Will & Grace

Season 8 Episode 11

Bathroom Humor

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 12, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Bathroom Humor
Karen celebrates her birthday with some of New York's crème de la crème, but the festivities turn sour when she ends up crammed in the bathroom with Grace, Will and Jack, who have all embarrassed themselves at the party.

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  • How is this not in the top ten?

    I love Will & Grace it always cheers me up when Im sad. I never really got to see the show when it aired cuz i was the age og 4 to 12 when it was on, but now that im older ive bought all the seasons, and I watch them on a loop religiously, but ive been avoiding season 8 because i didnt want to see it end, but I finally got up the courage to put it in, and start, and the first live episode was terrific, and when i say this episode start the way it did, i almost, as Matt Lauer would say, tinkled myself. I was so happy it was another live episode. It was funny right off the bat with Karen mocking her party goers. It had the natural charm that comes with every episode of Will & Grace, but it also had that kind of funny physical comedy to it, that hasn't really been done well since I Love Lucy. This episode showed that if you want to see ridiculous people in ridiculous situations (I mean that with love) You don't have to tune into the Disney Channel. I loved this episode Love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love love LOVE this episode (Sorry I had to stale at the beginning and use the word love so many times, tv.com is making me do 200 word minimums now instead of 100.moreless
  • The second live episode of the series.

    This is the second live episode of the series and though neither one was really to integral to the plot I still gotta say that they were both good, particularly this one because of all the physical comedy. Eric (Will), Sean (Jack), and Debra (Grace) enagage in some pretty serious fighting which leads to some even more serious fighting where they attack eachother with various bathrooms products. They all had to have some serious stones to do this live, too. I mean considering how hard it can be to keep a straight face when you are performing normal comedy or even when you forget a line imagine how hard it must be to keep a straight face with baby powder in your face and tampons in your hair, as Debra had to do. Bravo to all. Even Matt Lauer, who made a very small cameo.moreless
  • The show, which has always been a farce, now takes on the limitations of a stage farce, with excellent results.

    I have always thought that Will & Grace was basically a farce, with unusual plotlines and witty one-liners. In this live show the actors are limited to one set. As such it looks like a stage farce (including the constantly walking in and out of doors). The writers were forced to write longer scenes, which greatly benefits the show. (One of the irritating elements of the post-Seinfeld sitcoms is this habit of writing incredibly short scenes.)

    The actors seem to enjoy the experience as well. Miss Messing has some trouble keeping a straight face, but no-one makes the mistake of playing too much to the audience.

    In a weak season this episode stands out even more.moreless
  • When you gotta go, you gotta go.

    Karen hosts a party for her birthday. As usual, it's high class all the way-- and that's not the only thing that's high.

    Karen's well-meaning but inept friends don't know how to act and just embarrass themselves to ever greater degrees. When the wheels come off, they head for that universal symbol of solace, the bathroom.

    Soon the washroom becomes a party of its own, as everybody and their sister winds up in there. Tensions flare and the talcum powder flies.

    This is the second time in the eighth season that the show was done live, in two sessions, one for East Coast viewers and one for those in the West.

    The powder fight alone is worth the price of admission. It's a very funny episode, and one of the highlights of the final year.moreless
  • this would have been one of the best Will & Grace episodes yet

    Bathroom Humor would have been one of the most funniest episodes of will and grace yet. it made me cry of laughter. it was the second of the two live episode but Erik McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes and Shelly Morrison really held it together even though they laughed at each other when they probably weren't supposed to but the still made it through the episode and made it one of the funnest episodes of will and grace up to the end. i was so glad though that Will & Grace had some live episodes before it finished. i miss Will & Grace.moreless
Debra Messing

Debra Messing

Grace Adler

Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack

Will Truman

Megan Mullally

Megan Mullally

Karen Walker

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes

Jack McFarland

Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison

Rosario Salazar (Season 3 - 7 Recurring)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • We all know it would have been impossible for Rosario to clean up the bathroom that quickly. What the crew did was build two bathroom sets. While the camera was on Rosario cleaning up, Eric, Debra, Sean and Megan scurried over to the other set before the cameras needed to capture them.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Rosario: I'm sorry lady, I sent them invitations by mistake.
      Karen: (sighs) Oh yeah? I think the real mistake was when your father spotted your mother across a crowded swamp, dragged her back to his hut and made you.
      Rosario: I never should have shown you our home movies.

    • Grace: You know what I hear when you talk? I hear blergh blergh blergh blergh blergh..
      Jack: And you know what I see when you talk? WIlliam Hurt in a wig.

    • (Will walks back into the room, realizes that his pants weren't on)
      Will: In case anyone was wondering, Beverly Leslie comes up exactly to my penis.
      Grace: You still think you're not the one she's embarrassed by? You just showed a little person your little person.

      In the east coast version Grace says "You still think you're not the one she's embarrassed by? You just showed a leprechaun your pot of gold"

    • Beverly: Well well well...I walk in on a naked man, a man in his underpants and a woman who needs to leave or start filming.

    • Grace: (to Karen) What kind of prescription plan are you on, by the way?
      Will: I think it's the "Sneak A Truck Across The Canadian Border" plan.

  • NOTES (3)

    • The cast appeared on "The Today Show" the morning following the live broadcast, where they each rated Matt Lauer's performance.

    • During the curtain call for the West Coast Broadcast, Eric, Debra, Megan and Sean planned a little gig after the cast was introduced. They all ran off for a second and came back with some of the items used during the fight and started spraying Leslie Jordan and Matt Lauer with them.

    • This is the second episode of the series to be broadcast live on NBC. As with the season premiere, "Alive & Schticking", two versions of this episode were filmed and broadcast: one for the east coast, and one for the west coast with different jokes in each. (Note: Only the east coast version of this episode is included on the season 8 and complete series DVD releases.)


    • Will: And by the way, where in the world are Matt Lauer's manners?

      This is a reference to the segment on the Today Show called Where In The World Is Matt Lauer?

    • Karen: (to Rosario) Honey, when I free you you're getting forty-TWO acres and a mule.

      '40 acres and a mule' is a term for compensation that was to be awarded to freed African American slaves after the Civil War-- 40 acres of land to farm, and a mule with which to drag a plow so the land could be cultivated.

    • Karen: (holding pills) My preciousss...
      This is an allusion to Gollum from Lord of the Rings who said this phrase often in reference to The One Ring.

    • Grace: I wonder who, Mrs. Roper.
      This is a quick reference to the wife of Mr. Roper the landlord in Three's Company who dressed in outrageous colored outfits.