Will & Grace

To Serve & Disinfect

Season 2, Ep 6, Aired 11/23/99
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  • Episode Description
  • An unemployed Will agrees to serve as one of Jack's cater-waiters, until he learns that he'll be catering for American Bar Association. Grace discovers Karen's darkest secret: she once made a porn video.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • Katie Palmer

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Grace finds out that Karen made a porn video while Will helps Jack out...

    By dcpgaus, Mar 21, 2007

  • "I was a kitchen person myself..." Here's a change: *Jack* has to make *Will* look civilized. And we get another glimpse into the alternate universe that is Karen's life.

    By Lokar, Jan 24, 2006

  • amazing

    By floberdobdob, Nov 23, 2005

  • What's goin' on honey. . .what's happening?

    By hobermandob, Jul 15, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Will: All those years at waiter grad school-- the lectures, the all-nighters, all to answer the eternal question that has plagued mankind since the dawn of consciousness: chicken or fish?

    • Jack: I can't do ballet service with an odd number of men! Will: Then do it with a number of odd men!

    • Karen: (to Grace) No, no, no, no. You don't take that tone with me, no. It's enough that I'm gonna be the laughingstock of Manhattan, but now to have you throwing this in my face and laughing at me like that? No. That's it. I'm outta here.

    • Jack: Good news, gentlemen. Since Mr. Truman has deigned to grace us with his presence we now have enough waiters to ballet service. Will: Ballet service, huh? What does that make you, the nutcracker?

    • Jack: (to Will) FYI you SOB, catering is TUF....F.

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    Notes (2)

    • Scenes from Karen's fetish video were actually shot, but when the final version of the show was ready to be filmed, only the audio was aired.

    • Megan Mullally selected this episode and "Polk Defeats Truman" as her tapes for Emmy consideration this season. Mullally won the award this season.

    Trivia (5)

    • Karen's fetish video is called Next to Godliness.

    • We find out in this episode that Karen's maiden name is Delaney.

    • When Karen drops the tape box the sound it makes sounds like a tape is still in it, but the tape is still in the VCR.

    • When Grace and Will are eating pizza right at the beginning Grace has a medium sized piece of pizza when she says "It's also wrong" and then says she needs to go the piece of pizza has grown and is folded slightly in her hand. There is a quick kiss between her and Will before she drops the crust of a piece of pizza into the box. But she had a large piece in her hand just before?!

    • When Grace plays the video and Karen spills the powder from her compact it is spilt all over her desk. The scene switches and there is no powder on the desk. Another frame shift to Grace saying "Karen" and then back to Karen and you see powder all over the desk once more. This time the powder is very close to her forearm again in the scene the camera swithces to Grace after Karen says "that's not me" and back to Karen this time we see that the powder is now a few inches away from Karen's forearm also the compact has moved from were it landed after falling out of Karen's hands(over to the right as you look at the desk) to the centre of the table. If you can catch it you see the compact close on falling to the table, yet later on it is open.

    Allusions (6)

    • Grace: You moved in the height of summer, remember? The window was open, and we thought it smelled like wet wool on a dead man. Will: Ah, yes. The new scent by Decay-NY. Decay-NY is a pun on the fashion brand DKNY (Donna Karan New York).

    • Title: To Serve And Disinfect This is a play on words of the police motto "To Serve And Protect".

    • Will: I'm a pepper, he's a pepper, and considering the grades you got in law school, you're a heartbeat away from being a pepper too.
      This is a reference to the famous 1970's sing-a long commercials for Dr. Pepper.

    • Grace:: I had to weave through icky boxes with titles like ... Drive This, Miss Daisy ... Diddler on the Roof ... The Ass Menagerie ...
      These porn titles spoof the films Driving Miss Daisy, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Glass Menagerie.

    • Will: Is that your final answer?
      Will imitates Regis Philbin's trademark line from Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

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