Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 4

Between A Rock And Harlin's Place

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 12, 1998 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Between A Rock And Harlin's Place
When Grace decorates Harlin's apartment, she gets carried away with a cowboy theme. Will is both shocked and embarrassed by the cowboy chic and makes an even greater mess of the situation. Meanwhile, Jack decides to embark on a singing career – with a little help from Karen.moreless

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  • Grace lands a job decorating one of Will's clients. Grace takes a little bit over the top to the ordinary eye. Will messes it up for Grace. He accidentally got Grace fired because of Will and Graces little fights. In the end they make a contract.moreless

    This episode was an episode where we actually get to see Grace at work. Although we think that the theme of 'Cowboy Chic' is a little bit weird, we still loved it because Grace did it. This episode was great episode and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I really enjoyed the lines in this episode just like all of the other episodes! I loved the 'Just Jack' show! It showed us Jack's talent! It cracks me up that he thinks he can actually sing, dance, and rite plays! But, you do have to love him for that exact reason! It's a great episode!moreless
  • Grace lands a crucial decorating assignment and Will messes it up but good.

    Will's client Harlin Polk is impressed by Grace's decorating abilities and asks her to do something for his own apartment. Grace is naturally happy and nervous at the same time. She goes with what she thinks will be a theme Harlin enjoys-- a combination of modern art and Western style.

    Will takes one look at the project and is about ready to lose it right there. He finds her efforts garish and bizarre, and talks her into changing her mind.

    Harlin will have none of it. He is indeed dismayed with Grace's decision on the work-- that she left it, that is. He loved the first plan and has no idea that she bailed due to Will's pressure.

    This isn't exactly good for Will and Grace's friendship. The situation teeters between rococo and dangerous.

    Meanwhile, Jack prepares for the first of many forays into the entertainment world, with his solo presentation, 'Just Jack.' Production costs are low-- it's open mike night at a local bar, after all.

    Can the friends put it all back together, or will they break up thanks to twisty lamps and off-key singing?

    A funny show that highlights one of the better side characters (Polk) and the zany world of Grace Adler Designs. Always good to see this one again.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Does the red sweater Karen is wearing at the office look familiar? It's the same sweater we saw her pull out of a shopping bag to show to the cash-strapped Grace a few episode earlier, in "A New Lease On Life".

    • This is the first time we hear about Jack's ongoing project - "Just Jack."

    • You can see several posters for shows-- the obligatory Judy Garland one, 42nd Street, Guys & Dolls, etc.-- in the background, despite the fact that it's just a bar, not a venue. No self-respecting small gay bar would be without its show posters!

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jack: So what'd you think of the show?
      Will: Jack, you have a beautiful voice.
      Jack: How about that dance sequence, huh?
      Will: (slight pause) Jack, you have a beautiful voice.

    • Jack: I've decided to take my career in a whole new direction.
      Will: Forward?

    • Will: Owww.
      Grace: What now?
      Will: Sorry. I was just gored by the comfy chair.

    • Will: Hi. What are you doing?
      Grace: Sublimating my rage towards you with cheesecake.

    • Will: (Reading the Just Jack flyer) "A roller coaster ride of emotions." Who said that?
      Jack: A critic...okay, my shrink.

    • Harlin: (reading a flyer) Just...Jack?
      Jack: The magic starts at 10.
      Harlin: (to Karen) Was that a proposition?

    • Will (Standing up): You were right, I was wrong!
      Jack: Hey hey! It's not the 'Will & Grace' show! It's called 'Just Jack'!!!

    • Harlin: I'm Harlin Polk. I'm supposed to meet Grace.
      Karen: I'm Karen Walker. I'm supposed to be Grace's assistant.
      Harlin: Well, you don't strike me as the assistant type.
      Karen: Well, honey, behave yourself, and I won't have to strike you at all.

    • (Karen is at her desk filing her nails as Jack enters).
      Jack: Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for Just Jack! (singing) Touch me in the mornin' ...
      Karen: Honey, I'm busy. Touch yourself.

    • Jack: Karen, you can't just devastate me and kick me out. You're not my lover.

    • Jack: This guy, lemme tell ya... Thursday night, downtown at the duplex. Be there, be blown away.
      Will: What are you talking about? You're not a performer.
      Jack: I am now. Me, a piano, and a spotlight. I'm calling it "Just Jack." Here's my flyer. "Just Jack." One night only. "Just Jack."
      Will: Why one night-- oh. It's open mike night.

    • Jack: (Singing) I took the hand of a preacher man and we made love in the sun. (Speaking) Huh, that actually happened to me!

  • NOTES (0)


    • Will: It's a bad habit. I can control myself.
      Grace: You know, Betty Ford set up a nice little place in the desert based on that very statement.

      A reference to the famous Betty Ford Center in California, a rehab clinic to the stars and others suffering from various forms of addiction.

    • Grace: Oooh, not liking this.
      Will: Coriander
      Grace: Scary Spice.

      An obvious reference to the Spice Girls, the British girl group, all of whom were given "spice" names by their creator. Scary Spice was Melanie Brown, who was the loudest and brashest member of the group.

    • Jack: (To Karen) You're nasty, Ms. Jackson!

      This is a reference to Janet Jackson's song "Nasty", where she sings, "No, my first name ain't baby, it's Janet--Ms. Jackson if you're nasty."

    • Jack: ...Or do I go with the Julie Newmar basic-black?
      This is a quick reference to Julie Newmar's Catwoman look on the campy 1960s version of Batman.