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What Makes Sammy Run 

Sam tracks down Brooke's estranged mother and learns a lot about life from her. Brooke, Lily and Carmen try to cover for Sam. The boys use oblivious Mike to get into a strip club only to find Mary Cherry and Nicole stripping there.


Jamie Babbit


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Bibb ... Brooke McQueen
Carly Pope ... Sam McPherson
Tamara Mello ... Lily Esposito
Christopher Gorham ... Harrison John
Sara Rue ... Carmen Ferrara
Bryce Johnson ... Josh Ford
Tammy Lynn Michaels ... Nicole Julian
Ron Lester ... Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino
Leslie Grossman ... Mary Cherry
Lisa Darr ... Jane McPherson
Scott Bryce ... Mike McQueen
Peggy Lipton ... Kelly Foster
Hank Harris ... Emory Dick
Arnetia Walker ... Ms. Ross
Ray Wise ... Barton


"What Makes Sammy Run" Sam runs away from home to track down Brooke's biological mother hoping that the woman will come back and help put an end to the wedding. Mary Cherry sets out to get back at her mother, while Josh, Harrison, Sugar and Emory try to get into a strip club. Written by Ron Storey

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Peggy Lipton, a class act
27 January 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

I had seen Peggy Lipton in KINJITE: FORBIDDEN SUBJECTS back in the day when it was shown at the local drive-in, and I recently watched that one on DVD. This afternoon saw her in this episode, and it struck me what a dynamite lady she is! Great performance as Brooke's runaway mother. I see there are three more appearances up ahead...

As for the episode, as usual, it doesn't make sense. But that is par for the POPULAR course.

And yet another round that goes to Carly Pope, the one that wins in the glam looks department. But they've clearly been downplaying the beauty of Leslie Bibb, for she appears quite drab (by comparison to her rival). It sure wasn't that way in the beginning. But the attention keeps going to soulful Sam. Beautiful eyes, beautiful hair, like, like!

This then, the penultimate episode of the first season. It is obvious to me that Brooke's mother is gonna come and upset the apple-cart at the wedding in the season finale. No prizes for guessing that.

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11 May 2000 (USA) See more »

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