Will & Grace

Season 5 Episode 7

The Needle & Omelet's Done

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Nov 14, 2002 on NBC
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The Needle & Omelet's Done
When Grace accompanies Leo to brunch with some "friends", she doesn't realize that he's tricked her and instead introduced her to his real parents – and she soon regrets her earlier salty dialogue and suggestive attitude. Elsewhere, Jack is again confronted by Zandra – his gruff acting teacher – when he tries to showcase his meager talent in a class while a willing Will joins Karen in subjecting to a Botox facial injection.moreless

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  • Leo tricks Grace into meeting his parents by introducing them as friends. Meanwhile, concerned about his aging appearance, Will goes with Karen for his first botox injection and Jack takes over teaching an acting class.moreless

    Thee - count ‘em three - guest stars this week, but they are simply good enough and the episode is so well-written it doesn’t nearly feel like stunt casting as so many of the others do.

    Leo’s parents are played by Tom Skerritt and Judith Ivey, both seasoned and established TV show actors. They do a delightful job of playing the normal yet intelligent parents you would expect Leo to have. Grace makes an awesome fool of herself simply by being herself because Leo doesn’t tell her they are his parents.

    The B story is just as funny as the A story. Will and Karen are hilarious getting botox together. Karen gets one of the grossest lines I’ve heard in a while. “You know, in the early days, we didn’t always have it easy like you. No, we had to go down to Chinatown where they’d inject our frown lines with mayonnaise that’d been left out in the sun for a week.”

    Eileen Brennan, while technically not a guest star because she appears more times as Jack acting teacher, is bitter and funny and certainly taking a step up her from her role in 7th Heaven. It’s good to see her do something that is a little reminiscent of her character in the classic movie Clue.

    All in all, three solid stories and come great one liners make up a typically wonderful Will and Grace episode.

    Of note: fans of The New Adventures of Old Christine will recognize one of Jack’s acting students, played by Emily Rutherford, who is wonderfully funny and delightful on the new CBS series, and is also very funny interacting with Jack.

    Meanwhile, Debra Messing delivers one of the best lines ever penned on the show “I've already fooled him into liking me, I don’t know if I have the energy to fool two older, wiser people who I can’t confuse by having sex with.”moreless
Emily Rutherfurd

Emily Rutherfurd


Guest Star

Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt

Jay Markus

Guest Star

Judith Ivey

Judith Ivey

Eleanor Markus

Guest Star

Eileen Brennan

Eileen Brennan


Recurring Role

Harry Connick Jr.

Harry Connick Jr.

Dr. Leo Markus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Sean Hayes submitted this episode and "Bacon and Eggs" as his tapes for Emmy consideration this season. He lost to Brad Garrett.

    • Will: I kinda think it makes me look like an Abercrombie and Fitch model.
      Grace: Maybe from when they founded the company.

      The opening scene of this episode had to be re-written after Debra couldn't pronounce the words Abercrombie and Fitch.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Will: I kinda think it makes me look like an Abercrombie and Fitch model.
      Grace: Maybe from when they founded the company.

    • Zandra: Do you think you could do better than me?! Well, be my guest! (to the class) People...Mr. McFarland will be teaching your classes tomorrow. Those of you who are lucky will die in your sleep.
      Jack: Oh, my God, this is so exciting! Ok, I'll see everyone tomorrow promptly at ten-ish, ok? Oh, uh, boys in tight T-shirts; girls, attendance optional.

    • Karen: Welcome to the Wax Museum honey. Where nothing ever moves and people are always amazed at how lifelike you look.

    • Karen: Oh. Life's a party with a face full of poison.

    • Will: (Singing) Grey skies are gonna clear up!
      Karen: (Singing) Put on a happy face!
      Will: I can't!
      Karen: (Singing) Brush off the clouds and cheer up!
      Will: (Singing) Put on a happy face!
      Karen: I am!

    • Karen: Oh doc. Too bad your comedy's lost on people with dead faces.

    • Karen: Oh Will. Someone was asking about you in the elevator, yeah, it was your youth and it wants its shirt back!

    • Will: Sorry I'm late. Is it over? Did I miss anything?
      Karen: No.
      Will: Damn it!

    • Karen: Oh, Will, erm, someone was asking about you in the elevator. Yeah. It was your youth and it wants it's shirt back!

    • Jack: My friends, it's finally happened. My fame has reached a new level. I just got recognised on the street!
      Will: Jack, someone yelling "queer" out of a passing car is not a fan!
      Jack: You didn't hear the way they said it!

    • Karen: I am planning my entire weekend around it. Tonight I'm at your showcase, laughing and crying. Tomorrow I'm at Dermy's, pumping my face full of enough Botox to erase any sign that I ever laughed or cried. Sundays I go to worship at St. Patty's. Or the Rusty Nail, whichever has happy hour.

    • Zandra: What in the hell is this, bitch.
      Jack: Well, wha–what do you mean? I'm acting.
      Zandra: Oh, is that what that smell is? You stink.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Episode Title: The Needle & Omelet's Done

      This refers to the Neil Young song "The Needle and the Damage Done".

    • Jack: At first, I was afraid. I... was... petrified. Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side, but then... I spent so many nights just thinking how you did me wrong! And I grew strong!

      This is an allusion to Gloria Gaynor's song, "I Will Survive".

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