Though less so in Season Two, in which one episode follows Sammy and his family through the reasonably religiously orthodox funeral of Sammy's grandfather, and then after Sammy's death, Tara wants to visit his body in the morgue only to be told that, in accordance with Jewish tradition, his family have already begun arranging his funeral in accordance with Jewish tradition.
Why Couldn't You Be Different?: His father isn't very happy about his dancing, to the extent he stops paying Sammy's tuition in season two. Though to be fair, it's more because he wants Sammy to pursue a more financially secure path in life than just general disapproval.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's moody, closed-off, and can be horrible to his friends at times, especially Tara. Despite his troubles, he's kindhearted deep down, and becomes a teacher at the Academy to young children and loves it.
Innocent Bigot: in his first episode, thanks to his constantly using the word "gay" in it's pejorative sense (and some Unfortunate Implications filled statements to Christian). Sammy gives him a talk, and he quickly snaps out of it.