Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 9

The Truth About Will & Dogs

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 1998 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.