Will & Grace is great at making people laugh. The cast has great chemistry with one another and they deliver the punch lines at the perfect moment. It’s what makes Will & Grace one of the best comedy sitcoms on television right now. However, every now and then, the show will have a serious episode with an important message. Last week’s episode is about finding who you are, embracing yourself, and more importantly, supporting others for who they are.
A young boy named Skip (guest star Jet Jurgensmeyer) knocks on Will’s door, looking for Jack. Skip explains he found the letters Jack sent to Skip’s father and decided to look for Jack while he was in the city with his parents. Then, Skip dropped a bombshell; “I’m your grandson! Can I call you grandpa?”
That’s right! Jack McFarland is a grand-pappy!
At first, Jack doesn’t know if Skip is Elliot’s son, until Skip showed similar traits Jack has. Jack gets excited because he believes Skip is just like Jack. When Elliot (guest star Michael Angarano) comes back for Skip, Jack finds out Skip is actually in the city to be taken to a camp called Straightened Arrow. It’s a camp where confused kids are taught about what’s right and who you’re suppose to love.
Being gay himself, Jack is absolutely devastated what Elliot and his wife are trying to do to Skip. Together, Will and Jack go to the camp to check it out and talk to Skip. Elliot catches Jack and rehash what was the problem in their relationship, not accepting each other. While Will is creating a diversion, Jack shares his story with Skip.
When Jack he was a young boy, he was also confused. He didn’t know what he was supposed to do, but he learned something. He told Skip, “it was hard for me once, too, but believe me, it gets better. … When you get older, you’ll understand that there’s the family you were born into and the family that you choose, and the family I chose, well, it doesn’t get any better than that. … You’re just gonna have to be really strong. …. But I’m gonna be there for you as much as I can, and when I’m not, I want you to picture me in your head looking at you like I am right now, and saying, ‘You are exactly who you’re supposed to be.’”
Jack’s words couldn’t have been more perfect for such a young child who is absolutely confused about what they want. This, not only brought tears to my eyes, but it showed me Jack is showing an example for parents who have kids that are struggling with the same issue as Skip. Will & Grace took a controversial topic and showed the positive side on how to handle it. This allows parents to talk to their children and let them know it’s perfectly okay to let them be who they are regardless of what or who they like. Accept them and love them with all your heart.
This is by far one of the best episodes I’ve seen. It was raw and a bit harsh, especially between Jack and Elliot’s conversations. More importantly, it was real. This happens more often than we think and sometimes some parents don’t know how to handle this kind of situation. The writers made this episode a teachable episode for everyone. And all I have to say is, well done, writers.
Will & Grace airs Thursday nights on NBC at 9/8c.