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"On the plus side, I got a new character I think people are going to love."
- Henry Stein
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"Sing my song and my sanctuary will open to you."
Sammy in his second audio log as a human,
Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 2

Samuel “Sammy” Lawrence was an award-winning musician and composer, and the director of the Music Department at Joey Drew Studios, known for writing the music for the Bendy cartoons in the studio's heyday.[1]

By mid-1935, he had grown frustrated with his tight schedule. Eventually, it got to the point where his ethics rivaled that of Joey Drew's, such as strictly ordering the Music Department staff to refrain from making loud noise.[2]

Around 1946, as revealed in the Dreams Come to Life novel, he stole a large number of ink bottles that were used for the Ink Machine, proceeding to drink them day by day as some kind of addiction and ultimately transformed into a mind-corrupted creature of ink. He later appeared in Bendy and the Ink Machine as one of the major antagonists pursuing Henry Stein in the game.

General Description

Physical Appearance

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.[3]

From the third chapter of Bendy and the Ink Machine, Twisted Alice describes Sammy as once a "very handsome man", meaning that Sammy used to look attractive in appearance. This indicates that she might have known him before.

As described by Buddy, Sammy was a very "pointy" man. Buddy comments on his "pointy" nose, eyebrows, and chin, even saying that he looked like a bird when he was at his conductor stand. Buddy also mentions that Sammy "always" wore trousers and suspenders.

At the opening night party for Ira Gershwin's Girl Crazy, as described by Joey, Sammy was wearing a neat simple black evening suit and other appropriate attire for the event, although his hair could have been slicked back a bit more as it was, and still was after, long and floppy on the top. Joey also notes that Sammy was a few years younger than him, and he had an angular face that in certain lighting could make him look "insect-like."

Personality

Overworked and abrasive but doing everything within his power to maintain his composure, Sammy's main interest is writing music and songs, as he started this career in his young years.[4]

In tapes, Sammy is shown to be a frustrated songwriter, with what seems to be a blunt and sarcastic disposition. With the addition of the numerous leaking pipes in 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 as 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, suggesting that he was infatuated with her.[5]

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 private "sanctuary".

Based on his voice recording from ####, Sammy had even criticized Joey for his poor planning skills, which caused him to work constantly to compose songs by a quick deadline, referring to this planning as Joey's typical planning. This constant increase in work caused him to slowly go insane at the constant sight of Bendy, who he claimed to have seen in his sleep and would expect himself to go insane after a few months. He claimed Bendy is "always watching", and states how something seems wrong about his smile to him, but couldn't confirm the reason for his suspicion. Although he decides to shake off these observations for the sake of his department and Bendy.

In the Dreams Come to Life novel, he is relatively neutral towards most others (albeit rude and condescending), especially Buddy Lewek, when the former forced the latter to clean an ink spill, which also means that he is also somewhat bossy towards his workers.

In The Illusion of Living, Joey claims that Sammy is not a fan of attention and putting on a big show, in contrast to his partner Jack Fain. Sammy is always suspicious of people and is always looking to see if something deeper is going on. As a result, Joey struggles to read Sammy based on his facial expressions, something Jack struggles with as well.

In-Game Appearances

Sammy Lawrence In His Ink Form


Bendy and the Ink Machine

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.

According to his first audio log, 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 number of people going in and out all day.

From his second recording, Sammy gives hints on 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.[6] Norman would hear Sammy turn on the projector and then rush back down to the studio[7]. Even though the projector would turn off, Sammy would not resurface out for a long time.[8] 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.[9] Other than that, Sammy describes Alice's voice as so heavenly and beautiful.[10]

Wally Franks notes in his audio log that he hopes Sammy does not find out about him 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 new voice of Alice.[11]

As Henry enters the elevator after collecting all special gears on Level K, Twisted Alice will mention Sammy, claiming that he once told her she had talent, but that he was a good liar.[12] She also says that Sammy used to be a handsome man before he was turned into a monster of ink.[13]

Chapter 5: The Last Reel

Besides his ink form's return, Sammy's name is seen on his to-do list notepaper printed on the bulletin board from Joey's house at the chapter's end, told to write a soundtrack for the "Tombstone Picnic" cartoon, record voice-over of Allison Pendle (with Susie's name crossed out) for Alice Angel, and keeping the Bendy cutouts out of the animation company's recording studio (referencing the witness seen in Chapter 2).

Novel Appearances

Dreams Come to Life

Sammy appears in the Dreams Come to Life novel as the secondary antagonist. He first appears in the third chapter covered in ink. He stumbles into Buddy Lewek, who was lost after being tasked with delivering a folder to the Music Department. After Buddy helps clean the ink off his face and introduces himself as the new gofer for the Art Department, Sammy asks him why ink is being stored in his sheet music closet and why Joey is running a pipe through it. Buddy is confused so Sammy drags him to the closet to show him the mess and then furiously orders him to clean it up.

In the seventh chapter, Buddy is taking some paper and ink from the sheet music closet when he hears approaching voices and footsteps. He hides in the closet and overhears a heated argument between Sammy and Thomas Connor, concerning the former's habit of stealing ink bottles. Sammy attempts to deny the claims but Thomas refuses to listen, having seen Sammy sneaking around his work station and the Ink Machine. Thomas was also made aware that Sammy had asked his worker where they kept the ink last Friday. Eventually the two go their separate ways and Buddy is able to sneak out of the closet. Later on, he is sent on an actual task to the Music Department. Buddy notices a half-empty bottle of ink besides Sammy as he's dropping off the folder and when he turns back to ask him about it the ink bottle is empty. Sammy turns his attention to Buddy briefly and he notices a small black smudge at the right-hand corner of his mouth.

In the thirteenth chapter, Sammy storms into the Art Department and approachs Abby Lambert, demanding to know where the ink is. Abby is confused and asks if he’s wanting to borrow some of the Art Department's, but he violently shakes his head and demands to know where the ink from their supply closet is. Abby explains that their ink isn't kept in the supply closet, which Sammy responds to with a strange gurgle. Abby continues to explain that their ink is kept under her desk in a safe and offers to give him some, but Sammy shakes his head and storms off.

In the fourteenth chapter, Sammy mysteriously disappears and the musicians are locked out of the Music Room. People don't notice until a week later when police show up to investigate the disappearance. Shortly after, the studio is closed down for two days after the Music Department is vandalized.

In the twentieth chapter, following Buddy's conversation with Thomas and Allison, he leaves Joey Drew's party to look for Dot and Jacob. He arrives at Duke's Bar only to be told that they had left about an hour prior to investigate the studio. Buddy panicks and runs into the studio. He arrives on the Music level and begins looking for them but instead finds "He Will Set Us Free" written in the ink splatters, which reminds him of the disturbing sketches and notes written in Sammy's notebook. He concludes that Sammy wasn't missing but instead hiding, and he turns around only to be knocked out.

Buddy wakes up at the beginning of the twenty-first chapter to find himself on the stage of the Music Room restrained in a chair next to Richie, who tells him that Sammy took Jacob while Dot got away. They hear a door open and a completely transformed Sammy Lawrence enters the room and approachs his music stand. Buddy asks what happened to him, but Sammy laughs and says Buddy already knows as he was there. Still, Sammy goes on to explain that on the day they first met he had accidentally swallowed a few drops of ink, and he became addicted to consuming ink, resulting in him going insane and eventually transforming. Sammy begins pacing the room and laughs at the two, asking why one would please a man when they could please a god. Buddy demands to know where Jacob is, and Sammy responds that he took him to where everything began, but doesn't elaborate further. He stops walking, but before he can do anything else he's knocked out by Dot, who had managed to get into the Projector Booth and push a large projector on Sammy. He is not seen again for the remainder of the novel, although it is likely he survived, for obvious reasons.

The Illusion of Living

Sammy appears in The Illusion of Living in the final two chapters of Part IV, where Joey explains how he came to work at Joey Drew Studios. Joey was invited to the opening night party for Ira Gershwin's Girl Crazy , only a year after the stock market crashed. There, Sammy was playing the piano, and his performance impressed Joey. However, it wasn't until Jack Fain got up to sing an original song made by him and Sammy that Joey's interest was peaked. After the show, Joey pulls Sammy and Jack onto the terrace where he explains who he is. Sammy is unfamiliar and acts coy, but quickly remembers Joey from his time working for the Grand Cinema as a teenager. Joey would show up almost daily, always near the front row by himself. Jack steps in and brings the conversation back to the present, with Joey noticing a hint towards a possible bit of strain between Jack and Sammy, and Joey offers them a job to produce original songs for the Bendy cartoons.

Sammy request to see the studio and demands to see it that night, so Joey leads them to the studio, which at the time was only the first two floors. He leads the two upstairs and shows off the music room, which consisted of an upright piano and a music stand barely managing to fit in the space. Joey explains that an expansion is obviously planned, which would also consist of offices for the two of them, but Sammy also adds that he needs a projector to play with the movie, so Joey adds a projector booth as a top priority to a mental list. Jack, on the other hand, only needs some quiet space to do his thinking. Sammy then requests to see what the studio makes, so Joey leads them to the screening room where he plays an unfinished animation of Bendy dancing. Sammy asks about other characters and says they need a female one, which Joey reports is currently in development. After some thinking, Sammy requests full creative control over his department, to hire is own people, and good pay. Joey agrees, and Sammy leaves the room without any sort of farewell, which Jack gives instead. The two join the studio two weeks later.

Joey jokingly goes on to explain how Sammy is seen as a god to his musicians, which he told Sammy at one point. Sammy just sees it as respect, and wanting Sammy to joke around with him, Joey asks who a god worships. Sammy sighs and plays along, saying a god with such magnitude hasn't been created yet, but maybe someday.

Dialogue

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

Chapter 2: The Old Song

"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 had 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.


"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).

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


Combinations

"The banjo playfully clucks."
Banjo 1


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


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


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


"The drum thunders in triumph."
Drum 1


"The drum echos out once more."
Drum 2


"The piano delicately calls."
Piano 1


"The piano returns in graceful harmony."
Piano 2


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


"The violin again screams."
Violin 2

"Every time I turn around there’s more work to do. Four cartoons almost complete and all of them need a tune by tomorrow. Typical Joey planning. I’m working so much I’m starting to see Bendy in my sleep. That smile… he’s always watching me. Few more months of this, I wouldn’t be surprised if that grinning demon drove me completely insane. That smile… something’s just wrong with that smile. Can’t put my finger on it. Shake it off, Sammy. Best get back to your songs. Someone has to keep the little devil happy..."
Audio log, dated June 16th, 1935, by Sammy Lawrence.

Trivia

General Facts

  • It has been stated by theMeatly that April 18 is Sammy's birthday, the same release date of Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 2.[14] However, it is unclear if this is a legitimate fact about Sammy or a joke about him being first introduced on that date in said chapter.
  • Sammy is shown to smokes cigarettes.
  • 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.
    • His name could also be a reference to Sammy Timberg who is also a music director from Fleischer Studios.
    • Sammy and Jack Fain's names could be references to Sammy Fain and Jack Lawrence, both of whom were composers.

In-Game Facts

Chapter 2: The Old Song
  • 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."
  • In his second audio log, there is also an error where the transcript's word is "have" instead of "got" from Sammy saying "Joey Drew has his and I have mine.".

Gallery

References

  1. "I got to learn that "Sammy" was Samuel Lawrence, composer, award-winning musician, and head of the Music Department." - Dreams Come to Life, page 73
  2. From: Sammy Lawrence | To: All Staff Regarding the Music Department | "Musical Instruments aren't just for fun. We do serious work here at the Music Department. While I know it may be tempting, please refrain from playing musical instruments in our corridors. Just last week I had to rerecord a song just because someone was plucking a banjo just outside the recording studio. Whoever it was, please stop it. And please, everyone, stop making so much noise in general. No more loud shoes, whistling, humming, or gum chewing by the Music Department. You have been warned." - Joey Drew Studios Employee Handbook, page ???
  3. "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.
  4. "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.
  5. "A charming woman.. quite... charming.. I recall only her face... that.. smile." - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  6. "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
  7. "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
  8. "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
  9. "People really seem to enjoy my Alice Angel voice. Sammy says she may be as popular as Bendy some day." - Susie Campbell, Chapter 2
  10. "Ohhh such a voice! So.. heavenly! So beautiful!" - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  11. "When I walked into the recording booth today, Sammy was there with that... Allison." - Susie Campbell, Chapter 3
  12. "Sammy said I had talent. He was always a good liar." - Twisted Alice - Chapter 3
  13. "Still, he was once a very handsome man." - Twisted Alice, Chapter 3
  14. "Two years ago today, "Chapter Two" of #BATIM released, introducing the whole world to Sammy Lawrence, the Searchers, and Wally's lost keys! :) The chapter was made in just a few weeks and set the tone for the world of Bendy. :) So Happy Birthday, Sammy Lawrence!! :P #BENDY" - theMeatly. April 18, 2019. Twitter.
Joey Drew Studios crews
Executives Joey DrewHenry Stein
Art Department Abby LambertJacobRichieDave
Story Department Dot
Music Department Sammy LawrenceJack Fain
Voice Providers Allison PendleSusie Campbell
Other Crews
Daniel LewekWally FranksNorman PolkMiss RodriguezEmma LaMonte
Bendy and the Ink Machine characters
Major characters Allison Pendle (Allison Angel)Bertrum PiedmontBuddy Lewek (Buddy Boris)Henry SteinJoey DrewNorman PolkSammy LawrenceSusie CampbellThomas Connor (Tom)Wally Franks
Minor characters Boris CloneGrant CohenJack FainLacie BentonShawn FlynnLost OnesBalcony Lost One
Mentioned Linda
Boris and the Dark Survival characters
Major characters Buddy Lewek (Buddy Boris)Lost One PlayerSammy Lawrence
Minor characters Boris CloneEmma LaMonteJack FainNorman PolkShawn FlynnThomas ConnorWally FranksThe Patron
Mentioned Nathan Arch
Dreams Come to Life characters
Major characters Abby LambertAllison PendleBuddy LewekDaveDotIrena LewekJacobJoey DrewMr. SchwartzMr. UngerNorman PolkRichieSammy LawrenceThomas Connor
Minor characters Bertrum PiedmontLennyMiss RodriguezMrs. PanekWally Franks
Mentioned Henry SteinMr. LewekLindaSusie Campbell
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