Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 21

Alley Cats

Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 06, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Alley Cats
When Rob and Ellen admit that they don't have fun playing games with Will and Grace because of Grace's competitive nature, Grace works to change her image. However, as Grace loses her competitive edge, Will's emerges and he convinces his partner to care only about winning. Meanwhile, after learning how to administer CPR from Jack, Karen saves a workman's life.moreless

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    Okay, so I'm sitting in my kitchen this morning, watching this episode on my mini DVD player while I eat my breakfast, and my mom walks in and says "This is one of the best episodes." This is odd, because, firstly, I've been trying to get my mom to let me watch 'Will and Grace' for ages, then just gave up and started watching the first season on DVD. Secondly, my mother never actually gave me permission to watch the show. And thirdly, my mother doesn't have favorite episodes of anything. I watched it, and she's right. It's so funny. I love all of the plot lines. Especially the one with Jack and Karen, when Jack teaches Karen his acronym to help with CPR. It was great.moreless
John Capodice

John Capodice

Workman Bernie

Guest Star

Lucky Vanous

Lucky Vanous

EMS Worker

Guest Star

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Leigh-Allyn Baker


Recurring Role

Tom Gallop

Tom Gallop


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Before Grace drops the bowling ball down the lane, Ellen said that this was her chance to tie with Ellen, if she knocks down 27 pins... But after Will and Grace go talk about how Will was competitive, Grace scores a spare (which is just 10 pins down) and Rob and Ellen lost. This is not possible.

    • When they are bowling and Grace is losing, she says she's fine with it and she knows how it feels to be her middle sister, then Will reminds her that she's actually, "The baby of the family looking for Daddy's approval." However, in all later episodes, Grace is portrayed as the middle child with a younger sister, Joyce (played by Sara Rue) and an older one, Janice (Gina Davis).

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Grace: This good sportsmanship crap has been making me sick.

    • Will: You don't have to lose to have fun, Grace. You're not France.

    • Karen: Honey, I'm not putting my mouth on this thing. Who knows what those paramedics use these dolls for while they're sitting around waiting for a fire.

    • Grace: I suck, but I'm fine with it. This must be what it feels like to be my middle sister.
      Will: I'm glad you got that out of your system, but seeings as you're actually the baby daughter looking for daddy's approval how bout picking up a spare?

    • Jack: I know CPR.
      Karen: You know CPR?
      Jack: Oh yeah. I had to do it on my father when I told him I was gay. Only I think it just confused him even more...

    • Jack: Here's a little acronym that'll help you: C.T.A.P.T.N.T.T.H.A.B.M.T.M.
      Karen: Here's a little acronym for you, honey: What the hell are you talking about?

    • Grace: I see. Well, if no one wants to play with me, then I'm just gonna go to my room and play with myself. (Begins to walk to her room, then, after a few steps turns around in realisation) By myself... I meant by myself.

    • Grace: You can't control your competitive nature any more than I can.
      Will: That is...
      Grace: Yes, you, you just like to play the cool Will Truman while I'm all the intense crazy one. Well, once the bowling shoe is on the other foot, look who's the good cop and look who's the bad cop.
      Will: That is the worst mixed metaphor you have ever uttered.

  • NOTES (1)