Will & Grace

I Never Promised You An Olive Garden

Season 2, Ep 9, Aired 12/14/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Tired of Rob and Ellen's low-rent taste in dining, Will and Grace start hanging with a pair of hip downtowners they meet at a sushi joint. But as the new pals paint the town, Rob and Ellen see red when they catch their best friends lying to avoid plans to dine at their favorite eatery: a coupon-crazy Italian chain in Secaucus. Meanwhile, Jack's inner child gets a little pick-me-up when he joins Karen at a PTA meeting at her kid's school.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Jhoni Marchinko

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Will & Grace want to try some new things and Karen enlists Jack's assistance for a parent teacher conference.

    By sduvoisin, May 29, 2008

  • I love Will & Grace more than any show but this episode is not my favorite storyline.

    By matrix103, Oct 12, 2007

  • Will & Grace try to be Frasier.

    By rb1962, Aug 07, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Grace: Kai has been arrested with Greenpeace 3 times! I wanna get arrested. Jack and Karen: (in unison) Go outside in that outfit!

    • Kai: So, you guys married? Will: No, I'm gay. This is my friend. Kai: (to Naomi) Pay up, honey.

    • Ellen: Why do we have to sit with all the weirdos? Grace: No, it's fun. It's family style. Will: Yeah, it's family style. Later, the waiters come over and tell you what a disappointment you are to them.

    • Karen: Honey, Stan can't make it. He's having some work done on his Mercedes. Or his ... kidneys ... I wasn't really paying attention.

    • Grace: (Talking about Naomi and Kai's partying) This whole week has been wild. Will: I know. They're crazy. Grace: They're fantastic. Will: I hate them. Grace: Me too.

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    Notes (2)

    • Tamlyn Tomita and Steve Valentine would later appear together on several episodes of Crossing Jordan.

    • Pre-empted by Major League Baseball on 10/19/99 and rescheduled for 12/14/99.

    Trivia (2)

    • In this episode, the way the scenes are arranged make it seem like it's a little out of order. First, Will and Grace are running around trying to keep Naomi and Kai a secret from Rob and Ellen. Then, it cuts to Karen and Jack at the school where Karen enters the principal's office and Jack meets John. Next, we see Will and Grace with morning hangovers. Then, Jack and John are still talking as Karen is about done with her meeting. This would technically mean that Jack, Karen, and John would have spent the night at the school, which couldn't possibly be true.

    • Despite Will moving constantly as he moves, his blanket keeps changing positions on every camera angle.

    Allusions (2)

    • Episode Title: I Never Promised You An Olive Garden This is a refence to a book, a film, and a song, the most famous of which is the 1971 hit "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden," by Lynn Anderson.

    • Will: Holy hangover, Batgirl.
      This is in reference to the famous line spoken by Burt Ward as Robin on the original Batman series with Adam West.

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