Bynes joined that cast of Nickelodeon's sketch comedy show in its third season, and immediately became one of its most recognizable faces. The sketch she dominated most completely was "Ask Ashley," where she played a sweet girl who answered letters asking for advice with childishly profane rants-replace every instance of "stinkin'" with "fucking" and you have Ari from Entourage. She sold the wild oscillations of the character completely.
Today, the bits still work, but are undercut by the knowledge that her personality seems caught in a terrifying flux. —RS