Between dealing with ass****s on set, and then at Duke’s school, Sam tries to pick her battles and one leads to someone getting smacked.
Episode Information: Episode 2 “Holding”
|Writer(s)||Pamela Adlon, Ira Parker|
|Introduced This Episode|
All This Money & Nothing But Hot Air: Sam
Be it menopause or the fact it is 92 degrees, Sam begins to slowly lose it on set. Not to the point of flipping out, because she is a professional, but something has to give right? There is only so much a person could take.
A Push To Move On: Duke, Xander, Sam
Luckily for her though, what doesn’t end up setting her off is Xander trying to have secret conversations with Duke and buying her a cellphone. Instead, it is the mother of Duke’s friend. Though, let’s keep it honest, generally speaking, Sam isn’t much for other parents. Either they are boring, off-putting, jackasses, or cliquey. So with Duke always trying to get away from Sam, Sam forced to talk to parents, then seeing the mom of the kid who bullied Duke, who is on her phone all the time – even when driving – she snaps. I’m talking about her saying they should go into the parking lot and fight. Sam even yanks her arm a bit and when the woman snatches it back, she smacks the hell out of her kid and Sam seems fine with that. It might have been all she wanted.
Sam & Sylvester
One of the best things about Better Things is how it handles guest actors. Rather than make it stunt casting, or just a zany weirdo for Sam or the kids to play off of, they are made to be full fleshed people. Take Sylvester. His chat with Sam was so natural, as he talked about his wife and a picture she liked, you’d think he was part of the main cast. Especially considering how Adlon was so attentive as if he was like a father figure to her and she loved hearing his old stories.
To me, most shows don’t present that type of value. There is almost a disposable, if not replaceable, vibe to those who aren’t part of the day in and day out cast. Yet, with Better Things, even the weird ones seem like they could be reoccurring. Hence why, as strange as some of them are, and as weird as some of the moments they cause, Better Things seems to know where to draw the line between eccentric person and caricature.
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 3, Episode 8 “Easter”||It’s Easter and while Max does a photo shoot, and Sam cooks up a storm, Phil causes a bigger scene than usual with Duke and Marion.|
|Season 3, Episode 9 “The Unknown”||It’s a slice of life episode which largely seems to be self-contained until we realized how integral Mer was for everything that happens.|
|Season 3, Episode 10 “Show Me the Magic”||With Sam complaining about not being seen, you may think it is due to lack of intimacy but could it be just wishing she could talk to her dad?|
|Season 3, Episode 7 “Toilet”|
It’s Mother’s Day and the eve of Sam’s colonoscopy, and it seems she needs to let some s*** go.
|Season 3, Episode 6 “What is Jeopardy”|
As Sam revisits her past, far more than she’d like to, Phil finds herself part of one life-changing event and admitting that, for her personal life, things aren’t the same.
|Season 3, Episode 3 “Nesting”||What begins as a nice family dinner becomes what all do – a bit of bickering, regret, and then a thankful calm.|
|Season 3, Episode 4 “Monsters in the Moonlight”||At this point in her life, Sam wishes things would get easier and it wasn’t always on her. Yet, who does she know willing to step up?|
|Season 3, Episode 5 “No Limit”||After a trying few days, Sam has a bit of a breakdown that drinking with friends won’t fix.|
|Season 3, Episode 2 “Holding”||Between dealing with ass****s on set, and then at Duke’s school, Sam tries to pick her battles and one leads to someone getting smacked.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 "Sam/Pilot"||In a way, the show is like a female version of Louie with the exception that Pamela Adlon is less socially awkward and she has three daughters instead of two.|
|Season 2/ Episode 1 “September”||Better Things returns and Sam’s house is in a bit of disarray. Though, as I’m sure Sam would say, “What else is new?”|| |
|Season 2/ Episode 2 “Rising”||In this episode of Better Things, it seems the idea is: Sam is only a mean person if you give her reason to be a mean person.|| |
|Season 2/ Episode 3 “Robin”||Could Sam have really found love? May the title of this show, Better Things, no longer be wishful thinking but actually here?|| |
|Season 2/ Episode 4 “Sick”||As Sam is trying to talk herself into breaking up with Robin, Xander shows up and reminds her why she fears love.|| |
|Season 2/ Episode 5 “Phil”||While Phil has always been mean-spirited and quirky, something is seriously wrong now. To the point, Sam isn’t sure if she can handle her anymore.|| |
|Season 2/ Episode 6 “Eulogy”||In a change of pace episode, we’re shown what it is like to be in acting alongside a reminder of how much Sam means to her kids. Sam and Frankie anyway.|
|Season 2/ Episode 7 “Blackout”||After a blackout, Jeff and Sam head on down to the store to buy a generator. Which leads to her running into Robin.|
|Season 2/ Episode 8 “Arnold Hall”||Pray for Sam everybody. For between Xander’s dad Arnold and Frankie, she may actually lose her mind – if she didn’t already lose it.|
|Season 2/ Episode 9 “White Rock”||During a trip to Canada with her kids, a family secret is learned about from Sam’s uncle Lester.|
|Season 2/ Episode 10 “Graduation”||It’s Max’s graduation and perhaps the parting lesson Sam gives her is about consistency and a reminder of what love is.|
|Season 3, Episode 1 “Chicago”||It has been more than a year since we were gifted with a new episode of Better Things, and this feels like an appetizer for what’s to come.|