When the writers get it right, there's a believable (and angsty) balance of love, frustration and pain in Will for his parents. He's never not going to love them -- he can't help but love them. That's why the storylines about how Will suddenly hated his mother -- or, conversely, overnight became a schemer (just like his mother!) -- never worked for me: they depended on a serious misreading of the conflicts that drive Will -- of his nature, in fact.
Maybe Adrienne and Justin were getting pedicu -- uh, visiting Alex?