Will & Grace (S10E11) “The Scales of Justice”

Age is merely a number, right? On a new episode of Will & Grace that seems to be the never-ending struggle. Especially when Grace (Debra Messing) and Jack (Sean Hayes) decide to partake in some “healthy living”. After-all, misery loves company.

Will (Eric McCormack) seems to have a disconnect when it comes to his students. He is not with the times and is almost robotic in his teaching. Just like everything else in his life, he strives to fix this minor calamity by trying to alter his personality, but we know that never works. In order to engage with his students, he chooses to put on a mock trial, Judge Judy style.

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Jude “Will” Judy. (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

It seems as though Karen (Megan Mullally) has been dealing with her own demons. Harboring old, hurt feelings and doting on her doggie daughter “Shu Shu”. When Will finds that Karen’s estranged step-daughter is taking his class, it opens a whole other can of worms. A family heirloom that Olivia (Aya Cash) has “borrowed” is suddenly of the utmost importance. Why not settle it in a mock trial?

With Karen, what you see, isn’t always what you get. Under her gruff exterior, she is human just like anyone else. We soon find out the friction between her and Oliva has nothing to do with the necklace, it all comes back to the divorce. Even with Karen’s past transgressions, Oliva has always looked up to her as a mother figure. Not only does this open the floodgates, but it brings a new perspective on things. Karen hasn’t lost everything.

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Jack and Grace, accepting the unchangeable. (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Meanwhile, Jack and Grace are in complete denial. Dieting isn’t the way to happiness, it’s only made them bitter and empty, not to mention hungry. They have put so many constraints on themselves, they are losing out on the bigger picture. Being “model” skinny is not a necessity in living a happy life, none of that really matters. They have people who love them, just the way they are.

It’s good to see the characters continuing to have these self-realizations. It’s something that we all go through at some point and time in our life. Not only are they able to tackle these real-life problems with humor, but they are also able to connect with the audience as well.

A new episode of Will & Grace airs Thursday, February 21 on NBC at 9:30/8:30c