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Amnesia: The TV trend

Amnesia: The TV trend — We profile the characters on ”Heroes,” ”Samantha Who?,” and ”Ugly Betty” who suffer memory loss

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Amnesia: The TV trend

Samantha Who? ABC
Patient History
Samantha (Applegate) wakes up after a car-accident-induced coma unable to remember anything — including that she was a bitch and a cheater.
Symptoms
Pathological chattiness. Cutesy awkwardness. And, even though she’s now a ”good” girl, a perplexing desire to keep a catty lush of a best friend (Jennifer Esposito).
Prognosis
With the show hinging entirely on amnesia, full memory recovery is unlikely until either series’ end or a premise chance to the more philosophical Samantha Why?

Ugly Betty ABC
Patient History
After her car accident (can everyone please remember to dive carefully?), transsexual Alexis (Rebecca Romijn) can’t recall her life as a woman, and thinks she’s still pre-op Alex.
Symptoms
Unusual interest in watching baseball, bonding with her nasty father, and exploring her own body with frequent breast examinations.
Prognosis
This loopy my-sex-change-is-news-to-me! angle is so high camp — even for Betty — that Alex(is) should only man up for a handful of episodes.

Heroes NBC
Patient History
Peter (Milo Ventimiglia) is found handcuffed, shirtless, and disoriented in a cargo container in Ireland, making him the unluckiest man in Shamrockville.
Symptoms
New haircut. Great pecs. Magical tattoo. Electrical bursts shooting out of his hands. (Possible previous condition.)
Prognosis
He might fill in the blanks son, as he was conveniently left with a box of his possessions. If not, he could always use his superpowers to borrow someone else’s memories and ”forget” to give them back.

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