Monday, April 1, 2019

What I’m Watching: Will and Grace

Will and Grace: Season 10, Episode 16 “Conscious Coupling” (B)

This episode was undoubtedly entertaining, but much of it was quite predictable and seemingly choreographed in the way that this show often is. I don’t honestly remember much about the earlier seasons of this show and when Will and Grace were dating who, but this does feel like the first time in a while that they’re both in committed relationships that are intensifying at the same time. Noah and McCoy are completely different people, and the ways in which they’re engaging with their partners and future roommates are not terribly similar even if the manners in which they try to put off their move-in requests were quite alike. I like just how committed McCoy is to being with Will while he’s fully aware of how he’s supposed to seem, whether it’s being authoritative when he’s anything but or putting on his fake glasses to seem much more trustworthy. Having him interact with Noah was a delight, and the curmudgeonly complainer even managed to relax with Will’s very comfortable bedding while they waited for their partners to plan their latest deception. Jack getting trapped in the elevator was a good opportunity for some physical comedy, and I like that Jack took an unusual opportunity to make a mature decision not to engage in an affair with his rescuer Officer Drew. Samira Wiley from “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “Orange is the New Black” was a fun guest star to interact with Karen, and it’s rare to see someone who can truly go toe-to-toe with her.

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