I believe that Grace was the most dramatic person to kill off and I believe she is the silent glue that held this group together. I think Rich and Grace’s relationship in general was the glue that held this group together. With this it made me curious to explore the relationships that Grace had with all the characters. To explain the grief that the person is going through and show how important Grace was to them.
The person I want to start this series with is a character whose episode just aired and that is Miss Franky Fitzgerald. This is how I view the friendship these two had and exactly where Franky’s mind is in regard to losing Grace.
Grace was Franky’s first real female friend. She was the first person to really show genuine curiosity about Franky. She was also the first person at Roundview to go out of their way to cheer Franky up and tell her that she thought that Franky was really cool. That she thought they would be awesome mates. To me this says everything about the Franky-Grace friendship. Grace opened the door for Franky to go to Mini’s party to address Mini’s harassment and Franky’s desire to be friends. After this Grace and the Last of the Brohicans (Rich and Alo) take Franky to the Bristol community pool to share a magical night in which Franky for the first time in a long time laughed and had people in her life who WANTED to cheer her up.
After this episode Grace continues to be friends with Franky and Franky even says to Mini in her episode that “Grace is here.” Meaning “don’t be an idiot and realize Grace cares.” This to me shows that Grace must have confided in Franky about her frustrations over Mini and her desires for Mini just to be her friend. Out of everyone (besides Rich) I think the emotional connection that is the strongest is the one that Franky and Grace had. Franky was an escape from a friendship that was beginning to grow toxic and Grace was a new beginning for a lonely Franky.
Franky is filled with guilt. Because indirectly one could argue that she is at fault though if we are all honest with ourselves we can tell who is really at fault—chance. We all make a million choices everyday some of them good and some of them bad. We are all incapable of figuring out the end results of our choices and sometimes when the consequences are played out we are left wanting to change things we can never change. I don’t blame Franky and I do not want her to spend the rest of her life beating herself up over a choice she made that lead to a death she could never possibly foresee.
Despite this logic though of course Franky feels guilty, angry, and devastated by the loss of her first real female friend. She handles it in a negative and unhealthy way in her episode, but by the end she voices her guilt and voices her desire to change what she can never change. Franky will be okay I think—just like everyone on the show she still has some coping to do—but with her strong mind, her Dads, Nick, Mini, and possibly Rich (I hope) she will be able to get through this tragedy.
Because ultimately Grace would want her to continue to be “Franky Badass.”