Will & Grace

Season 2 Episode 10

Tea & A Total Lack Of Sympathy

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Jan 11, 2000 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Debra and Sean burst through the Asian screen, Sean starts laughing so hard that Debra, who has landed on top of him, puts her hand over his mouth.

    • This is the first episode where Karen uses her alias, Anastasia Beaverhausen.

    • Eric McCormack(Will) and Debra Messing(Grace) appear together only in the opening scene and would not appear together again for the rest of the episode. This would be the first time that an episode didn't have the main characters together rather they interacted with one of the supporting players(Karen or Jack).

    • When Karen orders Ben's secretary to put a stamp on a letter and put it in the mail, there is no writing whatsoever on the envelope.

    • When Grace and Jack are showing their teapot, look in the background, A few of the people keep changing places depending on the camera shot.

  • Quotes

    • Jack: Oh my God..the day I've been waiting for has finally arrived!
      Will: Congratulations, Jack, I wish you a long happy life as a woman.
      Jack: Haha, that's so funny I forgot you're fat!

    • Jack: You get to do the face and I'll get to do Paul.

    • Ben: And if you succeed well... that's how junior associates become senior associates!
      Will: And if I don't?
      Ben: That's how junior associates become Carl's Jr. associates.

    • Karen: Good Lord, that walk from the elevator is gonna give me calf muscles like a Hungarian shot-putter.

    • Will: Ben Doucette, Karen Walker.
      Ben: I know Mrs. Walker.
      Karen: Oh yeah. Stan and I met you at the Whitney opening. You were the bartender.
      Ben: No, you just gave me your drink order.
      Karen: Yeah, and I'm still waiting for it.
      Ben: Mrs. Walker, always a pleasure. Anything we can do to help...
      Karen: Yeah. I'm still waiting on that drink.
      Ben: Something tells me you haven't been waiting.

    • Grace: Well, it's the only thing that survived the fire that Grandma caused when she ... mistakenly answered the iron.
      Jack: With her hook.

    • Will: So, can your lawyer take you to lunch?
      Karen: Oh, uh ... Honey ... I don't eat with the help, ok?

    • Grace: On Christmas Eve, Grandma Meg lost both of her legs to diabetes.
      Paul: Oh ...
      Jack: And then, on Christmas Day, she tragically lost both her feet.

    • Will: Oh, good, I'm glad you're happy. And are you and Stan happy ... with your lawyers?
      Karen: Well... I don't know. I mean I haven't really thought-- Wait a minute. Is that what this is about?! You're trying to get Stan as a client! Are you workin' me, Wilma?!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • When Will is packing up his office he says, 'Goodbye desk. Goodbye oddly-hanging Tonsu. Goodbye 50-foot Calvin Klein underwear ad... I think I'll miss you most of all.'

      This is a reference to the end of the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" where Dorothy says 'goodbye' to the Tin Man, then the Cowardly Lion, then says to the Scarecrow 'I think I'll miss you most of all.'

    • Jack: Can you see me?
      Grace: Yes, Tommy, I can see you.

      This is a reference to the rock Opera Tommy by The Who. The lead character pleads with the world to, "See me, feel me, touch me, heal me."

    • Title: Tea and a Total Lack of Sympathy.

      A reference to the 1956 film Tea and Sympathy starring Deborah Kerr, and perhaps to the Janis Ian song of the same name.

    • Karen: On the piano, and put a little Michelle Pfeiffer in it.

      This is a reference to Michelle Pfeiffer singing on the piano in the 1989 movie The Fabulous Baker Boys.

    • Will: Felt like a drink. And, you know, sometimes you want to go where... nobody knows your name.
      A cheap shot at fellow NBC show Cheers

    • Jack: Ok! It's only the best show on television! You know, next to the Creek.
      A funny reference to another WB produced show Dawson's Creek.

    • Will: Yes, I am, Heidi, but... Please don't tell Grandpapa!
      Grace's winter apparel prompts Will to compare her to the lead character in the 1937 film Heidi.

    • Grace: "Antiques On The Road?" You're kidding!
      The show Grace and Jack go and appear on is a parody of the famous PBS show Antique Roadshow.

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