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March 7, 2018 at 9:16 am #1202509036
Both the grandfather and the grandson read as closet cases to me, but maybe that was intentional since it’s not like Grace doesn’t have a history of that.
It is nice to mix up the pairings a little bit. Karen and Will have a nice dynamic and they found a good story device for using it in this one. Definitely Messing’s most solid work of the season as well.March 8, 2018 at 7:03 pm #1202510131
Another strong episode tonight. I loved the scenes with Will and the teenage girls. Grace’s ending scene was fantastic. Jack and Karen were also funny. I loved the J-Lo and Jack scenes, too. J-Lo as the corpse at the end was a nice surprise. The Annie scenes with Jack and the kids was great, too.March 8, 2018 at 7:37 pm #1202510141
Another great episode. And another actor from the past playing different character… ugh. Btw I cannot believe what they’re going to do next episode. They’re bringing back Michael but instead of letting Chris Potter play him once again they’re recasting him with Cheyenne Jackson who’s like fifteen years younger! Why they do not care about old fans at all?! Those fuckers!March 8, 2018 at 10:07 pm #1202510206
This episode is the epitome of a show hitting its stride. Messing and the rest of the cast is delivering week after week, and while the story-lines are nothing noteworthy, the show still somehow feels fresh, revived.
That said, while I like the idea of Will having a boyfriend…and Grace too for that matter, why bring back a character if you can’t cast the original actor? Why not have Will run into a college crush on the street or go on a Tinder date with his one and only one night stand by accident? There’s a trillion ways to bring back someone from the past. I get that there’s nostalgia, but this isn’t nostalgia done right.
For instance, J.Lo’s cameo was whatever – she’s an icon, no doubt, but nothing about this excited me, when I heard she was guest starring, and when I saw the scene. Pointless.
Karen’s scenes with the kids would have benefited from having more Jack – the Annie bit at the end felt shoehorned. Love me some ‘Hard Knock Life’ – it was okay, but could have been better executed.
Ecstatic that there will be a 10th season! The work definitely warrants it.
B+March 9, 2018 at 3:46 am #1202510337
Yet another strong episode. Everything worked. Funniest moments for me were Will at the Baby Shower but Hayes was still MVP.
A-March 9, 2018 at 6:52 am #1202510401
Just finished watching and All i have to say is A+March 9, 2018 at 10:51 am #1202510596
Fun episode. J-Lo’s cameo was completely useless and cross-promotional (didn’t even realize that “Shades of Blue” was still airing). It reminds me of one of the show’s greatest past vices.Other than that, all the plot threads worked well. I was amused by Karen’s scenes with the kids, Will’s scenes with those two teenaged girls, and Grace with the moms. This is the Debra Messing I remember, bitches! Glad she found her mojo again in the home stretch of episodes. Interesting that both Will and Jack could end up with long-term boyfriends by the end of the season, and what that says about the times we’re in now in terms of gay marriage and heteronormativity. Anyways, nice episode.March 9, 2018 at 4:23 pm #1202510794
The last two episodes were fantastic. I especially liked last week’s episode with Grace’s three “boyfriends.” Andy Favreau was hilarious and it is always nice to see Matthew Letscher on any show.March 15, 2018 at 7:26 pm #1202514053
Another winner. The show is on fire. Loved it. And if Hayes doesn’t win Emmy I’m gonna burn them alive. Yes, Mullally has the best submission with Rosario’s Quinceanera but he’s the MVP of the season. Without a question. Those scenes between him and McCormack were everything. Please, don’t make them endgame. That would be even more awful than that horrible series finale. They’re perfect as friends and should stay that way forever. Also really liked Messing and Mullally’s storyline. Karen’s definitely my soulmate. lol The show deserves nomination for series, the main four (those last episodes Debra proved she belongs in Leading Actress category), writing and directing.March 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm #1202514061
Will and Grace has been on fire. Another great episode. All four actors deserve emmy nominations.
I loved the Jack/Will scenes. They were the best part of the show.
I also loved Vanessa Bayer guest starring in this episode. She was great.March 16, 2018 at 4:26 am #1202514199
Wow. Just when I was thinking that I was only going to enjoy the Grace/Karen storyline in this episode (which I LOVED) the show pulled out perhaps the most important scene that the series has had since its return by finally addressing the nature of Will and Jack’s relationship. And didn’t Hayes nail it – seriously what a performance to turn immediately from Jack’s usual hysterics into a poignant beat down of why Will wants to believe Jack loves him. This was a scene that should always have happened in the original run and makes me so thankful that the show has returned to address it.
Also, this was perhaps the best ensemble performance of the season for the four. Mullally was the funniest, Messing easily carried a complex political storyline (I’d also argue she’s starting to challenge Hayes as MVP in this second half of the season), McCormack brought emotional depth to what could have just been random relationship drama and Hayes continued to knock it out the park.March 16, 2018 at 5:31 am #1202514219
Wow, what a strong episode. This show is often just (entertaining) fluff, but when they decide to push a little deeper, they usually home-run it and that was the case here. Jack and Will’s relationship has always been there waiting to be explored, and they found a perfect, in-character way to do it. Hayes blew the roof off and McCormack wisely provided a sturdy base for his co-star’s trampolining.
The Messing/Mullally story was brave and thoughtful and downright screamingly funny. I want Vanessa Bayer as a recurring character! (“Oh, I forgot. Most hated. My father’s dead.”) They even finally found something funny for Anthony Ramos. (“You know I don’t like doing this… it’s the black muumuu with the GPS on top.”)
Favorite line: “We’re having White Russians. But you don’t need to know the guest list.”
This joins “Grandpa Jack” and “Rosario’s Quinceanera” as the best episodes of the season. Even the title is very clever.
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