Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 5

Boo! Humbug

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 26, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Goof: When Will and Grace enter the elevator while they are taking the kids around trick-or-treating, the kids' pumpkin bags have faces, but in the next shot they are plain orange.

    • According to this episode, you can find your drag name by taking the name of your first pet and the name of the first street you lived on. Karen's was Shu-Shu Fontana and Jack's was Glen 125th.

    • As Will and Grace head off with the kids to apartment 9B to start their trick-or-treating, we get a rare look at the hallway from the other direction - from around the corner back towards the elevator (although we don't see that far).

      We also get what may be the only view of the fourth wall of Will's apartment - the wall that we normally see "through" as the audience.

  • Quotes

    • Grace: Nixon, I'm not going to tell you again to stop shoving your sister! Will, can I get a little help here?
      Will: (To the kids) Kids, you wanna watch three hours of Swedish cinema? (Kids shake their heads) Then behave yourselves.

    • Will: Have a good time. And remember, wear reflective tape, get lots of candy, and don't put anything in your mouth that isn't wrapped.

    • Grace: Jack, what's the point of dressing up like a fairy princess when I'm not gonna get ten feet without seeing a hundred drag queens prettier than me?

    • (Will and Grace are at home reading the newspaper)
      Grace: Switch.
      Will: Whoa, whoa, whoa hold on a second.
      Grace: What's the problem?
      Will:My horoscope says that I shouldn't rush into any change.
      Grace:Give me that!

    • Jack: Oh I know, we go as a team like Donny and Marie or Sonny and Cher.
      Karen: Oh honey, you'd be cute as Sonny.
      Jack: No, no, I'd be Cher. (singing) If I could turn back ti-ohhh. If I could find a-woah.

    • Jack: Halloween just happens to be the only day that makes the other 364 bearable... This and the Tony Awards.

    • (Harlin has left his kids with Will and Grace)
      Will: We gotta have something they can play with. I mean, do we have any toys?
      Grace: I don't know what toys you have in the house, but mine are very grown-up.

    • Jack: Well, look at you. You're like an icon to gay men.

    • Jack: Dilemma. Donald and I were going to the parade tonight. We had a whole biblical thing planned. We were gonna go as Adam and Steve. But he crapped out on me. Pthbbt!
      Will: (To Jack) It's gonna be hard to top last year. They went as secondhand smoke.

    • Karen: (To Jack) Honey, I can't go. I have a home, a husband, and 3 beautiful stepchil... No, wait. Two. Two beautiful stepchildren. Sorry. Yeah. Olivia and...
      Jack: Mason?
      Karen: Honey, I was getting there.

    • Jack: (To Karen) You've got the sass, the class, the ass.

    • (Knock at the door)
      Will: Jack, go away. Grace and I are... are naked and oiled up and about to engage in some Greco-Roman wrestling.
      Harlin: (Through the door) How long you think that'll take, Will? I'm double-parked.

    • Jack: Will, come on. I can only do this with you. You're my best friend. We'll have so much fun together.
      Will: Wow. How am I gonna say no to that? No.
      Jack: Grace, I can only do this with you. You're my best friend. We'll have so much fun together.

  • Notes

    • The role of Jerry is played by Paul Goebel, more commonly known as "The TV Geek" on the short lived Comedy Central show Beat The Geeks. He is the foremost expert on television history on both the technical and entertainment sides. It's rumoured that he got to do the cameo after stumping someone on the set about I Love Lucy trivia.

  • Allusions

    • Will: (to a boy in a Nixon mask) So much for not being a crook.

      On November 17, 1973, President Richard Nixon proclaimed "I'm not a crook" during a press conference discussing Watergate and other potential criminal acts he was involved in.

    • Jack: We were gonna go as Adam and Steve.
      This is a reference to the anti-gay rights activists saying, "God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."

    • Episode Title: Boo! Humbug

      This is a pun on the line "Bah, humbug!" from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol where Ebenezer Scrooge hated Christmas and when people wished him a merry Christmas he would answer with a sneering "Bah, humbug!"

    • Jack: Nothing's gonna harm you, not while I'm around...
      Jack is singing the song "Not While I'm Around" which was sung by Angela Lansbury in the 1979 production of Sweeney Todd.

    • Jack: Soul. David Soul, as in "Starsky and Hutch."
      David Soul is an actor, who is most famous for his work on Starsky and Hutch.

    • Jack: We could go as a team, like Donny & Marie, or Sonny & Cher.
      Quick references to two of the classic "variety hour" programs; Donny & Marie and The Sonny & Cher Show.

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