Will & Grace

Season 6 Episode 6

Heart Like A Wheelchair

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 06, 2003 on NBC
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Heart Like A Wheelchair
Continuing his new role as caretaker for a disabled Marilyn, a resentful Will takes his wheelchair-bound mother for an afternoon roll in the park and bumps into an attractive bachelor, Tom who's wheeling an invalid of his own. Using his mother as a reason for a daily rendezvous in the park, Will attempts to build up the courage to ask Tom out. Elsewhere, Karen continues her lifelong quest to hunt down hubby-stealing Lorraine tracking her to a room at the Peninsula hotel only to discover the occupant to be Lorraine's father Lyle.moreless

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  • Will uses his mother to attract another man while Karen is after Lorraine.

    The best storyline is Will struggling to be supportive to his wheelchair bound mother. There's a great scene where Will wishes his mother would fall off the balcony and Karen suggesting that it reminds her of an old Bette Davis' movie! Very sly - and Will's mother not understanding the reference is even better. Then Will uses his mother to attract another man - and Marilyn doing her best to appear interested in Tom's mum. Another great scene where Will mentions that he helps with his mother's hair and Marilyn saying no way! It is interesting to see McDermott playing against type as the 'boyfriend' - but it doesn't last very long! The other storyline with Karen chasing after Lorraine but finding her dad instead starts off interesting. But the scenes where Karen and Finster kiss over and over again - and then it looks like it will happen to Jack - and then it happens again to Karen - becomes a little boring. And disappointingly we don't even get to see Lorraine in this episode!moreless
Fiona Hale

Fiona Hale


Guest Star

Christopher Gehrman

Christopher Gehrman

EMT Worker

Guest Star

Clifford David

Clifford David

Hotel Manager

Guest Star

Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner

Marilyn Truman

Recurring Role

John Cleese

John Cleese

Lyle Finster

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Lyle: You're not going to get rid of me easily, Karen. I'm going to stick to you like bangers to mash.
      Karen: You're not getting your banger anywhere near my mash.

    • Marilyn: (to Will about Ruth after her dentures came loose) Maybe if she'd stop talking for five minutes, it'd stay in. 'Oh, look at my pretty hair. Do you like my pretty hair?' Please. I've got potatoes with prettier hair.

    • Lyle: Perhaps for every kiss you give me, I could give you a piece of information.
      Karen: That's outrageous! You must think I'm a common whore! So, do you want my top on or off?
      Lyle: Well, I'm a gentleman. So why don't you keep it on, and I'll rip it off?

    • Marilyn: (about Tom) For God's sake, will you just ask him out? You don't need me.
      Will: I do need you. Right now the thing that Tom likes best about me is how much I pretend to love you.
      Marilyn: Yes, honey, but I get stuck with the mother. I mean, she's 120. She was a nurse at the battle of Gettysburg. No, I can't do it! I cannot possibly think of one more thing to say to that old bag of bones.

    • Tom: I love your wheelchair.
      Will: Thank you, I rented it.
      Tom: Is that a Roll King 2000?
      Marilyn: Well, if the Roll King is the cheapest one they make, then yes, it is.
      Will: Take a nap, mother!

    • Jack: Hey, guys, look what I got. I put together a care package for Grace. You know, so she knows we're thinking about her while she's far away. Do you have her address in Pittsburgh?
      Will: She's in Cambodia.
      Jack: Ooh, sounds like a lot of stamps just to mail a condom.
      (Jack throws the box into the hallway)

    • Karen: Hey, Wilma, I need your help. Remember Lorraine Finster, the dame who stole my husband and tried to bump me off? Well, I think I found her. Private Dick said he dug up an 'L. Finster' at the Hotel Knickerbocker. Come on, let's go down there and give her the what for!
      Will: As much as I'd love to put on a trench coat and go looking for your grip on reality, I can't. I have to take care of my mom.
      Karen: Oh, how sweet. A gay man living with his mother. Would you like me to preheat the oven, or you wanna just jump right in?

    • Karen: You're her father? I can't believe that bitch has a father!
      Lyle: Well, the bitch does, now would you like some tea?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Lyle: I cancelled Li-li for her, AND Rita...but that's a whore of a different color.

      This is an allusion to the line from The Wizard Of Oz in the Emerald City, "That's a horse of a different color."

    • Title: Heart Like a Wheelchair

      This is a reference to the 1974 Linda Ronstadt album, Heart Like A Wheel.

    • Karen: Careful, Baby Jane.

      Karen makes a reference to the 1962 cult classic What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.