Grace and Frankie (2015– )
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The Bender 

Frankie is reunited with an old dear friend, Babe. Her sons meet Jacob over dinner when a drunk Grace interrupts.


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Marta Kauffman (created by), Howard J. Morris (created by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Fonda ... Grace Hanson
Lily Tomlin ... Frankie Bergstein
Sam Waterston ... Sol Bergstein
Martin Sheen ... Robert Hanson
Brooklyn Decker ... Mallory Hanson (credit only)
Ethan Embry ... Coyote Bergstein
June Diane Raphael ... Brianna Hanson (credit only)
Baron Vaughn ... Nwabudike Bergstein
Estelle Parsons ... Babe
Ernie Hudson ... Jacob
Briana Venskus ... Billie
Michelle Meredith ... Cashier
Herbert Russell ... Abandoned Husband
Irene White ... Been-Here-Since-Last-Night
Hank Chen ... Employee


Frankie is reunited with an old dear friend, Babe. Her sons meet Jacob over dinner when a drunk Grace interrupts.

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6 May 2016 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The liquor store (Circus Liquor) used in this episode is the same one used in the 1995 movie "Clueless." See more »


If they live at the ocean, why would Grace drive to Circus Liquor in North Hollywood for a bottle of booze? Sure there are plenty of liquors between the ocean and the valley... See more »


Frankie Bergstein: I can't believe how mad I am that Grace made me so mad. I mean, she was so drunk, I don't even know why I was listening, although sometimes that's when the things you really mean come out. When you're not thinking. That's the whole theory behind improv.
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A Study in Alcoholism
26 May 2016 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A truly hard episode to watch as Grace (Jane Fonda) exposes her acting chops. In the previous episode, she has run from Phil after she realizes that in the deep recesses of his Alzheimers patient's wife's mind, she realizes Grace is a threat. As the boys wait to meet Jacob, Frankie goes to a bar and gets loaded. She is beyond belief, letting all inhibitions down. The bartender is the young woman that she tried to groom in an earlier episode. This is extremely sad. The boys meet Jacob and begin to size him up, much to Frankie's chagrin. During that time, Grace, desperate for booze that Frankie has hidden, ends up at a convenience store, having her car stolen, after getting into a nasty confrontation with Frankie, no holds barred. Meanwhile, Robert and Sol begin the patching up process as Robert realizes he can be unhappy or be willing to put one mistake behind him.

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