Will & Grace

Season 4 Episode 9

Moveable Feast

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 22, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Moveable Feast
Rather than be apart on Thanksgiving Day, Will and Grace join Jack and Karen for a festive holiday motor tour of their respective dysfunctional families, including Grace's domineering mother as well as Will's willful mom and Jack's stepdad -- with unsettling results. Meanwhile, back home, a waiting Rosario bastes and tastes their juicy turkey.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Best of Will & Grace!

    This episode boasts the best written opening tease in the shows history - a sequence of telephone conversations concerning the upcoming Thanksgiving Dinner plans. Jack and a drag queen, Jack and Will, Will and Grace, Karen and Grace. It is tightly edited and beautifully realized.

    The show itself is broken into a series of vignettes featuring each of the main characters' families. Karen goes to visit Stan in prison and he wrecks her world by suggesting she sleep with other men while he's locked up. She then spends the balance of the episode working out the logistics of whether her morals (!?!) can allow this. The big four pick up Eliot and we meet Jack's step-father, played well by Beau Bridges. We visit Grace's oddball family, including Lainie Kazan and Debbie Reynolds as sisters! And then off to Connecticut to Will's parents - God Bless Blythe Danner!

    Allowing a full hour for this madness was absolutely the correct step. I've watched these back to back now at least a dozen times and still marvel at the level of writing, directing and ensemble playing achieved.moreless
  • I thought this episode was the best episode in the fourth season.

    I just loved every second of every scene of this episode I thought is was too good to be true because it was so funny I just laughed till I cried when I saw this episode. I explain all of the parts I loved the best #1 Will, Karen, Jack, & Grace are at Jack's stepfather's place and Jack got so fed up that he came into the living room and said: "Ding!, Ding!, Ding!, Ding! Ding Ding!, and Jacks stepfather enters the room and Jack says: Ding Ding Ding Bell Bell Bell Ding Ding Bell Bell (ETC). And I have a lot of other favorite parts because I love this episode so much that I can't get into them all right now. I thought the storyline and storyboard were superbly wrote.moreless
  • This is a double episode, aired in two nights.

    The main characters, Will, Grace, Jack and Karen, are dealing with family issues in this episode.

    All four of them want to do their own thing this Thanksgiving, but they all have to visit their family for some reason. They agree to go to each family for exactly one hour. After their hour, they all have a lousy feeling and want to go back to solve it. Grace hates her mother for always singing “told you so, told you so”, and tells her that she cannot sing. Later she feels guilty for hurting her mother and goes back to talk to her.

    Will is upset because his mother chose his brother over him. He goes back to ask his mother why he is not her favourite son anymore. In jail, Stan tells Karen he wants her to see other men. After considering this for a while, even tried kissing the plumber, she comes to the conclusion that she loves Stan too much and goes back to tell him.

    Jack is jealous when his stepfather is being nice to his son Elliot. He feels like his father did not pay enough attention to him as a child and is still very angry about this. He goes back, they make some efforts to try to understand each other better.

    Meanwhile Rosario is enjoying their turkey very much!moreless
Murray Gershenz

Murray Gershenz

Uncle Funny

Guest Star

Jon Tenney

Jon Tenney

Paul Truman

Guest Star

Lainie Kazan

Lainie Kazan

Aunt Honey

Guest Star

Neil Vipond

Neil Vipond


Recurring Role

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds

Bobbi Adler

Recurring Role

Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner

Marilyn Truman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nick Offerman plays Nick, the plumber whom Karen kisses because Stan wants her to sleep with other people. Nick Offerman is Megan Mullally's husband. They were married two years after the episode originally aired.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Karen: (To Stan through the visitor's window) Now it's your turn to put your boobs on the glass! C'mon!

    • Karen: (To a bottle of pills) Thanks for comin'.
      (Aunt Honey notices Karen with the pills and approaches.)
      Aunt Honey: I saw that. What are you taking? Give me one. I've got a really bad back.
      Karen: Hmm. (Karen reads the bottle.) Well, I guess these things can be used for pain. (To Aunt Honey) So, how'd you hurt your back? (Karen checks out Aunt Honey's clothes.) Runnin' away from good taste?

    • Will: What exactly did Stan say?
      Karen: He said he wasn't sure how long he was gonna be in there and it wasn't fair to ask me to wait for him. He wants me to be sexually satisfied while he's in prison. I don't know why, he certainly didn't care while he was out.

    • Will: Rosario, thanks for coming. Look, we're gonna be out all afternoon, so it's really important you gotta baste the turkey like, every 20 minutes or so.
      Rosario: (To Karen) You told me we were going to Tony Roma's and then to a late movie.
      Karen: Oh, we're going to a movie. Yeah, it's a dirty flick. It's called Rosie Does Dishes. Now get those paws into a couple of oven mitts.
      Rosario: How about I get them into a handful of your hair and play spin-the-drunk?

    • Will: Hey, did you get my message about Thanksgiving at my place?
      Jack: Yeah, about that. Um, I can't make it. I'm spending Thanksgiving with the Chung-Poviches and the Gurley Browns. They will get crazy if I try to back out on it.
      Will: What about in the real world?
      Jack: Oh, in the real world, I'm available, yeah. But you have to come with me to my stepfather's hotel. He's in town for, like, the first time in forever, and he wants to meet Elliot.
      Will: No. No, I don't want to go. This is my anti-family year.
      Jack: Please! My mom is making me. If I don't go, she won't pay half my rent.
      Will: I pay half your rent.
      Jack: Yeah, so does Karen.

    • Grace: I'm so glad we're doing our own Thanksgiving this year.
      Will: Best decision we ever made. We are officially no longer owned by our families.
      Grace: Hey, you know what? Let's catch our own turkey this year.
      Will: Great. I'll meet you in the freezer section of the Gristede's with a big net.

    • Karen : I like Wills' family....they drink.

    • Grace: I hate the way I left things with my mom. I feel terrible.
      Jack: I feel worse about what happened between me and my step-dad.
      Grace: Why worse?
      Jack: Because it happened to me.

    • Grace: Were you serious about what you said before? Are you really thinking about having sex with someone?
      Karen: Oh, for God's sake, stop fishing, you big lez. It's not gonna be with you!

    • Karen: This is where I'm going to die.
      Mrs. Truman: Who wants a martini?
      Karen: And I've died and gone to heaven.

    • Marilyn: Here you all are! Oh Will darling! Ooh ooh ooh ooh, let me shut the door. I don't want to have to deal with that gossipy new neighbor. (sees neighbor across the street and waves) Hello! Hello Mrs. Chambers! (shuts the door) Her eldest has a lazy eye, her youngest is a prostitute.

    • Karen: Hey, Grace. Is that the brother you slept with as a substitute for the gay one you're in love with but can never really have?
      Grace: No... that's his other brother, Sam.

    • Will: Paul, Peggy, these are my friends Karen, Jack, and of course, Grace.
      Peggy: Grace, it's so nice to meet you. There's a woman where I get my hair done in Westport. She's Jewish too.
      Grace: Oh . . . sure. I've seen her at the meetings.

    • Julius: I never come between a woman and her mother. I made that mistake with my first wife. (They just stare at him)
      Grace: What?

    • Karen: Oh great. That's fantastic. Well thanks. Listen, I'll just go to the prison alone then. Where my husband is. On Thanksgiving. Alone. Prison. Husband. Thanksgiving. Alone. Alone. Prison. AREN'T YOU GONNA SAY ANYTHING?

    • (On the phone)
      Grace: Hey.
      Karen: Ho!
      Grace: I think we got it. I'll go to prison with you, if you go to my Aunt Honey's with me, and Will's parent with him, and Jack's step-dads with him, and then we'll all come back and have a nice Thanksgiving dinner, ok?
      Karen: No.
      Grace: What?
      Karen: I don't want to.
      Grace: But... I... then...
      Karen: Oh ok!

    • Grace: Grace Adler Designs.
      Karen: Oh honey, change that blouse. You work in an office, not a pirate ship!
      Grace: You can't even see me!
      Karen: Oh can't I? Turn around! (Grace turns slowly) Haha, made you look!

    • Will: Now remember, we have our own feast, we can't gouge on everyone else's turkey, stuffing and pecan pie.
      Grace: Why do you look at me when you say that?
      Will: Who should I be looking at?
      Grace: Me.
      Will: And we only have one hour each, no delays because of guilt, shame, or flattery.
      Jack: Why do you look at me when you say that?
      Will: Who should I be looking at?
      Jack: Me.
      Will: So when the bell dings we're out of there. No other high pitched sounds will keep us no matter what.
      Karen: Why do you look at me when you say that?

    • Will: I'm hungry.
      Grace: I'm thirsty.
      Karen: I could hump a tree.

    • Will: Karen, you want anything to drink?
      Karen: I'm thinking about cheating on my husband.
      Grace: That means a double-vodka.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally's credits are now alternating. Whereas Sean was always first, Megan is now regularly credited first.

    • This episode originally aired as a one hour episode, though syndication will usually air them in two half hour episodes. NBC counts this as one episode, as they will with any one hour or "super-sized" episodes.

    • This episode is also known as "Thanksgiving."


    • Episode Title: Moveable Feast

      This is a reference to Ernest Hemingway's work about his time in Paris entitled "A Moveable Feast."