Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What I’m Watching: Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie: Season 2, Episode 2 “The Vitamix” (B+)

The aftermath of the wedding provided a wake-up call for all the characters who suddenly realized that moving a wedding up to accommodate a heart attack and surgery has consequences that need to be addressed. As usual, it’s the children who were the best part of the episode as they tried to find the best way to deal with all of the vendors and lose as little money as possible. Naturally, they have different methods, and it’s very entertaining to see them all work. The contrast between Brianna’s aggressive, cutthroat nature and Bud’s kind, slow-burn style was especially fun. The fact that they recorded a message detailing all the information they didn’t want the guests to learn and then accidentally sent it was a bit of a stretch, but its unforeseen and very confusing autocorrect form was a great save. Coyote being assigned as the person to watch over Robert and be there when he woke up was a nice treat, since it was full of comedy but then ended up being far more poignant, as they had a heartfelt conversation that got to the root of why Coyote did what he did. The antics at the house with Frankie getting stuck and Grace getting mad were fine, but hardly the highlight of the episode. Sol’s insurance frustrations were wonderfully turned around when he decided to put his lawyer hat on and scare the hell out of the guy behind the desk who really wasn’t prepared to fight that battle without his supervisor.

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