A Great Line

The Curmudgeon has been watching a Netflix series called Grace and Frankie.  If you’re not familiar with it, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston play long-time law partners who decide to come out from their 20+ year romantic relationship and divorce their wives, played by Jane Fonda (Sheen) and Lily Tomlin (Waterston).  The show is amusing and sometimes funny but the real pleasure is watching these old pros do it the way old pros do it.

On an episode The Curmudgeon watched last week, Sheen has had a heart attack and while undergoing emergency surgery, Fonda and Tomlin volunteer to go to his house to pick up a few things.  Shortly after they arrive and enter the house there’s a knock at the door and it’s a neighbor, played by another old pro, Rita Moreno.  The neighbor explains that she noticed the ambulance earlier and wanted to know if everything was okay.

Whereupon Tomlin, who just gets better with age, turns to her and asks, “Is your name Gladys Kravitz?”


The Curmudgeon and Mrs. Curmudgeon dissolved in laughter; younger readers may not get it.  It was a great line, and brave on the part of the writers to make a pop culture reference to a tv show that broadcast its last first-run episode 45 years ago.

At least for this viewer, it worked to perfection.

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  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On July 15, 2017 at 7:37 am

    Love Grace and Frankie. And Gladys Kravitz from Bewitched is a pop culture icon. Or I’m old. Or both. 😊

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