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Will & Grace Recap: Grace Details Her Horrific #MeToo Incident

Debra Messing is one hell of an actress, albeit comedic or dramatic. The dramatic side of her character Grace Adler isn’t seen too much, and when it does it usually revolves around her relationship with men or her longtime friendship with Will (Eric McCormack). That all changed on Thursday night’s episode where she opened up about her own #MeToo incident that occurred at a very young age.

The episode has two storylines this go around, with Grace reluctantly going to Schenectady with her father Martin (Robert Klein) to visit her late mother Bobbi’s (Debbie Reynolds) grave and his best friend Harry. Before leaving their apartment, Grace says that she will no way visit Harry’s grave, which at this point gives no clues as to why she won’t go.

The other storyline revolves around Will and Karen (Megan Mullaly) battling it out to be Jack’s (Sean Hayes) best man at his upcoming wedding. Wow… Jack is actually getting married! The scene takes place at a fictitious gay bar named after the legendary drag queen Coco Peru, who hilariously appears throughout. Essentially W&G comes up with its very own “Lip Sync for your Life” type of ordeal that RuPaul’s Drag Race has done for a decade now, except their version centers around lip syncing to a monologue to determine who will be Jack’s best man.

Will’s lip sync was to “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!”, where he emulates Chris Crocker beautifully and hysterically. Karen goes a little more classic with hers, lip syncing to the Wicked Witch’s monologue from The Wizard of Oz. It ends up in a tie, where they then have to answer questions about how well they know Jack. Jack ends up choosing both of them in the end, as he had a hard time picking between the two people he’s been the closest with for so many years.

That storyline is all and great, but Grace’s is far more important given the climate we are in with the #MeToo movement. They stop by a local diner on their way to Schenectady, where there’s a bit of humor courtesy of a waitress who takes her job way too seriously. Martin flirts with her during their scenes, which makes Grace very uncomfortable to which he thinks that everyone is so sensitive in today’s world.

At some point, his friend Harry gets brought up and Grace bravely tells why she is adamant on not going to his grave. Her story revolves around him sexually molesting her when she was 15 while she worked for him over the summer. Grace gets very graphic and direct with Martin over how it happened, leaving him completely devastated over what he heard.

It leads to Grace yelling at her father regarding why he didn’t protect her, which he emphatically apologizes shortly after and starts crying. He then asks Grace for her forgiveness which she gives him. Later on in the episode Grace visits Bobbi’s grave, who was the only person that knew about the situation. 

Will & Grace this season is really doing a fantastic job at their storylines, something I felt they lacked during the first season’s reboot. A lot of their lives continues to unravel, and it will be interesting to see how these characters continue to develop as the show goes along.

Kudos to the show for creating an episode surrounding the #MeToo movement, as these stories need to be told... real or fictional.

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.

 

Will Gay Men Ever Have Another Queer as Folk? Another Will & Grace?

Arguably speaking, the two greatest television shows to primarily feature gay men are Queer as Folk and Will & Grace. Two fantastic programs that were completely different in terms of how they portrayed gay men and our daily lives.

Not only did both shows start roughly 20 years ago and had a great amount of success, but their production was also a major milestone for our community, getting the conversation going outside of our community to where audiences from all backgrounds not only felt invited, but also became educated on what it was like to be a gay man.

The struggle to find something even close to the scope of those two shows and since then has not happened. We should becounting our lucky starts that Will and Grace returned. Sure, LGBTQ visibility on television is at its greatest numbers ever, however the majority of who we are on camera revolves around supporting characters and not an entire LGBTQ ensemble. We’ve come this far yet still feel kind of like a second thought.

Have we had opportunities since W&G and QaF premiered? Sure. We had Noah’s Arc and Looking. Both with similar premises, but with entirely different characters, plots, storylines, and whatnot. Did we s**t all over each? Not sure about the former, but the latter we definitely did.

I was one of those very harsh critics of Looking the minute it premiered, and my jaded attitude about the characters and their development kind of stuck with me all the way to the movie. Looking (no pun intended) back, I didn’t realize how necessary this show was given that we haven’t had an all gay ensemble in so many years, yet due to low ratings and the criticism the show faced it was canceled after two seasons. Luckily, there was the movie to try and tie all the loose ends up, however this was a series that could’ve gone further if we just rolled with the punches and stopped being so freaking critical for 5 minutes.

It’s very frustrating that this is sort of the equivalent to how people view girl groups and The Spice Girls. Domestically (in the United States), we really haven’t had a girl group of that magnitude in such a long time and this goes for developing a successful gay television series where we are the focus and not the side dish. Yes, it's great that W&G is back, but the show is still heavily flawed in not focusing on the relationships for Will and Jack (separately), but more about Grace’s love life and Will being there for her in the end.

Why can’t we seem to get it together and make a new LGBTQ show happen? That goes the same for a lot of the primarily gay movies that have been made for decades now. We hated so many of them, yet several are unknown gems today, and they cover material that the younger generations should be watching (And The Band Played On, Longtime Companion, etc).

Things are different today compared to what they were even ten years ago. Shows like Friends, Frasier, and Sex and the City wouldn’t really work in 2018 as they did 20 years ago given how everything has become so digital today. Looking did a good job at capturing both in real life experiences mixed with digital ones, and W&G has done the same… even repeating ideas they did in the original one with the reboot.

Still, we don’t have that television series that focuses on the modern-day life of the gay man. There have been reality series that have tried to capture this, but have failed, some of which were more insulting then helpful (Boy Meets Boy anyone?)

 

Whether it be a drama, comedy, horror, or whatever, it would be amazing if we could capture that magic of the gay lifestyle on a 42-minute edited television show sometime soon. This time around, I can say for myself that I will not be so quick to judge as I did in the past, as these things can be the “little engine that could” and our community is the tracks that it needs to ride on. Otherwise, programs will never leave the station and we'll continue with being represented by a supporting cast member.


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.

Will & Grace Cast Shoot Hilarious PSA Urging People to Vote

It's no surprise that the cast of Will & Grace has made a PSA urging people to go out and vote when their reunion two years ago (and the first episode of the series reboot) was all about politics.

The short, 47-second long clip shows Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes talking directly to the camera about why its important for people to vote on November 6th.

 

 

There's some humor in it, courtesy of Sean, but the message was pretty clear with the cast as well as many others who are doing the same: vote.

The cast of W&G first did a video supporting former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton a couple of years ago than fans saw as a sign that they were rebooting the popular comedy series at some point. 

Those rumors came true a short time later, and they are now currently in the second season of it that also brought them several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations along the way.

The first episode of the reboot was very political, as it revolved around Grace decorating President Trump's office. The show hasn't strayed away from the political environment that is going on today since then, even bringing up their own version of the Masterpiece Cakeshop case during an episode in season one.

 

Will & Grace Recap: Sorry is the Hardest Word to Say

Will & Grace went all “very special episode” on us Thursday night that dove deep into the long history between the titular characters and the reemergence of an old one… through the body of someone else.

Sometimes the storylines in these past two seasons can be very rushed as all four of them can individually have something going on over the course of 22 minutes. Luckily there was only two major stories that occurred last night, with both having a tremendous impact on the character’s lives.

The rain that was going on outside in New York City played a pivotal part in the episode overall, as Karen decided to move a lot of her stuff into Grace’s office as she plans on selling “the mans”. It inspired Grace to go into her own storage and find old letters that she and Will sent to one another over 30 years ago. Oh, and Jack becomes a “certified” psychic, which is hilarious of course but helps Karen out in a very interesting way.

While Jack and Karen are looking through a ton of her personal items, she declares that she will never find love again as her relationship with Stan has ended. When Jack finds a perfume that Rosie (Shelley Morrison) got her, it brought back sweet memories for Karen as she has brought her up in a very kind way several times since her passing last season. When Jack sprays it, something magically happens where Rosie’s spirit gets transported inside of him and he becomes her (in a very eerie and realistic way).

Karen has disbelief that it is her at first, but she comes through at some point and tells her point blank that you will find love again. Amid the humor of this (the long kiss that comes with jokes about how her breath tastes), Karen does a 180 and starts to believe that love will happen for her again. It ends with her spraying the perfume and dancing around the office.

 As for Will & Grace, the episode starts with the latter refusing to say I’m sorry about a situation, so much so that she does reverse psychology and puts it back on him. When they find the letters that they wrote the day after Thanksgiving 1985 (when he came out to her during their relationship), she once again makes it about herself which makes Will furious. They then get into it and she does her best to pry his letter that he wrote away from her to no avail. The serious moments between W&G are crucial for them as it showcases what a gay man and straight woman go through in a very long relationship between one another.

She eventually gets the letter back from one of her neighbors after he throws it over the balcony, which makes Grace cry hysterically after reading the contents of it. She never saw things from his point of view, and he mentions hurting himself due to the pain of coming out and feeling like no one will love him. Grace finally says that she’s sorry for her part in all of this (although that takes a little while to say as well), and the episode ends with them embracing and the audience loudly applauding.

Overall, this has been the best episode of the series. The emotional parts tug at you when you least expect it, and as funny as these four are individually and as a group its good to see that there is character development that reminds us of why this show was so special in the first place.

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.

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.

 

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