Will & Grace

Tea & A Total Lack Of Sympathy

Season 2, Ep 10, Aired 1/11/00
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  • Episode Description
  • When they appear on their favorite TV show, Antiques on the Road, Grace can't wait to dress down the guests who are ever hopeful that their tchotchkes are worth a fortune, while Jack just wants to undress the show's attractive appraiser, Porcelain Paul. But then it's all business when they realize that their junky, thrift-store teapot is actually valued at $30,000. Meanwhile, Will's new boss makes the reluctant lawyer kiss up to Karen in hopes of landing her hubby as a client.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Jon Kinnally

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Jack: Oh my God..the day I've been waiting for has finally arrived! Will: Congratulations, Jack, I wish you a long happy life as a woman. Jack: Haha, that's so funny I forgot you're fat!

    • Jack: You get to do the face and I'll get to do Paul.

    • Ben: And if you succeed well... that's how junior associates become senior associates! Will: And if I don't? Ben: That's how junior associates become Carl's Jr. associates.

    • Karen: Good Lord, that walk from the elevator is gonna give me calf muscles like a Hungarian shot-putter.

    • Will: Ben Doucette, Karen Walker. Ben: I know Mrs. Walker. Karen: Oh yeah. Stan and I met you at the Whitney opening. You were the bartender. Ben: No, you just gave me your drink order. Karen: Yeah, and I'm still waiting for it. (Later) Ben: Mrs. Walker, always a pleasure. Anything we can do to help... Karen: Yeah. I'm still waiting on that drink. Ben: Something tells me you haven't been waiting.

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    Notes (1)

    • This was the TV Guide Editor's Choice for 4/11/00

    Trivia (5)

    • When Debra and Sean burst through the Asian screen, Sean starts laughing so hard that Debra, who has landed on top of him, puts her hand over his mouth.

    • This is the first episode where Karen uses her alias, Anastasia Beaverhausen.

    • Eric McCormack(Will) and Debra Messing(Grace) appear together only in the opening scene and would not appear together again for the rest of the episode. This would be the first time that an episode didn't have the main characters together rather they interacted with one of the supporting players(Karen or Jack).

    • When Karen orders Ben's secretary to put a stamp on a letter and put it in the mail, there is no writing whatsoever on the envelope.

    • When Grace and Jack are showing their teapot, look in the background, A few of the people keep changing places depending on the camera shot.

    Allusions (8)

    • When Will is packing up his office he says, 'Goodbye desk. Goodbye oddly-hanging Tonsu. Goodbye 50-foot Calvin Klein underwear ad... I think I'll miss you most of all.'

      This is a reference to the end of the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" where Dorothy says 'goodbye' to the Tin Man, then the Cowardly Lion, then says to the Scarecrow 'I think I'll miss you most of all.'

    • Jack: Can you see me? Grace: Yes, Tommy, I can see you. This is a reference to the rock Opera Tommy by The Who. The lead character pleads with the world to, "See me, feel me, touch me, heal me."

    • Title: Tea and a Total Lack of Sympathy. A reference to the 1956 film Tea and Sympathy starring Deborah Kerr, and perhaps to the Janis Ian song of the same name.

    • Karen: On the piano, and put a little Michelle Pfeiffer in it. This is a reference to Michelle Pfeiffer singing on the piano in the 1989 movie The Fabulous Baker Boys.

    • Will: Felt like a drink. And, you know, sometimes you want to go where... nobody knows your name.
      A cheap shot at fellow NBC show Cheers

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