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Will & Grace recap: 'Emergency Contact'

Who can forgive Camilla Parker Bowles?

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Will & Grace

type:
TV Show
genre:
Comedy
run date:
09/21/98
performer:
Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally
broadcaster:
NBC
seasons:
9
Current Status:
In Season

We gave it an A-

Oh, honey! Welcome back.

Since we last spoke, I watched seven seasons of Designing Women, had a working lunch with Vicki Lawrence, Reba McEntire, and Tanya Tucker (but only her B-side), and have been waving through a window ever since, and good God and Barry Manilow am I exhausted! But still we meet here at this bath house of a recap every week to discuss the newest episode, check out cute fans in the comments section, and live our truths. Because if we can’t trust each other, who can we trust? Our ex-husbands? Too soon, I suppose because that’s where we’re at this week. Let me explain.

We start the episode with a win! Jack has landed a gig as a dog food spokesperson. Well, mostly. It’s between him and three other guys, and Jack is STOKED. Karen wants to take him out to celebrate. Jack has a temp job to go to, but Karen educates him on how to call out of it because Karen is a professional at calling out on Grace. And speaking of Grace, she appears in a VERY festive dress looking radiant because she’s going on a date wait, sorry…to the gyno? Jack and Will are not having it, even after Grace makes the argument that they “both came out of vaginas.”

“Not me,” Jack says. “I’m a platinum-star gay.”

LET’S EXPLAIN:

  • Gold-star gay: Never been with a woman
  • Platinum-star gay: Never been with a woman, and also born via c-section

And that throws us right into the gyno (okay, not my best phrasing) with Nurse Sheila, whom you may remember from past seasons at the sperm bank. If you really care, you also know that Laura Kightlinger, who plays her, is a writer and consulting producer on the show. It turns out Grace has some abnormalities and could have cancer, so they’ve called her emergency contact and OH MY CHER, it’s Harry Connick Jr. It’s a startling reminder that he’s dreamy but also the worst part of Hope Floats, and also that you should regularly be updating your emergency contacts. How did this happen? Well, Grace had Karen chan — oh…

Anyway, Jack heads to his temp job to meet up with Alvin to do some theater work, but it’s not what he expected at all. Just as he’s about to bail, he gets the notice that he didn’t get that commercial, which means he’s stuck with the theater program at the Boys and Girls Club of the Bronx and stuck with Alvin (not like ALLLVIIIIN, because that joke is tired). 

So Jack dives in. His first lesson is that acting is about rejection, and if they’re not interested in acting, they should LEAVE. He wants their undivided attent — oh, Karen shows up! She pops a squat and waits until Jack is finished so they can do some beep boop (that’s Molly).

Leo grabs Grace from the gynecologist and takes her home, where she promises she’ll change her emergency contact. He says it’s not a problem, and they launch back into that Leo-and-Grace banter, and you know what? I didn’t really notice before, but Debra and Harry have serious chemistry. Grace isn’t feeling it, so she tells Leo to leave because she can handle this on her own. But as soon as she opens the door, she crashes into Will’s metaphorical arms. And when Leo overhears, he agrees: Will should have been her emergency contact because Will will always be her person, and boy, Grace does not like that. (Recap continues on page 2)

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