Will & Grace

Season 5 Episode 21

Dolls And Dolls

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 24, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Dolls And Dolls
Karen looks for a place to live, and succeeds in finding an apartment with a gal named Liz. Liz turns to be just as self-important and skanky as Karen, so it's a perfect match. Meanwhile, Grace and Jack are concerned about Will when he gets injured and relies heavily on painkillers.moreless

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  • Beware of famous guest stars.

    A disappointing episode that seems to have been made to give a guest star some time in the spotlight. Usually this show works because the four main characters can be paired up in different ways, usually allowing two story lines that don't even have to be connected. Here Karen is put together with guest star Madonna, and the three others get the second story line. A problem with the latter is that one character proves to be underused. Will's drug problem would be a good story for Will and Grace, or for Will and Jack. In the present form Jack is not used to his full potential.

    An even bigger problem is the way Karen is portrayed. Her lack of knowledge about the real world is a running joke in the show, but there's also another side to her, as she is a no-nonsense, acerbic snob. The writers seem to have forgotten about the latter. I couldn't understand why Karen would even hang around with Liz. The curiosity was overdone, the wit underplayed. Karen became a stooge for the guest star. Sad.moreless
  • Karen discovers part of "real life" in attempts to have a roommate. Will injures his leg and becomes addicted to painkillers so Jack and Grace try an intervention.

    Megan Mullally is simply a genius in this episode. The writers gave her great material, which helped, but that bit with the soda? Pure genius. Both stories lines are pretty strong, and the writing for how Jack and Grace would handle an intervention is spot on. All four actors bring their best game and Madonna as a nerd is all kinds of weird, awkward and funny.

    Madonna and Karen have all the best jokes here, easily, and have a great cat fight that involves the revelation of something many have speculated about - that Karen wears a hair piece!

    The opening scene in the laundry mat gets the award for best scene of the episode, though, with Karen thinking the dryers are fish tanks, Jack posing for the \"cameras\", Will biffing it because of his clogs, and Grace refusing to take him to the hospital because he\'s wearing clogs. Absolutely classic for the show. These four actors really are at their best when they are all together.moreless
  • Will get hooked on drugs while Karen takes up slumming...

    This episode is just fantastic and very, very funny. (The writer also plays Connie the secretary infatuated with Will). Karen has the best scenes - whether its being confused about dryers, wondering how to open up a can, sharing an apartment with Liz (Madonna) - and the chore wheel, dancing against Liz to get a man or the final scene where she finds out that she owns the building where Liz lives. Pure comedy!!! Will is funny too - getting hooked on pain killers when he injures his foot by slipping on his clogs. For once Will is happy and not uptight - but Grace/Jack have to intervene to get him off drugs. The scene where Grace crumbles a cookie on the carpet and later when Will tries to get the drugs off Grace/Jack are very funny. All actors - including Madonna - are very good in their storylines. Well done!!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Karen: (to Liz after she tells Karen to leave and pay her half of the rent) True or false? I own this building!
      Liz: W-what?
      Karen: True! (laughs) And I don't think I want you living here any more.
      Liz: But we're roommates! Friends! Lovers! I'll take that Frenchie now!

    • Liz: Wait, you're not Kurt!
      Karen: You're not Kurt either! Now look what you've done.
      Liz: Me?! You scared him off with your big boobies and your weird bisexual vibe. He was into me!

    • Karen: God, this is great. Casual sex, mookie bartenders, dirty futons... This is the stuff of life. I'm gonna get an STD tonight!

    • Grace: Wow, okay what's happening on your feet?
      Will: What?
      Jack: I think she's talking about your shoes, Heidi.
      Will: What? They're clogs. They're good for your back.
      Grace: They're good for the back of your closet.

    • Grace: Ooh, crack whores are sneaky.

    • Will: (to Grace) Have you ever watched King of Queens? It's funny sometimes! But I don't believe that she'd stay with him. Or do I? Well, I don't have to decide this right now.

    • Karen: What is this place? It's pretty! Where are the fish?
      Jack: No, Karen. It is a laundromat. People come here to clean their clothes. Then they re-use them!
      Karen: Why, poor people are just plain clever. I wonder why they can't figure out a way to make more money!
      Grace: You've never been to a laundromat before? Why am I surprised? Last week at the post office she kept tapping on the window and feeding peanuts to the clerk.
      Karen (Looking at a notice board): There's so much real life I've never experienced. Sectional sofas for sale, missing cats, Battered Women's shelters. FUN! Honey, look at me, I'm finally using the internet!

    • Liz: Now, did you take a look at the chore wheel? Because you're in charge of emptying the ant traps and organizing the CD tower.
      Karen: Wow. How did I go my whole life without learning any of those words?

    • Karen: Oh Yeah? Well, out of all the bars I've ever been kicked out of… that one had the best onion blossom!

    • Karen: I love errands. They're like mini adventures for the undesirables.

    • Karen: This blows! If I wanted to spend Saturday handling heavy sacks, I would have stayed married to Stanley.

    • Liz: You're gonna get me into SO much trouble!
      Karen: If you're lucky!
      Liz: You're crazy!
      Karen: Like a fox!
      Liz: I doubt it!
      Karen: You wish!
      Liz: Don't I ever?
      Karen: You and what army?

    • Grace: Maybe you should move your glass off the coffee table.
      (they hear Will at the door)
      Grace: Oh, my God! Pick up the glass! Wipe down the ring!
      Jack: You're right! First he sees the ring, and then we die!

    • Will: I love Paula Abdul. I love that we live in a world that would give Paula Abdul a second chance.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Grace: Wow, okay what's happening on your feet?
      Will: What?
      Jack: I think she's talking about your shoes, Heidi.

      This is a reference to the book/movie Heidi, about a young orphan girl in Switzerland.

    • Jack: You said they were casting for a sitcom called 'A Gay Guy, Two Hags and a Laundrymat'.

      This is a reference to the 1998 sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place.

    • Grace: You have got to get off, got to get off this merry go round.

      Another allusion to the film Valley of the Dolls, as this is a line from the theme song to the film, written by Andre Previn and his then wife Dory Previn.

    • Grace: (holding up Will's painkillers) Looking for these, Miss Taylor?

      This is referring to reports of Elizabeth Taylor's previous addictions to painkilling drugs as a result of her lifelong battles with back pain from the time she was a young woman. She has apparently broken her back five times.

    • Will: I have pain!
      Jack: Effie we all got pain!

      A clear and funny reference to the 1981 musical Dreamgirls. "Effie we all got pain" is a line from the song "It's All Over". In the season 3 episode "Lows In The Mid-Eighties" Jack points out that Will's 'well-worn copy of the Dreamgirls soundtrack' suggests that he is gay.

    • Jack: You're right! First he sees the Ring, and then we die!
      A reference to the 2002 film The Ring starring Naomi Watts.

    • Episode Title: Dolls and Dolls

      This is a clear reference to the 1955 musical comedy Guys and Dolls, starring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, and Frank Sinatra. It is also to the book and film Valley of the Dolls, in which the word 'Dolls' means drugs. Given Will's addiction in this episode, it seems quite fitting.