Will & Grace recap: The 5 best burns in season 9, episode 14

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Photo Credit: Will & Grace/NBC/Chris Haston, Acquired From NBCUniversal Media Village /

In the latest Will & Grace, Will reconnects with Michael as Grace learns a sweet lesson in political activism. Let’s recap with the five best quotes!

Will & Grace may not have ever been a member of the TGIT or TGIF lineups (or even on the same network), but thank GOD Will & Grace is back to tackle the social issues other shows won’t touch with a 10-foot pole. In the revival’s very political premiere episode, the characters made a meta promise to keep it mostly bipartisan, but who are Will and Grace if not well-meaning people who sometimes don’t mean what they say?

When Karen places an order at a bakery for a cake decorated with a conservative message, Grace rushes to her defense… before she even understands what she’s defending. The episode breaks apart the highly publicized case of a Colorado bakery that refused to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding and presents both sides of the spectrum. Rather than playing devil’s advocate, the sitcom offers a tough takeaway of the complicated implications of free speech’s gray area. Let’s recap with the five sickest burns from the latest episode of Will & Grace!

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1. “Did Midge and Moose have a little problem with jingle jangle on Riverdale?”

To answer Jack’s very valid question: No, Midge and Moose didn’t have a little problem with jingle jangle on Riverdale. (Aside: Jack’s fandom of Riverdale is the best recurring bit on Will & Grace.) Speaking of not-so-little problems, Jack believes Will’s getting too high on his rekindled relationship with Michael. After reconciling, Will and Michael have moved at warp speed, skipping over the awkward early parts and planning trips to the Caribbean. It doesn’t help that Jack finds Michael and his incessant use of “vis-à-vis” insufferable. Sounds like Jack could use some jingle jangle.

2. “People like me don’t care about the problems of the white working class. That was just to win the election.”

Has there ever been a better use of a character as an ironic mouthpiece than Karen Walker? As a wealthy white woman, she spews the rhetoric that can be found in the depths of political Twitter threads, but in the realm of Will & Grace, it sounds like satire. Who would believe the stuff that comes out of Karen’s mouth? Oh, there’s a market for it. Anyway, Karen marches into an NYC bakery demanding a cake reading “MAGA” for a party she’s throwing for 45, but Amy the baker (guest star Vanessa Bayer) refuses. The roles have been reversed.

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3. “If Katy Perry were a kangaroo, I’m sure that’s what it would look like inside her pouch.”

Jack’s uninterested in Will’s new purchases for his trip with Michael (guest star Cheyenne Jackson), who’s a new gym owner. Coincidence, huh, that Will has money and an eye for business? But Jack decides to speak up to Will, confessing that he thinks he and Michael are rushing their relationship. Surprisingly, Will accepts his constructive criticism and takes it to heart. However, Will opens up to Michael about Jack’s worries, and Michael blames it on Jack’s unrequited love for Will. Wait, Jack in love with Will?! Stranger things have happened…

4. “Least favorite [powerful man]… I keep forgetting my dad is dead.”

Will & Grace presents a complicated conversation about civil rights. It’s unacceptable to not serve someone based on their sexual orientation, but is it acceptable to deny someone service based on whom they support? Grace waltzes down to the bakery to “rip someone a new doughnut hole,” but when she realizes what Karen wants on the cake, she backs down.

Tony explains both sides of the argument, and Grace — a noted liberal — resolves that Karen’s rights shouldn’t be denied. During her call for peace, Grace earns pushback from a Latina woman, a disabled man, and a transgender man. But that doesn’t stop Grace from threatening the ACLU on the baker, who counts the current president as her second, er, least favorite powerful man.

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5. “Very clever, but this isn’t for the vice president.”

Suddenly, Will’s caught between his best friend and his boyfriend. When he asks Jack about Michael’s theory, Jack rebuffs with an explanation of the tense power dynamic between Will and Jack. Reasonably, Jack’s insulted that he can’t simply care for his best friend and warns Will that Michael uses him for his money. Within minutes, Michael proves Jack right as he asks Will for an investment in his gym. But we still have to wonder: Is Jack really not into Will?

Finally, Grace stands her bipartisan ground and forces (bullies?) Amy into baking the MAGA cake. Ever the hero, Amy presents a cake reading “IMAGAY,” which Grace finds amusing — had it been for Mike Pence. Grace then asks Amy to cover the I and Y, but a push and pull lands Grace’s face right in the cake. It’s probably what she deserves, to be honest. After word gets out about Amy’s conservative baking, Grace learns she’s decorating desserts with swastikas for neo-nazis. Sorry, Grace. You didn’t make cake great again.

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Will & Grace airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.