Will & Grace (S09E11) "Staten Island Fairy"

The further we get into the new season, the more the characters seem to be hitting their stride. This episode is more reminiscent of the ones from 11 years ago. It’s great to see them get their groove back, and I hope this trend continues from here on out.

Jack (Sean Hayes) is struggling with the proposition of having a long-term commitment to his closeted “married-to-a-woman” boyfriend, Drew (Ryan Pinkston). When Karen (Megan Mullally) gets involved and decides to reveal Drew’s secrets to his heartbroken wife, it may be one of the best things she has ever done, although Jack doesn’t quite see it that way. Things get too real, too fast for his liking and he wants to tuck his tail and run.

While Jack is dealing with his inner turmoil, Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) have been given a huge opportunity to sell their brand and get their names out there. QVC has given them a spot on live television to sell their wares. What should be a positive situation for the two of them, gets twisted into the same old bickering. Classic Will and Grace moment.

Although Jack is feeling betrayed by Karen, he needs to face reality and take a chance on something worthwhile, something that could make him happy. Karen has a few epiphanies in this episode, it’s a different side of her we don’t normally see, but her advice is sound and just what Jack needs to hear. He needs to give love a chance, or he will end up alone. One day at a time can turn into something long lasting.

The drama between Will and Grace seemed to benefit them in the end. Not only did they end up selling their entire stock, they were able to connect to the viewers on a more personal level. Being relatable to all those ordinary people made all the difference. It was a surprising win for the two of them.

It comes as no surprise that Will & Grace has been renewed for a Season 10. The actors mesh so well together and the storylines are progressing towards new beginnings and a life well lived. It will be interesting to see what they come up with next.

Will & Grace will return on Thursday, March 1st on NBC at 7/9c

Photo: Screenshot taken by author of review.