Will & Grace returns for its farewell season, and the gang’s caught baby fever. Who’s prepared to take on parenthood and who’s already expecting?
If there’s a sitcom that knows who to do a final season, it’s Will & Grace. Think about it, they’ve done it once in 2006, and they can surely do it again nearly 14 years later. The farewell season of the revival returns in the aftermath of the previous season finale’s big changes for the gang: Karen’s single, Will’s engaged, Jack’s married, and Grace’s Eat, Pray, Love-ing it.
But as it turns out, what happens on your Eat, Pray, Love adventure in Europe with a man you just met doesn’t stay on said adventure. Grace comes home to a life-changing bombshell that has nothing to do with the massive bug bite on her ankle. Elsewhere, Will struggles with his long-distance relationship, and Jack kicks off marriage with a little white lie. Let’s recap the final season premiere of Will & Grace with the gang’s five sharpest burns. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)
1. “The last thing I want to do is make another donation to Mike Pence’s spank bank.”
Will and Grace catch up over breakfast, and Grace waxes poetic about her trip around Europe. She feels liberated, having separated from Noah and gotten down with some “good, dirty fun” with Marcus. From here on out, it’s all about Grace.
On the other hand, Will worries about his relationship with McCoy, who’s moved across the pond for work. McCoy proposes phone sex, but Will’s concerned with the government’s prying eyes on the information shared via technology.
2. “Can you imagine a little gay fool bursting through the door every hour on the hour?”
The honeymoon’s over for Jack and Estefan, and Jack’s already delving into the realities of marriage. When Estefan brings home a pride-themed cuckoo clock, Jack grows tired of its hourly dance parties. What does he do? He throws a yard sale in the hallway, in the previous location of his small but lucrative cafe (ah, memories).
Mrs. Timmer takes the clock off Jack’s hands, but when Estefan finds out, he threatens the life of Jack’s Cher doll, instigating the very fight Jack was trying to avoid. Having sailed down the trash chute, Jack promises to fight with Estefan forever.
3. “I bet you’re wearing jeans. I bet they’re tight. I bet they’re women’s jeans.”
Who else could Will turn to for help with phone sex than Karen Walker, a self-proclaimed “pansexual superstar”? Will sheepishly asks Karen for pointers, but when he drops his phone in the couch and makes grunting noises, Karen mistakes his grunts for sounds of pleasure. Karen coaches Will through a one-sided phone sex call, which doesn’t help when he’s on FaceTime with McCoy for the big show.
The call nearly puts McCoy to sleep, but Will finally takes the pressure off. He wants to talk about their relationship and their future. He wants to have a baby, not phone sex.
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4. “You are like a seven-layer dip of mistakes.”
Grace gets the bug bite on her ankle she attracted during her travels checked out by a doctor, but the doctor hits her with even bigger news: She’s pregnant. Admittedly, it’s weird hearing Grace gripe about being too old to have a baby and bemoaning the alone time she was ready to revel in when we watched Grace wade through a pregnancy in Season 8 that was later erased from the timeline. Nonetheless, she opens up to a woman on the subway and gets a solid dose of tough love.
5. “By the time this baby’s my age, I’ll be… Well, I’ll be dead.”
Grace stumbles back home with her doubts in tow to tell Will the news, but he seemingly already knows that she’s pregnant. What’s more, he’s fully on board. However, the two quickly realize the miscommunication: Will and McCoy are going to have a baby, too.
Unlike past feuds, they both support each other’s path to parenthood. When Jack and Karen burst in to share Jack’s own intention to have a baby with Estefan, Karen quickly shuts down the notion that any four of them should have children. Thus begins Will and Grace’s vow of silence until one of them shows…
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Will & Grace airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.