A major shift in Sam’s life leaves you to question what the coming days and months will be like as she loses two people she loves the most.
|Directed By||Pamela Adlon|
|Written By||Joe Hortua|
|Introduced This Episode|
That’s My Business – Gabriella, Ben, Phil, Sam, Duke, Max, Caroline
The England trip starts in Liverpool, where we meet Gabriella, Max’s cousin, and Ben, from Phil’s neighborhood from back in the day. They join most of the England trip, with Max and Gabriella talking about the art scene, and Gabriella even noting her friends, alongside her person, loves Max’s photography.
As for Ben, he tells old stories about Phil, her mother Shirley-Jane, and gives Sam a take on her mom and grandmother, whom she didn’t necessarily know before. Like how Phil’s nickname was Phyllis the clitoris. But, alongside that, we learn Phil’s family has always been very anti-monarch, which conflicts with Caroline’s, who always loved the monarchy. Which helps you understand further why Caroline often is a bit of a black sheep in the family, and Phil has very little love for her.
Now, as for Frankie? Uh, they arrive in England, but where are they for most of the trip is unknown. We do know that Duke sticks with her family and videotapes most of it and even, thanks to Gabriella, gets her first taste of beer.
Thank You For Your Permission – Caroline, Marion, Sam, Max, Phil, Duke
Originally, this whole trip was supposed to be just Caroline and Marion going to England so Caroline could spread her mother’s ashes. However, Marion made this a family thing, including paying for everyone. This bugs her since, as noted, she isn’t the most beloved person in Marion’s family. But what becomes a major kicker is when Phil, after revealing she and Max will stay in England, uses Sam’s shock, her hangover, and falling down a flight of stairs to try to get out of being there for Caroline.
Being the only good person among them, Sam says they are going to be there for Caroline, and with not knowing the full story, Caroline puts all the blame on Sam for why people are trying to back out. But, rather than out her family then and there, she just takes the hate and keeps it moving.
Thus leading to everyone watching Caroline dump her mother’s ashes into the river. Then, later on, Duke watches Phil and her brother miraculously walk and talk together as older people, then as children. Which makes it seem, like her sister and grandmother, maybe all Duke needed was a change of scenery?
Somewhere, Across The Sea – Max, Sam, Duke, Frankie, Marion, Phil, Caroline, Ben
Perhaps as an act of revenge for trying to use her to get out of Caroline’s thing, Sam announces during dinner that Max and Phil aren’t coming back to LA with the rest of the family. Let it be noted that only Sam knew, so everyone is shocked. Duke and Frankie are surprised but come to terms with it, and Marion? He seems excited at first but then does get emotional. Seemingly, like Sam, a lot of his life has been about worrying about his mom and thinking about her. So it is a shift for Ben to take her off their hands.
However, Marion is more worried about Sam since her mother and eldest are leaving at the same time, and he knows how she is. Her life revolves around the needs of those two, and with Frankie’s level of independence and Duke soon to be off next, Sam is forced to realize that her inner circle is growing smaller. That the people she has been in relationships with the longest are creating distance between them.
Things To Note
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- So are they going to sell Phil’s house back in LA now?
- If Gabriella is Max’s cousin, who are her parents? Are they Max’s cousins on her father’s side?
- Has it spread throughout the family Max had an abortion?
- Am I the only one surprised Sam wasn’t more hurt after falling down a flight of stairs?
What Could Happen Next
- With the next episode being the series finale, all you can expect is tears.
Sam Losing Access To Her Longest Relationships
From what we’ve been shown thus far, Sam hasn’t had a lot of good romantic relationships. From her ex-husband to the few exes we’ve met, they have been hell and the worst kinds of lessons a person can be. So when it comes to Phil and Max, even though Sam has struggled with both, had shouting matches, and definitely has been gaslit by both, they are her constants.
Phil is Sam’s mom, and she takes care of her, sees her almost daily, and Phil’s eccentricities are probably as good as a morning coffee. Then with Max, it is always hard to see your oldest go. Yes, Max’s ability to be on her own, even far away from Sam, means Sam did something right. Especially since Max didn’t ask for money, as of yet, to help her move out to London and handle her bills.
However, that doesn’t take away from Sam increasingly being forced to realize she can’t live her life through the drama and needs of others. Sooner rather than later, she has to do things for herself.
Marion Breaking Down
Marion’s issues with Phil are well-documented. Yet, even if she has long been trouble and a pain in the ass, that’s his mom. She is someone who is a pain because she doesn’t get along with his wife and her comments. There isn’t physical abuse or outright abandonment. Yes, they aren’t as close as Sam and Phil are, but a part of him seems fine with that since his capacity for her crazy isn’t like Sam’s.
But, in seeing him breakdown for a second, it seemed to hit him that this might be the best their relationship could get. Never mind, with this trip, he gave her something that Sam couldn’t – a new lease on life. So while that may not elevate him to being the favorite, at the very least, both know that, despite their differences, at the core of it all, there is love.
Uh, Where Was Frankie?
With Max and Duke having a breakthrough this episode, I must admit I feel like Frankie’s absence is either part of building up to something grand in the series finale or them just being forgotten. For I don’t know about you, but I found myself questioning where Frankie was during all of this? They weren’t there for Ben’s stories, Caroline’s thing, so were they at the hotel the whole time? I don’t think Sam would allow that. Also, while Gabriella seems cool, they didn’t interact with Frankie, so it felt like a pothole to see Frankie when they got to England and then not see them for more than a day until dinner before mostly everyone headed back to LA.
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|Created or Developed By||Pamela Adlon & Louis C.K.|
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