Better Things: 3 takeaways from Season 3, Episode 3

BETTER THINGS "Nesting" Episode 3 (Airs Thursday, March 14 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Sharon Stone as Reiki Davis, Greg Cromer as Jeff, Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX
BETTER THINGS "Nesting" Episode 3 (Airs Thursday, March 14 10:00 pm/ep) -- Pictured: (l-r) Sharon Stone as Reiki Davis, Greg Cromer as Jeff, Pamela Adlon as Sam Fox. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX /
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BETTER THINGS “Nesting” Episode 3 (Airs Thursday, March 14 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: (l-r) Sharon Stone as Reiki Davis, Celia Imrie as Phil. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX /

2. Sharon Stone is always welcome.

Playing the new girlfriend to Sam’s friend Sunny’s ex, Jeff, Sharon Stone is a welcome surprise as the vivacious Reiki. A woman who isn’t rattled by Phil’s blunt rudeness or Jeff’s penchant for primates – since he has rented (you can do that?) a monkey for some reason. Normally when I invite dinner guests to my house I ask they leave their primates at home.

Sam is a good sport, ensuring her girls are present to play with the monkey while it’s present. When Frankie asks if they can keep it, her response is “he’s here now, play with it now.” Good choice Sam, your home is wild enough.

As for Reiki, things do get awkward when Sunny shows up with her boyfriend, the tension between her and Jeff is a palpable blanket of awkwardness over the dinner party, but Stone is a seamless addition to the ensemble.

1. Sam excels at bringing people together.

The genius of Better Things, and Pamela Adlon in particular, is her ability to make you feel like you know her. Not much “happens” on the show, persay, but we’re invited in to be part of Sam’s life.

“Nesting” is a cozy example of that as we’re privy to Sam’s hostessing skills. She invites her friends over to enjoy good food and pleasant company. First they’re teasing each other, her manager is jealous over her fraternization with a known “flipper” named Mer who may or may not be trying to sway Sam into experimenting with dating a woman. Sam sounds adamantly against it but I’m not sure I believe her. I suppose we’ll see if Mer comes back in a future episode.

Later they’re engaging in conversation about their lives and eventually they settle into a game of charades. So at peace is everyone, Sam is able to leave them to their own devices and take a moment to herself. She plays with the pet mouse (whose cage door she leaves unlocked – might it escape next week?), and texts Mer. Her home is open to everyone else, we all live here with her. Better Things might be one of the most definitive examples of a comfort show ever.

I do miss Max though. I hope she comes back to visit soon, the FaceTime calls aren’t enough!

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What were your favorite moments from the episode? Do you think Sam should have kept the monkey? Do you think we’ll be seeing more of Mer in the future? Hit the comments and let us know!

A new episode of Better Things titled “Monsters in the Moonlight” premieres March 21st on FX.