Will & Grace

Season 3 Episode 21

The Young & The Tactless

Aired Monday 9:30 PM Apr 26, 2001 on NBC
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The Young & The Tactless
Grace gives romantic advice to her slovenly new neighbor Nathan in hope of reuniting him with his girlfriend so he will move away. Meanwhile, Will and Jack are out on the town with an unwelcome chaperone: Karen's oblivious mother-in-law.

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  • The Young & The Tactless

    Funny episode. First time we meet Woody Harrelson (Nathan) as Will & Graces neighbor, who Grace dates in later episodes.

    funny scene from this episode:

    SCENE V: Nathan's Apartment

    (GRACE knocks on NATHAN's door. He answers.)

    GRACE: You know, something you said yesterday really stuck in my craw.

    NATHAN: What's a craw?

    GRACE: I don't know. I think it's something like a claw.

    NATHAN: Why didn't you just saw claw?

    GRACE: Can we move past this?

    NATHAN: Sure. "Crum" right in. We'll "crawk" about it.

    GRACE: Ok, look. What you said about me and my roommate was totally off-base. I'll have you know that my relationship with Will is very healthy. We talk about everything. We spend every spare minute together. We don't date anyone that the other one doesn't approve of. Ok, that doesn't sound very healthy, but it's really more of a checkoff system.

    NATHAN: Boy, I really got to you, didn't I?

    GRACE: [SCOFFS] No. I don't give a crap what you think.

    NATHAN: Then why are you up here?

    GRACE: I could ask you the same question.

    NATHAN: Not really. I live here.

    GRACE: You know what? I'm going to accept that as an apology for what you said about me and my roommate.

    NATHAN: You mind, uh, "crosing" the door?

Ellen Albertini Dow

Ellen Albertini Dow

Sylvia Walker

Guest Star

Branden Williams

Branden Williams

Scott Sender

Guest Star

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson


Recurring Role

Marshall Manesh

Marshall Manesh

Mr. Zamir

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The Atom Bar was named for the show's writer/producer Adam Barr.

    • This marks the first appearance of Woody Harrelson as Nathan, which was quickly turned into a 2-season role.

    • So just for the sake of continunity... how did Nathan know about Will & Grace's relationship? She doesn't know him or anything about him, but he seems to know exactly hat's going on with them. What's the deal?

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Grace: Unbelievable! Somebody took my clothes out of the washer and put theirs in! Did you see who did this?
      Mr. Samir: I was thrown out of my country for tattling on my neighbor.
      Grace: So you're not going to tell me who did this?
      Mr. Samir: Indeed I am. It was the guy in 12C. God bless America!

    • (on the phone)
      Will: Karen, we're down at the Atom Bar. Get over here and pick up your mother-in-law.
      Karen: I will when you get over here and pick up your mother-in-law!
      Will: I don't have a mother-in-law.
      Karen: Then the deal's off!

    • Will: Karen, wouldn't it be better to just learn to deal with her? I mean, think about it. She's the mother of the man whose bank account you love. That relationship's not gonna go away.

    • Karen: Stanley's mother is in town. You gotta let me hide out here. She'll never think to look for me in government-assisted housing.

    • Will: There's a roll of quarters in my top drawer right beside my eye cream and my pedicure kit. Wow, my dad would be so proud of me.

    • Sylvia: You're queer, too?!
      Jack: As Christmas in Bloomingdale's, girlfriend.
      Sylvia: Oh! Oh, help, police! (Pushing Jack aside) Oh, I'm surrounded by homos! (Running away) Homos, homos, homos!

    • Karen: (Into phone) All right, all right. Don't get your training bra in a twist. I'll be there in 20 minutes.
      Will: (Into phone) Thank you. (Hangs up. To Jack) Sometimes you just have to be a little tough with her. She's not coming, is she?
      Jack: No.

    • Grace: Wait, that's your project? A mix tape? No, a mix tape is not a project. It's something you do between bong hits...

    • (Speaking to Sylvia while Will tries to get Karen on the phone line)
      Jack: So Svl, um... let me ask ya. Did you ever regret throwing that big blue diamond in the bottom of the water when the titanic went down?

    • Will: I gotta be honest, at first I was furious with Karen when she stuck us with you. But, truth is, if it weren't for you I probably wouldn't have met that guy.
      Sylvia: Guy?
      Will: Yeah. Scott.
      Sylvia: You're a fag?
      Will: What?
      Sylvia: I helped a fairy get a date?! Oh, I'm going to hell!

    • (A young guy, Scott, notices Will at the Atom Bar)
      Scott: Give me a break. I'm 24 years old. What are you, 27?
      Will: 27? (laughs) Yes, I am. Look, you're totally cute but I just don't reaaly see this--you know, I usually go out with...(sees Sylvia and remembers what she said) You know what? Yes, let's go out tomorrow night.
      Scott: Cool, so around 10:00?
      Will: 10:00? I will have been in bed for four hours.
      Scott: Ok, 9:00, we'll go out.

    • (Will is trying to contact Karen on thephone to no avail)

      Jack: Did you try her garter phone?
      Will: She has a garter ph-- What is she, one of the x-men?
      Jack: Hey, when clubbing, I put my phone in my underwear.
      Will: Yeah, that's just so when it rings, you can say, "wanna grab that?"

    • (Karen runs into Will's appartment asking to be hiden
      Karen: I mean, look at me. I got the shakes and for all the wrong reasons.

    • Jack: Hello, "Day-Old News?" Yeah, I'd like to cancel Will Truman's subscription. Yeah. he's going to be giving his business to "Behind the Times." Ok. Ok, ok. Ok. I love you, too. Bye-bye.

    • Will: (On the phone) Karen, I am not kidding around. Get your gin-soaked ass in your vodka-soaked limo and pick up your tea-soaked mother-in-law.

    • Sylvia Walker: Oh, I'm a fag hag!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was filmed on February 27, 2001 at CBS Studio Center.

    • Nathan's apartment is 12C, three floors above Will's. It is the first apartment the crew made that actually looks almost like Will's. previous apartments that shared the same number were studio apartments with missing space.


    • Will: She has a garter ph-- What is she, one of the x-men?
      A funny refernce to the comic book heros the X-Men, and how they would wear their communication devices in their suits.

    • Will And Jack: Hey, Mr. D.J., put a record on-- I wanna dance with my baby.
      A reference to singer/songwriter Madonna and her song at the time, "Music."

    • Grace: Hey, good plan. Yeah, you know, I always thought that if Humphrey Bogart had just made Ingrid Bergman a mix tape, she never would've gotten on that plane.
      A quick reference to the film Casablanca.

    • Will: Well, I'm plumb out. But I imagine Boss Hog and the Hazard boys might have two bits.
      A quick and funny reference to the show The Dukes Of Hazzard.

    • Title: The Young And The Tactless
      A quick refernece to the long running CBS soap opera The Young And The Restless.

    • Karen: Oh, she's thinkin' about her friends in the Lollipop Guild.
      This is a reference to the Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.