Will & Grace

There But For The Grace Of Grace

Season 2, Ep 21, Aired 5/9/00
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  • Episode Description
  • It's a scary glimpse into the future for Will and Grace when they visit their curmudgeonly retired college professor only to discover that he is a bitter old man that has a "Grace" of his own. Meanwhile, Karen must confront her most mortal enemy, the kitchen, when Stan requests a homecooked meal for his birthday, and she looks to Jack and Ben to come to her rescue.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Michelle Bochner Spitz

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Jack: A note! I love notes. Will: (in voiceover as Jack reads) Jack McFarland, do not, I repeat, do not under any circumstances enter this apartment. I'm having my floors redone and I forbid you to walk on them. Do you understand? Karen: What's it say? Jack: (crumpling the note) It's not for us!

    • Professor: So you haven't written anything and you haven't read anything. I can see I've made a marvelous impact.

    • Grace: This is so unfair. Why do we always have to have breakfast at your house? I have a house. Will: Yes, but you have no food there, nothing to eat with or on there, and it smells like bologna and wet cat there. Grace: Since I'm already here. Will: Mmmm. Cereal? Grace: Generic bran flakes? How geriatric. Later Sharon: Why do we always have to have dinner at your house? You know I have a house right next door. Professor Dudley: You have any food over there? Do you have anything to eat with or on that isn't covered in cat hair? Sharon: You're starting with me? Very nice. How about a little kindness, you miserably old fairy. Professor Dudley: Will, Grace, this is Sharon Timmer. She's my best friend in the whole world.

    • Professor Dudley: Sharon, you have all the charm of a flesh-eating virus.

    • Karen: Listen, we're in a crisis. If I can't cook my husband rack of lamb for his birthday, he's gonna be craving rack of me. Ben: All right. All right. Well, I'll help you, but you have to say those magic words. Karen: Billable hours. Ben: Let's get it on.

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    Trivia (3)

    • When Jack does his tap routine, he is obviously wearing tennis shoes which would be incapable of making the harsh taps sounds on the wooden floor.

    • This is the only episode where we get to see Gregory Hines, a professional tap dancer, profess his craft. It's also one of the final performance before his death in 2003.

    • The wine cooler Will drinks goes down half a glass between takes.

    Allusions (6)

    • Episode Title: There But For The Grace Of Grace This is a reference to the idiom "there but for the grace Of God go I," which people say when something bad happens to someone else but could have happened to them.

    • Joseph: I'm afraid that's all sound and fury signifying nothing. This is a famous line from Shakespeare's play Macbeth.

    • Ben: I am not the black guy from Designing Women.
      This is a quick reference to the character played by Meshach Taylor on Designing Women.

    • Jack: Ok, it's getting just a little too Tuesdays With Morrie in here.
      A funny reference to the book and film Tuesdays With Morrie about a man who spends his Tuesdays with his former professor who is fatally ill.

    • Karen: Sorry fruit, you're out of the loop.
      Quick reference (and cheap shot) at the breakfast cereal Fruit Loops.

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