Will & Grace

Boo! Humbug

Season 1, Ep 5, Aired 10/26/98
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  • Episode Description
  • Will and Grace plan to spend a serious Halloween together watching Ingmar Bergman movies at home - until Harlin drops off his over-eager kids at their place when he's called away on business. Meanwhile, Jack convinces Karen to accompany him to the downtown parade where she becomes an honourary drag queen.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Jon Kinnally

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Will and Grace plan on watching scary movies on Halloween when an unexpected visit of Harlin pops up. Will and Grace are now stuck watching Harlin's kids. Meanwhile, Jack and Karen spend the holiday downtown, Karen's first time!

    By RebaNell, Oct 26, 2007

  • Will and Grace watch Harlin's two kids and eventually take them trick-or-treating. Meanwhile, Jack and Karen go downtown and hang out with some drag queens.

    By lucy18, Nov 12, 2006

  • Hilarious Halloween episode!

    By BornToHum, Aug 09, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Grace: Nixon, I'm not going to tell you again to stop shoving your sister! Will, can I get a little help here?
      Will: (To the kids) Kids, you wanna watch three hours of Swedish cinema? (Kids shake their heads) Then behave yourselves.

    • Will: Have a good time. And remember, wear reflective tape, get lots of candy, and don't put anything in your mouth that isn't wrapped.

    • Grace: Jack, what's the point of dressing up like a fairy princess when I'm not gonna get ten feet without seeing a hundred drag queens prettier than me?

    • (Will and Grace are at home reading the newspaper) Grace: Switch. Will: Whoa, whoa, whoa hold on a second. Grace: What's the problem? Will:My horoscope says that I shouldn't rush into any change. Grace:Give me that!

    • Jack: Oh I know, we go as a team like Donny and Marie or Sonny and Cher. Karen: Oh honey, you'd be cute as Sonny. Jack: No, no, I'd be Cher. (singing) If I could turn back ti-ohhh. If I could find a-woah.

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    Notes (1)

    • The role of Jerry is played by Paul Goebel, more commonly known as "The TV Geek" on the short lived Comedy Central show Beat The Geeks. He is the foremost expert on television history on both the technical and entertainment sides. It's rumoured that he got to do the cameo after stumping someone on the set about I Love Lucy trivia.

    Trivia (3)

    • Goof: When Will and Grace enter the elevator while they are taking the kids around trick-or-treating, the kids' pumpkin bags have faces, but in the next shot they are plain orange.

    • According to this episode, you can find your drag name by taking the name of your first pet and the name of the first street you lived on. Karen's was Shu-Shu Fontana and Jack's was Glen 125th.

    • As Will and Grace head off with the kids to apartment 9B to start their trick-or-treating, we get a rare look at the hallway from the other direction - from around the corner back towards the elevator (although we don't see that far). We also get what may be the only view of the fourth wall of Will's apartment - the wall that we normally see "through" as the audience.

    Allusions (5)

    • Jack: We were gonna go as Adam and Steve. This is a reference to the anti-gay rights activists saying, "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."

    • Episode Title: Boo! Humbug This is a pun on the line "Bah, humbug!" from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol where Ebenezer Scrooge hated Christmas and when people wished him a merry Christmas he would answer with a sneering "Bah, humbug!"

    • Jack: Nothing's gonna harm you, not while I'm around... Jack is singing the song "Not While I'm Around" which was sung by Angela Lansbury in the 1979 production of Sweeney Todd.

    • Jack: Soul. David Soul, as in "Starsky and Hutch." David Soul is an actor, who is most famous for his work on Starsky and Hutch.

    • Jack: We could go as a team, like Donny & Marie, or Sonny & Cher. Quick references to two of the classic "variety hour" programs; Donny & Marie and The Sonny & Cher Show.

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