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Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 9

The Truth About Will & Dogs

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Dec 15, 1998 on NBC
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The Truth About Will & Dogs
After Grace defies Will's wishes and brings home a puppy, Will can't resist the pooch and begins to treat him like a newborn baby. Meanwhile, Jack and Karen worry about the dog's effect on Will and Grace and insist that the new parents go out for a night on the town.moreless

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    After Grace defies Will's wishes and brings home a puppy, Will can't resist the pooch and begins to treat him like a newborn baby Grace realises this and trys to get will to stop obsessing about the dog. Meanwhile, Jack and Karen worry about the dog's effect on Will and Grace and insist that the new parents go out for a night on the town. Love the karen cilp of her fishing out graces closet. saying to much yellow and its rosarios lucky day. This shows a unique relationship between a man and his dog and shows the realationship between karen and yellowmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In this episode Jack's full name is revealed as John Phillip McFarland.

    • The guy at the movie theatre reminds Will that they met at Jon Kinnally's party. Jon Kinnally is a writer/producer on the series.

    • When Will and Grace go and see a movie you can hear some of the Titanic theme song, but when they get back Grace mentions that Will couldn't even sit through a ninety minute movie. Titanic is more then a ninety minute movie, in fact it is about twice that.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Karen: I am so glad I took it upon myself to thin out Grace's closet. I just could not let her go on thinking she could pull off yellow.

    • Will: So now you're skipping work all together?
      Grace: I called in sick.
      Will: Called who? You're the boss.
      Grace: I know. It was a strange conversation. If I do it again, I'm gonna fire me.

    • Grace: Can we just talk about how many cute guys were swarming around you at the park?
      Will: They just wanted to see my sweet bundle of love.
      Grace: Yes, they did.

    • Will: I just don't think it's fair to ask a dog to sleep outside, when it's this cold out.
      Grace: The dog's not gonna sleep outside.
      Will: Oh, really? 'Cause I figured you'd want some company.

    • Jack: (about Will) I just spent the last 45 minutes listening to him rant about the evils of smells, stains, drooling, and shedding. I said, 'It didn't seem to bother your ex-boyfriend.'

    • Will: Hey, look at the time. It's a quarter to get out!

    • Grace: (to Will) You and I are going to a movie. I asked Jack to baby-sit the puppy. And, Karen, what are you doing here?
      Karen: Oh, Jack asked me. It was either this or my neighborhood watch meeting. And if I have to hear Marlo Thomas one more time: (whining voice) "Phil recycles this. Phil recycles that..."
      Will: Oh, yeah. I feel good about this, leaving our puppy with Cruella De Vil. And Karen.

    • (Grace has enrolled the puppy in daycare, but Will isn't happy about it.)
      Will: I'm sorry, but I think it's best that you stay home tomorrow, and take care of him.
      (Grace crosses her arms, nods her head and blinks her eyes.)
      Grace: Doink! Okay, Master. I will be home anyway, because I'm having the sofa in my bottle reupholstered. Get over yourself! I'm working too!

    • Will(about the puppy): It's just that you shamed him.
      Grace: Will, you can't shame dogs. They're not defendants on Judge Judy.
      Will: You pointed at him with the little witchy-poo finger, you know, and you yelled at him in front of his friends.
      Grace: His friends?
      Will: Whatever. The point is you're just-- you gotta relax, and give him a chance to be who he is. You know-- these are important years. He's gotta develop a sense of himself.
      Grace: Will, I'm not your mother. And I promise, if he's gay, I won't stand in his way.

    • Karen: Honey, you can have anything you want, you just have to learn to compromise. I mean, take me and Stan. If he wants a little touchy-touchy, well, if I cooperate, I get a house in the Bahamas! It's tit for tat.
      Grace: I...I'm not sure what you're asking me to do here.

    • Grace: (about a puppy) But look how sweet he is, sitting in his bowl!
      Karen: Yeah... he's gifted.

    • Ellen: The bitch fights me when I put her in my car.
      Rob: Do you have to call her a bitch?
      Ellen: She's a bitch, Rob!

    • Karen: (To Jack) Forget the pooch. Where's the hooch?

    • Jack: (About naming the puppy) I was thinking something more along the lines of... "Jack."
      Will: Hmmm... Let me think. "Jack, quit licking that man's face." See? He'd never know who I was talking to.
      Jack: (Sarcastically) Ohh! My side! Ohh!

    • Jack: ("Valley Girl" voice) Uh, Mr. Truman, I hope you don't mind, but I, like, brought my girlfriend Valerie here so we can make out.

    • Karen: Grace, the bitch we hate is on line one.

    • Karen: Spay him, spray him, throw him in a bag, and let's get out of here!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (13)

    • Will: Oh, you had me at hurro.

      This is a reference to a line Tom Cruise says to René Zellweger in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire.

    • Jack: George, Martha, I'll be in the kitchen.

      This is a reference to the play and film Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee. George and Martha are a bitter, squabbling couple, hence Jack's remark as Will & Grace are arguing about Will's obsession with the dog.

    • Will: Oh, yeah. I feel good about this, leaving our puppy with Cruella De Vil.

      Cruella De Vil was the dognapper in the Disney classic 101 Dalmatians.

    • Episode Title: The Truth About Will & Dogs

      This is a clear reference to the 1996 film The Truth About Cats & Dogs.

    • Will: (Talking to the puppy) Who do I love so much I wanna drop-kick, hmm? Who-who-who?
      Perhaps a reference to the comic strip "Garfield," in which Garfield the cat loves to drop-kick his owner's annoying dog, Odie.

    • Grace: Dog?! He is a dog, not the Lindbergh baby.
      The Lindbergh baby was the kidnapped child of the famous pilot Charles Lindbergh. The case has never been solved, and every year thousands of baby-boomers claim to be the lost child.

    • Will: It's like letting The Von Bulows baby-sit.
      A quick and cheap reference to the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune.

    • Karen: Pace yourself, Cujo.
      Cujo is a famous book and movie written by Stephen King about a psychotic dog.

    • Jack: (Dancing with the puppy) Hey, look, Karen. We're at Studio 54!
      Studio 54 was a famous disco club in Manhattan during the 1970s. It was later shut down for selling drugs and evading taxes.

    • Grace: Doink! Ok, master. I will be home anyway because I'm having the sofa in my bottle reupholstered. Get over yourself! I'm working, too!
      A funny impression of Barbara Eden from her show I Dream of Jeannie.

    • Will: Well, you pointed at him with the little Witchiepoo finger.
      Witchiepoo is a character from the Saturday morning show H.R. Pufnstuf.

    • Grace: Come on, Eileen!
      The main line from the hit song "Come On Eileen," performed by the one hit wonder band Dexys Midnight Runners.

    • Jack: And your little dog, too!
      A quick reference to the famous line said by the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard Of Oz.