Dolly Parton’s ‘Grace and Frankie’ Cameo Is Everything We Could Have Hoped For

Dolly Parton finally appeared on Grace and Frankie, much to the delight of fans. Viewers have spent the better part of seven seasons hoping Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin would reunite with Parton in the Netflix original series. Netflix assured fans they would be getting the Parton cameo they longed for, and the streaming service was true to its word. So was it everything we thought it would be? Absolutely. 

[Warning: This article contains spoilers from Grace and Frankie Season 7.]

Netflix released the final episode of ‘Grace and Frankie’ 

It is a wrap for Netflix’s longest-running original series. After seven seasons, fans said goodbye to Grace and Frankie with the release of the show’s final 12 episodes. The release came several months after the streaming service offered viewers a surprise drop of the season’s first four episodes. 

Lily Tomlin stars as Frankie and Jane Fonda as Grace in 'Grace and Frankie'
Frankie and Grace | Saeed Adyani/Netflix

The much-anticipated final season was a long time in the making, with the pandemic shutting down production for more than a year. Now, fans have a chance to digest everything that has happened in the show’s final episodes, including the long-awaited cameo of Dolly Parton.

Dolly Parton appeared in the series finale of ‘Grace and Frankie’ 

Dolly Parton’s cameo in the final episodes of Grace and Frankie was guaranteed. Netflix wasn’t keeping her eventual appearance a secret from fans. However, the streaming service kept when and how she would appear top secret. Netflix saved her appearance for the last moments of the series. 

In a wild accident, Grace and Frankie find themselves in heaven together. As they work out what happened, Grace is confident she can fix the entire situation. She walks up to a desk to speak to an angel about her predicament. She finds Agnes, played by Parton, sitting behind the desk. Agnes, moved by the friendship between Grace and Frankie, helps them sneak back to Earth together. Only Grace had been slated to return, so Agnes keeps Grace and Frankie’s friendship alive.  

Dolly Parton’s role on ‘Grace and Frankie’ paid homage to her character in ‘9 to 5’ 

Parton’s portrayal of an angel in the Grace and Frankie series finale seems pretty fitting for the country music star. After all, she is beloved. Still, the show’s writers were sure to pay homage to the role that put Fonda, Tomlin, and Parton on the screen together for the first time. 

In the finale, Parton serves as an administrative angel. She quips that her boss hadn’t promoted her in 250 years, but she enjoyed the benefits.

The administrative aspect paid tribute to Parton’s role as Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5. In the film, Fonda, Parton, and Tomlin all play clerical workers who are sick of their boss and his antics. Fonda played the new hire, Judy Bernly, while Tomlin took on the role of the office veteran, Violet Newstead. Doralee was the misunderstood beauty.