Will & Grace

My Fair Maid-y

Season 1, Ep 12, Aired 2/2/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Will hires a cleaning lady to "rescue" his designing roommate Grace from the creative chaos that litters their apartment, and while preparing for an annual decorators' contest, Grace develops a dependency on her maid and can't create without her. Meanwhile, Jack poses as an attorney in Will's office to impress an attractive guy he hopes to date.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Adam Barr

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Who knew yelling could be so productive?

    By RRBOY225, Sep 16, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Grace: Karen, why don't you go to lunch? Karen: Well, honey, it's 10:00 in the morning. Grace: In Boston. Karen: Oh, ha ha ha ha ha. Honey, that is so... Eh... ok.

    • Will: Grace, this is gonna cheer you up. Grace: A short brunette woman? Come on, Will, I tried that in college, remember? It really wasn't my thing.

    • Grace: (About her work) I hate myself. Karen: Of course you do, honey. How could anybody be happy in bat mizvah ruffles? Why don't you run home and change, hmm? I think we'll both feel better. Grace: I'm gonna have a quick cry in the swatch room. (Grace leaves.) Karen: Honey, you still test-driving those anti-depressants? 'Cause I think it's time to buy.

    • (Will is leaving, but has arranged a cleaning lady for Grace, while she works on her Sublime Design submission.) Will: All right, look. I've gotta go. She'll do her thing, she'll stay out of your way. You do yours and if you hit a rough spot, just-- it's easy, just think of your mother's taste, you know, and then go the other way.

    • Grace: You were probably riding up in the elevator, thinking 'What died?'. Well don't worry, it's just my creativity rotting and stinking in my skull. Will: So you've had coffee?

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    Notes (1)

    • Cyndi Lauper was originally cast as April, but was fired because she "just didn't work out," and was replaced by Wendie Jo Sperber.

    Trivia (4)

    • A boom mic can be seen when Will walks through the door and Grace picks up a ball of paper and hits it over to him with a racket.

    • Grace admitts that she ventured into being a lesbian in college, but it wasn't "her thing."

    • We finally get to see the back room of Grace's office.

    • In the scene where Will brings Grace chocolate covered espresso beans, the colors and positions of the pencils in Grace's hair change from shot to shot.

    Allusions (7)

    • Episode Title: My Fair Maid-y This is a clear reference to the classic 1964 musical "My Fair Lady," starring Audrey Hepburn.

    • Will: Talking to pillows, Grace? Wow! You're like the Dr. Dolittle of furniture. Doctor Dolittle was a 1960's film (later remade) about a doctor who could speak to any animal in their native tongue.

    • Will: I mean, d-d-d-did Mr. Brady ask Alice to help with the architecture? Quick joke about the famous ABC comedy The Brady Bunch.

    • Will: They'll explain it all to you in the nervous hospital, Blanche. A reference to the character Blanche DuBois from the play A Streetcar Named Desire.

    • Karen: I've got your number, sister. I've seen "All About Eve." Reference to the Bette Davis film about a woman who gets involved with another woman's life and tries to take it over.

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