Nathaniel — “Let’s Have Intercourse”
If the show is going to ruin the subtext of every Ed Sheeran love song, it’s a good thing they replaced it with something this enjoyable. Nathaniel’s first foray into solo singing was just what the character needed to emphasize this particular blend of sexiness and dirtbaggery. The reverb on “intercourse” alone was enough to solidify Scott Michael Foster’s spot in the regular rotation: We’ll see if Nathaniel can reach these heights again now that he’s an entrenched member of the cast.
Greg – “Greg’s Drinking Song”
Keep your suave tap dance numbers and sexually suggestive…tap dance numbers: Santino Fontana’s fake-drunken mid-song slurring of “I’ll fly this plane!” will always be Greg’s pinnacle moment on the show. Each verse of the song is like a tiny three-act masterpiece, with enough twists and turns to build an entire separate character around. Yes, it’s dealing with a very real, pervasive problem — White Josh’s “I did not know it was that bad” is a nice nod to this — but it comes from a place of real acknowledgment and shows why giving Greg leave from the show was the kindest thing it could do for this character.
Naomi – “Remember That We Suffered”
Rebecca’s mom is such a “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” force that she’s even able to pull some focus from Patti Freaking LuPone. (Tovah Feldshuh’s dance break at 0:53 is really what sets this whole sequence apart.) Using some remnants of the patter singing that made her entrance so memorable, it’s a testament to how well she makes the style work when talking about poorly organized town houses or the extent of Jewish suffering. Regardless, it’s always a delight to watch a pair of pros at work.
Dr. Akopian – “Dream Ghost”
Most of the therapy office scenes over the course of the show have been helpful for diving into Rebecca’s decision-making, but understandably that doesn’t leave many opportunities for Dr. Akopian to be anything but horrified at her client’s actions. So this “Dreamgirls”-adjacent sequence not only gives Michael Hyatt the rare chance to be happy on the show (look at that out-the-plane-window smile!), it shows off her singing ability, too. And it also has an ending that will stick in your brain for weeks if you don’t take proper precaution.
Disembodied Santa Ana Winds – “Santa Ana Winds”
OK, so we may never see this anthopomorphised gust again any time soon. But when you have a Frankie Valli song this infectiously catchy, performed by an actual “Jersey Boys” seasoned vet, of course you’re going to go back to it four more times before the episode is over. Perhaps later seasons will delve into the psyche of weatherman Gavin Johnson, but in the meantime, the show used their one “narrator” card wisely.
George – “George’s Turn”
It needs to be said: In the entire run of the show, this is, quite simply, the greatest.