Sunday, November 5, 2017

What I’m Watching: Will and Grace

Will and Grace: Season 9, Episode 6 “Rosario's Quinceanera” (B)

I commented when this show returned that actress Shelley Morrison, who turned eighty-one last week, probably wasn’t appearing on this show because of her age. I suppose that this show’s viewership is made up mostly of people who used to watch it back when it was on before, hence why there’s such a preoccupation with bringing back characters that used to be featured almost as much as spotlighting the new generation, a tactic similarly employed by “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” back from its own hiatus of a few years. This episode was relatively entertaining if a little less convincing than the other installments have been so far this season. While Jack’s physical comedy is being featured just as much as ever, what I found most convincing about the Rosario-centric storyline was Will coming to the bar and giving Karen a hug, something that seemed to actually connect them even though she had some trouble taking the gesture seriously. The subplot of Will and Grace arguing about Will making a business decision without consulting her was more compelling, and it shows that there is going to be some dramatic friction to come in their new work partnership. The two of them seem most concerned with being right, and so in the process they’ll actually both make good choices. Whether or not they run them by the other is the question, and I think that they’re going to do okay. I’m sure their spats are going to be the main focus of their collaboration, and I hope that it’s a positive step for the show, which will return in 2018 with its winter premiere.

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