Sunday, October 15, 2017

What I’m Watching: Will and Grace

Will and Grace: Season 9, Episode 3 “Emergency Contact” (B)

As this show adjusts back to being on the air so many years after it went off, it’s understandably going to include callbacks to elements that are no longer part of its narrative. Grace’s cancer scare was just the opportunity needed to bring back Harry Connick Jr.’s Leo, who remains a very nice guy who argued, much to Grace’s fury, that she was more married to Will than she was to him when they were together. Her insistence on getting the last word in led to an amusing final scene for them in which they expressed their feelings for each other and Leo told Grace that she stole his heart, something that he meant very, very literally and hadn’t necessitated the emotional response she delivered. Will didn’t have much to do in this episode other than to try to console Grace, who was eating the horrific dish of strawberry ice cream with chicken satay as the dipping spoon. Jack being a teacher makes some sense, though naturally his ego will win out over everything, leading him to claim responsibility for what was very clearly some incredible natural talent. His almost-booking of a commercial didn’t pan out nearly as well, but I imagine he’ll still find some decent acting gigs this season. Karen, never one to really pick up on societal cues, had an amusing conversation with a twelve-year-old girl that served as an instance of one of this show’s specialties: addressing issues in society through the lens of Karen’s very warped and totally out-of-touch perspective.

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