Sam Mitchell: Love Is Deaf, Dumb and Blind
By Michael McCarthy
What can a girl do when the years start piling up and there is no man in
If you happen to be Samantha Mitchell, you.ve got the duchess of
Square, Peggy Mitchell, for your mother, Phil and Grant for big
brothers, and you jump on the carousel, take the first horse that
presents itself, and then spend the ride trying to grab that elusive
Sam has a terrible record where men are concerned. As a teenager in
love, she and Ricky Butcher eloped, only to find that they had nothing
in common but sex.
An older but not necessarily wiser Sam tries to bond with Beppe di
Marco, the love-them-and-leave-them stud of the Square.
Sam has been that leaf in the wind, blown from one man to another, and
every time she tells herself: .He is the one, my soul mate..
Our Sam is the puppy in the pet shop window, wagging her tail each time
a smiling face appears at the window.
Sam drifted in and out of the Square, seeking new places in an effort to
meet the right man.
Then Peggy runs into her daughter in Spain where she works as a pole
dancer in a Spanish cabaret. Mother shepherds her wayward child back to
Walford for a new beginning. You have to give it to Sam, she.s no
wallflower. Hope always springs eternal after each new beginning.
A career as a model fizzles out.
Den Watts returns to Albert Square just in time to bed Sam in his war
with Phil, a rivalry over who owns the Vic. Nature hates a vacuum, so
when Phil goes on the run framed by Dirty Den, Sam is left in charge of
all of Phil.s many businesses, legit and otherwise. Sam takes to her new
responsibilities with the can-do spirit of a Mitchell. She.s out to
prove to the Square and to herself that she.s up to the job.
She supervises Alfie at the Vic, Gary and Minty at the Arches, the caff,
and the pool hall, and looks ravishing in a smart business suit. Sam is
so busy she just hasn.t got the time to fret about no man in her life.
Billy and Minty are her loyal right and left arms.
Then Andy Hunter, the man we love to hate, shows up in the community. A
suave ladykiller, Andy sets his sights on Kat Slater, only to be quite
literally left at the altar when Kat runs off with her best mate Alfie,
the man in the moon.
If you think that a woman scorned is dangerous, then you don.t know
Andy, a firm believer in that old adage, .Revenge is best served
In his case, a tape of him and Kat making love as a belated wedding
present for Alfie, the man who stole what belonged to Andy. Andy
establishes his presence on the Square by buying the betting shop.
Then he turns his attention to pursuing Sam, the lady who controls all
of Phil.s many businesses. When it comes to business and pleasure, Andy
is all business. To one of his associates, Andy likens Sam to a pet dog
Andy controls. Meanwhile, Sam is being swept off her feet, while Billy
and Minty try to warn her before it.s too late. Sam won.t have any of it
. she.s in love: hook, line and sinker. And no one is able to rescue her
from Andy.s wiles.
Andy proposes, Sam accepts, the stage is set for an all-stops-out party.
Peggy orchestrates the festivities and gives Sam her blessing; Andy
Andy manages to talk his blushing bride into signing Phil.s money over
to him as he is now family. But Marcus, Phil.s attorney, talks Sam out
of signing over all the money to Andy.
While Andy and Sam are out to dinner at a four-star restaurant, two of
Andy.s goons work over Minty at the Arches. Sam visits Minty in the
hospital, and asks Andy if he was responsible. Andy denies he was
involved, and blinded by love, Sam believes him. When Sam leaves Minty.s
room Andy warns Minty not to interfere, or next time Minty might be
Sam has no idea just how vicious Andy can be if he is crossed.
Andy is isolating Sam from family and friends. The more he covets Phil.s
empire the more desperate he becomes and the more likely Sam is to be
Will Andy .Gaslight. Sam? Remember the movie when Charles Boyer drove
his wife Ingrid Bergman insane? How about Cary Grant looking like a
sleek leopard climbing a circular staircase, carrying a glass of .milk.
on a silver tray for his suspicious wife Joan Fontaine? Is either
scenario the means of Andy finally ridding himself of Sam for good?
.Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous
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