Will & Grace

Season 8 Episode 2

I Second That Emotion

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Oct 06, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

I Second That Emotion
Karen feels rattled by Stan's return and Will steps in to help her. Meanwhile Grace is labelled homophobic after her comments on Jack's talk show are misconstrued by gay men from all over New York.

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  • Not the greatest episode...but not the worst.

    While there are many who feel the show jumped the shark at the end of season 6 or near the beginning of season 7, I believe season 8 is when the writing simply went downhill.

    Most of the jokes fall flat, and a lot of the interaction with the four characters is more awkward than usual in this episode.

    The thing is, both these story lines were actually promising. Yet once again in this season, the jokes just aren't there. There is good emotional resonance from both the Karen and Will characters, which is nice to see. And the idea that anyone would think that Grace hates gays is a very funny idea, considering every bit of her long speech at the end is true. I give it an "above" for good story ideas, but barely an "average" for the humorless jokes.moreless
  • This episode is really cool!

    Will is convince that Karen is really depressed about the fact that Stan is alive so she sends Rosario to Will's apartment, but Will is still convince that Karen is not taking out her feelings out, when he takes out a brick out of her solitude wall, she takes out all of her feelings that last all night, when Will confronts it about it, both of them discover that they should put the bricks back in the wall. Meanwhile, Jack edits an interview about Grace which ends up saying that Grace hates gays, which ends up Grace trying to win her happiness back. Really cool episode!moreless
  • They say love never dies. People do, though. Except sometimes they don't.

    Karen deals with the fact that the moving funeral for her husband Stan, in which she disposed of his ashes at sea, really amounted to just littering.

    Meanwhile, Grace appears as a guest on Jack's new t.v. show, but something in editing goes horribly wrong and a firestorm of controversy breaks out. Adler must then patch up her reputation in front of a community that has mistaken her for a bigot.

    Features an amazing conversation between Will and Karen, as Truman helps his friend work through her mixed feelings about her wayward spouse. An intelligent portrayal of characters who are more complex than you might think. A warm and clever episode all around.

  • Karen empieza a sentirse mal por la reaparicion de Stan. Ella sigue amandolo, y Will se encarga de hacer renacer el amor. Mientras tanto, Jack invita a Grace a su "Jack Talk", mostrando el lado oscuro de ella frente al auditorio gay.moreless

    El hecho de no saber de Stan por tanto tiempo, y recuperarlo repentinamente, hace pensar a Karen, pero ella persiste en ocultar sus sentimientos. Sin embargo, Will decide hacer de psicologo para que exteriorice sus sentimientos.

    Jack, al no tener invitados para su programa, hace intervenir a Grace frente a un auditorio gay. Todo va bien, hasta que en la edicion del programa Grace menciona que ella odia a los gays, cuando la frase completa era que ella odia a los gays que no se aceptan a si mismos. Esto motiva que Grace sea el punto de odio entre la comunidad homosexual de New York.

    Cuando Karen hace psicologia inversa con Will, este ultimo se da cuenta que ha perdido parte de su tiempo y que necesita un gran cambio en su vida, y deciden ayudarse mutuamente a superar este impasse. Pero Karen deja abierta la posibilidad de encontrarse con el amor de su vida: Stan.

    Por ultimo, Jack acepta que Grace intervenga nuevamente en el programa para limpiar su imagen ante los gays.


    Ha sido un episodio divertido, donde la satira a otros actores ha estado presente, como Tom Cruise y Russell Crowe. El personaje de Will adquiere un nuevo matiz, pues se da cuenta que se esta haciendo viejo y su vida no ha encontrado un rumbo.

    Es un capitulo interesante, a seguir las diversas tramas de estos cuatro dispares amigos de New York.moreless
  • One of the better episodes.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this episode due to its originality and surprising plots. Karen played the emotional wreck perfectly however it seems like now all Will does is whine about how he has nothing in his life. But Jack was hysterical as usual and this is a definite improvement over last year so far.
Debra Messing

Debra Messing

Grace Adler

Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack

Will Truman

Megan Mullally

Megan Mullally

Karen Walker

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes

Jack McFarland

Shelley Morrison

Shelley Morrison

Rosario Salazar (Season 3 - 7 Recurring)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Will celebrated his 37th birthday last season, but in this episode he tells Karen that he's a "41 year-old unemployed lawyer".

    • When Grace tries to say "What is the matter with you?! I'm not an homophobe!", she ended up saying "¡¿Que es la problema con su gente?! ¡No soy un homophobe!". The right way to say it is "¡¿CUAL es la problema con su gente?! ¡No soy UNA HOMOFOBICA!".

    • In "No Sex 'N' The City", Grace spoke french thinking it was spanish. In this episode, she speaks almost very well.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Will: Karen, you don't have to put up a wall with me. I've seen you punching coat check girls, swallowing buttons you thought were pills, shooting at the birds in your wallpaper. Come on, talk to me.
      Karen: I don't know.
      Will: Come on. Start taking that wall down, one brick at a time. Come on, just one brick.
      Karen: Just one?
      Will: Yeah! Come on. I'm right beside you. Take that brick down. (Karen mimes taking a brick down) Now, what do you see?
      Karen: AAAAHHHHH!
      Will: Put it back up! Put it back up! Too quick. My fault. I shouldn't have pushed you that hard. And please, never tell me what was behind that brick.

    • Karen: I haven't felt this raw and exposed since "Penthouse" published those photos of me and Vanessa Williams!

    • Will: Considering this is a 17-bedroom mansion, should you really leave the front door unlocked?
      Karen: What is there to take in here?
      Will: It's not so much what might get stolen as how many of your staff might try to escape.

    • Grace: Shame on you! Bad queens! Bad queens! Do you even know who you're booing? I have been devoted to you for decades. When I was a little girl, I showed you mine when you showed me yours. Even though you didn't care... When I was in high school, I showed you mine when you showed me yours, even though you didn't care. And when I was in my twenties, I slept with you, even though you still didn't care! (crying)And now, you sneer at me at the Chelsea Market, and you-- you throw macaroni salad at me on Christopher Street? (SOBBING) And it's so not fair, because I love you people! I have always loved you in a very unhealthy way. For my own personal development, now love me back, damn it!!!!

    • Karen:(To Will) The only man that you've had a successful relationship with is Grace.

    • Karen: Smitty, do you ever think about giving up? You know, just ending it all?
      Smitty: Funny you should ask. Tonight is the anniversary of the fire that killed my identical twin, and I've never felt more alone.
      Karen:(laughing loudly) Now how is it that you're tending bar and Jimmy Kimmel has his own show?

    • Jack: You know, it's kinda weird. The way that episode was edited, it almost makes it seem like Grace hates gay men. Do you think she noticed?
      Rosario: I'm sure it's fine. I just hope you're okay with having only one testicle.

    • Grace: I HATE GAYS?!!
      Jack: Yeah I know, Grace, you said it on my show, remember?

    • Grace: Wanna hear it in Spanish?
      (Jack and Will nod yes)
      Grace: Que es la problema con su jente? No soy una homophobe!

  • NOTES (1)

    • In the first draft of the script, Goldie Hawn was scheduled to appear, and the storyline with Grace's words being badly edited on air did not exist.


    • Karen: The horrible, muffled cries of Patty Hearst from behind that closet door...

      Patty Hearst is an American newspaper heiress who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army, but ultimately joined her captors in furthering their cause.

    • (Grace walks into the apartment from the hairdresser with big, crazy hair.)
      Rosario: (to Jack) Simba looks angry.

      This is a reference to the hit Disney film, The Lion King, in which baby Simba is born and grows up to be king of the jungle.

    • Jack: (to the applauding 'Jack Talk' audience) All right ladies, it's not like I brought Judy back to life.

      This is an obvious reference to universal gay icon, Judy Garland.

    • Karen: Wait a minute, you're using psychiatry on me. I've read all the studies on psychiatry, have you? It's a pseudo-science and it doesn't exist. And neither do postpartum depression or Brooke Shields.

      This is a reference to Tom Cruise's recent public faux pas with Oprah Winfrey (where he criticized Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants for postpartum depression) and Matt Lauer (where he claimed to be an expert on Psychiatry by having read all the reports and claimed that Matt knew nothing of it).

    • Karen: I was so upset I walked into the Mercer Hotel and threw a phone at the front desk clerk

      This is referring to what Russel Crowe did. He threw a phone when he was angry. He then went to court over it.

    • The title of this episode is also the title of an episode of Futurama

    • Title: I Second That Emotion

      This is a reference to the Smokey Robinson and the Miracles hit song of the same name. Robinson wrote the song after his friend Al Cleveland apparently misquoted the legal term, "I second that motion."

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