Will & Grace (S09E04) "Grandpa Jack"

This heartwarming and spectacular episode was something we all needed on our television sets. The laughter and rawness that exudes from this show is a reminder of the bigger things in life. We see a side of Jack (Sean Hayes) that isn’t always present in other episodes. This episode will surely stick with viewers for a long time coming.

Jack has an unexpected visitor. His estranged son Elliot (Michael Angarano) now has a son of his own, and there is something about Skip (Jet Jurgensmeyer) that is extraordinary. The initial shock of having a grandson wears off quickly when the realisation that Skip is gay comes to the surface. Grandpa Jack couldn’t be happier, if only Skip’s parents felt the same. They have signed him up for a “straight” camp to fix a problem that shouldn’t be a problem.

It’s a poignant episode and touches on some very sensitive subjects. Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack are marvelous in this episode, knowing that they need to stand up for Skip because no one else will. The writers of this episode did an amazing job. When Jack assures Skip that there is nothing wrong with him and that he is exactly who he is supposed to be, is a powerful and pivotal moment in a show that is always defying the odds.

Grace (Debra Messing) and Karen (Megan Mullally) are merely comedic breathers in an episode that holds such a serious tone. The laughter is a nice and welcomed reprieve. The inappropriate shenanigans just keep happening, but we expect nothing less. This is what television has been missing since the show went off the air all those years ago. A breath of fresh air in the chaos.

A happy ending came with this episode. Elliot finally saw the error of his ways, and instead of trying to “fix” something that isn’t broken, he decides to embrace his son for who he is. It shows that people can change their ideals and opinions and become open to other possibilities. A rift has been mended, it’s a start of a wonderful relationship for Jack and his family.

There needs to be more Will & Grace out there. We need these feel good and thought-provoking shows to come out of hiding and bestow laughter upon the world. With some hilariously placed cameo’s from Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells, you wish that it was more than a half hour sitcom. We can only hope they want to keep creating. We will keep watching.

Rating: 10/10

Will & Grace airs on NBC every Thursday at 9/8c.

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