Friday, March 20, 2020

What I’m Watching: Will and Grace

Will and Grace: Season 11, Episode 13 “Filthy Phil, Part II” (B+)

I liked how this episode resolved the Filthy Phil plotline, allowing Will and Grace to panic a lot more before Phil played his true hand and Karen played hers. Showing her handcuffed to the bed during sex was an expected red herring, and Phil got to say a few more threatening things when Will and Grace showed up with Friday to prevent him from doing the many terrible things Will got in his mind after listening to too many murderous podcasts. I loved that he responded to Grace asking about him being pregnant by saying that men have “ways of shutting those things down,” a hilarious mockery of a former Republican representative’s absurdly unintelligent comments on rape, and that Karen knew he wasn’t a doctor because he spelled MD wrong on his fake diploma. Grace’s eagerness to eat the soup even if it was indeed Karen was funny, and I like that it turned out to be the badger that Karen had officiate the faked marriage between her top alias and her dim-witted suitor. Grace earlier making the case to Phil that, unlike her, Will didn’t need to be alive for his child was a terrific example of how the two of them constantly try to throw the other under the bus. Jack trying to get good press on the reopening bar by lying about Judy Garland’s shoes was a mistake, and the New York Gayzette reporter played by T.R. Knight from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Catch” wasn’t at all impressed. Fortunately, he found exactly the right way to rectify the situation by heartwarmingly renaming the bar to “Queers.”

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