Grace Under Fire

ABC (ended 1998)
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  • After divorcing her abusive, alcoholic husband and recovering from her own alcoholism, Grace tries to rebuild her life and protect her children from making the same mistakes. Against this serious backdrop, this show is actually a comedy, finding humor in the relationships between Grace and her co-workers at the oil refinery, her neighbors Wade and Nadine, Russell Norton, the bachelor pharmacist, and her ex-husband Jimmy and his odd-ball family. In Germany, the show is known simply as Grace.moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 14

    Down in the Boondocks

    Aired 2/17/98

  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Grace Under Class

    Aired 2/10/98

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Fall from Grace

    Aired 2/3/98

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    Fire in the Hole

    Aired 1/20/98

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    Digging Up the Dirt

    Aired 1/13/98

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Poston

    Mr. Norton

  • Lauren Tom


  • Dave Thomas

    Russell Norton

  • Walter Olkewicz

    Dougie Boudreau

  • Casey Sander

    Wade Swoboda

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (42)

    • Russell: If you don't mind, I just came out of a really bad marriage. I'd like to ask you a couple of questions first.
      Grace: Sure, have a seat. I have some questions of my own.
      Russell: Okay. Have you ever bought an $800 pair of shoes just because you thought they looked yummy?
      Grace: No. Do you chew tobacco or own a beltbuckle bigger than my head?
      Russell: No. Have you ever had the fat sucked out of your thighs and then injected into your lips?
      Grace: No, but thanks for the tip. Have you ever moved your entire family to another state just so you could buy beer on Sunday?
      Russell: No. Have you ever had sex with your psychiatrist?
      Grace: Russell, look around here? Does it look like I can afford a psychiatrist?
      Russell: Okay, I think we can do this.

    • Grace: Nadine, the last guy you set me up with wore a little metal hat to keep Ted Koppel from controlling his thoughts.

    • Libby: Momma, why is it I have to go to bed when I'm not tired? Grace: Bedtime isn't about when you're tired, you go to bed when Mom's tired!

    • Nadine: Hey, remember when you were having second thoughts about marrying Jimmy, and we drove down to Florida in my convertible?
      Grace: That was a long time age.
      Nadine: We were pretty wild back then.
      Grace: We tore our shirts off and rode topless from Mobile to Pensacola.
      Nadine: Remember the toll booth collector?
      Grace: He kept hollering 'Thank you, Lord! Hallelujah!'

    • Libby: Mommy, I think you're the most beautiful lady in the world. Grace: Well, I think you're the most beautiful little girl in the world. What did you do? Libby: I put a Pop·Tart in the VCR.

    • Grace: They give you a free pizza here if you say it's one of your kids' birthdays. (to Libby) How old are you now, honey, about 48?

    • Grace: I don't want a man who thinks PBS is something women get once a month.

    • Grace: I can't cook; I just melt cheese all over everything.

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    Notes (118)

    • Casey Sander (Wade) was not seen in this episode.

    • The German episode title is "Eine Frau für starke Stunden", meaning "A Woman of Strength".

    • Sheila McCarthy was first offered the role of Nadine, but her desire to stay in Toronto prompted her to decline.

    • The German episode title is "Dach mit Aussicht", meaning "Roof with a View".

    • This marks the first appearance of Jon Paul Steuer as Quentin. Quentin was previously played by Nick Sagan.

    • The German episode title is "Mutter bleibt standhaft", meaning "Mom Remains Firm".

    • The German episode title is "Das Finanzamt schlägt zu", meaning "Slammed by the IRS".

    • The German episode title is "Ball der einsamen Herzen", meaning "Lonely Hearts Dance".

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    Trivia (9)

    • Libby's full name is revealed to be Elizabeth Louise Kelly.

    • Wade claims to have serviced an Abrams tank in Vietnam, but the Abrams was not delivered to the US Army until 1980 - several years after the end of the Vietnam conflict.

    • It is revealed in this episode that Quentin's middle name is Carson.

    • Dan Castellaneta, who plays the credit manager Mr Rudder in this episode, is best known for his voice over work - most notably Homer Simpson and more than two dozen other characters on The Simpsons.

    • When Grace goes to pick Jimmy up from the bar he has an empty glass sitting across the table from him. But when he reaches for it, it's about half full. Then when he takes a drink there is only a tiny bit left in the glass. After he finishes it, Grace takes it and puts it back across the table. When Jimmy reaches for it again, it's sitting right in front of him, and now half full.

    • When Fred the janitor tells Grace to "fly away on a broom" you see his gum fall out of his mouth right before he closes the door.

    • Continuity: Quentin's hair suddenly grows back after being shaved in a previous episode. In the next episode his hair is short again.

    • The actor Larry Thomas who plays the Ticket Clerk at the theater is the famous "soup nazi" from Seinfield

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    Allusions (28)

    • Grace: Take me out, Smokey!

      A "Smokey" was a 1970's slang term used to refer to state highway patrol officers who wore hats similar to the forest fire prevention mascot, Smokey the Bear.  The term gained lasting national use when it was used in the 1977 film, Smokey and the Bandit, starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.

    • Grace: There's no way I'm leaving my babies with Sid and Nancy. Sid Vicious was the bass player for punk band the Sex Pistols. Nancy Spungen (aka "Nauseating Nancy") was his girlfriend. They both had drug problems. Sid stabbed Nancy to death while under the influence of heroin and later died of an overdose himself.

    • The frat boy's comment about being able to eat 51 hard boiled eggs refers to the movie "Cool Hand Luke" in which Luke states he can eat 50 hard boiled eggs in an hour.

    • Russell: We don't need no stinkin' receipts! This is a parody of the line, "We don't need no stinkin' badges" from the film Treasure Of The Sierra Madre.

    • Wade refers to the IRS as the "IRSS." The SS (schutzstaffel) was Hitler's state police organization in Nazi Germany.

    • Grace: If Libby's head starts spinning around, grab Quentin and Patrick and get out of the house immediately! This is a reference to a famous scene in the 1973 film The Exorcist. Regan is possessed by the Devil and her head spins completely around.

    • Grace: "There aren't any dingoes in the neighborhood, so it's not like I need a spare."

      Grace and Nadine talk about Grace having another baby and Grace references the phrase "A dingo's got my baby" which is attributed to Lindy Chamberlain, an Australian woman who claimed that dingoes, a type of wild dog, stole and ate her baby Azaria.  Meryl Streep played Lindy in the 1988 movie A Cry in the Dark.  The quote has been used many times since in various TV shows such as Seinfeld and The Simpsons, though it is often mis-quoted as "A dingo ate my baby."

    • Title The Agony and the Ecstasy is a book written by T.S. Eliot about the life of Renaissance artist Michelangelo Buonarotti.

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  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Great show.

    By gracielove, Nov 08, 2012

  • One word:

    By T_VFan, May 12, 2012

  • Show of things

    By Water78, Mar 28, 2006

  • the story of a woman just trying to survive life with her 3 kids and abusive, alcoholic ex-husband she dates and works at an oil refinery. But all and all she just tries to live life normally.

    By ix3grace77, Jul 18, 2005

  • Brett Butler is the Roseanne for the nineties.

    By ejwlover, Jan 19, 2007