Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 3

Head Case

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • This is the first time we really get to see Will's apartment beyond the main living room area.

    • This is the first episode where Karen insults Grace's taste in style, she does so throughout the series.

    • Jack's line to Will's unseen secretary Ellen ("You're my new best friend - call me every five minutes") was also used in another Will & Grace episode ("Lows in the Mid 80s", again by Jack) and was also uttered by Anthony Clark's character Boyd in Kohan and Mutchnick's previous series, Boston Common. It's a personal favourite catchphrase for David Kohan.

    • Goof: When Grace is making coffee whilst wearing that hat she picks up a sugar stick to put in the coffee. When we switch to her at the design table she pours a small milk tub into the coffee.

  • Quotes

    • Grace: This bathroom is driving me crazy. No, actually, Will is driving me crazy. The bathroom is fine and I've got a doodle that proves it.
      Karen: No, honey, it's a blueprint.

    • Karen: Grace, sweetie, what's that?
      Grace: It's a hat, Karen. I didn't have time to dry my hair.
      Karen: So what are you saying honey? It's going to stay on all day?
      Grace: Uh-huh.
      Karen: Okay. You know what? I say we close. You're obviously in no condition to work.

    • Karen: Hey, you know what? Tomorrow, I'm going to be in before 11.
      Grace: Baby steps.
      Karen: All right, 11.30.

    • Grace: Karen, I have a great deal of affection for you, but you're going to need to be a better assistant. Put the catalog down. You have everything in it. Now come with me. I'm going to show you what I'm working on, okay? Now look at this. This is a rough draft of what I'd like the bathroom to look like. When I'm finished with this drawing, I'm going to need it copied and sent to a few people.
      Karen: You mean...like...the...contractor?
      Grace: Yes! Yes! Yes! That's exactly right! Oh my God, I feel like the Miracle Worker. Good, Karen, good.
      Karen: All right, honey, reel it in, I get it. Now, talk to me about this little doodle here.
      Grace: This doodle is called a blueprint.
      Karen: Well, whatever it is, honey, I love it. Who's it for?
      Grace: Me and Will.
      Karen: You and Will?! Woman, are you insane? You can't share a bathroom with the person you're living with! Do you know where Stan's bathroom is? God, I don't even know where Stan's bathroom is.

    • Will: It's wrong to love a faucet this much.
      Grace: You're right. I don't want to fall too hard. They tend to run a little hot and cold.

    • Will: I got this stuff at Bed, Bath and Beyond. And the crazy thing is, it wasn't in Bed or Bath - it was all in Beyond. Look, shelves.
      Grace: This is your solution to my space problem? You want to bring the walls in closer?

    • Jack: You've had one common problem in all your relationships. You.

    • Will: I want to get Grace some cool shelves or something for her bathroom - she hates it.
      Jack: Of course she hates it. It's too small for her. It's too small for Malibu Barbie.

    • Jack: Will, why don't you just share your bathroom? ... Ha. My God, I think that's the first time I used "Will" and "share" in the same sentence without "doesn't know how to" in between.

    • Will: Have you even decided what it is you want to do?
      Jack: Still not sure, but I do know that I want the font on my resume to be... Helvetica.
      Will: I wonder how "chorus girl" will look in Helvetica.

    • (Will has opened Grace's bathroom cabinet and the contents have spilled out)
      Will: What are the double-D batteries for?
      Grace: Oh, it's for my Waterpick.
      Will: You don't have a Waterpick.
      Grace: Let's just say I do.

    • (after giving Grace advice)
      Karen: Lord, that was exhausting. I am assisting my ASS off!

    • Grace: Karen?
      Karen: Yeah?
      Grace: Why do you want to work for me?
      Karen: Well honey, because I adore you. And because I always work before I marry money... I joke, of course I mean Stan. I joke, of course I mean money!! Hahahahaha....

    • Will: Jack, she's just doing her job. I think that's the first time I used the words "Jack" and "job" in the same sentence without "needs to get a" in between.

    • Jack: Ellen, can you bring in Will's denial file? He has something to add.

    • Jack: Women, can't live with them... end of sentence.

    • Grace: Karen the first 3 letters in assistant spell ass, so get off yours!

    • Will: Are you ready for a bag full of happiness, and I am not talking about your stoner days.

    • Will: Jack! This is about being late to meet Harlin, because you're wasting my time. It is about being galled at your level of presumptuousness, and finally, ladies and... ladies of the jury, this is about my total frustration over helping someone get a job whose main requirement is cute guys in the mailroom!
      Jack: And so ends a scene from 'Mr. Bitch Goes to Washington!'
      (Jack applauds him).

    • Karen: Men hate change.
      Grace: Well, usually, you can't lump Will in with other men, he's...
      Karen: Oh, honey, come on, gay, straight, bi, Thai--they don't like change.
      Grace: What is that? Like an Upper East Side Haiku?

    • Grace: We're just like 50 men and a mirrored ball away from being a gay disco.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Grace: I'm the Cat in the Hat.

      The Cat in the Hat is the star of an eponymously entitled book written by Dr. Seuss (aka Theodor Geisel) that was first published in 1957.

    • Jack: And so ends a scene from Mr. B*tch Goes to Washington.

      A quick and cheap reference to the end of the filibuster scene in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.

    • Grace: Open that cabinet.
      Will: I'd rather go for what's behind the curtain, I'm afraid that's gonna be a 'zonk'.

      This is a reference to the game show Let's Make A Deal, where contestants could trade their winnings for a mystery prize hidden behind a curtain.

    • Harlin: Maria Shriver showed up with one of those blue lights. Turns out that 75% of the bed sheets were stained with -- Let's just say they were very unsanitary.
      A nod to the famous episode of NBC's Dateline when the show investigated the living conditions of New York hotels.

    • Grace: Yes, yes, yes! That is exactly right! Oh, my God, I feel like The Miracle Worker!

      This is a reference to the play/movie The Miracle Worker, where a determined teacher named Annie Sullivan teaches Hellen Keller communicate, even though she is unable to hear or see.