why anyone wouldn't find this funny. Once you watch a couple of episodes you are hooked.
Samantha' receipt of an invitation to Todd's showing announces more awkward moments as she finds it difficult to control her emotions, especially as she doen't really know how she is supposed to act with her one time live-in boyfriend. Of course add in the jealous current girlfriend, liberal mother, slightly hazed but doting father, acid tongued best friend and rather kooky childhood friend/stalker and you know things wont all be smooth sailing.
To add to her woes on the day Sam brings a date, (Jerry O'Connell aka Mr Quinn 'slider' Mallory) who it turns out is not the gentleman he seems as memories of a purse snatching incident sometime before make for n rude awakening for Sam - well she did pick him up trying to break into a car (no keys...really!) so she should have known something was up. Although it does transpire Sam knows a lot more about breaking into cars than many a thief!
At the gallery thing go from odd to weird and back again as we are treated to nude pictures, flashing breasts, attempted robbery, stolen wallets....all tastefully done of course and all for the right reasons (maybe not the wallet)
All in all a fine example. It would appear the series is one of those 'love it' or 'hate it' shows and I admit to fall into the first group. Maybe not a classic but great for the half-hour shot of fun that we deserve every now and then.
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