The new Will & Grace has officially premiered! Isn’t that crazy?! Did you ever think, on May 18th 2006, that one day 11 years in the future, we’d be here, recapping a brand new episode of the cult favourite that totally ignores all of the events leading up to and of that day?
Well I did, I knew this would happen. I made a prediction about it and buried it in a park and if you don’t believe me you can go dig it up…except I don’t remember where it was buried…
Anyway, enough about me and my psychic abilities, let’s get down to business and talk about everything that happened as we were reintroduced to our favourite foursome.
Given that the thing that made this reboot a reality was the YouTube video they made during the US election in support of Hillary Clinton, it’s no surprise that the pilot (can we really call it a pilot if it’s really season 9?) is extremely political. From Karen gloating about “her guy” winning to the ultimate trip to Washington, the premiere is a direct reaction to what happened in November.
In the open, Karen snaps out of a sleeping with her eyes open and says she had a weird dream where Will & Grace were fighting, got married, had kids, and when their kids went to college together they fell in love. BASICALLY HELLO THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FINALE! Will & Grace start laughing at this absurd dream that duh never happened. We learn that they were married but that it didn’t work out – Grace is living with Will temporarily until the dust settles.
So after discrediting the events of the original finale and getting that out of the way, the show launches back into it’s old routine, as if it’s always been around. Will is writing to a congressman in the current White House, pretending like he’s writing angry letters to this guy who hates everything about earth and the environment but actually they are fliiiiirtiiiiiiiing their asses off. Grace is super inspired that Will is so political and wants to get in on the #Resisting.
At work, Grace has a new employee, my ultimate Hamilton bae and boyfriend to other bae Jasmine Cephas Jones, ANTHONY RAMOS! He’s sort of just there and doesn’t do much for now but hopefully he sticks around a while. Karen shows up and just as Grace is asking her to be less political, announces that she got Grace a job redecorating the Oval Office. Grace actually accept the job (eye roll) and heads to the White House to see the space and try fabric swatches.
Meanwhile, Will is at the White House with Jack. They’ve come to see hottie evil congressman speak so Will can get in his pants. The two friends spot each other and Will marches into the Oval to yell at Grace, who starts yelling at him back because they’re both being sucky right now.
He’s judgy and she’s rash and they used to fight constantly so this isn’t new. Back home, after a fake show of packing up and leaving, from Grace, they decide that they love each other and it’ll be different this time. Hence they will continue to live together, and not just temporarily. So ultimately Will doesn’t get with the congressbro and Grace doesn’t take the redecorating job, but she does leave a “make America gay again” hat in there – to show she #Resists.
Honestly the political jokes are not great, this administration is one that doesn’t feel like something I and many people directly & negatively affected by it want to laugh at so I hope the rest of Will & Grace’s season stays away from the “haha the president is crazy but hilarious” humour because he, and the climate he’s creating, are not hilarious to the muslims he’s banning, the black people whose safety he’s threatening, the Latinx he’s insulting, the women he’s sexually harassed…and the list goes on.
Will & Grace airs Thursdays on NBC