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Justin Kirkland
November 02, 2017 AT 09:31 PM EDT

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 B-

Some weeks, this revival of Will & Grace has been just as incredible as the original series: hilarious, poignant, contemporary. Understandably, the show is trying to find its footing in a world full of television, watched by people who always have an opinion. But the fall finale tried to be hilarious, nostalgic, and poignant all at the same time, and it got clunky. Real clunky. “Trip on the memory of Debbie Reynolds while honoring Shelley Morrison, knock your wig loose” clunky.

We open at Grace Adler and Associates, and oh boy, it just kind of hit me that we now have three main characters working there. That’s going to throw all the main characters in the same place way more often because you know that Jack isn’t going to be doing any work for anyone. This week, Karen is the last to arrive…you know, because she didn’t really want to be there to begin with.

She spent the morning looking for Rosario (!!), who never takes the day off unless it’s Christmas or Maids Eat Free Day at Applebees. And Rosario was missing for good reason: She’s in the hospital.

At the hospital, Jack is a mess. He’s running up and down the halls DEMANDING Rosario’s Jell-O…for himself. Such an incredible ex-husband. Karen shows up with balloons; she’s decided that once she gets out of the hospital, she’s going to throw Rosie a quinceañera — which Karen explains as the ceremony when a woman hits menopause and becomes a man. But when the doctor comes to speak with Karen, it’s not good news. There were complications. Rosario is gone. Karen asks if it’s to some underground maids’ fight club, but when Grace tries to clarify, Karen says she already knows.

At Rosario’s funeral, Grace asks if Karen needs anything, and Karen is over it. She says she’s been on her own since 9 months old; she breastfed herself. She just wanted to throw Rosie that quinceañera since her mother was so terrible to her.

And that’s when we’re interrupted by the iconic Lorraine Finster. Minnie Driver is a TREASURE. And Lorraine’s practically family. She slept with Karen’s husband. Karen married her father. They once had a three-way. I don’t want to know the involved parties…nope, wait, it was Lorraine’s father. Great. After a quick hug (and earring heist), Lorraine makes her exit, like a lady.

As Grace and Will approach the casket, Grace tells Rosie that she’s wearing the pin she gave her, saying how much she loves it before admitting that she’s literally lying to a corpse. But it’s not like they’ve been appropriate all episode long. Will leased the space next door to Grace’s business since, you know, they all work together now, and Grace is upset because she thinks he should have run it by her. It keeps coming up, and Grace finally says that Will works for her. Mid-argument, her mint flies out and lands in Rosario’s casket.

Jack is having a panic attack pre-funeral, throwing Bibles into pews and breaking down over seating orders. Grace reminds him that all he has to do is get Karen through the day — but Karen isn’t there. She’s at the bar next door. In a surprise twist, we get Smitty back! Remember ol’ Smitty? Karen asks him for advice, but he can’t hear her because he’s almost entirely deaf. It cracks Karen up because Smitty knows just what to say. (Recap continues on page 2)

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