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Pamela "Pam" Puckett is Sam and Melanie Puckett's mother. In the first three seasons, she was never seen on-screen, but has been referred to over 50 times. Her ex-husband has never been mentioned, not once. Pam appeared in iSam's Mom, and she was played by Glee star, Jane Lynch. She can be aggressive, cruel and immature, but tries hard to be a good mother towards Sam and Melanie even though she doesn't seem to know how.[1]

Characteristics

Nothing positive is ever said about her on the show. (except in iSam's Mom - sort of, when her and Sam are making up and say they love each other.)

She is shown to be quite irresponsible at times, such as when she drove a car after having had laser eye surgery and ended up destroying locker 239 with her car, which she drove into the school´s wall . She also has poor planning skills (which led to Sam and Melanie being born on a bus), doesn't feed Sam, and rarely gets up before noon.

Although she has never been arrested (according to Carly´s and Freddie's blogs at iCarly.com), she apparently frequently has trouble with the police, probably mainly because of her driving. This is shown in iMeet Fred when her license and car have been taken by the police and in iCook when Sam says she usually gets her mom out of bed by screaming "There´s a cop at the door, and he´s got a warrant!" Also, Pam dated an electrician named Douglas as Sam mentioned.

She is also shown to date new men every week and (according to one of Sam´s blogs) isn´t very picky in choosing her boyfriends. In iSam's Mom, she immediately started hitting on the therapist.

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In IGot a Hot Room, it is stated that she really likes Italian guys.

According to one of Sam´s blogs, her mother maintains poor hygiene and in iFind Lewbert´s Lost Love, Sam mentions her mom doesn´t shave her armpits.

Her more crazy quirks include her wearing new bikinis around the house to "break them in" or beating up her old television with a baseball bat when she buys a new one (an activity Sam apparently takes a part in). Sam also says her mom screams at the cat to get a job, but it´s questionable if she really screams at the cat or if Sam just doesn´t want to realize her mother is actually screaming at her.

Despite all those crazy and very negative things, she has a nice side too; she frequently gives Carly and Sam a rides home from school and Sam says that her mother likes her hanging out with Carly because she thinks it will "keep Sam out of jail", showing a basic level of concern for her daughter´s future. In iStage an Intervention, she even shows an attempt at parenting when she tries to ground Sam and make her clean her room.

In iSam's Mom, the viewers finally get to see Pam for themselves. In the episode, Sam and Pam fight, and Sam moves in with Carly. Because Sam is a horrible roommate, Carly tries to get the two to make up.

A caption in the gallery to iSam's Mom on iCarly.com says "Meet Sam's mom, Pam! She's just like Sam except older, louder, and she's got WAY more misdemeanor charges."

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Tattoos

Pam has several tattoos on her body, like a tattoo of a foot on her foot. (a reference to "Drake & Josh", where one of the members of Drake's band has a tattoo of a foot on his chest) She also has unknown characters on her arms, back, and legs.

Relationship with Sam

Sam´s mother occasionally shows some motherly concern towards Sam, but most of the time, she doesn´t seem to care about her a lot; she didn´t know about iCarly for three whole years and didn´t notice when Sam went to Japan. [2]

Sam doesn´t seem to care much about her either. They sometimes seem to get along pretty well, but Sam didn´t think it was necessary to take care of her mother when she was in bed with pneumonia.

In Sam´s blog preceding iSam's Mom, Sam wrote how upset she was about all the crazy things her mom did recently.[3] This rant was continued at the beginning of the episode.

Jane Lynch said in a behind the scenes video of iSam´s mom: "She isn´t the greatest mother in the world, but [...] she does love Sam; she just has no idea how to parent."

In iStart a Fanwar, Sam says that her mom tries to be a better parent since they started going to therapy in iSam's Mom, but isn´t very successful in her attempts.

In one of Freddie's blogs, it is revealed she had claimed that her daughter was dating Freddie in order to get a discount at a Pear Store, showing she likes to take advantage of her famous child. Unfortunately, she upset a few Creddie fans, who started a riot.

Children

Quotes about Sam´s mother

iDream of Dance

Sam: No way I can be around my mom right now.
Carly: You guys fighting?
Sam: No, she´s wearing some gross new perfume...couldn´t you smell it?
Carly: I just thought your cat peed in the car again.
Sam: I wish.


iAm Your Biggest Fan

Sam: When my mom buys a new bikini, she usually wears it around the house for a few days to "break it in." If you´re my friend, you won´t make me look at that.


iHeart Art

Carly: It was really nice of your mom to give me a ride home from school.
Sam: Nah, she just likes me hanging out with you ´cause she thinks it will keep me out of jail.


iHate Sam´s Boyfriend

Carly: Low-fat cheese in a can? This is what your mom gave you for lunch?
Sam: Hey, I´m just happy she woke up before noon.


iPromote Techfoots

Sam: You know, I was born on a bus.
Freddie: Huh?
Sam: My mom's not good at planning!


(After hiring her personal chef:)
Sam: My mom doesn´t feed me, and since I got some real money now, why not?


iFence

Sam: My mom keeps screaming at the cat to get a job. Yeah, I don´t know.


iHave A Lovesick Teacher

Carly: No, we're not going to make Spencer's life miserable just to make ours easy.
Sam: Come on, having a miserable life isn't all bad. Sometimes, my mother laughs.


iWin a Date

Sam: I'm not going!
Carly: Oh, yes you are! You wanna know why?
Sam: Why?
Carly: Because when your mother got chicken pox, I helped you rub calamine lotion all over that woman. And those pox were everywhere....
Sam: You're a good friend.


Spencer: I just made a new video for "whynotdateme.com".
Sam: My mom got banned from that website.


iStage An Intervention

Sam: My mom told me I couldn´t leave the house 'til I cleaned out my room. Sooo, I locked my door, snuck out the window and took a bus here.


iOwe You

Carly: You took a cab to school?
Sam: I had to. My mom loaned her car to some fisherman, and I missed the bus.


iGo To Japan

Carly: Don´t you think you should go home and be with your mom?
Sam: What for?
Carly: 'Cause she´s in bed with pneumonia?
Sam: I´m not a doctor!


iChristmas

Sam: My mom bought a new TV.
Spencer: Cool. You´re gonna hook it up?
Sam: Nah, we're gonna beat the old one with a baseball bat.


iMeet Fred

Sam: My mom can drive us (to Fred´s house).
Carly: Did she get her license back?
Sam: I didn´t say that.
Freddie: Did she get her van back from the police?
Sam: Maybe someone else should drive us.


iDate A Bad Boy

Freddie: We´re gonna put it in writing that you gotta pay me $50 as soon as it´s done.
Sam: No prob. My mom´s dating a lawyer this week. I´ll have him write us a contract.


[When Freddie wants to change the contract shortly afterwards:]
Sam: Too late ... she´s dating a rabbi now.


Sam: My mom dated a psychologist last year and he said she needed to be more trusting. So, she gave him a key to our house and then, he stole our refrigerator.


iReunite with Missy

Sam: [After getting soup from Carly] Aww, just like mom never made.


iMust Have Locker 239

Sam: You´re not gonna believe this!
Freddie: Your mom got a job?
Sam: Okay, let´s not get crazy.


Sam: My mom just had laser eye surgery this afternoon and she's coming to pick me up, so I've got to get outside!
Freddie: This won't take long ... I´m prepared to offer ... Wait, your mom had laser eye surgery today and she's driving a car?
Sam: I didn´t say she makes good decisions.
Freddie: And you're getting in the car with her?
Sam: I didn´t say I make good decisions!


[after Sam´s mom crashes her car into locker 239]
Sam: There's my mom now. Nice driving, mom!


iTake on Dingo

Carly: This is the "nice" hotel your mom recommended?
Sam: This is where she stays when she comes to town!
Freddie: Why?!
Sam: Her plastic surgeon works out of room 210.


iTwins

Melanie: I gotta go meet my mom at the clinic.


iFight Shelby Marx

Carly: I thought your mom just bought a huge new TV last month.
Sam: She did. But ... You know that senator she´s been dating? ... He stole it.
Carly: A senator stole your TV?
Sam: Yeah, turns out he wasn´t a real senator.
Carly: I told your mom there was no such state as "New Kentucky".


Sam: Oh man, did someone post more pics of my mom in a bikini?
Freddie: This is worse!
Carly: What could be worse than...


iCook

Freddie: Don´t you have some trick to get your mom out of bed?
Sam: Yeah ... I´ll try it ... (screams in Ricky Flame´s ear) GET UP, YOU LAZY BLOB! THERE`S A COP AT THE DOOR AND HE`S GOT A WARRANT!


iSpeed Date

Carly: How can I get to know someone in 15 seconds?
Sam: Come on, six of my mom´s best relationships started in 15 seconds!


iFind Lewbert´s Lost Love

After seeing pictures of Lewbert and Marta:
Carly: You know what we have to do.
Sam: Get my mom to start shaving her armpits? It´s like ... two sweaty jungles up in there....


Sam: We email Marta ... then buy a weedwhacker for my mom´s armpits.


iWas A Pageant Girl

Carly: You were really a beauty pageant girl?
Sam: I didn´t wanna be. My mom forced me.


[About the fake boobs]
Carly: Return them!
Sam: I can´t. My mom wore them last night.
Carly: [shocked/disgusted] Whoah! [drops them]


Ernie: How´s your mom?
Sam: Still the worst!
Ernie: [chuckles] Right!


iBelieve in Bigfoot

Carly: Well, there is no such thing as tall pygmies!
Sam: Do you guys want to see the videos of my mom and Gwoojie?
All: [All saying at different times] No!


iPsycho

Freddie: Sam´s mom here yet?
Carly: No, they are late 'cause she was bleaching her mustache.


Carly: Can you improve your attitude?
Sam: Yeah, probably, with some medication my mom can't afford.


[After Nora texted to Sam's mother that everything is going alright]:
Nora: [reading the answer Sam´s mom texted] I finally popped that thing on my back.
Sam: Wow, she´s been squeezing that thing since Christmas!


iGot a Hot Room

[after Sam threatens an Italian exchange student in Italian]

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Carly
: When did you learn....

Sam: My mom likes Italian dudes.
Carly: Of course.
Sam: I mean, she really likes Italian dudes.
Carly: I get it.


iSell Penny-Tees

Girl: We want more money and better working conditions!
Sam: And I wanted a mom who doesn´t wear bikinis three sizes too small. Did I get that? No.


iStart a Fanwar

Sam: Ever since my mom and I´ve been going to therapy, she´s trying to be a better parent, so she packed me a lunch.
Carly: Awww, that´s so sweet. [Sam groans; Carly searches through Sam´s lunchbag] A Fat Cake ... some packets of hot sauce...
Freddie: A can of "Chugg´n´Buzz"...
Carly: A "C" battery...
Freddie: And a jar of paprika.
Sam: I said she was trying, I didn´t say she was competent...

Pam's Boyfriends

In Fandom

Prior to her revelation, lots of people had made their own conclusions to who exactly she is and how she acts. Most thought of her as a blond, overweight drunk lady who often goes off to party and (as proven in the show) dates new men weekly. Many darker fanfictions portray her as an alcoholic who is very abusive towards Sam

Others thought of her as a basically caring, but slightly crazy person who just has poor parenting skills.

References


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