Will & Grace

Whoa, Nelly

Season 4, Ep 13, Aired 1/10/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Will & Grace try to lure Tina, Will's dad's mistress, away from Will's father by setting her up with another man. Unfortunately the only man available is Will's gay friend, Larry. Also, Karen buys a horse for breeding, but the stud is more interested in stallions.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric McCormack

    Will Truman

  • Debra Messing

    Grace Adler

  • Megan Mullally

    Karen Walker

  • Sean Hayes

    Jack McFarland

  • James Burrows (II)

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • #413 'Whoa, Nelly'

    By Edie70, Jul 09, 2012

  • Will tries to stymie his father's unethical behavior while Karen, well, Karen *is* unethical behavior. Walker invests in a racehorse.

    By Lokar, Jan 27, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Will: If Tina gets stood up, it'll devastate her and she'll go running back into the arms of my father!
      Grace: OK, this is not a disaster. We can still do this, we just need to call another cute guy and have him meet us at the restaurant. So think, who can we call?
      Will: Right. (Neither one answers)
      Grace: This probably explains why we're both alone.
      Will: Yeah.

    • Karen: I love my big, gay horse!

    • Grace: Hey, you're gonna think I'm crazy, but there's a weird smell coming from the show tunes section. Will: Maybe somebody took the Wiz.

    • Karen: (Looking at a photo) Look, here he is. He’s got my eyes, but Stan’s girth and fetlocks!

    • Grace: What are you doing buying a horse? What you got sick of riding Rosario around the house? Karen: Oh Grace. It’s always been my dream to have a whole stable full of horses. Will: Oh, when did that start? After you took your first Black Beauty Karen: (Laughs) Yes it did!

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    Allusions (3)

    • Jack: The love that dare not speak its neighme. Jack is both joking about their gay horse and alluding to the famous phrase, coined by Lord Alfred Douglas in his 1896 poem "Two Loves" - 'I am the Love that dare not speak its name.' Douglas was, of course, Oscar Wilde's lover and they had good reason to be oblique, as homosexuality was illegal in England at the time.

    • Episode title: Whoa, Nelly This phrase is widely known as what horseback riders say to stop their horse. Here, the phrase is alluding to the slang term for an effeminate homosexual, combining the two story lines of the horse and Larry.

    • Karen: I love my big, gay horse! This is an allusion to the line in the movie Heathers, "I love my dead, gay son!"

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