Will and Grace Episode Review: So Long, Division!

When I watched this episode, I was already having a weird night.  I already finished watching the latest episode of the “Flash,” “New Amsterdam,” and “Midnight Texas.”

Don’t worry.  I’m not here to spoil you on the other shows!

By the time I was watching Will and Grace, I had already seen those other three shows and I’d spent the entire time whining about the same thing.

Why don’t people just, I don’t know, TALK TO EACH OTHER?

So many of the problems, disasters, and misunderstandings in TV shows could be avoided or solved if people just sat down and had a conversation.  Instead, people jump to conclusions.  They make assumptions and run with them.  (I could write an entire post on the Lethal Weapon reboot and how Roger Murtaugh’s character does nothing but jump to conclusions and then blame people!)

In Will and Grace, we have this exact thing happen.  Going into the episode, fans were excited to see where the “I love you!” was going to go due to being closely followed with “you can’t ever meet my daughter!”

And, as Will and Grace is adept at, that’s right were the episode opened up.

Unreasonable Grace

I’m aware this might just be my opinion, but I think Grace was wrong to force Noah to introduce her to Katie.  Kate is Noah’s daughter.  He has a lot of responsibility there.  Grace has no idea how many relationships (or near ones) that Noah has gone through or exposed Katie to.  Grace doesn’t know the history and she doesn’t stop to ask.  She’s emotional and upset and she’s allowed.  What she shouldn’t be allowed to do is jump directly into an ultimatum: let me meet Katie or we’re done.

Sneaky Grace

This, of course, evolves into a situation that any viewer could see coming!  Grace visits Noah to apologize and Katie opens the door instead.  How did Grace not see that coming, right?  The plot virtually demanded it!

Most fans would probably agree the smart thing would have been for Grace to leave.  She could have just said she’d made a mistake and turned around.  She didn’t.

Grace also could have come in for a moment, apologized, and left.  She didn’t.  She hid in the closet when Noah suddenly showed up.

Grace could have explained to Noah how hurt she was that Noah didn’t trust her to meet Katie.  Instead, she got angry.  Anger can be so much easier to channel than hurt.

And so we end up at another ultimatum: if Noah doesn’t see a possible future for him and Grace, what’s the point of continuing?

And this is where Grace is right.

Risky Noah! 

Noah shows up to Grace’s door and says he does see a chance for them.  He does and in the best moment of the episode, fans see Grace’s face change.

“Okay,” she says and invites Noah into the apartment and back into her life.

Absent Will

Surprisingly, the person we see the least of in this episode is Will.  He’s busy being confused (and hurt) by his mother, who is visiting after her dog died.  In one of the funniest moments of the episode, Will is foolish enough to leave his mother with Karen.  I’m sure I’m not the only fan that would have liked to leave those two together longer!  Who knows what could have happened?

“No!  I’m the Most Oppressed!” 

One of the things I believe Will and Grace does the best is taking something profound and making it funny.  You can still see the profound message underneath and appreciate it, but you’re also laughing at the same time.

This episode said that with Jack’s argument at work.  It started out as an argument over who was more oppressed: gay people or black people.  As the scene went on, the room ended up including a woman, an elderly person, a Muslim person, all saying that THEY were the most oppressed.  It was funny, but it also pointed a finger at how much more work we have to do to treat each other with respect and kindness.

Good job Will and Grace!

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Author: Nicole Orr

Freelance writer and digital nomad.

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