5 times we felt bad for Grace (and 5 times we hated her)
Grace is one of the main characters of the television show Grace and Frankie. While this character originally comes across as stuck and heartless, upon closer examination it is revealed that his harsh exterior is a facade to hide his true feelings.
Grace is committed to being a strong and independent woman. In her mission to be respected and appreciated, she does several errors. When she doesn’t make her own mistakes, she often faces the mistakes of others. Here are five times we felt bad for Grace and five times we hated her.
ten Hated: Affair with Phil
When Grace got married, she fell in love with a man working in her house named Phil and almost ran away with him. After her separation from Robert, Frankie convinces Grace to find Phil. She does and begins to pursue a relationship with him.
It is revealed that Phil is still with his wife but that she is not doing well. Grace goes back and forth between being with Phil, in conflict over her marriage. Although she ultimately decided she couldn’t handle the relationship, the fact that she even considered being someone’s mistress after what she had just experienced was shocking.
9 Felt Bad: Ease of assisted living
Grace prides herself on being independent and is furious at any innuendo that she can’t take care of herself. When her children cheat on her to move into an assisted living facility, she is unhappy.
Watching her and Frankie struggle to adjust to this new lifestyle and the loss of independence is excruciating. Fans rejoiced when they stole the medical emergency golf cart and got out of it.
8 Hated: I told Robert it would be better if he died
Grace finds it hard to understand that her husband has left her; therefore, she resorts to her default emotion – anger. While Grace has every right to be upset, she seems determined to make Robert feel as bad as she does.
As she calmly prepares for bed, she viciously tells Robert that it would have been easier if he was dead. The pain on Robert’s face upon hearing this is palpable and fans can’t help but be pushed back by Grace at the moment.
7 Felt bad: husband left her
Even though Grace and Robert didn’t have the strongest relationship, she is still hurt by his betrayal. The real moment of clarity comes for Grace when she walks into Robert’s office and notices a bunch of books and items she had never seen before. These documents seem to indicate Robert’s sexuality, such as a book called “The Male Member”.
This realization that she doesn’t know her husband at all seems to be the first time she realizes how troubled their marriage has been. Watching her process this information is heartbreaking. His “I thought we were normal!” the explosion really demonstrates the pain she is feeling.
6 Hated: Brianna mine
Brianna inherited many traits from her mother. Much like Grace, she hides her feelings and is determined to have control and power over her life. Her secret struggle to seek acceptance is probably due in part to the way Grace treats her.
Although Brianna is smart and driven, Grace always seems to have a criticism to share. Although she left her company, Say Grace, to Brianna, Grace constantly questions Brianna’s choices and acts like she can’t make good decisions. This treatment weighs heavily on Brianna and prevents her from turning to Grace in times of need.
5 I felt bad: cut credit card
Grace has run a successful business throughout her career. She brought as much wealth to the household as Robert. However, after their separation, Robert cuts off her access to family funds. He says this is the norm in divorces and is just a precaution, as people sometimes spend vindictively after their marriage ends.
Yet that money belonged to Grace as much as it did to him, and cutting her funds was totally unacceptable. The worst part is that he doesn’t warn Grace and that she has to suffer the embarrassment of having her card refused while she is having lunch.
4 Hated: Frankie almost shot down
Grace feels particularly vulnerable after the break-in of the beach house. Through conversations, Frankie reveals that she feels very uncomfortable with the idea of a gun in the house. Grace promises she doesn’t have a gun in the house, but she’s lying.
When Grace hears a noise downstairs, she gets scared and runs with her gun. She sees a figure she doesn’t recognize sitting on the couch and shoots him. This turns out to be a mannequin that Frankie made to scare off would-be thieves. Frankie is rightly upset as it could have been her that Grace shot.
3 I felt bad: Nick is arrested
Grace and Nick’s relationship has had its ups and downs. Grace eventually lets her guard down and decides to take her relationship with Nick seriously. The two get married and she even makes the decision to move in with him. This decision was difficult for her and had a huge impact on her relationship with Frankie.
Shortly after moving in with him, Nick is arrested. Grace is completely shocked by this and remains puzzled as he is taken away in handcuffs. Grace turning her whole life to live with Nick right before he was arrested is a terrible circumstance with bad timing.
2 Hated: Told Frankie she wasn’t a real mom
Grace often says cruel things without realizing the impact her words have on those around her. Perhaps the worst thing she ever said was her implication that Frankie wasn’t a real mother because she adopted her children instead of giving birth to them.
Being a parent is an integral part of Frankie’s identity. She lovingly raised her two children and even stepped in to help Grace’s children when they felt they couldn’t come see her. Saying something so hurtful and wrong is something Frankie shouldn’t have forgiven Grace for.
1 I felt bad: stuck on the toilet
An unfortunate part of aging is that you struggle with things that were once easy. As Grace values her independence, she really suffers when she finds herself stuck in Nick’s bathroom. The height and configuration of this toilet makes it a regular issue for Grace.
Grace doesn’t want to admit this embarrassing problem to her new husband and struggles to find a workable solution. Watching the horror on her face as she faces this problem over and over again makes it hard not to sympathize.
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