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Season 1 | Episode 7| “The Spelling Bee” | Aired May 8, 2015

Men! You can’t live with them. You can’t live without them. That may as well be the theme behind this week’s Grace and Frankie.

Here’s the good, the bad and the ugly on how Grace, Frankie and Brianna fared with the opposite sex this week.

Grace: She’s been putting herself out there in the dating world. To call it an encouraging experience would be like calling Donald Trump the strongest, most gaffe-free candidate for President. When your most recent date tells you he has a toothy tumor named Farley, it might be time to throw in the towel, else you get bit.

Then she runs into Guy (Craig T. Nelson), an old friend, and an adventurist who makes her realize how much she’s been denying herself, how much she’s missed. She starts with a bowl of ice cream, then surprises them both by kissing him and patting him on the ass. She may claim to be “risk averse,” but it looks like she’s going to give Guy a chance.

Frankie: How do you spell tradition? S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g B-e-e. Every year, Frankie and Sol made an event out of watching the national competition. This is the first year they won’t be together, and they’re feeling the loss. After Sol is unable to interest Robert in the match, he makes up an excuse to visit Frankie. She later goes to his house to watch the Bee, but bolts as soon as Robert returns. For her, the tournament has lost its luster, while Sol is finally able to rope Robert into the drama.

Again, Frankie seems to be moving at a far slower pace than Grace. The greatest intimacy she’s found is with Mike, the computer tech guy she developed a friendship with after calling for support with her laptop. The hardest part about losing Sol was losing her best friend. Grace and Robert never shared that kind of emotional affinity, so it seems easier for her to move forward. Hopefully Frankie will find someone special soon, even if it’s just a companion. However, I must say that her friendship with Sol is my favorite relationship on the show, so I hope they come to a place where they can be best friends again.


Brianna: Grace’s daughter finds dating more trouble than it’s worth. She decides to find unconditional love by adopting a dog. When Dutch shows up from SD Dog Rescue, she falls harder for him than Leo the dog. Much to her dismay, she finds the new pup—the one who’s supposed to categorically love her—is ugly, aloof, and broken. It doesn’t take long before she calls Dutch to return him. The rescue worker contends that it’s she who’s broken, but her theatrics amuse him. Drawn to the hot mess that is Brianna, they hit the sheets. The next morning, Dutch awkwardly extracts himself from the one-night stand. A crushed Bri had hoped it was more. Fortunately, Leo steps in at that moment to offer her solace. Perhaps she’s found true love after all.

Senior Moments:

Frankie: But this year is different. They have a Twitter ticker and a hashtag. Do you know what that means?
Grace: Yes.
Frankie: Could you explain it to me?

Brianna: He’s an asshole. And he makes me feel like shit. I thought that dogs were supposed to love you unconditionally. Isn’t that the whole point? You have to take him back. The dog is broken.
Dutch: Well, one of you is.

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

TV Families | EW.com
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

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