Will & Grace (S10E01) “The West Side Curmudgeon”


Will & Grace is back with its tenth season! Hitting their stride by the time the last season ended, this episode goes right back into the new and emerging pattern. The friends aren’t getting any younger, and it’s becoming painfully clear that they are racing against the clock.

Grace (Debra Messing) has decided to run for president of the New York Society for Interior Designers. It sounds like a mouthful, but it’s important to her and the career she has put so much time into. She has a chance meeting with Noah (David Schwimmer), who is a big-time twitter celebrity, instead of an instant connection he ends up alienating her after a mocking twitter post about her endeavors.

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Will and Karen, protecting the goods. (Photo: NBC)

Karen (Megan Mullally) is dealing with a crisis of her own. A popular cosmetic surgeon is giving women new “assets” under the guise of her name, “Karen Walker”. When it should be a compliment, it can never be taken as such in Karen’s world. Recruiting Will (Eric McCormack) to protect the best part of herself, she isn’t going to give up without a fight.

While Jack (Sean Hayes) is prepping to meet his fiance’s parents for the first time, he can’t help but think that he isn’t good enough to meet their standards. Wanting to make a good first impression he preps for a facelift, which involves an ungodly amount of numbing cream. Enter the amusing conundrum, where he loses control of his face and speech. Good thing Estefan ( Brian Jordan Alvarez) speaks “Jack”, otherwise it would’ve had disastrous consequences.

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Jack vs. Numbing Cream. (Photo: NBC)

Grace being, well, Grace, just can’t let the mocking twitter post go. This results in some “light stalking”, finding that she and Noah have more than she thought in common. Even though they don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things, there is something forming under that angry, cynical cover. Third time’s the charm, not only does he decide to take the tweet down, but they end up enjoying each others company.

This season the world is going to open up even more for these beloved characters, perhaps they will all find their own little slice of happiness.

A new episode of Will & Grace airs on Thursday, October 11 at 9/8c on NBC.