Peaches Prattlings

{May 19, 2015}   Grace & Frankie

I found a new show I love and loathe all at the same time.

I don’t know if loathe is the right word, but I’ve said it, so I need to explain.

Now, I say love and loathe because it brings up so many emotions. The show has a great cast, it stars Jane Fonda as Grace, Martin Sheen as her husband, Robert, Lily Tomlin as Frankie and Sam Waterston as her husband Sol. Robert and Sol are law partners, divorce lawyers to be exact and they have been law partners for 20 years and the couples have been married for 40 years.

Now, you have the players, let me introduce you to the couples. Robert and Grace are the proverbial upper class couple, perfect house, perfectly decorated, perfectly coiffed people, always dressing the part, with two daughters, both very different, but obviously come from money. Frankie and Sol are complete opposites, down to earth, hippie, dippy, trippy with two adopted sons, one is black and they celebrate “Chanukah Eve” if that tells you anything.

This is not a spoiler alert as the description is quite clear. The first episode opens with the women at a restaurant waiting for the husbands and it is obvious that they do not really care for each other, but tolerate each other. The husbands arrive and they think they are going to tell them something about the beach house they have shared for years.

Instead, when they sit down, Robert turns to Grace and tells her “I’m leaving you”, you could have knocked her over with a feather! But wait, it gets better! “Who is she?” Grace demands. “It’s not a she, it’s a he” What? Sol says “It’s me” Excuse me?

Well, hilarity ensues as there is a bit of a food fight as the women get pissed and of course, the men thought taking them to a restaurant would keep them quiet, nope!

There are 13 episodes in the series, so far anyway, I don’t know if they’ll make a second series, and so on. Now, back to the love and loathe part…

I’m kind of glad that this show is only 13 episodes because watching the show hit a little close to home, I am able to relate to a lot of it. Now, the parts that are funny are really funny, from a comedy perspective and some real life thrown in, the sad and uncomfortable parts are really sad and uncomfortable and I’m not a huge fan of remembering what it was like when the wasband left.

What’s also interesting is the dialog, some of it is exactly what I said to the wasband and about the situation. We even tried to stay friends, that did not work, not working so much for these couples.

You get to see the show from both perspectives, the husbands who are moving on to be together and get married and the wives who are left behind to start over. It seems to be affecting Sol and Frankie more, they were closer and he still loved her, while Grace and Robert seemed to have drifted apart and were just going through the motions.

The men are planning their wedding, while the women are picking up the pieces and having to figure out how to move on, living, getting out of bed every day, dating, rediscovering who they are as people, single people and how other people, their friends and family treat them.

I think the cast is fantastic, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston are very convincing, but I am wondering if Martin Sheen has a dental implant to re-shape his mouth. Jane Fond and Lily Tomlin play their parts to a T, I think it would have been odd to see them in the opposite roles and honestly, anyone else play them.

Should you watch it? I think so, it’s pretty funny and there are a lot of things you may be able to relate to on different fronts and if you don’t like it, don’t watch or even if you don’t like it but get hooked, there are only 13 episodes, 30 minutes each, not losing too much of your life.

Let me know what you think.


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