Will & Grace (S09E07) "A Gay Olde Christmas"

The creators of Will & Grace decided to try their hands at a very unusual Christmas Special.

Will (Eric McCormack) isn’t feeling the holiday’s this year and has become quite a grinch. The good ole days seemed to be a better place and time, at least with what is seen in vintage black and white photos. He soon finds out that the past is better left where it is, in the past.

Due to Grace’s (Debra Messing) incorrigible bladder, the foursome is forced to go on a tour of a historic building. In which they find themselves transported to a very different time and place, 1912 to be exact.

Karen (Megan Mullally) is a poor irish immigrant with a half-dozen children, living is squalor and trying to make ends meet. It’s good to see that the humor didn’t change with the timeline, otherwise the episode would’ve been even more bizarre than it already was. Jack (Sean Hayes) is a kind young sailor that want’s to help Karen with her quandary, trying to not get evicted during the holiday season.

In this world, Will and Grace are a married couple, although Will has a burning secret just below the surface. Strapping Jack takes one for the team and draws Will out of the closet he’s been living in. This daring deed allows Karen and her children to survive another winter in the land of possibilities.

When we are welcomed back into modern day, each of them have walked way with something profound. Things may have seemed like they were ideal back in the beginning, but the struggles were everywhere. Whether you were a woman, poor, immigrant or gay, things were not easy back in the early 1900’s. Looking at the world how it is today, it’s not as bad as it seems.

The episode leaves you with an endearing and christmas like feeling, especially when the snow starts falling at the stroke of midnight. A Christmas miracle. It’s a good way to end off this years last episode of Will and Grace. The new year will bring brighter and better things.

Thankfully they were able to add some of the same banter that is seen in normal episodes, but I can honestly say this was one of my least favourite episodes of Will and Grace. I can get where they were coming from, but some of it seemed very cheesy and over the top.

Will & Grace returns in the new year. There are big things to come. 

Photo: Screenshot taken by author of review