Grace and Frankie is a show on Netflix.  It is a Netflix Original.

Grace (Jane Fonda) is married to Robert (Martin Sheen).  Frankie (Lilly Tomlin) is married to Sol (Sam Waterson).  In the very first episode, right at the start, the husbands announce they want to divorce their wives.

The reasons why the men want divorces is because they have fallen in love… with each other. And they want to get married.

Warning: There are tons of spoilers.

Episode 1:

The husbands announce they want to divorce their wives because they have fallen in love with each other and want to get married.  Robert: “We can do that now.”

When Robert married Grace, and Sol married Frankie, same-sex marriage wasn’t legal anywhere in the United States.   Robert and Sol have been having a secret love affair for the past 20 years.

Later, Sol and Frankie are alone back at their home.  Frankie asks Sol if that is why he got Cialis. Sol answers: “Everyone gets Cialis at my age.”

Robert and Grace are alone at their home.  She is sad.  Robert tries to console her.  “Were you ever really happy with me?” he asks.

Grace thinks about it.  She says they didn’t have the most romantic life. “But I thought we were normal”.  This indicates that Grace and Robert hadn’t had a sex life together in a very long time. Grace thought the end of their sex life was a normal part of being a couple, or maybe because of their age.  Now, she discovers that wasn’t so.  She DOES NOT say she was happy with Robert.

Robert says that he “wanted more.”  The implication is that he wasn’t happy in his marriage with Grace, and found what he needed with Sol.

* Both couples have children who are now adults.  Sol and Frankie’s sons (Coyote and Nwabudike) try and console their mother.  They repeat a lot of the positive encouraging phrases she must have told them.  She tells them all that is “bullshit”.

Grace and Robert’s daughters, (Brianna and Mallory) are angry about what happened.  They immediately take their mother’s side, and don’t want to talk to their father right then.

Mallory has kids. She asks “How am I going to explain this to my kids?”  I don’t think this question is entirely about her father’s relationship with Sol.  It’s also about the sudden divorce.

* A chair is delivered to Robert and Grace’s house.  She opens the box, and finds a chair that has a photo of Ryan Gosling’s face on the seat.  Robert is delighted that the chair arrived so quickly and explains it is a joke between him and Sol.

* For the first time, Grace notices that Robert’s office has a framed drawing of a nude man.  She notices a small frame on the shelf that contains a old photo of two men, one of whom has taken the arm of the other (as a man might do with a woman).  She sees books on the shelf, one of which is called “The Male Member”.  And suddenly, she realizes she’s missed all these signs.

* Grace and Frankie get into an argument over which one of them is more upset.  Frankie says “I lost my best friend.  You never liked Robert.”

* Robert says he can finally breathe again – now that he’s divorcing Grace to be with Sol.  Sol says he feels really guilty because he devastated someone he loves very much.  It’s clear that Sol and Frankie were not just spouses, but also good friends.  Grace and Robert were not friends.

* Grace freaks out about the divorce.  “I did everything right.  I played by the rules.”  She is angry.  Grace asks Frankie why she isn’t angry. Frankie says she is heartbroken.

* Later, Frankie acknowledges that there were times she “knew” but ignored it.  She says Sol once asked her to wear a dildo.  She and Grace think that could only mean that Sol was gay.


Episode 2:

* Sol and Robert spent the night together and are still snuggling in bed.  Sol says he wants to go up on the roof and shout: “I am a homosexual and I am in love with Robert Hanson, who is also a homosexual.”  Robert smiles, and jokingly talks him out of it.

* As the men are getting ready to go to work, Robert says “Just because we’re out now doesn’t mean we’re gonna be gay with a vengeance.”

* Two of Frankie’s friends come over to console her and take her to lunch.  One of the friends is gay.  Sol and Robert aren’t the only gay men in Frankie’s life.  Sol sent the two friends over because Frankie won’t answer her phone when he calls her and he was worried about her.

* Robert cuts off Grace’s credit card (which she discovers while trying to pay for lunch).  It turns out Sol cut off Frankie’s credit card, too.  Robert feels absolutely nothing about doing this to Grace – citing that he and Sol are divorce lawyers and that’s what people who are divorcing are supposed to do.  Sol feels terrible about it and is upset that he knows Frankie will be upset when she finds out.

* Robert asks Sol, “Which is better, feeling terrible with me, or without me.” Sal says “with you.”

* Grace sends her daughters to her (and Robert’s) home to get some of her things. (She’s staying at the beach house).  The daughters notice the remains of breakfast on the table and realize that Sol spent the night there.  They look sad.

* Frankie has a fight with Sol and kicks him out of their house.  She tells him to go live with Robert.  Sol says they weren’t ready to move in together yet.

* Later, Frankie asks: “Was any of it real?”  That’s a normal question people ask after a breakup. But, Frankie is also asking if her marriage to Sol, who had been having an affair with Robert for 20 years, was ever real.


Episode 3:

* Robert and Sol are having their children over for dinner.  Sol is nervous.  Robert tries to calm him by saying they’ve already had lots of dinners together.  Sol responds: “That was before I became their new stepmother.”

* Mallory and Brianna arrive together for dinner.  They wait at the door of the house they grew up in. Brianna wants to just walk in.  Mallory stops her and says they can’t do that because it’s not their house anymore.

Brianna responds “I’ve lost both of my virginities in that house” and proceeds to just walk right in.

* During dinner, Robert and Sol hold hands for a brief moment.  Robert’s daughters and Sol’s sons stare at them – not really knowing how to feel about that.

* Coyote tells Mallory (who is mad at him) “We’re step people now.”

* Brianna and Bud have a conversation in the kitchen. Bud is preparing a cake.  Brianna mentions something about how Bud seems fine with what their dad’s are doing.  She asks “Would you be cool with it if they had cheated with women?”

* After returning to the table, after everyone starts eating cake, an argument ensues where the kids let out some of their anger and frustration.  Bud says he is “not allowed to be mad”.  When Sol asks why not, Bud answers “because you’re gay.”


Episode 4:

* Someone who worked with Robert and Sol has died.  They are going to the funeral.  Sol says that this will be the first time people see him without his wife by his side.  Robert says the funeral “is not our coming out party.”

* Meanwhile, Grace is pushing Frankie to get ready to go to the funeral early – so they can leave before it becomes Robert and Sol’s coming out party.

* Grace and Frankie see Robert and Sol – as a couple – for the first time at the funeral reception.  It makes Grace and Frankie sad.

* Grace notices that Sol is wearing a tie that she gave to Robert as a Father’s Day present.  This makes her angry.  Frankie is angry too. “They can’t leave us AND share clothes!”

* Robert and Sol haven’t decided what to call each other.  Robert think’s they’re too old for boyfriend.

“Soulmate?” Sol asks.  Robert responds, “No! I don’t even like that one with straight people.”

At the funeral reception, Sol tries to use the word partner, but then awkwardly explains that they are business partners at the law firm, but also partners with each other.  He confuses the people he was speaking to.

* A very old man who must have worked at the same company as the deceased tells Robert and Sol that he knows they are a couple – and that they are brave.  He then asks: “When did you know you were attracted to men?”  He goes on to say that he had “an experience” when he was in Korea.  Sol kindly walks away with him and answers the man’s question.

* Robert’s sister tells Grace that she had no idea that her brother was gay.

* Later, Robert’s sister accidentally mentions that her daughter is having a baby shower.  It becomes clear that Grace was not invited.  Robert’s sister explains that the aunties would be there (Robert’s family is Irish) and that there would be drama and it was the daughter’s day.  She asks if Grace understands.  Grace says of course she understands, it’s for family.    After Robert’s sister walks away, Grace looks sad.

* Robert gets frustrated with Sol and yells at him for talking to the widow for too long.  He yells at Sol about his shoes (that Robert doesn’t like).  Robert yells “You’re just not doing anything right.”

Sol responds: “Oh my god. You’re angry that I’m not Grace.”  Robert sits down and starts to sob. It’s probably the first time he’s cried about the divorce.  Sol consoles him, saying something like he “has one, too”.  Robert apologizes, and they start using the word “boyfriend”.

* Frankie speaks with the widow.  The widow says to her: “Oh, I think your situation is much worse than mine.”  The widow points out that Frankie might live another 20 years.  The implication is that Frankie will be spending those 20 years alone.

* As they are leaving the funeral reception, Grace tells Robert she is so mad at him.  “I’ve lost everything,” she says.  She lost her husband, her house, her family…

* Frankie, upset by what the widow said, and by an unfortunate comment Grace said to Robert about Frankie when Grace was expressing her anger at Robert, leaves the funeral with Grace trailing behind her.  Sol drives up in his car – to pick up Robert.  Frankie gets into the passenger seat out of habit.  She quickly realizes what she has done, gets out, and tells Robert “I think this is for you.”


Episode 5:

* Brianna tells her mother, Grace, that Grace needs a boyfriend.  Grace tells her daughter, Brianna “I’m sending that sentence right back to you.”  Brianna is single. Her sister, Mallory, is married with two kids.

* Brianna shows Grace a profile of a handsome doctor on a dating website, in an effort to convince Grace to make a profile there.  Brianna says she has used dating websites and has met some “passable” guys.  Brianna mentions that one of the guys had a micropenis.  Apparently, Brianna still considered him “passable”.

* Grace tries to make a profile on the dating site.  She struggles to describe herself.  Brianna sees that Grace listed her age as 70 – which is her age.  Brianna argues that Grace should say she is 65, because she looks 65.  Grace says that wouldn’t be honest.  Brianna says it is honest because that’s the age Grace looks.

* Grace doesn’t know what to put in the section of the profile marked “turn-ons”.  Frankie walks past the couch Grace and Brianna are sitting on and suggests: “That he’s NOT gay!”

Brianna tells her mother to say she is “open minded”.  Grace hesitates, concerned that it might mean some “weird sex thing”.

* Later in the episode, Grace apologizes for saying something unkind about Frankie at the funeral.  Frankie accepts her apology, but wants Grace to treat her better.  Frankie points out that she is Grace’s friend.  Frankie also says “I’m the other person this happened to” – meaning both she and Grace are going through divorces because their husbands are gay and their husbands want to marry each other.

* Grace eventually finished filling out her dating profile and posting it.

* During the episode, Grace drives Brianna and Frankie to the frozen yogurt shop (at their request). Both Brianna and Frankie are high.  Brianna notices that the cashier is named Brian, and that he and her have the same name – except for the “na”.

Later, Brianna tells Grace and Frankie that Brian sent her friend request on Facebook.  She says “That must have taken a lot of stalking,” followed by “That was sweet.”  She smiles.


Episode 6:

* Someone on the dating website wants to have lunch with Grace.  The two of them have been briefly talking on the website for a while.  The man wants to have lunch with Grace today – and she doesn’t want to go because she thinks she isn’t ready for that yet.  She tells Frankie she likes the attention she gets on the dating website – and likes that she can get that attention and stay home.

Frankie encourages her to go to lunch with the man from the dating website.  Grace says she doesn’t know him.  Frankie informs her that this is what going to lunch is for – to get to know him and to get laid.

* Grace realizes that this will be her first date in 40 years.

* Frankie gives Grace some condoms.  Grace says she doesn’t need them because she’s well past being able to get pregnant.  Frankie tells Grace that because of the “penis drugs”, older people are having sex and aren’t using condoms – and are spreading STDs.  Frankie says she read that in an AARP article.

There is, in fact, an AARP article from 2010 that explains why older people should use condoms. The article is written by Dr. Pepper Schwartz.

* An earthquake happens, and Frankie freaks out.  Robert and Sol had just made plans for dinner. (They plan to order paella from a restaurant).  Immediately after the earthquake is over, Sol tells Robert that Frankie is terrified of earthquakes and that he needs to go help her calm down.

Sol says: “It’s her first quake alone, and she only has Grace to comfort her.” Robert immediately responds: “Go!”

* Coyote rides his bike over to Mallory’s house to deliver a children’s book called And Tango Makes Three.  The book was written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell and was published in 2005.

The story is about three Chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo, and is based on something that really happened.  Roy and Silo were two male penguins in the zoo’s penguin exhibit.

Roy and Silo liked to do everything together.  A zookeeper noticed that they built a nest together, just like the other penguins couples do.  But, Roy and Silo could not lay an egg.  One day, the zoo had an extra Chinstrap penguin egg that was produced by another penguin couple who could not care for it.  The zookeeper gave the egg to Roy and Silo, who took turns keeping it warm until the egg hatched.  The zookeeper named the baby penguin Tango because “it takes two to tango”. Tango is a girl.

Coyote takes the book to Mallory because he remembered that Mallory said that her kids were having a difficult time understanding what was happening with their grandfather and Sol.  Coyote is working as a substitute teacher, so it makes sense that he had heard of this children’s book.

* Grace’s date does not go well.  After they are seated, she asks Charles if he’s “done it a lot”.  He gives her a funny look.  She clarifies that she means “this” and gestures at the table.  She wanted to know if he goes to lunch with women he met on the dating website a lot.  He obviously thought she was asking him if he had a lot of sex.

* Charles tells Grace to watch out for liars on the dating website.  It’s an odd comment to start out a new (potential) relationship with.  He gives the example of someone who said she loved to play tennis – but he later learned that she was in a wheelchair.

It’s hard to know if Charles was making up that example, or if he met someone like that.

As the lunch date goes on, Charles gets stranger and stranger.  He doesn’t seem to understand the subtle social cues Grace gives him indicating she doesn’t think he’s funny.  He tells her if he’s too much to say: “Charlie it’s too much.”

Grace immediate responds: “Charlie, it’s too much.”  Charlie laughs and doesn’t take her seriously.  Not long after that, Charlie starts making inappropriate, and gross, comments about Grace’s mouth and the steak she is eating, and this makes Grace so uncomfortable that she quickly ends the lunch date.

* After helping Frankie calm down, Sol asks if she would like to get a bite to eat.  They go to lunch.  Sol texts Robert that he is going to be late (which leads to a misunderstanding – more on that in a bit).

During lunch, Frankie asks Sol how it started with Robert.  Sol is a bit taken aback.  He didn’t expect to be sharing that today.  Frankie honestly wants to know, so Sol tells her.

Robert and Sol were at a law conference together, and later got drunk together at the hotel bar. They rode the elevator together.  Sol says Robert gave him this look that scared him.  The look gave him a feeling.  Robert kissed Sol.

Frankie asked if it was a big kiss.  Sol says they kept kissing until the elevator stopped at their floor – the 26th floor.  Sol says his whole body became alive.

Frankie asks if that’s when their relationship started.  Sol says no, that he and Robert didn’t talk about what happened.  Frankie asks: “Why not?”  Sol says they couldn’t talk about it – they didn’t know how to talk about it.

The relationship between Robert and Sol evolved from sex to love.  Sol didn’t want to tell Frankie about it because he loved her, and he loved their family, and he didn’t want to hurt them or lose them.

* Grace returns home after the awful lunch date and finds one of Frankie’s art students in the kitchen, eating a ham sandwich.  Grace has seen all three of Frankie’s students once before, the day she was trying to rush Frankie to get ready for the funeral.  Grace knows the men in Frankie’s art class are all “ex-cons.”

Grace is surprised and asks how he got in there.  She tells him Frankie wasn’t home.  The man says he found the studio empty so he went inside the house to make sure Frankie was ok.

The man starts flirting with Grace.  She is so surprised, she drops her purse.  The condoms Frankie gave her fall out, and the man sees them.  He makes a comment, and Grace clarifies that Frankie put those into her purse.

It is clear that Grace is attracted to the man.  She is a bit flustered. He tells her that he knows about her husband and Frankie’s husband.  He says: “Please tell me that if he wasn’t fucking you somebody else was.”   Another earthquake tremor happens, and Grace and the man end up passionately kissing in the kitchen (which leads to them making out for a little while before Grace stops it). The man leaves.  Grace is smiling.

* Later, Grace tells Frankie that one of her students was in the kitchen, eating a ham sandwich.  Frankie says “That must be Byron.  He loves ham.”  Grace doesn’t mention the kissing.

* Sol comes home to Robert three hours late.  Robert invited some friends over (Al and Eddie, who are a couple).  They are eating Paella.  Robert and Sol start bickering, and Al and Eddie run away.  Robert and Sol have an argument.  Robert asks “Why did we blow up our lives if you are just going to go running back to her?”  Sol said he texted Robert that he would be late, and thought Robert said it was ok.  It turned out there was a miscommunication.  The two make up.

Robert goes to get some food for Sol.  While he isn’t looking, Sol texts Frankie “goodnight”.


Episode 7:

* Grace comes home from an awful date.  Grace tells Frankie that she took her anecdote (about saving a little bird).  Frankie isn’t thrilled with that.  Grace goes on to say that her date’s anecdote was about his fatty lipoma.  He had a tumor that he named Farley – and it had teeth.

lipoma is a slow-growing fatty lump that’s most often situated between your skin and the underlying muscle tissue.  It can feel doughy.  It is not cancer.

* Grace says she has another date tomorrow.  Frankie points out that would be three dates in one week.

* Brianna is cooking because she has a date coming over.  She calls Bud to help her.  Bud points out that she destroyed the Brisket, so he’s going to help her make stew out if it.

Brianna says stew isn’t a second date food.  Bud infers her date is with “Racist Dave”.  Brianna corrects Bud – “Border Patrol Dave”.  Dave sends Brianna a text, in which he cancels the date. Brianna now calls him “Racist Dave”.

Brianna says that she doesn’t know what she wants (meaning in a relationship). Bud says she wants what everyone wants “Someone you can come home to at the end of the day who is happy to see you.”  Brianna says she is getting a dog.

* A big part of this episode focuses on the Spelling Bee, which is televised.  Frankie and Sol watch it every year (it’s one of their rituals).  Frankie can’t get Grace interested in the Spelling Bee, and Sol can’t get Robert interested in it.

Sol unexpectedly brings Frankie a bread maker and some laser discs.  Frankie sees that as an excuse to come over.  Sol asks her to come over and watch the Spelling Bee with him.  Frankie hesitates, unsure if that’s a good idea now that they are getting a divorce.  Sol wants to continue their rituals, like watching the Spelling Bee together.   Frankie says that she will be strong and say “no”.

* Brianna adopts a foster dog she saw on the internet.  The man who is fostering the dog brings him over.  The man is cute and near Brianna’s age.  She flirts with him – badly.  He doesn’t appear to be interested in her, but is excited to give this great dog a forever home.

Brianna is not so enthused about the dog.  The dog is shy, at first.  Brianna says the dog is ugly, and asks if it is the dog she saw on the internet.  The foster dog “dad” gives Brianna the food the dog has been eating, and his toys.  He makes a joke (about the dog leaving his patio furniture and grill so the other dogs could use it) – which Brianna doesn’t get.  Foster dog man says she can call him if she has any trouble.

Brianna spends hours trying to get the dog to love her.  She fails at it.

So, she calls the Foster dog guy, who comes over.  He doesn’t see any problem with the dog (who is happily waltzing down the hallway and checking out other rooms.). The Foster dog guy makes a comment implying he thinks Brianna called to get HIM to come over.  She basically agrees.

They have sex.  He leaves right after.  Brianna is sad – until the dog leaps into her arms and starts loving her.

* Frankie ends up going over to Sol and Robert’s to watch the Spelling Bee with Sol.  She brought popcorn and tea.  He is thrilled!  They have a great time until Robert comes home and looks upset.  Frankie leaves.

Robert is miffed about Sol hanging out with Frankie. Robert admits that he is scared about Sol’s relationship with Frankie.  He didn’t like that Sol didn’t tell him Frankie was coming over.  Sol said he didn’t know she was coming over.  Sol tells Robert that Frankie will always be part of his life, and that Robert has nothing to worry about.  Robert agrees to watch the Spelling Bee with Sol – and they both have fun!

* Grace goes on date three (of the week).  It is with a man who owns a yacht and is an architect.  His “name” on the dating website is “yachtcatect”.  Grace thinks that is clever.

She gets a table where they are supposed to meet.  Unexpectedly, she sees a friend whom she hasn’t seen in years.  His name is Guy, and he is a world traveler.  But now, he wants to settle down.

The yacht guy shows up, but hasn’t seen Grace yet.  He is dressed like a television captain – hat, coat, and all.  Guy asks Grace if she wants to meet that man.  She doesn’t. Guy offers to sneak her out of the restaurant if she will have ice cream with him.

They have ice cream together.  Guy says he thinks there has always been a spark between them. They slowly start a relationship.  He takes Grace to her door, and Grace kisses him.  Neither expected that.

Frankie sees Grace kiss Guy through the window.  She leaves the television on – and the Spelling Bee – and goes upstairs.


Episode 8:

* Grace lets Frankie know that Guy is coming over for dinner (and she wants Frankie to either leave or stay in her room).  Frankie says that Grace and Guy are gonna have sex.

Frankie asks Grace if she is worried “because it’s the first time a straight man has seen you naked in 40 years.”  Grace says she isn’t worried because she will turn the lights out (and he won’t see her naked).

Frankie asks Grace if she is worried about vaginal dryness.  Grace responds: “I am now.”

* Frankie gives Grace something Frankie refers to as her “secret weapon”.  It is a jar of “Frankie’s homemade yam lube.”  Frankie calls it “Vag-a-kadabra.”  She keeps it in the refrigerator.  Grace is disturbed because she’s been eating the yam lube on toast. Frankie reassures Grace that that is good, and that her gynecologist says “You shouldn’t put anything in your vagina that you wouldn’t put in your mouth.”

Overall, this advice is not a bad idea.

* Grace doesn’t want to hear about the yam lube.  Frankie says “It’s not a dildo. It’s a facilitator!”  Frankie also says that she makes dildos.

* Grace tells Frankie that men and women cannot be friends.  Frankie disagrees.  She is friends with Sol, and several other men, including Jacob (who grows the yams Frankie uses in her lube). Grace later informs Frankie that Jacob was flirting with Frankie.  This takes Frankie by surprise.

* Guy comes over for dinner with Grace.  They sit on the couch afterward making boring small talk.  Eventually, Grace asks: “Do you want to have sex?”  Guy responds: “Oh boy yes.”

Grace does, in fact, keep the lights out and does not let Guy see her naked.

* The next day, Frankie asks Grace how the sex was, and wants to hear details. Grace says Guy “was no slouch in the boudoir.”  Cut scenes make it clear that Grace and Guy had sex, but it was far from being good sex. Frankie asks if the sex was bad.  Grace doesn’t really answer. Frankie asks Grace if she had an orgasm.  Grace angrily responds: “You’re a child!”  Frankie concludes, “So, that’s a no.”

* Later, Frankie tries to encourage Grace to tell Guy what she likes in bed.  She asks if he knows that clitoral stimulation is important.  Grace is mortified – and it’s only her and Frankie who can hear this conversation.  Grace says she has never talked about her clitoris.

* The next day, Grace gets off the phone and tells Frankie “Well, Guy and I made plans for him to have another orgasm tonight.”

* Frankie realizes that Jacob is flirting with her.  She tells Grace, who gives Frankie some advice – but Frankie isn’t skilled at flirting.  Eventually, she let’s Jacob know that Grace thought he was flirting with her, and so she tried to flirt with him – but is bad at it.

Jacob says he thought Frankie was having a heart attack.  The two of them smoke pot together. Right before Jacob leaves, he tells Frankie that he WAS flirting with her.

* Guy comes over.  He says he brought a flashlight.  (He injured himself trying to find the bed in the dark the other night).  He wants to take Grace upstairs.  She stops, plays some music, and guides Guy through dancing with her.  This is the closest Grace has probably ever gotten to telling a sexual partner what she likes.  The dance becomes a metaphor for sex.


Episode 9:

* Grace got an invite to Robert and Sol’s wedding.  She and Frankie make fun of the script (which is florid and loopy and overdone).  Frankie asks: “I wonder how they decided whose name goes on top.”  That conversation quickly ends.

Typically, wedding invitations go one of two ways:  (1) The parents who are hosting the wedding are listed, followed by the parents who are not hosting the wedding – and then it states that the parents are inviting people to the wedding.  (2) If the couple us hosting the wedding themselves, the name of the bride always appears first (or “on top”).

Neither Grace nor Frankie want to consider which of their husbands is “on top” in the bedroom, or to wonder if the order of names on the invitation match that situation.

* Frankie, after seeing the wedding invitation, asks Grace to pull her finger, which Grace refuses. Frankie was asking for help – because she tried to remove her wedding ring the day of the funeral but it was stuck on her hand.  Grace helps Frankie take off the wedding ring.

* Frankie is making another batch of her “Vag-a-kadabra” homemade yam lube. Brianna comes over (to pick up her dog that Frankie was babysitting).  Brianna asks what Frankie is making, and Frankie tells her.

Brianna responds: “Mom, Frankie verbally molested me!”

Surprisingly, it is Grace who explains the virtues of the lube that Frankie is making.  The reason is because Brianna took over Grace’s company when she retired.  Grace thinks Brianna could sell the lube because it works, and cites a statistic of how many women have dry vaginas (especially older women).  This, of course, grosses out Brianna.

Grace says: “It’s all natural – from farm to vagina.”  Frankie says: “Personal lubricant is for everyone.”

Grace makes Brianna take a jar of the lube with her to work.

* Frankie calls out Grace for lying.  Guy likes golf, and hoagies, and Grace is pretending to like those things too – but she really doesn’t like those things.  Frankie keeps insisting that Grace needs to tell Guy the truth.

Eventually, Grace says that when you are in a new relationship you lie and pretend to like things that you don’t like.  Grace is worried that Guy will break up with her if he learns that they don’t like the same things.  Grace is afraid of losing Guy if she is honest with him.

Frankie encourages her to be honest with Guy, anyway.

* Grace takes a small revenge on Robert by asking him to come over while Guy is there.  Robert is coming over to borrow Grace’s wedding book – a huge binder that apparently has tons of information that is useful for people who are planning huge weddings.  Grace wants Robert to know that she has a boyfriend.

Robert comes over to get the wedding book and sees that Guy is there – and is overjoyed!  They are friends.  They are happy to see one another.  Grace makes it clear that she and Guy are in a relationship.  Robert is surprised, but seems ok with that.  Guy says that he and Robert should get together – and Robert agrees and says he will call Guy.

Grace says the she will attend Robert’s wedding – with Guy as her date.

Later, Grace goes golfing with Guy, and Robert shows up.  Guy says he invited Robert.  The three go golfing, with Grace trying to quietly tell Robert that she doesn’t want him there.  She accuses him of trying to flirt with Guy.

Guy hits the ball very far, and Robert congratulates him.  The two men put their arms around each other, and Guy recites part of a poem (written by Rumi)

It turns out that Robert said he had no one to officiate the wedding, and Guy, who is an officiant, volunteered.  He hoped Robert liked the poem so he could use it at the wedding.  Robert later tells Grace that he thought having Guy officiate was perfect because Sol wanted a multicultural wedding and Guy has been around the world.

* Brianna takes the yam lube to work and repeats what Grace said about it, and the “personal lubricant is for everyone” statement that Frankie told her.  She puts some yam lube into small containers and asks her team to try it for themselves, and then come back the next day to talk about it how it made them feel.  Brianna wants to move the company in a new direction with this product.

Brianna mentions dry vaginas a lot – grossing out one of her team members.  The team is made up of a woman (who just broke up with her boyfriend) a guy who is straight and may or may not be single, and a guy who is gay.  The guy who is gay does not want to hear about vaginas.

Brianna ends up using the yam lube with a co-worker – Barry, who is an accountant.  She has sex with someone she not only works with but also is one of her employees.  The next day, when the team is sharing their experiences with the yam lube, Brianna insists she used the lube “with herself”.

* Frankie gets upset because Grace got an invitation to Robert and Sol’s wedding, but she did not.  She makes an unexpected visit to Sol, who is living with Robert.  Frankie brings him a chip and dip plate shaped like a sombrero.  She also used the bread maker Sol brought her to make bread – which she brought to Sol – along with “better” (a non-dairy form of butter she hand made.)

Sol asks why she brought him those things.  She said she was there to remind him to get a flu shot – and that this is the last time she will remind him – because they need to have boundaries. He agrees, and the two try and work on that.  Before she leaves, she tells Sol she is upset that Grace got an invite and she did not.

Sol insists that Robert mailed Frankie an invite.

This leads to a big, confusing, fight between Sol and Robert about why Frankie’s invite didn’t arrive. (Which gets resolved later.)

Later, Sol visits Frankie (who is still living at the beach house with Grace).  Frankie is in her studio, working on some art.  Sol hands Frankie her invitation. She sets it aside – with a pile of mail, which has Frankie’s invitation.  She made some art on the envelope, and forgot about it.

Sol and Frankie get serious and ask their subconsciouses (which they have given names to) if Frankie really wants to go to Sol’s wedding.  She discovers that she doesn’t want to go because it would be too painful.  Sol is sad, but understands.  They start acknowledging that they need to work on “divorce stuff”.

* Frankie got so caught up with Sol that she accidentally blows off Jacob (the yam man).  She stands him up on a lunch date, and he sends her a text.  They reschedule, and she stands him up again (before rushing over to meet with him.) Jacob gently breaks up with her.  She’s not ready to date yet.

* Eventually, Grace starts being honest.  She tells Guy that she doesn’t like golf, or hoagies (and adds some other things she doesn’t like).  He accepts it. She tells him she was afraid that he would walk away if she told him, and that was scary, especially since she really likes him. Being honest solidified their relationship.

Grace them goes over to Robert’s to tell him that Guy can’t be his officiant because Guy is her boyfriend.  Robert shrugs that off and accepts.  He tells Grace that he and Sol are getting into big fights about planning the wedding and maybe they should just elope like Sol wanted.  Sol didn’t want a big wedding.

Grace asks Robert what he wants.  Robert wants the big wedding.  He wants to tell the world that he loves Sol.  Grace encourages Robert to keep planning the wedding, and points out that wedding planning is stressful.  Grace says Robert would know that if he helped plan their wedding or the wedding of his daughter.

There is a moment where they wonder if things would have gone differently if they had both been honest with each other about how they were feeling years ago.  They decide that things would have gone the way they did anyway, but might have been less bad.


Episode 10:

* The episode starts with Robert and Sol, and Grace, and Frankie, and Bud in an elevator.  They had just signed divorce papers.  The elevator gets stuck, and Grace freaks out because she is claustrophobic.  The episode is a “flashback” episode to events that took place long before the events in Episode 1 did.

* The “flashback” takes place at the beach house where Grace and Robert, and Frankie and Sol, are spending the Labor Day weekend.  Bud, Coyote, and Brianna are also there.  Robert and Sol planned to tell their wives that they had become a couple and wanted a divorce.

* Robert and Sol start trying to tell Grace and Frankie – when Mallory walks in with her husband. Mallory is super pregnant, and therefore, was not expected to arrive at all.  This interrupts what Robert and Sol were trying to say – so it doesn’t get said.

* Frankie is over the moon about Mallory’s pregnancy.  Mallory’s husband says he sees pregnant women at work all the time, but none of them are as excited as Frankie is.  Sol explains that Frankie “never got to do it herself.”   Both Coyote and Bud are adopted.

It has been established before this episode that Sol and Frankie are both Jewish.  This makes me wonder if they chose not have biological children because they both carry a recessive gene for Tay-Sachs.

* Mallory spends a lot of time in the pool.  She asks Coyote to come over so she could talk to him.  She asks Coyote how much cocaine he is on.  He says he is naturally energetic.  (Shortly before that, Coyote and Mallory’s husband smoked pot together, and Coyote snorted cocaine.)

They talk a little about her pregnancy.  Coyote starts to say something, that Mallory stops him from saying.  She says something about “the thing we agreed never to talk about.”  Coyote says “Imagine me with a 9 year old.”

I think this means that Mallory and Coyote were a couple nine years ago and they either had a pregnancy scare (that turned out not to be a pregnancy) or Mallory had an abortion.  Based on the timeline – Coyote and Mallory probably were in high school when the pregnancy (or pregnancy scare) happened.

* Grace makes a mean comment about Frankie not knowing anything about pregnancy because she hasn’t been pregnant.  Later, after Mallory unexpectedly gives birth at the beach house, fully clothed, while the family watches, Grace apologizes.  She tells Frankie something like that she didn’t feel like a mother until she held her baby in her arms. Frankie says “Me too.”

* Grace, who has been on the phone handling work related things for most of the day, later tells Robert that she wants to retire and give the business to Brianna.  Grace says she hopes that her retiring will rekindle the relationship between her and Robert.

* Fast forward to them all stuck in the elevator, and Robert explains why he stayed with Grace.  “My heart broke for you, and I had to give you what you wanted.”

* Bud reveals something he feels guilty about.  That weekend in the beach house, he was sleeping on the couch.  Robert and Sol were on the porch outside that room.  Bud woke up and saw Robert and Sol kissing.  Bud felt guilty about not telling his mom about that.

Frankie and Grace reassure Bud that even if he had told – they wouldn’t have believed him. Frankie says “You gave me five more years with your father.”


Episode 11:

* Guy has been spending a lot of time at the beach house.  Today, he admits that he “ambien eats” after Frankie notices more food missing from the refrigerator.  Guy goes shopping to replace what he ate while he was asleep.

He also says he “ambian orders” on Amazon, and has purchased the same pair of shoes, while sleeping, four times.

* Frankie tells Grace she thinks Grace is going too fast with Guy.  Grace says she is lucky to have him.  She points out most men their age date younger women “who don’t have sagging breasts and chin hair.”

* Frankie’s art student, (the one that kissed Grace during the earthquake), comes in the house to say goodbye.  He is going to Mexico.  (All of Frankie’s art students are ex-cons and all are adults.) Grace is flustered.  He kisses her.  Frankie comes in with the student’s painting – and sees them kiss.

Grace says it was a goodbye kiss, to which Frankie points out that means there was a hello.  Grace ends up telling Frankie about the day of the earthquake when the student first kissed Grace.

* Robert and Sol are tasting food so they can pick a caterer for their wedding.  The caterers have come over and are preparing food.  Frankie calls Sol and tells him “Grace kissed a convict”.   When Sol gets off the phone, he tells Robert about Grace kissing a convict.

Robert smiles and says: “Good.  She deserves some fun.”  Sol is surprised by that response, and points out “but Grace is dating your friend Guy.”  Robert says something like “but they aren’t married”.  Long story short, Sol asks Robert if he kissed anyone else while they were together. Robert does not immediately respond – and Sol gets very upset.

Later, Robert admits he slept with someone.  Sol demands to know who.  This conversation is happening while the caterers (who are a gay couple) are there.  Sol says “We know five gay people in the world and two are in the kitchen.”  It turns out Robert slept with one of the caterers, 12 years ago, when Robert and Sol were broken up.  The caterer tries to console Sol by saying that he and Robert were incompatible.  This does not make Sol feel any better.

The caterer mentions something about how gay couples don’t have to fit into heterosexual norms.  Later, Sol asks Robert “Are we doing this wrong?”  He is referring to their upcoming wedding.  He is worried they are getting out of one box and going into another.

Eventually, Robert and Sol make up after talking things out.  They end up choosing these caterers because their food is delicious.

* Grace discovers that Frankie told Sol about her “kissing a convict” – and that Sol told Robert.  She is absolutely livid!  She tells Frankie that she is a private person and expected her to keep what she shared a secret.

They argue, and Frankie tries to apologize.  At this moment, Guy returns with the food he bought for Frankie.  He overhears that Grace kissed a convict – that day – shortly after he left.  Guy leaves, but comes back hours later.

When Guy returns, he tells Grace that he is in love with her.  Grace gives him a hug, but doesn’t say anything.  She looks troubled by this news.

* Later, Frankie tries to make amends by giving Grace one of her most embarrassing secrets.  It is a VHS tape.  The tape is a sex tape that she and Sol recorded in the 80′s, while wearing gladiator costumes.  Frankie tells Grace she can watch it, laugh at it, tell the kids, put it on the six-o’clock news, do whatever she wants with it.

Grace asks: “Can I burn it?” Frankie responds: “Please do.”

Frankie says that the idea of watching yourself have sex is much better than actually watching yourself have sex.  Frankie offers to give Grace $50 and another one of her secrets.  Grace accepts.

Frankie says: “I once made out with a monkey.”  It turns out she made out with Mickey Dolenz from The Monkees.


Episode 12:

* Frankie makes a video on her phone saying she is moving on from Sol.  She takes off her wedding ring (forever) and puts it into a box.

* Bud and Coyote are tasked with throwing their father, and Brianna and Mallory’s father, a bachelor party.  Bud and Coyote don’t know what to do.  Mallory quickly puts together ideas for food and drinks, gets supplies, etc.

Brianna thinks the Dads need to have a tacky bachelor party with jokes about balls.  Bud and Coyote think the Dads want a classy party.  Coyote sent invitations that had a cowboy in “assless chaps” on them.

A friend of the Dads, named Nelson, arrives unexpectedly.  Nelson is from Utah and doesn’t really approve of same-sex marriage.  This makes the Dads feel like they HAVE TO keep the party very classy.

The party is boring, so Bud and Coyote call Brianna for help.  She orders a huge, pink, penis – that functions like a mechanical bull – and has it placed on the front lawn of the Dad’s home.  Robert and Sol freak out.

Nelson gets mean – telling Robert and Sol he doesn’t mind that they are homosexuals, but doesn’t want them to “throw it” into his face.  Robert nearly punches Nelson, but Sol stops him.

Meanwhile, the rest of the guests – all men (most of whom are heterosexual) are lined up around the penis/mechanical bull, waiting for their turn.  Brianna’s idea made the party fun.

Robert and Sol choose to stay inside – and do not want to ride the mechanical penis that is on their front lawn.

* Frankie is sad – and Grace tries to cheer her up.  They end up doing a “Say Yes” night.  It is something that Frankie and Sol used to do.  You have to say “yes” to everything that is offered the whole night – until you go home or get arrested.

Frankie and Grace end up having fun.  The fun includes accepting whiskey flights from two men at the bar Frankie selected.  The two men are around the same age as Frankie and Grace.  Frankie and Grace end up dancing on the bar and get kicked out.  Meanwhile, Frankie’s car got towed. Frankie decides that, for those reasons, this “Say Yes” night is at least in “the top five”.

* Grace admits to Frankie that when Guy told her that he was falling in love with her, Grace didn’t say it back.


Episode 13:

* Inside Frankie’s studio, near the door, there is a bumper sticker that has been posted sideways. It says “Viva Gore Lieberman 2000”.  It is a political bumper sticker that was promoting Al Gore for President and Joe Lieberman for Vice President.  The bumper sticker was for the 2000 election.

* Grace wants to break up with Guy, but has been avoiding it.  She says she is afraid that if she breaks up with him she might be alone forever.  Frankie says that Grace needs to vlog about it.

That evening, Grace had dinner with Guy and they watched two movies together.  Grace didn’t break up with Guy, but still wants to.

Guy comes downstairs and starts eating lasagna. Grace breaks up with him, and he takes it quite well.  He offers to leave, but Grace insists that he stay because it was the middle of the night.  She sleeps on the couch.

The next morning, Frankie finds Grace on the couch and asks about Guy. Grace says she broke up with him.  Guy comes downstairs and, based on his mood and words, doesn’t seem to be aware that Grace broke up with him.

Frankie figures out the problem.  “It was an Ambien breakup”.  Guy was sleep-eating when Grace broke up with him.

Grace eventually takes Frankie’s advice and vlogs (using FaceTime).  She mentions Guy, and Robert, and then unexpectedly mentions a man named Phil whom she was in a relationship with. She discovers what she wants in a relationship, and that she isn’t getting it with Guy.  Later, Grace tells Frankie that she has broken up with Guy (for real this time).

* Robert is trying to write his vows but is having difficulty.  It is important to Sol that they both write their own vows.  Sol has already written his.  Robert’s daughters find them and feel all kinds of emotions – so what Sol wrote must have been really good.

Robert eventually writes a ridiculously long thing that was supposed to be vows but sounds like something written for a court case. Brianna asks her dad “Are you suing Sol for his love?” Brianna and Mallory take away the legal brief and edit it into something beautiful (and very appropriate as wedding vows).

* Frankie goes to the home she and Sol once shared because it is moving day.  They sold the house and need to pack up things and take them away.  Frankie, Sol, Coyote, and Bud are going through boxes and sharing memories.  They have a big, family hug.

Sol says they should light the Shabbat candles one more time.  The family agrees.  Sol lights the candles and begins a prayer, but then gets too emotional and starts crying.  Frankie sends their sons to go do the plans they had that night, and consoles Sol.

Sol says “I have so much love for all of you my heart….” Frankie finishes “Hurts?” Sol nods.

Frankie and Sol kiss, and they end up having sex.  Both of them look quite distressed about that afterwards.

* Grace comes home and finds Sol in the beach house.  Frankie is not there.  Sol looks extremely upset, and he’s not making a lot of sense.  He says he wanted to make sure Frankie was ok. Grace eventually figures out that they slept together.  She yells at Sol and tells him to go away, and that she will take care of Frankie.

Sol is afraid to go home.  To summarize, Grace convinces Sol that he has to tell Robert about what happened between him and Frankie, “or live the rest of your life the way you spent the past 20 years.”

Sol goes home, still visibly upset.  The viewer can hear Robert practicing his vows by reading them out loud as Sol stands at the front door, gathering courage to go inside.  It doesn’t appear that Sol can hear Robert.

Frankie was out on the beach.  Frankie says something about not realizing it was over until now, and that Grace figured out it was over right away.  Frankie says that sleeping with Sol “didn’t feel right”.  She explains, “It felt like we don’t go together anymore.”

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