‘Better Things’: How the Season 3 Finale Found Its Pair of Real-Life Musical Moments

Published on May 17, 2019

‘Better Things’: How the Season 3 Finale Found Its Pair of Real-Life Musical Moments

Better Things” is no stranger to moments that draw on music as a way to punctuate a specific emotion. In Thursday’s memorable Season 3 finale, “Shake the Cocktail,” the episode culminates in a rousing choral performance of Florence + the Machine’s “Shake It Out.” It’s a companion piece to the blissful Episode 9-ending group rendition of “On the Street Where You Live,” as the family and friends of Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) watch Frankie (Hannah Alligood) take part in belting out a performance that captures all of the swirling anxiety and uncertainty that’s been hanging over many of the show’s central characters.

Adlon wrote and directed the episode, which weaves together a number of the threads of Sam’s personal life, from her evolving relationships with her children to finding a bit of reconciliation with close friend Rich (Diedrich Bader). For this season-capping crescendo, Bader said that

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Author: Steve Greene