Will & Grace

Season 5 Episode 6

Boardroom & A Parked Place

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 07, 2002 on NBC
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Boardroom & A Parked Place
Gene Wilder plays Mr. Stein, the long-absent senior partner of Will's firm, who shows up unexpectedly to reassume command. He just might succeed if he weren't such a frantic, neurotic mess. What he needs is a smart, attentive lieutenant who can make decisions and do some of the dirty work (like firing people). Enter Will. Meanwhile, Grace and Jack are shocked to discover that their highfalutin' pal Karen is now poorer than a church mouse – and living in her limo.moreless

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  • Jack and Grace suspect Karen is living in her limo, while Will becomes Mr. Stein's pet at the office.

    The opening scene in this episode is classic Will and Grace but doesn't quite redeem the rest of the episode.

    Will acts completely unprofessional at the office, acting more like a teenage boy as class president of the 8th grade than a lawyer (which in the past he'd always had a ego about). Nor do I believe Karen would ever live out of a limo. She's too cunning to not have some money stashed away.

    Inconsistency aside, the core cast did it's usual great job together, but some of the writing simply falls flat.

    Mr. Stein is written so painfully that it's awkward and uncomfortable to watch. But Gene Wilder does what he can with what they gave him. Some of his scenes go on way too long.

    Easily the best scene of the episode is in the limo while Karen, Rosie, Jack and Grace try to sleep. Karen: "Grace, that had better be your penis." Grace: "It's a thermos, but thank you." is a great joke with an even better payoff. And the comment about the three-way marriage with Maury Povich and Connie Chung? Classic Karen.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: The time line is slightly off in this episode, due to poor editing. On the same day that Will meets Stein and is offered the tickets for that night's company box at the opera, Grace and Jack find Karen in her limo and tell her they're going to stay until she gives in.
      Soon after, Will is thanking Stein for the tickets and saying he had a great night in the box with the comfy seats. Yet in the next scene, Grace, Karen, Jack and Karen are bedding down for what is surely their first disastrous night sleeping in the limo.

    • When Grace and Jack are looking for Karen, Grace points to Karen's limo and identifies it by the 'red, green and yellow' mark where the limo once hit a clown, but in the shot of the limo the mark is clearly red, blue and yellow.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Mr. Stein: What? Doesn't someone have the right to sit alone, crouched in a bathroom stall?
      Will: No, sir. That's perfectly normal, it's just the whimpering that threw me.

    • Grace: (As they're all trying to sleep in the limo) Night.
      Karen: Night.
      Jack: Night.
      Rosario: Noches.
      Karen: Jack. That had better be your penis!
      Grace: This is no good. I sleep on my left side, turn over. (everyone turns over) Night.
      Karen: Night.
      Jack: Night.
      Rosario: Noches.
      Karen: Grace. That had better be your penis!
      Grace: It's a thermos. But thank you!

    • Will: Don't you be so modest. You're a killer. You're a shark. You're Stein. Say it.
      Mr. Stein: It.

    • Grace: I mean if Karen's not going to take my help, then I'm done. Let her live in her limo. There's a lot of people a lot worse off than that! In Russia, entire families live in their Limosines.
      Will: Good God Grace. I BEG you to pick up a newspaper!

    • Mr. Stein: Will, I wanna thank you from the heart of my bottom. No. Wait. Strike that. Reverse it.

    • Karen: Whew. That is one smooth-talking shower head.
      Grace: Will, it's happening again. I'm having that dream where she's everywhere.
      Will: It's more interesting than that one about the hot dog breaking up with the doughnut.

    • Karen: Listen, I do not need your help, all right? I may be alone, broke, living in a car and spooning a domestic, but Karen Walker has her dignity. Got it?

    • Will: Mr. Stein, I, uh, I have something difficult to say.
      Mr. Stein: Is it "Annie hit Frannie on the fanny with a flounder"?
      Will: Yes. Yes, and thank you for saying it. Now I don't have to.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Upon its original airing, this was a 40-minute "super size" episode that began at 8:40 p.m. E.S.T. Some scenes are cut in the syndicated version of the episode.


    • Grace: I thought you were staying at Marlo and Phil's

      This is a reference to Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue who are married and supposedly friends of Karen's.

    • Episode Title: Boardroom & A Parked Place

      This is an allusion to the famous two properties on boardgame Monoply-- Boardwalk and Park Place, the most expensive ones in the game.

    • Mr. Stein: You just call out my name..
      Mr. Stein sings the opening lyrics to "You've Got a Friend" by Carole King, because he says it was playing during his last treatment and he can't get it out of his head.

    • Stein: Will, I want to thank you from the heart of my bottom. Wait, strike that...reverse it.

      This is a reference to one of Gene Wilder's most famous characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.