Will & Grace

Season 3 Episode 11

Coffee & Commitment

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • Adam Barr wrote the episode to include a 'commitment ceremony' as a reflection on gay culture at the time.

  • Allusions

    • 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."