Will & Grace

Season 1 Episode 13

The Unsinkable Mommy Adler

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Aired Monday 9:30 PM Feb 09, 1999 on NBC
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The Unsinkable Mommy Adler
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Grace's visiting mom, Bobbi Adler, a would-be star whose propensity for breaking out into show tunes and impressions dismays her daughter – and delights Will, Jack and Karen – wreaks havoc by suggesting Will and Grace wed, despite their sexual differences. When Will winces at the fantasy of committing to anyone who needs to be the star of a relationship, Grace realizes she's more of a chip off the old block than she imagined.moreless

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  • good episode, debbie renolds

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    This episode its just about average. i myself love debbie renolds who played graces mom bobbi adler. Grace isnt so keen on her mother because she burst into show tune. "come girls jump in... Its great to stay up late". This is a very innotive way to introduce bobbi adler and the perfect oppertunity for us to her megan mullaly's wonderful singing voice

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: In the restaurant scene, when Grace stands up to walk out, she grabs her coat from the back of the chair. You can clearly see that, as she is talking, she puts both arms, through the sleeves. Yet in the very next shot as she does her dramatic exit, the coat is merely draped around her shoulders.

    • In the last scene when Debbie goes to leave and Debra shuts the door, she gets her fur boa caught in the door. You can see the set shake and both Debra and Eric almost break character. They left it in for laughs.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Jack: (To Karen) OK, don't hate me for this. (hugs Karen) I love you.

    • Jack: I want the world to know the truth about C-3PO!
      Will: Jack, C-3PO is not gay, he's British.

    • Grace: (to Will) I do not have to sit here and be criticized and insulted by my best friend. That is why my mother is in town.

    • Jack: Ladies and gentlemen, fresh from 45 minutes of butt-robics, I give you...my ass!

    • Bobbi: Honey, I love you!
      Karen: Oh, honey, so do I.

    • Grace: What movie did you get?
      Jack: Star Wars.
      Will: Oh, again?
      Grace: Jack, I'm dreaming of Jabba the Hutt.
      Jack: That's 'cause you live with him.

    • (Karen, Will, Jack and Bobbi are playing cards)
      Karen: Ha! Gin!
      Will: Well, I'll be darned, that is gin. It's too bad the rest of us are playing poker.
      Karen (taking money): Yeah, that is too bad.
      Will (takes money from her): No Karen, we're all playing poker. Even you.
      Karen: Wow. The gays really love their rules.

    • Will: You have a tendancy -- you kind of need to be the star of your relationships. You know, it's all about your stuff. Your boyfriends are like gardeners, and you're sort of like...
      Grace: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Do not call me a flower. I am not a flower. I am a gardener, damn it. I do plenty of hoeing.
      Bobbi: That's just what a mother likes to hear.

    • (Talking about Will)
      Bobbi: What would really make me happy is if the two of you got married.
      Karen: (Laughs hysterically) I like to see that one!

    • Grace: Mini muffins..they think they're so cute.
      Karen: Someone sent them to the house for Rosario but she's in the hospital having her stomach stapled so..I don't think she'll be needing them.
      Grace: Your maid is having her stomach stapled?
      Karen: No honey, I'm having her stomach stapled.

    • Will: He thinks every robot is gay.
      Jack: Hello? Lost in Space! (Impersonating robot) "Danger, danger Will Robinson." Big space queen.

    • Bobbi: (Whispering) Honey, have you found yourself in a family way?
      Karen: Oh, no no no no. But I think I might be pregnant.
      Grace: (Walks into the apartment) Hi, sorry I'm late.
      Karen: Yeah, join the club.

    • (Bobbi Adler has suggested that Will and Grace get married.)
      Grace: Yeah, this would be us three weeks in. Honey, I'm having an affair.
      Will: Me too.
      Grace: His name is Donald.
      Will: Me too!

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  • ALLUSIONS (9)

    • Episode Title: The Unsinkable Mommy Adler

      This is a reference to Debbie Reynolds' 1964 film, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role).

    • Bobbi: She gets too hungry for dinner at 8:00!
      A quick line from the Frank Sinatra song, "Lady Is A Tramp."

    • Karen: (After seeing Jack doing pantomime) Look Mummenschanz...
      Mummenschanz is one of the most famous mimes in the world.

    • Bobbi: Ok, boys, last card. Down and dirty. And feel free to come down and get me dirty sometime.

      A quick Hollywood impression of the famous actress Mae West.

    • Bobbi: Oh, but, darling, I adored his ruffled shirt.
      A quick reference to actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.

    • Bobbi & Karen: Good morning, good morning to you! Whoo! Whoo! Ha ha ha ha ha!
      Line from the song, "Good Morning," from the 1952 musical, Singing in the Rain.

    • Bobbi: You'll be swell. You'll be great. You can have the whole world on a plate.
      A line from the song "Everythings Coming Up Roses" from the hit musical Gypsy.

    • Jack: Danger, danger, Will Robinson!
      A funny reference to the robot in the 1960's sci-fi show Lost In Space.

    • Jack: Oh, R2, come back here. My circuits burn for you.
      A quick reference to the annoyingly funny robot C3P0 in Star Wars.

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