Re: Did Pete even make sense?
Ultimately, the real problem with Pete was that Sam never really wanted him in the first place. I think Sam was just so desperate for a relationship, and she figured Pete was a nice enough guy, that she just went for it. Pete on his own was a fine character, but he and Sam were never going to work out.
He made her whistle in the elevador, no other man on the show made her do that But she dumped him after telling him the whole truth, which made her look bad to me. It really showed that the writers were ready yet to write interpersonal relationships on the show.
Of course I have to wonder how different the role might've been had Ben Browder taken the part.
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