Will & Grace (S11E03) “With Enemies Like These”

Conflict and laughs seem to be a continuing trend on Will & Grace, especially these days. With a hormonal Grace and a self-conscious Will, it pretty much spells disaster waiting to happen. (Spoilers Ahead)

Hunger Pains

Grace (Debra Messing) is dealing with the quandaries of pregnancy (which includes bizarre dreams of her deceased mother) and her increasing, unpredictable hormones, which no one wants to mess with. The hunger issues are real, but now, thanks to Mrs. Timmer (Livia Treviño), food deliveries are not allowed past the lobby. This sends Grace into a “frenzy”. As always, her comfort and laziness trump any extra steps she has to take.

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The lengths Grace will go for pizza. (Photo: Chris Haston/NBC)

She doesn’t want anyone else to fight her battles, not this time. If she is going to be a mother, she needs to learn to stand up for herself. When it comes to Mrs. Timmer, she doesn’t seem to have the gusto to fight the good fight and is deflated before she can make any kind of difference.

Bald is Beautiful

Will (Eric McCormack) has been feeling extra self-conscious these days, and Jack (Sean Hayes) isn’t helping his situation any. He is nervous about the results of a DNA test that he and Grace decided to get done. They wanted to see what they would be passing on to their offspring. Jack is relentless about Will’s receding hairline (let’s face it, Grace doesn’t help either). This causes him to seek out a professional, where he finds out Jack’s dirty little secret.

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Bald is Bold! (Photo: Chris Haston/NBC)

At last, he finally has something on his dear friend. Why not have some fun with it? Instead of confronting Jack about his own “baldness” issues, he strings him along. It doesn’t happen very often where Will has the upper hand, and it’s glorious to watch. Especially when Jack’s competitive nature decides to take Will on in “shaving” his head, to see who would look better bald. It’s just as amusing as you think it would be.

The Past is Back

Karen (Megan Mullally)has been invited to a high-stakes poker game. She used to go with her ex-husband, Stanley, but since the divorce, she thought that the world was left behind her. It turns out to be a set-up by none other than Danley (Patton Oswalt), Stanley’s brother. (I know, very creative names.). Karen is good at the game, but Danley seems to be a little bit better.

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Missed Chances. (Photo: Chris Haston/NBC)

Danley has been in love with Karen since day one, but his brother stole any chance he may have away. He’s held that contempt and resentment for years. He throws the game knowing that Karen can’t resist a good deal, handing her over his professional “baseball” team, who have lost him millions. Checkmate? Well, Karen Walker does not lose. Hopefully, her pep-talk to her newly acquired team will do the trick.

It’s all about those genes

The results for Will and Grace’s DNA tests are in. Baldness does not run in Will’s family, he rejoices at this fact. While Grace learns something interesting, and it will change the dynamics between her and Mrs. Timmer from here on out. It turns out that they are actually distant cousins. No wonder she couldn’t stand up to her, she reminded Grace so much about her mother.

She realizes that she doesn’t need a man to get through this pregnancy, she needs a mother figure, and Mrs. Timmer’s is it. A nice ending to another good episode. There is a lot of self-discovery happening and they are growing as people as each episode passes.


A new episode of Will & Grace airs on Thursday, November 14 at 9:30/8:30c on NBC

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