Better Things Season 5 Ep 3 is the third instalment of the 5th season of an American comedy-drama television series created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. for FX, starring Adlon as a divorced actress who raises her three daughters on her own. This final season brings back Sam Fox (Adlon) and her dysfunctional family of daughters, mother, brother, ex-husband and assorted close friends.
Entitled “Oh. I’m Not Gonna Tell Her”, Better Things Season 5 Ep 3 opens with eldest daughter Max determined to keep a secret from her mother, with Rich as a reluctant accomplice. In effect, the latter picks up the former from a Planned Parenthood clinic, and you can guess the rest. Youngest daughter, Duke, also makes her first appearance this season, obviously all grown up now as a teenager.
To be honest, nothing much really happens in Better Things Season 5 Ep 3. Sam meets Danny Trejo (played by Trejo himself of course) as she undertakes community service at the local school though nothing else really happens there either. As mentioned above, it’s a mundane episode and one wonders what the whole point of it actually was? Perhaps this episode simply illustrates that time has moved on for Sam as her three girls are no longer little girls anymore.
Not quite empty nest syndrome has arrived for Sam but this final season will probably delve into that heavy issue quite a fair bit. Does that make Better Things Season 5 Ep 3 a boring, pointless episode. Not quite if one has invested a good chunk of emotion and engagement into these beloved characters. Sam is her usual clueless, bumbling, sweet self taking life as it comes in her own inimitable way. It’s comforting to watch a strong character-driven TV series like this that can things right, more or less.
Better Things Season 5 Ep 3 provides a bit of a pit-stop though there are enough murmur of sub-plots that will surely arise soon enough.
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