When Donald Trump said he wanted to make America great again, we did not realize this would mean a reunion of Will & Grace, NBC’s beloved ’90s show about a humorless gay man and his three much funnier friends.
Over the weekend, the main cast of Will & Grace — Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally — teased out a reunion on their various social media accounts. And on Monday, the four appeared in a nine-minute reunion episode/get out and vote PSA complete with laugh track, Will & Grace piano strums, and the show’s four-beat windup and banter jokes:
“Can you believe this is the world we live in?” Will (McCormack) says.
“No. It’s criminal.” Grace (Messing) replies.
“How is it possible that Donald Trump is the nominee for president of the United States?” Will continues.
“Oh, not what I was reading.”
Though Grace wasn’t reading a Trump article, the reunion goes in that direction anyway, with the show’s true star, Mullally’s Karen Walker, prancing in and declaring that she’s a Trump voter.
“I helped him pick out Melania.” she says. “How do you think I got the idea to have architect build a wall to keep her out of the main house?”
Even in zombie reunions, Karen gets the best lines.
The scene then turns to the three convincing undecided voter Jack (Hayes) who to vote for.
“Maybe I’ll stay home on December 1st,” Jack says, because Jack is dumb about politics.
What’s curious about this whole thing is that there are a few glimmers where the get-out-and-vote ad tries to capitalize on Will & Grace nostalgia, tossing in a few jokes that fall flat. There’s a jab from Will about undecided voters in Pennsylvania being uneducated, unemployed, angry white men, and another few quips at Jack for “not being a man” (again from Will) and being aggressively idiotic. The ad could be a searing satire of liberal self-importance and elitism, if it were even the slightest bit aware of it.
But eventually, and with some deliberation, Jack decides who he’s going to vote for. I don’t want to be the one to break Jill Stein’s heart and tell her it isn’t her.