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Samantha Who?: The Car

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Dec 4th 2007 12:47AM
Samantha Who?(S01E08) "Having amnesia is like an obstacle course." - Samantha

I never suffered from amnesia but from what we've been seeing for now eight episodes, amnesia does seem to be like an obstacle course or, as the cast picture on the right shows, a maze. Samantha has to overcome obstacles put in her path because she doesn't fully know herself or the world she lives in. She must make her way through life without having a map to guide her. It's trial and error. This week, Samantha had to decide between lying and telling the truth and how it would affect her father.

Before I get to the review of "The Car," someone last week inquired why Samantha was living with her parents instead of living in her apartment and asking Todd to find another place to stay. TV Squad reader Sophia provided the answer: "Sam is staying with her parents because she doesn't want to live alone just yet. Remember the microwave incident from the episode before? And after throwing Todd out of the apartment at first, she told him he could stay there again."

Like mother, like daughter. Even before learning that Regina's car had been "stolen," I suspected that Samantha had pushed a car in a lake before now. What I didn't predict is that Regina had Samantha help her push her (Regina's) car in the lake four years prior! The women in that family are indeed, as Regina says, in a streak of evil. If said streak diluted through generations, just imagine what Regina's great-great-grandmother was like! I can't wait for a family reunion and see Regina suffer her own mother's wrath! That will be entertaining television.

Samantha surely learned from her mother how to be "creative" and manipulate people. This week, more than in previous episodes, Regina showed how low she was willing to go. She not only pushed her car in the late to not have to suffer through the safety rhymes but guilt Samantha in being a model and told her husband Sam was lying about Regina's car. That's why we love her so much!

Even if Samantha doesn't want to admit the "old" Sam is resurfacing, Sam does tap into her inner evilness when needed. Samantha was almost drooling when she brought her mother outside and showed her the trashed car she got back from the lake! And what about the look on Regina's face when she discovered that Sam ripped off all the "T" pages from the phone book! Regina may have been pissed off but I'm sure deep down inside she was proud of Sam for planning her revenge so well.

I was glad to see that Samantha decided to tell her father the truth. Everyone is allowed a slip up once in a while and pushing her father's car in the lake was Sam's slip up. As we saw this week, telling the truth doesn't mean that the people around us will hurt. Howard may have been stunned by the confession but he was happy to know that Sam was safe and allowed her to keep her new car (as long as she helped him push Regina's car back in the lake). Sam may be her mother's daughter but we can see she also has a bit of her father too.

Jennifer Esposito is definitely well cast as Andrea. She has the composure and facial expressions to play a vixen. I was almost as afraid as Dena was when watching Andrea try to get the truth out. I'm pretty sure I would have told her everything too and then some more. Andrea must be quite the lawyer when it's time to have a witness spill his guts on the stand!

What Samantha learned about herself this week:
  • Sam used to play in a bird cage when she was little.
  • She helped her mother push a car in the lake.
  • She busted two garage doors and killed a squirrel (I think that's what her father said).
If you had been in Sam's shoes, would you have told the truth to Howard?
Yes63 (76.8%)
No19 (23.2%)

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Love it!! I missed Barry Watson this episode.

December 04 2007 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Andrea and Sam's scene at the coffeehouse was amazing...as was Andrea again at Dena's house. Definitely great acting by Esposito tonight. For the first time (well...maybe second counting her bonding time with Dena last week) Andrea became more sympathetic and likable as she struggled with being left out by Sam and Dena. Her character is getting much better.

December 04 2007 at 6:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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