Sunday, June 14, 2015

What I’m Watching: Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie: Season 1, Episode 6 “The Earthquake” (B)

This episode was relatively enjoyable, throwing Grace back into the dating world while Frankie was quite literally cowering under a table. There wasn’t any one thing that distinguished Loves to Laugh as a poor fit for Grace, but there were plenty of signs that he was simultaneously trying too hard and being overconfident, an uninviting combination. Grace, to her credit, did pretty well, ordering what she wanted and trying to give it a shot before sending her food back and requesting that it be thrown out immediately. Sol running over as soon as the earthquake hit because he knew just how much it would paralyze Frankie was kindhearted but also tragic since it was an unfortunate reminder that things can’t possibly go back to the way they were. Sol is having a much more difficult time letting go of Frankie than Robert is of Grace because their relationship was much more built on friendship and support, while the latter marriage was about the two of them being polished partners, less sensitive to each other’s feelings. It’s harsh but understandable for Robert to be judgmental of Sol having trouble parting ways with Frankie, and it’s far too soon for premarital bliss. I enjoyed Coyote’s ill-advised visit to Mallory’s home, and it was especially fun to see the interaction between Coyote and Mitch, who very clearly don’t get along. I think Coyote and Mallory may be this show’s best characters, and I truly hope to see much more of them throughout the rest of the season.

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