Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 14

Big Brother Is Coming (1)

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 16, 1999 on NBC
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Big Brother Is Coming (1)
A "surprise" birthday party for Jack astounds Will when his estranged older brother Sam turns up at the fete at Grace's invitation. Not only do sparks fly between the brothers, but electricity of a different sort crackles between Grace and Sam.

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  • My favourite episode of season 1.

    Season 1 was a pretty disappointing season, but not this episode!

    Will's big brother comes to town much to Will's anger, while Jack is horrified to find out he is actually 30, not 29 as he originally thought! I was disappointed at the end though when Grace and Sam kissed, it didn't work for me. My favourite part of the episode? When Jack was giving his birthday speech, and burst into Will's room where he was arguing with Sam and yelled at the top of his lungs: "SHUT UP!!", and then when Karen told him he is 30, and he fainted! Oh Jack, I still love you!

    Overall, a fantastic episode!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Grace: Every family has problems, you have to work through. Don't you think the Kennedys had words when William married the Terminator?
      Will: I don't think they care who the girls marry.

    • Grace: You just gonna hide in here all night?
      Will: (Throwing ties out of his closet) I thought Jack's birthday party might be a good time to weed out my tie collection. Pick the one you want to be strangled with.

    • Grace: Five years ago, Will told Sam he hated the woman he was going to marry, and as a result, Sam cut Will out of his life completely. And they were -- they were so close. And now, finally -- finally, Sam seems ready --
      Karen: Honey, honey... I barely care about Will. Can you imagine how I feel about the brother?

    • Karen: Oh, my god! Do you know what he would love? Oh! What is that deal down in the Mediterranean where you can charter a yacht with another couple for a week? You know, 7-person cruise, they take you up the Italian Riviera. Oh, what is the name of that boat?!
      Will: Oh, I know. The S.S. Lower Your Dosage.

    • Jack: Hey, look, I'm Cher... circa 1978. (Standing in front of a display of hay) My daughter's a what?!

  • NOTES (2)

    • When Jack faints, a female extra with glasses can be seen laughing.

    • This episode is in reference to when Will told his brother what he thought of his soon-to-be wife. With only a handful of script ideas and a push from the network to create a two-parter, David & Max took from the pilot and create these two episodes.


    • Jack: Hey, hey! Pay no attention to the brats behind the curtain!

      A reference to the famous line from The Wizard Of Oz.

    • Will: That's what you get for thanking India.

      This is a reference to the Alanis Morissette song "Thank You," in which she actually thanks India.

    • Episode Title: Big Brother Is Coming

      This is a reference to the phrase "Big Brother is Watching" from George Orwell's famous novel "1984."

    • Will: Let's see, we got the cop, the cowboy, the Indian. This has got to be the construction worker.
      A funny reference to the 70's singing group, The Village People.

    • Karen: We're making a cake from scratch. (with a southern accent) And I helped.

      This is a reference to the famous Shake-N-Bake commercials that have been around since the 1960's where the little girl says in a very twangy accent, "It's Shake-N-Bake, and I helped."

    • Grace: Will, call your brother. You know, Michael Corleone forgave Fredo.
      Will: Yeah, that was right before he had him taken out to the lake and shot.
      The incident referred to here took place in the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola film, The Godfather: Part II, starring Al Pacino as Don Michael Corleone.

    • Will: (To Jack) I'll be next. Jack, I joke with you a lot. I call you names. Names like Nellie, Mary, Tinkerbell, Femme-bot, Ally McHomo...
      Tinkerbell is the fairy featured in the children's story Peter Pan, written by J. M. Barrie. The name is also used as a pejorative term for "homosexual."
      The Femme-bots are featured in the movie Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, staring Mike Myers. They are robots posing as women designed to seduce men and kill them.
      Ally McHomo is a twist on Ally McBeal, staring Calista Flockhart as the title's character.