It's odd that Will remembers the Toy Soldiers in the Nutcracker and wants to see the show, but then is creeped out at the end when he realizes the play is about toys that come to life in the end.
Ironically, this is the only episode where Harry Connick Jr. (who is an accomplished singer and musician) sings. He joins the cast singing 'Let It Snow' at the end of the episode.
Grace: (bringing back memories of the Nutcracker for Will)...that funny feeling in your pants when the toy soldiers hoisted each other?
Will: (forlornly)I do like a toy in uniform... Oh but no, I can't leave Jack and Karen!
Grace: Run to the feeling in your pants, Will.
Will: ...I'll be right there!
Steve: Hey, Grace. You alone?
Grace: Oh, um... I think I am. Did your mom ever show?
Steve: Yeah. Too bad, otherwise you and I coulda hooked up.
Grace: You do know I'm married?
Steve: So was my ex-wife, but it didn't stop her.
Karen: So, Wilma, now that you've gotten rid of the old ball and chain, got any Christmas Eve plans?
Will: Oh, yeah. I'm gonna spend the whole evening by myself. Yeah. I'm gonna string cranberries around the tree, get in my jammies, and watch every version of A Christmas Carol ever made.
Karen: Mm-hmm. And which one do you think you'll be watching when you kick the chair out from under you?
Will: Hey, there's a difference between being alone and being lonely. I... am lonely.
Grace: Mmm. Buttered Rum. (tastes it) EWW! Ugh, this is so gross! It tastes like warm rum with...butter in it.
(Jack and Karen make him do this)
Will: Twas the night before heinie, when all through the heinie, not a creature was heinie, not even a mouse. Heinie.
Karen: I'm so full, I couldn't drink another bite.
Karen: Hey you're not Santa Claus! Close though. Got a couple of white hairs sprouting out your chin and you look like you just came down the chimney.
Grace: We would make a good team. Your nose is so red you could guide my sleigh tonight.
Leo: I know we told you a couple of weeks ago that we were going to go to your thing at the palace.
Will: A couple of weeks ago?
Karen: After you!
Will: Maybe we should invite Grace and Leo.
Karen: I already invited them!
Will: Before me?
Karen: No, come on crazy. After I invited you!
Karen: It'll be a traditional family Christmas. The stockings will be hung by the chimney with care and I'll be stinking drunk.
Karen: Oh Jackie, look at all this food, hmm, we are so blessed.
Jack: I know. There are poor people who dream their whole lives of a meal like this.
Karen: Honey, I know what we should do. Let's take a picture of us eating and show it to them.
Jack: Wow Karen, you are like a female Jesus!
Will: It's just like the first Christmas, except we did get a room, none of us are virgins, and instead of the baby Jesus, we have a plate of cheeses.
Ratings: 16.2 million viewers
Episode Title: All About Christmas Eve
This is a clear reference to the 1950 classic All About Eve, starring Bette Davis and Anne Baxter.
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