Will & Grace

Season 8 Episode 17

Cowboys and Iranians

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 2006 on NBC

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  • Poor story lines and weak jokes.

    This episode irritated me in different ways. It consists of two stories that have no connection whatsoever. Like in most weaker episodes of W&G you get the idea that two shorter episodes have been tacked together. Where are the Seinfeld days when different plot strands in a sitcom cleverly tied together at the end?

    Really irritating is the plot line with the Iranian employee. Apart from the fact that the respected actress Shohreh Aghdashloo appears to have no sense of comedy (timing), the racism plot was infuriating. I suppose the idea was to laugh at liberals who, out of guilt, accept bad behaviour of recent immigrants . Unfortunately the role of Pam was played so straight that it seemed to be a realistic image of a moaning immigrant. A good comedian would have put some spin on the outrageous excuses of Pam, in Miss Aghdashloo's performance they sounded as if she meant them, thereby perpetuating the image of the ungrateful immigrant. Let's not even go into the fact that the character comes from the Middle East, at a time when Americans of Arab or Persian origin are looked upon with suspicion. If Pam had come from a former Soviet Republic, it would have been funnier. I got the idea the makers of this episode came up with the funny title first and then went on to find a reason to use it.