TV Club: Grace And Frankie: “The Credit Cards”

While the pilot sets up the initial conflict that drives Grace And Frankie, “The Credit Cards” deals with the immediate consequences of the shifting relationship dynamics. Frankie and Grace’s credit cards become the central conflict, with Sol and Robert cutting their wives off financially, a step Robert has convinced Sol is all just part of the separation process. There are funny moments, almost all of which belong to Lily Tomlin, but overall there’s a sense that Grace And Frankie is holding back in these early episodes, not quite harnessing the full range of comedic abilities of Tomlin and Jane Fonda but also turning up short on the pathos side of things.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the episode’s two best scenes happen between Fonda and Tomlin. The first, at the very beginning of the episode, shows the women trying to make sense of …

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