Will & Grace

Big Brother Is Coming (1)

Season 1, Ep 14, Aired 2/16/99
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  • Episode Description
  • A "surprise" birthday party for Jack astounds Will when his estranged older brother Sam turns up at the fete at Grace's invitation. Not only do sparks fly between the brothers, but electricity of a different sort crackles between Grace and Sam.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • David Kohan

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • My favourite episode of season 1.

    By lozza1525, Sep 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Grace: Every family has problems, you have to work through. Don't you think the Kennedys had words when William married the Terminator?
      Will: I don't think they care who the girls marry.

    • Grace: You just gonna hide in here all night?
      Will: (Throwing ties out of his closet) I thought Jack's birthday party might be a good time to weed out my tie collection. Pick the one you want to be strangled with.

    • Grace: Five years ago, Will told Sam he hated the woman he was going to marry, and as a result, Sam cut Will out of his life completely. And they were -- they were so close. And now, finally -- finally, Sam seems ready -- Karen: Honey, honey... I barely care about Will. Can you imagine how I feel about the brother?

    • Karen: Oh, my god! Do you know what he would love? Oh! What is that deal down in the Mediterranean where you can charter a yacht with another couple for a week? You know, 7-person cruise, they take you up the Italian Riviera. Oh, what is the name of that boat?! Will: Oh, I know. The S.S. Lower Your Dosage.

    • Jack: Hey, look, I'm Cher... circa 1978. (Standing in front of a display of hay) My daughter's a what?!

    Notes (2)

    • When Jack faints, a female extra with glasses can be seen laughing.

    • This episode is in reference to when Will told his brother what he thought of his soon-to-be wife. With only a handful of script ideas and a push from the network to create a two-parter, David & Max took from the pilot and create these two episodes.

    Trivia (3)

    • Goof: When Will tosses all the ties out of his closet, the tie which lands on the end of his bed changes colors throughout the scene.

    • This the first episode where we actually see Will's bedroom.

    • Goof: Several parts of the mess in Will's apartment keep switching places. Look for the glasses and napkins.

    Allusions (7)

    • Jack: Hey, hey! Pay no attention to the brats behind the curtain! A reference to the famous line from The Wizard Of Oz.

    • Will: That's what you get for thanking India. This is a reference to the Alanis Morissette song "Thank You," in which she actually thanks India.

    • Episode Title: Big Brother Is Coming This is a reference to the phrase "Big Brother is Watching" from George Orwell's famous novel "1984."

    • Will: Let's see, we got the cop, the cowboy, the Indian. This has got to be the construction worker. A funny reference to the 70's singing group, The Village People.

    • Karen: We're making a cake from scratch. (with a southern accent) And I helped. This is a reference to the famous Shake-N-Bake commercials that have been around since the 1960's where the little girl says in a very twangy accent, "It's Shake-N-Bake, and I helped."

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