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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 a B-

When Grace gets to the bar, she tries to relate but ultimately does exactly what Will told her not to do and makes it all about herself. I’m going to be gently critical for a moment: As iconic as that shower scene was, there’s something about Grace as of late that just feels like…maybe it’s too much. The screaming, the pushing. Though Grace has always been a lot, in the original series, it never felt forced. In this episode, well, it kind of did. And that’s a shame because this moment is all about Grace’s mom, played by the late Debbie Reynolds. Maybe it’s just a sad reminder that we don’t get Debbie back.

Back at the service, ex-husband Jack has taken the stage to say some words about his ex-wife Rosario. When Jack runs a little long, he starts to toss it over to Karen, but she’s still not there. Will tells Jack to stretch it, so Jack literally stretches.

When Grace gets back, she tag teams out with Jack before Lorraine appears with a new plan: Steal Karen’s car, get an 8-ball, drive to Atlantic City, and whatever happensĀ happens. That’s when Grace points out that they’re wearing the same pin, but, yeah…you know the drill.

In the bar, Jack tries to talk with Karen, but she’s just not having it. She just wants him to sing. So Jack launches into “Happy,” which happens to go along with dances like the electric slide, the choreography from The Wiz, and “Thriller,” in case you’re looking for something impressive to pull out a a wedding. In the chapel, Grace and Will are still arguing about her business when Jack comes back, humiliated — not too humiliated to flirt with the presiding priest, but you know, pretty humiliated.

So Will steps in, only to tell Karen that she’s free to approach this funeral however she wants. And while she goes off on a tangent, he simply hugs her. She says, “Of all the times to come onto me, you pervert,” but as he starts to pull away, she latches on. Will says the funeral is over and everyone is gone, but if she wants to see Rosario one last time, she can.

And with just about three minutes left, Megan Mullally makes a play for the Emmy. With her head arrogantly turned up, Karen approaches Rosie’s casket and immediately notices Grace’s mint in her hair. She apologizes for not being there, but what was she supposed to say? She was her maid? Her sparring partner? Her best friend? Because she was all of those things. And when Karen finally acknowledges all those “What do you need?” questions, there’s only one answer: for Rosario not to be gone. So she takes off her ring and says she wants Rosie to have it. It belonged to her mother and “Lord knows she’s been eying it for years.” But she also says she’s not going to the cemetery. She wants to remember Rosario her way. So she sits for a while, removes a bottle of cleaner from Rosario’s casket, and polishes the top before looking over and saying, “Te amo, mami.”

At the entrance of the church, Will, Grace, and Jack watch from afar as Jack says this is what it looks like when Karen is sad. So there you have it. Rosario is gone, though thank God, Shelley Morrison is fineĀ (someone knock on wood). There were a ton of guests, but having Minnie Driver, Smitty, and the funeral of Rosario in one episode felt like a lot of fish to fry, and though that final scene was pitch perfect, it’s hard not to think that Rosario deserved more.

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