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|Will&Sonny||Jul 9 2013, 05:09 PM|
I disagree with the implication that this is a bad thing in this case, though. Yes, the viewers might think that Sami is a horrible mother. (Of course, I'm convinced that many viewers would find some way to criticize Sami even if we saw her spending every single day doing nothing but being a mother to her children, but that's another matter entirely.) But my definition of a "good mother" and your definition of a "good mother" isn't important. It's Kate's definition of a "good mother" that matters, and Kate would absolutely believe that Sami is a good mother because Sami has the same fierce parenting traits that Kate possesses.
Sami is willing to do anything for her children when she believes that they need her help, even if they don't want her help. Sami loves her children, even if she isn't the most hands-on parent in the known universe. Sami can't resist meddling in her childrens' lives, although we are only just beginning to see that side of her, since Will is her only child who is really old enough to have a life that's worth meddling in. Sami often makes impulsive decisions, rationalizing that she is making those decisions for the sake of her children, without fully considering the ramifications of those decisions. I don't know about anyone else, but to me, all of those traits sound eerily similar to the traits that a certain other woman who used to have a streak in her hair possesses.
This has nothing to do with the so-called "propping" that many people love to complain about and everything to do with characters being written in-character, IMO. It just so happens that the consequence of a character being written in-character, in this case, is that the character in question is saying things that a large portion of the audience apparently vehemently disagrees with. And of course it's a fairly recent development, because, as I pointed out earlier, Sami has only recently been able to really start to exhibit the traits that Kate respects in a mother, since Sami's kids are much younger than Kate's kids are. As time goes on and Sami's younger kids age into young adults whose lives involve more than play dates and afternoon naps, I suspect that Kate's opinion of Sami as a mother will only continue to get better, quite frankly -- not worse.
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