The WORST Episodes of Grace Under Fire

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 13, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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, and Russel Norton, the bachelor pharmacist.

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Splitsville

#1 - Splitsville

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 25, 1994

Nadine and Wade have a marital battle with Grace in the middle. Nadine catches Libby shoplifting.

star 7.69
13 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: G.D. Lundi
Memphis Bound

#2 - Memphis Bound

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 29, 1995

Faith and Grace drive to Memphis for their sister's wedding, with Russell who wants to see Graceland and a stranger who somewhat resembles Elvis keeps in touch with Grace.

star 7.75
12 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Alan Ball, Marc Flanagan
Digging Up the Dirt

#3 - Digging Up the Dirt

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 13, 1998

After meeting a salesman at a motel, rumors spread through town about Grace and DC having an affair. After a flippant remark made by Grace turns out to be true, all kinds of rumors about everyone in town are coming out.

star 7.89
9 votes
Directors: Ron Moseley
Writers: David Kemker, Keith Leslie
Second Time Around

#4 - Second Time Around

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 27, 1993

The 'nice' guy Grace meets, at the behest of Nadine to attend a 'second time around' meeting, turns out to be Nadine's first husband (of three, she married the second twice. Wade is #4).

star 8.05
22 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Dava Savel
Daycare

#5 - Daycare

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 1995

Grace demands that a day care center be provided at work when she can't find a suitable sitter.

star 8.08
12 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Kevin Abbott
Smells Like Victory

#6 - Smells Like Victory

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 25, 1997

Grace worries about how her new job is affecting the children at home.

star 8.10
10 votes
Valentine's Day

#7 - Valentine's Day

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 9, 1994

Quentin shows his displeasure when Grace invites Ryan to dinner.

star 8.15
13 votes
Directors: Howard Murray
Writers: Chuck Lorre
When It Rains, They Pour

#8 - When It Rains, They Pour

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired May 10, 1995

From a dateless state to a flood. All her boyfriends ask her out at the same time.

star 8.15
13 votes
Directors: Howard Murray
Writers: Bill Masters, J.J. Wall
The Good, the Bad and the Pharmacist

#9 - The Good, the Bad and the Pharmacist

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 20, 1993

Grace is angry when her paycheck is attached to pay the back taxes of her ex-husband; Russell's ex-wife upsets a date with Grace when she decides to return to him.

star 8.17
24 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Wayne Lemon
June 15, 1997

#10 - June 15, 1997

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 1994

Grace lets Quentin and Libby care for themselves while she goes to work. Her new boss makes it clear that he is only concerned with himself and his retirement.

star 8.17
12 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers:
Mother & Son & Father Reunion

#11 - Mother & Son & Father Reunion

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired May 3, 1995

Grace thinks Matthew's father should meet him, but the feeling is not mutual.

star 8.17
12 votes
Directors: Howard Murray
Writers: Kathy Ann Stumpe
Emmet's Secret

#12 - Emmet's Secret

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 6, 1995

Grace accidently learns something about Emmet and Wade considers running for city council.

star 8.17
12 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Donald Beck
Grace and Beauty

#13 - Grace and Beauty

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 16, 1994

Libby is entered in a beauty pageant with a friend. The two mothers don't hit it off very well. Libby sings "Tomorrow".

star 8.18
11 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Michael Sardo
The Road to Paris, Texas

#14 - The Road to Paris, Texas

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 8, 1994

Grace wants to get Nadine back on track, so they take a trip to visit Grace's Aunt Vivian.

star 8.18
11 votes
Writers: Alan Ball
Ka-Boom

#15 - Ka-Boom

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 29, 1994

An employee is killed and the plant damaged by an explosion which puts Grace in the secretarial pool until the accident is investigated. Nadine and Wade date.

star 8.18
11 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: J.J. Wall
Sleeping Together

#16 - Sleeping Together

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 29, 1995

Grace and Rick get together, but will it last?

star 8.18
11 votes
Grace in the Middle

#17 - Grace in the Middle

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 1, 1993

Wade gets fed up with his job at the phone company and takes a new job as the 'in the air, on the air' reporter.

star 8.20
20 votes
Writers: Bill Masters
With this Ring

#18 - With this Ring

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 5, 1994

When Great Grandma Kelly leaves her heirloom ring in the keeping of Grace, the Kelly clan blows a fuse.

star 8.20
20 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers:
Grace Under Water

#19 - Grace Under Water

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 1994

Grace and the kids are set to wait out the big storm and rising flood when her ex arrives.

star 8.20
15 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Marc Flanagan
Pilot

#20 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 29, 1993

Grace has divorced her abusive husband and is faced with supporting their three children. In the premiere episode, she takes a job at an oil refinery and dates the local druggist. Quentin gets into fights at school.

star 8.20
49 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Chuck Lorre
Sister, Sister

#21 - Sister, Sister

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 3, 1993

Faith asks Grace to talk to Evie, their wild younger sister, but when the three get together, Grace refuses.

star 8.22
18 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Wayne Lemon
Say Goodnight, Gracie

#22 - Say Goodnight, Gracie

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 1993

Grace's status at the refinery becomes permanent and she gets a raise, but has to take the night shift and will miss the school play Libby is in playing a pork chop.

star 8.22
18 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Eric Brand, Robert Kurtz
Don't Ask, Don't Tell

#23 - Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 9, 1997

Grace queries Quentin about his teenage activities and panics when Russell reveals that Quentin bought condoms at the pharmacy.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Phil Ramuno
Writers: Mark Solomon
Keeping Faith

#24 - Keeping Faith

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 1993

When Grace brings her depressed sister, Faith, home for the holidays, she learns that Faith has been having an affair with a married man.

star 8.25
16 votes
Directors: Michael Lessac
Writers: Bob Dolan Smith, Chuck Lorre
This Sold House

#25 - This Sold House

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 18, 1996

When Grace finishes painting the house, the landlord decides it will never look better so it's time to sell it. The house of the recently-deceased neighbor is also for sale, for about half the price. Grace decides to buy it.

star 8.25
12 votes
Directors: John Bowab
Writers: Holly Hester