Will & Grace recap: The 5 best burns in Season 11, Episode 16

WILL & GRACE -- "We Love Lucy" Episode 316 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler/Ethel, Lucie Arnaz as Factory Boss, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland/Lucy -- (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC)
WILL & GRACE -- "We Love Lucy" Episode 316 -- Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler/Ethel, Lucie Arnaz as Factory Boss, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland/Lucy -- (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC) /
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Grace, Jack, and Karen fight over who would be the best Lucy to Will’s Ricky as Will & Grace pays tribute to I Love Lucy.

Do you love Lucy? Will & Grace does! Two episodes shy of the sitcom’s series finale, the gang pays homage to the fab four that came before them in a special I Love Lucy tribute episode. When Grace’s latest mishap inspires an argument between Grace, Jack, and Karen about who is their group’s Lucy to Will’s Ricky, the sitcom slips each of them into Lucy’s iconic shoes for three black and white vignettes recreating iconic moments from “Vitameatavegamin,” “Grape-Stomping,” and “Chocolate Factory.” They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; Lucy should be sincerely flattered.

Let’s recap the latest episode of Will & Grace with the gang’s five sharpest burns.

1. “Look, Jackie. Will finally gave Grace a bath.”

Grace tells Will she got him a present, and she leads him to the kitchen where the new dishwasher she installed looks like a violent snowstorm. He quips that living with Grace feels like being trapped in an episode of I Love Lucy, which she takes as a compliment. (He didn’t mean it as one.) When their Fred and Ethel — Jack and Karen — waltz in, Karen throws a barb at Grace’s hygiene before getting involved in the three-way contest on who makes the best Lucy in their group.

Will & Grace Season 11 Episode 16
WILL & GRACE — “We Love Lucy” Episode 316 — Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler/Lucy — (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC) /

2. “Grace also attempted a ‘Slutty Lucy’ in college that ended in tears.”

The first I Love Lucy tribute finds Grace donning the iconic Lucy look for the Vitameatavegamin commercial. Just like in the scene we know and love, Lucy initially hates the flavor of the 3% alcoholic all-in one health supplement, but the more she drinks of the nasty liquid, the looser she becomes and the more she can stand the flavor. By the end of the commercial, she can barely speak, but she drinks the Vitameatavegamin directly from the bottle.

Will & Grace Season 11 Episode 16
WILL & GRACE — “We Love Lucy” Episode 316 — Pictured: (l-r) Megan Mullally as Karen Walker/Lucy, Leslie Jordan as Beverly Leslie — (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC) /

3. “Oh, great. Now we have to say that a boy can be Lucy, too? What’s next, equal rights? It’s madness!”

Next up, Karen makes her case for Lucy, which cuts to her segment from the “Grape-Stomping” episode of I Love Lucy. Lucy arrives to stomp some grapes in an effort to prove to Ricky she can make her own living, where she joins an Italian woman, obviously played by Karen’s nemesis Beverley Leslie. Karen’s Lucy and the Italian woman show off their grape stomping skills before things get ugly. They smash grapes into each other and wind up wrestling in the grapes. Lucy emerges from the giant pool with a glass of red wine. You know, Karen makes a fine Lucy.

Will & Grace Season 11 Episode 16
WILL & GRACE — “We Love Lucy” Episode 316 — Pictured: (l-r) Debra Messing as Grace Adler/Ethel, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland/Lucy — (Photo by: Tina Thorpe/NBC) /

4. “Plus, Lucy was desperate to get her big break in show biz, and well, I got mine many years ago when I got the part of ‘Terrified Man’ in an episode of Silk Stalkings.”

Finally, Jack throws his hat in the ring for being the group’s best Lucy, saying he and Lucy relate to each other because of their Hollywood aspirations. It’s a looser connection than Grace’s red hair, but it doesn’t stop Jack from dreaming of starring in the famous “Chocolate Factory” scene. Grace plays his Ethel, and the pair work to wrap chocolates from the conveyor belt. Of course, the belt moves too quickly, and Lucy and Ethel start shoving chocolates in their mouths, shirts, and hats. (And that’s Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, playing their boss!)

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5. “While I’ve never wrestled with a gay man and a pregnant woman at the same time, I’ve always wanted to.”

Karen’s willing to go to physical blows to settle the big Lucy debate, but Grace decides it’s smarter to ask their Ricky who wins. They’re taken aback when Will admits all three of them are his Lucy for different reasons, not limited to cleaning up their messes. But he lands the subtle dig with the admission that he’s lucky to have three Lucys rather than none. “We Love Lucy” concludes with Will performing the I Love Lucy theme song as Ricky with all three of his Lucys.

What did you think of the I Love Lucy tribute episode? Who was your favorite Lucy, and who was your favorite Fred and Ethel? Sound off in the comments!

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