Will & Grace

Season 8 Episode 23

The Finale

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM May 18, 2006 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • James Burrows directed every episode of the series, including the pilot and the series finale.

    • Karen made a joke about knowing Marlo Thomas, which is a running joke which began in the season 1 episode, "The Truth About Will And Dogs".

    • Allusions to previous episodes: The scene at the end with Will and Grace on the phone is intentionally reminiscent of the opening scene of the pilot, including a reference to ER and George Clooney.

      The final scene is held at what appears to be the same bar in "The Pilot (Love and Marriage)" where everyone thought Will & Grace had just been married and got them to kiss each other.

      Jack and Karen touch tummies just like they did when they first met in the season 1 episode "A New Lease On Life".

    • Eric McCormack (Will), Sean Hayes (Jack), and Megan Mullally (Karen) appeared in every episode of Will & Grace. Debra Messing (Grace) was absent from a few season six episodes when she was pregnant.

    • The final song played at the end is "You're My Best Friend" by Queen.

    • This episode was Entertainment Weekly's Pick of the Week.

    • Warren: I'm going over to Sandoval's.

      Steve Sandoval is a producer for the show.

    • Hospital page: Dr. Kohan... extension 456... Dr. Kohan extension 456.

      David Kohan is one of the show's creators.

  • Quotes

    • (In the final scene, in the same bar as in the first episode)
      Grace: On three.
      Jack: One. Two--
      Will: Wait.
      Jack: Uh, why'd you stop me? I was gonna say three, four, slam it whore.
      Grace: (to Will) C'mon, the glass is clean.
      Will: No, I was gonna propose a toast--to family. Family that loves you, and accepts you for exactly who you are.
      Jack: Boring.
      Karen: Too real.
      Will: Ya know what's funny? We haven't changed a bit.
      Grace: It's kinda nice, isn't it?

    • Grace: (to her pregnant belly) Would you like to hear a song?
      Will: Yeah, Grace--could you do me a favor? Could you not sing to the baby anymore?
      Grace: Why not? Music makes them smarter.
      Will: Okay, well if you're gonna sing, have a glass of wine 'cause he--he's gonna want to be drunk for this.

    • Karen: Jack?
      Jack: Yahh..?
      Karen: I think I feel a song coming on.
      Jack: Then a song, we shall have.
      (They walk to the piano)
      Jack: And might I say, your knockers are looking particularly full tonight.
      Karen: And might I say, you have the balls of a thirty-year-old.

    • Karen: Why don't you go pick out a book. Maybe I can teach ya a few words of English tonight, huh? Rosario: Suck it, b*tch.

    • Karen: Would you look at us? Will's mean, Grace is flat-chested... Jackie's pretending like he's following this... And I'm high from something I found under the sink in your bathroom. Ah... The gang is back.

    • Grace: Lila was so skinny her whole first year.
      Will: What'd you feed her?
      Grace: The boob.
      Will: Portion control. Good idea!

    • Beverley: You may or may not know this, but my business associate Benji and I have come to a parting of the ways.
      Jack: And I thought you two would last for ever. You were definitely the most stable-in the closet-short-tall-black-white-young-old-disgusting-hot-couple I know.

    • Karen: Why Beverley Leslie, what are you doing later tonight honey? I'm having a few friends over for a game of Monopoly, and I'm missing one of the pieces.

    • Karen (in a baby voice): Oh, are we hungry? Does somebody need something to eat?
      Rosario: I just broke my ankle, you douche bag. I'm not an infant.

    • Karen: Hey honey, what's up?
      Jack: Oh, nothing. I'm not desperately trying to get hobbit germs off my kissing hand, if that's what you're thinking.

    • Jack: Karen, you accidentally hit the stop button with your shoe.

    • Karen: Jack has told his hilarious story and you're out of vodka.
      Will: There's a bottle right there.
      Karen:(Drinks the bottle of vodka) Nope, empty.

    • Jack: He's clearly Will's child. Fat, bald, and clinging to Vince like it's the only man who'll ever love him.

    • Beverly: Karen Walker, in the flesh. Whose flesh is unclear.

    • Will: Wow. We just fell for the dumbest version of Parent Trap ever.

    • Jack: (to Karen) What's the story, drunken whorey?

    • Vince: He's looking more like you everyday.
      Will: Really? I don't know. Sometimes I see me, and sometimes I just see the sad girl who sold her eggs for rent money.

    • Will: The relationship you have with the chicken is truly remarkable. I can't wait for the day when someone inhales my leg and thigh like that.
      Grace: I don't know what to tell you, man. Jews and chicken... it's real and it's deep.

    • Will: You married Kevin Bacon?
      Jack: Stalked him all the way to the altar.

    • Jack: (humming the Wedding March) Step together step. Kick ball change. Pas de bourrée and I'm married.
      Will: Where did you get married, on the sun?
      Jack: That's funny, do you hear screaming? Oh, no, that's just the buttons on your shirt.

    • Grace: Have another drink.
      Will: Have another doughnut.
      Grace: Fag.
      Will: Hag.

    • Will: You're not going to wear that, are you?
      Grace: Why, what's the problem with it? All the kids are wearing it.
      Will: Yeah, and from what I can see, a bunch of them are in there with you.

    • Karen: Honey, ya know what I love about our plan to pay off a nurse to direct Will and Grace to the hospital room of a total stranger in a full body cast whose face is covered in bandages, each one of them thinking it's one of us in that bed with our bones broken?
      Jack: What?
      Karen: The simplicity.

    • Grace: Alright, let's play the game with Vampira and the Bride of Franken-Dyke.

    • Grace: You look good.
      Will: Thank you. You don't look anything like your mother.
      Grace: Oh thank you!

    • Karen: Do you find them exhausting?
      Jack: I always have.
      Grace: Do you find them exhausting?
      Will: Always have.

    • Jack: Well, not everything's the same. Karen here has lost her...
      Karen: (cuts Jack off) Virginity!

    • Grace: Screw you!
      Will: You wish.
      Grace: You couldn't
      Will: Yeah, not because I'm gay, just because you're hideous.

    • Will: (Grace stares at the apartment) You don't like the changes we made?
      Grace: No it's just... I don't live here anymore.

    • Jack: (to Beverly Leslie) I'm sure you have places to be....A magic ring to protect....

  • Notes

    • Regarding the finale, Mutchnick stated, "We wrote about what you want to have happen with people you love. All the things that matter in life, they end up having".

    • The Finale was filmed over a period of three days-- 4/10, 4/11 and 4/13 of 2006. This was due to the fact that they had to use over 10 sets and it would have taken much too long to do it all in one day.

    • This is the first episode written by show creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan since the season 4 episode, "A Buncha White Chicks Sittin' Around Talkin'".

    • This was a one-hour series finale, and aired in a special 9 p.m. timeslot following a one-hour retrospective titled "Will & Grace: Say Goodnight Gracie."

  • Allusions

    • Vince: Look at this...Terri Hatcher buys her own produce. That's normal.

      Even though Vince is reading a People magazine, the feature he's reading comes from The Star called Normal/Not Normal.

    • Jack: I'm sure you have places to go, a magic ring to protect.

      A jab at Beverly Leslie's size, referring to Frodo from Lord of the Rings always having to protect a magic ring.