Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 18

Grace, Replaced

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 08, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Grace, Replaced
Will finds a "substitute Grace" in Val, a new neighbour who is available for plans with Will while Grace is consumed with work. As Will and Val continue to spend more time together, Grace fears that she has been replaced and fights with Val to regain Will's attention. Meanwhile, Jack seeks support from Karen after the court finds him guilty of slapping a metre maid and sentences him to pick up trash.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Grace and Val - the perfect pairing!

    This was one of the first episodes of Will and Grace i saw, and was the first tape of it i ever bought (before i got the DVD).

    Grace is having a really busy time at work and keeps cancelling on Will, so he becomes close to their new neighbour Val, which Grace is not happy about.

    This episodes is a fine example at why Will and Grace is considered a comedy show, particularly the fight between Val and Grace, complete with pocket ripping and soup spilling action.

    It also introduces the character Val, played by the fabulous Molly Shannon, who is a great recurring character throughout the series.

  • Grace feels replaced when Will finds a new friend when she spends much of her time at work. When Will get sicks, Val cares for him. Grace and Val end up fighting over Will, but the quickly make up.moreless

    Will and Grace really shined in this episode, along with Val. This episode was so hilarious. I love Val, she is crazy but in a good kind of way. She brought an interesting twist to this episode. I loved how Grace and Val fought, ripping each others shirts and fighting on the carpet. This episode was one of my favorites, because of Val and how she interacts with the other cast members. When you combine them all, you get a really great episode. I recommend that who ever didn't see this episode, should try to catch it on tv, or buy the DVDs.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Will: So what was my tell?
      Val: Well the abundance of boxer briefs.
      Will: Ah yes, the homosexual is the Connoisseur of the underwear hybrid.

    • Jack: Poor Will. Now he's being blown off by women.

    • Will: Honestly, Jack, sometimes I don't know where your head is.
      Jack: Mom, is that you?

    • Grace: Hi, Jack. Bye, Jack.
      Jack: Dad, was that you?

    • (Will enters laundry room, singing).
      Val: Hey, it's the elevator chanteuse.

    • Jack(Jack climbs on Will's desk while Will is on phone): Hey, hey. Hey. Tell Karen I wanna french kiss her when I see her.

    • Jack: Nice advice, counselor. I got 40 hours of community service. I have to pick up trash for the next 2 weeks.
      Will: At least this trash won't call you the next morning.

    • Jack: I bitch slapped the law and the law won.

    • Will: It's nice to see that you're taking this so seriously.
      Jack: Actually, I am. That's why I would like a loan for $50 which I don't have to pay back for some blonde highlights. I feel it will soften me in the eyes of the jury.
      Will: There's the fridge. Get a lemon and rub it on your head.

    • Karen: I don't like the way she's so chummy with your husband.
      Grace: Please don't refer to him as my husband.
      Karen: All right, fine. I don't like how chummy she is with your non-romantic life partner.
      Grace: Also bad, so please stop, ok? I'm glad he has a new friend, especially since I'm so busy.
      Karen: Your sexless lover!

    • Karen: (Answering the phone) Grace Adler Designs.
      Will: (Into the phone) Hi, Karen.
      Karen: Grace, the reason you're not in a relationship is on line one.

    • Val: Aww... I like that little bra that you're wearing.
      Grace: Aww... and I liked your split-pea soup.
      Val: Well, thanks.
      Grace: I got a little taste when you shoved my face in the rug.

    • (Grace and Val are rolling on the floor fighting)
      Will: Once again, girl-on-girl action, and it's totally lost on me. Hey. Hey! Gabrielle, Xena, break it up! (Will pulls the two girls apart) What is going on?
      Grace: She started it.
      Val: You did.
      Grace: Nuh-uh!
      Will: Ok, ok! "Nuh-uh" was just uttered by an adult. You're both taking a time-out. Go to your corners. Go on.
      Val: (To Grace) Bitch.
      Grace: (To Val) Psycho!

    • Karen: Honey, you know, whenever I get stressed out, I always like to...
      Grace: (Pause) You always like to what?
      Karen: Gosh, I don't think I've ever been stressed out. I mean, why would I be? I got practically no responsibilities, my job's a breeze, and I got a killer rack! Good morning! Ha ha ha ha! Oh... Whoo!
      Grace: Aww... You know, when you just said that?
      Karen: Yeah?
      Grace: You got the cutest little wrinkles right there. (Pointing to Karen's face)
      Karen: What?! Where?! (Looks in mirror)
      Grace: You feel that? That's stress.

    • Karen: Well, any friend of Will's is... Grace.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Since this episode aired out of order, Will's line "Once again, girl-on-girl action, and it's totally lost on me" has no meaning. This was supposed to be in reference to the last time he saw two girls with each other, when he and Jack found Grace and Karen on the couch together in the episode, "Will Works Out," which was aired immediately following this episode. (This is not a continuity error.)

    • This is the first episode aired after the show moved to the Thursday 8:30 slot after Friends.

    • Original title for this episode: "Baby, It's Cold Inside."


    • Will: (after Jack walks into Will's office dressed in an orange jumpsuit) And they said Tinky Winky was the only gay Tellytubby.

      This is a reference to the children's TV series Tellytubbies featuring four non-gender specific highly-coloured creatures, one of which carries a handbag.

    • Grace: No, eat without me, I'm gonna be late, late.
      Will: Late, late? Why? Why? Why? Why? Why?
      Grace: Becauase, because, because, because, because. Okay, Dorothy, I gotta go.

      A quick and funny reference to The Wizard of Oz.

    • Will: Hey. Hey! Gabrielle, Xena, break it up!
      A quick reference to the show Xena: Warrior Princess.

    • Jack: We have Soon-Yi Allen's phone bill!
      Karen: Mamma Mia! And I mean that literally.
      Soon-Yi Previn-Allen is the adopted daughter Mia Farrow who made headlines when it was revealed that she'd been having a sexual affair with Mia's long-time romantic partner, Woody Allen. Then would go on to marry despite the 35-year age difference between Previn and Allen.

    • Karen: ...maybe that's not the oldest story. Maybe that's the Sal Mineo story!
      Sal Mineo was one of Hollywood's greatest actors. It was rumoured that while he kept company with women, he was really gay.

    • Will: You Zsa-Zsaed a meter maid.
      A quick and funny reference to the 1989 incident where Zsa Zsa Gabor slapped a police officer trying to give her a ticket.

    • Jack: Oh, uh, when I... (Singing) Forget all my troubles, forget all my cares and go downtown...
      A quick line from the Petula Clark song "Downtown."

    • Will: Don't do the whole Perry Gay-son thing.
      A cheap but funny joke at the famous television criminal defense lawyer Perry Mason.