Wednesday, January 29, 2020

What I’m Watching: Will and Grace

Will and Grace: Season 11, Episode 8 “Lies and Whispers” (B)

There are many things that Will and Grace can do together, and some that just aren’t going to work out for either of them. Having to interview for their unborn children to get into a good preschool was decidedly absurd, but they also leaned in to their supposed hooks a bit more than they should have, failing to realize that being gay or Jewish was hardly a unique quality. I’m not overly fond of precocious children who are much more mature than the adults they’re interacting with, but both Eric McCormack and Debra Messing play well off that, so it wasn’t a big deal. Tim Bagley played a role here not too dissimilar from the one he plays on “Grace and Frankie,” but he’s always up for the task. I wasn’t sure why Karen hadn’t appeared in the previous episode and thought we might not see her in this half-hour either, but fortunately that wasn’t the case. I’m not too familiar with ASMR, but I loved the way it was employed here, with Jack using the fact that they were speaking in calm, soothing voices to avoid Karen’s rage at him for telling Luke what their relationship was. It wasn’t ever going to last, but it was fun while it did, and their goodbye was both entertaining and as sentimental as it could be. I like that Jack and Jenny are getting along so well, though that’s sure to irritate Will down the road. I never pay that much attention to episode titles, but this one was a real winner.

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