Will & Grace (S09E13) "Sweatshop Annie & The Annoying Baby"

Another entertaining half hour has been brought to us by the talented cast of Will & Grace.

Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) have been whisked away to a Baby shower being held by their dear friend Ellen(Leigh Allyn-Baker). It’s a place neither of them want to be, but it soon proves to be the best place for their very own self discovery and realizations to hit them head on. Nothing like a baby shower to dredge up discontent and mislabeled feelings from the past. I mean there has to be drama, this is Will & Grace after all.

Grace has never felt as though her life has been lacking because she doesn’t have a child. She has finally come to terms with who she is as a person and is happy with the direction her life has been heading. It’s in these precious moments when a group of judgmental mothers shed light on a very real issue. Just because you aren’t a mother, doesn’t mean you cannot be fulfilled, and just because you are a mother, doesn’t mean your life ends there. Instead of pulling each other apart, why can’t we work to build each other up?

Will is dealing with his own personal crisis, but that comes as no surprise. He has been following his ex, Michael, closely on social media. An accidental like on one of his exes posts puts an unsuspecting scene in motion. Michael has decided to reach out to his long lost love, it was a twist no one was quite expecting. Not knowing what to do about the missed phone call, Will enlists the help of two teenage girls, Brianna (Katarina Demetriades) and IIana (Carly Dutcher). He is lead down the path of missed chances, and this is not something he can just give up on. Life is lonely, and Michael made things better. Perhaps this is the right moment to take that leap.

I am looking forward to seeing if Will and Michael are going to connect and pick up right where they last left off. They are not getting any younger, and I think the writer’s are doing an excellent job in dealing with these existential calamity’s that keep haunting our dear characters.

On a more light-hearted note. Hell may have frozen over. Jack (Sean Hayes) finally got an acting job, although that is short-lived due to Jack being.. well.. Jack. At least he has his acting class to fall back on. The children seem to be doing well with his direction, even when Karen (Megan Mullally) gets in the middle. Karen means well, but she doesn’t always execute things in an organized manner. Due to a “mistake” on her part, she needs to scramble to get a project done, good thing she has a few unsuspecting children to help her out. It really is a hard knock life.

Guest star for the evening? A little cameo by Jennifer Lopez. I can’t wait to see who else will pop by for a visit. With the season soon coming to a close I am sure we will see more familiar faces.

The next episode of Will & Grace will air on Thursday, March 15th on NBC at 7/8c.

Photo: Screenshot taken by author of review.