Episodes 17 to 24 from the second season of the popular US sitcom. In 'The Hospital Show' Stan has had a heart attack and Karen is called to the hospital. In 'Sweet and Sour Charity' Grace wins concert tickets from a radio show and decides to volunteer to help out at a local community centre but her social calender gets in the way. In 'An Affair to Remember' Will and Grace are asked to be best man and maid of honour at Rob and Ellen's wedding but the wedding is called off when Ellen finds out that Grace slept with Rob. And in 'Girls Interrupted' Grace is convinced that Val is a kleptomaniac and Jack and Karen go to an ex-homosexual meeting.
Hit American sitcom Will and Grace
is as perky as Friends
and as wittily urbane as Frasier
. The premise concerns Will (Eric McCormack), a mildly uptight lawyer who agrees to have as a flatmate his best friend, interior designer Grace (Debra Messing). Their relationship has all the hallmarks of one between lovers--emotional dependency, little things that get on each other's nerves, strong mutual interests and volcanic arguments. The only snag is that while Grace is straight, Will is gay.
Though not shy of poking sharp fun at that situation, Will and Grace is among sitcom's most potent and sophisticated antidotes to homophobia. Though initially a little too pleased with its own camp pertness, the show grows and grows on you with successive episodes, finally becoming indispensable. It also benefits from secondary characters Jack (Sean P Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally), also gay and straight respectively, both outrageously and hilariously irresponsible characters: he's a free spirit and freeloader, she's "working" as Grace's assistant even though she doesn't need the money, having married some. Despite its diamond and rapid-fire punch lines, Will and Grace conveys enough sense of the lovelorn predicament of the main characters to prevent it becoming too cute. --David Stubbs
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