Friday, January 10, 2020

What I’m Watching: Will and Grace

Will and Grace: Season 11, Episode 6 “Performance Anxiety” (B)

This episode wasn’t terrible even if I don’t think I audibly laughed at any point. I like that Will deciding to have a baby means that he gets to examine himself a bit in the process, which in this case allowed him to see that he’s a bit intense and judgmental of others even if he usually gets a lot of shade thrown his way, namely from the people he selflessly cooks for who don’t appreciate it at all. I had to look up who played his surrogate since I’m not at all familiar with Demi Lovato, and she performed about as well as could be expected, playing the kind of person he’d balk at without really trying to get to know her first. Showing up at her door to make his case was sweet, and he still has a long way to go in terms of understanding her humor, while she’s completely got his number, recognizing that the cleaning lady is a gift for him and not for her. Grace pretending to be someone else at the Annie-Con was mostly absurd, and you’d think Jack would have heard about it ahead of time. Debra Messing surely has a better voice than she puts on as Grace, and she didn’t even really get to revel in being able to perform, which she was able to do in front of an audience regardless of its quality. Karen is always sexually charged and ready to lob innuendos at anyone who will listen, and I think her dalliance with the wheelchair-bound veteran was among her better recent bits.

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