Grace Under Fire

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Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/29/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Grace looks to start afresh after divorcing her abusive husband. She lands a job at a refinery, dates the local pharmacist, and deals with her son's rash of misbehavior at school.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brett Butler

    Grace Kelly

  • Dave Thomas

    Russell Norton

  • Julie White

    Nadine Swoboda

  • Kaitlin Cullum

    Elizabeth Louise "Libby" Kelly

  • Cole Sprouse

    Patrick Kelly

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Grace Kelly is a newly divorced woman with 3 kids under her, must deal with life as a single mother with 3 kids and bills to pay. Thus she gets a job as a blue-collar job working at an Oil Refinery.

    By Ownlyanangel, Sep 10, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • 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!

    Notes (3)

    • 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.

    Trivia (1)

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

    Allusions (1)

    • 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.

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