on the heterosexual life they are leaving behind than the authentic
like they want to build. Throughout the majority of the episode,
Sol and Robert’s relationship is not taken seriously by anyone in
their family because of their shock that these men are gay and the
age at which they have chosen to come out. It is a painful pill to
swallow when the men tell their wives they are leaving, but that
pain is almost unbearable when Sol and Robert reveal that they
plan to marry one another. Not a single family member thinks it is
realistic that these men in their mid-70s should start a new life
together, especially when that means their wives are forced to pick
up the pieces. During much of the episode, viewers see the children
console their grieving mothers while their fathers are pushed into
the background. By the conclusion of the episode, the narrative
focus does not shift over to Sol and Robert, however, Grace and
Frankie does ultimately reject the idea that Sol and Robert’s
relationship is not valid due to their sexuality and age because,
unlike in Family Guy, there is no “re-installment of the nuclear
family” (Dhaenens & Van Bauwel 135). This can be considered
progress toward equality, if careful or even halting at first. Sol and
Robert’s relationship is a fixture that remains in the series and
eventually thrives in the narrative regardless of their age and
sexuality.
“The Anchor”
“The Anchor” shows Frankie as she enters the television
workplace with the naïve notion of establishing the “feminist ideal
[of] sisterhood” right off the bat with her boss Brianna (Kutulas
126). Unlike The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77), Frankie is not
initially able to create a sisterly bond with Brianna because her age
prevents Frankie from being taken seriously in the workplace
(Kutulas 126). Brianna repeatedly shuts down every idea Frankie
has due to her lack of understanding about the current business
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