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Respondez, s'il vous plait: 'Grace and Frankie' get an invite

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “The Invitation” | Aired May 8, 2015

When life took a hard right for Grace and Frankie, they found themselves facing situations they could scarcely imagine. Initially frenemies, they’ve come to love and rely on each other since their husbands left them for one another. Here it is now—not even a year later, divorce papers yet to be signed—and they’ve received “The Invitation” in the mail.

That’s right: Their soon-to-be exes are asking if they want chicken or fish at their wedding. What would Miss Manners say? Could Emily Post even fathom such a conundrum?

But, like everything else, Grace and Frankie tackle this difficult step head- on. Besides avoiding obnoxious fonts on your invites, here are a few other lessons we can learn from episode nine:

  1. It’s poor form to tell your current wife about your impending nuptials to another man by an invitation in the mail. At least do her the courtesy of a verbal heads-up first!
  2. Eight-four percent of postmenopausal women find sex painful. They should do themselves a favor and find a great organic lube.
  3. Moms are always more right than you’d like them to be. Bri thought her mom was nuts for trying to pitch a lubricant for her cosmetics company, but it worked in her favor—in more ways than one.
  4. If your husband invites you to his wedding and asks if he can come over and borrow a book for the planning, it’s certainly within your rights to introduce him to your hot new boyfriend. Hell, rub it in. Boast about your reinvigorated sex life! But it’s a little weird knowing he’s your ex’s oldest friend. It’s even weirder when you BOTH flirt with him.
  5. Before getting upset that you weren’t invited to a wedding that you’re not even sure you want to attend, go through your piles of papers and make sure you didn’t bury the missive somewhere.
  6. We’ve all stretched the truth a bit to impress someone we’re dating, but if you lie about everything, they’ll never know the true you.
  7. Following that, it’s important to have good friends who can call us out for pulling that kind of B.S.
  8. Never ever ask your soon-to-be ex-wife’s boyfriend to officiate your wedding. Even if you were friends before the current relationship’s musical chairs.
  9. Just when you’re ready to give up on the possibility of a relationship, the potential for one can be found right under your nose. Bri, our fingers are crossed for you and accountant Barry.
  10. Our subconscious voice should have a name like Joanne or Armando, since it’s the intuitive heart of who we are. I shall now give Pepper the respect she deserves.
  11. Don’t allow love for your ex to negatively affect your current relationship.
  12. If your life is too complicated to allow for a new relationship, be honest with the other person, because they deserve to have their time and attention returned.
  13. Planning a wedding is a big pain in the ass.

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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