Sunday, December 9, 2018

What I’m Watching: Will and Grace

Will and Grace: Season 10, Episode 8 “Anchor Away” (B)

I’ll start by dismissing the much less worthwhile and effective part of this episode, which inexplicably featured Minnie Driver as Lorraine Finster in a weird kind of strip club for bar mitzvah boys. That plotline just didn’t work for me, namely the visual, and Karen giving Lorraine a lapdance to show her the respect that she felt that she deserved was far from the episode’s best moment. Lorraine telling Grace that she would only help her if she showed that she wasn’t above stripping was funny, though I’m not sure we needed what came after, even if it is Grace’s tendency to not let up when someone challenges her on something she knows isn’t right for her. Karen calling her Chinese divorce lawyer Jew in front of Grace only to be corrected that he’s Korean and his name is Joe was more entertaining, and that’s the kind of Karen humor that I prefer. The other half of this episode, on the other hand, was spectacular, following up on this show’s recent hot streak. Casting Matt Bomer as a stud weatherman named McCoy Whitman was great enough all on its own, and Will having to dumb himself down because he didn’t want to date smart guys was a recipe for hilarity. Imitating Jack was the obvious direction, and I love that he was flattered rather than offended when he realized that Will was pretending to be like him. I laughed out loud at the best scene of the half-hour, when Jack could only mutter “J-Law” and “Jude Law” when McCoy caught on and asked him what type of law he practiced.

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