Thursday, June 25, 2015

What I’m Watching: Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie: Season 1, Episode 7 “The Spelling Bee” (B+)

I enjoyed this episode a lot, mainly because all of its plotlines were entertaining and drove the plot forward in a productive way. Frankie and Sol being obsessed with watching the three-day spelling bee isn’t much of a surprise, and the fact that neither Grace nor Robert was particularly enthralled with the idea of watching even for a second was equally predictable. Yet it was still a blast to watch Frankie try to figure out how to turn on her computer as she decided to forge her way into the world of internet interaction, at first egged on by a kindly sales rep with a soft spot for older users and then told that she wasn’t actually engaging with anyone. Turning Sol away when he first came over and then departing the moment Robert got home were important steps in gaining her importance, though it’s still sad to see her sitting making margaritas for herself as everyone around her is permitted some human contact. Casting Craig T. Nelson, fresh off “Parenthood,” as the world traveler who came back just to give a romance with Grace a shot is brilliant, and it seems like they connected pretty quickly despite Grace’s initial hesitation. Brianna opting to get a dog after her brisket date went awry was rather impulsive, but it appears to have gotten her a bit of relief in the form of five-dog-owner Dutch, played by Nicholas D’Agosto, currently starring on “Masters of Sex.” It’s nice to see her get the chance to relax and unwind, if even only for a moment.

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