Samantha Who?

Season 2 Episode 8

The Park

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

Sam tries to make herself appear to be an environmentalist, so Owen might like her more. Andrea doesn't fare well when the basketball player, Tony Dane, is looking for a date.

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  • Sam tries her hand at saving the planet

    This was an OK episode. Not to take anything away from it, I should admit it wasn't painful to watch either. With some fine characters being underutilized and some others being shown the door, it's hard to fill in some laughable lines.

    We see Sam break up with Owen in this episode. When you try to depict a guy as a perfect male, it does get a bit nauseating. I found him funny in the beginning, now I am just happy he's out. This will give Todd more screen time, who really has the potential to be a funny guy. Andrea was her usual self, trying to get Tony's attention, yet at the same time not going easy on her attitude. Dena got less screen time, and a lot of other characters like Frank, Howard, Chapman were missing.

    The show is still trying to get somewhere. But will ABC wait?moreless
  • Looks like Owen's on his way out.

    Samantha Who did really give the kick it needed to derive uproar of laughter as this episode was circled around bidding Owen farewell. It was anticipated at the beginning though when Samantha began doing all that hard work, we all know that isn't Samantha, that only spelt disaster for the two of them. I'd actually hoped they would build more on Willow and Todd's relationship. It might have played off better if Samantha had left Owen because she realized her feelings for Todd, but I guess that would be done another way. Andrea's obsession with Tony continues. I felt that the episode 'The Building' was used to bring Seth in the picture, who is now becoming a burden. He keeps telling Andrea that he's pushing her towards Tony son she could be with him sooner. I'm sure if it didn't work out with Tony, she still would go with Seth, he's too desperate. I wonder where they are going with that?

    Samantha's father and Frank was absent this round. These characters are completely underused. They should give Frank a story to be in the story, he's a very sarcastic character and adds a lot of humor to each episode.

    Two out of Four stars

    (**) / (****) \moreless
  • Weak episode.

    Samantha Who has its ups and downs this season. In the first week without Dancing With The Stars as a lead-in the sitcom failed to give fans a reason to stay tuned in.

    There were a few funny lines but the lack of Howard Newly and Frank was disappointing. Those two are an integral part of this show and need to be on TV on a weekly basis.

    A few good lines from Andrea and her obsessive "friend" but Todd's appearance was lackluster. Regina produced some laughs but continues to be underutilized by the show.

    I am not saying that Christina Applegate isn't funny, but the other characters should be given more screen time as well.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • It only said "Chicago Parks & Recreation" on the sign for the actual park named after Samantha Newly. On the plan it said "City of Chicago Parks & Recreation".

    • Two little tidbits: Firstly, Samantha had stopped using the dishwasher in her quest to "save the environment", but in fact, dishwashers use far less water than when a person washes them by hand. Environmentalists actually encourage people to buy dishwashers.

      And secondly, when Sam is counting the things that Holland is famous for, she says "ABBA". This band is actually from Sweden.

    • Regina told Samantha "If there's anything I've learned from meeting your boyfriends...". However, in "The Farm" (the previous episode), it's revealed that the old Samantha was against introducing her boyfriends to her parents.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Samantha: (end monologue) So okay, baby steps. Because as much as you may want something, not everything is always in your grasp. That doesn't mean you shouldn't reach for it. It's definitely better standing there doing nothing. OK, I couldn't make it work with the perfect guy. But it doesn't make me a bad person. (shot of the Samantha Newly Park entrance) Because hey, would a bad person get a whole park named after her? I think not.

    • Samantha: How do you break up with the perfect person when he's done nothing wrong?
      Regina: Well, you tell him you're moving. And if that doesn't work, you fake your own death.

    • Samantha: You know what, a wise man said that things worth doing aren't always easy.
      Andrea: And who said that? Owen?
      Samantha: This isn't a book report, I don't need to cite my sources.

    • Samantha: (opening voice over) You know how when light hits a prism it divides into a spectrum of colors? Well, it's the same with people. I don't mean they are different colors. Well, they are. But I mean in the bright light of day they reveal a whole spectrum of character between good and bad. Me, I'm on the far end. Super good, which is hard work but some things are worth sinking yourself into.

    • Samantha: Owen, I want to be a good person, but when I'm with you, I'm reminded that I'm not as good as I want to be. So I can say in complete honesty that it's not you, it's me... because of you. I'm sorry.

    • Andrea: Do you really enjoy being this person?
      Samantha: Yeah, I mean if I didn't, I wouldn't be doing it.
      Andrea: Sam?
      Samantha: I want to punch myself in the eye.

    • Owen: Keep up the good work.
      Samantha: You know me, give 'til it hurts. (She continues digging) Argh, now it hurts.

    • Willow: And the showering each other off afterwards. Doesn't suck either, huh?
      Samantha: (She laughs) Memories, you should be the one with amnesia. You really should.

    • Andrea: Why are you so desperate to get me together with Tony?
      Seth: Because the quicker you are done with him, the sooner you shall be mine.
      Andrea: When it comes to you, the only thing I shall be, is repulsed.

    • Regina: If someone described your father to me I'd think they were talking about a Saint Bernard.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Samantha: Am I a better person than I was before?
      Andrea: Oh, please! You're so disgustingly good, I'm surprised you don't live with seven dwarfs.

      That's an allusion of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White, about a princess with a pure heart and seven dwarfs that save her from her evil stepmother. It was turned into a 1937 animated movie titled Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Disney.

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