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3 reasons why 'Grace and Frankie' needn't mourn

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “The Funeral” | Aired May 8, 2015

There’s little worse post-breakup than having to attend the same social function as your ex. The last thing you want to do is see each other. Almost worse is the way your friends and acquaintances want to get the ugly scoop from both of you. Gossip is spread. Sides are taken. Judgments are made. When Grace and Frankie learn their friend Larry has passed away, they know their homosexual husbands will also be at the funeral. It’s a nightmare situation for the foursome. The reception inadvertently becomes a coming-out party for the men, while the women do their best to avoid them and any backlash from the reveal.

Here are three reasons why “The Funeral” isn’t an episode to mourn, even if the widow thinks Grace and Frankie have it worse.

1. Left-Behind Wives: They might consider themselves left behind, but Grace and Frankie tap into some new-found power this episode. Grace makes her appearance sans wedding ring, but with a look that screams va-va-voom. People might talk about her, but they’ll be saying, “Daaaamn, she looks good.” Frankie is less concerned with her outfit and won’t remove her ring, but when cornered by Sol, she tells him she’s just fine and enjoys hogging the bed now that he’s gone. Their steps may be small, but they’re mighty.

2. TMI: I adore Sol and his bumbly, blundering, sentimental ways. He wears his heart on his plaid sleeve and, feeling grounded in his “comfort shoes,” overshares with everyone. But you can’t help but love him. The harder he tries, the more he fails—and the more you want to hug him. His may be the most adorkable coming-out confession ever: “We’re also homosexual law and bed partners with each other, in life.”

3. Restoring Sheen: That’s right, the shine on Sheen is back! Prior to now, his castmates were jogging laps around him, performance-wise. Perhaps his Centrum Silver kicked in. Whatever the case, we were treated with seeing him slowly and skillfully unravel before our eyes, making Robert far more sympathetic than he has been. First he fusses at Sol with nervous tension before making their debut appearance as a couple. Then he snaps at his boyfriend for not being his polished and poised better half, like Grace used to be. Finally, Robert sobs with the realization that he actually misses his wife. It’s nice to see that Robert isn’t as unaffected as he’s acted, and even nicer to see Sheen act instead of be ineffectual.

Do you find Sol as endearing as I do? Would you be more like Grace or Frankie in this situation? Was the widow right about them having it harder than she does? Leave your thoughts about the show below. Heck, even Miley is a Grace and Frankie fan. Rumor has it that we have her to thank for a second season!

Senior Moments:

Robert: I’m never not going to be coming out.

Sol: I’m so sorry for your loss. I have my own, so I understand.
Widow: I think your situation is much worse.

Grace: I’m so mad at you. You get to be happy now, don’t you? You’re not losing anything.

Season one of Grace and Frankie is now streaming on Netflix.

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TV Families -- We compare various television clans through the years to see how they stack up, from ''The Brady Bunch'' to ''The Flintstones''

By Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 at 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons