Samantha Who?: The Butterflies

ABC, Mondays at 9:30PM

Genre: Sitcom

Conceit: Remembering How Entertaining Christina Applegate Is.

You really can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  Even if that old dog gets amnesia and forgets her old tricks.  Whereas last week was about the Funk in Chapman&Funk, this week Chapman took center stage, telling Samantha about he was interested in Dena and that she should make it happen.  Andrea sees this as the perfect opportunity to get an “in” with the boss so they can get stuff that they need (like a new ergonomic desk chair).  Sam, however, was not willing to pimp out her friend (literally) to get what she needs.

That is, until she realized that Pre-mantha signed a mall development deal which would lead to the destruction of a very rare species of butterflies.  The only way she can undo it is to either come up with the $200 Million that Chapman&Funk would lose, or get Chapman to change his mind.  And that’s where Samantha and Pre-mantha join forces and set Dena up with Chapman.  Oddly enough, they really take to each other.  However, Dena isn’t able to make Chapman change his mind, and in trying to get it done, she gets caught.  And Dena hits it right on the head when she says Sam only did it “because she could”.  The gap between Samantha and Pre-mantha isn’t as wide as you’d think.  Eventually the butterfly lives, Samantha gets fired, and all is well between the friends.

The Todd thing from last week gets truly short shrift.  Todd freaks out, tells Samantha that it will never happen.  Samantha kisses Todd and says it will never happen.  And that’s that.

Final Grade: A-

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