Big show dating
Instead of trains or outer space or bleach bottles, Sam thinks about Julia all the time.
When I was Sam’s age, I was always obsessed with some guy, usually a guy with great social skills who I thought was going to save me from myself.
(Sam’s protectiveness of his environment is the single most relatable part of this show so far to me.) He breaks up with her because he isn’t 100 percent certain that he loves her—also something I think a real person with autism would do—but soon after that he asks his parents how he knows if he’s in love.
They tell him that if you love someone, you feel like they’re the first person you want to confide in.
He is insular and more or less happy with it, but he wants a girlfriend, especially after his therapist, Julia (Amy Okuda), encourages him to start dating, to his mother’s chagrin.
I’d tune in next season, if there is one, to see if he’s successful.Those weren’t inappropriate crushes like Sam’s on Julia, but I did come on way too strong.The thing about autism is that many of us can “pass” for a long time, long enough that when we slip up like that, it creeps people out—as it eventually does with Julia.Sam (Keir Gilchrist) is a senior in high school, who takes regular classes and has an after-school job at an electronics store, where he is friends with his nerdy coworker Zahid (Nik Dodani).Sam is obsessed with penguins and Antarctica—we know this immediately from his voice-over at the beginning of the first episode.