Grace Under Fire

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

4
Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Sep 29, 1993 on ABC
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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.

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  • 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.moreless

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    Grace Under Fire was an exceptional show, and this pilot episode showcases that originality and exceptionality. Though the character of Quentin is played by a different actor (only in this episode), the meaning of the episode and its thematic impressions do not change. Grace Kelly is newly divorced mother of 3, her ex-husband Jimmy abused her physically as well as emotionally, causing her to leave him and seek the divorce. Also the problem of his alcoholism did not help out the situation and Grace did not want her children to ever find out that their father hit their mother. However, in the end of this episode, it made quite clear that Quentin tells Grace that he knew about the abuse, causing the two to bond and cry as Grace never wanted her son to find out that "secret." Libby, her daughter, has no idea neither does the baby Patrick. This image of Quentin knowing Grace's deepest secret allows for an outlet and a bond to be formed that only they can share. Grace must get a job to support her family, so she enters the male-dominated world of working at an oil-refinery. Much to the liking of her co-workers she fits right in with the blue-collar crowd. Her neighbor is her best friend Nadine and her fourth husband Wade. Lastly, pharmacist Russel Norton is introduced as the comic relief character and does a superb job in an other wise doleful part.moreless
Brett Butler

Brett Butler

Grace Kelly

Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas

Russell Norton

Julie White

Julie White

Nadine Swoboda

Kaitlin Cullum

Kaitlin Cullum

Elizabeth Louise "Libby" Kelly

Cole Sprouse

Cole Sprouse

Patrick Kelly

Dylan Sprouse

Dylan Sprouse

Patrick Kelly

John Goodman

John Goodman

Police Officer

Guest Star

Thom Vernon

Thom Vernon

Carl

Guest Star

Skip Bassett

Skip Bassett

Jody, the babysitter

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • 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)

  • 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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