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Samantha Who?: The Gallery Show

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 29th 2008 10:21AM
Samantha Who?
(S01E13) "I can get a guy by tomorrow." - Samantha

This line may not have been the funniest one of the episode but it had major implications for both Sam and Todd. What if she hadn't been able to find a date for the gallery show? What if she found a guy who turned out to be prince charming and not a mugger? Those two possibilities could have totally changed the ending of the episode, meaning that Todd could still be thinking of Chloe instead of Sam. Luckily for us, Sam found Jerry O'Connell, who was trying to get in his car using a hanger since his Carpoolers friends left him on the curb, and he turned out to not be the guy for our Sam.

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This episode was not the best of the series so far (it felt like a filler episode to me) but it did offer us some nice lines from Regina, intensified the war between Good and Evil Dena and Andrea, and definitely put Sam and Todd on the path to coupledom.

I know I'm starting to sound like a broken record when Regina is concerned but you have to admit that the character rocks! Even if she wasn't invited to the art show, she decided to go because "she didn't sleep with Todd." She watches, or more precisely spies on, Samantha. At the art show, she is certain someone is bisexual just because she believes the stereotype that a lot of artists are bisexuals. She buys a bunch of photographs of trees to make up for Sam and Howard's behavior at the art show. I'm starting to agree with Sam, Regina is also suffering from some sort of brain damage! But I'm happy she is because if she wasn't suffering from it, Regina would be a boring character.

In response to my Melissa McCarthy: In the Limelight post, zippersgirl said that she hoped they would flesh the supporting roles out more fully. I'm pretty sure the show was cautious in developing Andrea and Dena until they got word that SW? would return for a second season. In "The Gallery Show," they did start to develop them a bit more. The scene at the bookstore added to what both girls prefer in men (Dena goes for guys in the Sci Fi section while Andrea wants to hook Samantha up with an art critic who can destroy Todd) and set the stage for the war between the two. Now that Dena is in a relationship, she has some balls. The pre-Chapman Dena would have never talked to Andrea the way the dating-Chapman Dena did. Can you believe Dena thinks she is a relationship expert all of the sudden?! And now that she got all of her concerns and emotions out (poor guy in the box who had to suffer through it), Dena will be a force to be reckoned with. The war has just started! Who will win?

Thanks to Rance Craig (the character played by Jerry O'Connell), Todd's feelings for Sam came back rushing. Even if Sam didn't want to admit it out loud this week, she is still in love with him. The next episodes will be interesting as the duo will have to officially address these feelings and decide what to do about them.

What Samantha learned about herself this week:
  • Old Sam posed semi-nude for Todd.
  • Howard tried to protect his daughter on prom night but it didn't turn out the way he thought it did.
  • Old Sam was mugged by Craig.
  • Old Sam learned how to open a car using a hanger.
Other tidbits of interest:
  • Howard finally got some meat. Sadly for him, he learned that his little girl was a grown up woman.
  • Rance? The first male name who comes to Samantha's mind is Rance?! There must be an Old Sam story behind this because that's not a popular name that comes up to mind easily.
  • About two weeks ago, I said that Chloe wouldn't let Todd go so easily and that I expected her to do nasty stuff to Todd and Sam if both got back together. After seeing this week's episode, I think my prediction is likely to happen (unless the show doesn't have the money to pay the actress to stick around or if she isn't available). Chloe was quite the angry woman at the art show. Can you believe she showed her breasts in front of everyone?
  • Poor Todd will forever remember his first gallery show not for the people who attended or for the photographs he sold. He'll remember it because of Craig the mugger, Sam's scene, Howard removing Sam's photo from the display and Chloe's tantrum.
Who should win the war?
Dena84 (76.4%)
Andrea26 (23.6%)

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god i HATE how she wears her hair, those damn curls, sooooo unappealing!

April 30 2008 at 12:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

whatever happened to the hottie billionaire who proposed to Sam? I thought they were going to "try it out" ...

April 29 2008 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Isabelle Carreau

Nah, she ended up seeing that he wasn't for him. He was for Old Sam.

April 29 2008 at 1:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I've had a lukewarm reaction to this show so far, and I almost didn't watch last night, but I'm glad I did. I thought it was well done -- probably the tightest episode since the one where she wrecked the car.

And Jennifer Esposito doesn't hurt, either.

April 29 2008 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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