You Know Him As: The ladder-climbing, guitar riffing buddy on "Clarissa Explains It All" Why couldn’t Clarissa Darling see what every American nine-year-old could? Her platonic best friend, Sam, was a catch. I am a bit concerned that her parents so nonchalantly permitted him to habitually climb into her window by a ladder, but I had no reason to doubt the feasibility of this arrangement in third grade. Nor did I have a reason to doubt that someday, like Clarissa, I too would (A) be able to design technologically sophisticated computer programs to illustrate my personal life and (B) have a super cute male best friend. Unlike Clarissa, though, I’d get him to put a class ring on it. The Sean of today seems underwhelmed by acting gigs, but has done his fans of yesteryear a wee solid by maintaining an unintentionally retro website that appears to be yanked out of the annals of angelfire in the early days of the world wide web.