This may be the final season for NBC’s “Will & Grace,” but the show’s writers and cast will be devoting at least one of its precious last episodes to paying tribute to another iconic sitcom.
Entertainment Weekly revealed yesterday that an entire episode of the NBC show will this spring be built around recreations of classic moments from “I Love Lucy.”
In the episode, stars Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally will each take a turn at playing Lucy Ricardo, in three dream sequences that are “re-imagined versions of iconic scenes from the original series,” while Eric McCormack will portray Ricky in all of them. The sequences will include Grace as Lucy in a tribute to the “Vitameatavegamin” scene, Jack will play her in a scene from the “chocolate factory” episode, and Karen will re-enact the character’s grape-stomping routine. Each of the three actors will take turns rotating as Fred and Ethel in the other sequences.
According to EW, “Will & Grace” writers left the classic show’s original scripts intact for each of the excerpts from the groundbreaking TV series.
Additionally, the news outlet reports that Lucie Arnaz, daughter of “I Love Lucy” creators and stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, will appear in a cameo. She will take on the role of the conveyor belt supervisor in the chocolate factory sequence.
In a statement, Arnaz said, “I know my parents would be over the moon to be honored in this way and by such similar talents who bring the same kind of joy to audiences as they did in ‘I Love Lucy.’ I’m thrilled to be invited to the party and will do my best to honor the memory of Elvia Allman’s iconic performance.”
“I Love Lucy” ran for 180 episodes from 1951-57 on CBS.
“Will & Grace” originally ran for 8 seasons on NBC, from 1998-2006, before returning for a rebooted ninth season in 2017. The current season is its tenth and last.