Will & Grace (S11E16) “We Love Lucy”

This episode of Will & Grace is slightly different than what we’ve seen this season. It is very reminiscent of their Christmas episode from Season 9, where they went back in time. This one lays homage to I Love Lucy, and the impact it has had on all their lives. Lucie Arnaz (daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz), also makes a special appearance. (Spoilers Ahead)

Grace (Debra Messing) has never been, well, the most graceful person, despite her name. She has often gotten herself into trouble, on more than one occasion. Will (Eric McCormack) is usually the one who gets her out of said trouble, he is the problem solver. In another series of unfortunate events, the mention of I Love Lucy comes into the conversation. Will would be Ricky, and of course, Grace would be Lucy, right? Not if Karen (Megan Mullally) and Jack (Sean Hayes) have their way.

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Grace makes one hell of a Lucy! (Will & Grace (S11E16)(Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC)

We are taken through different scenarios with each character taking a crack at being Lucy, recreating some iconic episodes. Each of them, hold their own, and a martini not too far from Karen’s grasps, both in their imagination and in real life. Will, stays the course as Ricky, throughout.

The times have changed

Although this episode was highly amusing, to see all these stories played out, including a Karen as Fred and Grace as Ethel, it was that kind of lightheartedness that our television screens have needed so desperately these days. It also shows us that iconic comedy is still funny to this very day.

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“Fred” and “Ethel”. (Photo: IMDB) (Will & Grace (S11E16))

The dilemma between friends still remains. Who is the best Lucy? There is only one way to solve it, asking Ricky (Will) of course. They are all his Lucy. He idolized Ricky when he was younger because he got to live with someone like Lucy. He just so happens to have three of them, and that makes him happy because his kid will have that too.

Cue the song and dance. In the most feel-good manner possible.

Closing Thoughts

Talk about tugging at the heartstrings. With Will & Grace winding down the episodes, it’s nice to see something such as this, even if it initially seems a little “corny”, maybe that’s something we need more of these days. It was a nice little reprieve from the chaos, and I welcome any distraction like that.

You can catch a new episode of Will & Grace on Thursday, April 16 at 9/8c on NBC.

Previous reviews for Will & Grace can be found here.