I am as ambitious as any man who's ever lived. But my real ambition... is you.
|Sam Alexander, "Taking a Message"|
Sam Alexander is one of the main characters of Devious Maids. He works as Alejandro Rubio's personal butler and chauffeur, and is responsible for Carmen Luna's new found job as the Latino singer's maid. Due to his growing crush for his new coworker, Sam provides Carmen help and support during her numerous schemes of achieving stardom, hoping for her to one day reciprocate feelings. This does eventually come to pass; however, when having to chose between love or fame, Carmen chooses the latter, thus causing Sam to exit her life forever.
I think I've been using it as an excuse not to push myself.
|Sam, about his father's life, "Taking a Message"|
For thirty years, Sam's father worked for an insurance firm, a job that he hated, but still did in order to support his family. However, he eventually had a heart attack and died; Sam comes to believe that his father never did enjoy his life, and he himself starts using it as an excuse to not push himself. ("Taking a Message") In 2009, Sam takes a job as Alejandro Rubio's personal butler and chauffeur, and throughout the next four years, Sam is never seen in any type of romantic relationship. ("Walking the Dog")
When Alejandro's maid, Bonita, is fired for stealing her boss' silver, Sam helps the house manager, Odessa, with the résumés and interviewing of new, potential maids. When meeting one maid in particular, Carmen Luna, Sam becomes smitten with her, and decides to see to it that she gets the job. He finds her résumé and disposes of the rest, thus giving Odessa no choice but to hire her. ("Pilot")
Okay, maybe you're under the impression that I try this hard with every girl I meet. I don't. I just have a feeling about us, and I think you're feeling it too.
|Sam Alexander, "Wiping Away the Past"|
Sam has a little crush on Carmen. ("Pilot")
Carmen is introduced as a maid under the employ of controlling housekeeper Odessa Burakov. The owner of the house Carmen works in, Alejandro Rubio, returns from his tour, and Carmen hopes to become friends with him as he is a famous music producer, however, Odessa does not allow Carmen to talk to him. Later, Carmen attempts to serve Alejandro some orange juice, but is unable to thanks to Odessa, and the maid complains to Sam, someone else under Alejandro's employ, who reveals that he hired Carmen because he had a crush on her. Odessa later confronts Carmen, having found some of the maid's songs on her boss' iPod, realizing that she wants to be "discovered" by Alejandro. Carmen goes to Sam that night and has him wreck the elevator so the next morning, Odessa is unable to use it to take up Alejandro's breakfast tray, which Carmen slips a copy of her CD in. She attempts to take the tray up herself, using Odessa's leg as an excuse, but Odessa refuses, bringing the tray to Alejandro herself and furiously removing the CD. As she chases down Carmen, Odessa trips and falls down the stairs, her prosthetic leg detaching from her body and landing separately. Once Odessa is in hospital, Carmen sings while she works in front of Alejandro, and, much to her delight, he compliments her voice. ("Pilot")
Sam confuses the signals. ("Setting the Table")
With Odessa still in hospital and Alejandro leaving for a tour, Carmen thinks it's time for she and Sam to sit back and enjoy all the luxuries of their boss' mansion, but Sam is wary about the idea. He is mad at her when she invites Rosie, Zoila and Marisol over to lounge around the pool with drinks, but she gets him to allow her to do as she wishes by kissing him. Later, after using Alejandro's shower, Sam finds Carmen in nothing but a towel, playing a song on their employer's piano. She is singing and Sam finds it beautiful, wondering who she wrote such a sad ballad about. She says that she can sing about it but she can't talk about it, before pointing out how nice he's been to her. He says that it's because he likes her and asks if she likes him too. She does, but not in the way he thinks, to his disappointment. He wonders why she would do things such as kiss him and walk around naked - traditionally female signs of encouragement - and they begin to argue about it. Their argument is cut short when Odessa unexpectedly returns from the hospital, and she finds Sam cleaning with Carmen's towel. Carmen, meanwhile, is hiding naked inside the piano. Later she reveals the reason she can go as far as kissing Sam to get what she wants but not commit herself to a relationship is because the man who she wrote the song about didn't support her dream and tried to stop her. Sam promises that he would never do that, but Carmen cannot take such a chance. ("Setting the Table")
Carmen isn't the girl Sam thought she was. ("Wiping Away the Past")
Sam asks Carmen out on a date but she refuses to cave, saying that she's worried she might like him which would lead to marriage and kids and then she'd stop singing, which she cannot allow. He assures her that sooner or later she will say "yes" to him, but she assures him in turn that he won't. Carmen manages to land a meeting with a big music producer, Benny Soro, and she wants to secretly borrow Alejandro's expensive car to show up to his place. Sam refuses to let her but soon caves when she offers to go out on a date with him after all, acting as her chauffeur. He watches as she allows Benny Soro to paw her, insulting her heritage by saying that she needs to work more on her American accents because, while America likes Latinas, they don't like them to be too Latina. Carmen agrees, telling the producer that she'll do anything to get into the business. This promise reaches new heights when he tells Sam to drive them over to his place for sex, and the butler is utterly crushed when Carmen decides to go through with it. Later, Carmen is watching some news reports in order to work on her accent, just like Benny Soro told her to do. Sam comes in and tells his crush that she's too good to be pushed around by men like that, but she maintains that she will do whatever it takes to achieve her dream. This leads Sam to realize that she's not the girl she thought he was, and he calls off their date. She says it's okay, but he says it's not, having lost respect for her. She continues to work on her accent, crying as she does so. ("Wiping Away the Past")
A friendship is forged. ("Taking Out the Trash")
Carmen and Odessa continue to share a poor relationship; when Alejandro's bird bites Carmen, Odessa gives her a treat so that she will do it again, while Sam tries his best to stay out of the feuding. The butler is then shocked when asked by Carmen to lie to the man at the door about her being there, and the maid reveals this man to be her husband Oscar Valdez. She explains to her co-workers that she left him in the middle of the night because he didn't support her singing, having wanted her to be a traditional Puerto Rican housewife, and she never bothered getting a divorce because she knew he wouldn't agree to it. Sam thinks that she owes him an explanation but Carmen is reluctant to speak to him, appealing to Odessa who finally takes pity on the maid and tells her that some problems are just inescapable... she must face this man. Carmen does so, calling Oscar back to the house, and he promises her that he's changed and wants her back. She refuses because she still wants to be a famous singer, but he says that she can sing on the weekends at a bar he's lined up, not wanting her to be one of the many girls he sees who come to LA wanting to be stars only to end up wasting the best years of their lives. Carmen continually refuses to go with him and so he grabs her forcefully, saying that he is her husband and she must do as he says. When he starts to hurt her, Sam rushes in and tries to make him stop, only to receive a punch to the face and pass out. Odessa is next to threaten the man but he just pushes her away and begins to strangle his wife up against the wall... until Odessa hits him around the head with her prosthetic leg. Oscar is arrested and Carmen can't thank Odessa enough for her help; the two of them settle their differences and the latter suggests that maybe Carmen should thank Sam as well, leading to her finally allowing him into her life as her friend. ("Taking Out the Trash")
Carmen admits her jealousy. ("Walking the Dog")
Carmen finds a strange woman by the name of Julie snooping around Alejandro's refrigerator and soon learns that she's the neighbor's chef, having been fired from her previous position because she was allergic to her boss' new Rottweiler. Sam, who takes a liking to her, told her that she could borrow a few ingredients, and he then reveals to Carmen that he's thinking of asking Julie out. That night, Carmen is unable to sleep because she can hear Sam and Julie having sex in the bedroom downstairs, and she goes to get them to stop. She tries reporting this behavior to Alejandro but he is just happy that Sam finally has someone in his life, since he's been lonely the entire four years in which he's been his butler. Still wanting to settle what she sees as a problem, Carmen seeks out Julie's old boss and offers to walk her Rottweiler, then taking it to Sam's bed and allowing it to roll all over the sheets. Later, when Sam and Julie start to have sex again, she is carted away in an ambulance because her allergies are so bad. Carmen feels incredibly guilty, having thought Julie would just get a rash or something, and Sam, figuring her out, concludes that she's jealous. She denies this, but then she goes to his room in the middle of the night and admits that she is, and he invites her in. ("Walking the Dog")
Sam leaves in the middle of the night. ("Taking a Message")
Sam and Carmen wake up in the former's bed after having made love the previous night; Carmen insists that the two of them are merely friends with benefits, but Sam pressures her into being her girlfriend, which she soon agrees to. The two of them go to the supermarket together where Carmen receives free meat from the butcher, Bertha, who reveals to Sam that Carmen talks about him all the time, to his joy. She knows that Carmen wants to be a singer and wonders what Sam would like to do when he grows up; however, he reveals that he's perfectly happy being a butler, and thinks that he could be one for the rest of his life. While this pleases Bertha, Carmen is less than happy with the news, and she later asks Sam if he was joking. He says that he was not and wonders why it's a problem that he's happy with his life. She tells him that she needs to be with someone who has ambition, like her, because she knows herself and is certain that she won't end up with a butler. That night, Sam goes into Carmen's room and reveals that he quit his job. She is shocked by this, not wanting him to leave, but he does. He promises to come back, and when he does, she will be proud. As he parts, he assures that she was wrong about one thing: he is as ambitious as any man who ever lived, but his real ambition is her. ("Taking a Message")
Sam returns and asks Carmen to move in with him. ("Getting Out the Blood")
While having lunch with the girls, Carmen tries flirting with a reporter that seems interested in her so that he will pay for her meal, until she learns that he's just trying to clarify whether or not Alejandro Rubio is really gay. She refuses to comment, but, when he offers her a large sum of money, she begins to consider it. She asks her boss if he would ever think of coming out of the closet, but he is strongly against it, still deadest on the idea that it would ruin his career. He points out that she's the same as him: she cares about success more than love, and that's how he knows she will make it. However, Carmen is upset by this and ends up calling Sam, who shows up in an Armani suit and the revelation that he's enrolled in an agent school, wanting to manage Carmen's music career... but she reveals that that's no longer important to her, for she's realized that all she needs to be happy is him. With the two of them back together, Sam asks Carmen to move in with him and she agrees. Alejandro is happy to see them back together and gives Sam a congratulatory hug, which is unfortunate because both of them are topless and this highly contextual moment is being photographed by the reporter from the restaurant. Alejandro and Sam both try chasing him down and threaten to sue him, but the photos are released online nonetheless and the singer's career is in jeopardy. His managers say that he needs to get married in order to convince the press that he's straight, and he says that he knows just the girl for the job, meaning Carmen. ("Getting Out the Blood")
Sam gives Carmen a choice... but she makes the wrong one. ("Totally Clean")
Odessa finally returns, having beaten her cancer, and confides in Carmen that she's relieved to learn that Alejandro is gay because she's always had feelings for him and at least this means that, if she can't have him, no other woman will take her place. Carmen is then approached by her employer and asked to marry him, being told by his business managers that should she agree to this then they will produce an album for her and ensure that she becomes a star. Wanting this, she asks Sam if he'd be willing to wait two years for the divorce to occur, but he refuses, saying that Carmen has to choose between him and her career. She wants it all, but he tells her that she can't have it, leaving. She tries begging him to come back, only to find Odessa distraught over the fact that Alejandro is marrying her friend. ("Totally Clean")
- In the ABC pilot, Sam was played by McKinley Freeman. He was originally supposed to be Carmen's boyfriend, but when her entire story was re-written for the Lifetime pilot, he was made into Alejandro's butler who had a crush on his co-worker.
- There were never any plans to bring Sam back to the show after the first season due to the fact that the writers believed the relationship between him and Carmen did not work as there was simply no chemistry between the two.
- Of the main characters, Sam has only formally met with Carmen.
This is a gallery of photographic stills released to promote the character.
- ↑ http://www.thetvaddict.com/2013/06/24/we-shine-the-spotlight-on-hit-the-floor%E2%80%99s-devilish-mckinley-freeman/
- ↑ http://leethomson.myzen.co.uk/Devious_Maids_1x01_-_Pilot.pdf
- ↑ https://twitter.com/curtiskheel/status/853810451603308544