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Will & Grace Recap: Problematic Sex, Beverly Leslie and Texas

The latest Will & Grace episode found three of the characters headed south to Texas whereas one couldn’t get her man to go south on her.

Grace and Noah “The Curmudgeon” (David Schwimmer) have been dating for weeks now but have yet to do the deed with one another. She panics in the beginning on the episode and wonders if the curtain is closing on if it will ever happen or not.

As the show continues, they do their best to get it in only to run into several problems like Grace having sex with Noah’s favorite sandwich guy (he refers to him “touching his meat” at some point. Giggity). By episode’s end, they finally do it after Grace reveals that she does “everything” in bed.

Will & Jack go to Texas to see Jack’s grandson Skip (Jet Jergunsmeyer) perform at a local church concert. Skip was the one that they saved last season when his parents put him in a conversion camp, so Jack feels a great deal of closeness to him which is far greater than the one he had with his son Elliott (Michael Anganaro).

Jack starts to have a meltdown once he discovers that Skip will be singing a very gay song, “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” and fears that he will be ridiculed and bullied because of it (primarily due to where they are located). Will goes into a story about how he wanted to perform as Freddie Mercury as a child but didn’t due to his parents and tries to make Jack see the brighter side in letting him do this over what people will think about him. In the end, the audience loved it and Jack goes into hysterics on stage when realizing how bad his judgment was about the area he was in. Will ends the episode dressed as Freddie Mercury, which is equally funny as it is hot.

As for Karen, she heads to the border to check out a spot on the wall she’s sponsored, only to discover that her arch nemesis Beverly Leslie (Leslie Jordan) had taken it from her. They get into it, of course, only to wind up in jail after they caused damage on their automobiles.

It is within the holding cell that Karen meets a woman who is trying to flee Mexico and got a better understanding as to why she is doing so as it relates to her late made Rosario (Shelley Morrison). Karen’s emotional scenes are always great, even though they can be rare, and the connection that she makes with this woman while they are in the cell was fantastic to watch and proof of what a great actress Megan Mullally really is.

Funny lines from the episode:

“I thought we were going to have sex, so I didn’t want to come at him all bloated and gross”.

 “Oh, look it’s a double feature: Rio Homo and High by Noon”.

“You haven’t had sex with him yet? What are you… having it renovated?”

“Who names their child after an old lady’s scarf?”

“I didn’t know the state of Texas was so… Texas-sy.”

“My new pixel has a wide-angle lens, so we can fit most of Will in.”

“Let’s just say this cowgirl was coming around the mountain… when she came.”

“There’s no need for excessive force… if that’s what you’re into.”

“He may look like Mr. Clean but he’s Mr. Dirty!”

What did you think of last night’s Will & Grace?

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Panic Ensues When One of the Four Go Missing On W&G

Season 2, episode 2 of Will & Grace feels like it should’ve been the premiere instead based on the subject matter that happened within it.

The show starts with Jack and Karen cackling delightfully after Will’s mother Marilyn marries Grace’s father Martin. Of course, Will & Grace are devastated by all of this, but then the rest of the episode focuses on something much different and pushes this subject matter to this side. It’s quite confusing that the reality of W&G becoming related isn’t the total focus, nor do we get to see the actual wedding happen. All we get is their misery mixed with Jack and Karen’s delight… and Smitty the Bartender (which is never a problem).

Will, Grace and Jack’s characters do have their own storyline happen after that scene fades to black, but it becomes part of a bigger issues when a “detective” call each of them. They all convene at W&G’s apartment to find out that Karen has gone missing. It was there where they each recall where they saw her last (she visited Will when he was dying his beard hair, showed up to work at Grace’s studio and chatted with Jack when he was in the shower with Estefan).

The other storylines are a tad menial compared to Karen going missing. Will’s has to do with him dying his beard but claiming it’s “good genes” when other people compliment him on it, Grace panics that she has no social media followers amid her running for President of the New York Society of Interior Designers and Jack freaking out about the whole “forever” thing with Estefan. Each have their funny moments, but it wasn’t about them this time around.

Karen is eventually found taking a tour at Universal Studios as her alter ego Anastasia Beaverhausen. She talks with a woman from the Midwest about why she went missing, which she thinks has to do with her husband Stan finding out about her affair with Malcolm.

Malcolm (Alec Baldwin) eventually shows up to reveal that it was he who told Stan about the affair. Karen comes back at the end of the episode to slap Malcolm and find out that she’s been served with divorce papers from the woman who claimed she was a “detective” (she’s wasn’t, she’s a process server). They all happily hug her and wish her support before the episode ended.

Notes from the Episode:

  • Can the writers please give Will a better storyline? A relationship, another friend… something? Having this episode be about him dying his beard really fell flat and he’s a much better actor than what they are giving.
  • No “West Side Curmudgeon” this week AKA David Schwimmer who appeared on the season opener. He’ll be back at some point, I just still wonder as to why his episode was the premiere and not this one as it seemed a tad backwards.
  • Jack and Estefan won’t last. Maybe I’m wrong, but Jack doesn’t have the ability to be a one-man kind of… man. He even said during this episode that he’s a “Jack of all Gays,” so I wonder if Esetefan’s time is numbered on the show.
  • I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Malcolm either.
  • Here’s hoping that there’s some flashbacks to Marilyn and Martin’s wedding, as it would’ve been great to see how Will and Grace acted during it.

Thoughts on last night’s show, Instinct Magazine readers?

It was Comedy Gold During the Will & Grace Season Premiere

Will & Grace’s 2nd season of its revival began last night on a somewhat different path compared to its 1st season finale.

They switched gears from Will & Grace’s mother and father (respectively) announcing that they were getting married on the finale to the latter meeting a guy that appears to be someone of interest for the interior designer.

For Jack and Karen, it’s comedy as usual with their own hilarious issues in life and Will’s storyline goes nowhere besides him mocking them both in the process. Let’s look at some of the highlights from the 2nd season premiere.

David Schwimmer, who famously played Ross for 10 years on another NBC sitcom, Friends, appears as Noah Broader, otherwise known as “The West Side Curmudgeon”, which happens to be the title of the season 2 premiere. The two are very similar in their approaches in life in that they both complain about pretty much everything that’s going on around them in NYC, yet he’s more known about being like that in a public/social media kind of way.

After having an accidental run-in in the lobby of Grace’s building, she hands him a flyer for a position she’s vying for in hopes that he will share it on his social media due to the number of followers he has. He then made a mean tweet about it which brings Grace to confront him several different times inside a local diner. It is here where she eventually breaks him down and the two of them end on a promising high note (possible relationship?). David did sign on for a bunch of episodes this season, so expect to see him a lot more as the show goes on.

As for Karen, she finds out that there’s a plastic surgery procedure known as the “Karen Walker” which has to do with someone requesting a breast job to look like hers. She runs into Will’s apartment and asks him to help protect the intellectual property in this matter, even though he left his lawyer job last season. Still, her opening line of “Grace, where’s Will?”, when Will is sitting right there is comedy gold and why we’ve loved her character for 20 years now.

Sean Hayes’ portrayal of Jack has always excelled when it comes to the physical comedy he puts into his character. That could not have been truer during last night’s episode, where he panics before meeting Estefan’s family via FaceTime as he wants to look younger than he already does. He overly applies a numbing cream to his face and lips that renders both useless and hilarity ensues from there. He can barely use his hands as well, as he used them to slather the cream. Will is there to simply mock him and falsely tell him that a banana will relieve him from all the numbing, which only makes the scene that much funnier.

What did you think of last night’s premiere?

FINALLY! Will & Grace Tease a 'Big Fat Gay Wedding' For The Upcoming Season

We will definitely drink to this: a "Big Fat Gay Wedding" on the upcoming season of the Will & Grace revival.

There's already so much information about season 2 of the hit NBC series that we are practically salivating at its return. For one, there are several guest stars slated to appear (some new, some returning). This includes David Schwimmer, Chelsea Handler, Adam Rippon, Matt Bomer and Minnie Driver just to name a few. Yay!

Now, the show's official Twitter account just teased that a gay wedding will happen in the upcoming season... which officially premieres October 4th on NBC.

 

 

The tagline in the hilarious video is "Being single is so last season," while Etta James' classic hit "At Last" plays in the background. All four of the cast members (Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally) are all trying to catch the bouquet, so this leaves a lot of questions as to who will be walking down the aisle.

For one, we know that David Schwimmer will be a recurring character as Grace's love interest (and he won't be playing Ross, folks). In the season one finale, Karen sticks with Stan and ditches Malcolm (Alec Baldwin), Will remains painfully single and Jack returns from Ibiza with a guy named Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez). There is also the cliffhanger about Will's mother Marilyn (Blythe Danner) and Grace's father Martin (Robert Klein) getting married... but they aren't gay.

So there's a lot of balls up in the air over who will walk down the aisle and what will make this wedding big, fat and gay. Can't wait to see what happens when the show returns in one month!

 

What Characters Would the Other 'Friends' Cast Play on 'Will & Grace?'

Two of the most successful sitcoms to ever air on NBC has been Friends and Will & Grace. The former started a couple of years beforehand in 1994 and finished in 2004, while the latter appeared on the peacock network from 1998 to 2006.

Many legendary shows have done some sort of crossover promotion in the past, where lovable characters appear on the opposite program in an effort to jack up the ratings during sweeps or whatnot. Friends and W&G never did that with one another during their original run, even though Sean Hayes revealed on Watch What Happens Live last September that there was an idea of having Matt LeBlanc’s character of Joey on his show, seeing as they are both played struggling actors on each individual series.

It was just revealed earlier this week that David Schwimmer, who played the down-on-his-luck Ross on Friends, will be featured in a recurring role on the upcoming second season of W&G’s revival. He will play the love interest of Grace, played by Debra Messing. Comedian and late-night host Chelsea Handler will also be making an appearance as a power lesbian.

So, this got me thinking: what if the other five cast members from Friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry) all made an appearance as well? Would it be too much for us to handle? Jennifer recently revealed how she “fantasizes” about bringing the show back to life… so this could be a great way of teasing that sort of thing, even if they are not playing the characters that made each of them super famous.

Here’s what I think each actor should play if they ever decide to drop by the set of Will & Grace.

Jennifer Aniston: If Jennifer is so game to bring Friends back on the air… then this is where we could see her revive Rachel Green. The storylines could run rampant here, but the focus of her being on the show is to really see if she’s still with Ross, how Emma is doing now that she’s in high school, and who she keeps in contact with from the original group. This is all a fantasy, but boy would it be a ratings juggernaut should it ever happen.

Courteney Cox: There’s a lot of avenues that they could do with this. A dramatic twist could be that Courteney plays the woman that Leo (Harry Connick Jr.) slept with while they were in Cambodia back at the end of season 6. A lot of storylines became resolved when W&G was revived, however this one never did, and it would be interesting to see how this could play out knowing what really happened with Grace and Leo at the end of it all (their marriage just didn’t work).

Lisa Kudrow: This would be downright hilarious. Lisa played Ursula Buffay, Phoebe’s twin sister on Mad About You, over the span of 24 episodes (as well as some appearances on Friends). Her role of a ditzy waitress would work perfectly opposite Sean’s of Jack in case he is ever unemployed and must become a waiter again. The storyline would be that they are both up for a high paying catering gig of sorts, and shenanigans would ensue between the two for one of them to get it. In the end, neither of them does… just like when he had to battle Will Arnett for a dancer’s spot in Janet Jackson’s tour back on season 7 of the show’s original run.

Matt LeBlanc: I’m going to go out on a whim and say this… Matt could be Stan Walker, Karen Walker’s husband (who has never been seen on the show). He’s lost a ton of weight and finally appears as a super hunk for the boozy assistant to parade around in sheer glory. He falls off the bandwagon by the end of the episode, however, after getting stung by a bee which brings him back to his original gluttonous self.

Matthew Perry: Simple. Matthew was a straight guy that Will had a thing for when they were both junior lawyers… that isn’t straight after all. I mean, everyone thought Chandler was gay on Friends, so why should this be any different?

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Yas! Chelsea Handler Will Play a Power Lesbian on 'Will & Grace'

Chelsea Handler will be flexing her comedic and acting chops on the upcoming 2nd season of Will & Grace's revival. 

Entertainment Weekly reported that she will be portraying a character named Donna Zimmer, who is described as a high-powered client of Grace’s (Debra Messing) who starts dating her bitter sister, Janet (Mary McCormack). The character of Janet was originally played by Oscar-winner Geena Davis, who appeared in the season 6 episode called The Accidental Tsuris (a play on her film The Accidental Tourist). 

According to EW, she started filming yesterday and the episode that features her could air early in the upcoming season. The revival of the show has garnered much praise from critics and audiences alike, and has earned several of the cast members a bunch of nominations in the process (Megan Mullally scored an Emmy nod for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series earlier this month).

The first season of the revival saw a ton of major celebs either make their debut or return to the legendary comedy series, notably Molly Shannon and Jennifer Lopez. Chelsea happens to be good friends with Eric McCormack (Will) in real life, so hopefully we get to see some fun and playful banter between the two of them when the episode airs either later this year or in 2019.

More on Chelsea's guest role here.

 

Megan Mullally Should Win Her 3rd Emmy for ‘Will & Grace’ Over Everyone Else

Megan Mullally was the only cast member from Will & Grace to receive an acting nomination at the 2018 Emmy Awards this year. Since the show’s reboot, the sitcom's stars have received a variety of nods (minus Debra Messing, sadly), yet none have come up with a win yet.

Although Megan faces some very strong competition (not to mention the high number of nominees this year: 8 total), I truly believe that she should pick up her first Emmy win for the reboot and third overall due to one particular episode from this past season.

Traditionally, people submit an episode for Emmy consideration prior to the nominations being revealed. Megan exceeded in her comedic abilities throughout this season, however there was one particular performance that resonated for me on a much higher level than the others. It was the episode entitled “Rosario's Quinceañera,” which dealt with the death of her maid played by Shelley Morrison.

The character of Rosario became a vital part of Will & Grace’s original success when the show was on between 1998-2006. Her witty and clever comebacks to her boss Karen was shade personified, and the battles between these two were truly hilarious each and every time they fought.

At the same time, Rosario was a friend to Karen when she needed her the most, which allowed both of their characters to explore their emotional sides in a show that balanced both comedy and drama really well over the course of eight seasons.

It was revealed last year that Shelley had retired from acting and would not come back to the show. That was a heartbreaking moment for many of us, as so many other recurring cast members returned for the reboot and it would’ve been nice to see how Rosario was doing today. Little did we know, at the time, that they were planning on doing something very special to close her character out.

‘Rosario’s Quinceañera’ was emotional from its first moments, where it was revealed that Rosario had died after surgical complications from collapsing in Karen’s home. What’s truly awe-inspiring to see is the range of emotions that Megan puts into her character as the episode progresses, which culminates in a tissue-grabbing moment at the end when she has a funny yet very poignant conversation with Rosario at her funeral.

Karen originally denies that Rosario is dead, before Grace tries to make her come to grips with things. Throughout the show, each character tries to comfort Karen in their own way. Grace makes it all about her, of course, and talks about her mother Bobbie’s (Debbie Reynolds) death which bore little to no relation to Rosario’s. Then, Karen makes Jack (Sean Hayes) dance emphatically to a variety of songs which provided some much needed comic relief for such a heavy episode.

Finally Will (Eric McCormack) does his best to help Karen out while she sits at the bar by simply embracing her with a big hug. This allows her to walk bravely into the funeral, which was taken place while she was across the street, and have her final moments with Rosario.

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, go on Hulu and watch it as its one of the best the show has ever done and definitely could earn Megan her 3rd Emmy in September. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

'Will & Grace' Star Sean Hayes Dismisses Stereotypical Label As "Insider Homophobia"

In a new interview with PrideSource, Will & Grace star Sean Hayes had no time for folks who think his character “Jack” is too stereotypical for television in 2018.

“I think that’s insider homophobia,” said the actor. “Because I know people like Jack, because one part of me is like Jack, and so if you’re saying people in the gay community were concerned that I was playing Jack a certain way and people would “worry” that gay people act like that, they do act like that. “

“And there’s people who act like Will,” he added. “There are people on all spectrums of human behavior in the gay community, just like there are people on all spectrums of human behavior in the straight community, so I nix that and I say 'bye' to that – I say, 'bye, Felicia!' – because that doesn’t make any sense to me.”

In fact, Hayes says so-called ‘exaggerated’ portrayals happen on all sides of the acting spectrum including straight actors.

“Look at Jim Carrey, look at Robin Williams,” said Hayes.

Since Will & Grace is often credited with giving gay people more visibility in pop culture, Hayes was asked who he saw as an inspiration when he was younger.

His answer wasn’t an actor, but a musician.

“If you’re talking about a famous person, Andy Bell (of Erasure),” replied the 47-year-old. “Because I was in college and I was 17, 18, and I was shocked that somebody was out and proud, making a living in the arts or in pop culture by being who they are and not apologizing for it." 

“I thought that was mind-blowing because “A Little Respect” was the No. 1 song on the radio and I was like, ‘Wait, the guy is gay and everybody is OK with that?’ That’s amazing.”

With Will & Grace now having aired in two very different periods of LGBTQ rights, Hayes notes that while things are better today than during the 90s, its important for everyone to find a way to make their own contribution to the movement because, “The hate doesn’t end overnight.”

However, Hayes isn’t comfortable being an activist (“I just don’t feel comfortable doing that, it’s just not who I am”), but feels his work on Will & Grace is his contribution.

“I’m happy the show is back because there’s still tons of work to do,” said Hayes. “The power of comedy is so incredible; that’s why we broke so many boundaries the first time. And hopefully we can continue to do that.”

How 'Will & Grace' Helped The LGBTQ Community Across Several Generations

I noticed that the official YouTube account for Will & Grace shared a 90-second video that celebrates Pride Month in a beautiful way. The vid shows some of their most iconic LGBTQ moments, from when it began 20 years ago up until now due to its wonderful reboot. 

 

 

It's a fascinating video to look at, as it details just a glimmer of the impact that this show has made on the LGBTQ community, our supporters, and even people who at one point were homophobic but changed their views after watching the daily, or "gaily"lives of Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes), and Karen (Megan Mullally). 

As someone who is an "early millennial" of sorts (born in the mid-80's), I come from a generation of people who were starting to warm up to the idea of LGBTQ acceptance. The 1980's was more political, with the desire to wake everyone up in terms of what was going on with the AIDS crisis and our needs to not be looked at some deviants, whereas the 90's started to develop a conversation about our community and how we can really integrate ourselves into the mainstream world.

Two shows were able to help that cause. Ellen was one... and Will & Grace was the other. Ellen (DeGeneres) broke the doors down in a huge way when she came out as gay on her primetime series, which drew millions of viewers who ultimately became divided on why she did what she did. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for her at that point, and the show was canceled a year after that particular episode aired. Obviously, she rebounded, but it took a little while for her to get there and for another show to come along to finish what she started.

Cue Will & Grace. A show about a gay man and a straight woman living together in New York City. Will has the funny sidekick friend in Jack, and Grace has her assistant Karen who really isn't much of an assistant at all. The show's first eight episodes aired Monday's on NBC, before moving to Tuesday's and then finally their Thursday night lineup, which was known as "Must See TV" at that point. They joined in with some other legendary shows at the time, including Frasier and Friends.

Clearly the show had struck a chord, but I do wonder if that would have happened had Ellen not done what she did a year earlier. Regardless, the formula between these four actors really worked, as the show averaged between 12 to 17 million viewers per week through its first six seasons and won a ton of awards in the process.

The emotional moments on the show were just as incredible as the comedic ones, which showcased the difficulties our community faced in the world at that point. It was the first time that we saw something like this on a continuing series and not just on a "very special episode" type of deal that our community had to deal with up for several years prior. 

These were characters that were relatable and likable, but at the same time, they were creating a conversation. They were bringing together all types of people in real life who almost developed a "gay" sort of education while watching the program. For me, I had no idea about anything in the gay community prior to watching Will & Grace given my age when it was on. Watching the show helped me tremendously with my sexuality to the point where it inspired me to want to come out to my parents at a very young age.

I can't be the only one to think that. And it's left an impression on not only my generation, but several others as well. Younger, older, and everything in between, we have to really thank this show for existing as we never had anything like it before. If we didn't have Will & Grace, chances are we wouldn't have the following (hypothetically):

  • Queer as Folk
  • Looking
  • The L Word
  • RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Queer Eye
  • Miss Vanjie (hehe)
  • Modern Family
  • Glee

And so on and so forth. They helped shape a movement that is stronger than ever... and all they had to do was show up, get the show made, edit it accordingly, and broadcast it to millions of people like me who needed it for their own reasons. Thank you, Will & Grace, for what you've done for our community and what you will continue to do for generations in the future. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

'Will & Grace' Shares Video Tribute For Pride Month

"You are exactly who you are supposed to be."

You could say that's one of the ineffable messages of Pride Month.

And underscoring yet again the impact Will & Grace has had on LGBTs and allies alike, this newly-released one minute video gets to the center of what has made the show such an enduring success.

Humor with heart.

The video mash-up from the iconic sitcom in honor of Pride Month reminds us why the Will & Grace reboot been an amazing revival for NBC and the LGBT community.

Take, for example, the clip from the latest season between Will and guest star Ben Platt:

Will: “My coming out was pretty typical - my mom cried, my dad drank…”

Ben: “I told my parents when I was 8. They both threw me a coming out party on the same weekend.”

Will: “That’s not a coming out story. How’s James Franco supposed to win an Oscar playing that???”

While it gets a good laugh, the brief scene combines comedy and light with a subject many experienced as painful.

The quick video tribute offers coming out moments from Will and Jack, as well as the infamous “television kiss” between the two dashing urbanites.

We’re also treated to moments of pride by parents on the show, something most of America had never seen before W&G.

And why? Because as Jack tells us, “That’s what we do in the community - we ‘gay it forward.’”

Because Pride Month isn't just about a party, or history, or a slogan. 

“The minute you forget what we went through to get here, is the minute it could all be taken away.”

Well done, NBC.

Happy Pride, folks.

 

 

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