Will & Grace recap: 'Friends and Lover'
Nick Offerman is everyone's type...except for Karen's
Here we are, in the year of hope and Will and Grace, and the best reboot on television has returned. The last episode (outside that Christmas gem) was when Rosario passed, so we’re overdue for some ridiculous antics, and those antics are served: some good (bread/love making), some bad (Trucks for Tykes), and some just simply incredible. That means you, Nick Offerman.
Back in front of the TV, Will and Grace are having the tamest Netflix and chill in the history of the term. They don’t even realize how monotonous it’s all become (but seriously, Grace sorting through the Netflix search letters with the remote…that pain is so real) until Jack busts in to steal some snacks for the party he’s hosting next door…a gaggle, no giggle, of gays, to be exact. It’s at that moment that a commercial plays with the most insufferable jingle. You know what I’m talking about. Think of your worst commercial nightmare — mine is “For the best car insurance rates online, go to The General and save some time!” — and this is pretty much worse.
Anyway, Will and Grace decide that they have to get out more, and Jack leaves singing the jingle. And we’ll get back to this jingle story line in a second because it’s bizarre. Will and Grace’s solution to staying in is to go to a bread making class, which is hosted by Jackson Boudreaux, played by a perfect Nick Offerman (who, if you didn’t know, is Megan Mullally’s husband). He makes it sexual. Like, intensely sexual, and I don’t think that’s just me being off carbs this year. He hits on Grace, who starts to fall into this older-Jewish-mom trope. Jackson says, “You are damaged in the most beautiful way, aren’t you?” and it’s kind of wonderful. In pretty typical fashion, he makes his way over to Will and hits on him, too, and is it weird that the chemistry is even more palpable? The deal with his romance with both Will and Grace is that they don’t tell anyone.
Okay, this jingle. I took some time over Christmas to think about Will & Grace because boy, is it somehow polarizing. Outside of that one lady who talks about God’s wrath in the comments (happy new year, girl!), the conversation around this revival has mostly been a big debate about whether Will & Grace is beloved without fault or whether it’s floundered a bit. And you know what? I don’t think it’s the characters: Will is uptight and Grace is goofy and Jack is bonkers and Karen is perfect. But sometimes, the writing gets off the rails, and this jingle story line is a prime example. As Will tells Jack he slept with Jackson, we launch back into how Jack is haunted by this jingle; even when Will tries to scare the song out of his head with the threat of Riverdale‘s cancellation, Jack is stuck with it. So is Karen. A strange plot device, but hey, do you, 2018 Will & Grace.
While Will & Grace has breached this caught-in-the-middle lover situation before, there’s a hilarious interlude of two nights when Jackson sleeps with Grace and then Will and, of course, bounces through the living room naked. When it’s finally all revealed, the only person who doesn’t seem completely weirded out by it is Jackson, who kisses Will and Grace’s hands before connecting them. So, in short, it’s nice that the inevitable has happened: Will and Grace are in a polyamorous relationship.
Back in their apartment, Jackson invites Will and Grace to his place at 2 a.m. for a party, but when they arrive, it’s only the three of them because Jackson is a strange, beautiful bread-making man. After some snake venom bread (it’s a thing, okay?) and wine, Jackson cheerses to Will and then to Grace and then to Will and Grace because this party is about simultaneous love, which, as clarified to Grace, means not one on one. As they both struggle to get up and slowly make their way to the bedroom, Will and Grace continue to call each other’s bluffs, but when Jackson recommends that the two of them get started, it’s a hard no-go.
In the crazier plotline, Jack and Karen are absolutely exhausted with the Trucks for Tykes song. Like, so much so that they have an exhausted slap-off in the elevator to literally knock the song out of each other. It doesn’t work. So they head to the hospital, where they run into Jackson Boudreaux, who is checking in because snake venom is actually bad. When Jack and Karen reveal that they know Will and Grace are sleeping with Jackson, they are cured of the song sickness.
And in a perfect finish, Jackson is wheeled up next to Karen. He suggests they spend time together, and she says, “So not my type.” Genius.