Not long enough
Two men at the Cockpit, two ladies in a shower, and free issues for everyone.
It’s time for the second episode of Will & Grace and hijinks have ensued everywhere! Jack (Sean Hayes) is convinced he’s aging before his time, Karen (Megan Mullally) has a fancy new shower, Will’s (Eric McCormack) trying to date someone half his age, and Grace (Debra Messing) is just trying to keep it together. They’ve let the politics in last week’s episode go for now and gone back to what we love, infectious laughter. This week we also see our first big guest star when Ben Platt pops up as Will’s hot 23-year-old date. We don’t know if things will work out but we have to say it: More Ben Platt!
Karen’s staff is wanting a raise which prompts her to ask Grace for a raise. This is quite amusing to Grace, considering Karen never does any work. Karen, however, is a little preoccupied with her new smart shower that Grace installed for her. Jack had a mishap when he and Will went out to the Cockpit to meet guys and is in a tailspin on how to rectify the situation. Will picked up a younger hottie but soon learns the grass isn’t always greener on the younger side of the fence. Let’s get into the episode and see if everyone makes it out with their dignity intact!
Will is hot, Jack is not!
Jack has always been able to pick up the fellas, so when he has an incident at the bar he’s appalled. He’s referred to as “a daddy” and that doesn’t sit very well with him at all. He’s convinced that he’s not aging well, especially when Will is able to get a date with hot 23-year-old Blake (Ben Platt). Jack immediately seeks out the one person he knows will understand and help him with his problem; Karen. She, of course, is eager to help and has quite a few suggestions on how to help Jack out of his pickle. Karen says a little injection will get the boys back to form or they can even tuck his neck fat with magnets. Karen’s next suggestion is a body compression suit. Jack sure is going through a lot of trouble just to look a few years younger.
“Let’s start with this little number, “Scrotox. It’s like Botox, but for the boys.” – Karen
“One drop of this and your old man balls will seem like two shiny pink marbles.” – Karen
“Wait, wait, wait. Will they still be able to show a range of emotions?” – Jack
“Well they won’t be able to look surprised, so let’s move on.” – Karen
Will is anxiously getting ready for his date with Blake, blasting Madonna, and trying to figure out the table setting. Has anyone ever noticed that Will is a bit of a perfectionist? Blake arrives and greets Will with a kiss while holding the phone up so his best friend Stella can see. Interesting way to begin a date, but maybe that’s the way kids are doing things these days. Stella tells Blake that Will is super cute but then makes the mistake of saying that he looks like her dad. So if you’re keeping track, we now have two daddies and zero kids. Blake steps over the line a lot when he insults Madonna. So far this date is not off to a very good start and someone needs to breathe some life back into it STAT!
Never let a drunk lady program your smart shower.
Grace is summoned to Karen’s when Karen decides she wants a raise. Of course, this is out of the question since Karen doesn’t do any work. Karen’s feelings are hurt because she thinks that Grace doesn’t value her. Grace tells Karen that she doesn’t need her which forces Karen to lock them in her new smart shower. Karen keeps talking and ends up turning on the shower with the doors locked and the drain closed. Grace is convinced she’s going to drown in the shower when Karen confesses there is a safe word but she can’t remember what it is. Leave it to Karen to program the shower, then forget how to undo it!
“A raise would show that you value me.” – Karen
“You don’t need a raise. You’re in the top 1% of income and blood alcohol level.” – Grace
“It’s not my fault that people can’t marry money and hold their liquor. Give me one good reason why I don’t deserve a raise.” – Karen
“You don’t do anything!” – Grace
Will is still trying to turn his date around but it doesn’t go so well when Blake confesses that he’s had it easy being gay. Will tries to explain the fact that the reason that he has it easy is due to those that came before him. They helped pave the way. Blake really just wants to hook up and really doesn’t want a lecture. Let’s be honest though, this is Will. He’s a lawyer and you’re going to get the lecture before you get anywhere with him. Sometimes, Will should really just relax and let himself have a little fun. He had a hot guy in his apartment that just wanted a night with him. Instead of doing that he had to make sure he was right and taught a lesson in the process.
Compression suits and magnets don’t mix.
Jack goes back to the Cockpit with his neck tucked and his fat sucked. He’s on the prowl and ready to meet some hotties. Firstly, he only meets a metal pole because the magnets on his neck stick him to it. Somehow we don’t think that’s what he had in mind when he said he wanted some excitement. Finally, he meets Lincoln (Michael Galante), a young hottie who’s instantly interested in him. Jack is great at thinking on his feet and has some pretty good pick up lines. We’re thinking NBC could create a spinoff show centered around Jack. The name? Just Jack of course!
“What’s your name?” – Jack
“Lincoln. My mom named me after our country’s greatest car.” – Lincoln
“You look like a car in need of a jack. Allow me to intro-seduce myself. I’m Jack.” – Jack
Grace and Karen are still locked in the shower with Karen swimming around like she’s at the beach. She’s having the time of her life, while Grace is clinging onto hers. Finally, Grace confesses that she couldn’t do any of what she does without Karen. Karen tells Grace that it was the validation she needed and when she says Grace’s full name the shower unlocks. Karen and Stan’s safe word for sex is Grace’s name. This is a whole other issue for Grace but we’re thinking she should let it go and just be thankful she’s not going to drown in the shower.
When Jack interrupts Will’s date to get pruning shears from him to cut himself out of his compression suit, Will asks him if they’re too old to be going after these young guys. Jack tells him that they need this. They need the confidence boost. Jack then confesses to Will that he told his date that he’s 25 and has to go apply make-up so he’ll look the part. What Lincoln finds when he arrives is Jack in full make-up but it’s bad. It looks like drag gone very wrong. We guess that relationship is over before it started.
Final Verdict: Will & Grace is better than ever and this episode proves it.
The worst thing we can say about this episode is, it wasn’t long enough. There were laughable moments in each scene and the foursome is back getting themselves into situations they need help getting out of. It’s amazing that this cast and the writers have come back like they never left. We love that this was only the second episode of the season and Ben Platt was already a guest star. He did a terrific job and we’d love to see Will run into him again in the future, or maybe even Jack! It was also great to see more interaction on the comedy side between Grace and Karen. Last week the episode was thick with politics so this week was a refreshing change from that. The cast has proven no matter the combination, this show still has it.
By the end of the episode when Will and Jack were questioning if they would ever find anyone who liked the same things they did, we were picking up a little bit of foreshadowing for these characters. We wouldn’t be at all surprised if these two don’t end up together in some way in the future. Did anyone else pick up on that? They think the same things, like the same music, and already fight like an old married couple. A psychic told Will that he would end up with Jack back in season three, but they both dismissed it! We think it will be interesting to see this play out over the next couple of seasons.
While the shower scene was hilarious, it did have its flaws. The door didn’t go all the way to the ceiling so the water would eventually start going over the top. That being said, Grace was never in danger of really drowning. Sorry, Grace! We know you were scared, but you would have been okay until one of Karen’s many servants came to rescue you.
The scene stealer this week was Ben Platt’s character, Blake. It was so refreshing to see him on a network sitcom and we all know from the Pitch Perfect movies how incredibly funny he is. He was a fast talker and we even got to hear a little bit of that singing voice we all love so much.
We love that the guys can dance and have a good time. Isn’t that what we all want to see on TV? Dancing to Madonna and having an awesome time? Grace can come home soaked with mascara running down her face and it still doesn’t stop the dancing. We know that next week will prove to be even better than this week because if we’ve learned one thing at all from this show: Contrary to Jack’s beliefs this foursome does get better with age.
5 Burning Questions:
- Is there a possibility that Will and Jack end up together?
- What was Jack thinking with that make-up?
- Who will be the next guest star?
- Smart shower. Cool or scary?
- How much of a raise should Karen get?
Will & Grace returns next Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 9/8C on NBC.
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