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'Better Things': Lucy Davis recaps season 1, episode 9

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Every week, the cast and crew of FX’s Better Things — a semi-autobiographical comedy created by Pamela Adlon and Louie C.K., centered on Sam Fox (Adlon), an actress and gnarly single mom of three girls — is taking EW behind the scenes. For each episode, a cast or crew member is recapping, sharing thoughts on what went down, and walking us through the ins-and-outs of the show. Here, Lucy Davis, who plays Sam’s friend, Macy, brings us into episode 9, “Hair of the Dog.”

Out of all of the episodes I was in on Better Things, this was the one I had the most fun with. I play a role that I haven’t played before: A slightly drunken cougar who loves partying, some coke sniffing, and men who are much younger than she is. I got to act out and not have to apologize because Pamela wrote it in the script, so I had to say it!

Filming in the Avalon in Hollywood and watching Joe Walsh play his amazing song, “Life’s Been Good,” was an honor and a joy. Pamela and I had to improvise some dancing while he was singing, and I “pretended” I couldn’t dance very well because I felt that would be true to my character… I also did a scene with the legend that is Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, so there were a few less items on my bucket list thanks to this episode.

During lunch, I met Celia Imrie who plays Sam’s mom. She was beautiful and lovely, and I was hugely glad to have met her because I grew up watching her back in England, and I think she is a star. 

After lunch, I did a small scene in the nightclub with some very young boys and I had to outrageously flirt with them. I would perform the scene and then rush back to apologize profusely in case I had made any of them uncomfortable, and possibly, scarred for life. 

This episode is another glimpse into Sam’s crazy life. But as it comes to an end, she manages to turn an unwanted divorce table conversation into something that brings her family together for a moment. And suddenly, it’s warm and lovely and you want to be a part of it all. 

Better Things airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on FX.​

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