What begins as a nice family dinner becomes what all do – a bit of bickering, regret, and then a thankful calm.
|Writer(s)||Joe Hortua, Sarah Gubbins|
|Introduced This Episode|
Exes and New Beaus: Sam, Jeff, Sunny, Reiki
Divorce is hard to deal with but especially for Sam since she hasn’t decided on choosing a side and doesn’t want to. So when she has an impromptu dinner party that Jeff and his new lady, Reiki, are at, it makes Sunny showing up a bit awkward. Mostly since she and Jeff bicker but what do you expect from two divorced people treating their former home like a timeshare?
We Need To Talk About Phil: Marion, Sam, Phil
With Marion coming around means the conversations Sam always dread, having to recognize Phil is getting older and her eccentricities becoming worrisome. However, the way Sam sees it, Marion just wants to sell Phil’s house, put her in a home and clean his hands of her. Perhaps as a means of payback for a childhood that was a bit too hard on him. But with Sam the one who lives in LA, across from Phil, as before, she rebuffs Marion and sends him on his way.
Papa Can You Hear Me: Murray, Sam
Yet, despite dismissing Marion, there is a need to question, when Sam is alone, should she take away Phil’s license and strip her of her autonomy? This leads to a Murray sighting and he seems against the idea. Though, with him dead, what can he really contribute to the situation anyway?
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Will Mer really turn Sam out?
- What specifically triggered all these Murray pop-ups?
On The Fence
Just A Normal Day In The Fox Household
One of the things which can leave one with a mixed reaction to this show is that it can be, for multiple episodes, very slice of life. Meaning that nothing eventful happens and while there might be a moment or two worth noting, if you missed the episode you won’t feel like you’ve missed much. This episode is like that for outside of the Mer thing, it pretty much is same old, same old. Marion wants to put Phil in a home, Phil is being her weird self, and Sam is dealing with the conflicting personalities in her household.
|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.|