He could also memorize half the names in a phone book in one reading and count the number of toothpicks on the floor, moments after they spilled out of the box.
Sam sometimes wears headphones to cut down on sensory overload — but critics have taken issue when the show has played the practice for laughs.
Rowe, who has written about the show for Teen Vogue magazine, was troubled by a scene played for laughs, where Sam wears headphones in public to cut down on sensory overload.
Still, because not all people with autism are savants like the character Hoffman portrayed in Rain Man , Bartmess takes a different message from that moment.
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