'Manifest': Will Grace and Ben come back together when the show resumes in January?
The two were unable to beat around the bush and decided to go their separate ways, but for how long will they be away from each other?
Ben and Grace had agreed to go their separate ways when 'Manifest' ended with the ninth episode, before going on a long break for the fall. Starring Josh Dallas (as Ben Stone), Athena Karkanis (as Grace), Melissa Roxburgh (as Michaela Stone), and Parveen Kaur (as Saanvi Bahl), the Jeff Rake-directed show follows the sudden re-appearance of the Montego Air Flight 828 which went missing for almost five and a half years. Although all the passengers returned alive, none of them had aged a day and they were now experiencing certain kind of "callings" which seems to be leading them towards one destination.
Unlike her husband Ben, who has remained a favorite among fans since the very first episode (the favoritism might have a lot to do with Josh Dallas, a.k.a Prince Charming, playing the character), Grace has been on the other side of the spectrum as she was least regarded among all the characters. The immense hatred towards Grace began when it was revealed that she was having an affair with another man, Danny (played by Daniel Sunjata). However, it is a complicated situation that Grace had put herself into when she decided almost three years after the plane's disappearance that she had to rebuild her life, at least for her daughter, Olive.
With Ben coming back from the flight, Grace had to once again undo everything that she had worked on, and once again go back to the old life, pretending as though the unfortunate event on the plane never happened. However, the relationship had already developed some cracks when Ben discovered about the affair but the ultimate blow came in the ninth episode (the fall finale) where Grace could no longer deal with Ben's mythical tale about hearing voices and seeing things ever since he got off the plane. Grace finally asked Ben to leave, and in spite of him asking to take their son Cal with him, she refused to lose her son once again.
A clip from the tenth episode which will air on January 7, once the show returns after the fall season, sees Ben dashing back into the house claiming that it was too early for Grace to be without him because he was not dead after all. Although fans are claiming that Grace should eventually leave the show, our dibs is on the fact that the two will get together. Both Grace and Ben need to understand that a lot has happened in those five years, and Ben, who is a man of science, would not make up imaginative tales about a missing plane and mysterious voices. Grace should understand that not everything can be explained with reason and maybe it is time that she begins to interact with Cal, who is having similar visions as his father.
We can hope for the fact that in the end, Grace will come around with the fact that things have truly changed for her husband and son, and maybe this time she does not have control over them. When the mystery of the plane is completely solved, maybe then Grace would understand that Ben was not lying to her about the mysterious things. However, as of now, it is sad to see the two parting ways once again, and it is even worse for Olive who had already lost her father when she was only 10 years old and is now witnessing her father leaving the house once again. 'Manifest' returns on NBC on January 7.
Watch the promo for episode 10 below: