Will & Grace

The Big Vent

Season 1, Ep 10, Aired 1/5/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Will and Grace become hooked on a real-life soap opera unfolding in their neighbours' apartment when they begin eavesdropping through the new heating vent in their floor. As Will and Grace live vicariously through the marital infidelities of the downstairs couple, Jack feels neglected and enlists Karen's help in staging a play that drives the message home to his two best friends.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • James Burrows (II)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Entertaining, silly, and all-around a great episode.

    By shoesparkles, Sep 05, 2006

  • Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we lean over the grate in the floor so we can hear all the juicy stuff going on downstairs.

    By Lokar, Jul 24, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (8)

    • Will: I bribed the super to fix the heating vent. His English isn't so great, but I think the deal is one of us has to sleep with him. Grace: I'll do it. As long as it's on top of this vent.

    • Will: Careful, girlie, you're going to end up with waffle face. This is pathetic, Grace. What, you come home early just to catch 'Days of Our Vent'? Grace: No. I thought I would cook shepherd's pie. Will: Pray tell, Julia Child, what's in shepherd's pie? Grace: Um... Shepherds? ... Sheep? ... Pie? Will: Sounds like a crock of sheep to me.

    • Karen: Your play stinks. Jack: It does? Which pages? Karen: Eh... the ones with words on them.

    • Karen: I don't produce theater. I am theater!

    • Will: Judy is ooey. Grace: Ooey is Judy? Will: Yes, it's... truey.

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    Notes (1)

    • Although credited, Gary Grubbs (Harlin Polk) does not appear in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • When Will comes home and finds Grace asleep on the vent, she sits straight up on her knees and we see her face. Look closely, even though her face was sitting right on the vent itself, we see no "vent pattern" impressed upon her face.

    Allusions (6)

    • Grace: Evil, thy name is Ooey! This is a pun on the line "Frailty, thy name is woman!" from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

    • Karen: Why don't you read them that book they love? "Green Eggs and I'm Hammered." A quick reference to the famous Dr. Seuss book "Green Eggs & Ham."

    • Jack: Funny, funny, funny, funny. Funny! Jack sings a parody of The O'Jays' "For the Love of Money".

    • Will: What, you come home early just to catch "Days of Our Vent?" A cheap reference to the longest running show in NBC history (not including news), Days of Our Lives.

    • Will: Ladies and gentleman, Grace: Unplugged. A quick reference to the famous MTV series Unplugged.

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