Will & Grace

Season 3 Episode 11

Coffee & Commitment

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Jan 04, 2001 on NBC
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Coffee & Commitment
When they are asked to read at the civil union of two friends, Will and Grace verbally spar over her self-serving, get-and-take attitude where Will is responsible for everything -- but what's really bugging him is the overwhelming feeling that Grace is behaving more like a wife than an old friend. Meanwhile, Karen tries to help a caffeine-addicted Jack get over a failed crush but he's so jacked-up on java that only a tough-love approach will work.moreless

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  • When I saw this episode of Will & Grace I just laughed till I couldn't breath.

    This is my #1 favorite episode of all time in the 3rd season. I love everything about this episode I loved the part when Jack bursts in to Grace Adler Designs and goes straight for the coffee maker and says to Karen "Why isn't there any coffee!" and then he got the paper coffee ground holder and starter squeezing it into his mouth I laughed till I cried when I saw that scene. This episode is hysterical and I also liked the part when their were at the wedding and then a waiter comes up to Jack and says "Would you like some coffee" and Jack says "YES!" and Karen says "NO!" and Jack was running for the coffee and Karen tripped him LOL!.moreless
  • A classic Will & Grace episode.

    Yet another classic installment in the series Will & Grace. Season three is almost of legendary status in the sitcom realm due to virtually flawless episodes such as the following. When taken out of their regular environment the characters prove to shine just as brightly. Most of this episode takes place outside of the regular set of Will and Grace’s apartment which keeps the show fresh in my opinion. I always love when the characters are placed in different environments. Anyways, this episode shows a flaw in the relationship between Will and Grace was Will thinks Grace has become too dependant on him. In the end their relationship is strengthened and in-between there are plenty of laughs to go around. Highly recommended.moreless
  • I laughed some much, I cried.

    From the beginning of the episode when Jack enters the room where Grace and Will are fighting as usual it was Hilarious! I've been wanting to see the bloopers on all of that, im pretty sure he messed up more than once. They only show 1 or 2 scenes of the bloopers on Season 3 Dvd. That's a lot of stuff to memorize. That's what makes him a good actor! Jack addicted to Coffee! Once they arrived to the Wedding there's nothing but Coffee!!! But for me the best part of the show has got to be when Jack and Karen start slapping each other! Season's Best!moreless
  • Feel like you have a monkey on your back? It might just be Grace!

    I totally love this episode. I love it so much because the story lines are divided nice and evenly. I as am rewatching some episodes I noticed the stories seemed to be very one sided but this episode had everyone doing something that shined.

    THe episode opens with a hilarious shetch done by Sean Hayes. IT was just great and I have no idea how he did it. I tried to do several times but wow is it hard,lol. ANyway he has gotten addicted to coffee because he loves the clerk and her gives him coffee whenever he gets in. I wish I could get free coffee, I would be in that store around the clock. Anyway this sets up his storyline for the episode.

    Will and Grace have serious issues too. Well they were always there it just happens to explode just in time for a wedding. Will feels Grace acts way too much like a wife ANd I am left to wonder why in the world it took him so long to verbalize these thoughts? Hello since the first episode she was a "wife" I think Will is a martyr,lol. Grace thinks he is insane but Will puts his foot down.

    JAck and Karens scenes prove to great once again. At Graces office, JAck goes to visit Karen and talk about his problems. Karen talsk about addictions, while mixing a martini and shaking all of the martini off before she pops the thing into her mouth. MEanwhile Jack is going crazy becaus ehis guy was fired and needs a fix. He squeezes a coffee filter to get any excess stuff out. THat was gross but really funny, I wonder how it tasted. JAck suggests KAren drink the coffee and he lick her tongue. I loved it, I was cracking up. KAren wants to help JAck lose his "monkey" while ignoring her own,lol.

    On the ride to the wedding bickering ensues. Will suggests they split everything and Grace agrees. THeres a funny thing with tictacs and the cost. THey really do seem married. Its your basic "stupid" fight. You pick soemthing totally nonsensical to argue about and just carry on, I have seen this in the real world. Karen suggests they just sleep with each other. HAd this been an actual married couple thats where it would have ended anyway.

    At the wedding W&G bicker more about the wedding gift. MEanwhile Karen and JAck learn that this is a dry county, theres no liquor but plenty of coffee. JAck is in heaven and Karen is in hell. KAren tries to stop JAck. THey slap each other. IT was done beautfifully and it sounded painful too. On a side note, It looked like Megan was about to poo or soemthing,lol. I know she walks hunched over sometimes to give her lines emphasis but this time it looked like she was about to hit the floor.

    ANyway the last scene was great because the speech W&G deliver was not only beautiful but they also relaized they will always be married,lol. JAck and KAren make it through just fine lol, I guess you can say that.

    Overall a fantastic episode. IT really was well written and hilarity comes at the viewers from everywhere in the storyline.moreless
Butch Klein

Butch Klein

Male Guest

Guest Star

Wanda Lee Evans

Wanda Lee Evans

Justice Of The Peace

Guest Star

Lori Alan

Lori Alan


Guest Star

Jerry Levine

Jerry Levine


Recurring Role

Tim Bagley

Tim Bagley


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Jack says the guy who gives him free coffee's name is Paul. At the very end of the previous episode ("Three's A Crowd, Six Is A Freak Show"), Jack and Will fought over a guy...also named Paul that Jack eventually ended up with, but who now seems to be out of the picture.

    • Goof: The very last time that Jack slaps Karen at the commitment ceremony, the slap sound is actually heard before the slap lands. The sound effects are off by a split second.

    • See the jump Megan makes over the kayak and does a little showboating? That's because this is the 4th take. She tripped over it three times prior.

    • We don't see the card that Will signed until after Grace mentions it. Suddenly we see Will not only holding it, but licking it shut.

    • Continuity Goof: When Will is listing all of Grace's things that he pays for he includes her bikini waxes, saying, "I had a fun time explaining that one to my accountant." However, we found out in the season 2 episode, "An Affair to Forget", that Rob is Will's accountant. Obviously, Will wouldn't have trouble explaining Grace's neuroses to him.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jack: Addiction? Oh, no. No, no! I don't have an addiction, thank you very much.
      (Jack grabs Karen's empty coffee cup off her desk and licks the rim and the bottom of the cup.)
      Karen: Ok, ok. (Karen takes the cup away from Jack.)
      Jack: I'm fine, I'm fine.
      Karen: Ok, ok, it's over. Now, listen to me. (Karen gets out a pill.) The first thing you have to do is admit that you have a problem. (Karen swirls the pill in her martini.)
      Because if you can't even recognize the signs... (Karen drops the wet pill into her mouth.)
      Then you are really in sorry shape. (Karen washes down the pill.) Oh, mmm!
      (addressing the martini glass) Why are you so good to me?

    • Grace: What, you think my gift is funny?
      Will: I think it's funny you're calling it a gift.

    • Grace: (to Will) You didn't sign for me, did you? Your handwriting has a serial killer slant.

    • Karen: (to Jack) Drop that spoon, Billie Holiday! I've kept you caffeine-free for two hours. You're not folding now.

    • Jack (drinking an iced coffee and talking fast): Hey, friends, lovers, mothers and other strangers, you are not going to believe what happened to me...(trips) Oh, my gosh, did you just see that? I almost did a half nelson, I almost bruised my delicates, my delicates, my "Domo arigatos, Mr. Tomatoes". (finishes drink and pulls out another) Huge news! I have met, are you ready for this, Mr. Right, well, Mr. Right Now, anyway. Ba dum bum. Good night, folks, I'm here all week, Jack 2000! He works at the Jumpin' Java -- you know, that coffee shop on seventy-second and his name is Paul. He is CUTE with a capital Q! And the busier it gets, the hotter he gets, and the hotter he gets the sweatier he gets, and the sweatier he gets...I forgot where I'm goin' with this, but the point is (takes a long sip) me likey he and he likey me and the best part is Shazaam! He gives me free iced coffee every time I go in which is every hour on the hour, thank you very much and occasionally on the half hour. Ba da da da da da! (blows raspberry)

    • Karen: Will you just climb on top of each other and get it over with already.

    • Karen: What's going on here? I'm sensing a mood.
      Grace: He thinks I'm taking advantage of him.
      Karen: Save it for later honey! We'll crack it open for when we're desperate.

    • Jack: Omigod! Karen! What's happening to me!?
      Karen: I'm not an expert but, I think you might have a little addiction problem.

    • Guest: He is my younger brother, I should be wearing white.
      Karen: Or at the very least deodorant!

    • (Grace opens the door and Will is standing in door way with arms loaded with dry cleaning)
      Grace: Will when you came out of the closet you weren't supposed to take all of your clothes with you.
      (Grace is wearing a very low cut top)
      Will: And you are dressed for open heart surgery.

    • Will: It's always "Will and Grace." Will and Grace buy the present. Will and Grace do the speech. "We cordially invite Will and Grace." why don't they ever say "Will and guest"?
      Grace: Well, who did you want to bring?
      Will: I don't know! One of the Gap dancers, Aquaman, anyone!
      Grace: Well, who's stopping you?
      Will: You are! Because you're so content to play Mrs. Will Truman. I want a husband. I want someone who loves me, a-and a family. I want this, not this!
      Grace: I do not know where you got the idea that I am your wife, but let me tell you something, if that's true, we've got big martial problems because Mrs. Truman's getting a lot of action on the side.

    • (Jack comes into Grace's office and runs to the coffee machine, which has an empty pot)
      Jack: Why isn't there any coffee?!
      Karen: Same reason you don't have a wife and three kids. It's the way God wants it.

    • Jack: Let me just have one last cup.
      Karen: No.
      Jack: Half a cup.
      Karen: No.
      Jack: How about you drink a cup and I'll lick your tongue?
      Karen: Tempting, but no.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Jack: My delicates, my delicates, my Domo arigatos, Mr. Tomatos.

      Jack is referencing a line from the Styx's song "Mr. Roboto," which says 'Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.'

    • Karen: Why don't you go see your little coffee cutie, huh? Your latte lover. Mr. Jock-Full-of-Nuts.

      This is an allusion to the coffee brand Chock Full O' Nuts.

    • Jack: Oh, Karen, when will the lambs stop screaming?
      Almost surely a reference to the 1991 thriller The Silence of The Lambs.

    • Grace: What? "Marcus Welby's my wife"?
      This is a reference to the last 60's ABC drama Marcus Welby, M.D.

    • Will: Where did you get that anyway? The Blair Witch gift shop?
      A quick reference to the 1999 film The Blair Witch Project.

    • Jack: Hello, dark roast, my old friend.
      A funny parody of a line from the Simon & Garfunkel song "Sounds Of Silence."

    • Grace: Do you take a check or should I pay you in pettiness, Mr. Petty? Tom Petty? Petticoat petty? Peppermint petty?
      Quick references to singer/songwriter Tom Petty, the show Petticoat Junction, and Peppermint Patty from the The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show.

    • Karen: It'll still be the best part of waking up.
      When Karen offers to quit coffee with Jack, she says that she will take her Bailey's straight, but it will still be "the best part of waking up." In the catchy commercial for Folgers coffee, Rockapella sang "The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup."