Will & Grace

Season 4 Episode 24

Hocus Focus

Aired Monday 9:30 PM May 02, 2002 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Hocus Focus
After Will wins a portrait session at a charity auction, he takes Grace to pose for a notoriously eccentric celebrity photographer but the unfocused shooter's bizarre methods ultimately produce a funky image that flatters Grace – and frightens Will. Meanwhile, Jack's back with another performance act, and this time he employs magic tricks but regrets using Karen as his assistant.moreless

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  • Will and Grace fight over a photo session while Jack and Karen fight over the magical act...

    This episode has its moments - Glenn Close as the photographer Fannie is crazy-funny - but with all 4 main characters arguing and fighting - its not really at its best. Jack becomes jealous of Karen - because she is more popular than him during the magical act - and then he believes that she turns into a rabbit (really!). This storyline is just ok. However, it is more annoying to see Will and Grace so vain that they request photoshoot after photoshoot from Fannie. Worse even, this episode starts the torturous storyline (which seems to last forever) about Will wanting to have a baby with Grace. How ridiculous. Maybe this is Will's chance to have a child but the show has led us down the path of Grace wanting to find Mr. Right - obviously having a baby with somebody else isn't going to help this!!!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: After the magic show when Jack and Karen are talking in the bathroom/dressing room, the towel around Jack's neck changes positions in between takes.

    • In an odd little props inconsistency, the painting (portrait of a man's face, resembled a young Ricky Ricardo) that had been to the left of Will and Grace's fireplace for 4 years is suddenly gone in this episode, replaced by a different (albeit similar) portait for the rest of the season.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jack: This year my show will feature…wait for it…here it comes…are you sittin'? It's on its way. Are you sittin'?
      Grace: Just say it!
      Jack: Magic.
      Grace: Jack, I did not know that you know magic.
      Jack: But of course. When I was a kid I used to lock myself in my room with handcuffs…… wait, that's not my magic story.

    • Fannie: Just do something. Have a baby. I don't know, I don't care. Just get out of my life.
      Will: (Laughing) Hey, that's a good idea. Let's have a baby.
      Grace: (Laughing) Sure. That would make one hell of a family portrait.
      Will: (Sarcastic) Hey, Grace, wanna have a baby right now?
      Grace: Yeah! I think I'm ready! Let's do it! (Both Will & Grace laugh, then fall silent as they think about it seriously. Franny snaps their picture.)
      Fannie: That's the one.

    • Fannie: All right dammit, why am I such a sucker for a gay guy who begs!?
      Grace: Story of my life, sister.

    • Fannie: (to Will and Grace) You know, I have been doing this for a long time. I mean, I have shot rock stars, politicians, movie stars, my own vagina ... and this is the first time anyone has ever, ever asked me for a re-shoot.

    • Karen: I'm gonna be so mad when my mood elevators wear off.

    • Fannie: Chest! Chest! You're not givin' it to me!
      Grace: I don't have it to give!

    • (after pulling down Grace's pants)
      Fannie: Oh, you're Jewish.
      Grace: How could you tell that?
      Fannie: Cheap underwear.

    • Karen: Good, 'cause I don't think I can wait any longer for some of that old Jack Daniels!
      Jack: Jack magic.
      Karen: Honey, you say "potato," I say "vodka."

    • Jack: You have to understand that fame, like Toby's new lover, is a rude, ugly, gay guy.

    • Grace: (to Fannie) Yes, we have lives. I just got TiVo.
      Will: And I am this close to learning how to use it.

    • Fannie: I love fags. I married three of 'em.
      Will: Wow. Lucky.

    • Jack: So I was thinking of asking Karen, and that's why I'm here. I need your opinion. Is she a good assistant?
      Grace: Hmm. How do I put this? She's as good an assistant ... as you are an entertainer.

    • Jack: As you know, this weekend, my new show opens at the Duplex, and this year, I'm giving my fans something I know they're dying for.
      Grace: Their money back?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Will: A plant won't make her care any less about looking like H.R. Puffy-face.

      This is a reference to the 1969 children's show H.R. Pufnstuf.

    • Jack: An unscripted moment, almost as pleasant to behold as Liza's new bride.

      This is a reference to David Gest, who married Liza Minelli in March of 2004, despite rumors that he's gay

    • Will: I won a photo session with Fannie Lieber!

      This is a reference to reknown photographer Annie Lebowitz, who is probably most famous for her picture of a naked John Lennon in bed with Yoko Ono.

    • Grace: I'm like Puff, the magic drag queen.
      Grace spoofs the classic Lenny Lipton nursery rhyme (and song) "Puff, the Magic Dragon."

    • Jack: (to the rabbit he used in his magic act) What's up, doc?
      This is an obvious reference to Bugs Bunny's trademark expression in the classic cartoon The Bugs Bunny Show.