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Samantha Who?: The Girlfriend

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 7th 2008 11:06PM
Samantha Who?(S01E10) "I love you." - Todd to Chloe

First, I must thank ABC for the fun Samantha Who? marketing campaign they did these past two weeks or so. I know that the fun ads during which Samantha and her mother talked about a song that meant a lot to Regina, or during which Samantha presented her boyfriend, er, ex-boyfriend, Todd, had an effect on some non-watchers (a few of my friends asked me what the show was about and planned on watching the show this week). Let's hope more join the fun.

Secondly, our favorite amnesiac is back on TV! Yay! This cutesy series is definitely one I enjoy watching a lot thanks to Samantha's duality (evil-Sam versus good-Sam), very well played by Christina Applegate, and thanks to Jean Smart and the devilish Andrea, played by Jennifer Esposito.

That said, let's get to the important part of this post: the review.

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Reading the episode's official description a while ago made me look forward to it. I expected this episode to be a positive turning point for Samantha and Todd. I thought that living with good Sam would show Todd what he's been missing and that he would ditch Chloe. Okay, maybe not call it quits with Chloe instantly, but at least have him start pondering a possible reunion with Sam down the road. I know shows strive to keep apart for a long time two people who fans want to see reunite in order to keep people coming to the show (see Friends' Ross & Rachel for a prime example). So, I wasn't expecting my fairytale ending to happen in a snap. However, I didn't foresee what really happened: Todd saying "I love you" to the Freak Fairy.

Sam couldn't say it better when she warned Todd that Chloe is exactly who Sam used to be. We don't know yet if Chloe is really as evil as Sam was, but Chloe did show us she is a force to be reckoned with and is willing to do pretty bad things to keep her man. As I watched Kiele Sanchez portray Chloe tonight, I couldn't help but wonder if fans of SW? and Lost hated Chloe more than they hated Nikki. The latter was mostly hated because she was poorly introduced on Lost while Chloe is hated for being the other woman. I think I dislike Chloe more since she's getting in the way of a Todd/Sam reunion while Nikki was just getting in the way. What's your take on Chloe? Do you want her to stick around for more episodes? Let your voice be heard in our poll and in comments!

Even if things didn't go my way in "The Girlfriend," I must admit that this was a big turning point for Sam. Having seen Todd with Chloe and witnessing him say that he loves her will allow Sam to move on. She will be able to focus on herself and maybe hook up with other guys without always thinking that Todd is waiting around the corner. Of course, I expect them to patch things up and hook up eventually but I guess I'll have to wait a few more episodes if not a season.

Regina rocked as usual this week! As we learn more about her each week, I can see where old Sam got part of her evil side. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, eh? The way Regina manipulated Dena in playing makeover was so damn sneaky! "Your mother's dead, right?" was as low as one could go. I'm looking forward to each episode to see what Regina has in store next. Imagine what she and Andrea could do together! Satan would surely blush!

What Samantha learned about herself this week:
  • Evil Sam had 50+ ways of getting rid of a man's girlfriend when she had her eyes set on him.
  • Sam can't play with jump ropes.
Other tidbits of interest:
  • "Daughters who refuse to do one thing that would please their mothers club." - Regina
  • Regina admitting she was the runner up at the Walnut Valley Beauty Contest and saying the acceptance speech she had prepared.
  • Regina telling Dena that she would be a great doctor's assistant, then a fantastic lawyer's assistant. This could become a nice running gag on the show.
What do you think of Chloe?
She rocks! Make her a regular!26 (14.2%)
She's okay.22 (12.0%)
I don't care.33 (18.0%)
I hate her. Sam & Todd forever!!!102 (55.7%)

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Does anyone know the song that's playing in the background of the "Samantha Who?" promo (mentioned in this column) where she presents her boyfriend/ex boyfriend? I'm dying to find it. Thanks so much!!!

April 11 2008 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Fabulous show. Great episode. The B plot was the BEST yet. The A plot was meh, but I loved Andrea throwing the cookie at the barista and making him pronounce her name right, and the wine trick.

fabulous writing for the most part. AMAZING cast.

Christina Applegate ranks up there as one of the best comedic actresses - she can play the straight man (new Sam) as well as the crazy funny man (old Sam, see also Sweetest Thing).

She's just amazing.

April 08 2008 at 11:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Funny episode. Samantha might have the best cast of any show on tv right now.

April 08 2008 at 11:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am soooo glad Samantha Who? is back. I really missed this show.

I'm just pissed because my boyfriend came home in the middle of it and I missed the whole thing with Regina and Dena. I shoulda taped it! Boys can be so inconsiderate at times! :-)

April 08 2008 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Classic Comedy? Yeah right.

This is "What about Brian" mixed with a little "Gilmore Girls" + annoying.

It's so/so nothing more. I don't root for anybody in this show that's the problem it has.

April 08 2008 at 7:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Bash's comment
Isabelle Carreau

It's definitely not "classic comedy" yet and maybe it never will, but it's an enjoyable and entertaining series.

April 08 2008 at 8:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't deny that. But isn't it sad that I, as a guy, don't like the lead character? I don't really care about Samantha at all.

To be honest I think you could take Christina Applegate and put her into "Miss/Guided" and "My Boys" for instance and those shows would be just as good as this one. They could film a thousand episodes with Christina just being there and I would watch it because I really kind of like her portraying this certain character she seems to have played for the last ten years or so. It's all kind of nice but nothing more... nothing close to 30 Rock which is awesome. Just another "comedy show". Light entertainment. I didn't even laugh this episode I just enjoyed watching it. It's so neat. I guess I wouldn't even notice if it were another season of "Jesse".

April 08 2008 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sam McConnell

This show is really transforming itself into one of TVs best comedies. More of a traditional classic sit com, unlike 30 rock or the office, which are great but very different.

April 08 2008 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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