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Sammy has other meanings. See Sammy (disambiguation) for other uses.

"Thanks, Joey. Just what I needed. More distractions. These stupid cartoon songs don't write themselves, you know."
Sammy's speech from his first audio log as a human, Chapter 2

Sammy Lawrence is the director of the music department at Joey Drew Studios and a secondary character in Chapter 2 of Bendy and the Ink Machine. Known for writing the music for Bendy's show in the studio's heyday, he was eventually consumed by unknown corruptions.

Background

Description

Although Sammy's human self was not seen in the game, the only known evidence about Sammy's human appearance is he once had a flowing cascade of brown or blonde hair, not remembering which one.[1]

From Chapter 3, "Alice" describes Sammy as once a "very handsome man", meaning that Sammy use to look attractive in appearance. This indicates that she might have known him before.

Personality

Sammy's main interest is writing music and songs, as he started this career in his young years.[2]

In tapes, Sammy is shown to be a frustrated song writer. With the addition of the numerous leaking pipes to his department, the ink pumps and all of the constant distractions when writing music for the Bendy cartoons, Sammy is irritated with Joey Drew's project when it keeps setting him back in his work. The only person he has kind words to say about is Susie Campbell, the former voice actress of Alice Angel, that he refers her as a very charming woman.[3]

It can be inferred from the voice recordings that he found it hard to focus on his work when there were distractions present, which was likely the reason he needed a "sanctuary".

Appearances

Chapter 2: The Old Song

Sammy has two audio logs, recorded from when he was still human. They can be found in the Music Department hall and hall closet respectively.

Sammy complains that he and the other workers have been unable to get out of their department at least three times since the arrival of the Ink Machine because the ink that flows from it kept flooding the stairwell. In order to drain the ink out, Joey installed an ink pump with the switch in Sammy's office, greatly frustrating him with the amount of people going in and out all day.

From his second cassette, Sammy give hints how to open his sanctuary by playing two, three, or four of his favorite instruments. The order in which they are played is changed every playthrough.

The projectionist, Norman Polk, makes note of Sammy's strange behavior of telling the band and the recording staff to wait in the hall in the middle of a recording session.[4] Norman would hear Sammy turn on the projector and then rush back down to the studio[5]. Even though the projector would turn off, Sammy would not resurface out for a long time.[6] This is another hint on how to open Sammy's sanctuary.

Susie Campbell mentions that Sammy once told her that Alice's popularity may rival Bendy's some day in her cassette.[7] Other than that, Sammy describes Alice's voice as so heavenly and beautiful.[8]

Wally Franks notes in his audio log that he hopes Sammy does not find out about losing his keys, once again showing the music director's lack of patience for distractions.

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

Although Sammy does not appear in Chapter 3 as a voice or a presence, Susie Campbell mentions him in her second audio log found in the "angel path" room. She is horrified at seeing Sammy from the recording booth meeting a new voice actress, Allison Pendle, intended to replace her as the voice of Alice.[9]

"Alice" also mentions Sammy, claiming that he once told her she had talent, but that he was also a good liar.[10] She also says that he was a handsome man before he was turned into a monster from the ink.[11]

Dialogue

The following information contains spoilers. To view them, click the [show] tag.

"So first Joey installs this Ink Machine over our heads. Then it begins to leak. Three times last month, we couldn't even get out of our department because the ink kept flooded the stairwell. Joey's solution? An ink pump to drain it periodically. Now I have this ugly pump switch right in my office. People in and out all day. Thanks, Joey. Just what I needed. More distractions. These stupid cartoon songs don't write themselves, you know."
Sammy's 1st audio log.

DIA SAM Diary Distractions 01 temp

"Every artistic person needs a sanctuary. Joey Drew has his and I've got mine. To enter, you need only know my favorite song."
Sammy's 2nd audio log (part 1).

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Intro 01

"Sing my song and my sanctuary will open to you."
Sammy's 2nd audio log (part 2).

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Outro 01

Combinations

"The banjo playfully clucks."
Banjo 1

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Banjo 01

"The banjo, once again, strums its' melody."
Banjo 2

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Banjo 02

"The bass fiddle sings with deep articulation."
Bass fiddle 1

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Bass 01

"The bass fiddle returns and sings aloud."
Bass fiddle 2

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Bass 02

"The drum thunders in triumph."
Drum 1

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Drum 01

"The drum echos out once more."
Drum 2

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Drum 02

"The piano delicately calls."
Piano 1

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Piano 01

"The piano returns in graceful harmony."
Piano 2

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Piano 02

"The violin shudders with a piercing voice."
Violin 1

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Violin 01

"The violin again screams."
Violin 2

DIA Sammy Puzzle Diary Violin 02

Trivia

  • Sammy Lawrence's name could be a reference to Sammy Lerner, known for composing the "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" song for Popeye cartoons and other pieces of music from Fleischer Studios.
  • He and Norman Polk are the only known workers who have been corrupted by ink.
  • His name could also be a reference to Sammy Timberg who is also a music director from Fleischer Studios.

  • Along with Susie with few more audio logs founded in Chapter 3, Sammy is the only studio employee to have more than one audio log found from this chapter.
  • The transcript's first line of Sammy's first recording as a human has an error. The word is "had" instead of "kept" from Sammy describing how "...the ink had flooded the stairwell."

Gallery

References

  1. "The last I can recall... I had a flowing cascade of brown hair.. I miss it so... or was it blonde? No matter.. it was splendid." - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  2. "So glad you asked! From a young age, I've been musical. Tunes would pop into my head.. it was the only logical step. ;)" - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  3. "A charming woman.. quite... charming.. I recall only her face... that.. smile." - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  4. "Every day the same strange thing happens, I'll be up here in my booth, the band will be swinging, and suddenly Sammy Lawrence just comes marching in and shuts the whole thing down. Tells us all to wait in the hall." - Norman Polk, Chapter 2
  5. "Then I hear him. He starts up my projector, and he dashes from the projection booth and down to the recording studio like the little devil himself was chasing behind." - Norman Polk, Chapter 2
  6. "Few seconds later, the projector turns off. But Sammy, oh no he doesn't come out for a long time. This man is weird. Crazy weird." - Norman Polk, Chapter 2
  7. "People really seem to enjoy my Alice Angel voice. Sammy says she may be as popular as Bendy some day." - Susie Campbell, Chapter 2
  8. "Ohhh such a voice! So.. heavenly! So beautiful!" - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  9. "When I walked into the recording booth today, Sammy was there with that... Allison." - Susie Campbell, Chapter 3
  10. "Sammy said I had talent. He was always a good liar." - "Alice" - Chapter 3
  11. "Still, he was once a very handsome man." - "Alice", Chapter 3
Characters-text
Humans
Allison PendleGrant CohenHenryJoey DrewLindaNorman PolkSammy LawrenceShawn FlynnSusie CampbellThomas ConnorWally Franks
Toons
Alice AngelBendyBoris the Wolf (Clone) • Butcher GangSkeleton"Talking chairs" & "dancing chickens"
Monsters
"Alice""Bendy"FisherPiperSammySearchersSearcher BossStrikerSwollen SearchersThe Projectionist
Easter Eggs
theMeatly"Wandering" Bendy
Noncanonical
The Neighbor

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