They’re supposed to fade quietly in the background, but not Grace and Frankie.

But the big swings between light-hearted comedy and life-or-death drama can still be a little jarring.

This season opens with a hilarious, absurd scene where a bunch of animated dildos chase Frankie down the beach, so the writers definitely aren’t afraid to go broad with comedy.

It’s something that the show has always championed, but especially so in this season–just because women grow older doesn’t necessarily mean that their desires have to change.

The tech incubator declines to invest, as they don’t actually want to manufacture products, they just want to “disrupt” industries. She does this after making up with Frankie after their fight last season, finding her on a park bench where she likes to go to watch people fall into puddles after it rains, a perfect absurdist touch.

This season, Mallory calls her out on that behavior, confronting her about how she treats her kids.

Brianna isn’t the most maternal or loving person–she refers to her heart as “that red bloody thing”–but she realizes that she’s ready to move forward in her relationships.The comedic timing and chemistry between the two lifelong friends, as well as between their ex-husbands played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson, is so effortless that it looks easy, but it’s difficult to make a show starring four septuagenarians appeal to audiences both young and old.The fact that has achieved this without shying away from depicting some of the more sobering realities of aging is admirable.One of the biggest delights this season was seeing Brianna and Mallory’s characters grow.June Diane Raphael is a comedic genius, but the show sometimes uses her character as a snarky joke machine.The second episode of the season also features Grace and Frankie arguing over the focus of their company.