Will & Grace (S11E05) “The Grief Panda”

Grief has a way of presenting itself when we least expect it. On this episode of Will & Grace, we find out that sometimes, its okay to not be okay. It doesn’t mean you’re broken. (Spoilers Ahead)

Life isn’t over, it’s just beginning

Will (Eric McCormack) and McCoy (Matt Bomer) are no longer together, and instead of being a blubbering mess he is actually getting his life together. He is eating better, going to the gym and seemingly fine, but his friends are concerned. Grace (Debra Messing) and Jack (Sean Hayes) mean well, but this break-up is different than the others. Will is going to be a father, and that’s what he is concentrating on now.

It may be unhealthy for Will to be holding on to McCoy’s things, but that was the best time of his life. He doesn’t regret meeting McCoy, not one bit, he is on this path because of him. His two, doting friends mean well, and only want to look out for Will’s best interests. So when they come up with an “alternative” way for Will to deal with the break-up, will it be enough?

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The Grief Panda, knows all. (Photo By: Chris Haston/NBC)

The Grief Panda doesn’t speak but is quick to have answers on printed cards, that are eerily accurate. At first, Will isn’t into the whole “letting go”, but he plays the game, and begins to reflect on his past. Of course, he is sad that their lives have gone in different directions, but he doesn’t want to completely forget that part of his life. It’s what makes him who he is today, and the past can never be changed.

Time to move on

Karen (Megan Mullally) has been keeping herself busy with her new project, and the baseball team seems to be taking up all of her time. Grace hasn’t seen her this passionate about something in a long time. Instead of asking Karen what she wants, she assumes that Karen is ready to move on. Instead, it turns out to be quite the opposite. They have been skirting around the real issue since Grace got pregnant, even if they didn’t know it.

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All you need is love? (Photo By: Chris Haston/NBC)

We find out that Karen, does, in fact, have feelings. They are strong and hurt. She feels as though Grace is pushing her out of her life, and the babies. Maybe Grace doesn’t love her as much as she loves Grace. When that isn’t the case at all, but we know they both struggle at showing their emotions. Grace asks her to be her child’s godmother, which would make Karen the happiest person in the world.

It’s such a touching moment, and I have to admit I teared up at that. They have been through so much, why would they leave each other now? Grace’s child is going to be so loved, and won’t be wanting for anything. Everyone seems to be growing, and it’s endearing just how much they really mean to each other.

The good, the bad and the fluffy

Pain is part of life, it’s something that has been abundantly clear in this series, but they manage to work their way through each situation. Will isn’t interested in moving on, there is nothing to move forward from. He has become a better, more well-rounded person because of his relationship with McCoy. Although it didn’t end the way he anticipated, he knows what he wants in life.

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Memories are worth keeping. (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

Things are coming together for them all. As long as they have each other, it will be okay. As long as Grace doesn’t do the shopping, they are set. Even though they may have their differences, the loyalty stands through thick and thin. So it comes as no surprise when Will tracks down the Grief Panda, getting a piece of his past back. Some things are worth remembering.


A new episode of Will & Grace airs in 2020. This was the Fall Finale.


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